Full obits from the "In Loving Memory" section of the latest issue of the Re-U-Knighter.
- ‘43 - Bernadine (Caffrey) Snyder
- ‘46 - Rosemary (Schrup) Nenahlo
- ‘46 - Audrey (Kellen) Goodrich
- ‘47 - Marcella (Sampica) Hauser
- ‘48 - Kaye Hunt
- ‘49 - Robert Edrich
- ‘49 - Don Futrell
- ‘50 - MaryAnn (Kuemper) Hisel
- ‘52 - Joann (Kapaun) Hines
- ‘52 - James “Jim” Shields
- ‘53 - Dennis Deruytter
- ‘53 - Jeanne Pentico
- ‘54 - Mary (Pins) Woolf
- ‘54 - Rollin Wagner
- ‘64 - Gayle (Faini) Hantz
- ‘67 - David Pearson
- ‘68 - Deborah (Fines) Thomas
- ‘68 - Richard “Dick” Cota
- ‘70 - R. Michael Doane
- ‘70 - Tom Armstrong
- ‘70 - Tim Johnson
- ‘72 - Daniel Meyer
- ‘73 - Ed Verley
- ‘74 - Kurt Brick
- ‘76 - Debbra (Letcher) Sampica
- ‘88 - Michael Rieff
- ‘16 - Benjamin Longley
Bernadine (Caffrey) Snyder, the daughter of Gabe and Margaret (Sather) Caffrey, was born on October 9, 1925 in Worthington, Minnesota. She received her early education at the St. Joseph’s Cathedral Schools in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She later graduated from the College of St. Catherine’s Department of Nursing in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Throughout her nursing career, Bernadine worked in hospitals in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Ogden, Utah, and Orange City, Iowa. She was the O’Brien County Public Health Nurse from 1972-1982, then worked as the Director of Nurses at the Sheldon Nursing Home from 1982-1987.
Bernadine was married to Sam Zigtema from 1950-1967. She was married to Don Snyder from 1975-1995.
Survivors include a sister, Millie (Don) Demers of Spirit Lake, Iowa; one brother, Roy Caffrey of Irvine, California; a sister-in-law, Barbara Caffrey of Brandon, South Dakota; four stepchildren and their families; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands: Sam and Don; and a brother, Frank Caffrey.
Rosemary (Schrup) Nenahlo, of Two Rivers, passed quietly in her sleep after an extended illness, on May 17, 2020 in Manitowoc.
Rose Mary was born in Sioux Fall, S.D., daughter of the late Leo and Mary Ann (Even) Schrup. She was united in marriage to Willard Sperry on August 23, 1952. Rose Mary was later married to Robert Nenahlo on July 12, 1992 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Two Rivers. He survives.
Rose Mary was the secretary and full time bookkeeper for Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Two Rivers for almost 40 years as well as a member of the Ladies of Holy Redeemer.
Rose Mary is survived by her husband: Robert Nenahlo, Two Rivers; two daughters and a son-in-law: Mary Sperry, Green Bay; Annette (Dr. Henry) Homburger, Rochester, MN. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Daniel and Robert Schrup.
Audrey (Kellen) Goodrich died on May 21, 2020. She is survived by her sisters, Judy Miller ‘56 and Margery Lucas ‘58. She was preceded in death by her siblings, Natalie Anderson ‘41, Zelda LaFollette ‘42, Zola Loomis ‘42, Patricia Berglund ‘44, Carol Brown ‘45, Cleone Hoffman ‘51, David Kellen ‘55 and Ruth Bierne ‘60
Marcella (Sampica) Hauser, 90, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, formerly of Rock Valley, Iowa, died Sunday, August 23, 2020, at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, August 28, at 10:30 AM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Rock Valley with Father Douglas Klein celebrating the mass. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday, August 27, at Porter Funeral Home of Rock Valley from 4:00-7:00 PM with the family present to greet friends from 5:30-7:00 PM. A Rosary and Time of Remembrance will follow at 7:00 PM at the funeral home.
Almae Marcella Sampica was the youngest of 5 children, born on December 29, 1929, to Herbert and Gertrude (Burnett) Sampica in a farmhouse near Centerville, SD. Along with the many others who endured hardships brought on by the Great Depression, the family was forced to eventually relocate to Sioux Falls, SD in 1941. The family struggled financially and relied on the Grace of God and deep Faith to endure. The family offered room & board as extra income and even ironed clothes to make ends meet. Upon graduating from St. Joseph Catholic High School in 1947, Marcella was employed at Coca-Cola bottling company in an office position, and later at Shriver’s in downtown Sioux Falls.
Marcella was an outstanding dancer, and she loved the fun and friends she made during her young adult years. Her favorite memories were always from the Arkota Ballroom in downtown Sioux Falls, where she met Ralph, the love of her life! They married on August 9th, 1951, and a year later, after Ralph’s Army discharge, they relocated to a farmhouse between Inwood and Rock Valley where they raised 4 children.
Being a “city girl”, Marcella had to learn how to be a successful farm wife and was determined to make that happen. Many days were filled with gardening, sewing, farm chores, lawn mowing, cooking, and other tasks that all farmer wives know so well. She was a fabulous cook known for fried chicken, lefsa, and delicious homemade pies of all flavors. Her passion and love for her children and grandchildren were always displayed in every way, including years of supporting wrestling, baseball, plays, cheerleading and many other school events.
Finally, in 1986, Ralph and Marcella moved to Rock Valley to enjoy a richly deserved retirement. They enjoyed traveling through many states, visiting historic places and attending music festivals. She loved decorating her home and welcoming anyone who knocked at the door. She kept in touch with family & friends with all sorts of technology including cell phones, computers, and iPad.
Marcella’s source of strength was her unwavering faith in God, as evidenced by her devotion to family and friends. Her day consistently began with prayer and reciting the Holy Rosary. She continued to serve the Lord in many ways until the end, including being a Eucharist Minister and Altar server which brought her great joy.
In 2015, she relocated to an independent living apartment at Avera Prince of Peace Place and made many friends. She was always a friendly face in welcoming new residents and making them feel at home. After declining health, she resided for a short time at Dougherty Hospice House, appreciating their care and comfort during last days.
