Obituaries Mildred Engle

Mildred Engle, 91, of Vermillion, died Sunday, March 20, 2005 at the Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital.

Mildred Doohen was born June 21, 1913 in Garryowen, to John and Nora (Conran) Doohen. She married John Rabusch in 1932, and they farmed for many years in Garryowen, and then operated a business in Lester, IA. Mr. Rabusch died in 1957, and Mildred married Hudson Engle in 1960.

They moved to Sioux City, IA, where she was employed at Bostwicks Department Store. Mr. Engle died in 1979. She moved to Hawarden, IA, where she lived with a brother and sister for many years until moving to Vermillion in 1989.

Mildred was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church in Vermillion, a 65-year member of the Catholic Daughters, and a member of the Senior Citizens Center.

She is survived by two granddaughters, Karla Rabusch of Walnut Creek, CA, and Kathy (Rob) Fagot of Minneapolis, MN; one grandson, Tom (Annette) Rabusch of Minneapolis; and six great-grandchildren, Nicollette, Jack and Kirk Fagot, Jacob, Emma and Nathan Rabusch, all of Minneapolis.

She is also survived by one niece, Jean (Hal) Shouse of Los Altos, CA; and two nephews, Tom (Kay) Shouse of Minneapolis, and John (Rosemary) Doohen of Sioux City, IA; a daughter-in-law, Karen (Mike) Rabusch Schneider of Kellogg, IA; and a brother-in-law, Wendell Shouse of Vermillion.

She was preceded in death by her two husbands, three sons, three brothers, two sisters, and a nephew.

Memorial Mass was 10 a.m. Thursday, March 24, at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Vermillion. Burial followed in St. Mary's Cemetery in Hawarden, IA.

Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion was in charge of arrangements.

Sylvester Broderson

Sylvester Christopher "Sandy" Bro-derson, 81, of DeMotte, IN, passed away March 19, 2005 at Jasper County Hospital. He was born on Sept. 24, 1923 in Marty Mission, to Christopher and Virgie (Hungate) Broderson.

Sandy resided in DeMotte since 1995 and previously lived in Rensselaer, IN. He was raised in South Dakota and attended school there. Sandy had been an electrician for 35 years and worked at both Talbert Tailer and Rensselaer Electric. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served in World War II. He was a Fellow and lifetime member of the Moose Lodge #2272, and a lifetime member of both the American Legion Post #29 and of the V.F.W. Post #1279 all of Rensselaer.

He is survived by three daughters, Regina (Harold) Yates, Honobia, OK, Renee (Billy) Hopper, Zafra, OK, and Sandra (Charles) Rhodes, Union, MS; one son, John Broderson, Honobia, OK; two sisters, Toni Lapsley, DeMotte, IN, and Faye (Danny) Hunt, Grandville, IA; one brother, Royal Broderson, Elk Point; 12 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Christopher and Virgie Broderson; one son, Rick Broderson; three sisters, Patricia Putts, Betty (Kayl) VanNyhuls, and Francis Haeuszer; and one brother, Walt Broderson.

The family received friends at Jackson Funeral Chapel of Rensselaer on Wednesday, March 23, from 9 to 11 a.m. Funeral services were Wednesday, March 23, at 11 a.m. at Jackson Funeral Chapel with Dr. James Blanchard officiating. Interment followed in Memory Gardens of Rensselaer.

Memorials may be made to the family. Also see

Mary C. Brown

Mary Catherine Brown, 78, passed away Thursday, March 17, 2005 at the Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital. Mary was born on Oct. 13, 1926, to Ralph and Amelia Green in Logansport, IN.

She graduated from Logansport High School in 1945 and married Robert Brown on Oct. 29, 1949. She spent the next 26 years as an Army wife and mother, living across the United States and Europe. Following her divorce from Bob in 1975, she settled in Howe, IN. She retired from Howe Military School as a bookkeeper after 16 years in 1991. She moved back to South Dakota in the fall and lived in Vermillion. The last five years Mary has resided at the Sioux Valley Vermillion Care Center.

She attended St. Agnes Catholic Church in Vermillion. She loved to visit with friends and family, crochet, put together jigsaw puzzles, and play bingo.

Preceding her in death were her parents; two brothers, Robert Green and William Green; and a son-in-law, Marlon Olson.

Grateful for having shared her life are her children, Linda Olson of Vermillion, and Dudley Brown and wife Penney of Sturgis, MI; three granddaughters, Staci Weber and her husband, Ron of Mound, MN, Lori Olson of Plymouth, MN, and Kylara Brown of Sturgis, MI.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 19, at 2 p.m. at Dalesburg Baptist Church in rural Beresford with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation was held on Friday, March 18, at the Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home from 4 to 7 p.m.

Mary Ann Harris

Mary Ann Harris, 73, of Sioux Falls, died on Thursday, March 17, 2005. Mary Ann had an illustrious career in broadcasting and film as talk show host, and as news and entertainment reporter that spanned over five decades.

From 1964 to 1990, Mary Ann was seen on KOTA-TV in Rapid City. She hosted interview shows such as A Woman's Touch, Feature This, Partyline and Noon Show. She interviewed many famous people including Bob Hope, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Brokaw, Leonard Nimoy, Lawrence Welk, Charlton Heston, Dolly Parton and Barbara Bush. She produced and appeared in numerous special features including behind the scenes looks at Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, All My Children and General Hospital.

Mary Ann also made appearances in All My Children, General Hospital and One Life to Live. While the Oscar and the Emmy eluded her, Mary Ann won numerous awards for her excellence in broadcasting.

