In Memoriam

Full obits from the "In Loving Memory" sections of the May 2019 Re-U-Knight-er.

Alumni

'37 - Phyllis Gleason Robertson Gould

Phyllis Gleason Robertson Gould, a long-time resident of McCook, NE died January 22, 2019 at Grace Brethren Village in Englewood, OH at the age of 99. For the past 10 years she had made her home in Ohio to be near her daughter, Kathleen (Robertson) Farmer. Phyllis was born Nov. 20, 1919 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota to Nettie (Richmond) and John Gleason. She graduated from Cathedral High School (Sioux Falls) in 1937. During WWII she worked in bomber plants in California, where she met and married her daughter’s father, John Douglas Robertson, who disappeared during WWII. In 1949 she married Robert E. Gould and lived in Omaha, Crawford, and Auburn, NE before settling in McCook, Nebraska in 1955, where she lived for 54 years, until she moved to Dayton, Ohio in 2009. Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, and her brothers George, Gerald ‘39, and Clifford Gleason. She is survived by her sister Ruth (Jack) Flood of St. Paul, MN; her daughter and son-in-law Kathleen (Robertson) and Edward Farmer of Trotwood, OH; son and daughter-in-law Donald and Glenda Gould of Afton, OK; four grandchildren: Anna Farmer (Jeff Brymer-Bashore), Austin (Emilie) Gould, Arika Gould (Ricky Rogers), Eli Gould (Crystal); and seven great-grandchildren: Sarah Farmer, Joseph Brymer-Bashore, Zoe Farmer, Charlie Gould, Chase Gould, Caleb Rogers, Alana Rogers.

’41 - Irene McGinty Winbourne

Irene McGinty Winbourne died Sept. 16, 2018. Beloved wife of the late Edward G. Winbourne. Devoted mother of Mary K. Tierney of Cambridge, Edward G. Winbourne Jr. of Anthem, AZ, Jeffrey P. Winbourne of Alexandria, VA, Anne I. Elperin of Brookline, Catherine Carlson Winbourne of Natick, Christopher J. Winbourne of Wrentham. Also survived by 14 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

’43 - Margaret “Peggy” Aylward Kemp

Margaret “Peggy” Aylward Kemp, 94, died April 11, 2019 at Prince of Peace in Sioux Falls. She had been a resident of Prince of Peace for almost nine years. Margaret M. “Peggy” Kemp was born February 7, 1925 to Philip Aylward and Kathryn Devitt Aylward in Lincoln County, South Dakota. Peggy attended the Harrisburg School and Sioux Falls Cathedral. Peggy graduated from Sioux Falls Cathedral in 1943. She graduated from the Presentation School of Nursing in 1946. Peggy married Warren Kemp ‘39 on August 18, 1948 at St. Mary’s Church in Sioux Falls. Warren and Peggy resided at 1700 S. Van Eps Avenue in Sioux Falls for over sixty years. Preceding her in death were her husband: Warren; her siblings: Vincent Aylward, Julia Aylward Ollerich (William), and Philip “Boz” Aylward (Ruth). Peggy was Irish American. She was the last person in her generation of Aylwards, Devitts, and Hurleys of Lincoln County, South Dakota, and last person of her generation of the Knoxes, Dohertys, and Aylwards; McHenry County, Illinois Irish families. Peggy worked as a Registered Nurse at McKennan Hospital and at the Crippled Children’s Hospital in Sioux Falls until her retirement in 1991.

Peggy was a lifelong supporter of Catholic education in Sioux Falls. She was a lifelong supporter of Sioux Falls Cathedral and Sioux Falls O’Gorman athletics. She listened to O’Gorman athletic events on the radio and watched her Minnesota Twins on TV religiously.  Survivors include her sons: Dr. James Kemp ‘68 (Debbie) of St. Louis, Missouri; grandsons: Dr. Philip Kemp (Alexandra Klingenstein); great-granddaughter: Rose Kemp of Boston, Massachusetts; PatrickKemp (MacKenzie) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; David Kemp ‘70 of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Dr. Robert Kemp ‘73 (Linda Dangelo) of  Bluffton, Ohio; grandsons: Dante Dangelo-Kemp (Dr. Longting Lin) of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia; Colin Dangelo-Kemp(Jamie) of Medina, Ohio; great-granddaughters: Lily Marie Kemp, and Avery Warren Kemp; Samuel Dangelo-Kemp, Melbourne, Australia. Peggy is also survived by several nieces and nephews, brothers and sisters-in-laws, Tom and Liz Kemp, and Dorothy (Kemp) Johnson and Don Johnson.

