Full obits from the "In Loving Memory" section of the latest issue of the Re-U-Knighter.
- ‘42 - Sr. Alexius Portz, SSND
- ‘43 - Rose Ann (Ashoff) Ryan
- ‘44 - Mary McGowan
- ‘49 - Tom Skaff
- ‘50 - Alfred English
- ‘51 - Deacon James Wall
- ‘55 - Pat Wuebben
- ‘57 - Jerome Hunter
- ‘57 - Richard Kinney
- ‘58 - James “Jim” Woods
- ‘62 - Mary (Bruggeman) Plucker
- ’64 - James “Jim” Cloutier
- ‘65 - Rochelle (DeBoer) Anderson
- ‘66 - James “Jim” Hexamer
- '67 - Lois Anderson
- ‘73 - Debra Walsh
- ‘79 - Robert “Bob” Harris
- ‘79 - Lisa Neuroth
- ‘80 - Tobin “Toby” Green
- ‘84 - Michele “Missy” (Huff) Rausch
- ‘86 - Tony Spader
- ‘89 - Becky Vander Woude
- ‘92 - Regan (Fox) Laughlin
- ‘15 - Bailey Lauret
Sister Alexius Portz (born Marjorie Ann) was the only girl and the last of four children born to Joseph Portz and Caroline Noll Portz in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on January 14, 1924. Her family belonged to St. Joseph Cathedral where she was not only baptized on February 7, but where she also attended 12 years of Catholic education. She graduated June 2, 1942. The Sisters of St. Dominic from Sinsinawa, Wisconsin, were her teachers and she often thought of being a sister during those years.
After her high school education, her parents urged her to go on to college. So, she did a thorough study to find the best place to begin her studies. She finally chose to study at St. Catherine’s College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and completed two years there. Then she attended four 12-week summers at Iowa State Teacher’s College, Cedar Falls, Iowa, earning a B.A. in kindergarten and primary education with a minor in music. She taught for two years in the public school in Lanesboro, Minnesota, and for one year at Lincoln School in Rochester, Minnesota.
Sister Alexius first met the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1946 when she went to visit her Jesuit brother who was stationed in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. Now, at the age of 23, she could fulfill her childhood dream by entering the community of the Schools Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND), which she did on August 31, 1947. She also continued to study for her Bachelor of Science degree in education with a minor in English and History at Mount Mary College (now University). She was received into the community on August 10, 1948, and professed on August 11, 1949.
For 23 years, Sister Alexius taught in grades one to five and played the organ. She sometimes taught piano lessons in the following schools; St. Nicolaus, Freedom, Wisconsin, St. Joseph, Galion, Ohio, St. Francis Xavior, Superior, Wisconsin, St. Joseph, Peoria, Illinois, St. Mary, Greenville, Wisconsin, St. James, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Our Lady of Lourdes, Marinette, Wisconsin, and St. John, Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. From that time on, her services were as an organist and music teacher for 10 years at Notre Dame of the Lake and then she was organist at Visitation Convent, Elm Grove, Wisconsin, for eight years. From 1990 to 2018, she was organist and piano teacher at Notre Dame of Elm Grove (NDEG), Elm Grove. She especially loved her time spent with about 50 piano students.
One of her interesting stories comes out of the summer of 1959 when she volunteered to take on a ladies’ choir in Bessemer, Michigan. While she was there she learned to do needle work, from that time on she helped in the tapestry room at the former motherhouse at NDEG in the summers.
Another story comes out of an experience she had at St. James, Grand Rapids, Michigan. The parishioners were trying to add to the building fund and she learned how to collect labels, box tops, bottle caps, trading stamps and old coins. This was the beginning of a hobby she carried with her. She was always saving cans or whatever and she’d turn them in for her favorite charity.
Once she got involved with raising money to buy five digital keyboards for the patients at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. She got other piano teachers enthusiastic about her campaign. She even got the parents to pay their children for practicing piano so they could use that money to donate to her project.
Sister Alexius’ love for children and music created a powerful energy to bring music into their lives. She was enthusiastic about this work right up to the day, when she was 94 years old and just couldn’t do it anymore. She must be wrapped up in the choirs of angels in her new life now.
The celebration of Sister Alexius’s life was December 28, 2020, at Notre Dame of Elm Grove with the burial in the Elm Grove cemetery.
Rose Ann Ryan, 97, passed away Sunday, November 15 at Primrose Retirement Community in Sioux Falls, SD. Rose Ann (Aschoff) Ryan was born July 15, 1923 in Osmond, NE to Henry and Theresa (Grosse Rhode) Aschoff. She moved to Sioux Falls, SD in 1939. She graduated from St. Joseph Cathedral High School in 1943.
Rose Ann married Patrick Ryan in 1950 at St. Joseph Cathedral. Her loving husband died in 1998 after forty-eight years of marriage.
Rose Ann worked for Northwestern Bell telephone company for over forty years, retiring in 1984. She was a member of St. Mary Church for over fifty years and a member of the altar society, the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, and Sioux Council Pioneers. For over twenty years, Rose Ann also volunteered her time at the St. Vincent De Paul Store. She is survived by her siblings: Barbaralee Hansen, Renner, SD, Ronald Aschoff of Norfolk, NE, Gerald (Kay) Aschoff of Madison, NE; sisters-in-law: Glenda Aschoff and Edith Aschoff as well as many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents; siblings: Mercedes (Aschoff) Usey, Angela (Angie) Aschoff, Elsie (Aschoff) Weis, Francis (Dick) Aschoff, William (Bill) Aschoff, an infant brother; brothers-in-law: Duane Hansen, Bill Usey, Jerry Weis; and sister-in-law: Lucile Aschoff.
Expressions of sympathy may be directed toward the Patrick and Rose Ann Ryan Endowment Fund at Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools.
Mary L. McGowan, 93, of Sioux Falls, passed away on Tuesday, October 13, 2020.
Mary McGowan was born on March 25, 1927, in Sioux Falls to Thomas and Margaret (Quinn) McGowan. She graduated from Cathedral High School and Duchesne College, and earned her Master's Degree from the University of Denver.
A former teacher and librarian, Mary was a librarian at Axtell Park Junior High School for 31 years, retiring in 1991.
She was a member of St. Joseph's Cathedral. Mary enjoyed reading, watching golf on TV, and cheering for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Jean Cobert and Peggy Begeman. Survivors include many dear nieces and nephews.
Due to the pandemic, a private memorial service will be held at a later time.
