Obituaries Gladys Amundson

Gladys E. Amundson, 99, formerly of Wakonda, died Jan. 21, 2004 at the Centerville Good Samaritan Center, Centerville.

She was born June 22, 1904, near Wakonda to John and Thirza (Hall) Whitmer. She attended country school in Lodi.

She married Sigard Amundson on Aug. 11, 1925 in Sioux City, IA. They lived on a farm near Wakonda. Sigard died Oct. 27, 1965. A son, Russell, died Dec. 8, 1965. Gladys continued to live on the farm until moving to Pioneer Assisted Living in Viborg and later to Good Samaritan Center in Centerville. She was also preceded in death by five sisters and two brothers.

She was a long time member of the First Lutheran Church in Wakonda.

Survivors include a daughter, Madeline Smith of Dakota Dunes; four grandchildren, Dr. Barry Smith and his wife, Mary of Spearfish, Carol Smith of Dakota Dunes, Connie Vander Vliet of Chester, Charles Smith and his wife, Sue, of Minneapolis, MN; five great-grandchildren; and five great-great grandchildren.

Services were at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 24 at First Lutheran Church, Wakonda, with the Rev. Elizabeth Johnson officiating. Burial followed in Lodi Cemetery, rural Wakonda. Visitation was at 4 p.m., Friday, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion.

Stella Anker

Stella Anker, 91, of Vermillion, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2004, at the Sioux Valley Vermillion Care Center.

Mrs. Anker was born March 1, 1912 in Vermillion to Theodore and Hattie (Berg) Anker. She attended Vermillion public schools, graduating in 1929. She graduated from The University of South Dakota in 1933, and during college was very active in the music department and played cello in the orchestra.

She was a member of Alpha Lambda Delta and Mu Phi Epsilon. She also received a BA degree several years later and began a long career of teaching English. She taught in Newell, Riverton, WY, Smithland, IA, and Thermopolis, WY, retiring in 1976.

During her teaching years, she attended summer school and received her master's degree from Columbia University in New York City in 1948. While teaching in Wyoming, she enjoyed the hot springs, mountains, many school activities, and was the organist at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Thermopolis. She enjoyed spending time with all of her high school students, and kept in touch with many of them. She traveled extensively in the summer, or attended summer school in Colorado or New York.

After her retirement she returned to Vermillion, and her childhood home. She was very active in the community where she served on the board of directors at the Shrine to Music Museum and as a guide and lecturer at the museum. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion, where she served as church organist for the weekday services, and accompanied the children's choir. She also played cello in the University Orchestra, and held office in the music club, and was past president of PEO. She was also a member of the Senior Citizens Center, Clay County Historical Society and Dalesburg Scandinavian Society.

Miss Anker had many interests, but music was her first love. She took many trips to Washington, DC, New York City, Chicago and St. Louis to the opera. She enjoyed reading, gardening, spectator sports and bridge.

Survivors include several cousins and numerous friends.

A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion. Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion is handling the arrangements.

The family requests memorials be directed to Sioux Valley Vermillion Care Center.

Emma Johnson

Emma Marie Johnson, 89, Vermillion, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2004 at Sioux Valley Vermillion Care Center.

Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 17 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Vermillion, with the Rev. Ed Anderson officiating. Burial was in BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion.

Visitation was from 3 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, with a 7:30 p.m. prayer service, at Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion.

Mrs. Johnson was born April 18, 1914, in Vermillion, to Martin and Helen (Engman) Piersol. She graduated from Vermillion High School and The University of South Dakota with a master's degree in English. She married Russell I.J. Johnson on June 10, 1941, in Vermillion. She was a homemaker and taught school for several years.

She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Retired Teachers Organization and Friends of W.H. Over Museum. She was also involved in various church activities.

Survivors include a son, Raymond (Cheri) Johnson, Mineola, TX; a daughter, Beth (Kevin) Halverson, Watertown; a sister, Betty Torkildson, Sioux Falls; a daughter-in-law, Lana Johnson, Oregon, WI; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and one son, Dennis.

Theresa Stockman

Theresa Stockman, 50, of Springfield, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2004 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton.

She was born Nov. 26, 1953 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton to James and Charlotte (Ackerman) McManus. She was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic Church. She attended Volin and Irene schools and graduated in 1972.

She married Tom Stockman in 1976. They had three children. She had twins in 1994 with Bill Noyer.

She worked for 16 years at Dale Electronics and various jobs in Yankton and Springfield. Her life revolved around her children, grandchildren, family, her love of gardening, animals and love of traveling.

Survivors include four sons, Michael and wife Lisa, and David, all of Yankton, Billy and Buck, both of Crofton, NE; one daughter, Josephine and fianc� John Lucht, Crofton, NE; granddaughters Tristan and Summer; and friend, Bill Noyer; her mother, Charlotte McManus, Irene; brothers and sisters, Donna and Dean Daniels, Yankton, Bill and Char McManus, Chester, Cathy and Larry Risty, Redwood Falls, MN, Jim and Pam McManus, Sioux Falls, Jeanette Dunker, Orient, Pam and Randy Anderson, Irene, Betsy McManus, Glenwood Springs, CO, Lee Ann Moen, Irene, Jeff McManus and Jonie, Irene, Connie McManus and Morris Gaikowski, Marion, Tim and Becky McManus, Volin, Chris and Ken Meylor, Sioux Falls, Laura McManus, Yankton; also numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.

She was preceded in death by her father, James, a brother, Joe, and her grandparents.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30, at the Hansen Funeral Home in Irene. Burial followed in St. Columba Catholic Cemetery, rural Irene.

Visitation was from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, with a prayer service beginning at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Loren Carlson

Loren Carlson, 80, of Sioux Falls, formerly of Vermillion, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2004 at his home.

Funeral services are 2 p.m. Saturday, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Vermillion, with burial in BluffView Cemetery. Visitation will be 3 to 7 p.m. at the church, with a 7 p.m. prayer service.

Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Kathryn Hughes

Kathryn I. Hughes, 88, of Vermillion, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2004, at Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital.

Services are 10 a.m. Saturday, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Vermillion, with burial in BluffView Cemetery.

Visitation will be 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, with a 7 p.m. prayer service.

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