Obituaries Anna B. Lawrensen

Anna B. Lawrensen, 81, of Vermillion, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2005, at the Good Samaritan Home, Sioux Falls.

Funeral services were held 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 7, at Roseni Lutheran Church, rural Beresford, with the Rev. Debora Hanna officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Visitation was from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday with a 7 p.m. prayer service at the Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion.

She was born June 3, 1923 in Dalarna, Sweden to Oscar A. and Agnes K. (Ax) Messler.

Her family came to the United States when she was 2, and she grew up in Alsen. She graduated from Beresford High School in 1941, and married Elvin Wayne Lawrensen on Jan. 31, 1942 in Union County. The couple moved to Vermillion in 1973. Elvin died June 9, 1986.

Anna was a member of Roseni Lutheran Church, WELCA, and served as treasurer of the Roseni Lutheran Church Women.

She was also a member of the Senior Citizens Center, Vermillion, and was a photographer at Roseni and everywhere.

Anna is survived by three daughters, Carol Nixon, Maple Plain MN, Sandra Lawrensen, San Diego, CA, Brenda (Paul) Miller, Hyattsville, MD; a son, Barry (Elaine) Lawrensen, Kandern, Germany; eight grandchildren; a brother, Gary (Bev) Messler, Arlington Heights, IL; and brothers-in law and sisters-in-law, Marilyn Messler of California, Glen Lawrensen, Paula Lawrensen and Leone Christopherson, Vermillion.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two brothers, Roland and Robert Messler; a sister, Doris Jacobsen; and a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Grace and Elmore Johnson.

Carroll Colwell

Carroll G. Colwell, 86, of Vermillion, died Sunday, Feb. 6, 2005, at Sioux Valley Hospital, Sioux Falls.

Carroll was born Jan. 25, 1919, at New Iberia, LA, to John H. and Ruth (Hogsett) Gallion. She married Dell Colwell July 13, 1946, in Berlin, Germany. The couple moved to Vermillion in 1959. She was an active member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Vermillion. She was also a member of the Faculty Club, Vermillion.

Carroll is survived by her husband, Dell, Vermillion; son, David (Elizabeth) Colwell, St. Paul, MN; her daughters, Catherine D. Colwell and Ken Helander, Vermillion, Rebecca (James) Deatherage, Gaithersburg, MD, and Patricia C. (Tim) Franklin, Incline Village, NV; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services were 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Vermillion, with the Rev. Mercy Hobbs and Rev. David Hussey officiating. Burial was in the BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion.

Visitation was from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the church.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers.

Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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