Tom Skaff, 89, Sioux Falls, passed peacefully and entered the loving arms of Jesus on Saturday, October 10th, 2020.
Thomas Aquinas Skaff was born in Sioux Falls on April 19, 1931 to Joseph and Agnes Skaff.
As the seventh out of eight children, he was the baby boy of the family and always fondly remembered being doted on by his big sisters and brother while he grew up in the Cathedral District of Sioux Falls, attending school at St. Joseph’s Cathedral from first grade through graduation in 1949.
Tom joined the United States Army in 1951 and served overseas during the Korean War. Shortly after leaving the army, he met the love of life, Bonnie Whaler, while having lunch at the Canton Cafe where Bonnie waited tables. As the story goes, one of his friends asked Bonnie out on a date and after she accepted, Tom talked his friend into canceling the date so he could ask Bonnie out instead. He was so smitten and fell in love instantly with her beautiful heart, charm, undeniable charisma and beauty, and faith in the Lord.
Tom and Bonnie were united in marriage on March 28th, 1954. He immediately adopted Debra Lynn, Bonnie’s infant daughter from a previous marriage, and together had two more children: Thomas Aquinas Jr. in 1956 and Sherry Dawn in 1958. Tom began electrician school in the late 1950’s and started his career traveling, working twelve hour days building missile silos and graduated onto being an electrical contractor assisting in many different jobs until he became employed with EROS Data Center in the early 1980’s until his retirement in 2011 where he was greatly admired not just for his 30+ years of service, but his friendly and cheerful attitude towards everyone he encountered while there.
Together Tom and Bonnie would raise a most loving family, instilling the values of hard work, honesty, kindness, and generosity, but most importantly the unconditional love of family and an unfailing faith in Jesus Christ and His promise of Eternal Life. Tom is now rejoicing beyond measure, dancing with Bonnie, and singing God’s praises as he has been reunited with his beloved wife, daughter, parents, siblings, and friends.
Tom will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him. He is survived by his son Tom (Toni) Skaff, Jr., Norfolk, NE; Sherry (Bob) Amburn, Sioux Falls; son-in-law, Darwin Jaqua, Sioux Falls; one sister, Mary Jo Donnelly, Chicago, IL; grandchildren Ryan (Missy), Nathan (Jill), Brandy, Brooke (Dale), Darin (Piper), Bobby, Sarah, Katie (Colton), Bonny, and Stacie; and great-grandchildren Courtney, Jordan, Jade, Samuel, Leah, Silas, Aiden, Brennan, Finnley, Zaelyn, Zakye, and Z’Naliya and Thomas.
Tom is proceeded in death by his wife of 59 years, Bonnie; daughter, Deb Jaqua; parents, Joseph Sr. & Agnes; siblings Maureen, Rita, Mickey, Audrey, Barbara, and Joseph “Bud” Jr.
Alfred English, 88, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota passed away on Wednesday, October 28, 2020, at Bethany Home in Sioux Falls. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will take place at a later date when gathering concerns have ceased and family can travel.
Al English, son of Leslie and Catherine (Heiberger) was born July 27, 1932, in Sioux Falls, SD. The oldest of three brothers, he was dearly loved by his siblings. He attended Cathedral Grade School and High School and he was always proud to be called a "northender". Al attended St. Mary’s College in Winona, MN, where he played football, hockey, and baseball. This is where he first met his wife Alison. Al graduated St. Mary’s with a degree in business administration. After graduating, he served in Korea and worked in the motor pool. Alison and Al met again on a train where Al remembered her and approached her with the line “Don’t I know you from somewhere?” He was united in marriage to Alison O’Connell on February 27, 1960, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They went on a camping honeymoon in a borrowed station wagon in Two Harbors, MN.
In the first years of their marriage in Illinois Alison ran the house as a stay at home mom while Al traveled. They moved to South Dakota with their 5 children in 1974 to be near to Al’s parents and childhood connections. Al started the Al English Agency out of the basement of their home. He loved hockey and had dreamed of building an indoor hockey rink. In the late 1970s, he and a small group of hockey enthusiasts led the charge, doggedly securing land and funds and creating the Minnehaha Ice and Recreation Center. He was the president of the center for over 20 years.
Al was also active with the Sioux Falls Optimist Club and was a strong supporter of the Oratorical Contest and the Tri-Star Hockey Contest, and any program that supported the youth of the area. He also loved hunting and fishing, and most Saturdays in the fall would find him in the fields of South Dakota with his sons. As much as the actual hunt, he loved to spend time with his sons and friends, swap stories, and share his love of the outdoors with his children. He cared deeply for his family, was revered by his grandchildren and loved spending time with them. When asked what he wanted for Christmas or his birthday his first answer was always “Happy kids!” Al was a strong supporter of all of the kids’ activities, attending nearly every recital, performance and game. Alison and Al entertained often. There are many memories of cocktail, dinner, and bridge parties. Al and Alison shared many things including their love of music. There was often a record playing in the house including opera, classical, swing and jazz. They loved attending the South Dakota symphony. Al was a longtime member of St. Mary, Holy Spirit, and St. Therese Catholic Parishes in the Sioux Falls Catholic Diocese.
Al’s five children feel that they could not have asked for a better father. He was both solid and loving. Left to cherish his memory are his children, Thomas (Jennifer) English of Crooks, SD, Amy (Mark) Spinti of Scottsdale, AZ, Mary (Xavier) Vendrell of Auburn, AL, Susan (Rick) Theis of San Antonio, TX, and Tim (Kamilla) English of Arlington Heights, IL; grandchildren, Nigel, Delaney, Catie, Emma, Alison, and Meredith; and brother, Stuart (Constance) English of Madison, CT. He is preceded in death by his wife, Alison English of Sioux Falls; brother, Richard (Beverly) English of Sioux Falls; and his parents, Catherine and Les English of Sioux Falls.
Deacon James Wall died peacefully in Denver, Colorado on August 31, 2020 at the age of 87. Deacon Jim was born August 9, 1933 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the second child of Hon. Lucius John Wall and Theresa Eleanor Finnell Wall. He was preceded in death by his brother, Lucius "PQ" Wall, and his sister Eleanor Wall Sullivan. He is survived by his beloved wife Harriet "Joey" (Fish) Wall and their six children: Brenda (Dave) Overton; Kathleen (Dean) Sturm; James T Wall; Cecilia Wall; Eileen (Tom) Gray; and Mary (Charlie) Scerbo. He will be missed by his loving grandchildren Theresa (Overton) Brennan, Dennis Overton, Kevin Overton, Laura (Overton) Diehl, Katherine (Sturm) Lietz, Mitchell Sturm, Nate Sturm, Erin Wall, Molly Turner, Mack Turner, Joshua, Brennen, Ryland and Bryce Gray, and Charlie, Anthony, Joey, and Gianna Scerbo. Also, great-grandchildren Danny and Lily Roland, Camden and Bea Diehl, Adilynd and Rylie Lietz, Stetton, Duke and Wayde Sturm, and the many nieces, nephews and godchildren who grieve his loss.
