Clifford A. Olson
Col. Clifford A. Olson, U.S. Army Retired, 82, of Chambersburg, PA, died Thursday, October 25, 2001, at his home.
Born November 29, 1918, in Sisseton, SD, he was the son of the late Alfred and Carrie Olson.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lt. Elizabeth McNamara, Army Nurse Corps, in 1988. They were married in February 1949.
He enrolled in the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1936. He accepted an appointment as junior forester for the U.S. Forest Service in 1938. He worked in the Black Hills and Harney National Forests from 1938 to 1940. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1941 and was assigned to an Armor Unit. He went to England in 1943 and participated in the D-Day invasion of France in 1944. He received a battlefield promotion to 2nd lieutenant in Belgium in 1944. He was wounded during the Battle of the Bulge. From 1945, he served various command and staff assignments in the U.S., Germany, Japan and in Korea during the war. He retired in 1974. He was a member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church. He was a member of the Retired Officers Association, Letterkenny Rod and Gun Club, Charles Nitterhouse Post 1599 VFW and Burt J. Asper Post 46 American Legion, all of Chambersburg. During his retirement, he was active in the Boy Scouts of America of Chambersburg.
He is survived by two sons, Clifford A. Olson Jr. of Chambersburg and Roland Olson of Reno, NV; a grandson; a brother, Mickey Olson of Minneapolis, MN and two sisters, Louise Roth of Sisseton, SD and Alice Cripps of Palisade, MN.
A brother, Alfred Olson Jr. of Arizona and a sister, Josephine Nordstrom of Aberdeen, SD, preceded him in death.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Tuesday, October 30 at 10:00 a.m. at Corpus Christi Catholic Church. The Rev. Luis Rodriguez was celebrant. Burial was in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, PA. Visitation was Tuesday from 9:30 to 10:00 a.m. at the church. The family requested the omission of flowers. Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, 452 E. King St., Chambersburg, PA 17201.
Arrangements were by Robert G. Sellers Funeral Home, Chambersburg.
Anna L. Moshier
Funeral Mass for Anna L. Moshier, 88, of Sisseton, SD were held on Saturday, December 8, 2001 at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Peter's Catholic Church, Sisseton, SD with Rev. Fr. Norman Volk O.M.I. Celebrant. Organist was Bill Nelson and song leader was Cindy Marohl. Pallbearers were Mark and Matthew Schenecker, Gayln and Kenneth Olson, and Randy and William Arbach. Honorary Pallbearers were "All of Anna's Family and Friends." Interment was in the St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery, Sisseton, SD. Visitation was Friday, December 7, 2001 from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. Rosary Service at the Cahill Funeral Chapel and one hour prior to services at the church. The Cahill Funeral Chapel of Sisseton, SD was in charge of arrangements.
Anna was born on September 10, 1913 in Wilmot, SD to John and Lois (Coy) Sutton. She attended country school before moving into Wilmot in 1925 after her father’s death. Anna moved to Sisseton in 1926 where she attended Sisseton High School. Anna was unted in marriage to Lawrence Moshier on February 14, 1932 in Sisseton. The couple owned and operated L.A. Transfer, a branch of the Silver Express Truck Line. After they sold their trucking business, the couple farmed east of Sisseton until Lawrence died in March of 1966. Anna sold the farm and moved to town where she purchased Two Old Cranks and changed the name to the 10-81 Club (later known as Brothers III, and The Golden Cadillac). She owned and operated the 10-81 Club for 18 months. The club was sold and Anna moved to Paulsbo, WA where she lived for five years. Anna returned to Sisseton in 1973. Anna was a lifetime member of St. Peter's Catholic Church belonging to many altar society bands. She loved to read, knit, crochet and do crossword puzzles. Anna passed away on December 4, 2001, at the Browns Valley Health Center after a lengthy illness.
Anna is survived by her daughters, Darlene Arbach of Sisseton, SD; Gail Magnuson of Ada, MN; Shirley and husband Merle Hanson of Portland, OR; Gwen Schenecker of Watertown, SD; and Lisois and husband Lonis Wendt of Vivian, SD; 22 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren, and eight great-great-grandchildren.
Anna was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one granddaughter, Cheryl Anderson and one great-grandson, Christopher LaCasse.
