Obituaries Francis Gaetze

Francis Gaetze, 87, Salem, formerly of Mitchell, died Friday, March 5, 2004 at Beverly Healthcare in Salem. Services were Monday, 10 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Mitchell. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery in Mitchell. Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday with a scripture service at 7 p.m. at the Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Francis John Gaetze was born Jan. 1, 1917 at Letcher to John and Mayme Steinfeld Gaetze. He grew up in the Letcher area. He married Margaret Friedrich Feb. 8, 1941 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Parkston. They lived in Mitchell where he worked at Mitchell Livestock Auction then in Newell and Lead where he was employed at the Homestake Gold Mine for a number of years.

They farmed at Yale, Epiphany and Gayville, then moved to Vermillion where Francis was with the maintenance department at USD and was also employed at Crew Agency. They retired and moved to Mitchell and had been residents of Salem since 1999.

He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Salem and had been a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church and Holy Family Catholic Church in Mitchell.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret; four children, Mary Jean Jessen and husband Marvin of Holabird, Barb Morgan and husband Ron of Mitchell, Eileen Honner and husband Ron of Yankton, Kenneth Gaetze of Vermillion; one brother, Ivan Gaetze and wife Ruth of Letcher; 19 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Leo; and one granddaughter, Susan Jessen.

H. Lillian Davis

H. Lillian Davis, 99, Vermillion, died Friday, March 5, 2004, at Sioux Valley Vermillion Care Center.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Monday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Vermillion. Burial was in BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion.

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

She was born Oct. 12, 1904, in Ramona to Peter and Catherine (Lei) Mohr. She attended school through the eighth grade. She married Clarence Davis Oct. 18, 1920, in Madison. He died Aug. 27, 1962. She has lived in Vermillion since 1941.

She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, VFW Auxiliary, Extension Club OGB and the Rebekah Lodge.

Survivors include her daughters, Iola Speulda, Sioux Falls, Erma (Van Dale) Larson, Darlene (Richard) Bottolfson, Donna (Jerry) Sommervold and Patricia (Clark) Lewison, all of Vermillion; a daughter-in-law, Joyce Davis, Vermillion;

20 grand-children; 44 great-grandchildren; 17 great-great

grandchildren and 12 step-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three sons, a grandson and a son-in-law.

Aidan Leber

Aidan Louis Leber, 15-month-old son of Aaron and Shannon Leber of Louisville, KY, passed away on March 3, 2004, with his family by his side. Aidan passed away after a year-long battle with brain cancer at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN.

Aidan is survived by his parents, Aaron Young Leber and Shannon (Hartlage) Leber, and newly born sister, Alaina Marie Leber of Louisville, KY. Aidan is also survived by his grandparents, Al and Kyong (Han) Leber of Vermillion, Dave Hartlage of Louisville, KY, and Susan Hartlage Black of Atlanta, GA; uncles, David Hartlage, Jason Leber and Ben Leber; and aunts, Christie Hartlage, Gina Leber and Abby (Demanette) Leber; great-grandparents Louis and Delores Hartlage of Louisville, KY, Betty Leber of Council Bluffs, IA, and Brooks and Gloria Hodges of Lewisburg, TN.

Funeral services were held at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Louisville, on Saturday, March 6.

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