Vivian (Entringer) Murphy

Vivian MurphyVivian Murphy passed away on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at the Dells Nursing and Rehab Center. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, May 1, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. in St. Mary Catholic Church. Interment will be in the St. Mary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home and the Christian Wake Service will begin at 4:00 p.m. A Catholic Daughters Rosary will be prayed at 3:00 p.m. during visitation. On-line condolences maybe left at the Kahler Funeral Home website.

Vivian Lavonne Entringer was born on February 9, 1925 near Colman, SD, the daughter of Ray and Susie (Thill) Entringer. She grew up on a farm near Colman and attended country school. She then attended and graduated from St. Mary School in Dell Rapids. She married Leo Murphy on December 31, 1946 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Dell Rapids. The couple made their home on the Murphy farm west of Dell Rapids. Leo passed away on December 28, 1981. Vivian remained on the farm for two years before moving into Dell Rapids.

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

Vivian loved to follow all of her children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events and she learned to love the Irish heritage.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her sister, Maureen Entringer, her brother, Jim Entringer, and her three grandchildren, Shannon Foy, Seth Hanson and baby boy Murphy.

She is survived by her ten children, Tom (Marsha) Murphy of Sioux Falls, Kathy (Craig) Foy of Castle Rock, CO, Jerry (Barb) Murphy of Dell Rapids, Mary (Mervin) Hanson of Sioux Falls, Maureen (Dr. Larry) Rentschler of Sioux Falls, Dick (Joan) Murphy of Dell Rapids, Nancy (Brian) Davis of Dell Rapids, Tim (Emily) Murphy of Dell Rapids, Joe (Cindy) Murphy of Dell Rapids and Sharon (Mark) Kayser of Sheridan, WY; her 28 grandchildren and 39 great grandchildren with one on the way; her brother, Ray Jr. (Grace) Entringer of Dell Rapids; her numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, her good friend, Bette Kuper, and her extended family and friends.

Eldine Ruth Den Boer

Den Boer obit photoEldine Ruth Den Boer, 74, passed away Sunday, April 23, 2017.

Funeral services will begin at 10:30 AM Thursday, April 27, 2017 at the Reformed Church in Dell Rapids. Burial will be in Logan Reformed Cemetery, rural Dell Rapids.

Visitation with the family present will be from 5:00 to 7:00 PM Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at Minnehaha Funeral Home in Dell Rapids. Prayer service will begin at 7:00 PM.

Eldine was born on a small farm near Rock Valley, Iowa on March 24th, 1943. The daughter of John and Henrietta (Van Maanen) Kempema, she graduated from Western Christian High School. She married John Den Boer on June 9th, 1964 at the First Christian Reformed Church in Rock Valley. The couple initially made their home in Sioux Falls and moved to Dell Rapids in 1978.

She was an active member of the Dell Rapids Reformed Church where she enjoyed playing the piano and helping with children’s music. Her hobbies included traveling, taking pictures of her friends & family, gardening and of course having coffee with her friends. She was a very caring, thoughtful person who took great pride in having a beautiful home, but above all she valued her many friendships dearly.

Although she had many interests, her greatest love was her family and the time she spent with her grandchildren.

Eldine was preceded in death by her parents and a brother-in-law, Loren Wiese.

Eldine is survived by her husband, John of Dell Rapids; daughter, Barb (Terry) Kriens of Dell Rapids; daughter, Laura (John) Vortherms of Dell Rapids; son, Kevin (Helene) Den Boer of Niceville, Florida; five grandchildren, Janilyn Klein, Macey Kriens, Derrick Vortherms, Kaitlyn Vortherms and Vega Den Boer; two great-grandchildren, Terryn and Korbin Klein. She is also survived by brothers, Roger (Hilaine) Kempema and Norman (Deb) Kempema and brothers and sisters-in-law, Willis (Kathy) Den Boer, Judy Wiese, Darold (Joanne) Den Boer, Peter (Arlyce) Den Boer and Jean (Randy) Zomer.

