Full obits from the "In Loving Memory" section of the Fall 2019 Re-U-Knighter.
- '40 - Jeanne (Toohey) Green
- '42 - John Howard Bell
- '43 - Margaret "Peggy" Aylward Kemp
- '48 - Dolores "Dee" (Toohey) Ardema
- '48 - Darrell Leo Keiner
- '51 - Carole Warren Bernardy
- '53 - Dolores Marie (Barrett) Smith
- '53 - Gordon Englert
- '56 - Fr. Jimmy Barnett O.P.
- '59 - Judith (Peterson) Sheldon
- '60 - Ronald Jan Hart
- '60 - Susan (Wagner) Vander Woude
- '60 - Dan Naughton
- '63 - Johnetta Dysart
- '63 - Kathleen (Cadieux) Van Osdel
- '65 - Linda Marie Harding
- '82 - Shelly (Flanagan) Hammer
- '95 - Lisa (Janssen) Abbas
Jeanne Green, age 96, of Madison, passed peacefully into her heavenly life on Friday, August 30, 2019 at the Bethel Lutheran Home with her family’s love surrounding her. Jeanne Catherine Toohey was born on Good Friday, March 30, 1923 in Sioux Falls, the daughter of Gratton & Mary Ellen (Gillespie) Toohey. She grew up in Sioux Falls and graduated from Cathedral High School. Her single lifestyle as an accomplished pianist, fashion model, telephone operator, and college student changed in 1949 at the age of 26 when she married the love of her life, Larry S. Green. They moved to Madison in 1964 and the Stone House on NE 3rd became known as the Green House. While being a devoted wife, Jeanne raised 13 children, which included the rigorous fun of housework, laundry, feeding the flock, educating the masses, and doing the diapers and dishes. These duties blossomed over the years as the children developed in their many diverse activities. After Larry’s death in 1992, life transitioned and her love continued to spread as she enjoyed her growing family. She knew each of her 123 grandchildren by heart and fostered their unique gifts and personalities. Jeanne treasured her connection to all her family, whether near or far, as she enjoyed communicating on social media. Always serving, she participated in Catholic Daughters of America, St. Thomas School Board, organist at St. Thomas Aquinas, Eucharistic Minister to homebound, Bible study hostess, and driver for DSU golf team. Always learning, she attended Briar Cliff, Augustana, and Dakota State Universities. Always enjoying, she loved her chocolate, observing wildlife from her window and watching TV! Some of Jeanne’s Words of Wisdom: Delight in and worship The One Who gave us all things; Use ingenuity over money to ‘make due’; Read to your children; Listen to Mr. Rogers; Have a big pot handy to feed a crowd; Keep a pizza in your freezer for emergencies; Enjoy the beauty of nature; Don’t worry--pray; Speak gentle words; Go home and take care of your family; Don’t sweat the small stuff; How do you keep the music playing? Love them just the way they are. Jeanne is lovingly remembered by her 12 children, Jacqueline (Kevin) Ingemansen of Columbus, NE; Mary Ellen (John) Gapp of Lincoln, NE; John (Terri) Green of Madison, SD; Dr. Larry (Juli) Green of Madison, SD; Carolyn (Pat) Anderson of St. Joseph, MN; Catherine (Stephen) Billion of Sioux Falls, SD; Margaret (Doug) Bean of Wasilla, AK; Jeanne Elias of Sioux Falls, SD; Elizabeth (Steve) Hofer of Madison, SD; Roberta (Randy) Creamer of Homer, AK; Alice (Tom) Cameron of White River, SD and Theresa (Randy) Schaefer of Madison, SD; son-in-law Mike Casey, 55 grandchildren, 67 great-grandchildren & 1 great-great-grandchild; 3 brothers, Gerald ‘50, Con ‘52 & Rich ‘54 and 3 sisters, Mary Margaret DeLorenzo ‘48, Alice Huewe ‘55, Catherine Handzlik and many nieces & nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Larry; daughter, Maureen Casey; son-in-law, Dr. Monty Friedow; grandchildren, Douglas Bean & Christina Cameron and 2 brothers, Bob ‘42 & Pat Toohey ‘46.