Marcella is survived by two daughters, Linda (Marv) Van Wyhe of Spirit Lake, IA and Karla (Dave) Hatton of Tea, SD; one son Gary (Shirlean) Hauser of East Lansing, MI; her special friends Sharon (Doc) Watson, and Monica Collenbaugh, 10 Grandchildren, 14 Great-Grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, loving husband of 61 years, Ralph, son Vern , two brothers LeRoy and Don Sampica, and two sisters, Eunice Sampica and Marie Froehlich.
Kaye Hunt, age 89, died on Friday, September 11, 2020 at Grand Living at Lake Lorraine in Sioux Falls, SD. Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM on Friday, September 18, 2020 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Sioux Falls, SD. Visitation will be held on Thursday at George Boom Funeral Home & On-Site Crematory at 5:00 PM followed by a liturgical wake service to be held at 7:00 PM. In lieu of flowers please directed memorials to the CCHS Foundation at www.cchsnetwork.org.
Catherine was born on October 15, 1930 in Beatrice, Nebraska. As an infant, she was adopted by Francis and Edna Regan and lived briefly in Mobridge, SD. The family moved to Sioux Falls, SD and it is here that Kaye was raised and received her education attending and graduating from Cathedral High School. Following high school, Kaye attended college in Minneapolis, MN.
Kaye was united in marriage with Jack Roger Anderson in 1955 and from this union were blessed with five children. Kaye worked at a medical technician until finding her passion as a homemaker raising her children.
Kaye was then united in marriage with Eugene C. Hunt on December 29, 1978. Eugene passed away on April 21, 2005.
Kaye was a life-long Sister of P.E.O International, and a life-long Democrat. She loved her Catholic faith and Irish heritage. She also loved caring for the environment and started “Recycling Crud” in Sioux Falls, SD.
Kaye also enjoyed traveling; spending many winters in Brownsville, TX and her summers at Lake Madison, camping, sailing, playing Bridge and scrabble, working in her garden, canning and was an excellent cook. She had a great sense of humor and above all, she cherished spending time with her family and friends.
Grateful for having shared her life are her children, Mary Dressing-Kolbeck (Barry Kolbeck) of Sioux Falls, John Anderson of Sioux Falls, Betty Olberding (Doug) of Omaha, NE, and Bob Anderson of Sioux Falls; two step-daughters, Debbie Hicks (Todd) and Mary Kenney (Mark); grandchildren, Eric Dressing (Caitlin), Kyle Dressing (Billie Jo), Candace Richter, Randi Watkins (Patrick), Kellen Kolbeck and Jess Gimbel; three great-grandchildren, Maddison, Fisher and Abigail; one half-brother, Mike Tannehill (Rhonda); and many other relatives and friends.
Kaye was preceded in death by her parents, Francis and Edna Regan; son, James Anderson; husband, Eugene Hunt; and Jack Anderson
Robert Edrich , 89, of Colton, CA, died Friday, July 24, 2020 at home with his family by his side.
He was born June 29, 1931, in Hoven, South Dakota, to Lyvonne and Frank Edrich. He attended Cathedral Grade and High School, and graduated in 1949. He then went on to Sioux Falls College, and graduated in 1958 with a BS in Business.
He married Valetta Miller on November 27, 1954 in Sioux Falls, SD. They were married for 65 yrs. He worked for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, as a Counselor, for All Souls and Queen of Heaven Cemeteries for over 20 yrs. He retired in 1992.
He survived by his wife Valetta, 8 children: Marty(Julia) of Norfolk, VA; Frank (Cee) of Winston, OR; Steve (Rosa) of Seal Beach, CA; Teri of Watertown, SD; Bobby of Colton, CA; Susan (Jose) of Bellflower, CA; Scott (Alyice) of Souix Falls, SD; Merri (Ismail) of Colton, CA; 19 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren, and a cousin Bob Ernester of Madison, SD.
Preceded in death were his parents, Lyvonne and Frank, his five siblings and their spouses; daughter in law, Julia; and 2 grandchildren, Steve and Indiana.
Don Futrell, 89, passed away September 15 at Avera McKennan in Sioux Falls. Don was born April 16, 1931 to Kathryn (Jennings) and Joseph Futrell. He Married Colleen Erickson August 29, 1952. Colleen passed away on October 15, 1990.
Don is survived by his children: Kathleen Hawks (Paul) Bachman, Tom Futrell, Mary Sue (Tim) Nelson, and Scott Futrell; seven grandchildren; eleven grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and friends beyond count. He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, his sisters Delores (Rollie) Pennington, Shirley, Mary Ann (John) Ketter, Betty, and Barbara, a brother Cletus, a son-in-law Randy Hawks, and a granddaughter, Elyssa Hawks.
MaryAnn (Kuemper) Hisel, 88, of Sioux Falls, died Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.
MaryAnn Kuemper was born March 29, 1932 in Sioux Falls, SD to Henry G. and Katharine (Duwenhoegger) Kuemper. She grew up in Sioux Falls where she received her education, graduating from Cathedral High School.
On October 26, 1962, she was united in marriage with Robert F. Hisel. The couple lived in Sioux Falls.
Grateful for having shared her life are her children, Jeffery Person of Sioux Falls, SD, Laurie Gill of Fountain Inn, SC, Larry (Mary) Person of Sioux Falls, SD, Kurt (Peggy) Hisel of Sioux Falls, SD and Kim Hovland also of Sioux Falls, SD; 8 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters, Marge (Robert) Holm of Sioux Falls, SD and Dorothy (Bert) Donovan of Wheatland, WY.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert F. Hisel on December 7, 2014; her parents; 4 brothers, Joseph, Albert, Ole and Herman; and 4 sisters, Tia, Agnes, Veronica and Kaye.
Joann (Kapaun) Hines died peacefully (not Covid-related) on June 28, 2020 in North Kansas City at the age of 86.