Mary Ann was passionate about helping others. Mary Ann was an outspoken advocate for persons with a disability. Mary Ann donated her time, energy and efforts towards various local, state and national groups including; Dakotabilities, Black Hills Workshop and Training Center, Special Olympics, PEO and Berakhah House.

As she loved the spotlight, she loved T.R.A.S.H. T.R.A.S.H performed many times raising thousands of dollars for the American Medical Association Auxiliary (AMA-ERF). Mary Ann loved every moment with the members of T.R.A.S.H. and spoke often about the group after retiring in the 1990s. Each member of T.R.A.S.H. was special and dear to Mary Ann.

Mary Ann had a flamboyant style and immeasurable zest for life. Mary Ann had the ability to relate well to and work easily with people from all walks of life. Mary Ann saw the beauty in everything. She loved beautiful people and beautiful clothes.

Mary Ann Dahl was born March 1, 1932 in Sioux City, IA, to Gustave and Gertrude (Hickson) Dahl. She grew up and attended school in Vermillion, graduating from Vermillion High School in 1950. She then attended The University of South Dakota where she received her degree in mass communications in 1954.

Mary Ann married the love of her life, Russell H. Harris, MD, in Des Moines, IA, on Feb. 1, 1958. They spent 38 wonderful years together until Dr. Harris passed away on June 15, 1996.

Survivors include her sons, Jason and his wife, Wanda, Jefferson and Matthew, all of Sioux Falls; a daughter, Julie and her husband, Mike of Sioux Falls; six grandchildren; a sister, Jane Low of Moraga, CA; and numerous special friends.

Mary Ann was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Jill, her husband and her parents.

Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 21, at Christ the Victor Chapel, First Lutheran Church. Miller Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. The family also had visitation from at 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 23, at Osheim-Catron Funeral Home in Rapid City with a 10 a.m. graveside service at Mountain View Cemetery in Rapid City.

Memorials may be directed to Dakotabilities of Sioux Falls.

An on-line register and obituary can be found at

Selma Lawton

Selma Margaret Lawton, 83, of Mankato, MN, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2005 at the Mankato Lutheran Home, Mankato, MN.

Graveside service will be at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, April 2, at BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion, with the Rev. Donohue Sarff officiating. Following services, a time of lunch and fellowship with the family will be at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion.

An earlier funeral service was held in January in Minnesota. Arrangements are with Mankato Mortuary, Mankato, MN.

Selma was born July 7, 1921 to Richard T. and Carrie G. (Skartland) Gravrok in Vermillion. She was a 1939 graduate of Vermillion High School. Selma received her bachelor's degree in music from The University of South Dakota.

She went on to receive her master's degree in music education and also a specialist degree in education. Selma was united in marriage to Gerald B. Lawton on July 12, 1945 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion. Selma was principal cellist for the Sioux Falls and Sioux City Symphony Orchestras, and later with the Mankato Symphony.

Selma taught cello and piano for many years. She and Gerald moved to Willmar in 1975 and to Mankato in 1992. She was a past member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion, Calvary Lutheran Church in Willmar, and Christ the King Lutheran Church in Mankato. Selma played an active part in all of these church's musical activities. She was also a member of Alpha Xi Delta � Social Sorority and PEO.

Selma is survived by three children, Karen (Azad) Mesrobian of rural St. Peter, MN, Roxanne Lawton of Woodbury, MN, and Ralph David "RD" (Annette) Lawton of St. Paul, MN; four grandchildren, Kristin Mesrobian and husband, Jeff Johnson, Carrie Mesrobian and husband, Adrian Durand, Kaia Lawton, and Justine Lawton; three great-grandchildren, Sidian Johnson, Owen Johnson, and Matilda Durand Mesrobian; one brother, Robert (Eileen) Gravrok of Minneapolis, MN; also nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Gerald in 2002; an infant daughter, Jennifer; and one brother, Ralph.

Coletta A. Manning

Coletta A. Manning, 80, of Vermillion, died Thursday, March 17, 2005 at the St. Lukes Medical Center in Sioux City, IA.

Coletta Birgen was born May 7, 1924 in Beresford, to Nick and Elizabeth (Muhlenkort) Birgen. She graduated from Beresford High School in 1943, and worked at First National Bank in Beresford.

She married Isidore Manning on Feb. 12, 1944 in Beresford, and she became very active with the farm work with her husband. They lived on the farm near Burbank until moving to Vermillion in 1992.

Coletta was a member of St. Mary's in Garryowen, and St. Agnes Parish in Vermillion. She was a member of the Altar Society and a 38-year member of the Catholic Daughters and was voted Catholic Daughters Mother of the Year in 2000.

Grateful for having shared her life are her husband of 61 years, Isidore, of Vermillion; two daughters, Cleo (Bob) Kast of Beresford, and Kathleen (Richard) Nissen of Vermillion; three sons, David (Kathy) Manning of Burbank, Mike (Linda) Manning of Vermillion, and Joe (Dawn) Manning of Burbank.

She is also survived by 15 grandchildren; a brother, Mathew (Maureen) Birgen of Beresford; a sister, Margaret O'Connell of Wichita, KS; and a brother-in-law, Lee Persoon of Rock Rapids, IA.

Funeral Mass was 11 a.m. Monday, March 21 at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Vermillion, with burial in Garryowen Cemetery, rural Vermillion.

Visitation began at 5 p.m. Sunday with a rosary at 7 p.m. and a prayer service at 7:30 p.m., all at the church. Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion was in charge of arrangements.

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