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January 2010

Hope Brown
Hope Colleen Jans Brown, 84, a resident of Morningside Care Center in Alcester, and previously of Hudson, died on Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at the Morningside Care Center. A memorial service was held January 11 at Hudson Lutheran Church with Rev. Lori Marty officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Ireton, IA..
Hope was born on January 8, 1925 to Grover and Hazel (Shoemaker) Jans and raised on a farm south of Hawarden, IA. She attended schools there and graduated from Hawarden High School where she was very active in several prize-winning school musical groups including the Hawarden Madrigals. Upon graduation she trained at the Normal School for teachers in Sioux Falls and many remember her from the days she taught at one-room country schools. On May 20, 1945 she married Charles Brown of Ireton, IA and they made their home in Hudson where Charlie operated the Andrews Elevator. They also owned and operated a mink ranch on their property for more than a decade during the 1960s. In 1973, Hope and Charlie purchased the Pastime in Ireton, Iowa and enjoyed three years as the tavern’s owners. Hope also worked for the Hudson State Bank, Alcester’s Morningside Nursing Home, as the dietary manager for Hudson’s Colonial Manor Nursing Home, and for several years as a senior companion in Hudson and surrounding towns. She was active in the Hudson Lutheran Church as a Sunday school superintendent, teacher and choir director, and was an organizer for Hudson’s Talent Show as part of the annual Crop Show. Hope loved to play cards, fish, frequent the dog track with Charlie and travel. She was self-taught at the piano and wrote several songs that were recorded. Hope was always interested in and concerned about others, and was known for her cheerful personality and making the world’s best chocolate chip cookies
Grateful for having shared her life are her four children, Kendall (Valerie) Brown of Alcester; Steve (Renae) Brown of Hawarden, IA, Roz Brown of Boulder, CO; and Cliff Brown of Vermillion; her five grandchildren: Holli-Jo Brown, Andrew and Paul Brown, and Collier and Grey Grimm.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie, her grandson, Chad Brown, sister, Joyce Green and brother, Lowell Jans both of Hawarden, and her sister and best friend, Lorraine De Lorenzo of Seattle, WA.

Ruby “Iola” Evans
Ruby “Iola” Evans, 95, of Centerville, died January 15, 2010 at the Good Samaritan Center in Centerville. Funeral services were held January 20 at Scandia Lutheran Church in Centerville, with burial following at the Riverview Cemetery, rural Centerville.
Ruby “Iola” Evans was born February 2, 1914 in Brookings County, SD to parents Peter and Mathilda (Sundet) Ust. Iola graduated from Sinai High School in 1932. She married Howard Evans in 1934. Iola moved to Centerville in 1945. She worked at Good Samaritan Center, Morningside Manor in Alcester and various jobs in Centerville, Alcester and Sioux Falls. She cared for many children in the Centerville community with whom she has stayed in very close contact over the years. She moved to the Good Samaritan Center in February of 2000 and has resided there until the present time.
Iola was baptized into the Lutheran faith in Brookings, SD and was confirmed in Volga, SD. She was a woman of deep faith and believed in the power of prayer. She was currently a member of Scandia Lutheran Church where she enjoyed being involved in Circle and the Quilting Group. She was also a member of the Centerville Senior Citizens Center.
Iola’s greatest joy was the love of her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great, great grandchildren. She loved to attend all school activities of her family well into her 90’s and will be remembered for her great cooking, baking, and for the afghans she crocheted for many people.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Milton and Lloyd, a sister Irene, a sister in infancy, three children, Richard Evans, Marilyn Newberg, and Carol Ann Evans, son-in-law Jim Ronan and grandson Jimmy Ronan.
She is survived by her children: Patricia Ronan of Cottage Grove, OR, Howard (Bud) Evans and wife Carol of Reedsport, OR and Kathy Anderson and husband Floyd of Centerville, SD; 15 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren and 7 great, great grandchildren; special sister-in-law Ruby Evans of Rapid City; family friend Shirlee Hall of Centerville; and many nieces and nephews that were dear to her heart. She will be missed greatly by all.

Myra J. Weyer
Myra J. Weyer, 73, of Hawarden, IA, died Saturday, January 16, 2010 at the Hillcrest Health Care Center in Hawarden. Funeral services were held January 20 at the United Methodist Church in Hawarden with Rev. Barb Joy officiating.
Myra J. Weyer was born November 12, 1936 in Alcester, the daughter of Leo and Josephine (Woods) Doty. She attended school in Hawarden and married Bernie Weyer on December 30, 1953 in Luverne, MN. Together they made their home in Hawarden where she worked at the dairy. She later was employed at Otis Radio and then began as a cook at the West Sioux School. She continued to work as a cook at K-Products until her retirement. Bernie died April 19, 1998.
Myra was a member of the United Methodist Church and the Twig Benders Circle of the church. She was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Hawarden as well as a women’s bowling team. She enjoyed golfing, reading, raising flowers, dancing, and cooking.
She is survived by three daughters, Sherry Olander and husband Joe of Sioux City, IA, Karon Smith and husband Gary of Hudson, and Kay Moller and husband Dennis of Alcester; three sons, Butch and wife Sue of Hawarden, IA, Mark and wife Pam of Hawarden, IA, and Scott of Glendale, AZ; a brother, Nick Doty and wife Joyce of Van Nuys, CA; two sisters-in-law, Sharon Doty of Sioux Falls, and Sharon Doty of Palm Springs, CA; 12 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Myra was preceded in death by her parents; husband; infant son, Kevin; 4 brothers, Louis, David, Ken, and Cliff; and sister, Priscilla Groethe and her husband Bud.
Anna Verzani
Anna Sufrena Verzani, 88, of Yuma, TN, formerly of Elk Point, died Monday, January 18, 2010 at Huntingdon Health and Rehab Center. Funeral services are pending.
Anna was born August 16, 1921 in Wagner to the late George Lanning and Sufrena (Reandeau) Lanning. She retired as a Q.C. Inspector for the I.B.P. Company. She was also employed at Carl’s Lunch and Lindy’s Café, and was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Elk Point.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Verzani; her first husband, Alphonse Istas; five brothers, Martin Lanning, Charles Lanning, George Lanning, Leo Lanning and Johnny Lanning; a sister, Eva Lanning Hungate; and three nephews.
She is survived by a daughter; Carol (Istas) Davidson of Yuma, TN; six grandchildren, Robert McConahie of Kentucky, Lori Heiman of Alcester, Lynn McConahie Beard of Yuma, TN, and David, Douglas and Brett Goodsell, all of California; eleven great-grandchildren; thirteen great-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Floyd Hefty.