John Howard Bell, age 93, passed away at his home in Cardinal, VA on Sunday, December 3, 2017. John was born and raised in Sioux Falls, SD. He had a distinguished career in the US Navy as a fighter pilot and served during WWII and the Korean War. After his retirement from the Navy, John and his wife Marnie moved to Mathews County in 1975. John loved fishing, golfing, and volunteering in the community he loved. He was a member of the Church of Francis de Sales where he served as a volunteer administrator for 15 years and he was a life-time member of the Knights of Columbus. He was also a volunteer for 15 years with the Mathews Rescue Squad and served as the Chairman of the Board for 6 years. John was preceded in death by his parents, several siblings, and his daughter Barbara Ann Bell. He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Marnie Bell ‘42; son, John H. Bell II (Ann); brother, Don Bell (Kitty); grandchildren, Audrey Smith (Brian) and David Bell (Jessica); and 8 great-grandchildren. John's family is very grateful to Hospice and Visiting Angels for their excellent care.
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. Memorials are being directed to Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools (formerly Sioux Falls Catholic Schools), 3100 W 41st St, Sioux Falls, SD 57105.
Dolores “Dee” (Toohey) Ardema, age 88, passed away on Thursday January 4, 2018. Dee was preceded in death by her parents, Cornelius and Mayme Toohey; and husband, Fred Ardema. She is survived by her daughter, Michele Ardema; son Ronald and his wife Delia Ardema; grandchildren, Zachary Ardema, Patrick and Ryan Ardema; brother, Gene Toohey ‘57; and nephew, Todd Toohey. Dee was a much loved Girl Scout leader and dedicated craft director at Mad River Manor. She was very religious and followed the word of the Lord. She loved Mother Angelica and would regularly watch her show. Dee was very loving and considerate of others giving generously of both her time and money. In her memory please pray for those who have no one to pray for them.
Darrell Leo Keiner, of Richfield, MN (originally Sioux Falls, South Dakota), passed away on July 11th. Darrell was preceded in death by his wife, Blanid ‘48, in 2009 and sister, Carey. He is survived by sister Mary Jane Engel ‘51, son John, daughter Jill (Gary) Oslund, and daughter Jade; grandchildren Lindsay (Pete) Swenson, Joey (Sarah) Oslund, and Grant Keiner; great-grandchildren Stella and Leo Swenson, and Annabelle, Cassidy, and newborn Samuel Oslund. Darrell enjoyed hunting, golf and listening to Frank Sinatra.
Carole Warren Bernardy , formerly of Worthington, died July 11, 2019, at age 85. She was born July 29, 1933, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She grew up in Sioux Falls and graduated from Cathedral High School. In her youth, she worked at her mother’s Courtesy Cafe. After high school, she earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of St. Catherine (now St. Catherine University) in St. Paul, Minnesota. After college, she worked as a stewardess for United and then as a fashion buyer for Dayton’s. She married Cyril Bernardy in 1958 at the then-brand-new St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sioux Falls. Following her wedding, her career was that of homemaker and mother to three children. They moved to Worthington in 1963. An only child, she’d said she’d always wanted an older brother. In 2010 the family of her brother, given up for adoption at birth, found her, and she also instantly gained a sister-in-law and many nieces and nephews. Carole appreciated beauty in all its forms. She played the piano, sang, and loved to listen to music. She enjoyed decorating her home according to the seasons, top to bottom, inside and out, and put much effort into her flowers and landscaping. She loved fashion and shopping. Though she may not have known “how to boil water” when she got married, as she often claimed, she quickly became an outstanding cook in her tiny kitchen. Whether it was for a huge holiday feast, a dinner party, a birthday party for her children, or “that” hotdish on a random winter evening, everything she made was eagerly devoured. Many around Worthington impatiently awaited her Christmas Party Mix annually. She loved to give gifts to people and would often stock up on items just so that she would always have something on hand for a last-minute or impromptu gift for someone. She had been residing at the VA nursing home in Luverne for the past 10-plus years, following a stroke in 2004. She was predeceased by her husband, parents, and brother, LaVern Gill. Survivors include her three children: Charles (Nina), Christopher (Wai-Yee), and Catherine (Jason); one grandchild, Nicholas; sister-in-law, Ruth Gill, and many nieces and nephews.
