Obituaries

Obituaries Marilyn M. Johnson

Marilyn M. Johnson, 81, passed away on the morning of Feb. 15, 2005.

Marilyn was born on Nov. 15, 1923 in Wakonda. She graduated from Augustana College and was an elementary school teacher for over 20 years.

Marilyn retired in 1985 from the Sioux Falls School District. After retirement she spent her time with family in California and Colorado. Marilyn died of pneumonia in Littleton, CO.

She is survived by two daughters and their spouses, Suzanne (John) Kull of Lake City, FL, and Kathy (Tim) Slabach of Highlands Ranch, CO; eight grandchildren, three great-grand children, two sisters, Carol Clodfelter and Cozette Graham; and two brothers, Darryl Gran-gaard and Orin Grangaard.

A memorial service to celebrate Marilyn's life is planned for March 19 at 10:30 a.m. at Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church in rural Vermillion.

Evelyn E. Severson

Evelyn E. Severson, of Gayville, died March 5, 2005 at Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center.

She was born Dec. 11, 1925 in Greenfield, to Albert and Elsie (Johanson) Erickson. She attended school at Greenfield Country School through the eighth grade. She graduated from University High School in Vermillion and NBT Business College in Sioux City, IA. She was married to Dale J. Severson in October 1944.

Dale and Evelyn farmed in the Vermillion area. Evelyn worked at the University Chemistry Lab, Vermillion Auto Parts and for the city of Vermillion. They moved to Gayville in 1993.

During her life, Evelyn was an avid bingo player and enjoyed flower gardening. She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and the Eagles Auxiliary where she served as a trustee and president.

Thankful for having shared her life are her children and their spouses, Peggy (Kent) Wathier of Mission Hill, Doug (Shelly) Severson of Meckling, Tammy (Shad) Bratberg of Gayville; seven grandchildren, Melissa (Seth Veitzer), Jason Nichols, Nick, Adam and Natalie Severson, Amber and Kaitlyn Bratberg; one great-grandson, Noah Veitzer; also one brother, Wayne Erickson of Vermillion.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Eleanor Lyso.

Funeral services were 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, at Trinity Lutheran Church at Vermillion, with the Rev. Judith Johnson officiating. Burial followed in BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion.

Pallbearers were Doug Severson, Shad Bratberg, Kent Wathier, Adam Severson, Seth Veitzer and David Nichols. Honorary pallbearers were Melissa Veitzer, Jason Nichols, Nick Severson, Amber Bratberg, Natalie Severson, Kaitlyn Bratberg, Noah Veitzer and Donald Lyso.

Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 8, at the Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion.

Alta Dahl

Alta G. Dahl, 97, of Hendricks, MN, formerly of Vermillion, died on Tuesday, March 8, 2005 at the Hendricks Nursing Home. A private family service is planned, with interment in the BluffView Cemetery in Vermillion.

Alta was born on Oct. 19, 1907 in Toronto, one of 15 children born to Henry and Gunild Tolrud. She was baptized and confirmed at Leganger Lutheran Church in Toronto.

On Dec. 16, 1947, Alta was married to Arthur Dahl in Canton. Together they owned and operated Art's Cafe in Vermillion from 1954 until 1974. In addition to operating the cafe and being a homemaker, Alta had also been a member of the F.O.E. Vermillion Lodge, and the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary.

She is survived by her niece, Patricia Ann Goebel of Vermillion, her sister's daughter whom she raised from the age of seven. Alta was a grandmother to Patricia's children, Kimber Leigh (and Tim) Crabtree of Osseo, MN, Stacy Hutchison of Las Vegas, NV, and Michael (and Tammy) Runner of Hampton, VA; and she was a great-grandmother to Rebecca, Tyler, Cassandra, Nicholas, Jessica, and Jordan.

Also surviving are her sisters, Gloria Northern of Temple City, CA, and Annie Knudtson of Bellflower, CA; and her brother, John Tolrud of Richland, WA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Art; and 11 brothers and sisters, including her twin brother, Alton "Tony."

Blessed be her memory.

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