Deacon Jim graduated from Regis High School and NYU with a degree in Arts and Science. After graduation, he entered the U.S. Army in 1955 as a sharpshooter and Honor Guard serving for 3 years. He married the love of his life, Joey Fish in 1960 and together they centered their lives around their devout Catholic faith. They raised their children in a home that was filled with laughter, prayer, and love.
Deacon Jim was involved in his children's active lives whether it be coaching, timing at swim meets, raising funds for the Holy Family Booster Club, or chaperoning dances. He loved his fireworks, racing against and diving with his kids in swimming pools and enjoyed hunting with his son Jim and buddy Ross. He relished dressing up as a leprechaun to bring in small gifts for the students at Sts. Peter and Paul School. Friends of his children were always welcome to family dinner. Deacon Jim was a stockbroker with Bosworth and Sullivan and later opened his own business as an investment advisor and proprietor of Wall and Co. However, Deacon Jim found his true calling when he attended St. Thomas Seminary and was ordained a Deacon on June 8, 1996 faithfully serving the parishes of St. Bernadette in Lakewood and Sts. Peter and Paul in Wheat Ridge. He found great joy in sharing his devotion to the Blessed Mother by teaching the parish school children to pray the rosary. He served and was a chaplain for the Legion of Mary and a member of the Knights of Columbus receiving their Pro-Life award. He worked tirelessly in defense of human life, especially of the unborn and was the first Deacon in Colorado to receive the Legatus award in 2009 for his pro-life work. He humbly prayed to the Holy Spirit to guide him with every homily delivered. He lived the fiat of his Catholic faith; always saying yes when God called and bringing the sacraments and his faithful presence to countless souls.
Deacon Jim will be remembered for his warmth, kindness, and wit. He was a master storyteller with the Irish gift of gab. Many will remember Deacon Jim on the altar at baptisms, weddings and funerals; his visits to celebrate new babies, birthdays and milestones; and the peace and prayer-filled comfort he brought to the hospital and homes of sick and grieving family and friends. He had a mischievous sense of humor honed in his early days with his siblings in Sioux Falls. He loved a good joke, especially when it was at his expense.
His work is finished now. He will never know how many remember the warmth of his brilliant blue eyes, the generous love and complete attention he always gave, and the lives he brought to Christ through his example.
His master said to him, 'Well done, my good and faithful servant'. Matthew 25: 21a
Office of Dead, Vigil and Rosary Tuesday, September 8, 2020 6:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Funeral Mass 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at the Basilica Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Interment Mount Olivet Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Archdiocese of Denver Catholic Charities "Respect Life Denver Office " firstname.lastname@example.org
Patricia K. Myers-Wuebben, 83, of Sioux Falls passed away at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls on December 25, 2020. Memorial mass will begin at 10:30 am on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at St. Joseph Cathedral in Sioux Falls. Masks will be required for the service. Inurnment will be held at a later date.
Patricia Myers was born November 6, 1937 in Sioux Falls to Henry and Alma (Javurek) Myers. She grew up in Sioux Falls and graduated from Cathedral High School. On May 13, 1972 she married Norman Wuebben in Sioux Falls. She worked for more than 33 years at John Morrell in Sioux Falls.
Patricia enjoyed reading and doing word games.
She is survived by her sister, Barbara (Jack) Stich of Mesa, AZ as well as many in-laws and nieces and nephews. Proceeding Pat in death were her husband, Norman in 2013, her parents, a brother, Mike Myers, and two sisters, Sally Myers and Connie Marr. Cards can be sent to the family or to Heritage Funeral Home (4800 S. Minnesota, Sioux Falls, SD 57108) and will be forwarded to the family. Memorials can also be directed to the St. Francis House in Sioux Falls.
Jerome Hunter died Tuesday, December 1st at Edgewood Vista in Flandreau. He was 81 years old.
Jerry was born June 1st, 1939 in Sioux Falls, to Justine and Quentin Hunter. Jerry attended St. Joseph Cathedral Grade and High School. He attended colleges in South Dakota, at Northern State College, South Dakota State University and Sioux Falls College. He pursued a journalism, business and psychology curriculum.
Jerry met his wife, Bonita Schroeder, while they were in college and raised four daughters and a son. He is a grandpa four times and has two young great grandchildren.
Most of Jerry’s business career was built around the Property and Casualty Insurance business. He worked for a major stock insurance company for four years and then went into the Agency business. He was a partner or sole owner of three different Insurance Agencies. He sold his Insurance business in 1990 and has worked part-time in the Insurance business since then, including starting an Insurance Claims Adjusting business, and a Taxi-cab Insurance Company.
Jerry’s favorite hobbies included hunting and flying. He always enjoyed hunting with his son Paul, brothers Quent and Jim, and many nephews and friends. He loved cooking and hosting during the hunting outings. Much loved dogs were always part of the party. He bought his first airplane in 1960 and sold his last one in 1995. He enjoyed his acreage on the James river, west of Sioux Falls and spent his spare time planting wildlife habitat. He also had a passion for boxing, organizing the boxing club at the Sioux Falls Boys Club and an amateur club at the Flandreau Indian School. He was a mentor to Jeffrey LeMair and helped him achieve many Golden Gloves titles and championships.
Jerry’s 20 years as a volunteer in the M-2 program at the South Dakota Penitentiary and his interest in prison reform helped prepare him for his new role as the Director of the Prison After-Care Program. In 2001, Jerry received recognition from Governor Bill Janklow for his 20 years of service in the “man to man” program at the penitentiary. Through the years he also volunteered for the Toastmasters, Elk’s Club, Optimists Club, Knights of Columbus and the Jaycees.
Jerry is survived by his daughters Joan (Steve) Ullom, Flandreau; Mary Giolitti, Phoenix AZ; Kathryn Hunter, Chester, MD; and Karen Hunter, Omaha, NE; sister Mary Lou (Loren) Scott, Howard; brother Tom (Kitty), Florida; sister-in-law Charlotte Hunter, Sioux Falls and brother-in-law Ronald Bisson, Minnetonka, MN. Jerry was preceded in death by his son Paul, brothers Quent and Jim, and sister Anne.