Joann was born on March 5, 1934 in Montrose, South Dakota to John "Jack" and Florence Kapaun. She graduated from Cathedral High School, and married James "Jim" Hines in 1952. Joann was a homemaker until the age of 40 when she completed a lifelong dream of becoming a nurse graduating from Penn Valley School of Nursing in 1974. Upon graduation, Joann worked at North Kansas City Hospital until 1987. Joann was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority. She was an active member of the North Kansas City Hospital Auxiliary where she served as Board President several years and was granted many awards for her service. Jim and Joann were active and dedicated members of St. Charles Catholic Church. Joann will be remembered for her compassion and having a welcoming, friendly, outgoing and inclusive nature. She is preceded in death by her husband James, parents John and Florence Kapaun (maiden, O'Brien), brothers Frank, Ralph and Jim, and son John. Joann is survived by son Jeff and daughter Jana Brewer (Mike); grandchildren: Jennifer Agee (Darrell), Josephine and John Hines, and Lacey Brewer; great-grandchildren: Brent Agee (Robin) and Alyssa Picht (Kyle); great-great-grandchildren: Bennett, Issabella and Ellianna Agee; brother Flo Kapaun and many nieces and nephews. Memorial donations can be sent to St. Charles Borromeo Academy (www.stcharleskc.com) online, or mail check to: 900 Shady Lane Drive, Kansas City, MO 64118 (in the memo section please write Memorial Joann Hines).
James “Jim” Shields was born on November 17, 1934 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He passed away September 1st in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
In 1952 while attending Nettleton Business College in Sioux Falls, Jim laid his eyes on in his words, "The prettiest girl I had ever seen." Her name was Yvonne Hill. For Jim it Love at first sight! They soon began a three year courtship.
On February 3, 1952 Jim joined The Naval Reserves. While in The Reserves Jim and Vonnie got married on November 29, 1955. He was Honorably Discharged in 1960.
In 1956 Jim joined The Wayne Township Fire Department. He spent 35 years fighting fires and training. He spent about twenty years as a volunteer with The Red Cross. Jim was one of the founders of The South Dakota Emergency Technicians Association. He was the first Secretary for this organization.
Jim is survived by his wife: Vonnie; four children: Kim, Raymond, Stephen, and Becky; a sister: Sharon Hunter; six grandchildren: Shawntel, Michael, Shavon, Maria, Brandy, and Robert; eleven great-grandchildren: Lucas, Keira, Mason, Jordan, Jordyn, James, Abby, Xavier, Syennah, Blaine, and Gage; plus a host of other relatives and friends.
Jim we Love you...............You will be missed by us all!
Dennis Deruytter of Carrollton/Farmers Branch took his final flight to be with The Lord on September 24, 2019. Dennis passed away at Faith Presbyterian Hospice. He was born to Clara and Serille Deruytter in Sioux Falls South Dakota. He spent his youth in Sioux Falls with 2 brothers and one sister. After graduation from high school he joined the Air Force which brought him to Texas. He was proceeded in death by his parents Serille and Clara Deruytter, his wife Virginia Good Deruytter and his brother Thomas Serille Deruytter. He is survived by his current wife of 12 years, Rosemary Deruytter, daughter Debbie Fitzpatrick (Steve) of Houston, sons Steve Deruytter of Carrollton, and David Deruytter of Carrollton, grandson Jason Fitzpatrick of Houston, brother Joe Deruytter (Irene) of Lake Placid, Florida, Clarese Espe of Eagle River, Wisconsin and numerous nieces and nephews. Dennis was a parishioner at Mary Immaculate church serving as a Eucharistic Minister, Reader and Alter Server. While he was physically able, he attended daily mass. He was passionate about his Catholic Faith, his extended family and service to country. He retired as a Master Navigator in The Texas Air National Guard in 1980 and retired from a retail career, Sears followed by Home Depot in 2007. He looked forward to his annual trip in October back to South Dakota to visit family and participate in opening day of pheasant hunting season. He enjoyed gardening in his back yard along with fellowship at the senior center around the pool table. The family is thankful to the staff at Faith Presbyterian Hospice, friends and family who supported Dennis during his final days.
Jeanne Pentico , 84, of Sioux Falls, SD passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, September 13, 2020 at Bethany Home in Sioux Falls, SD.
Marilyn Jeanne Jensen, always known as “Jeanne”, daughter of Chris and Dorothy (Adams) Jensen, was born November 26, 1935 in Sioux Falls, SD. She attended various grade schools in Sioux Falls and graduated from Cathedral High School in 1953.
Jeanne married Wesley DuBose on December 31, 1957 in Topeka, KS. She worked as an administrative assistant for the University of Alaska from 1966 – 1977.
She was married to James Pentico on August 26, 1986 in Sioux Falls, SD. She worked as an administrative assistant for the City of Sioux Falls for 18 years until her retirement in 1995.
Grateful for having shared her life are her children, Danielle DuBose, Naples, FL, Rochelle Olson, Sioux Falls, SD, Patrick DuBose, Milwaukee, WI, Joe Pentico, Denver, CO, Chris (Leann) Pentico, Denver, CO; seven grandchildren; a brother, Larry Jensen, Chester, SD; two sisters, Judy (Newman) Stepp, Lancaster, CA, Cheryl Matthies, Las Vegas, NV; and her niece, Jenifer Jensen who was Jeanne’s caregiver.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James Pentico; a sister, Darlene Waagmeester.
Mary (Pins) Woolf, 84, passed away on May 7, 2020 after a short battle cancer, peacefully at home.
Mary was born on October 23, 1935 to Theodore and Audrey Pins (Payne). She grew up in Sioux Falls, SD and graduated from St. Josephs Cathedral High School in 1954. Mary married Richard L. Woolf on April 16, 1955 and had seven children. Mary had a wicked sense of humor that would leave you with laughter and smiles. Mary was a great mother; she didn’t sell any of her children to the circus when it came to town, even if it would have lightened her load. She could always make the house a home, wherever it was and all were comfortable and welcomed.
Mary is survived by her loving husband, Richard, seven children: Richard Lee (Joanie) Woolf, Mary Lou Lacey, Lisa Woolf, Robert Woolf, Michael Scott (Carrie) Woolf, Susan (Rick) Manderscheid, and Elizabeth Woolf; 8 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, two brothers, Dick (Nadine) Pins and Patrick Pins and Beverly Pins.
She is preceded by her parents Audrey and Ted Sr. and her brother Ted Pins Jr.
Rollin Wagner, age 83, the oldest son of Henry "Fritz" and Margaret (Smyrak) Wagner was called peacefully home on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 following a diagnosis of gallbladder cancer coupled with Parkinson’s disease. His funeral mass will be 10:30 AM on Friday, September 25, 2020 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Sioux Falls, SD, with burial in St. Michael Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday at George Boom Funeral Home & On-Site Crematory in Sioux Falls, SD from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Please observe social distancing guidelines and wear face mask for the visitation and services.
