Roberta Hansen

Roberta HansenRoberta M. Hansen, 74, of Dell Rapids, passed away on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at the Dells Nursing and Rehab Center in Dell Rapids. Her Memorial Mass will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 25, 2017 in St. Mary Catholic Church, Dell Rapids. Visitation with the family present will be from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. with a Christian Wake Service beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Kahler Funeral Home on Friday, February 24, 2017. On-line condolences may be left at the Kahler Funeral Home website.

Roberta Marie Theuninck was born on February 26, 1942 in Marshall, MN, the daughter of Robert and Margaret (Meulebroeck) Theuninck. She grew up on a farm outside of Marshall, MN. She attended Catholic school at Central High School in Marshall graduating in 1960. She then attended business school in Minneapolis. She moved back to Marshall, MN and married Donald Miller. The couple made their home in Marshall. To this union four children were born. They later divorced and Roberta moved to Dell Rapids in 1975. She married Tom Hansen in 1984. The couple made their home on a farm east of Dell Rapids. She held many different jobs in the Dell Rapids community, retiring from Lewis Drug in 2016.

She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and Altar Society and volunteered at Padre’s Thrift Store.

Family was very important to Roberta. She loved spending time with her children, grandkids, and siblings. She made great effort to attend as many of their activities as possible. She enjoyed traveling, adventuring to Missouri, Tennessee, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Paris, and Belgium, to list a few. She also enjoyed spending time with her friends; always up for a drop-by visit, a cup of coffee and a chat, going out for a bite to eat, or a trip to the casino. She and Tom shared a passion for gardening and would happily share their harvest with others.

She is preceded in death by her parents and her daughter, Debra.

Roberta is survived by her husband, Tom Hansen of Dell Rapids; her sons, Todd Miller and Keith (Cheryl) Miller both of Marshall, MN; her daughter, Tamara (Daniel) Magaard of St. Cloud, MN; her stepsons, Thomas Hansen of New York, NY and Stuart Hansen of Denver, CO; her stepdaughter, JoAnn Hansen of Denver, CO; her eight granddaughters, Danielle Magaard, Ashley Magaard, Kendra Magaard, Taylor (Hayden) McKittrick, Billie Miller, Lydia Magaard, Logan Miller, and Elli Magaard; her three brothers, Joe Theuninck of Marshall, MN, Don (Mary “Buff”) Theuninck of Hugo, MN and Duane (Deb) Theuninck of Canyon, TX and her sister, Marlene Polejewski of Minneota, MN.

Memorials may be directed to St. Mary School or St. Mary Church in Dell Rapids.

Valire Martinson

Valire MartinsonValire Philip Martinson was born to Philip and Marie (Hermanson) Martinson on June 15, 1917 in Alliance Township, Moody County, S.D. Valire passed away on February 5 with funeral services held on February 10. On-line condolences may be left at the Hartquist Funeral Home website.

He was raised on the family farm near Jasper where he attended country school and later Jasper High School. After his graduation from high school he farmed with his family.

On March 16, 1946 he married Alvera Pollock at the Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. Following their marriage they resided and farmed on the family farm in Moody County. He farmed there until his retirement in 1978.

He was a member of the Jasper Evangelical Lutheran Church. He was baptized on July 8, 1917 and confirmed on May 24, 1931 at Bethania Lutheran Church in Moody County. He was a member of the Jasper Rural Fire Board where he served as the treasurer. He was also a member of the Jasper School Board. Although Valire wasn’t a veteran himself, all three of his siblings served our nation and he supported them and thought greatly of their service; for that reason, he was a member of the American Legion in Jasper.

He is survived by his wife, Alvera “Polly” Martinson, Jasper; his children, Bruce (Portia) Martinson, Jasper, Rene Wade, Sioux Falls, S.D., Coleen (Tom) Bryan, Battle Lake, Jean (John) Jackson, Canton, Mich., Karen (Barry) Jenson, Hastings, Sheri (Mike) Swenson, Jasper and David (Diane) Martinson, Jasper; 16 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; his sister, Marilyn (Melvin) Graber, Freeman, S.D. and sister-in-law, Marie Martinson, Dell Rapids, S.D.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Eugene and DeWane and his son-in-law, Larry Wade.