Richard Kinney, 82 of Sioux Falls, SD, died Sunday, December 13, 2020 at Good Samaritan Society Village in Sioux Falls.
Richard David Kinney was born April 15, 1938 to Roy and Marie (Zimmerman) Kinney in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He was raised in Sioux Falls and graduated from St. Joseph’s Cathedral High School in 1957. It was there that he met his future wife, Ruth. Richard worked as an installer at Western Electric Telecommunications for 31 years before he retired.
On January 28, 1961, Richard was united in marriage to Ruth Hawn at Saint Joseph’s Cathedral in Sioux Falls, SD. The couple were loving parents to their four children, Anne, Jane, Rich and Rob.
Richard was a previous member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sioux Falls. He enjoyed all sports, hunting, traveling, movies, board games and card games, but he especially loved spending time with his family. Despite his poor joke-telling ability, he had a great sense of humor and easily endeared himself to others.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Ruth Kinney of Sioux Falls; children, Anne (Scott) Morstad of Sioux Falls, Jane (Mark) Brumels of Sioux Falls, Richard Kinney of Bainbridge Island, WA and Robert Kinney of Sioux Falls; 8 grandchildren, Richard Boer, Jonah Patterson, Kathryn Brumels, David Brumels, John Brumels, Erin Kinney, Ryan Kinney and Hadley Kinney; and sister, Kathleen (Richard) Schmidt of Sioux Falls.
Richard is preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Marie Kinney.
James R. Woods, 80, passed away October 15, 2020 in Sioux Falls of COVID. He was born on May 21, 1940 to Bernard and Elsie (DeSchepper) Woods in Sioux Falls.
Jim lived on and cared for the Woods Family Farm north of Sioux Falls his entire life. He liked being outside and making the acreage look like a park. Jim travelled extensively and made many trips to the Missouri River at Platte as well as spent several weeks each winter in Mesa, AZ. Jim loved Las Vegas, the Sturgis Bike Rally, the Oshkosh Fly In, and the Minnesota State Fair. He was a voracious reader of news and had a great memory for facts.
After attending Berg #17, a one room schoolhouse, and Cathedral High School, he worked for the school system and Hoerner Box. He ended his work years as a long time claims adjuster for Hawkeye Security. After retirement, he spent long weeks holding huge yard sales at the farm with his friend, Alys Vellenga. Jim was a life-long member of St. Joseph Cathedral, and you could often find him greeting members and taking up the collection.
Left to cherish his memory are sisters: Jeanne (Dennis) Ditter, Marty (Joe) Zerfas; nieces and nephews: Chad, Kim, and Drew Ditter, Aimee Morlan, Tobin Zerfas; and special friend: Patricia Gildemeister. Jim was preceded in death by his parents.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Jim Woods Scholarship Fund through Barnett-Lewis Funeral home.
Our Mother and Wife; Mary Bruggeman Plucker, left our world, Oct 23, 2020. Mom gently passed away on the cool sunny fall day. Her favorite time of year.
Mary was born on March 31, 1944 in Sioux Falls, SD, to John and Vera Bruggeman. The proud parents, welcomed their one and only baby girl. Mom was the youngest of 4 older adoring brothers. Mary was a "North End Kid", grew up in the shadows of the spirals of St. Joseph Cathedral. She attended St. Joseph School, was in the first graduating class of O'Gorman High School, and SDSU.
Summer of 1968, Mary was swept off her feet ,and engaged 10 days later. Married the love of her life on December 28,1968 to Ronald Plucker in St. Joseph Cathedral. Their quick engagement was an early testament to their desire to always be hand in hand together, for almost 52 years. Mary's top priority was always her family . Her beloved nieces and nephews played a huge roll in her life. Structuring most of our social events around our large family. When we were young, our weekends and holidays would end with our parents rolling up the rugs, and dancing the night away. Laughter and love in abundance. A foundation of family.
Mary's professional career was based around her children. When she felt her children were ready for her to be away from the home, before and after school. Mary went back into the work force doing small jobs here and there. Eventually, Ron and Mary purchased the Upper Cut Steak House, successfully ran until selling it in 1991. Mary went to work for Mckennan Hospital, until her retirement on April 1, 2009.
Retirement brought fun adventures. Spending their winters in Port Aransas, Texas, visiting their children and grandchildren in Colorado, family in Las Vegas, and countless visits to their vast number of friends.
March 15, 2015 changed everything. Mary suffered a stroke, made an almost complete turnaround. Until another stroke, followed by another.. . This episode robbed her of her ability to travel. Our little lioness fought and fought the fight. In Mary's last few weeks of life, she successfully beat the disastrous COVID19. However, this last event, had finally exhausted her fight and she was finally able to fall into eternal rest.
Mary was a member of St. Lambert Parish since 1972. Loyally, attended Mass until her health started to fail. Up to the weekend of her passing, she enjoyed the opportunity to attend online Sunday, Mass.
Mary is survived by, her Beloved Husband, Ron of 52 years; two children, Jennifer Jones (Ron Baretta), David (Chelsey); six adored Grandchildren, Lydia, Jayda, Evan, Ella, Audrey, and our little Molly. Her many nieces and nephews. Proceeded by, her parents, Brothers (John,Cletus, Denis and Tomas Bruggeman), and her adored son Jon.
My mom was the strongest and most loyal person I have ever known. She was fierce when it came to anything, she was passionate about. Kind to everyone she ever met. A smile for miles, that will fill all of our hearts and minds with her love . She never forgot anyone's special occasion, always including a loving note in all that were written, in every card. Treasures to us now.
James A. “Jim” Cloutier, age 74, passed away January 7, 2021 at CHI-Mercy Hospital.
James was born on June 10, 1946 in Worthington, Minnesota to the late Ernest and Clare (Davis) Cloutier. He grew up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and graduated from O’Gorman High School. Jim received his degree in Architecture from the University Of Nebraska. He was united in marriage to Laura Loper and they have spent the last 41 years together. Jim loved sports, especially baseball. He was an avid Nebraska Cornhusker fan.
In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his father-in-law, LeRoy Loper.
Survivors include wife, Laura of Council Bluffs; sisters, Mary Bengtson and husband, Russ of Walker, MN, Joan Myer and husband, Bill of Phoenix, AZ; brother, Steven Cloutier and wife, Karen of Drake, Colorado; mother-in-law, Lettie Loper, Council Bluffs; nieces and nephews.