Dolores Marie (Barrett) Smith, 84, of Newport, OR passed away peacefully on July 31, 2019. Dolores was born July 17, 1935 in Sioux Falls, SD to Laurence and Irene (Fenner) Barrett. She graduated from Cathedral High School in 1953. Late in the year of 1957, she met the love of her life, Eugene Paul Smith, while working in a hospital in Sioux Falls where he was a patient. They married on June 5, 1958. Eugene and Dolores owned a ranch outside of Highmore, SD. On this ranch, they raised 7 children. Dolores had several large gardens from which she fed her family. She had beautiful flower gardens that she tended to. She enjoyed reading, taking walks around the ranch and doing jigsaw puzzles. She had a passion for all animals. Dolores sewed many quilts throughout the years and sewed her children’s clothes when they were younger. She enjoyed photography and researching genealogy with her sister, Janet. She always made birthdays and Christmas very special for her children and grandchildren. In August of 1987, Dolores and Eugene followed their dream and moved to Newport, Oregon for their retirement. They enjoyed taking their dogs for walks and exploring the different beaches in the area. For a while Dolores was a volunteer with the Lincoln County Food Share. She was a member of TOPS where she met some precious friends. Dolores was preceded in death by her husband Eugene, father Laurence Barrett, mother Irene (Fenner) Barrett, and only sister Janet (Barrett) Henjum ‘59. Grateful for having had her in their life are her daughters: Bonnie Smith (Bill Grimm) of Lebanon, OR; Sarah Smith of Newport, OR; Rachel Smith of Pierre, SD; and Monique Lee (Sam) of Watsonville, CA; and sons: Dan (Melanie) Smith of Okeechobee, FL, Martin (Nancy) Smith of Sharpsburg, GA, and Jesse Smith of Durant, OK; 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Gordon Englert was called to new life on Friday, Sept. 20. When Gordon Englert married his forever love, Nancy, in 1970, his employer at Equitable Life in Denver told her that she was getting a good man. And so he was. Gordon was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in 1934, the fifth of six children born to Martha and Norbert Englert. He graduated from Cathedral High School and attended the University of Nebraska on a football scholarship. Gordon played quarterback for the Huskers and was especially honored to be able to play in the 1955 Orange Bowl. He graduated with a BS in business. After his two-year army service as a cryptologist in Bussac, France, Gordon moved to Denver, where he met and married Nancy Tibbels. In 1979, Gordon and Nancy, with their children Steven and Molly, moved to Billings, where he worked as risk manager for Yellowstone County. Gordon was a gentle soul with a sense of humor who loved his family, friends, his dogs, hunting, fly fishing, and the Huskers.
Fr. Jimmy Barnett O.P. died peacefully on October 4, 2019 in Chicago at the age of 80. Fr. Barnett was a Dominican Friar of the Province of St. Albert the Great. He was born on December 5, 1938 in Sioux Falls, SD to James and Lucille (Weber) Barnett. He is preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Jan Shapiro ‘53 and Koky Risner ‘51. Father Barnett attended the Cathedral Grade School and the Cathedral High School in Sioux Falls from 1944 to 1956. He matriculated at St. Mary’s College in Winona from 1956 to 1958. He entered the Dominican Order in 1958 and given the religious name Quentin. He professed his first vows in 1959 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1965. Fr. Barnett served in a variety of pastoral ministries throughout his life including campus and parish ministry as well as jail ministry. He was director of Marriage Encounter Retreats for several years. He also served his Dominican community as novice master. After his years as novice master, Fr. Barnett entered into what would become a ministry which began to mark and shape his life. From 1985 to 1997 he worked in El Salvador and Honduras. For health reasons he returned to the United States and joined the Friends of God Dominican Ashram in Kenosha, WI for a few years and then returned to campus ministry. As his health declined he relocated to St. Pius Priory in Chicago, the assisted living center for the Dominicans and most recently to Resurrection Life Center. He is survived by his siblings, Mary Lue Daniels ‘49, Vicki Gero ‘62, Bill (Kerry Cashman) ‘63, and Patrick (Keith Schroeder) ’65 as well as several nieces, nephews and many friends.
