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Posted: Monday, May 21, 2001 12:00 am

Ray Krovoza

Ray L. Krovoza, 84, of Yankton, died Friday, May 18, 2001, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton.

Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Ray, Cantrell & Wintz Funeral Home, Yankton, with the Chaplin Mary Hochstein officiating. Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery, Yankton, with military honors provided by Ernest-Bowyer VFW Post No. 791.

Pallbearers are Danny Beene, John Beene, Bruce Halverson, Joe Hoffman, Dean Washburn and Larry Washburn.

Visitation is from 1-9 p.m. today (Monday) at the Ray, Cantrell & Wintz Funeral Home, with a prayer service at 7 p.m.

He was born January 27, 1917, at Kadoka to James and Matilda (Nedved) Krovoza. He grew up in the Milburo, Murdo and Yankton areas, attending school at Sleepy Hallow and Grove Schools. He served in the United States Navy from April 1944 to January 1946. He served aboard an LST Ship in the Philippines during World War II. He worked as a plumber in the Yankton area since the age of 17 and later owned and operated Krovoza Plumbing and Heating.

He was a member of the Moose Lodge and Ernest-Bowyer VFW Post No. 791.

He enjoyed fishing and camping and was an avid hunter.

He is survived by his wife, Ida; six stepchildren: Phyllis (Mark) Ruddeforth, Tampa, Florida; Ron (Eva) vanChamier Doyle, Ashland, Oregon; Douglas Doyle, Aurora, Colo.; Brenda (Bruce) Reisdorph, Sioux City, Iowa; Cindy Harris, Yankton; Mike (Susan) Doyle, Bishop, Calif.; 22 grandchildren; 24 great-grand children; six sisters: Helen Thompson, Velma Klein, Marie Killian and Norma Washburn, all of Yankton; Mae Cantrell, Anaheim, Calif.; and Ella Cahoy, Tyndall; one brother, James "Bud" Krovoza, Aberdeen; and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, three sons and one great-grandchild.

James Fitzgerald

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. — James Fitzgerald, 79, Steamboat Springs, formerly of Yankton, died Friday (May 18, 2001) at Steamboat Springs.

Memorial services are pending with the Kostel Funeral Home, Yankton.

Zelma Walkling

AVON — Zelma Walkling, 93, Avon, died Thursday (May 17, 2001) at St. Michael's Hospital, Tyndall.

Funeral services are at 1:30 p.m. today (Monday) at the Zion Lutheran Church, Avon. Burial will be at the Pioneer Cemetery, rural Avon.

Visitations are at 9 a.m. to noon today (Monday) at the Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Chapel, Avon.

She was born Feb. 29, 1908, at Drake, N.D., to Alfred and Clara (Johnson) Boyles. She moved to Tyndall with her family where she attended country school. She graduated from Tyndall High School and went to Southern Normal in Springfield for one year. She then taught at the Hornstra School for one year. She married Herbert Walkling on March 1, 1931, at Perkins. Together they farmed until retirement and moved to the Meadow View Manor in Avon in 1983. Her husband died Nov. 8, 1983. When her health started failing she was at St. Michael's Nursing Home and then moved to the Good Samaritan Center where she lived until her death.

She was confirmed at the Perkins Bethlehem Lutheran Church. When the church closed, she then attended the Lutheran Church, Springfield. She belonged to an extension club and LWML. She attended Zion Lutheran Church, Avon.

She will be remembered for her love of helping others, gardening, embroidering and tying quilts.

She is survived by her daughter, Helen (Dennis) Spohr, Avon; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; step-great-grandchildren; two sisters: Irma Thompson, Crystal Lake, Ill.; and Violet Vilhauer, Racine, Wisc.; and several nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, one sister and one brother.

George Kast

George C. Kast, 82, Yankton, died Saturday (May 19, 2001) at Avera Majestic Bluffs Nursing Home, Yankton.

Funeral services are at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Benedict Catholic Church, Yankton, with the Rev. Rod Farke officiating. Burial will be at the Sacred Heart Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Joe Gabel, Chad Becker, Kevin Lorenzen, Kevin Haselhorst, Jamie Poppe and Brian and Mike Thunker.

Visitation is from 1-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Kostel Funeral Home, Yankton, with a 7 p.m. rosary followed by a 7:30 p.m. scripture service. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the service at the church.

Paul Anderson

SIOUX FALLS — Paul A. H. Anderson, 92, Sioux Falls, died Friday (May 18, 2001) at his residence.

Arrangements are pending with the Hansen Funeral Home, Irene.

Ella Ernster

EMERY — Ella Ernster, 82, Emery, died Friday (May 18, 2001) at Avera St. Benedict's Health Center, Parkston.

A funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the St. Martin's Catholic Church, Emery. Burial will be at the St. Martin's Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation is from 6-9 p.m. today (Monday) at the Hettinger-Bittner Funeral Chapel, Emery, with an 8 p.m. scripture service.

She was born Sept. 4, 1918, at Freeman to Henry Sophia (Mutschlknaus) Schoppert. She grew up and attended country school in the Menno area. She was employed in the local cafe in Menno and did housework for area families. She married Lawrence Ernster Oct. 5, 1942, at Emery. They farmed on the Ernster family farm southwest of Emery for many years. In 1990, she moved into Emery where she was a resident until the time of her death.

She was a member of St. Martin's Catholic Church, was past president and member of the St. Martin's Altar Society and a member of the Tops Club. She is survived by two sons: Bill (Coleen) Ernster, Parkston; and Nick (Sue) Ernster, Emery; six grandchildren; one brother, Fredie Schoppert, Menno; two sisters: Ida Roth, Freeman; and Agnes Dannebring, Tabor.

She was preceded in death by her husband, one daughter, her parents, four sisters and four brothers.

Leona Neeman

PARKER — Leona Neeman, 90, Parker, died Thursday (May 17, 2001) of congestive heart failure at the Good Samaritan Center, Lennox.

Funeral services are at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the First Presbyterian Church, Parker. Burial will be at the Rosehill Cemetery, Parker.

Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. today (Monday) at the Hofmeister-Jones Funeral Home, Parker, with the family present from 6-8 p.m. A prayer service will be at 7 p.m. today (Monday) at the funeral home.

She was born Oct. 29, 1910, at Calumet, Okla.; to Elso and Minnie (Burma) Kroger. At the age of two, she moved with her family to the Lennox area. On Feb. 14, 1928, she married Fred Neeman at Sioux Falls. They farmed in the Parker area before retiring and moving into Parker in 1970. Her husband died July 13, 1979.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Parker, Chan-Park Extension Club and a former member of Germantown Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by a son, Marlan (Connie), Benecia, Calif.; a daughter, Lavonne (John) Begeman, Monroe; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and six great-great grandchildren; and a sister, Anne Loney, Mt. View, Calif.

Gordon Volquardsen

COLERIDGE, Neb. — Gordon Fred Volquardsen, 73, Coleridge, died Friday (May 18, 2001) at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton.

Funeral services are at 10:30 a.m. today (Monday) at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Coleridge, Neb., with Rev. Norman Sulaica officiating. Burial will be at the Coleridge City Cemetery, Coleridge, Neb.

The Wintz Funeral Home, Coleridge, is in charge of arrangements.

He was born Dec. 6, 1927, at Walnut, Neb., to John and Mary (Belka) Volquardsen. He attended country school District No. 45 west of Verdigre, Neb. He married Shirley Schwartz Sept. 28, 1952, at Hartington, Neb. After their marriage, they lived in the Hartington and Coleridge area. He worked most of his life as a heavy equipment operator. He started working for Harry Smith of Verdigre doing dozer work, then for Knox County. He worked for Gene O'Meara out of Hartington and then several years with Cedar County out of Coleridge. He also worked for a construction company from South Sioux City, Neb. He was involved in dozer work for nearly 38 years. His wife died May 5, 1999.

He was a member of the Eagles Club, O'Neill, Neb.

He is survived by one daughter, Joanne "Jodi" (Dean) Benson, Coleridge; one son, Terry Voquardsen, Wisner, Neb.; five grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; two brothers: Don Volsquarsen, Orchard, Neb.; and Glen Volquardsen, Orchard; six sisters: Bertha Boelter, Bristow, Neb.; Myrtle Podany, Verdigre; Gladys Gleason, Sun City, Ariz.; Elanor Bruce, Lincoln, Neb.; Grace Pavlik, Verdigre and Helen Branigan, Omaha, Neb.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, two sisters and four brothers.

Alice 'Elise' Hansen

COLERIDGE, Neb. — Alice "Elise" Frieda Hansen, 91, Coleridge, died Saturday (May 19, 2001) at Park View Haven Nursing Home, Coleridge.

Funeral services are at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Coleridge, with Rev. Norman Sulaica officiating. Burial will be at the Coleridge City Cemetery, Coleridge.

Visitation is from 3-7 p.m. today (Monday) at the Wintz Funeral Home, Coleridge.

She was born Nov. 29, 1909, at Nurnberg, West Germany, to Hans and Anna (Apfelbacher) Guenzel. She came to the Coleridge area in 1921 where she has lived her entire life. She married Lawrence Hansen Oct. 4, 1929, at Laurel, Neb. She has been a resident of Park View Haven Nursing Home since June 16, 1992.

She was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Coleridge.

She is survived by her husband, Lawrence, Coleridge; and one sister-in-law, Velma Guenzel, Everett, Wash.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and one infant daughter.

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