Rochelle Anne DeBoer, age 73, was born on May 15th, 1947, in Volga, SD to Roger and Eva (Linneman) DeBoer. She grew up in Bruce, SD as the eldest child with her brothers Tom and Paul. Rochelle was baptized on May 25th, 1947 and received all her religious sacraments at St Francis deSales Catholic Church in Estelline, SD.
Following her high school graduation, Rochelle enrolled at Presentation College in Aberdeen, SD and received a degree in Education. Rochelle was a 4th grade teacher at St Joseph Cathedral School in Sioux Falls, SD. She married Paul Anderson on August 9th, 1969 at St. Joseph Cathedral in Sioux Falls, SD. The greatest blessing in her life was in 1981 when the couple welcomed Peter John Thomas Anderson into their lives. The family lived in Crooks, SD for many years in the perfect small-town neighborhood.
Rochelle spent a few years at home raising Peter, then began a 20 plus career at Norwest/Wells Fargo. Her real passion in life was teaching, and she returned as a teacher’s aide at multiple elementary schools in Sioux Falls until her retirement. Rochelle moved to Sioux Falls where her circle of friends continued to grow. Her favorite place of residence was the Cathedral Heights Apartments, where she was one minute away from Mass and she could look out her picture window at The Cathedral of St. Joseph.
The second greatest blessing in Rochelle’s life were her grandkids. Her face would light up with the biggest smile when they would visit. She enjoyed having sleepovers at her house, taking them to movies, and teaching them the proper way to vacuum and dust. Rochelle would talk nonstop to friends and family about her precious Jackson and Mackenzie.
Every Sunday Rochelle made a noon meal after Mass for her family. She prayed the rosary daily and took great pride in her strong Catholic faith. She was a member of the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Sioux Falls. Rochelle had the gift of gab, always cared about others, and was not afraid to express her opinion. She loved to read books, watch the Minnesota Twins, played bingo, and baked deserts. Rochelle love to attend SDSU women’s basketball games, travel with her family on a yearly trip to watch her beloved Twins in person, attend DeBoer clan family vacations, and eat a Nick’s Burgers in Brookings, SD. She looked forward to special lunches with her Wells Fargo gals, first wives club, and the bow hunters club, just to name a few.
Rochelle was a true and faithful friend, had a great sense of humor and a positive attitude. She had great faith and loved her family with all her heart. Rochelle accepted challenges in her life with grace and humor. She made the best out of every situation and has left a legacy of love.
Rochelle is survived by her son and his wife, Peter (Lisa Strohschein) Anderson of Baltic, SD; Grandchildren, Jackson and Mackenzie Anderson and their mother Lindsey (Matt) Schoffelman of Parker, SD; Brothers, Tom (Sherry) DeBoer, of Chaska, MN and Paul DeBoer of Sioux Falls, SD; Brothers and sisters in-law, Eldine (Gene) Murphy of Sioux Falls, SD, John (Julie) Anderson of Boise, ID, Irene DeBerg of Canton, SD and Cheryl Anderson of Bozeman, MT; Special friend/cousin Doreen DeBoer of Sioux Falls, SD; Ex-husband Paul Anderson of Sioux Falls, SD and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sister in-law Jane Leite, and brother in-law Kai Anderson
Rochelle’s family would like to extend their great appreciation for the excellent compassion and care the Estelline Nursing and Care Center provided for her from March 2020 until her passing.
If you are unable to attend Rochelle’s services, condolences may be mailed to:
PO Box 314
Baltic, SD 57003
On March 28, 1948 Willis and Beatrice Hexamer welcomed their son, James Edward “Jim” to their family. He was born in Sioux Falls, SD and attended Christ the King Grade School and graduated in 1966 from O’Gorman High School. After graduation, Jim broadened his education by attending South Dakota State and Nettleton Business School. His career included work at Midwest Coast Transport, Wells Fargo Financial, and Saint Mary Catholic Church where he especially enjoyed finishing his employment and retired in July of 2018. What truly defined Jim was his commitment and love for his family and friends.
On June 6, 1970 at Saint Mary Catholic Church, Jim married his High School sweetheart, Mary Anne Feyder. He loved his wife dearly and they were blessed to have recently celebrated 50 years of marriage. Together they raised three wonderful daughters who blessed them with five treasured grandchildren. Jim was devoted to his family and valued time spent with them hiking in area parks, playing in the yard, joining together for birthdays, holidays, projects, and meals (his Christmas prime rib rivaled that of any trained chef). Family summer vacations to rental cabins may not all have been five-star stays, but they provided cherished times together and prized memories. Jim was the “hub of the wheel” keeping all his loved ones connected.
Jim was a wonderful brother to his sister, June Albers and two brothers, David and Pat Hexamer. As children they raised rabbits, wrestled in the living room, and caught tadpoles in the window well. Jim was “salt of the earth”, would do anything for anyone, could fix anything, and was always ready to help. Jim’s excellent carpentry skills were gained working alongside his father Willis. With the help of his father, brother, family, and friends, he even literally raised the roof of their family home to create an addition for his daughters. Jim’s skills and handiwork show throughout his home with improvement projects (the sunroof leak was finally conquered), book shelves, garden art, and other personal touches.
Jim Hexamer of Sioux Falls died at the age of 72 on Thursday, November 19, 2020 at Avera Heart Hospital of South Dakota due to a sudden heart attack.
Jim leaves his best friend in the world and the mother to his children: Mary Anne. He also leaves many who will miss him greatly including his three daughters and their families: Emily and her husband Robert Wilson and their daughter Annalise of West Fargo, ND, Katie and her husband Eric Hanson and their children Charlotte and Everett of Sioux Falls, SD, Meghan and her husband Jesse Wilkens and their children Owen and Emma of Sioux Falls, SD; plus his sister: June Albers and her significant other, Chuck Wubben; his brother: David and wife Jackie Hexamer; and brother: Pat Hexamer and significant other Kaylynn Montis; as well as many loving nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
St. Joseph, the foster father of Jesus, spouse to blessed mother Mary, was a carpenter who taught his trade to his son. He was the model of fathers dedicated to their families. Jim too was a carpenter, friend, and family man. His kindness and huge heart have touched so many.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home for a charity to be determined.
Lois Jean Anderson, age 71 of Sioux Falls, SD, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at Prairie Creek Memory Care Assisted Living on November 25, 2020.
