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Obituaries James Chesley

James Leonard Chesley, 78, formerly of Wakonda, died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2003 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton after a lengthy illness.

Mr. Chesley was born Oct. 8, 1925 in Canton to Clarence and Helen (Cannon) Chesley. He was raised in and attended schools in Sioux Falls. He entered the U.S. Navy in December 1943 and served in World War II and the Korean War. He was stationed in the Philippines, serving on the USS SD Sturgis, and was responsible for guiding LCM boats into areas of conflict delivering military personnel to their respective stations. He received his honorable discharge in February 1946.

On May 25, 1947 he married Mary Jane Peterson in Colton, and he was employed for 11 years at Sunshine Foods in Sioux Falls. He later managed the Piggly Wiggly Supermarket in Rapid City for two years, and returned to Sioux Falls to manage Randall Spies Grocery for a year.

In 1964, Mr. Chesley and family moved to Wakonda to purchase a grocery store which became J & J Grocery and Locker. A second store was added in Irene in 1976. Mr. Chesley retired in 1988, and moved to Yankton in 1992.

He was a member of the Wakonda Legion, Yankton Elks, UCT, Masonic Lodge, Glenridge Golf Course, the Toastmasters and Christ the King Lutheran Church in Yankton. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, gardening, barbequing, golfing, hunting and relaxing at his Swan Lake cabin.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Steve and Dick; and a sister Betty.

His survivors include his wife, Jane, of Yankton; two sons, Jim, of Yankton, and Jerry (Donna), of Parker; and two daughters, Jill (Steve) Johnson, of Wakonda, and Jacque (Mike) Molenda, of Yankton. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, a brother Ernest; and two sisters, Mary Mererink, and Clara Gaudian as well as several nieces and nephews and loving friends.

Funeral services were 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Yankton, with burial in Union Cemetery rural Wakonda. Visitation began at 6 p.m. Monday, with a prayer service at 7 p.m., followed by a Masonic service, all at Hansen Funeral Home in Irene.

Vera Anderson

Vera Charrlin Anderson of Vermillion died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2003 at the age of 96. She was a resident of the Sioux Valley Vermillion Care Center.

Public memorial services will be Jan. 5, 2004 at 2 p.m. at the Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home in Vermillion with a reception to follow. There will be a private burial service for immediate family at the BluffView Cemetery.

Vera Charrlin Anderson was born Jan. 5, 1907 at Vermillion to Julius and Mary (Anderson) Charrlin. She grew up in rural Vermillion, graduated from Vermillion High School and attended classes at The University of South Dakota. She lived most of her life in the historical Forest Avenue home she inherited from her uncle, John Charrlin.

She married Marcus Anderson Sept. 10, 1938. Together they operated Anderson Brothers Oil Company for many years and later farmed.

Mrs. Anderson was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Vermillion, was active in the Rebekah Lodge and a charter member of Civic Council. She loved cats and grew flowers which she shared with many people.

She will long be remembered by many of over 100 University of South Dakota students with whom she and Mr. Anderson shared their home for over 60 years. Some of their students considered the Andersons as their "other parents." Several asked them to be godparents for their children. Two students came to them from China.

Survivors include her nephews, Robert Charrlin of Warrensburg, MO, Allan Charrlin of Beresford, and their families; and the children of her niece, Mary Ann Wood, and her sister-in-law, Laure (Anderson) Lemmerman of Fulda, MN.

In lieu of flowers, Mrs. Anderson would appreciate that any memorials be directed to the Clay County Historical Society, 15 Austin St, Vermillion, SD 57069; SD Public Broadcasting, PO Box 5000, Vermillion, SD 57069; University of South Dakota Foundation, PO Box 5555, Vermillion, SD 57069; or the Civic Council, 17 Market Street, Vermillion, SD 57069.

Berniece Westre

Berniece Westre, 97, of Sioux Falls, died Dec. 18, 2003 from the complications of a stroke.

(Stella) Berniece Abild Westre was born Sept. 17, 1906 to Rudolph and Ida (Lovejoy) Abild. She was born on the Lodi homestead of her grandparents, Larkin and Sarah (Sherk) Lovejoy with her aunt Dr. Isabel Abild in attendance. During her early years her parents farmed in Turner County northeast of Centerville. Her parents later settled permanently on the Pleasant Valley homestead of her grandparents Hans T. and Ingrid (Ellefson) Abild.