Rolly was born on November 27, 1936 in Sioux Falls, SD. From an early age, Rolly was determined to study the workings of a vast array of interests. So focused and determined at times that when called for dinner, he would not want to be disturbed and would reply “Rollousch Busy” – Rollousch was a name of endearment given to him from his very Polish grandmother. This determination was evident until his last breath.
Rolly attended and graduated from Cathedral High School in 1954. His time at Cathedral included strong academics and playing the trombone in a Dixieland Jazz Band. Following high school, Rolly went on to attend The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology in Rapid City, SD earning a degree in Metallurgical Engineering. Upon graduation, Rolly accepted a job with the Chrysler Corporation in Detroit, Michigan working in their Rocket Development Division. His time was cut short by the opportunity to accept a job with NASA at the Marshall Space Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Rolly’s job with NASA centered around rocket failure and fracture analysis for the Saturn 5 rocket development. For Rolly, this was his dream job- he explained that it was much like detective work. During his time at the Marshall Space Center, Rolly was featured and published in the magazine Popular Mechanics for his work with the Saturn 5 Rocket development.
As the space program was evolving, Rolly set out for a different job, closer to Sioux Falls, SD. He accepted a job with the 3M Corporation in St. Paul, MN, where he became laboratory manager to develop a process for product production.
Between his time in Michigan, Alabama and Minnesota, Rolly completed his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and his Master’s degree in Business Administration from the esteemed Carlson School of Business and a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts from the University of Minnesota.
Upon retirement, Rolly moved West to Spearfish, SD to foster his “Avocation” of art and nature immersion. Rolly had no favorite art medium and excelled at many varieties earning him many awards.
In 2010, Rolly made his home in Sioux Falls, SD to spend time with his mother.
Those who were there to guide him gently home were parents, Fritz and Margaret; step-father, Vernon Case; and one brother, Denny Wagner.
Left to cherish Rolly’s deep and rich legacy are his brother, Bruce (Karen) Wagner, Stewartville, MN; sister-in-law, Patricia Wagner, Sioux Falls, SD; nieces, Teresa Wagner-Surrell, Kim (Kevin) Rechnagel, Andrea (Jonathan) Watts and Emily (Greg) Righter; nephew, Jeff (Kari) Wagner; great nieces and great nephews; and a long list of Godchildren.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Oakwood Assisted Living and the Dougherty Hospice House for all of their dignity and respect shown to Rolly.
Gayle (Faini) Hantz, 73, of Sioux Falls, SD passed away Thursday, July 2, 2020 after her courageous battle with complications due to end stage kidney disease.
Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am Tuesday, July 7, at Christ the King Catholic Church, 1501 W. 26th Street with burial at St Michael Cemetery next to her husband, John.
Family will be present to greet friends from 4:30 – 6:00 pm Monday, July 6, with a 6:00 pm Wake Service and Recitation of the Holy Rosary at the church.
Gayle Jeanne Hantz, was born July 31, 1946 in New York to Larry and Louise Faini. They moved to Sioux Falls, SD as a small child where she grew up. She graduated from O’Gorman High school in 1964. She attended LPN school in Sioux Falls and then moved the Denver, CO where she met John Hantz.
On May 24, 1969, she was united in marriage to John in Denver, CO and were blessed with 4 children. In 1978 they moved back to Sioux Falls to be close to family.
She spent her years caring for people working as an LPN and unit secretary, retiring from Avera Hospital.
She had a way of making everything into a celebration. From the Halloween food festivals to her famous sugar cookies, delicious birthday cakes, recipes of the day, monthly grandson dinners, and especially the beloved ice cream stops every day after school. She wanted every day to be full of fun and fanfare. Known for attending every activity of her grandchildren, challenging herself to be the first to arrive to get the best seats possible.
She loved playing the piano, doing duets with her grandchildren and sisters as well as singing child play songs that only she knew. Her hobbies were crafting and quilting with her many beloved friends while teaching the love of her hobbies to her children and grandchildren.
She loved road trips and adventures and was always up for last minute plans. Family was EVERYTHING to her. She always looked forward to the Faini family reunions to catch up with cousins, aunts and uncles.
She touched so many people whose lives will not be the same.
Grateful for having shared her life are her three daughters, Tonia Pierce and her husband Jay of Sioux Falls, SD, Tammy Skillman (Geoff Ellerbroek) of Sioux Falls, SD, Jessica Anderson and her husband Chad of Sioux Falls, SD and 1 son, David Hantz and fiancé (Katie Cacho and her daughters, Olivia and Makenzie) of Wentworth, SD and 11 grandchildren, Timothy Pierce, Douglas Pierce, Samuel Pierce, Rylee Skillman, Madeline Skillman, Ava Skillman, Parker Anderson, Ethan Anderson, Sophia Anderson, Brody Hantz and Corbin Hantz; her mother, Louise Faini, Sioux Falls, SD; her four siblings, Gerard (Deb) Faini, Sioux Falls, SD, Tom (Kasia) Faini, Sioux Falls, SD, Teresa (Mike) Knepper, Winona, MN, Donna Faini, Sioux Falls, SD; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband John on June 18, 2020; and her father, Larry Faini 1995 and her cousin Roseanne Zocco 2009.
David Pearson, 70, of Mankato and lifelong resident of North Mankato, passed away July 12, 2020, at his home.
Dave was born August 6, 1949, to Stanley and Beverly (Rivers) Pearson in Mankato. He graduated from O’Gorman High School in 1967 in Sioux Falls and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Economics from Mankato State University. On June 6, 1969, he married Jean Crider in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Together they raised two children, Nathan and Katie. Dave retired from NSP/Xcel Energy as Manager of Community and Government Relations in 2014 after 44 years of service.
Dave was a very active community member serving on numerous boards including the North Mankato City Council for 12 years, North Mankato Planning Commission, Investment Club, YMCA, United Way, All Seasons Arena, South Central College Foundation, Community Assistance for Refugees and the Mankato Area Youth Baseball Association for 30 years. Dave coached youth baseball for 18 years and umpired for many more. He volunteered for many organizations including Vine. Dave enjoyed golfing, fishing and baseball with family and friends. In retirement he loved watching his grandsons play in ball tournaments. He enjoyed spending time visiting his children and grandkids. Dave and Jean enjoyed going to Florida every winter, playing golf and traveling with friends.
