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October 15. 2013 2:24PM
J. Lorraine Jones, Hosley, Rix, Anderson, 88
J. Lorraine Jones, Hosley, Rix, Anderson, 88, of Sioux Falls, died Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, in her sleep, at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 at the First Presbyterian Church in Groton.
Lorraine was born in Spain, S.D., on Aug. 28, 1925, to David and Jennie Jones. She attended Spain School in Lowell Township and graduated from Britton High School in 1942. She attended South Dakota State University for one year, and then attended Northwest Institute of Medical Technology in Minneapolis, for a year. She was a Registered Technologist MT. She worked at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Sterling, Colo., St. Luke’s Hospital and for Dr. J.L Calene in Aberdeen. Lorraine married Dale Eugene Hosley on Sept. 7, 1947 in Britton. They made their home on a farm near Puney. They had two children, a daughter, Gaylene, and a son, David. In 1974, she began working at the First National Bank in Groton, which later became Norwest. She retired in 1987. Lorraine married Otho Rix in April of 1986. On May 1, 1998, she married Ben Anderson. In January of 2010, she moved to Waterford At All Saints in Sioux Falls.
Lorraine was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Groton for 50 years, Presbyterian Women, and was a church elder. She was an active member of the Putney Ladies Aid, Order of the Eastern Star, P.E.O., Pasquest Club and numerous bridge clubs.
Lorraine is survived by her children, Gaylene Haber and David Hosley; grandchildren, Chad (Annette) Haber, Heidi (Paul) Van Veldhuizen, John (Stacy) Haber, Merritt (Katrina) Hosley, Timothy (Tiffany) Hosley, and William Hosley; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents, David and Jennie Jones; husbands Dale Hosley, Otho Rix, and Ben Anderson; son-in-law, Denton Haber; grandson, John Peter Hosley; and great-grandson, Luke David Van Veldhuizen.
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Janet Christensen, 75
Funeral services for Janet Christensen, 75, of Centerville, were held Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 at the Spring Valley Lutheran Church, rural Viborg.
Mrs. Christensen died Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 at the Centerville Care Center.
Janet Marie Christensen was born July 8, 1938 at Marshalltown, Iowa, to Theodore and Frances (Cory) Loney. She grew up and attended school in Iowa and graduated from nursing school at Mercy School of Nursing in Iowa City. She moved to Sioux Falls where she met Alden R. Christensen at the Arkota Ballroom. They were married Dec. 9, 1961 and lived on a farm west of Viborg. Janet moved to the Centerville Care Center in March of 2012.
She enjoyed reading, gardening, baking, shopping and spending time with her granddaughters.
Mrs. Christensen is survived by her husband, Alden of Viborg; children, Brenda Christensen (David Townsend) of Sherman, and Robert “Bob” (Sue) Christensen of Brandon; three granddaughters, Laura Townsend and Alyssa and Abby Christensen; siblings, Gary (Sally) Loney of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Sandy (John) Houldsworth of Naples, Fla; and many other relatives and friends.
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Lawrence (L.C.) Mohr, 82
Memorial services for Lawrence Clarence (L.C.) Mohr, 82, of Brandon and formerly of Hosmer, were held Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Hosmer. Inurnment, with full military honors, was in the Bethany Cemetery, Hosmer.
Mr. Mohn died peacefully in his sleep, Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, at the CLC Unit of the Veteran's Hospital in Sioux Falls.
Lawrence Clarence Mohr was born to Theobald and Bertha (Maisch) Mohr in McPherson County. He was raised and educated in the rural Hosmer area and worked on the farm before enlisting in the U.S. Army, serving his country during the Korean War. He married Virginia Graff, on June 21, 1954, and they settled in Hosmer. In approximately 1960, they moved to Clinton, Iowa, where he worked for Central Steel for about two years. They then returned to Hosmer, where he and Virginia owned and operated several businesses including the town’s first meat market, the Sportsmen’s Bar, and Mohr Auction Service.
In 2011, he suffered a heart attack and spent about a year at the VA Hospital recuperating and then moved to Helping Hands Assisted Living in Brandon.
Mr. Mohr was a very talented self-taught painter and many of his original paintings and drawings. In his retirement, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, going to the casino or riding his scooter around town. He was a member of the Hosmer American Legion and St. John's Lutheran Church in Hosmer.
He is survived by his children, Denny (Heather) Mohr, Brookville, Ohio, Dixie (Peter) Janker, Springfield, Va., Lori (Douglas) Furness, Brandon, and Becky Mohr, Sunbury, Pa.; five grandchildren, Paul (Rori) Janker, Leslie Rives, Timothy Furness, Nathan (Myranda) Brandner, and Stormie Mohr; two great-granddaughters, Alexys Brandner and Maeson Furness; his mother, Bertha Mohr, Eureka; siblings, Milton (Betty) Mohr, Hosmer, Doris (Milton) Adam, Rapid City, and Edna (Merle) Hieb, Eureka.
Lawrence was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia; a son, Leon; a great-granddaughter, Jayda Li Brandner; and his father.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to the Sioux Falls VOA Berakah House, a Veterans support home, and the Wounded Warrior Project in Lawrence’s memory.
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