Marie Roemen

Roemen, marie picure 2Marie C. Roemen, 89, of Dell Rapids passed away Thursday, November 29, 2018 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 AM Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Dell Rapids. Burial will be in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation with the family present will be from 4:00 to 7:00 PM followed by a Wake Service and praying of the Rosary at 7:00 PM Monday at the church.

Marie was born in Parkston, South Dakota on April 22, 1929. She attended Sacred Heart School and after graduation she worked at the Kayser Department Store in Parkston and the telephone company in Huron before enrolling in the South Dakota Beauty Academy. Marie met her husband, Ervin Roemen, at the Arkota Ballroom and they were married in 1953. They made their home on the Roemen farm in Larchwood, Iowa until 1961, when they moved to Dell Rapids.

Many words are used to describe Marie, tenacious, humble, loving, funny, beautiful, and strong. Marie devoted herself to raising her twelve children of whom she was most proud. She lost many who were dear to her, but graciously persevered.

Her love was authentic, and laughter naturally filled the air wherever she was present. Her wit was quick and her humor was unparalleled and her occasional feistiness was always a source of many amusing stories. For decades, she ran Marie’s Beauty Shop in her home. Marie was tireless in her efforts of charity. She spent countless hours volunteering. The walls of St. Mary’s know well the dedication of Marie Roemen.

Marie was the foundation for her fourteen children, thirty-nine grandchildren, twenty-three great-grandchildren, and countless others had the privilege to have loved her and to have been loved by her. And what is greater is how many of these Marie brought to the holy altar to receive the Sacraments of Jesus Christ.

She is now experiencing an ecstatic reunion with her parents, Clemens and Mary Fritza; husband, Ervin; brothers, Joe, Leo, and Norb Fritza; two children, Francis Robert and Tommy Francis; grandson, Samuel Farner and many of her dear friends.

She is survived by her children, Paul (Carol), Renner, Donna, Minneapolis, Tom (Roseann), Denver, Bobbi (Jay Sittig), Dell Rapids, Susan (Greg Ricks), Savannah, GA, Ann (Dan Beacom), Sioux Falls, Mike, Dell Rapids, Alan (Ronda), Sioux Falls, Jeanne (Steve Farner), Omaha, Mark (Christy), Dell Rapids. Dan (Renee’), Madison, and Dianne (Mark Lamb), Sioux Falls. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law, Joan Fritza, Mitchell, Vi Fritza, Mount Vernon, and LaVerna O’Connell, Sioux Falls and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a remembrance in Marie’s name to the Marie Roemen Scholarship Fund at the Catholic Foundation of Eastern South Dakota.

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Holiday Fundraiser for Dell Rapids Museum


Photo from the Dell Rapids Museum Facebook page

The Dell Rapids Museum is hosting its annual holiday themed fundraiser on Sunday, December 2nd from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the museum in downtown Dell Rapids.  All of the funds raised during the event will go toward their new roof atop the historic building on Main Street.  For $10.00, visitors of the event will receive two drinks, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and a self-guided tour of the incredible building set to live music all evening long.  The fundraiser will have viewings of old school house settings, to-scale farm scenes, and even some relics of decades past.  In addition to snacks and historic facts, the event also features a live and silent auction of donated items from local businesses.

Tickets can be purchases at the door.  More information can be found on the museum’s Facebook page at or by calling (605)-428-4821.

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Golden West Earns Smart Rural Community Award

GoldenWestLogo_Blue_300pxGolden West Telecommunications was one of thirteen broadband providers across the country that recently won National Telecommunications Coop Association(NTCA) Smart Rural Community® Showcase Awards.  According to the NTCA website, the goal of the NTCA Smart Rural Community® initiative is “to foster the development of modern, productive communities throughout rural America and Canada by encouraging innovation in the application of new broadband resources and next-generation ideas for education, telehealth services, work flexibility, public safety and security.”

Gregg Olson, Director of Member Services, Communications, and Governmental Affairs with Golden West, attended the Dell Rapids City Council regular meeting on Monday, November 19th to tell the council about how Golden West won the award.

Olson mentioned that about two years ago, Golden West finished their “Fiber to the Home” project in Dell Rapids that took about two years to finish.  Dell Rapids was one of the first communities for Golden West to have the project complete.  Olson also said that about six months ago, Golden West submitted an application for the award based on the great things they were hearing about Dell Rapids after the fiber project was complete.