Dave is survived by his wife, Jean; children Nathan (Heidi) Pearson and Katie (Anders) Westanmo; grandchildren, Nicholas, Bennett, Grant, and Rowan Pearson and AJ and Siri Westanmo; eight siblings, Patricia (Todd) Reed, Keith (Rita) Pearson, Bill (Lori) Pearson, Tim (Wendy) Pearson, John Pearson, Margie (John) Gurney, Mary (Jerry) Weaver and Karen (Tony) Brion; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Dave was preceded in death by his parents.
Deborah (Fines) Thomas passed away on June 8, 2020, at the age of 70, leaving to mourn family and friends. Leave a sympathy message to the family on the memorial page of Deborah Kay Fines Thomas to pay them a last tribute. You may also light a candle in honor of Deborah Kay Fines Thomas.
She was loved and cherished by many people including: her father Ed Fines; her daughter Kristina Baker (Martin) of Pevely, MO; her grandsons, James and Dalton Baker of Pevely, MO; her sisters, Pam Burke (Jim) of Bozeman, MT. and Mary Fines; and her nephews, Ryan and Tyson Burke.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorials be directed to Life Scape in Sioux Falls.
Richard “Dick” Cota, age 70, of Bloomington, passed away on June 23, 2020. He is survived by his wife, Denise Cota; siblings, David (Judy) Cota, Daniel (Ronda) Cota, Dale (Joan) Cota, Steve (Terri) Cota, Mike (Debbie) Cota, John (Lynn) Cota, and Beth (Karl) Kosse; godchildren, Alex (Nicole) Daeger, Tony (Amanda) Daeger, Tracy (Aaron) Teerink, John (J.J.) Cota; many awesome nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday July 1st 11 AM at Nativity of Mary Catholic Church, 9900 Lyndale Ave S, Bloomington. Visitation Tuesday June 30 from 5-7 PM at Gill Brothers Funeral Chapel, 9947 Lyndale Ave S, Bloomington. Please wear a mask and practice appropriate social distancing during the visitation and mass. Interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please consider donations to any of these organizations: Muscular Dystrophy, Fairview Foundation, We Can Ride Inc., This Old Horse, or Special Olympics. Since Dick was a transplant recipient, please consider registering with Be The Match or sign up for organ donation on your driver's license.
Anyone who knew Michael Doane knew that he was a man of a million stories. He was a prolific talker who could bend your ear for hours about politics, literature, sports, business, the weather – the topic rarely mattered. At dinner he would hold forth tirelessly and Mom would kick him under the table begging him to stop. We all giggled but he was never deterred. Dad loved conversation the way car nuts are obsessed with cars.
There were the weeks he spent with the Lakota Sioux researching his book “Bullet Heart” and the tales he learned from tribal leaders in a sweat lodge. There was that time in Yankton when the jealous ex-boyfriend of a girl he was dating tried to shoot him during a frenzied pursuit across the university campus. Dad had befriended the football jocks by writing their college term papers. He found refuge in the linebacker’s dorm room.
They were colorful tales of a complete and memorable life. He traveled the world, led an accomplished career in IT and he published five novels and five business books. Dad died on Friday at a hospital in Angers, France after a long battle with bladder and prostate cancer. He was 67.
Richard Michael Doane was born on August 3, 1952 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to Richard and Margaret Doane. His father was a marketing executive with the meat processing company John Morrell. The family moved around, to Japan, to West Covina, to Ottumwa, Iowa, and then back to Sioux Falls, where Dad attended O’Gorman High School. He briefly attended the seminary, hoping to one day become a Catholic priest. He was kicked out, he claimed, for studying Latin in the bathroom after curfew. Later on, he set out to become a writer like his literary heroes Bernard Malamud and Jack Kerouac. He studied English literature at the University of South Dakota.
In 1979, he sold his car and used the money to fly to Paris. It was meant to be a two-week vacation. It became a permanent stay. Shortly after arriving to France, he finished writing his first book and he sent the manuscript to publishers in New York. He collected the rejection letters and hung them on the walls of his apartment until every publisher had turned him down. He wrote a second book and repeated the process. Eventually, Knopf agreed to publish his third novel. That book, “The Legends of Jesse Dark,” launched his writing career and a successful collaboration with Gary Fisketjon, the powerhouse editor who also discovered Tobias Wolff, Donna Tartt and Haruki Murakami.
Dad’s storytelling was prone to literary license. He was a writer, after all. But when it came to his favorite story – the night he met Mom – he didn’t need to embellish. The story was incredible because it was true. They met at a Paris dinner party in January 1981. He spoke little French, she barely any English. It was love at first sight. He proposed after three days and they were married three months later. Their marriage lasted until the day he died.
In 1991, Dad moved the family from France to Santa Fe, New Mexico. We lived on a seven-acre spread with cacti and coyotes. Dad wore cowboy boots, tended a vegetable garden and he finished his fourth book, “City of Light.”
Dad mixed with such a varied and fascinating crowd that everyone seemed like a character from one of his novels. There was his high school sweetheart Kim Kelly, the football star Jim Hargens and the enduring pals Bradley Aldern, Craig Volk and Danny Donahoe. There were business escapades in Tokyo and Hong Kong with Bob Friend, Graham Davis, Neil Walker and Chris Foulkes. My favorite stories were about the late-night adventures in the karaoke bar Osama and that time Dad convinced the proprietor that Bob Friend was the actor Tom Selleck. Dad always sang Dean Martin’s rendition of “Everybody Loves Somebody.”
At different times, Dad ran in the same literary circles as the authors T. C. Boyle, Pete Dexter and, one his idols, Jim Harrison. In Santa Barbara, he played in a weekly basketball game that rotated a lot of Hollywood types and retired well to dos. Memorable friends included Dean Moray, the screenwriter Paul Brickman and Chris Carter, the TV producer and creator of “The X-Files.” Dad was such an iconic smoker he claimed he had been the inspiration for that show’s character, “The Smoking Man.” Friends in Santa Barbara will remember him as “The Smoking Gardener,” a nickname he earned for the beautiful garden he cultivated and the constant cigarette that dangled from his mouth.
Dad spent the latter half of his career as a consultant and analyst in enterprise software, first in Sioux Falls and then in Peachtree City, Georgia. He became an expert on SAP and wrote five books on the subject. In 2017, he semi-retired briefly in Cape Town before he got sick.
