Obituaries Raymond Brodsky

Raymond E. Brodsky, 72, of Vermillion, died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2003 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton. Funeral service was 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 25, at Concordia Lutheran Church, Vermillion, with Rev. Michael Boykin officiating. Burial was at 2:30 p.m., Saturday at ZCBJ Cemetery, Wagner. Visitation was from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 24, at Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Concordia Lutheran Church.

He was born on July 16, 1931 to Emil and Agnes (Bouska) Brodsky at Wagner. He attended Wagner schools. He served in the Army during the Korean War. He was married to Joan Hockhalter on Dec. 23, 1951 in Armour.

He was a police officer in Lake Andes. He then was employed by the Rural Electrical Association, Armour. Mr. Brodsky then moved to Vermillion in 1957 where he was employed by Clay Union in Vermillion. He had his own electrical business in Vermillion. He then managed the Charcoal Lounge, Vermillion.

He was a member of the Concordia Lutheran Church, Vermillion, the Eagles Club and was a long-time volunteer of the Vermillion Fire Department.

He is survived by his wife, Joan, of Vermillion; sons, Gregg (Bonnie) of Spokane, WA and Curt (Cindy) of Vermillion; daughter, Shelly (Dale) Husby of Vermillion; sisters Alyce Frandsen of Lake Andes, and Delores Thomas of Turlock, CA; half-sisters, Agnes Nedved and Marilyn Wright, both of Wagner; and seven granchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Fern Alkire

Fern Leone Alkire, 84, died Oct. 28, 2003 at Morningside Manor, Alcester.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion, with Bro. Gene Van Epps officiating. Burial will be in BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion.

She was born Feb. 14, 1919 in Vermillion, to Raymond and Daisy (Gray) Gregg. She attended Elmwood School until age 9 and then attended the Roosevelt School District #58 through the eighth grade. She was the second child of the family to graduate from the University High School in 1937, with four years of perfect attendance.

She married George Donavon (Don) Alkire on Dec. 28, 1939 at Le Mars, IA. After their marriage, they moved to Rapid City where her husband was teaching at the Rapid City High School. They moved to Yankton in 1942 where he taught in the math and astronomy department at Yankton College. It was here that their only child Daniel Alkire was born.

They then moved to Mankato, MN, where her husband taught at Mankato Teachers College and Mrs. Alkire enrolled in the Mankato Beauty College. They then moved to Lawrence, KS, where he worked on his doctorate of mathematics and upon reaching this goal he again accepted a job at The University of South Dakota mathematics department.

In 1953 they moved to Fresno, CA. Her husband died on April 5, 1968. She resided in California until June 12, 2002 when she came to live with her sister, Elsie, in Sioux Falls. She entered the Morningside Manor on Sept. 19, 2002.

She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Sherri Alkire, North Fork, CA; four grandchildren, Anne Sadro, Mission Viejo, CA, David Gilbert, North Carolina, Daniel Alkire Jr., and Deadre Alkire, both of North Fork, CA; one brother, Donald (Grace) Gregg, Vermillion; three sisters, Ruby Glodery, Los Angeles, CA, Elsie Stibral and Bonnie (Duane) Pearson, both of Sioux Falls; and sister-in-law, Delores Gregg, Vermillion.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a son, Daniel Alkire Sr., two brothers, Melvin and Lorin Gregg, and two sisters, Lois Goodburn and Dorothy Flinders.

Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion, was in charge of arrangements.

Kenneth Dwinell

Funeral services for Kenneth B. Dwinell, 90, of Gary, were held at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 27 in Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Canby, MN. The Rev. Katherine Rood officiated.

Mr. Dwinell died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2003 at his home in Gary.

Burial was in the Grandview Cemetery, Gary. Visitation was on Monday, Oct. 27 one hour prior to the service at the church. The Crawford-Eng Funeral Home in Clear Lake was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Dwinell was born on May 10, 1913 to James and Ida (Katt) Dwinell in Rock Rapids, IA. As a child, his family moved to a farm near Canby, MN, where he attended country school. He was confirmed at the Florida Lutheran Church near Canby. Following his education, he helped on the family farm and also helped on his aunt and uncle's farm near Rock Rapids, IA. Later, he started farming on his own near Canby.

On April 19, 1955, he married Avis Miller in Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Canby. Following their marriage, they lived and farmed west of Gary. In the late 1960s he began working road construction where he continued to work until 1975. He then began working for Edgar Holm on the farm where he worked for several years until he retired.

He is survived by his daughter, Mary Jo Olson and her husband, Dennis, of Vermillion; two grandchildren, Tara Larsgaard and her husband, Eric of Hillsboro, OR, and Danielle Olson of St. Paul, MN; one great-grandchild, Matilyn Short of St. Paul, MN; one brother-in-law, Toby Haug of Madison, MN; one sister-in-law, Donna Dwinell of Washington.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Avis; parents; three brothers, Virgil and his wife Millie Dwinell, Lawrence Dwinell and Leroy Dwinell; and two sisters, Margaret and her husband, Warren Struss, and Viva Haug.

Gladys Stilwell

Gladys Louise Ferree Stilwell, age 93, died on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2003, at her home in Ionia, MI. She was born Oct. 10, 1910, in Clay County, KS, the daughter of Frank and Vernie (Baldwin) Ferree.

Mrs. Stilwell attended the Kansas City Art Institute from 1935 to 1939, where she studied under Thomas Hart Benton and his contemporaries. On June 24, 1935, Gladys married artist Wilber Moore Stilwell. They lived in Vermillion where Mr. Stilwell was the chairman of the art department at The University of South Dakota. The Stilwells enjoyed working as a team and were recognized for their success on many art projects.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilber, her brother, Frank L. Ferree of Kansas City, KS, and grandson Joseph Van Loan of Ionia, MI.

Surviving her are daughters and sons-in-law Elizabeth and Jon Brechtel of Hot Springs, Mary and Charles Van Loan, and Joan and Roger Cremer of Ionia, MI. Grandchildren include Zac and wife Angie, Ben, Catherine and husband Shawn, and Vailferree Brechtel; Adria, Michael, and Elizabeth Van Loan; and Jacqueline and Sarah Cremer. She is survived by one great-grandchild, Caitlin Brechtel.

Services and burial will be in Kansas City. The family requests all memorial donations to be sent to "The Wilber and Gladys Stilwell Art Award Endowment," PO Box 5555, Vermillion, SD 57069-5555 at The University of South Dakota. This endowment is dedicated to furthering the education of art students.

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