'49 - James "Jim" Daniels

’49 James “Jim” Daniels died May 1, 2019, age 88, went to heaven on May 1, 2019. He leaves behind his wife of 65 years, Mary Lue (Barnett) Daniels ‘49, his daughter Bridget Amato, and three grandsons: Tony Amato (wife Luci and soon to be born great grandson); Tim Amato, and Tom Amato. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews.  Born in Sioux Falls, SD, he played football and basketball at Cathedral High School and graduated in 1949. He served in the Air National Guard of SD as a fireman at the Rapid City SD Air Force Base. He was a photo engraver and worked in Iowa, Texas, Nebraska, and Colorado, before moving to California in 1964. He worked at Oakland National Engraving in Oakland CA until he retired at age 65.

Jim was an avid sports fan and loved watching his grandsons play basketball and baseball. He was a loyal fan of the Oakland A’s, Warriors, Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Notre Dame Football. He enjoyed playing golf with his dear friends, Pete Peterson, Marty Fahey, Ernie Sylvestry, and Jack Mathisen. He was a resident of San Lorenzo for 55 years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Holy Name Society at St. John’s Catholic Church in San Lorenzo. He also volunteered for many years at the St. Vincent De Paul Society at St. John’s Church.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Florence of Sioux Falls, SD, his sisters, Peggy Hauswald ‘41 and Sharon Lewis ‘54, and his brother, Richard (Dick) Daniels ‘46.

’50 - Elizabeth “Betty” Smith West

Elizabeth “Betty” Smith West died May 16, 2019. Betty also worked in the O’Gorman kitchen for 17 years. Elizabeth Ann Smith was born to Charles Smith and Elizabeth Malloy Smith January 29, 1932 at McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD. They lived in Beresford, SD until her dad was transferred to Sioux Falls, July 1st, 1943 while employed by Northwestern Bell Telephone Co.  That year Betty Ann entered 6th grade at St. Joseph Catholic School, graduating from St. Joseph Catholic High School in 1950. While in high school Betty Ann worked for Northwestern Bell as a telephone operator. After graduation she worked in the office for John Morrell & Co.

Betty Ann was united in marriage with Richard “Dick” West November 15, 1952, whom she had dated since the 8th grade. After their marriage they moved to New Berne, NC where Dick was stationed with the Marine Corp. When he was deployed overseas, Betty Ann then moved back to Sioux Falls to await the birth of their first of eight children - seven girls and one boy. She did not work outside of the home while raising her family. As the children were entering high school, she went to work part time. First at Montgomery Ward, then the shoe store and eventually landed at O’Gorman where she worked in the lunch room for seventeen years.

Betty Ann was very artistic but didn’t pursue her talent in her later years. She also had an innate sense of fashion and, if the occasion called for it, she always looked like a million bucks.  She was funny and she was kind. She loved music, books, travel and theatre. She was a great cook and had the distinction of being the Argus Leader Cook of the Week at one time.

Over the years she was in the Cathedral Club, the Christ the King Women’s Group, Catholic Order of Foresters and sang in the Christ the King Choir for over thirty-five years. She grew and maintained many friendships from these groups. She loved retirement and was able to travel and enjoy wonderful times with her family. For the most part she enjoyed good health until the last couple of years. When her health began to decline, she also had to slow down but was able to stay in her home until the last six days of her life. She passed away in hospice, peacefully, May 16, 2019. She will be missed always.

Grateful for having shared her life are her children, Shane (Denny) Brandt ‘72, Michelle (Kim) West-Nelson ‘73, both of Sioux Falls, Stephanie (Ken) West-Tex ‘75, Springfield, NE, Valerie (Randy) Svendsen ‘76, Yankton, SD, Kyle (David) Sneve ‘77, Mira Loma, CA, Jay (Susie) West ‘81, and Tallie West ‘80, Sioux Falls, and Kitty (Mike) West-McCallion ‘86, Minneapolis, MN; 14 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, her sister Marjorie Tapken ‘52; and 2 sisters in law, Tammy Smith, Yankton, SD, and Mary Beth Haley, Sioux Falls, SD. Her parents, husband Richard and granddaughter Angel, and brother Jack, preceded her in death.