Judith (Peterson) Sheldon passed away on May 9, 2019 in Long Beach, California. She was born September 6, 1941 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota to the late Clayton and Agnes Peterson. Following her graduation from Cathedral High School in 1959, she obtained her registered nursing diploma from Presentation School of Nursing in Sioux Falls in 1962. She later pursued a Bachelor's of Science Degree from the College of St Francis in Joliet Illinois in 1989. She married James Sheldon of Sioux Falls and lived in multiple sites including Colorado, New Mexico and South Dakota where she raised their family and practiced many types of nursing. In the 1990's she moved to Cypress California where she used her nursing expertise in working with health information systems. She enjoyed volunteering and traveling with family and friends. She is survived by Donald Walter of Cypress, two sons, Scott Sheldon (Laurie) of Colorado, Steve Sheldon (Kim) of Missouri, and one daughter Sharice Simpson (Phillip) of Phoenix Arizona; her grandchildren, Brian Sheldon, Nick Sheldon, and Cassie Bailey of Colorado, Zane Goff and Shayla Simpson of Phoenix and one great- grandchild, Savannah Bailey of Colorado; her previous husband, Jim Sheldon of Sioux Falls, and one sister Joan Peterson Kub ‘70 of Maryland. A Memorial Mass was held at St Irenaeus Church in Cypress California on May 16, 2019.
Ronald Jan Hart 77, of Sioux Falls, SD passed away on Monday, September 9, 2019 at Sanford Hospital. He was a quiet, kind, gentle, fun-loving, humorous man. He was an avid sports lover of golf, baseball and football. He worked at JDS Industries for most of his life after his marriage to his wife. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Cheryl; his four sons: Chris (Shavone) Hart, of Cambridge, MN, Kyle Hart, Cory Hart and Kelsey Hart, who all live in Sioux Falls. He was a grandfather to four grandchildren: Cody, Tyler, Krista and Lilly. He is survived by two sisters: Bonnie Gore of Cocoa Beach, FL and Sharon Whitham of Sioux Falls. He is also survived by one brother: Gale Hart ’57 of Sioux Falls. Ron was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters and two brothers.
Susan (Wagner) Vander Woude 77, of Sioux Falls, died Wednesday, September 18th at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls. Susan A. Wagner was born November 6, 1941 at Sioux Falls, SD. She grew up in Sioux Falls where she received her education, graduating from Cathedral High School in 1960. On October 19, 1962 she was united in marriage with Cecil J. Vander Woude ‘60 at St. Joseph Cathedral in Sioux Falls. Following their marriage, the couple lived in Sioux Falls. Susan was living in Sioux Falls at the time of her death. Throughout her life, Susan found enjoyment in pastimes such as ceramics, gardening and growing roses, and wine tasting and making. She enjoyed traveling, and her life was full of snowmobile, motorcycle, and RV travels. Together, she and Cecil visited 49 states (missing only Hawaii) and 7 of 9 Canadian provinces. Grateful for having shared her life are her husband, Cecil “Corky” Vander Woude of Sioux Falls; one son, Jeff (Jackie) Vander Woude also of Sioux Falls; two grandchildren, Mackenzie and Kolby Vander Woude; two sisters, Patricia Shoop ‘61 of Tampa, FL and Mary Kathryn (George) Vandel of Pierre, SD; brother-in-law Roger Schumacher, and many nieces and nephews. Susan was preceded in death by her parents.
Dan Naughton, age 76, of St. Paul formerly of Brooklyn Park passed away September 18, 2019. He is survived by his wife Barbara ‘63, six children: David ‘86, Chad, and Christopher Naughton, Amy Moore, Lisa Naughton (Matt Lyons), and Sarah Jones (Britton); seven grandchildren: Logan, Dora, Riley, Leah, Owen, Andrew, and Iris; along with six of his nine siblings: Kathleen Jasper ‘53, Greg ‘55, Tom ‘61, John ‘66, Sarah Naughton ‘64, and Mary Glover ‘69. He was a talented photographer who captured beautiful memories. A witty soul who was quick with a joke and possessed a unique ability to strike up a conversation with anyone.
Johnetta Dysart passed away peacefully at her home in Hopkins, MN on May 30, 2019. Johnetta was 74. Johnetta is survived by her brothers Paul ‘58 and Robert ‘67. Sisters Cathy, Carlotta and Rita. And her sons Michael and Brent and daughters Ann and Kerry. Johnetta is also survived by three grandchildren and several nieces nephews and countless other family members and friends. Johnetta was preceded in death by her mother Lettie Mae, and step father Francis. Her brother Larry ‘56, and sisters Marie and Doris. Johnetta was a member of the Baha'i community and will be truly missed.