Lois Jean Anderson was born in1949 to Lawrence and Winifred Anderson in Sioux Falls. She graduated from O’Gorman High School. She received her undergraduate degree from Mankato State University, a Master’s in Education from George Washington University and in English from George Mason University.
Lois spent her life dedicated to education with a special love for Community Colleges. She was drawn to their open-door policy and their endless possibilities. She was an IT Systems Coordinator at Montgomery College and a professor of English at Virginia Community College.
Although she spent most of her adult life in Virginia, her heart was in the Midwest. This is where her core values were derived as well as her strong Catholic faith, which sustained her throughout her life. Lois is a professed member of the Discalced Carmelite Secular Order. Her Community of Mount Carmel is located in Washington. She spent much of her time in prayer and adoration. She also enjoyed: reading, walking, needlepoint, and singing. Lois volunteered at Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, and various soup kitchens in the DC area.
Lois was always a strong, independent, fun loving sister. She is survived by her siblings: Gail Villotta of Omaha, NE, Teresa (Dale) Stoll of Sioux Falls, Eileen (Bruce) Koster of Leawood, KS, Larry (Kristi) Anderson of Sioux Falls, Rita (Rod) Pederson of St. Cloud, MN, fifteen nieces and nephews, and nineteen great nieces and nephews.
Our family would like to thank the staff at Prairie Creek Memory Care Assisted Living, Avera Hospice, and Home Instead for their wonderful care of Lois. They were with her when we were not able to be, and their kindness will never be forgotten.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Christ the King Church, Cathedral of St.
Joseph, or Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools.
Debra Anne Walsh, 65, of Kansas City, passed away Nov. 30, 2020.
Debra was born April 22, 1955, in Huron, South Dakota, the oldest of eight children born to Clifford “Cliff” and Kathryn “Kay” Walsh. She grew up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, attending Christ the King School, St. Mary Grammar School and O’Gorman High School. After high school, she attended Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. Following graduation, Debra attended Presentation Heights College in Aberdeen, South Dakota where she became a registered nurse and later practiced at Plankinton Training Center and Avera Health in South Dakota before joining the U.S. Air Force, ultimately attaining the rank of Captain. After her military career, Debra continued her work as a nurse at Visiting Nurse Association of Kansas City.
She married John F. Harrington, Jr., on Dec. 17, 1990. Debra, who rarely missed Connor’s school events – especially his football games, was known to her son’s teammates and friends as the ultimate “football mom”. They loved her like she was their own. Debra’s “love language” was food. She loved creating holiday feasts, setting up celebration buffets and trying new recipes to take to family and friends’ homes. She rarely missed an event with family and extended family, particularly gatherings with her “sissies” and mom.
Debra was preceded in death by her father, Cliff Walsh, of Sioux Falls. She is survived by her husband, John Harrington, of Kansas City; son, Connor Harrington, his wife, Dakkota, and granddaughter, Noah Hazel, of Kansas City; her mother, Kay Walsh, of Sioux Falls; and her seven siblings and their spouses: Patti (Mike) Cornell, of Omaha; John (Robin) Walsh, of Nipomo, California; Colleen (Tim) Stich, of Sioux Falls; Tim (Christy Brasel) Walsh, of Sioux Falls; Mark (Christy) Walsh, of Sioux Falls; Susan (Jim) Banck, of Adrian, Minnesota; and Steven (Amy) Walsh, of Sioux Falls. She is also survived by an aunt, uncles, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Some words from Connor about his mom:
Today, heaven gained another angel at the hands of this awful virus. My Mom was well known and loved by many. She made so many people happy and was always there for them. There are not enough words to express how much of an impact she’s made on my life as well as many others. Everyone loved to be around her.
She was an amazing woman, mother, sister, grandmother and aunt. She was very passionate in her efforts as a nurse and cared deeply for those in poor health, especially those less fortunate than others.
I am so thankful she was able to dance with me at my wedding and meet my daughter before she passed. She loved Noah so much and did so much for her, Dakkota and me. I will do my best to continue her legacy and carry on with life as I know she would want me to.
Mom, I love you so much and will miss you dearly, but I am thankful that your suffering is over. You now get to be with Grandpa, Father Mahowald and everyone else who has passed. I know Grandpa will be so happy to see you and welcome you to heaven with open arms.
This holiday season, hug your loved ones extra tight, especially those who are older, for you never know if this might be the last holiday season you spend with them.
Robert Harris, 60, of Sioux Falls died peacefully at his home of natural causes with family at his side on Wednesday, December 23, 2020.
Bob was born November 21, 1960 in Sioux Falls to Paul and Loretta Harris, and graduated from O’Gorman High School in 1979. He started his career as a truck driver with his dad at age 14 and his many miles logged included flatbed, cattle hauling and refer. He later worked as a dispatcher, parts manager and retired as a trailer mechanic. Bob was a very animated guy with outstanding storytelling skills and a memory for obscure details about cars, trucks, highways, classic movies, history and people. His enthusiasm and sense of humor had no boundaries. He was tough, fearless, savvy and the loudest voice in any room.
Although Bob’s last years were marred by the effects of his lifelong battle with addiction, he remained the same generous, funny guy who liked to call up his friends and share a memory of a good time had, a silly thing that happened or that a favorite movie was on tv. Bob was proud to be Catholic and as his health declined found comfort visiting the Cathedral when picking up the girls from orchestra practice.
Bob was loved and will be missed by many. He was preceded in death by his parents and beloved dogs Clyde and Bear. He is survived by his five siblings Bill (Roxanne) Olathe, KS, Teresa (Andy)Henrickson, Yankton, SD; Donna Harris McQuade, (Shawn McQuade) Kathy (Chuck) Engeman and Cindy (John) Dougherty, all of Sioux Falls, as well as his partner Cynthia Keller and her children Jared, Julius, Justice, Julion Alician and Rosalind, his dog Riley and many nieces and nephews.
Lisa Neuroth, age 60 of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, passed away Thursday, December 3, 2020.
Family will greet friends from 5:00-7:00 PM on Tuesday December 8, 2020 at Miller Funeral Home – downtown, 507 S. Main Avenue. Funeral services will begin at 1:30 PM on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 also at Miller Funeral Home – downtown Sioux Falls.
Lisa Rachelle Neuroth was born on November 9, 1960 to Bernard and LaVonne (Helgeson) Neuroth in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She was raised in Sioux Falls and graduated from O’Gorman High School in 1979 and then joined the United States Army. Lisa later earned a degree in Computer Programming from Southeast Technical.