’50 - James T. FitzGibbon

James T. FitzGibbon, age 86, died March 29, 2019. Beloved husband of Kathleen; dear father of Thomas (Dara), Paul, John (Lorie), Michael, and Matthew; loving grandfather of Abigail, Jane, Lily, Clare, and Molly; fond brother of the late Jack FitzGibbon; also survived by nieces and nephews. James had a long and successful career as a Chicago intellectual property attorney. He was an avid motorcycle enthusiast and loved to travel the world with his motorcycle club. James was also an art collector, jazz lover, and a longtime member of the Union League Club. There was never an adventure he would turn down.

’54 - William “Bill” Kolb

William “Bill” Kolb died May 4, 2019, surrounded by his loved ones at Ava’s Hospice House.

Bill was born to Charles and Clara (Peterson) Kolb on July 19, 1935 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. After graduation from Cathedral High School in 1954, Bill joined the United States Marine Corps and was stationed at Camp Pendleton, California. While in the Marine Corps, he was awarded numerous medals for sharpshooting skills. He later belonged to a trapshooting league that won many trophies. After his honorable discharge from the Marine Corps in 1956, Bill returned to Sioux Falls and began working at John Morrell and Company. He retired from Morrell’s after 32 years of service. He then worked for Creative Surfaces.

On September 26, 1959, Bill married Barbara Elizabeth Baker ’56 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Sioux Falls. In the early sixties, Bill built his first apartment building in the shadows of the Cathedral. He enjoyed his role as landlord to many “Cathedralite” widows, as well as his high school football coach, Nuiser Salem. He was highly respected as a caring and attentive landlord. He soon met Art Ovrelid, a building contractor, who would later become his business partner and lifelong friend. Together the partnership built the Winchester, The Hallmark, The Viking and The Main Square apartments.

Throughout his life he was an avid outdoor sportsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and golfing, as well as a die hard Minnesota Vikings fan. There came a time when he and, his fishing buddy, were fishing on the Missouri River when a sudden storm came up and capsized their boat. He was able to save Tom’s life when Tom was too weak to save himself. That was one of Bill’s favorite fishing stories to tell.

Bill felt especially blessed to have thirty-seven nieces and nephews who completed his life. One of his favorite pastimes was to follow them around as they were involved with golf, track and Little League baseball. He didn’t mind borrowing bragging rights when they excelled.

Throughout the years, Bill and Barbara loved to travel abroad. Their favorite places were Spain, the Bahamas and Hawaii. Later on, their travels included Florida, New Mexico, Door County and Arizona.

Bill lived life to the fullest, grounded in his deep Catholic faith and guided by the Marine Corps motto, “Semper Fidelis.”

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Barbara; siblings, Thomas (Vickie) Kolb ’64, and Kathy (Bob) Puthoff ‘70; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Clara Kolb; sisters, Charlotte McMaster and Roberta Baker ‘55; brothers, James and John Kolb ‘62; sisters-in-law, Grace and Connie Kolb; and brother-in-law, Rich Baker. Memorials may be directed to Christ the King School.

’54 - Robert Smykle

Robert (Bob) Smykle passed away on March 30, 2019, at home in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 82. He is survived by his twin brother, Richard (Dick) Smykle and his sister, Shirley Crane, from Sioux City, Iowa, as well as numerous other family members from Iowa, Minnesota and Texas. Bob and Dick were born to Alfred and Catherine Nagy Miller in Sioux City, Iowa on July 29, 1936. However, Catherine passed away shortly after giving birth, which necessitated placing the twins in an orphanage, due in part to the Great Depression. The boys remained at the orphanage until they were 4 1/2 years old. At which time they were adopted by Steve and Frieda Smykle, who moved the boys to their new home in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Bob was always so appreciative that he had been granted a second chance of having a loving family. After high school, Bob joined the Air Force, which allowed him to spend some time in French Morocco, during the late 1950’s, early 1960’s. That moment in time became one of the highlights of his youth.

Once Bob completed his stint in the Air Force, a friend invited him to a football game at the University of Kansas. Bob had never been to a major college football game before, and that one event transformed his life. He fell in love with the University of Kansas and decided, right then and there, that he would pursue his Bachelor’s Degree as a Jayhawk. He treasured his days as a member of Phi Kappa Theta, which led to life-long friends, whom he cherished, till the end.

After completing his Bachelor’s Degree program, Bob decided to join his brother in New York City for a couple of years, trying his hand in theatre, while working odd jobs. He then decided to return to Kansas to pursue his Master’s Degree. However, in the late 1960’s, before completing his degree program, a winter blizzard convinced him that he belonged in a warmer climate and he drove his Ford Mustang to Los Angeles, where he earned his Master’s Degree and where he lived for the rest of his life. As a high school teacher for troubled-youth, he truly cared about his students and dedicated his life towards their betterment. He retired from the Los Angeles County Office of Education, (LACOE,) after a rewarding career. While employed at L. A. County, he was fortunate enough to make some life-long friends as well.