LeRoy Brau

LeRoy BrauLeRoy Brau, age 66 of Redwood Falls, passed away peacefully Sunday, January 1, 2017 at Seasons Hospice House surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with cancer. Mass of Christian Burial was held on January 7. On-line condolences may be left at Stephens Funeral Home website.

LeRoy Brau was born February 28, 1950 in Redwood Falls, Minnesota to Raymond and Marina (Frericks) Brau. He was raised by Lucan where he went to Our Lady of Victory School. LeRoy was baptized and confirmed there. He went through the 8th grade there and then to Milroy High School where he graduated in 1968. LeRoy enlisted in the Air Force in 1969 and did basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas. He was an aircraft mechanic crew chief on the C130. LeRoy’s 4 years of duty included California (Travis AFB), Texas (Dyess AFB), England, Philippines, and Vietnam. In 1969 he married Rosemary Schmidt in Whichita Falls, Texas (Sheppard AFB) and was honorably discharged in 1973. After the service, the couple made their home by Milroy and then later moved to New Ulm where LeRoy worked for Singer Sewing Machine Company selling and repairing the machines. In 1975, they moved to Redwood Falls where LeRoy worked for Schult Homes for 37 years where he was assistant purchasing manager. LeRoy belonged to St. Catherine’s Catholic Church and was a member of the Knights of Columbus and also a money counter. He was a life-long member of the VFW. LeRoy was a carpenter and handyman. He loved to fish and hunt in his earlier years, and later in life he enjoyed spending time at the lake and traveling. LeRoy loved spending time with his family and friends especially his grandkids and going to their activities.

LeRoy is survived by his wife Rosy of 47 years; children: Brian (Mona) Brau of St. Louis, MO, Stacey (Jason) Hennen of Dell Rapids, SD, Stefanie (John) Hurst of Lakeville, and Sara (Ben) Wobker of Kirkland, WA; grandchildren: Jack and Meera Brau, Ty and Kaylee Hennen, Sophie, Blake, and Brock Hurst, and Trajen Wobker; siblings: Darlene (Vince) LeGare, MaryAnn (Delmar) Portner, and Dale (Net) Brau; sister-in-law Judy Brau; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother Larry.

Marit Ziadi

Marit ZiadiMarit Vernae (Omtvedt) Ziadi, age 46 of Belview, passed away Saturday, January 28, 2017 at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina. Funeral services were held on February 2. On-line condolences may be left at the Stephens Funeral Home website.

Marit Vernae (Omtvedt) Ziadi was born May 15, 1970 to Rolf and Janice Omtvedt in Redwood Falls. She was baptized at Emmanuel Lutheran Church and confirmed at Grace Lutheran Church in Belview. Marit graduated from Belview High School in 1988. She then received her AS degree in accounting in Granite Falls. Marit worked for over 20 years for Aetna Health Partners, eventually being able to work from home. In 2004, Marit took a trip to Morocco to meet the love of her life, Khalid Ziadi. Khalid arrived in the U.S. in December 2004. On January 29, 2005, Marit and Khalid were united in marriage at the Odeon Hall in Belview. They resided in the Twin Cities until 2013, when they moved to Redwood Falls to be closer to her mom. In October 2016, Marit and Khalid fulfilled their dream of owning a home in Belview.

Marit is survived by her husband of 12 years Khalid; mother Janice Omtvedt of Belview; siblings: Todd Omtvedt of Alexandria, Tammy (Dean) Parrott of Dell Rapids, SD, Ingrid (Mark) Bavier of Zimmerman, and Heidi (Brad) Galstad of Alexandria; special “sister” Jesse (Terry) Bernard of New Mexico; her bird Morusa; her Moroccan family; and many other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her father Rolf Omtvedt.

