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Obituaries Naomi Roth

Naomi Frances Roth, 80, of Vermillion, died Thursday, Jan. 1, 2004 at Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls. She was born March 19, 1923, at Wichita, KS, the daughter of Virgil and Cora Belle (Lawhorn) Orram.

She was raised in Wichita, and graduated from Wichita East High School. She married Raymond Henry Thompson on June 29, 1941, in Wichita. He died Sept. 19, 1963. She moved to Vermillion to be near her family in 1999.

She was a member of the Wichita Arthritis Club and helped raise money to build an exercise swimming pool for people with arthritis. In Vermillion she was a member of the Better Breathers Club. She enjoyed travel and had been to almost every state.

She belonged to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, both in Wichita and Vermillion.

Her church service included teaching in Primary, Sunday school and Relief Society. She worked with the young women, did visiting teaching and served as genealogy extraction worker, copying names from Philippines vital records.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Ray and Karen Thompson of Vermillion; her daughter, Coralee Petersen of Angelton, TX; a sister and brother-in-law, Virgie and Pete Haggerty of San Diego, CA; nine grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, and one aunt, Clara Witters, 100, of Wichita. Her husbands, her parents, and her sister, Mavis, predecease her.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Jan. 5, 2004 at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 20 Mickelson Ave., Vermillion. Visitation was on Monday, Jan. 5 at the church from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Internment was in White Chapel Cemetery in Wichita, KS. A graveside service will be held prior to burial on Tuesday, Jan. 6, at 3 p.m.

Stella Moberg

Stella S. Moberg, 84, of Arlington, died Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2003 at the Beverly Health Care Center in Arlington.

Stella Sorena Nystrom was born of March 29, 1918 at Estelline, to August and Anna (Norgaard) Nystrom. She married Willmar Moberg on Sept. 14, 1940 at Rock Rapids, IA. The couple lived most of their years in the Bruce area. In the latter years they lived in Vermillion and Arlington.

She is survived by her four children, Ila Svenning, Marion (Deb) Moberg and Charlotte Thompson all of Volga; and Katherine (Jerry) Calahan of Vermillion; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Betty Christenson of Bryant, and one sister-in-law Margaret Nystrom.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers, four sisters and a son-in-law.

Funeral services for Mrs. Moberg were Friday, Jan. 2, at 2 p.m. in the Johnson-Henry Funeral Home at Arlington with Pastor Loren Odland officiating. Burial was in the Arlington City Cemetery. Visitation was Thursday, Jan. 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. and before services on Friday. The family was present from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday evening.

Carol Wheeler

Carol M. Wheeler, 65, of Vermillion, died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2004 at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, IA.

Carol Schnee was born Dec. 23, 1938 in Alton, IA, to Alphounas and Mary (Gansamer) Schnee. She attended school in Alton, and married Clayton Wheeler on Oct. 29, 1960 in Belle Fourche. She moved to Vermillion in 1990.

Survivors include her husband, Clayton, of Vermillion; a son, Terry (Teri), of Portland, OR; two daughters, Carla (John) Utterback and Peggy Madsen, of Sioux City, IA; one brother, Clarence Schnee, of Duluth, MN; two sisters, Ann Hansen, of Two Harbors, MN, and Gladys Koantz, of Beardsly, MN; and four grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Vermillion, and were handled by the Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion.

Henrietta Fisher

Henrietta Mae Fisher, 90, Vermillion, died Sunday, Jan. 4, 2004. at her residence.

Henrietta Mae McClure was born on Dec. 17, 1913 in Glenville, NE. She graduated in 1940 from Nebraska College of Commerce, and met Joseph Fisher soon after. With his return from the war they were married May 26, 1948.

After achieving his Ph.D., they became Vermillion residents in 1955 as he joined the faculty at The University of South Dakota.

Mrs. Fisher was active in the USD Faculty Wives, the Congregational Church, Eastern Star and later the Vermillion Senior Citizens Center.

Many children knew her as a dedicated teachers' aide at Austin School. Later she helped bring the news to residents via the Plain Talk.

Joe and Henrietta were frequent sights at all the local dances. South Sioux City was one of their favorites until Joe's passing. Mrs. Fisher loved music. She could often be found at her organ playing a snappy "Elmer's Tune" or favorite hymn.

Affectionately known as "Grandma Fisher," she nurtured and supported her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as staff and other students at the elementary schools, middle school and Vermillion High School.

Mrs. Fisher recently celebrated, in her words, "her most wonderful" 90th birthday.

Mrs. Fisher's giving spirit found her an active volunteer at the Vermillion Senior Citizens Center.

She could be seen working in the office, taking lunch tickets, helping in the nutrition areas and have a welcome smile, comment and frequent hug.

Mrs. Fisher carried a cheerful smile, a warm comment and an ever-ready hug to all she knew and met.

Her giving, loving and cheerful Irish heart will be deeply missed.

In her memory, donations may be made to: Vermillion Senior Citizens Center, 320 W. Main, Vermillion, SD 57069; or The American Lung Association, 61 Broadway, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10006.

Mrs. Fisher was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Joseph T. Fisher, and Sarah Marie Kies, a great-grandchild.

She is survived by her children, Linda Buchner and husband John, Kavin Fisher and his significant other, Julie Berry; her grandchildren, Rachelle Kies, Meggan Schoenberg, Elyssa Urban, Alicia Miller, Justin Fisher and Brigette Kirke; and great-grandchildren, Bradley Kies, Shelby Miller, Layne Miller, and Ryan Schoenberg.

Visitation services were at Hansen Funeral Home on Jan. 7 and the funeral services were on Jan. 8 at 1 p.m. at the Vermillion Congregational Church.

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