Dad was a man of deep humanity for whom the human condition was a lifelong preoccupation. He preferred daily acts of kindness over grand gestures of generosity. He lived by William Blake’s words: “He who would do good to another must do it in Minute Particulars.” He gave money to total strangers as indiscriminately as he would to friends and family.
Dad was the kind of guy who enjoyed humble fare as much he delighted in the high life. He was as content with Sloppy Joes as he was with a sifter of cognac. He could recite passages from Shakespeare as easily as he could recall how many home runs Hank Aaron hit in 1966 (44). He liked the feel of a good suit but he was most himself in a Hawaiian shirt, jeans and loafers. He desired few material possessions than a reliable computer, good books and good wine and whiskey. He drove the same pickup truck for almost twenty years. Every Christmas he asked for the same thing: “Peace on Earth.”
In his final days, the man of a million stories uttered few words. He cracked a joke at his grandson. He griped about the Dodgers trading Mike Piazza years ago. We savored every word like they were the waning hours of summer.
He is survived by his wife, Claudine Doane; a son, Guillaume Doane; a daughter, Sarah Sheldon; a sister, Catherine Simpson; a brother, Robert Doane; a brother-in-law, Hervé Ripoche; and two grandchildren, Attila and Elodie.
On May 8, 2020, after 68 years of bending the ear of anyone who would listen (or chatting with everyone around him), Thomas Charles Armstrong ran out of stories to tell. After a brave and courageous 2 1/2 year battle with esophageal cancer, Tom passed away peacefully at home with his family and is no longer in pain. He would want to clarify that the cancer didn’t win. When he passed, so did the cancer which technically makes it a tie. Born January 26, 1952 in Minot, ND to Alan and Audrey Armstrong, Tom was the eldest of nine children, the tallest, smartest and most good looking of the bunch. As a child, he lived in several towns along the Red River in North Dakota and Minnesota. The family then moved to Sioux Falls, SD in 1967, where, much to his displeasure, he continued to attend Catholic school. He graduated from O’Gorman High School in 1970, and then earned a business degree from Northern State College in Aberdeen, SD. Tom spent 43 years working in insurance claims, a career which fed his passion for driving the open roads and meeting new people. In 1973, he hit a woman with his car as she was crossing the street. Despite this inauspicious meeting, his charm and persistence won her heart and they married in 1983, settling in Pierre, SD. In 1984, they welcomed a son, Jon, who became the most important thing in their lives. After spending time in Rapid City, SD and Sioux Falls, SD, they relocated to Omaha, NE in 1996, where Tom spent the rest of his years. Forever the planner for a rainy day, Tom realized his diagnosis was a torrential downpour, so he marked a couple things off his bucket list in 2018. He fulfilled a lifelong dream of visiting the Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, WI then took his first transcontinental trip to the Armstrong ancestral home in Scotland, where he traced his roots back to the 1600’s. The loves of his life, in no particular order were his family, riding motorcycles, talking all things Harley Davidson, tending to his perfect yard and plants, using coupons at Hy-Vee, scoring a deal on anything, talking about automobiles of all kinds, watching the MN Twins and Vikings, drinking beer, making homemade fire hot salsa, attending baseball games, making road trips to Sturgis, and grilling a massive amounts of meat on his trusty Weber each weekend. But his greatest love was reserved for his granddaughter Sydney. Tom was preceded in death by his parents and four siblings. He is survived by his wife Eileen, son Jon and his wife Jessica, granddaughter Sydney, grandpups Bear and Dakota, youngest brother Michael and his wife Lisa Johnson and their son Braeden, niece Julie Frazer and her husband Jon and their daughter Jade, niece Laura Papendick, a number of other nieces and nephews. We will miss listening to him tell his stories and share his thoughts and opinions on every topic under the sun. Tom wanted to be cremated and requested no service. We will have a Celebration of Tom's Wonderful Life in the near future. Harley T-shirts are to be worn and your favorite Tom stories are to be told in his Honor.
Tim was born in Sioux Falls, SD, to Clare Murry and George Osval Johnson on October 16, 1952, the second of their six sons. Tim graduated from O’Gorman High School in 1970 and enrolled at the University of South Dakota, from which he graduated cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with a BS in political science in 1974. Tim graduated from the University of Texas Law School in 1977 and joined the Atlanta law firm of Smith, Currie & Hancock, where he became a partner. Tim was admitted to practice before the US Supreme Court in 1983. Tim opened his own specialized labor and employment law firms: Crenshaw & Johnson and Johnson, Matte & Hobgood. Later he joined Coca-Cola Enterprises as Vice President of Labor Relations until his retirement in 2007. Tim returned to Smith Currie in an “of counsel” role until his illness forced him to fully retire in 2015. Tim was a frequent speaker at legal seminars and known for his thoughtful analysis, engaging presentations, and exceptional writing. After all, he was South Dakota’s 6th grade spelling bee champion.z
In all of Tim’s endeavors, he strived to be a leader and mentor. He was student body president at O’Gorman, one of the select “Farber Boys” at USD, and a Teaching Quizmaster at UT law school. He was an active member at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, The Lawyers Club of Atlanta, The Touchdown Club of Atlanta, Atlanta Country Club, USD Farber Fund, and various other business, civic and social groups.
Tim was a devoted son, husband, father, and friend. He was very social and tremendously enjoyed spending time with his extended family, church, legal partners, and many other friends that he made along the way. Tim was always ready to meet for breakfast (especially at Dunkin’ Donuts), lunch, dinner, or drinks to discuss sports, family, career, or important world problems. He loved conquering golf courses, pheasant hunting in South Dakota, watching ball games, discovering hole-in-the-wall BBQ joints, enjoying a movie with popcorn or ice cream, and entertaining with his knowledge and wit. On the numerous memorable road trips with his family from Georgia to his beloved South Dakota, he would find someone or something interesting for his family to see. Most trips by car, plane, or train were loosely planned so he could “play it by ear,” as his family often heard him say.
Daniel Meyer passed away at his home in Omaha on September 15 after battling cancer.
A vigil service will be held 4:00 pm, Sunday, September 20th, at the Heafey Hoffman Dworak Cutler West Center Chapel, with visitation starting at 2:00 pm. A mass of Christian Burial will be on Monday, September 21st, at 10:00 am at St. Leo's Catholic Church in Omaha.