Albert "Alby" Nicholas Geurts
Funeral services for Albert "Alby" Nicholas Geurts were held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 7, 2002 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Browns Valley, MN. Visitation was held from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. prayer service at the Larson Funeral Home in Browns Valley. The Celebrant was Fr. Jack Nordick with Norma Jung serving as organist and The St. Anthony's Choir provided special music. Honorary pallbearers were all of Alby's family and friends. The active pallbearers were Alby's grandsons. Interment was at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Browns Valley.
Albert Nicholas Geurts was born on September 21, 1923 at Arthur Township, Traverse County, MN to parents Arnold and Elizabeth (Roerig) Geurts. He grew up on the farm and attended country school District #5 near Beardsley, MN and graduated in 1941 from Browns Valley High School. Albert entered the Navy and was stationed over seas on a destroyer escort. In his early years Alby operated a portable feed mill. He worked as a mechanic for various repair shops and car dealerships and then in 1955 he opened his own business "Alby's Align Shop" in Browns Valley. He also owned a commercial fishing business for a short time and was a part time policeman in Browns Valley.
Albert was united in marriage to Ramona Richardson on June 30, 1964. He continued to live in Browns Valley and worked as a mechanic until entering the Browns Valley Health Center in 1996.
Alby was a great storyteller, avid hunter and fisherman and was very good at bowling and horseshoes. He loved to have fun with family and friends. Albert was a lifetime member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, a member of the Usher's Club, a Boy Scout Troop leader for a short time and called Bingo for many years. He was a very prayerful man and faithful to his church.
Albert passed away on Sunday evening, November 3, 2002 at Canby, MN reaching the age of 79 years, one month and 11 days.
Survivors include three daughters, Joan (Mike) Spindler of Browns Valley, MN, JoAnn (Lyle) Kruse of Canby, MN, and Jan (Bob) Taplin of Mankato, MN; two sons, Robert (Eileen) Skjonsberg of Browns Valley, MN and Ron (Renae) Skjonsberg of Viborg, SD; two brothers Don (Betty) Geurts of Little Canada, MN and Gerald "Swede" (Lila) Geurts of Browns Valley, MN; 19 grandchildren Mark, Ann, Mike, Jr., Matt, Kaylyn, Jessica, Jordan, Brittany, Elizabeth, Jason, Kristy, Eric, Rob, Ron, Jr., Joni, Nichole, Naomi, Amber and Cassan-dra; 8 great grandchildren Kendra, Kaden, Ian, Tyler, Jevontia, Jendaya, Jaylona and Christian.
Edna G. Fransen
Funeral services for Mrs. Edna G. Fransen, age 94, of Sisseton, SD, and formerly of Aberdeen, SD, began at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 25, 2003, in the Hope Lutheran Church in Summit, SD, with the Reverend Steve Slaamot officiating. Music was presented by Gloria Slaamot, pianist; a quartet composed of Calvin Hills, Gloria Slaamot, April Moen, and Holly Anderson; a duet by Allison Mary Fransen and Julia Hills; a duet by Julia Hills and Melvin Hovland; and a piano and mandolin instrumental duet by Janet and Lloyd Bakke. There was a reviewal in the church Saturday one hour before services. Pallbearers were Calvin Hills, Irving Slaamot, Rollie Hoffman, Errol Stai, David Pederson, and Kenny Fransen. Burial was in the Lebanon Cemetery, rural Summit, SD.
Edna was born on Dec. 2, 1908, near Havelock, ND, the daughter of Peder M. and Inga A. (Hanson) Pederson. She graduated from Sisseton High School in 1927. She taught school for a short while until attending several different colleges in South Dakota where she obtained a two-year teaching certificate.
Edna was united in marriage to Herbert A. Fransen on Dec. 6, 1942, in Inglewood, CA. She taught in North-east South Dakota country schools for 30 years. Her husband died on March 17, 1952.
Upon her retirement, Edna moved to Aberdeen, SD, where she was a librarian at the city library for several years. Edna was a foster grandparent volunteer for 25 years at the School for the Visually Handicapped and at the Boy’s Club in Aberdeen. Her motto was: “Do unto others as ye would have them do unto you.”