Lisa was an avid Minnesota Vikings fan. She loved game shows, going for car rides, visiting Falls Park, and playing spades with her friends. Lisa enjoyed music and her favorite artist was Elvis. She received the most joy in life spending time with her children, grandchildren and her long-time partner Desi.
Grateful for having shared her life are her longtime partner, Desi Reed of Sioux Falls, SD; her daughters, Sharona Neuroth and Fiancé Michael Peplinski of Sioux Falls, SD and Stacia Johnson of Sioux Falls, SD; seven grandchildren, Trinity, Tyler, Aiyanna, Madison, Michaela, Avery and Omri; siblings, Sandra (Jim) Brown of Yankton, SD, Sheri (Mike) Olawsky of Sioux Falls, SD, Suzanne Neuroth of Sioux Falls, SD, Shannon (Ted) Feekes of Sioux Falls, SD, Scott (Kelly) Neuroth of Sioux Falls, SD, Joe (Kathy) Neuroth of Harrisburg, SD, John (Janet) Neuroth of Casper, WY and Kelly Neuroth of Sioux Falls, SD; and many nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
Lisa was preceded in death by her parents, Bernard and LaVonne Neuroth; and her older sister, Stephanie.
Tobin "Toby" Leonard Green was born 4 January 1962 to David and Renata Green in Sioux Falls, SD. He was closely followed by his twin brother, Tony, who often cited a traumatic view that scarred him for life.
Toby and Tony welcomed another brother, Tommy, in 1963. The Green boys went on to attend St. Therese, St. Mary's, and O'Gorman High School. In the years between, they broke (and glued together) multiple pieces of furniture and incurred multiple injuries wrestling one another. In high school, Toby was class president and the pitcher on the fast pitch softball team that took 2nd at State. Upon graduation from O'Gorman, he met the love of his life, Susan, and attended West Point. He served as an Army Officer for 28 years, retiring as a Colonel in 2013. While in the military, Toby deployed four times and completed programs at Johns Hopkins and Harvard. Upon retiring from the military, he worked as a contractor overseas where he helped the Emirati Army develop their national training program.
Above all else, Toby lived his life in service to others. In high school, he gave his best winter jacket to a homeless man. At West Point, he gave his free time to help friends study, even for classes he didn't take. In the Army, he gave his very best to his Soldiers, working himself to the bone. He lived frugally to provide for his family and in his final two years of life, he gave every ounce of his energy to raising his grandchildren.
Toby relied heavily on his faith to help him through times of struggle and endeavored to live his life honoring the teachings of the Catholic Church. He passed away on 27 October 2020 in Rochester, MN. He is survived by his wife, Susan Green; his children, Courteney and Connor; his grandchildren, Kiran and Kairi; his brother, Tom; and his mother, Renata. In death he joins his gregarious twin, Tony, and his beloved father, Dave.
Michele Marie Rausch (Huff) of Underwood, MN passed away unexpectedly on January 1st, 2021 at the age of 54. Michele was born in Sioux Falls, SD on June 26th 1966 to Joe and Mary Huff. She received her degree as a Registered Nurse from South Dakota State University in 1995 and passionately served those lucky enough to be her patients. On August 26th, 1995 she married Ken Rausch and together they raised their children Mike and Rachel.
Michele had an infectious smile, a joyful personality, and most importantly a BOLD faith in God. She absolutely loved spending her time with family and friends. Her favorite hobbies included sunset pontoon cruises, cooking and baking, thrifting, and embroidering towel sets for friends. She also inherited her parent’s love of “going for rides” that never seemed to include a destination.
Michele is survived by her husband, Ken; her children, Mike Rausch of Jamestown, ND and Rachel Rausch (fiancé Nate Thoreson) of Fargo, ND; her father, Joe Huff of Sioux Falls, SD; sisters, Marilee Kontz (companion Bruce Livesay) and Vicki Hayes, both of Sioux Falls, SD; sister-in-law, Carol Huff of Sioux City, IA, and many nieces, nephews, and extended family.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Huff, and her brother Joe Huff.
Anthony George Spader "Tony", age 52, father of Maasa, AJ, Catherine, Rebekah and Teresa Spader, died Friday, January 8, 2021 after battling bipolar disorder.
Tony was born on March 6, 1968 to Duane and Elaine (Reisch) Spader in Brookings, SD. After college he spent several years as a youth minister in Watertown, SD. Tony married Stephanie Peters on January 3, 1998 in Sioux Falls, SD. He then started with Spader RV where he spent the next 21 years helping families fall in love with camping and the great outdoors. He had a huge impact on many lives during his time with Spader RV - employees and customers alike. In 2017 he started with Spader Companies where he used his RV management experience and consulted with companies throughout the country to better their businesses.
Tony fiercely loved his family and friends. He always thought of others over himself and went out of his way to make others smile. He lived his life with passion, giving his all to whatever the task ahead was. He was the spearhead of Rebekah’s Legacy Foundation after his daughter, Rebekah, passed away four years ago.
Tony absolutely loved the great outdoors and his passion for hunting and fishing has been handed down to his children and many other friends. He always offered to take others with him who were interested in learning about either sport.
He battled depression for several years and was recently diagnosed with bipolar this past year. He fought so hard, wanting desperately to beat it and live a full life again. His children and family want everyone to know that his diagnosis didn’t define him and that he didn’t make this tragic decision because he wanted to leave any of them or hurt anyone. The disease got the best of him and we pray that you love your family and hold them a little closer in light of this tragedy.
In gratitude for having shared in his life are his former spouse, Stephanie, his children, Maasa, AJ, Catherine, Rebekah (deceased) and Teresa; his parents, Duane and Elaine; his siblings, John (Carol) Spader, Patty Spader-Edwards (Wil), David (Heather) Spader, Brian (Kelli) Spader, Mark Spader, and Ann Spader; his nieces and nephews, Micah and Macy Spader, Josi and Jhaimann Huntington, Briggs and Nash Spader and a multitude of aunts and uncles.
In lieu of flowers, please send a memorial donation to Rebekah’s Legacy Foundation, PO Box 85023, Sioux Falls, SD 57118.
Becky Lee Vander Woude, 49, passed away unexpectedly January 10, 2021 in Sioux Falls, SD of natural causes. Becky was born January 25, 1971 in Rapid City, SD to Paul and Susan (Bingen) Vander Woude.
Our family is planning on starting a scholarship fund in Becky's name for college students in the STEM fields. If anyone would like to donate to this fund please let our family know. Science and higher education were so important to Becky that we feel like this will be a fitting memorial to her.