Kathleen (Cadieux) Van Osdel 74, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at Avera Sister James Care Center after enduring a lengthy, debilitating illness. Kathleen Cadieux was born Feb. 11, 1945 in Astoria, Ore. to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth J. (Edna McClay) Cadieux where her father was stationed while he was recuperating from injuries sustained while serving as a Navy medical corpsman in one of the battles for Guadalcanal in the South Pacific theatre of WWII. The family lived for a time in Seaside, Ore., until Mr. Cadieux was honorably discharged from the service at which time they moved back to their home town of Jamestown, N.D. The Cadieux family lived in Jamestown, N.D., Bowman, N.D., Moorhead, Min., and later Sioux Falls. Kathleen was a 1963 graduate of O'Gorman High School and a 1967 graduate of Mount Marty College. She enjoyed maintaining close ties with her classmates of both schools, including first Wednesday lunches with O'Gorman classmates in Sioux Falls, until ill health prevented travel. She was especially proud to have been able to participate in the planning of their 50th high school class reunion in 2013. Kathy taught religious education classes for elementary students at Sacred Heart Church during and after her college graduation and for a time after her marriage. She also served several years as a Girl Scout leader, taking her girls on many educational outings, such as a visit to the Laura Ingalls Wilder center in DeSmet, various campouts and a trip to the Mall of America. Her Girl Scout troop, using a set of historic flags from the Elks Lodge, served as the color guard at the banquet in Mount Marty College Roncalli Center when Gov. George S. Mickelson resided in Yankton on one of his "Capitol for the Day" excursions. Kathy and Jim and her Girl Scout troop and parents helped clean up Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the second River Boat Days event. Their suggestions led to use of wire recycle containers for aluminum cans used since. Kathy also served at least 11 years on the River Boat Days parade committee. Kathy was employed as a social worker for the S.D. Department of Social Services from just several days after college graduation until 1974, retiring at that time to devote her time to her children. During her career with the S.D. Department of Social Services, she was called upon many times to arrange for emergency foster care for children in need and helped facilitate many adoptions. She was later employed as a social worker at the Human Services Center on the Pierce geriatric unit and in the Kanner building until 1996. She was married to James L. Van Osdel Sept. 18, 1971 and the couple had two children, Jay Lyle, Gulfport, Miss.; and Amy Leigh, Yankton S.D. She also had five grandchildren. Mrs. Van Osdel is survived by her husband, James L. Van Osdel; her children, Jay and Amy, and five grandchildren, including Jordan Bak of Mission Hill; Jennifer Ann Van Osdel of Yankton, grandson, Tieryn Van Osdel, Gulfport; a sister, Cele (James H.) Baker ’65 of Sioux Falls, brother, Tim, Sioux Falls; and a brother, Ken, Montana.
Linda Marie Harding was born in Sioux Falls to Les and Florence Harding on July 11, 1947. Linda attended Brandon Elementary School, then O’Gorman High School in Sioux Falls, graduating in 1965. She attended the College of St. Mary in Omaha for 2 years, then joined a religious order in St. Paul, Minnesota. Linda left the convent in 1970 and attended South Dakota State University and the University of South Dakota, graduating from USD with a BS in Nursing. Linda had found her true calling as a nurse, and in 1982 began a 34 year career as an oncology nurse, working with Dr. David Elson the entire 34 years. Linda’s kind and compassionate nature made her a much loved and appreciated caregiver. Even after an MS diagnosis in 2002, she continued to care for others. Linda loved baseball and enjoyed following her nephew, Chad, from American Legion ball, to college ball at Creighton University, and attended the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona when Chad was on Team USA. Linda was also an avid Minnesota Twins fan and could tell you every player’s name. Linda loved to travel and go camping with her friend of many years, Marty Haggar. Linda was honored as the JY6 Foundation Nurse of the Year in 2015. The award is given annually to an oncology nurse whose skills, dedication, and compassion for patients and their families goes above and beyond. This described Linda her entire career and her life. Linda is survived by her sisters, Dorothy Harding ‘63 (Moab, Utah), and Elaine Combs ’68 (Sioux Falls); her nieces, Christine Brooks, Shelli Peterson, Kate Price and Jennifer Mack; nephews, Jeff Harding, Chad McConnell ‘89, Mark McConnell ‘93, Seth Combs and Matthew Combs; several great-nieces and nephews; sisters-in-law, Gerri Harding and Melanie Harding; good friends, David and Julie Elson and Kathy Wilson; and her beloved dog, Bindi. Linda was preceded in death by her parents, and 4 brothers, Roger, Steve, Dave and John. She will be greatly missed. Soar with the other Angels, Linda.