Edna died on Monday, January 20, 2003, in the Tekakwitha Nursing Center in Sisseton.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Mary Lee and Calvin Hills, rural Sisseton, SD; one son, Martin Leo Fransen, Fargo, ND; one granddaughter, Allison Mary Fransen, Fargo, ND; one sister, Mrs. Eleda Larson, Mabton, WA; two sisters-in-law, Mrs. Adeline Pederson, Sioux Falls, SD, and Mrs. Myrtle Fransen, Watertown, SD; and several nieces and nephews and foster children.
In addition to her husband, her parents, one sister, and two brothers preceded her in death. The Emanuel-Patterson Funeral Home of Milbank was in charge of the arrangements.
Ober L. Torvik
Ober Torvik, 88, of Pierre, SD passed away at Maryhouse Nursing Home January 19, 2003.
Ober Lawrence Torvik was born at Sisseton, SD to Waldemar Torvik and Maria (Johnsrud) Torvik on September 13, 1914. Ober graduated from Sisseton High School.
He left home at 17 years of age and went to California where he went to sea in the Merchant Marines. For five years he traveled to many foreign countries and Alaska. Ober attended college at Santa Rosa College in California until he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps at Sacramento, CA in August 1942. Ober served with the 91st Air Force bomb group as a B-17 mechanical engineer. He was shot down by German fighter planes and spent two years as a prisoner of war. He received multiple citations as well as the Purple Heart.
Ober married Maxine Dady February 2, 1946 while still in the service. On honorable discharge from the service Ober worked in Sisseton as a car salesman for 11 years. In 1956 he bought a beverage distributorship in Pierre which he operated until 1972. He then became a South Dakota Real Estate Broker developing the first solar home in the area, the Camelot subdivision as well as house and business sales.
Ober was a member of Ex-POW, American Legion, VFW, Disabled American Veterans and Elks. Ober was a Eucharistic Minister at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. He was active in the 4th degree Knights of Columbus as both an officer and a member.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife of 56 years, Maxine, of Pierre, his daughter, Denise, and husband, Dennis Smart of San Marcos, TX and grandsons Peter and Christopher.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and two brothers.
A prayer service was held Wednesday evening, January 22, 2003 at 8:00 p.m., with visitation from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m., at Maryhouse Chapel with Fr. Hal Barber presiding. A Funeral Mass was held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 23, 2003 at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Father Hal Barber officiating.
A Memorial Fund has been established in Ober's name.
John Andrew Hannasch
Funeral Mass for John Andrew Hannasch, 21, of Fargo, ND, formerly of Sisseton, SD was held on Wednesday, April 2, 2003 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Peter's Catholic Church, Sisseton, SD with Rev. Fr. Norman Volk OMI, celebrant. Organist was Cindy Marohl and song leader was Sandi Jaspers. Pallbearers were Dan Cameron, Topher Cameron, Pat Ercink, Shane Raw, Aaron Veflin, Kipp Bredvik, Dan Thelin, and Brian Kleindl. Honorary Pallbearers were "All John's Cousins and Friends." Interment was in the Scandia Ceme-tery, rural Sisseton, SD. Visitation was Tuesday, April 1, 2003 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Cahill Funeral Chapel and from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at St. Peter's Catholic Church with a Scripture Service at 7:00 p.m. Visita-tion was Wednesday, April 2, 2003 one hour prior to services at the church. The Cahill Funeral Chapel of Sisseton, SD was in charge of arrangements.
John was born on December 9, 1981 at Graceville, MN to Kenneth and Millicent (Tasa) Hannasch. John attended school in Sisseton graduating in 2000. John furthered his education at North Dakota College of Science at Wahpeton, ND for one year and was presently a student at North Dakota State University at Fargo, ND. John was also working for Pepsi America at Fargo, ND.
John was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church where he was baptized and confirmed. John loved to make people laugh and talk with everyone, especially about his cars. John passed away on Sunday, March 30, 2003 as the result of a motor vehicle accident.
John is survived by his parents, Kenneth and Millicent Hannasch, of Sisseton, SD; three brothers, Jason Hannasch and fiance' Amanda Bredvik of Watertown, SD, Steven Hannasch of Fargo, ND and Aaron Hannasch of Sisseton, SD; paternal grandmother, Ann Hannasch of Sisseton, SD; maternal grandfather, Magnus Tasa of Sisseton, SD; nephew Trevor of Watertown, SD, great-aunt Ruth Sherman of Lyndale, WA; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
John was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, William Han-nasch; maternal grandmother Agnes Tasa; and aunt Jane (Hannasch) Haskamp.