“It takes a community with leadership you have in this community to take that technology and do something with it.  I think Dell Rapids is just a wonderful example of how that’s working where technology is truly meeting community leadership and innovation,” said Olson.

Kari Karst of BXCC, Dan Ahlers of the Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce, and Justin Weiland with the city were mentioned by Olson as being key members of the community that really helped Golden West tell the story of Dell Rapids in the award application.

One of the perks of the award is that Golden West gave three signs mentioning the award to the city that can be placed in Dell Rapids.

“Thank you for the work you guys do in the city.  When we talk about Dell Rapids, Golden West is one of our partners in the community.  Obviously it’s another opportunity for the Dell Rapids community to demonstrate to other people what we do have here and what we can do, and that we can technically support potential businesses,” said Dell Rapids Mayor Tom Earley.

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Jim Boyum

Jim Boyum Obituary pictureNorvald James “Jim” Boyum, 90, of Sioux Falls passed away Wednesday morning after a brief illness.  Jim was  surrounded by his family at the Dougherty Hospice House. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 am on Monday, November 26 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Sioux Falls. Lunch will take place after the service, followed by inurnment at St. Michael’s Cemetery. Visitation with family present will begin at 3:00 pm on Sunday at St. Mary’s in Dell Rapids with a prayer service and rosary at 4:00.

Jim was born in Sioux Falls, SD to Norvald and Marguerite (Beach) Boyum on January 1, 1928. He grew up with a deep love and appreciation for family with his brother Bob and his two sisters Marge and Pat.

He married the love of his life, Teresa Ann Bowen, on September 26, 1946. Jim and Teresa welcomed six children into their family, Kathleen, James, Thomas, Mark, Susan and Daniel.

Jim loved his family, hunting, fishing, woodworking, golfing, his grandchildren, his great grandchildren, baseball, dominoes, cribbage and a nice big chunk of steak.  He didn’t much care for vegetables.  Jim loved life.

Jim worked in the heavy equipment and truck repair and sales business his entire career, spanning nearly 50 years.  From his early days at Empire Equipment and then Sheehan-Bartling and Sheehan equipment, working his way to a partner in the business until his retirement in 1984.  Retirement didn’t suit Jim too well so he founded I-90 White GMC in 1985 and operated that until 1993 when he retired for good.  After this second retirement, Jim and Teresa were formally inducted into the Snowbird League, wintering in Mesa for the next 12 years where they enjoyed the good life surrounded by his siblings and many friends, both old and new.  Winters in Arizona and summers back here in South Dakota.  In 2005 Jim and Teresa returned full time to South Dakota, moving to Dell Rapids where they resided for 12 years. In 2017 they moved to Sioux Falls, residing at Laurel Oaks Apartments at Prince of Peace.

Jim and Teresa had the opportunity to travel to many wonderful places across the United States as well as to the Caribbean and throughout Europe. He also enjoyed several fishing and hunting trips to the frozen wonders of Canada.

Those grateful to have shared his incredible life are wife Teresa, daughters Kathleen of Sacramento, CA and Sue (Brian) Rainey of Las Vegas, NV;  sons Jim (d) (Kathy), Tom (Janet) of Canton, SD, Mark (Lora Cady) of Sioux Falls and Dan (Pam) of Renner, SD; grandchildren Gia (d), BJ (Carla), Shane, April (Ryan), Cody (Christy), Jessie (James), Jeremiah, Tressa, Dulcie, Zach (Christine), Annie, Dylan, Bowen, Max, Olivia, Eva; eighteen great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild and many treasured nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Marjorie and Patricia;brother, Robert; son, Jim; and granddaughter, Gia.

Jim respectfully requested no flowers.  Instead, he and the family requested any memorials to be directed to the Sioux Falls Catholic School System for the benefit of tuition assistance to families of the community.


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Dell Rapids School Board Recognizes Jeff Schmidt

Photo from Dell Rapids HS website

Photo from Dell Rapids HS website

Jeff Schmidt, the bus coordinator for Dell Rapids High School, was recognized for a job well done by the Dell Rapids School Board during their regular meeting held on Monday, November 12th.

The school recently had an unannounced inspection of buses by the South Dakota Department of Transportation and South Dakota Highway Patrol.  This inspection was a random inspection on top of the annual inspections that are done.  The bus fleet passed the inspection with a minimal five point clearance light deduction.  Schmidt noted that it takes 25 points to fail a bus.  Schmidt also mentioned that the DOT and Highway Patrol were happy with how the inspection went.