Dan, the son of D.W. (Dee) and Patricia Meyer, was born October 4, 1954 in Sioux Falls SD.
Dan is survived by his children Margaret, Joseph, Benjamin and Robert, all of Omaha as well as his siblings Frank (Richyne), Margaret Fisher, Mary (Bill) Reiter, John, Bob, Tom (Marilyn), Jane and Tim (Victoria), numerous other relatives and good friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Dan graduated from Sioux Falls O'Gorman High School in 1972. He went on to obtain a mathematics degree from the University of Iowa and obtained a master's degree from the University of Nebraska - Omaha. Dan worked in a variety of IT programming areas for Mutual of Omaha, First Data Resources, TD Ameritrade and Hayneedle.
Dan was an avid sports and music enthusiast who enjoyed time with friends and family, traveling and meeting people. The joy of Dan's life was his faith and deep love and affection for his children.
Ed Verley , 66, of Sioux Falls, SD passed away on Sunday, July 12, 2020 at Avera Dougherty Hospice.
Edward Bruce Verley was born on December 14th, 1953 in Yankton, South Dakota to Eugene and Ruby (Pesicka) Verley. He was the middle child of three sons. The family moved to Sioux Falls in the early sixties where he grew up in the house on Summit Avenue with the famous “His and Hers” garages that he made for his parents.
Growing up he had many fond memories of going fishing and camping with his dad and brothers. Roughing it in the wild and doing anything in the great outdoors consisted of some of his favorite stories to tell his friends and family.
He went to school in the Catholic school system and graduated from O'Gorman High School. He was also known as “Bill Cheslow” in order to cut classes and get away with it.
Ed worked at the State Theater for many years as a teenager. Later, he worked for the city of Sioux Falls where he was eventually promoted to Superintendent of the Landfill. He retired in 2014 after thirty-eight years.
He met the love of his life, Rita, while working at the landfill while she worked with her dad and brother at their family sanitation business. He always said, “she was the purdiest thing I ever picked up at the dump.” They were married on December 18th, 1981. The following year, they welcomed their first child Michael and seven years later their second, Michelle.
They lived in the center house on a cul-de-sac that would later be known as the “half-sac.” Many great and fond memories were created with their amazing neighbors that quickly became part of the family.
Ed was a great cook and loved making family meals alongside his wife. He also loved doing yard-work and other work in his efficiently organized garage and the shed he built by hand in his gorgeous backyard. He had a cat named Mister Bojangles who kept him company and he loved spending time with his best friend, Tom McCoy, at the schoolhouse. He donated on a regular basis to the Wounded Warriors organization and all veterans in general.
Grateful for sharing his life are his children, Michael and Michelle, his mother, Ruby, one nephew, Patrick Verley, his mother-in-law, Fern Zastrow and brother-in-law, Mickey Zastrow. He was preceded in death by his beautiful wife, Rita, his father, Eugene, his two brothers, Michael and Robert and his father-in-law, Matthew Zastrow.
Kurt Brick, 64, Bismarck, ND, passed away July 1, 2020. His passing was blessed and peaceful, in the presence of his children and family, while in the hospice care of Augusta Place, Bismarck.
Kurt was born March 31, 1956, and raised in Sioux Falls, SD, the fourth of eight Brick children, among the throngs of youngsters growing up in the Mark Twain school and McKennan Park neighborhood. He completed St. Mary's grade school and O'Gorman high school, where he was a National Honor Society student and a leading varsity golfer.
He held several retail sales jobs while in high school, and a position with Dakota Sports led to his move to Rapid City in 1975 to open and manage a branch of that sporting goods store, serving western South Dakota.
In 1978, Kurt married Alcina Nold in Rapid City and they would have and raise 4 wonderful children.
Kurt's career would evolve to include a start-up and management of a Pro Image sports apparel franchise in the Rushmore Mall, followed by other sales management, and home remodelling work.
In 1996, Kurt underwent the first of three surgeries for removal of a brain tumor; the second surgery occurred in 2002; the final surgery in March, 2020. Kurt and his family opted for him to enter hospice care in June.
Kurt's passions included his children's school and sports activities, his garden and yard work, and following golf, a sport he passed along to his children. Kurt's family would like him to be remembered as a courageous, generous, and amazing father, grandpa, brother, businessman, and friend. The family takes solace in knowing Kurt now truly rests in the eternal peace and comfort he deserves.
Kurt is survived by his children: Michael (Emily), Bend, OR; Kristine (Billy), Centennial, CO; Daniel, Deadwood, SD; and Patrick, Rapid City, SD; grandchildren Sophie, Sullivan and Skyler; and six siblings: Kevin (Calli); Karn Barth (Rory); Kent (Sandi); Kerri Ridenour (Bob); Konni Swenson (Brad); and Kaija Bonde (Brian). Kurt will also be missed by his former spouse, Alcina Brick-Miller, and his brother-in-law Kent Fieldsend.
Kurt was preceded in death by his father, Jim; his mother, Norma; and a sister, Kathleen.
Debbra (Letcher) Sampica , 62, of Canton, South Dakota passed away on September 25, 2020, at University of Minnesota Fairview Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota after a long battle with complications from heart surgery. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 3, 2020, at George Boom Funeral Home & On-Site Crematory, Sioux Falls.
Visitation with family present to greet friends will be from 12:00 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the family for future designation to the Great Plains Zoo. The family requests that all guests wear masks during the visitation and service.
Deb was born in Long Beach, California on July 2, 1958, to Wesley and Irma (Bordewick) Letcher. Deb grew up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, graduating from O’Gorman High School in 1976. While she was still in high school in 1973, she met her future husband, Steve Sampica at the Elks Club. After several years, Steve asked Deb on their first date to an Aerosmith concert in Sioux City. In the Spring of 1979, Steve asked Deb what she thought about getting married. It must have been good thoughts as the two were married on September 1, 1979 at the St. Joseph Cathedral. They celebrated in true 70s style complete with blue tuxedos with an all-day party at KC Hall.