Doris DeBondt
Doris DeBondt, 69, of Sioux Falls, formerly of Hudson, died Sunday, January 24, 2010 at her home in Sioux Falls. Funeral services were held January 29 at Hudson Lutheran Church with Rev. Lori Marty officiating. Burial was held at the Eden Cemetery in Hudson.
Doris Schoen was born June 24, 1940 to Floyd and Nellie (Christensen) Schoen in Hudson. Doris was taken in as a young girl by Ralph and Ida Thorpe. She graduated from Hudson High School in 1958. Doris was united in marriage to William “Bill” DeBondt on October 24, 1959 at Hudson Lutheran Church in Hudson. She worked for various employers which include: State Bank of Hudson, Bill’s Bar of Hudson, Bank First in Sioux Falls and McNally’s Irish Pub in Sioux Falls. Bill died June 23, 2006.
Blessed to have shared her life are 2 sons: Wm. S. (Bonnie) DeBondt of Centerville, and Tobin S. DeBondt of Sioux Falls; 2 grandchildren: Cody (Sarah Mayer - fiance) and Callie DeBondt; sister, Donna Middle of Nevada, IA; brother, Ralph Thorpe of Lincoln, NE.
She was preceded in death by her husband William DeBondt, her parents, Floyd and Nellie Schoen, brothers: Donald and Floyd Schoen; sisters: Betty Ingebretson and Beverly Kline; parents, Ralph and Ida Thorpe; brothers: Bob, Albert and Dale Thorpe; sisters: Irene “Pep” Mitchell and Marge Coleman.

M. Josephine "Jo" Olson
Funeral services for M. Josephine “Jo” Olson were held Saturday, January 30, 2010 at Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Windom, MN, with Rev. Paul Sajban officiating, with interment at Lakeview Cemetery in Windom.
M. Josephine Lykken Olson was born to Carrie (Stene) and Isaac Lykken on April 18, 1919 at home on the family farm outside of Alcester. She was one of seven children. She was baptized and confirmed at Roseni Lutheran Church, rural Alcester. She attended school at Nora Country School. At age 12 Jo was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. She became very ill and was unable to walk for five years. She regained her ability to walk at age 18. She later attended Augustana Academy in Canton.
Jo worked in parish ministry in congregations in Washington State, Sioux City, IA, and Windom, MN. She enjoyed the many young people in the congregations, teaching summer Bible school, spending time at Bible camp and in the parish activities.
Jo was united in marriage to Donald C. Olson on April 14, 1961, at Roseni Lutheran Church. Don and Jo lived in Windom with Don’s four daughters, Marie, Linda, Carol and Susan. From 1963-65 Don and Jo lived in Rochester, MN where they operated the Emerson Motel and Apartments. They moved back to Windom in 1965 and have resided there since.
During their retirement years Don and Jo enjoyed traveling to Norway, Africa, Hawaii, Mexico, France and Italy. They spent over 20 winters in Laredo and Mission, TX where they enjoyed doing mission work in Mexico with the Latin American Lutheran Mission and other organizations.
Jo was an excellent seamstress, she enjoyed all types of needlework, oil painting, singing, baking, and liked tending a garden of vegetables and flowers. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a member of the Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Windom.
Jo was preceded in death by her parents, Carrie and Isaac Lykken; brothers, Isaac Lykken and Robert Lykken; sisters, Anne Swanson, Ida Bircher, Luella Oie, and Arabelle Goetschius.
She is survived by her husband, Donald C. Olson, Windom, Minnesota; daughters, Marie Travens, Las Vegas, Nevada, Linda (Michael) Challis, Hauula, Hawaii, Carol Myhre, Mankato, Minnesota, and Susan (Jim) Gustner, Little Falls, Minnesota; Four grandchildren, Chad Larson, St. Louis Park, MN, Christine (Chad) Ringen, Centerville, MN, Daniel Gustner, LaPorte, MN, Sarah Gustner, Little Falls, MN; Two great-grandchildren, Madeline Ringen and Owen Ringen, Centerville, MN; Sister-in-law, Esther Lykken; many nieces and nephews, relatives and friends.
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