Shelly (Flanagan) Hammer age 55, died on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at her home in Sioux Falls, SD. Shelly Ann Flanagan was born on December 6, 1963 in Vermillion, SD to Ralph and Donna (Kuhle) Flanagan. She was raised and received her education in Sioux Falls, graduating from O’Gorman High School in 1982. Following high school, Shelly continued her education at the University of South Dakota where she was a proud member of the Alpha Rho Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority and earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education. Shelly was united in marriage with Bryan John Hammer on June 14, 1985 at Christ The King Catholic Church in Sioux Falls. They made their home in Sioux Falls following Bryan’s medical training and were blessed with five children. She was an active parishioner of Holy Spirit Catholic Church for over 25-years. If there was ever a person with a loving spirit it was Shelly. She was completely selfless and put the needs of her family and friends first. Shelly was quiet, reserved, kind, and always positive with others, but she also was a woman with an iron will - in a quiet way. She was totally dedicated to the success and happiness of her husband and children. Shelly leaves us with a legacy of reserved peace, quiet love, and acceptance of everyone she met. Yes, she had her standards, but she had a passionate heart of Christian love and often overlooked temporary shortcomings. Shelly was highly intelligent, an elegant woman, a great beauty, yet humble, and absolutely adored by her husband, her children, and extended family and friends. We will truly miss her sweet soft voice and loving acceptance. Shelly is with our Lord now, looking down on us and praying that all of us will have a long and happy life. She will want us to be sturdy in our time of grief as she touches each of us with her love. Grateful for having shared her life are her husband, Bryan J. Hammer ‘82, MD of Sioux Falls, SD; five children: Reagan (Heide) Hammer ‘06, Lauren Hammer ‘07, Collin Hammer ‘13, Kathryn Hammer ‘17 and Bryce Hammer ’18 all of Sioux Falls, SD; parents, Ralph and Donna Flanagan of Sioux Falls, SD; twin sister, Kelly Woldt of Sioux Falls, SD; sister, Jennifer (Clay Rogers) Flanagan ‘87 of Omaha, NE; mother-in-law, Delores Hammer of Flandreau, SD; brothers and sisters-in-law, many nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives. Shelly was preceded in death by her grandparents: Frank and Kathryn Flanagan, Anton and Dorothy Kuhle; father-in-law, Stanley Hammer; and special cousin, Anita Ackerman. Memorials are being directed to Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools (formerly Sioux Falls Catholic Schools), 3100 W 41st St, Sioux Falls, SD 57105.
Lisa (Janssen) Abbas 43, of Sioux Falls, SD died Saturday, August 17, 2019 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. Lisa A. Janssen, daughter of Charles and Karen (Langer) Janssen, was born August 8, 1976 in Sioux City, IA. As a child she moved with her family to Sioux Falls, SD. Lisa attended St. Mary’s Elementary School and graduated from O’Gorman High School in 1995. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts and Business Administration from Augustana College in 1999. Lisa was self-employed and a co-owner of the family businesses, Southwest MiniStorage and Collectibles. Lisa was united in marriage with Chad Abbas on May 17, 2003 in Lead, SD. The couple lived their entire married life in Sioux Falls. Lisa enjoyed many sports. She played and coached soccer and played golf competitively. Lisa loved to ride her motorcycle. She also loved fishing and hunting. She enjoyed watching professional sporting events, especially the New England Patriots, NASCAR driver Chase Elliot, the Boston Bruins and the Boston Red Sox. In addition, Lisa had a deep compassion for animals, especially her little dog, Max, her birds and their backyard chickens. Grateful for having shared her life are her husband, Chad ‘95; her mother, Karen Janssen, Sioux Falls, SD; her brother, Bryan Janssen ‘89, Parker, SD; her parents-in-law, Ellen and Arland Abbas, Lennox, SD; her sister-in-law, Anna Abbas, Lennox, SD; her brother-in-law, Todd Abbas and his wife, Heather, Sioux Falls, SD; a niece, Avalynn and a nephew, Jase; her Goddaughter, Alyvia Hutchenson; her very special friends, Angela Saufley ‘95, Alissa Evans ‘95 and Amanda and Cody Scholten; and many other relatives and friends. Lisa was preceded in death by her father, Charles Janssen.
