Pat Hanson Pat Hansen, age 58, died April 20, 2009, in Sioux Falls, after a valiant battle with lung cancer. She slipped away quietly with her sister, Dorothy, and niece, Heidi, at her side. Pat was born March 5, 1951 in Vermillion, to Jim and Florence Prusha. She was preceded in death by both of her parents. She is survived by special friend, Linda Iseman, Vermillion; sister, Dorothy (Dave) Landell, Bloomfield, NE; brother, Steve (Linda) Prusha, White Bear Lake, MN; brother, Don (Jenny) Prusha, Round Rock, TX, and brother, Richard (Donna) Prusha, Yankton. Also grateful to have shared her life are nieces and nephews, Bobbi Brown, Omaha, NE, Brent Brown, Volga, Barry (Heidi) Brown, Tea, Jeremiah (Kelsey) Prusha, Sterling, CO, Chelsey Prusha, Mitchell, and Grace Prusha, Round Rock, TX. She also had a number of grandnephews and nieces who also dearly loved their Aunt Pat and she enjoyed them immensely. Pat worked many years in nursing, both in Vermillion and Sioux Falls. When rheumatoid arthritis made it impossible for her to continue this labor of love, she took a position with the State Housing Authority and eventually traveled to each county in South Dakota providing outreach and assistance to low income families. Her last position was director of the Vermillion Housing Authority. She suffered a spinal cord stroke in 2001 but struggled on in her job until the spring of 2005 when her continually failing health resulted in termination. She was well known for her care giving ways – with her family, friends, patients, tenants and landlords – an attribute that earned her the endearing nickname of "Mother Pat." Pat also loved her many pets and particularly her mobility service dog, Jamie, who died suddenly and unexpectedly two days before her cancer diagnosis. Pat made a point of telling her loved ones that she was ready to go but worried about leaving all of us behind. We tearfully told her that this was her time to rest and that we would be there for one another, and be together with her again one day. We will always miss her but we also want to celebrate her selfless, care giving life and will never forget how fortunate we were to have shared these years with her. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 24 at the Iverson-Siecke-Kober Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service and burial will be at the Bluff View Cemetery. Condolences may be sent online to www.koberfuneralhome.com.
By David Lias For most people in Vermillion, Cheryl Miller and Pamella Jackson have been merely images on newsprint. The … Read Article