Anne Iversen

Anne Iversen

Anne Iversen

Anne Iversen, 86, of Vermillion, died on Monday, July 15, 2013, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton.

Anne-Lise Nielsen was born on Dec. 8, 1926, to Johannes and Marie (Hansen) Nielsen in Rodvig, Denmark. Her father was a fisherman and her mother worked as a professional cook. Anne lived and worked in Copenhagen during the German occupation of World War II, which she remembered as a very fearful time. It was there Anne-Lise met Elmer Iversen, a U.S. Army soldier with Danish parents. In 1947, she traveled to South Dakota where they were married, and settled on the family farm near Gettysburg. She became a naturalized citizen on June 12, 1952, and loved both her home and adopted countries for the remainder of her life. Their only daughter, Deborah, was born in 1955, and was cherished by both of her parents. Anne and Elmer dissolved their marriage in 1968.

Anne lived in Gettysburg and worked for 17 years at Oahe Manor nursing home. In 1983, she moved to Vermillion to be closer to her daughter, Deb’s family. She worked at the Vermillion Hospital, and the Vermillion School District until she retired.

In 2003 she moved to Town Square Apartments where she enjoyed sharing her culinary skills, and playing cards, bingo and dominos with her many friends.

Anne was an avid gardener, cook, and award-winning bowler. She won the women’s bowling state tournament championship in 1964, and bowled a 716 series at an event in 1968. She loved watching sports, and never missed a tennis tournament, or an Olympic event.

Her knitting and crocheting skills were well known in the communities where she lived as she made many children’s sweaters, which have become family heirlooms.

She was an adoring grandmother who attended every event, and shared her numerous crafting and culinary skills, but most of all she shared her time and love. She was affectionately known to many as “Grandma Anne.”

She was preceded in death by her parents, and brothers, Bent and Ernst.

She is survived by her daughter, Deborah (Doyle) Karpen of Jefferson; her granddaughters, Abby (Matt) Erickson of San Antonio, TX, Roxanne Karpen of New York, NY, Whitney Karpen, of Mill Creek, WA; and great-grandchildren Gabrielle, Colin and Dane Erickson.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 22, 2013, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion, with Pastor Trisha Boese officiating. Family visitation will be held one hour prior to the services. Cremation and internment will follow at a later time.

Memorials may be directed to the Vermillion Area Food Pantry, 816 E. Clark St. Vermillion, SD 57069.

Services were entrusted to Kober Funeral Home of Vermillion.

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