Lucille Werner, mother of Mike ‘72 and Kathy Werner LeMair ‘73, Patricia, Diane, Robert, Debbie, Larry, Joe and Mary Jo.
Mike Staebell, husband of Pam; father of Sarah ‘94 and Megan ‘98.
Gary Karriker, husband of Linda (Roach) ’68; two children, Katie and Casey; grandfather of five.
Jim King, husband of Mary; father of Karen Jensen ‘74, Kathy Wolfgang ‘76, Jim King ‘79, Michelle Foy ’80, David King and Colleen Kimbriel ‘84; grandfather of 17, great-grandfather of 21.
John Hagerman, husband of Carolyn Bechtold ’54; father of: Dean, John F., Carr; step-father of: Greg, Kathleen, Thomas, and Mary Pat.
Will Fester, husband of Cosette; father of Christine ’83, Daniel ’86, and Teresa ’88.
Magdelon LeMair, mother of Mary JoAnn, Paul ’60, Delores ’61, Greg ’66, and Jeff ’72.
Cliff VanHove, father of Charles ‘75, Patricia Johantges ‘77, Michael ‘78, Nancy Klehr ‘80, Bridget Wenande ‘85, Jeffrey ’86, Theresa Thraen, Robert Thraen ‘78, and Katie Thraen ‘85.
Josephine Dougherty, preceded in death by her husband, Don '48; mother of Jane Machado ‘77, Mary McMullen ‘78, Tom Dougherty ‘81, Katy Billion ‘83, Bobby Dougherty ‘86, and David Dougherty ‘88. Memorials are being directed to Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools (formerly Sioux Falls Catholic Schools), 3100 W 41st St, Sioux Falls, SD 57105.
Margie Jean Huemoeller, preceded in death by her husband, Henry; mother of Kent ’83, and Keven; granddaughters: Kelli ‘14, Terra ’16 and Jenna ‘19.
Jerry Stokes, husband of Mary Pat Stokes ’64.
James "Jim" Paulson, 80, of Rochester, husband of Michelle (Klaser) ’64; step-father of Molly (O’Connell) Ellefson ‘96.
William “Bill” Smith, husband of Sharon (Burkey) Smith ’59; father of Curt, Tom, Michelle Hughes, Bob, Danielle Ponson and Ryan.
Steve Harding, brother of Dorothy Harding ‘63 and Linda Harding ‘65.
LaVonne Mae Kontz, mother of LaNeda Kuehler ‘68, Nancy Brennfleck ‘69, Julie Delperdang ‘71, Kevin ‘74, and Mary Oleson ’78.
Maricarrol Kueter, sister of Joan Mahoney (staff) and Steve Kueter (staff).
Darlene Bolger, mother of Mike Bolger ’75, Barb Mayer ’77, Steve Bolger ’82 and Ryan Bolger ’85.
Irene Garry, mother of Bryan Garry ‘76 and Sue (Garry) Wood ’90. Memorials are being directed to Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools (formerly Sioux Falls Catholic Schools), 3100 W 41st St, Sioux Falls, SD, 57105.
August “Gus” Rysavy, father of Ronald ‘77, Thomas ‘78, Kathy Martinec ‘79, John, Mary Jane, and Jim; grandfather of Molly ‘19, Elisabeth Pole ‘06, Merritt ‘10, Luke ‘16, Anthony Martinec ‘15, Samantha Blake, Michael, Nicholas, Ryan, Brendan, Callan, Brianna ‘19 and Dawson. Memorials are being directed to Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools (formerly Sioux Falls Catholic Schools), 3100 W 41st St, Sioux Falls, SD 57105.
Mary Homan, preceded in death by her husband Francis ’44; survived by her children Mary Kay Reeve ‘67, Margaret Nelson ‘70, Patricia Hetterscheidt ‘71, Deborah Neslon ‘73, Catherine Bohms ‘74, Frank ‘81 and John ’84; 19 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.