She graduated from Dakota Wesleyan University in 1927 and started teaching at Bloomingdale Township School near Vermillion. She married Curtis

Jewell Westre on April 10, 1929 at Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church in Westreville, where they were both active members.

They farmed near Hurley, Westreville, Lodi, and Vermillion before moving to Sioux Falls in 1953. In Sioux Falls she taught second grade at Whittier and Franklin elementary schools and also finished a second degree from Augustana College in 1955.

Her husband died in 1965. She continued teaching full time until 1972 and substituted for many more years.

She was a member of First Lutheran Church and was active in Rachel Circle. She also enjoyed Retired Teachers, Sons of Norway, Sioux Valley Auxiliary, Augustana Auxiliary and was a charter member of the Epsilon chapter of the ADK Teachers Sorority.

Survivors include her daughter, Rosalyn Berniece Stormo (Earl) of Sioux Falls; her son, Carlan Jewell Westre (Shirley) of San Diego, CA; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, a brother, Vernon L. Abild (Pat), of Mt. Vernon, WA; and a sister-in-law, Martha Abild of Riverside, CA.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and her brothers Inman (Ida) and Marion.

The funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Dec. 30 in the First Lutheran Church chapel, 12th and Minnesota Ave., Sioux Falls. Visitation is scheduled for 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 29 at the Miller Funeral Home, 13th and Main Ave., Sioux Falls.

Memorials may be directed to First Lutheran Media Ministry or Retired Teachers Scholarship Fund.

Allen Young

Allen T. Young, 101, of Wakonda, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2003 at Wakonda Heritage Manor in Wakonda.

He was born April 9, 1902 in Clay County, the seventh child in a family of 13 (and last surviving) to Allen and Bridget (Griffin) Young. He attended Ireland School until grade eight, when he quit to help on the family farm.

He married Mae Kilbride, June 23, 1941 at Saint Patrick's Catholic Church Wakonda. Four children were born to this union, MaryAnn (died August 1990), Richard, Thomas and Agnes.

Mrs. Young died June 4, 1981, a few days short of their 40th wedding anniversary.

Mr. Young's enjoyment in life was his family and his farm. He enjoyed a centennial celebration in 1989 at the family farm with many of his family present and his nephew, Father Jim Buckley, was on hand to celebrate Mass at the farm.

He farmed on the land his father homesteaded in 1889 and spent his life there until June 1993 when he entered the Wakonda Heritage Manor where he resided until his death.

Survivors include tow sons, Richard of Farmingon, MN, and Thomas of Ramsey, MN; one daughter, Agnes Englemeyer of Watertown; 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral Mass was 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Wakonda. Burial followed in St. Columkill Cemetery rural Wakonda.

Visitation began at 6 p.m. Friday Dec. 19 with scripture services beginning at 7 p.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church.

Hansen Funeral Home in Irene was in charge of arrangements.

Maxine Chausse

Maxine J. Chaussee, 72, of Wakonda, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2003 at Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls.

She was born March 9, 1931 near Vermillion to Joseph and Delma (Madsen) Dahlin. She grew up in the Vermillion area, later moving to Yankton. She attended Yankton High School. She was later employed for several years by the State Hospital in Yankton.

She married Donald Chaussee on March 9, 1951 at Westreville. She worked at the Wakonda Public School for many years and also worked at the Wakonda Hotel for several years.

She enjoyed camping and spending time with her grandchildren at the lake and enjoyed having morning coffee with her many friends. She also enjoyed collecting duck figures over the years.

She was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Wakonda and taught Sunday school there for several years.

Survivors include her husband, Donald of Wakonda; two daughters, Linda (Jack) Earl of Mitchell, and Sherry (Dan) Patzwald of Tea; one son, Rick (Pam) of Viborg; 14 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and one brother, Marvin Dahlin of Yankton.

Funeral services were 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20 at First Lutheran Church in Wakonda. Burial followed in Union Cemetery rural Wakonda.

Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19 at Hansen Funeral Home in Irene.

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