Steve and Deb added their daughter, Jennifer to their family in 1982 and their son, Benjamin in 1986. She enjoyed weekend camping trips with their Sioux Falls neighbors, many years of swimming in their backyard pool, and nights spent playing cards at Grandma Irma’s house. The family lived in Sioux Falls until 2003 when they moved to their dream acreage near Canton to raise alpacas. Throughout her life, Deb worked as a quality analyst in many positions at the following businesses: Sencore, Raven, Framer’s Art Gallery, and most recently at CCL. In her free time, Deb enjoyed reading, gardening, traveling with her family, and being a grandma to Sam. Deb’s favorite trips include family trips to Canyonlands National Park, Wyoming, Colorado, Walt Disney World, Washington D.C., Oregon, and San Diego. Her family will forever remember a special trip to Northern Minnesota in July 2020 before she was hospitalized. She will be missed by her many friends.
Deb is survived by her husband, Steve of Canton; daughter, Jen (Chris) Binkerd of Brandon, SD; grandson, Sam; son, Ben (Sarah) Sampica of Pierre, SD; siblings, Mike Letcher of Dolton, SD, Kathy (Ronald) Barnett of Sioux Falls, and Russ Letcher of Glendale, AZ; siblings-in-law, Mike Sampica, Kathy (Louie) Charpentier, Dave (Mary-Beth) Sampica all of Minneapolis, MN, and Mary-Kay (Jim) Broesder, of Marshall, MN; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents Wesley and Irma.
Michael Rieff was born March 22, 1970, in Nuremberg, Germany, to James and Linda (Schwab) Rieff. Stateside, Michael spent much of his youth in Minnesota until his family moved to Sioux Falls, SD, where he graduated from O’Gorman High School in 1988. He continued onto Southeast Technical Institute to study horticulture, which became his dream career and ultimately owned his own business. Michael was passionate about his work to design custom landscapes and backyards for his customers. His dedication to hard work began as a young boy taking on his morning paper route and playing in the dirt with his Tonka Trucks. He also enjoyed fishing, camping and watching his sports teams (New Jersey Devils, Oakland Raiders, New York Yankees and Dale Earnhardt Jr team #88). Michael is remembered as a caring and giving person – always lending a helping hand and asking what he can do for others.
As the oldest child, Michael was often the rock of his family. In 1996, Michael married Jeanna Seubert and in this union had three children. He loved his family and children with all of his heart. Some of the lasting memories created with his children include: Stampede Hockey games, camping, firework shows, four-wheeling and trips to Kansas for NASCAR races. Michael adored his children, creating special moments such as deer hunting with his oldest daughter, Alexus, since the age of six. Michael’s love for his children was felt by anyone who knew him. He will be truly missed.
Michael is survived by his three children, Alexus, Andrew and Brielle Rieff, Sioux Falls; his parents, James and Linda (Schwab) Rieff, Sioux Falls; three siblings, Jennifer Rieff, Sioux Falls, Chris (Erin) Rieff, Hartford, and Katrina Rieff, Shoreview, MN; five nieces and nephews, Jasmyn, Dominic, Spencer, Gavin and Ava; five aunts and uncles, Barbara Schwab, Madison, WI, Joan (Don) Swenson, Sleepy Eye, MN, Pam Heser, Lake Hughes, CA, Lora (Bob) Woomer, Glenwood, WV, and Kristen Schwab, Grove City, MN; and numerous cousins.
Michael was preceded in death by his grandparents, Alfred and Florence Rieff, Joseph and Lorraine Schwab; and his uncle, David Schwab.
Benjamin Longley was born on March 18, 1998 in Harare, Zimbabwe. Ben died on July 21, 2020 in circumstances that can only be described as tragic. His funeral service will be 2:00 PM Tuesday, July 28 at George Boom Funeral Home & On-Site Crematory, Sioux Falls, with visitation one half hour prior to the service.
At the age of 5, Ben and his family immigrated to the United States. After graduating from O’Gorman High School in 2016, Ben was finishing his bachelor’s degree in finance at the University of Nebraska Lincoln.
Ben brought joy into the life of every person that had the privilege of meeting him. His smart wits, caring personality, and goofy sense of humor made a stranger feel like family, which was evident through Ben’s wide array of friends.
Ben’s mind was not from this world. From the time he could talk, his thirst for knowledge was evident. Ben sought answers to questions most don’t ask and was constantly absorbing the world around him in an effort to understand everything.
His love for golf, fishing, hunting, and country music gave us memories to last a lifetime. Although it will never seem like enough, we are so grateful for the 22 years of life he brought into our home. Ben will be sorely missed by his parents, Paul and Leigh; sisters, Emma (Tom) and Kirsty (Ryan); grandmothers, Mavis and Audrey; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends spread across the world. Benjamin was preceded in death by his grandfathers, a grandmother and an uncle.
Ben is forever in our hearts, and we can’t wait to see him at the tee.
In lieu of flowers, we ask you to consider a donation to Lost & Found, an organization striving to help young souls battling depression and suicide. Donations can be made directly through their website, lafprevention.org, or to:
Lost & Found
PO Box 1897
Sioux Falls, SD 57101
Joan Lorang , 86, passed away peacefully at the Good Samaritan Village on Thursday, May 21, 2020.
Joan was born April 10, 1934 to George and Evelyn (Finnegan) Strauch in Dent, MN. She grew up on the family farm and was the second oldest of 13 children. She finished high school locally, and earned a B.S. Degree in Education from Iowa Wesleyan College.
Joan was blessed in marriage to Mathias (Matt) Lorang on September 12, 1956 at the Sacred Heart church in Dent, MN. They moved frequently due to her husbands construction career, but still managed to bear and raise five children. Joan started her teaching career in Mount Pleasant, IA. The family finally settled in Sioux Falls, SD in 1975 when Matt started building the Empire Mall as Superintendent of Construction for General Growth Development Company.
Upon her arrival in Sioux Falls, Joan was hired by Cathedral Junior High School to teach Science. Teaching was a passion for her, and she made a positive and lasting impact on hundreds of students over the years. She finished her teaching career at O'Gorman Junior High School.
Joan was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and siblings: Jerry, Jim, and Pat. Grateful for having shared her life are her children: Timothy, Ft Harrison, MT, Damien, Sioux Falls, SD, Maureen, Centerville, SD, Kevin, Lakeville, MN, and Luke, Sioux Falls, SD. Grandma Joan also dearly loved her grandchildren: Jason, Morgan, Benjamin, Matt, Shelby, Solomon, Tasha, David, Amber and Kenny.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Sioux Falls.