There’s an adage that Bob would abide by, that goes something like this: “You can judge a person’s character, not by how he treats the most important person in a restaurant, but by how he treats the least important person.” This captures Bob’s essence as a loving, decent and respectful human being.

’56 - Ed Callahan

Ed Callahan died Dec. 14, 2018 at the age of 80. Survived by wife Mary, and his children, Molly and Andrew; his siblings Betty and Patrick. Preceded in death by siblings Tom and Mary Ann.

Ed was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota to Everett and Lorraine Callahan. He grew up among his 4 siblings – Tom, Mary Ann, Betty and Patrick. Upon graduating high school in Sioux Falls, Ed joined the Merchant Marine and traveled widely, particularly in Asia. Ed eventually ended up in New York City, where he attended Columbia University, School of General Studies and met his future wife, Mary Ad. Ultimately he, his wife and young daughter moved back to Mary Ad’s hometown outside of Philadelphia. Though his four siblings also scattered across the country, Ed always looked forward to seeing them and their families at the yearly Callahan family reunions.

Throughout his life, Ed was passionate about politics and making the world a better place. He took great interest in the world around him and loved a good debate. He collected interesting anecdotes as well as books – his home library holds an eclectic collection of over 1200 well-read books.  He also enjoyed writing, especially Haiku, an art form in which he could celebrate the great pleasure he took in small things and, occasionally, his deadpan sense of humor. Many of his poems, such as the one below, were published in New Cicada International Journal of Haiku.

Even the big jar of coffee

will run out.

cold dark morning.

 

I walk and craunch

the snow and

I walk and craunch

 

The rich man’s sky

in my backyard,

it’s all mine!

 

Though raised as a Catholic, he later became a Buddhist and was a member of the Philadelphia Buddhist Association. In his wallet, along with photos of his family, his children’s business cards and his ACLU membership card, he carried a quote from the Dalai Lama, “There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temple; my philosophy is kindness.”

Until his recent hospitalization, Ed continued to take early morning walks at the Willows, follow politics, make jokes and wake his wife of 46 years with a cup of coffee in bed each morning. He also continued to write and he memorialized his 80thbirthday with a poem published in the Philadelphia Buddhist Association Newsletter.

Ed was a loving and beloved father and husband and a kind person. He made the world a better place and he will be missed. His compassion for others, sense of humor and wisdom will live on in the hearts of those who loved him.

Old Age, Sickness, etc…

A poem by Ed Callahan

 

Today’s my birthday,

I’m eighty years old,

I should be dead.

 

Death wouldn’t be so bad

If only it didn’t

last so long.

 

The thing about death –

nobody can experience it,

as has been said.

 

My last words –

“It has all been

very interesting.”

 

Or maybe I’ll quote

Wm. Hazlitt – “Well,

I’ve had a good life.”

 

Completedest is a word

I have coined

for the occasion.

 

I should have

a few years left

to think of something.

’58 - Lois O’Brien Zimmer

Lois O’Brien Zimmer, 78, passed away March 6, 2019 at the Dells Nursing and Rehabilitation Center surrounded by many family members. She was born August 9, 1940 to Robert W. and Cecilia F. (Weinacht) O’Brien on the family farm near Ellis, SD. She attended Mount Marty College in Yankton, SD and worked at Pepsi Cola Company as a bookkeeper after college. She married Gene L. Zimmer on October 11, 1960 in Sioux Falls, SD. They farmed north of Humboldt, SD until Gene was activated with the South Dakota National Guard. Lois lived her life as a loving housewife and mother. She enjoyed her spare time selling Avon products. Some of her favorite hobbies were crocheting, quilting and sewing.

Lois is survived by three sons: Donald ‘81, Sturtevant, WI, Neal ‘89, Sioux Falls, SD, and Carl, Garretson, SD; five daughters: Marbenette (Mario) Watt ‘79, Sheridan, WY, Colleen Cressman, Laurie Bennett, both of Garretson, SD, Katie (Ron) Mireau, Ellsworth, WI, and Cecilia (Matt) Schmidt ‘97, Sioux Falls, SD; 27 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren; two brothers: Robert (Peggy) ‘56, Dell Rapids, SD and Don (Anne), Warner Robins, GA and one sister: Vernie (Ron) Feldhaus, Bloomington, MN. She is preceded in death by her husband, her parents, one brother, Gerald (Jerry ‘60) and two infant sisters, Wanda Jean and Mary Kay.