George Wieseler

George WieselerGeorge Wieseler, 89, of Polo, passed away peacefully, Thursday, February 9, 2017 at Faulkton Senior Living with funeral services held on February 14. On-line condolences may be left at the Luce Funeral Home website.

George John Wieseler was born on August 12, 1927, to John and Rose (Pfister) Wieseler in Faulkton, South Dakota. He attended St. Liborius School in Polo. In 1952, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and was stationed at the Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. After his first station, he was transferred to the Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, Colorado.

George married Delores Jenner from St. Lawrence at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, Colorado, on August 4th, 1952. Early in their marriage, he was stationed at Castle Air Force Base in Merced, California. They resided in Merced together where their first son was born. In 1954, they returned to South Dakota where they then purchased their own farm in 1956, outside of Polo and expanded their family by five. On the farm, George and his brother, Jim, carried on the family business of farming and ranching.

In his free time, George enjoyed hunting, fishing, and playing cards at the local coffee spot with old friends. He was instrumental in starting the American Legion in Polo. Throughout his life, he has also served as Hand County Commissioner, on the Farmers Oil Board, the St. Liborius school board, the St. Liborius Church board, a member of the Knights of Columbus council, the Harrison Township board, and spent many years as a member of the National Farmers Organization.

George’s life will be cherished by his wife, Delores; his children: Wayne Wieseler, Sebastopol, CA, Bruce (Brenda) Wieseler, Kansas City, MO, Dan (Jacquelyn) Wieseler, Lee Summit, MO, Jane Wieseler, Sioux Falls, Rod (Cindy) Wieseler, Miller, and Pam Schwebach (Rock), Dell Rapids; 16 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; brothers: Jim (Marietta) Wieseler, Polo and John (Helen) Wieseler, Hazen, ND; sister, Elinor (Jim) Clingan, Westminster, MD; and special family friend, Gerry Wernsmann.

He is preceded in death by his parents John and Rose; one sister, Marcella; and one brother, Leonard.

Trevor James Nussbaum

TrevorNussbaumTrevor James Nussbaum was born October 7, 1989 to Andrea Nussbaum in Dell Rapids, SD. A majority of his childhood was spent in the Trent area, he loved to spend time at his Grandma and Grandpa’s house. Full of energy, he loved to go fishing, skateboarding and ride dirt bikes. One of his favorite things to do was to build things with Grandpa’s tools. He also liked working on dirt bikes and his truck, or car, or whatever vehicle he had at the time. He would spend hours fixing, painting, and modifying his vehicles. Trevor loved to spend time with family and friends and would do anything for those he loved.

He will be deeply missed by his daughter, Adley Jo, parents Andrea and Troy Scherff (Sioux Falls), Eric and Misty Dillon (Sioux Falls). Siblings Devlin, Wiley and Hayden Dillon (Sioux Falls), Aubrey (Larissa) Scherff (Trent) and Yancie Scherff (Brookings). Grandparents Gene and Dianne Nussbaum (Trent), Jo Ann Dillon (Sioux Falls) and Melvin and Sharon Scherff (Trent). His girlfriend Calla Duncan (Flandreau). Aunts and uncles: Tammy & Jason Dearduff (Volga), Laurie and John Hudgens (White), Jarrod and Karla Nussbaum (Richland) and Paul and Jill Scherff (Trent). Cousins Courtney, Eli, Nicolas, Cassidy and Adam. He was preceded in death by his cousin Zachary Nussbaum.

There will be a celebration of Trevor’s life on Friday, February 10th, at 6:00 p.m. at the Dell Rapids Legion 408 Orleans Ave, Dell Rapids.