“I think it’s really good for our community and our parents to know how much work is going into keeping those buses up, and to make sure that you know that we appreciate you Jeff,” said Superintendent Dr. Summer Schultz.

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Dell Rapids FCCLA Supporting “Shoes for the Shoeless”

ShoesForShoelessThe Dell Rapids FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America) Chapter is sponsoring a project called “Shoes for the Shoeless”.   Members of the FCCLA chapter are looking for slightly used, wearable shoes of any size that people are no longer wearing.  The shoe donations can be brought to either the Dell Rapids Elementary School, Dell Rapids Middle School, or Dell Rapids High School.

Donations will be accepted until Friday, November 30th.  All of the shoes collected will be donated to the needy in Sioux Falls and the surrounding communities.

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Oral Interp Performers Qualify for State

OralInterpTwo oral interp participants have earned themselves a chance to perform at the 2018 State Oral Interp Festival.  Brooke-Lynn Hawthorne of Dell Rapids and Aubry Hansen from Dell Rapids St Mary both qualified from their respective regions.

Hawthorne qualified for her storytelling piece that was performed at the Class A Region III meet on Monday, November 12th at Brookings.  Dell Rapids also had a few students earn alternate spots.  They include Tim Jaycox in humor, Ella Lueders in serious, Jaycox and Emily Dorn in duet acting, and the reader’s theater team of Kat Fletcher, Peyton Gleason, Jaycox, Lueders, and Krystal Stange.

Hansen advanced to the regions in the serious reading category after her district performance on Wednesday, November 7th in Madison.  Hansen’s performance at the regional meet on Tuesday, November 13th in Sioux Falls earned her a trip to the state competition.  Thomas Eining advanced through the district meet to the regions, but fell just short of qualifying for state.

The 2018 South Dakota State Oral Interp Festival will be held on Friday, November 30th and Saturday, December 1st at the Lake Area Technical Institue and Watertown High School.  Hawthorne’s storytelling category will start at 6:00 p.m. Friday at Lake Area Technical Institute.  Hansen’s serious reading category will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Watertown High School.

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David Donahue

donahue picDavid J. Donahue, 66, of Sioux Falls, passed away on Friday, November 9, 2018 at the Golden Living Center in Arlington, SD. His Mass of Christian Burial is at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 in St. Mary Catholic Church, Dell Rapids. Interment is in the St. Mary Cemetery, Dell Rapids. Casketbearers are Richard Donahue, Bob Donahue, JohnDonahue and Mike Donahue.  Visitation with the family present is from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.on Monday, November 12, 2018 in the church with the Christian Wake at 7:00 p.m. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Kahler Funeral Home,

David Joseph Donahue was born on May 10, 1952 in Dell Rapids, SD, the third child of Fifteen to Francis and Mary Ann (Thompson) Donahue. He grew up on a farm near Baltic, attended St. Mary’s primary school, and graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Dell Rapids. His decision to attend the Lake Area Vo-tech in Watertown was a good choice as the skills he learned there became a big part of his life’s work as a licensed plumber and owner of several properties around the Sioux Falls area. He married Jane Gadbois in 1976 and had two children, Paul and Amy. They later divorced. David continued to manage his properties and his plumbing throughout the Sioux Falls area and surrounding towns. His business was prosperous and continued to grow.   David was a jack of all trades including construction and real estate, even moving houses to a different location. Later in life Dave met and  married Gail Wiese.  In March of 2009 he had an electrical accident while working on one of his rental properties. He became a resident of the Good Living Center in Arlington, SD where he remained until his death.

David  was a very social person and could be found having coffee at Hy-Vee every weekday at 4:00 p.m. With his flashing blue eyes, and Irish temperament it was always lively conversation. He was a go-getter with relentless energy, and had a unique creative problem solving style with a big generous heart. He had a soft spot for, and reached out to less fortunate people. We will all miss his beautiful smile and shocking blue eyes.

He was preceded in death by his father, brothers, Jimmy and Jerry and his sisters, Patty and Joan.