’61 - Darrell Paulin

Darrell Paulin passed away April 2, 2019 at Select Specialty Hospital in Sioux Falls following a stroke and short illness. He was born October 22, 1943 in Sioux Falls to Rolland and Marilyn (Meek) Paulin. On January 11, 1964, he was united in marriage to Shirley Henle ’63 and raised four beautiful children.

Darrell was a hardworking man who devoted his life to his family. He spent his career working at Smithfield Foods for 47 years. Aside from work, he enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren at the lake cabin on Brant Lake. He would spend hours driving the boat pulling the kids and grandkids on tubes and skis and sometimes spending quiet time fishing.  Darrell also loved sprint car racing. He shared the passion with his son, Ryan, and grandson, Tyler.

Darrell will be missed by all who loved him. He was a great husband, father and grandpa. He is survived by his children: Annette (Jaimes) Badillo ‘83, Angie Paulin (Jeff Danielson) ‘85, and Ryan Paulin; daughter in law Deb Paulin;  grandchildren: Tyler Paulin (Katheryn Gustafson), Krystal (Wyatt) Badillo-Regan, Larissa Paulin and Katie Badillo; sisters: Yvonna Wittrock ‘60 and Donna Mielke. Preceded in death by his loving wife, Shirley (Henle ’63), and oldest son Robert ‘89.

’62 - James “Jim” Flannery

James “Jim” Francis Flannery was called home to heaven by the good Lord on Feb. 22, 2019. He peacefully made the transition home as his wife and children surrounded him with love and tenderly held his hands in his room at the Good Samaritan Village in Sioux Falls, SD.

If you knew Jim, you knew he was a very proud Marine. While fighting for his country in Vietnam, he was unfortunately exposed to Agent Orange, which resulted in a diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease later in life… and ultimately his passing. Jim choose to focus on the brighter side of life and helped everyone else do so as well as he spent most of his 75 years on earth cracking jokes, playing pranks and making those around him smile and laugh. It’s how he earned his nickname “Giggling Jim”.

Jim was born June 13, 1943 in Sioux Falls, SD to Francis and Mae (Sweeney) Flannery. He grew up in Worthington, MN on a turkey farm with his two sisters, Barb Willey and Jean (George) Bronaugh and one brother, Joe (Pam) Flannery.  He attended Notre Dame Minor Seminary in South Bend, IN before transferring back home to graduate in the inaugural class from O’Gorman High School in 1962. On May 6, 1967, Jim married Marleen Nelson and moved to Minneapolis, MN where they lived for six years. Together, they had six children who he enjoyed bragging about. When someone would comment how beautiful his kids were, he’d say “They get their good looks from their Mom because I still got mine,” and chuckle.

Jim had a persevering entrepreneurial spirit and inspired this mindset in his children. He had several small businesses throughout the years and was successful in making everyone around him feel important and welcome. After returning to Sioux Falls he began working at John Morrell. He was later employed at Augustana College for many years, followed by working his retirement years at Sanford Hospital as a Valet. As much as he loved cheering on his Minnesota Vikings and Notre Dame, he cheered even louder for his kids and grandkids in their sports and activities. Because as the saying goes, behind every good kid is a great Dad. He was always in the stands, on the sidelines, in the audience, or in the car driving them to their various activities. When his youngest son’s soccer team needed a coach, Jim was the first to volunteer despite knowing nothing about the sport– he then drove to the library to rent a VHS tape to learn all he could about soccer and continued to coach him for years.

You knew when Jim was around because there was always laughter in the air. He was the king of cheesy “Dad Jokes”. It’s not clear who laughed louder – those he was telling the jokes to or Jim cracking himself up. He was warm, friendly, positive and always up for a good time. Jim loved being outdoors, whether going for walks or riding his bike or playing catch with his kids and grandkids in the back yard or just sitting on the patio on a quiet afternoon. Jim could always be found on the dance floor at all the family weddings. He’d be swinging and twirling his daughters or wife around with tons of laughs and smiles. He was always available to watch his grandkids. As babies, they all took turns napping on Grandpa while he also snuck in a nap. As they grew, his grandkids would wait patiently to “ride the horse to the candy store”. Grandpa didn’t just give you a small piece of candy, he made it a whole experience… and he always gave you the giant candy bar.