Thomas Thill

Thomas ThillThomas W. Thill, 73, of Lakewood, formerly of Dell Rapids, South Dakota, passed away January 26, 2017 at Brookdale Assisted Living in Lakewood, CO. He was born January 11, 1944 in Dell Rapids, South Dakota, the son of Lawrence (originally from Ramsen, IA) and Regina (Sitzmann) Thill (originally from LaMars, IA). He was a graduate of St. Mary’s High School in Dell Rapids. You may leave on-line condolences at the Newcomer Funeral Home website.

Honorably served in the US Army in the Vietnam War. Tom retired from the US Post Office after 28 years of service. He stayed in touch with his coworkers from the Post Office, meeting monthly for breakfast. He was also a parishioner at St. Jude Catholic Church in Lakewood.

Tom was a Master Gardener who loved flower gardening. He traveled extensively, especially taking the Windjammer Cruises, scuba diving, and shell collecting. He also enjoyed collecting glassware, stamps, and antiques. He frequented garage sales every weekend to add to his collections. Tom was an avid square dancer. He loved spending time outdoors. He was an animal lover and enjoyed photography and playing cards. Above all, he loved his family and spending time with his nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Thomas is survived by Six Brothers and One Sister, William “Bill” (Sheryl) Thill, Gene (Jackie) Thill, Dwaine (Joan) Thill, Elaine (Dick J.) Klundt, Cletus “Clete” J (Dorothy “Dodie”) Thill, Terrence “Terry” Thill and Darrell (Glenna) Thill; Thirty Nieces and Nephews, Lauana (Gary) Elder, Phillip Scholl, Clinton “Clint” (Lynn) Thill, Douglas “Doug” (Cindy) Thill, Racinda “Cindy” (Art) Osborne, Daniel “Dan” Thill, Brian (Paula) Thill, Bradley “Brad” Thill, Debbie (Allen) Schaefer, Diane (Dan) Steinberg, Kim (Robert) Schulze, Tim “TR” (Mary) Thill, Lynette (Vern) Erichson, Gina Thill, Marie Kent, Pamela Cyr, Kevin Ahl, Kathy (Michael) Lockwood, Leslie (Steve) Pierson, Timothy “Tim” (Leatha) Harding, Camille Knutson, Todd Thill, Tyanne (Jeremy) Bastian, Troy Thill, Michael “Mike” Thill, Laura Pownell, Michelle Thill, Stacey Thill, Stuart Thill, Travis Thill and Tyson Thill; and Many great-nieces, great-nephews and extended family.

He is preceded in death by Parents, Lawrence Peter and Regina Eva Thill; Two Sisters, Geraldine Scholl and Marion Thill and one brother-in-law, Marvin Scholl.

In Lieu of Flowers, Donations may be made to St. Jude Catholic Church, 9805 West Florida Avenue, Lakewood, CO 80232.

Marie Schwebach

Marie SchwebachMarie C. Schwebach, 86, of Dell Rapids passed away Thursday, February 2, 2017, after a gracious battle with ALS.  Mass of Christian Burial was held on February 6, 2017 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Dell Rapids. Burial will be in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery.  On-line condolences may be left at the Minnehaha Funeral Home website.

Marie Mihin was born on a farm in Lowville Township near Hadley, Minnesota on June 6, 1930, to Frank and Minnie (Eichhorn) Mihin. She moved to Sioux Falls with her family in 1945, graduating from Cathedral High School in 1947. She worked as a secretary at Morrells in Sioux Falls. She married Jerome “Pete” Schwebach on October 11, 1952. In 1960 they started Schwebach Insurance and Real Estate where she worked until 2015.

Marie genuinely loved helping people find homes and insurance. She always had time for a story, and promoted Dell Rapids with a passion. She prayed daily for the well-being of everyone. She loved her family. Family was everything to her. She is eager to get to the table Pete reserved for them near the dance floor in Heaven.

