Obituaries Norma Sorensen

Norma M. Sorensen, 81, of Vermillion, died Monday, Sept. 6, 2004 at the Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton.

Norma Jensen was born Aug. 19, 1923 in the Rockfield area, rural Burbank, to George and Jessie (Lawrensen) Jensen. She graduated from Vermillion High School in 1941, and worked for the Agricultural Agency, and later with the National Bank of South Dakota.

She married Morten Sorensen in 1947 in Vermillion, and they farmed and raised livestock in the rural Vermillion area until her husband's death in 1983.

In 1987, Mrs. Sorensen moved to Vermillion, and enjoyed golfing, her card club, and her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Morten, and a brother, Leo Jensen.

Grateful to have shared her life are her children, Nancy Clark of Pocahontas, IA, Kirk (Dawn) Sorensen of Vermillion, and Scot (Mary) Sorensen of Yankton; two brothers, Gail (Ardis) Jensen of Beresford, and Arden (Neoma) Jensen of Vermillion, and two sisters-in- law, Lorraine Jensen of Beresford and Carla Schlegel, Longwood, FL.

She is also survived by nine grandchildren, Jill, James, and Ashley Clark, Calle, Chrissy, Carlee Sorensen, and Eric, Dan, and Nick Sorensen.

Funeral services were 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 9 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion, with burial in the BluffView Cemetery in Vermillion.

Visitation was two hours prior to the service at the church. The Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion was in charge of arrangements.

Daniel Dornbush

Daniel Dornbush, also known as "Bush" and Danny Bush, age 52, died peacefully on Friday, Sept. 3, 2004 at Marion Hospital/Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, IA.

Mr. Dornbush lived at Morningside Nursing Care Home in Alcester for 23 years following an automobile accident in 1980. His quality of life there was sustained over these long and difficult years by the love and compassion of his mother and his close friends.

He was supported 24/7 by the dedicated and professional staff at Morningside.

Bush will be remembered as a colorful local character with a big heart and a smile for everyone. There are lots of stories of his exploits and restless journeys around the country.

His family and friends mourn the loss and are grateful for time spent in his company. There will be an informal gathering at Whimp's at noon on Saturday, Sept 11, to deliver Bush's ashes to the river.

He has gone to join the angel band.

Ruth Renschler

Ruth Lucille Renschler, 83, of Meckling, went to meet her Lord God Almighty on Sept. 6, 2004 at her home after she succumbed to cancer.

Mrs. Renschler was born on Oct. 26, 1920 in Avon, to Willam and Cora Deurmier. She married Alvin Renschler of Avon. They celebrated their 67th anniversary on Feb. 26, 2004. They lived on a farm in Avon and later moved to the Vermillion area where they farmed for many years.

In 1987, after seven years of service, she retired from the Southeastern Dakota Nursing Home in Vermillion. She was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and the Eagles Women's Auxiliary. Ruth was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church. During the time when she was unable to attend the church service, she received a copy of the service and faithfully participated in it as it was broadcast on the radio on Sunday mornings.

She is survived by her husband, Alvin; daughters, Clarice Marie Renschler of Los Molinos, CA, Diann (Renschler) Phillis of Tehama, CA, and son, Nylis of Meckling. She is also survived by a sister, Mary Hinzman of Hot Springs; five grandsons, Mark and Tim Bell, Craig Phillis and David Renschler of California; Nylis Gene Renschler II of Germany, and a granddaughter, Kari Ann Blevins of Sioux City, IA; 11 great-grandchildren, Katie and Amanda Bell of Shingle Springs, CA; Sarah and Bailey Phillis of Placerville, CA, Dakota (Renschler) Seffer of Omaha, NE; Raven and Abigail Ruth Renschler of Tracy, CA, Dina, Gina, Nino, Chiara and Kari Ann Renschler of Germany, and Wilhemina, Malik and Draven Blevins of Sioux City, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Otto and Leo; five sisters, Nellie, Viola, Eleanor, Anna and Ella; and two grandsons, David and Perry Bell.

Visitation will be held on Sept. 10 from 3 to 7:30 p.m. at the Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home. The family will be present from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Funeral services will be held Sept. 11 at 10:30 a.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion. She will be laid to rest in the Meckling Cemetery, Meckling.

Marjorie Weeks

Marjorie "Hoppy" Hospers Weeks, 84, Hilltop Farm, Vermillion, died peacefully in her home the evening of Sept. 3, 2004. She is the wife of 59 years of Martin Weeks, of the home.

Born June 5, 1920 to William and Marion Hospers, Orange City, IA, "Hoppy" was educated at Northwestern College, Grinnell College, and The University of South Dakota.

"Hoppy" was an artist, singer, radio host, educator, art promoter and especially founder of Tiyospaye Network for the Extended Family of South Dakota � Indian and Non-Indian. Her Lakota name was Wambli Changaleshka Wan.

Survivors are her husband, Martin Weeks; two daughters, Patti Bancroft, Vermillion, and Mary Weeks Halbert, Lawrence, KS; two grandchildren, Blake Bancroft, Spearfish, and Raina Jones, Hyrum, UT; and great-grandsons Canute and Aengus Bancroft, and Sunnie Ray Jones.

Services were held Tuesday, 2 p.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church. Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 6 at Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home with a 7 p.m. prayer service.

Helen Willett

Helen I. Willett, 86, formerly of Vermillion, died on Monday, Sept. 6, 2004, at the South Sioux City, NE Care Center.

Her funeral service was 2 p.m. Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Vermillion, with the Rev. Ed Anderson officiating. Burial followed in BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion.

Visitation was held from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, with the family present from 6 to 7 p.m.

She married M.J. Willard on Aug. 31, 1940, in Crofton, NE. He died March 18, 2003.

Mrs. Willett was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Vermillion.

She is survived by two daughters, Diane (Clayton) Swensen, Sioux Falls, and Debra (John) Water, South Sioux City, NE; four grandchildren, Laura, Susan, Justin and Kaleb; four sisters, Dorothy Johnson, Sioux City, IA, Margaret Smith, Spokane, WA, Betty Turner, Tulsa, OK, and Marilyn Demet, Yuma, AZ; and two brothers, Everett Sherk, Salem, NJ, and Wilbur Sherk, Greenville, SC.

Mrs. Willett was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and three sisters, Shirley, Arlene and Phyllis.

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