Jim was proud to be Irish. He was proud to be a Marine. He was proud of his South Dakota garden tomatoes (they were the best). However, family was his number one pride and joy. He was a devoted husband for 52 years to Marleen (Nelson) ‘63. He was a supportive father of Mary (Duane) Fritz ‘86, Patty (Joe) Lucey ‘86, Jim ‘88, Julie (Bob) Allen ‘90, Theresa (Bobby) Kramer ’94 and Michael Flannery ‘00. He was a fun loving grandpa to Connor, DJ, Maxwell, Hayden Raeya, Katelyn, Gavin, Finn, Jaron, Jake and Charlie. He is also survived by his siblings: Barb, Jean ’64, and Joe.  Jim has an extensive family of in-laws, cousins, nieces & nephews.

Jim used to say, “Of all my wife’s relatives, I like me the best” followed by a loud laugh. And of course, a little giggle. Another saying Jim was fond of, that was actually more like his motto as he had it printed on his business cards, was “Whenever you have a choice between being right or being kind, pick the later, because eternity lasts forever.” We all know which one Jim picked as his love and kindness will forever be in our hearts. Right next to his dadtastically wonderful giggle.   He is predeceased by his father, mother, brother-in-law (Cliff Willey) father-in-law (Martin Nelson) and mother-in-law (Eileen Carmody Nelson). Jim was head custodian at O’Gorman in the 1960’s to early 1970’s.

’65 - Carvell Trudeau

Carvell Trudeau, 71 years, passed peacefully in his home on May 12, 2019, -with his wife and daughters at his side. He fought a long battle with metastatic prostate cancer and now rests with the Lord.  Carv was born August 22, 1947, in Sioux Falls, SD, to Hubert and Leola (Vreyens) Trudeau. After graduating from O’Gorman High School in Sioux Falls, he attended the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. He married Louise Schlueter on May 3, 1975, in Sioux Falls, SD. They have 2 daughters and lived much of their life in Sartell, MN, until retirement when they relocated to Urbandale, IA to be near family.

Carv served in the US Army in Vietnam. He received the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star for his meritorious service. He will be remembered as a heroic patriot who honored the flag and was proud to be a veteran. Carv worked as a Sales Representative for a number of footwear and outerwear companies throughout his prosperous career. Although Carv traveled much of his professional life he always prioritized important events, his daughters’ activities and special family occasions.

Carv enjoyed fishing and hunting and found some of his happiest moments fishing the lakes in Canada and throughout the Midwest. He loved to spend time outdoors with his family and grandchildren. Carv was fond of road trips and travel; visiting friends and family throughout the country brought him joy. He had a soft heart for those in need and was always a cheerful giver. Supporting local food banks, hospitals, and charities that benefit children and families were of great importance to him.

Carv is survived by his wife of 44 years, Lou, two daughters, Cara Trudeau and Jennie (Matt) Willis, both of Waukee, IA; grandchildren, Beckham, Jacquelyn and Taylor Willis; four siblings, Val (John) Hickner ’68 of Escanaba, MI, Tom (Peggy) Trudeau ’68 of LaCrosse, WI, Mike (LuAnn) Trudeau ’71 of Sioux Falls, SD, and Marie “Meem” Trudeau of Sioux Falls, SD; and eight nieces and nine nephews.

’68 - Neill Stamp

Neill Stamp, age 68, passed away on December 18, 2018. Beloved husband of the late Kathy (nee Malloy).  Loving father of Christopher (Julieanne) and Amanda (Mahesh Yadav); Cherished “Grandpa Moose” of Aiden and Maddie Stamp; Dear brother of the late Gene and Noni (late Albert) George. Devoted son of the late Clarence and Lucille Stamp. Neill grew up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and moved to Chicago to attend Loyola University and settled in the south suburbs.  He was a big-hearted man who lived for his family and always lent a willing hand to anyone in need.  Neill fit right in to any conversation and loved discussing history, politics, geography, classical music and the world.

 

’68 - Tom Thie

Tom Thie, age 69, passed away February 18. He was a life-long resident of Sioux Falls. He attended Little Flower Grade School, Cathedral Grade School and O’Gorman High School. Tom also attended one year at Wahpeton State College of Science studying architectural drafting. Tom spent his entire life as a salesman. His amazing personality, and love of people made Tom’s profession a perfect fit for his livelihood. Everyone who knew Tom knew they could depend on him for whatever was needed. Tom loved people whether it was his family, friends, a new customer, a casual acquaintance or whomever it may be. To his family, friends, customers and most of the people he met, Tom was known as “The Good Guy”.