He is survived by his mother, Mary Ann Burns of Dell Rapids; his son, Paul of Sioux Falls and his daughter, Amy (Gary) Steffen of Elkhorn, NE; grandchildren, Lily and Miles; his siblings Mary (Jim) Harmon of Pierre, Judy (Dirk) Pearson of Hendricks, MN, Richard of Cathedral City CA, Bob of Dell Rapids, Betty (Gary) Weber of Chester, Kathy (Jim) Goodale of Chester, Theresa (Monte) Burggraff of Crooks, Dorothy (James) of Larchwood, IA, Mike (Sandy) of Sioux Falls, John (Shelly) of Sioux Falls and his extended family and friends.

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Highway 115 Work Continues in Dell Rapids

The construction on the Highway 115 Project has continued slowly throughout the months of 2018, but Dell Rapids City Administration still believes that the majority of the concrete work will be completed before the end of the year.

City Administrator Justin Weiland gave a report to the Dell Rapids City Council during their regular meeting on Monday, November 5th.  Weiland mentioned that he thinks T&R Contracting will get the main paving done yet this year, and that is what the contract states.  The contract does also roll into June of 2019 for finish work.  Weiland mentioned that the city probably won’t see the trails poured or the seeding done this year.

“They’re going to have to come in and play cleanup in the spring,” Weiland said.

Weiland also mentioned an issue was recently discovered with the project.  The bridge elevation just west of the four-way stop was designed at a lower elevation than the design for the road elevation.  The issue was not caught before construction, but plans are for that issue to be fixed.  Weiland mentioned that the road diversion has not been removed yet, and he thinks once the rest of the concrete is complete west of the bridge, traffic will be routed back to the diversion to fix the elevation issue.  Weiland also said that he wasn’t sure exactly how T&R Contracting plans to fix the issue, but it will be fixed.  A temporary blacktop patch has been put in place to allow traffic through while concrete work continues.

Not only has the project been delayed, and now has an issue with the bridge elevation, the city of Dell Rapids has also seen a decline in sales tax revenues.  The council was presented with numbers for September, and once again the sales tax revenues were down compared to 2017.  July was down 11.68%, August was down 23.24%, and September was down 6.7%.

“This highway project, in my opinion, has affected sales tax within the community.  The biggest thing that we want to make sure is that people’s trends haven’t changed, or they haven’t altered their habits,” Weiland said.

He also mentioned that once the majority of the project has been completed, they city plans to work with the Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce and media outlets to get the word out to people that the city is “back open for business”.

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Rosemarie Lewis

lewisRosemarie Lewis, 80, of Trent, passed away on Wednesday, October 3, 2018. Her Memorial Service will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 18,  2018 in the Trent Baptist Church. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Kahler Funeral Home.

Rosemarie Madril was born on October 10, 1937 in Fresno, California, to Alfonso and Lucille (Marquez) Madril. She grew up in Riverside and San Jose, California and graduated from Campbell High School.

Rosemarie married Ira J Lewis on December 16, 1955 in San Jose, California. Ira was a career Navy man and the couple lived in many places including Monterey, Moffett Field, Coronado, California, White Sands Missile Range and Albuquerque, New Mexico, and finally, Alameda California. While in Alameda the couple divorced. Over the years Rosemarie had many jobs including Short order Cook; Volunteer work for the Navy Relief society, Secretary and avid bowler on many bowling leagues, and she especially loved her many years of working in Banking. After her retirement Rosemarie spent many years living with her daughter Shawn and Dan in Fairfield, California until she finally moved to Trent in 2014.

Rosemarie was a member of the Trent American Legion Auxiliary and the Trent Study Club. She loved to spend time Reading, Gardening, Crocheting Afghans and a variety of projects as well as Cross-stitching baby quilts. “Ramblin’ Rose” was very passionate about traveling across country visiting friends and family all along the way. She totally enjoyed her Monday, Wednesday and Friday water aerobics and swim class in Pipestone, MN with the other “Water Lilies”!

Rosemarie is survived by her children, Richard Lewis of Trent, SD, Robert (Angyla) Lewis of Trent, SD, Shawn (Dan) Richardson of Fairfield, CA, and David (Lori) Lewis of Imperial, CA; her 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren; her brother, David Madril of Billings, MT, and her sisters, Gloria Garrett of Santa Rosa, CA and Judy (Steve) Waldrum of Shady Cove, OR; and many nieces and nephews.

Rosemarie was preceded in death by her parents, Alfonso and Lucille Madril, her brother Alfonso “Al” Madril Jr, a grandson Christopher Lewis, a great granddaughter Abigail Hefferon Glavaris and great grandsons Mason Lewis and Joshua Lewis.

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