She is survived by her daughter Karen (Brad) Wallenberg of Sioux Falls; her sons: Tim of Dell Rapids, Rob (Lynn) of Fort Collins, Colorado, Jeff (Denise) of Sioux Falls, and Tom (Tami) of Dell Rapids; 15 grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and sisters-in-law, Dolores Mihin and Rita Walker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Pete in 2011; and her grandson, Jacob.

Vera Klein

Vera KleinVera Klein, 80, of Dell Rapids, passed away on Monday, January 30, 2017 at the Dells Nursing and Rehab Center. Her Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 2, 2017 in St. Mary Catholic Church, Dell Rapids. Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at Kahler Funeral Home. The family will be present from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. with a Christian Wake Service beginning at 6:00 p.m. A Catholic Order of Foresters rosary will be prayed after the wake. On-line condolences may be left at the Kahler Funeral Home website.

Vera Marie Girard was born on October 16, 1936 at Vermillion, SD, the daughter of Albert and Ida (Robush) Girard. She grew up and attended school in Vermillion. She attended nursing school at McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, graduating in August of 1962. She then started her nursing career at the Vermillion hospital. She married Robert John Klein on June 1, 1962 in Vermillion at St. Agnes Catholic Church. The couple made their home on the Klein family farm north of Dell Rapids. After taking time off to raise their children, Vera went to work as a nurse at the Dell Rapids Hospital. She worked there for 20 years until her retirement. In 1991, Robert and Vera moved into town. Robert passed away in 2000. Vera remained in her home.

She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and Altar Society, the Catholic Order of Foresters and volunteered at Padres.

Vera enjoyed playing cards, fishing and camping with her family, spending time with her grandchildren and her many pets.

She is preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, an infant daughter and her husband.

Vera is survived by her son, Raymond of Dell Rapids; her daughters, Carol Klein of Dell Rapids, Patty Osborne of Sioux Falls and Joan (Jason) Wanzek of Bloomington, MN; her five grandchildren, Adam (Nicole) Osborne, Paige Osborne, Tyler Wanzek, Zach Wanzek and Sam Wanzek and her three great grandchildren, Peyton and Kylie Osborne and Brantly Friesen and her many nieces, nephews and extended family.

Lillian Hanisch

Lillian HanischLillian Mae Hanisch, 79, died Monday January 23, 2017 in Sioux Falls, SD. Funeral Services were held on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at First United Methodist Church, Sioux Falls. On-line condolences may be left at the George Boom Funeral Home website.

Lillian Mae Colwill, daughter of Irvin Ernest and Hazel Marie (Riley) Colwill, was born October 30, 1937 at Shindler, SD. As a young lady she moved with her family to Sioux Falls where she grew up and received her education. Lil was united in marriage with James A. “Jim” Hanisch on June 4, 1955 in Luverne, MN. Her twin sister, Lucille Mae, married Denny Reents, the same day in a joint ceremony. They even wore identical wedding dresses.

Survivors include her three children, Jim (Patti) Hanisch, Jr., Sioux Falls, SD, Colleen (Marty) Sterzinger, Ivanhoe, MN, Todd (Julie) Hanisch, Sioux Falls, SD; five grandchildren, Kristin (Alex) Hofkamp, Sioux Falls, SD, Kimberlee Hanisch-Squires (Phil Squires), Sioux Falls, SD, Chris Sterzinger, Heron Lake, MN, Alicia (Corey) Reker, Worthington, MN, April Hanisch, Sioux Falls, SD; three great grandsons, Michael and Daniel Hofkamp, James Squires; eight siblings, Roxy (Rae) Jensen, Sioux Falls, SD, Lucille (Denny) Reents, Sioux Falls, SD, Kittie Wade, Aberdeen, SD, Connie (Roger) Fods, Dell Rapids, SD, Ron (Edie) Colwill, Sioux Falls, SD, Dianne Burman, Sioux Falls, SD, Judy (Dan) Fink, Harrisburg, SD, Joan (George) Gardner, Sioux Falls, SD; many nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends. Lil was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Jim who passed away on January 11, 2009.