Tom loved his family. Anytime there was a holiday, Vikings football game, birthday, anniversary or any other excuse Tom would invite everyone that would show up to his home, even if he did not really know you. His pride and joy were Kathy his wife, his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and of course his brothers and only sister. Any opportunity to spend time with family he was all in for a party, the more the merrier. If “KEG” chicken was involved… even that much better!

A lifelong Vikings fan, Tom knew about the ups and downs of rooting for his beloved team. He would often get ribbed by family, and friends about being a Viking fan, but Tom persisted and never gave in, believing ‘this will be their year!’ Just as with the rest of his life… the eternal optimist. He will be greatly missed by all!

Tom suffered with Parkinson’s disease since February 2001, but without the existence of the outward signs you would never know he was suffering. Just as with everything else in life, Tom never complained, just kept trying to do everything he had always done, and keep smiling. He loved the new Parkinson’s related Rock Steady Boxing exercise, and all of his fellow boxers - a great group of friends and support for Tom and each other. Tom loved all of the daycare kids and was a big part of their lives. Tom enjoyed being part of the Harbor Club and loved his camping family. He also loved his Friday mornings with his coffee buddies.

Grateful for having shared his life with each of them are his wife Kathy, his children, Chris (Dawn) Thie, Corey (Amy) Thie, both of Sioux Falls, Ritchie Rasmussen, AZ, Tracy (Travis) Jungen, Sioux Falls, Angela (Don Endres) Jacobson, Brookings, Clayton (Shuree) Jacobson, Sioux Falls, 18 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren; his siblings Tim (Sandra) Thie ‘69, Boise ID, Ted (Cindy) Thie ‘73, Sioux Falls, Todd (Lori) Thie ‘76, Sioux Falls, Toby (Barb) Thie ‘77, Sioux Falls, Terry (Susan) Thie ‘79, Sioux Falls, Troy (Mary Jane) Thie ’80, Saint Paul, MN, Tracy (Kim) Thie ‘82, Minnetonka, MN, Travis (Michelle) Thie ‘86, Sioux Falls, Tanya (Chuck) Goff ‘91, Woodbury, MN. And numerous nieces and nephews. His parents Dean and Mary Kay, a nephew Jade Thie, and his daughter-in-law Kristen Thie, preceded Tom in death.

’69 - Charles Patrick “Pat” Lyman

Charles Patrick “Pat” Lyman, 67, of Cedar Falls, died Dec. 13, at Western Home Communities-Martin Center. He was born May 2, 1951, in Sioux Falls, S.D., son of Charles J. and Margaret A. Eastman Lyman. He married Mary M. Richardson on June 19, 1982 in Sac City. After O’Gorman, Pat attended Iowa Central Community College and later graduated with his geology degree from the University of Northern Iowa. He was employed as a dynamometer operator at John Deere for 37 years, retiring in 2008. He was a former union steward for United Auto Workers Local 838, and a member of the Cedar Falls Gun Club. He was an active volunteer at Lincoln Elementary School, sharing his love of rocks and minerals, where he was known as Pat the Rock Guy.

Survivors include his wife, Mary; a daughter, Katy Lyman of Minneapolis; three sisters, Barb (Charlie) Kluck ’70 of Cedar Falls, Mary (Kevin) Ryan ’71 of Silver Springs, Md., and Janet (Kenn) Willems of West Des Moines; and a brother, Tom (Tweet) Lyman of Davenport. He is preceded in death by his parents.

’75 - Gerry Schneider

Gerry L. Schneider died September 2, 2018, at Sanford Centennial Hospice Cottage. He was 61. Gerry was born October 11, 1956, in Grand Forks, ND, to Glen and Alyce (Dosmann) Schneider. As a teen, he moved with his family to Sioux Falls, SD. After graduating from O’Gorman, Gerry attended Pipestone VoTech, and graduated in Supermarket Management.  On August 16, 1980, Gerry was united in marriage to Karen Brooks. The couple made their home in Sioux Falls. For a number of years, Gerry worked as a salesman with Ferguson Brokerage. In 1998, he started working with A&M Irrigation, and eventually purchased the business. Maintaining a strong work ethic, Gerry grew A&M into a successful business, and he loved every minute of it. He enjoyed meeting people, and with his warm sense of humor, eventually grew to know someone from almost every block in town.