Becky is survived by her brother: Anthony Vander Woude; sister: Lori Vander Woude; nieces: Clarissa and Stella; nephew: Kahlen; aunts: Grace (Vander Woude) Bell and Linda Bingen; uncles: Gary (Sharon) Bingen, Roger (Judy) Bingen, David Nies, Norman Vander Woude, and Robert (Kay) Vander Woude; and numerous cousins. She was preceded in death by her father: Paul Vander Woude; mother: Susan (Bingen) Vander Woude; grandparents: Albert and Florence Vander Woude and Roy and Frances Bingen; and aunts and uncles: Albert and Doris Vander Woude, Marie Vander Woude, Wayne and Sandra Vander Woude, John Bell, Gloria Vander Woude, Gerald Vander Woude, Sandra (Bingen) Nies, and Richard and Karen (Bingen Opbroek) Meeker.
On Tuesday, October 20, 2020, Regan Laura Fox Laughlin, beloved wife, mother, daughter, sponsor, coach, and friend passed away unexpectedly. Regan was born on July 9th, 1974 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to her parents Sandy and Jim Fox.
Regan grew up in Sioux Falls, SD after her family relocated from Minneapolis. She attended Catholic school her entire life, from St. Mary’s to O’Gorman High School, where she graduated in 1992. Upon graduation, Regan attended the University of South Dakota for a short time before taking a break and giving birth to her first daughter, Haley Marie. Regan had a deep love for being a mother and nothing gave her more joy than her two girls. She married the absolute love of her life, Cullan, on February 25th, 2000. They celebrated more than 20 years of marriage and their deep love shined in each other. The love they shared was a once in a lifetime experience. After a few years together, Regan and Cullan decided they wanted to expand their family. They had another precious girl, Alexandra Ryan, on March 11th, 2001. The most important thing in Regan’s life was her family. She told everyone she knew how much she loved her husband and her girls. They were the center of her world.
Regan had such an ambitious drive in every aspect of life. She was always hungry to learn, grow, and teach others the wisdom she gathered during her lifetime. Regan went to Colorado Tech to receive her Bachelor’s in Healthcare Administration. Following a career working in the healthcare space, she knew she wanted something more in life. Regan had a love for real estate since the age of 18 years old and finally took the plunge in her early forties. She passionately worked as realtor of Sioux Falls at EXP brokerage. She loved to teach and share her passion for selling houses and delivering excellent service to all of her clients. Many of her clients quickly turned into friends because Regan was so incredibly giving and cared deeply about the people she knew.
Blessed to have shared her life with: her husband, Cullan; her daughters, Haley (Connor) Nerland & Allie Laughlin, mother, Sandy Justus, sisters, Erin Fox & Alyssa Justus, Mother & Father In-Law, Sue & Gary VanDoren, Sisters In-Laws, Amy Mitchell & Brandi VanDoren, many cousins, nieces and nephews; her dogs, Sweet Pea, Ella, & Izzy, and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her father, Jim Fox, her maternal grandparents, Darlene & Allan Hagestuen, her paternal grandmother, Mattie Wood, her uncles, Gerald (Uncle Bud) Fox & Charlie Catchpole, her aunts Mary Ann Catchpole & Kathy Alesi, cousin, Randy Reit, and other extended family members.
Bailey Aleksandr Lauret, age 24, was unexpectedly called home as a result of a pulmonary embolism on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 in Omaha, Nebraska. Bailey was born June 23,1996 in Rockville, Maryland. He was the son of Curtis B. Lauret III and Rochelle M. (Van Sambeek) Lauret of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
He and his family lived in Germantown, Maryland until they moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 1997. He attended St. Michael’s Catholic Elementary School and was a member of the Boy Scouts of America. He attended O’Gorman Jr. High and High School, graduating in 2015. Bailey was very musical, having sung in the Singing Boys of Sioux Falls Choir while in elementary school and participating in choir, show choir, and All-State Chorus throughout high school. He was a member of NAfME All-National Honors Mixed Choir and traveled to Nashville, TN to sing at the Grand Ole Opry. He was cast in numerous school plays and musicals. He played the piano, a variety of brass instruments and participated in the OGHS Marching Knights. Bailey played football and participated in powerlifting.
Bailey was called to discern the priesthood and attended St. John Vianney Seminary on the campus of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota for two years before being called to a secular life, finishing his education at the University of St. Thomas where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Catholic Studies in May, 2019. While attending university, he was fortunate to have the opportunity to travel abroad. He attended World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland in July 2016 and studied abroad at the University of St. Thomas – Bernardi Campus in Rome, Italy for the Spring, 2018. While in Italy he was able to make pilgrimages to Assisi and other notable holy sites. His love of music continued throughout college while singing in the St. Thomas Choir.
After graduation, he was called to evangelize as a missionary through the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS), working with his team based on the University of Memphis Campus in Memphis, Tennessee.
Bailey traveled to Mexico in 2017 and 2020 on mission trips. The first to Mexico City and the second to San Luis Potosi. During this trip, and his trip to Rome, he heard God’s call to serve as missionary for Christ. There was no doubt in Bailey’s mind that Memphis was where God wanted him to be. His life centered around his relationship with Christ being called to spread the gospel message of God’s love to all and bring as many people as possible with him to Heaven.
Prior to university, Bailey was an active member of St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He was a charter member of the St. Katharine Drexel Knights of Columbus chapter and was an altar server and member of the choir.
Bailey had numerous interests, including cooking, baking, traveling and anything related to Broadway musicals—having made a number of trips to see live shows.
In addition to his parents, left to cherish his memory are his sister, Madeleine Lauret of Sioux Falls, SD; paternal grandparents, Curtis and Lorraine Lauret, Jr. of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; paternal and maternal aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents John and Marge Van Sambeek and first cousin Christopher Van Sambeek. Momento Mori – Remember Your Death - This world is not your home.
Memorials are being directed to Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools Foundation, 3100 W 41st St, Sioux Falls, SD, 57105.
Tom Waggoner passed away on June 3, 2020. Tom was the principal at St. Mary Elementary from 1977-1982. He is survived by his wife, Karen "Casey" (Sigurdson); his children, Jenny Petticord ‘87, Megan Williams, Gretchen Kliafas, Nathaniel, Sasha LaGrange; 14 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers, Richard and David; and sister Carol Quien. He was preceded in death by his parents, Helen and Otis "Lefty"; and brother Steve. A celebration of life is planned for August of 2021.