Gerry always looked forward to the fall when he would join his sons and friends on pheasant hunting trips to the White Lake area. Gerry also enjoyed his family trips to Orlando and Las Vegas. Always there for people, he would drop everything in a moment’s notice to help someone in need.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Karen Schneider; sons, Jason Schneider (Amanda), Ryan Schneider; parents, Glen and Alyce Schneider, all of Sioux Falls, SD; brother, Dennis (Sally) Schneider, Grafton, ND; sister, Janel Mortenson ‘79, S. Jordan, Utah; and his four-legged friends, Brandy and Beau.

’86 - Mike Ronan

Michael William Ronan, 51, son of Roberta Atkins ‘59, Green Valley, AZ, and the late Neil Ronan, Saint Paul, MN, died unexpectedly of natural causes in Tucson, AZ, on May 7, 2019. Mike was born in Sioux Falls and spent his early years in Pipestone, MN, Mahtomedi, MN and suburban Washington, D.C. His family moved back to Sioux Falls where he attended St. Mary School and in 1986, graduated from O’Gorman High School. After high school, he attended the University of Minnesota. A summer adventure in Alaska led to a multi-year stay. He resided in Homer, Cordova and Bristol Bay, AK. He made his living there playing guitar and working in the fisheries. For a period, he worked with the “Deadliest Catch” fleet fishing crab in the Bering Sea.

Music was at the center of his life. He played guitar, sang, composed, and loved performing. He had a true talent for entertaining and so enjoyed sharing songs and music with audiences big and small. He especially loved playing for and with his family and his friends. This same talent and creativity are reflected in his work in later years as a skilled carpenter and craftsman. Mike was a gifted athlete and became a world-class frisbee golfer in his later years.

Mike was friend to so many and had a smile for everyone. He was funny and smart and kind with a deep desire to make life better for others. When living in South Dakota and helping his mother at the family business, Great Plains Coffee Roasting, he without hesitation went to Spencer, SD, to help with disaster assistance following the tornado. He was always available to help a friend in need and had moved to Tucson, AZ to be closer to his mother.

At the time of his death, he was friend and partner to Jackie Gruhn. He was father to four children; the late Christopher, Elizabeth, Kaitrin, and Ellyana. He was the beloved brother of Kevin (Isabel) Ronan, Brisbane, Australia; Kathleen (Mike) Lastine ‘80, Pipestone, MN; Pat (Sarah) ‘83, Sioux Falls; Cary ‘84, San Francisco/Los Angeles; Sasha (aka Susan) ‘88, Boulder, CO; and uncle to seven nieces and nephews. Loved by a Catholic-sized set of uncles and aunts, nieces, nephews, and cousins, all of us, and a world full of friends, will so deeply miss this good man.

Family of Alumni

Gay Haber, our first female Dakota Bowl Chair; mother of Chad ’89, Heidi ’92, and John ’97.  Memorials are being directed to Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools (formerly Sioux Falls Catholic Schools), 3100 W. 41st St., Sioux Falls, SD, 57105.

Gene Bentz, father of Jay ’78, Gina ’80 and Nancy ’82. Memorials are being directed to Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools (formerly Sioux Falls Catholic Schools), 3100 W. 41st St., Sioux Falls, SD, 57105.

Teresa Boyum, mother of: Kathleen ’67, Sue ’81, Jim ’69 (dec.), Tom ’71, Mark, and Dan ’83. Memorials are being directed to Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools (formerly Sioux Falls Catholic Schools), 3100 W. 41st St., Sioux Falls, SD, 57105.

John Griffin, husband of Lisa; father of Matt ’09 and Taylor.

Ron Koehn, father of Tim ’82, and Kristen Koehn Shomion ’85.

Ed McGinn, husband of Mary Margaret (Gareb ’50); father of: Kellie, Patrick, Thomas and Maureen.

Eugene Zimmer, husband of Marlys (Erickson ’43); father of Suzanne ’64, Beverly ’65, Patricia ’67, Kenneth, Anita ’70, Roger (dec.), Jacqueline (dec.), Gary, Nicolas (dec.) and Brian.

Dennis Bump, former staff at O’Gorman; husband of Sally; father of: Lisa ’84, Brad, Niki ’89.

Bob Parliman, son of Elaine; brother of Tom ’65, Sally and Nancy.

Shawn Smith, son of Machelle Mavity Smith ’80 and Michael Smith (dec.); brother of Karina and Kristopher.

Monica Weber, mother of: Jackie Stencil '75, Pam Lidel '77, and Brad Weber '80.