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Lena Hauser

Lena HauserLena L. Hauser, 95, went to her heavenly home Monday, April 17 at Avera Bormann Manor in Parkston. Funeral was held on April 21 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Parkston. On-line condolences may be left at the Koehn Bros. Funeral Home website.

Lena was born June 9, 1921 to Joseph G. and Anna C. (Kleinsasser) Kleinsasser in Chasley, ND. At the age of 5, her family moved to Freeman, SD where she attended school. She was united in marriage to Lawrence Hauser on October 16, 1940 in Parkston, SD. They owned and operated an ice business which was prior to the advent of the refrigerator. Lena worked had a thirst for knowledge which led her to obtain her GED in 1960. She worked for Farmers State Ins. and later owned and operated Hauser Ins. Eventually, she started her own real estate business in Parkston. Lena enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, especially her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a devoted Christian who believed in the power of prayer. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Altar Society, Women’s Relief Corp. and was a Cub Scout, Brownie Scout and 4-H leader. She enjoyed reading, gardening, sewing and crocheting, camping, fishing and playing cards.

Grateful for having shared her life are her 3 Children: Joyce Weber of Dimock, SD; Louis (Judy E.) Hauser of Parkston and Mary Pfeiffer of Yankton, SD; a daughter-in-law, Kaye Hauser of Mitchell, SD; 13 grandchildren: Shelly Hauser of Sioux Falls, SD; Mark Hauser of Chicago, IL; Kristi (Ben) Wagner of Hutchinson, MN; Douglas (Gaylynn) Weber of Mitchell; Debra (Mark) Lillie of Sioux Falls; Jolyn (Dave) Doering of Parkston; Jody (Mike) Scott of Parkston; Jennifer (Travis) Leischner of Parkston; Tammara (Shannon) Tjaden of Dell Rapids, SD; Jason (Joni) Pfeiffer of Anoka, MN; Justine (Senta) Pfeiffer of Sioux Falls; Tara (Chad) Stadem of Sioux Falls; and Ashley Pfeiffer of Dakota Dunes, SD; and 28 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lawrence; a son, Larry Hauser; daughter-in-law, Judy K. Hauser; son-in-law, Vince Weber; and 7 siblings: Benny Kleinsasser, Harry Kleinsasser, Gilbert Kleinsasser, Elmer Hofer, Gene Hofer, Lillian (Hofer) Kryger and Jimmy Hofer.

Nadine Mikel

Nadine MikelNadine A. Mikel, age 82, of Madison, died Monday, April 10, 2017, at the Bethel Lutheran Home in Madison. Funeral services will be 1:00 pm, Saturday, April 15, 2017 at the United Methodist Church. Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery with Military Honors by the Madison American Legion and VFW. The family will be present for visitation 4-6 pm Friday at Ellsworth Funeral Home. On-line condolences may be left at the Ellsworth Funeral Home website.

Nadine A. Robson was born on November 15, 1934 to Glen and Pearl (Bryan) Robson. She attended Madison High School where she graduated in 1953. Following graduation, she enlisted in the US Army and served as a Corporal and received Medical Technician Training from 1954-1956 during the Korean War. Nadine then attended the Methodist School of Nursing in Mitchell, SD, where she graduated in 1963. She married Joyce Mikel on March 6, 1965, at Madison. Nadine’s career consisted of many duties involving nursing. Her longest nursing position was as a staff nurse at the Madison Community Hospital where she worked for 30 years. Nadine was an avid doll collector. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, Doll Lovers Club, Retired Nurses Assn. and Writers, INC, even having a poem published in “Great Poems of Today” entitled “Caring”. She received many awards including; Gene Haug Award for best bedside nurse from the Methodist School of Nursing, District Nurse of the Year from the SD Nurses Association, WAC of the Month from Ft. Benning, GA, and Employee of the Month from Madison Community Hospital.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, on January 23, 2000, one sister, Evelyn Edwards, and two brothers-in-law Vernon Lebahn and Dawson Priestman, one niece and one nephew.

Survivors include her brother, Ronald (Janet) Robson of Madison; four sisters, Arlea Lebahn of Fremont, NE, Marie Priestman of Flagstaff, AZ, Nina (Dick) Dressen of Dell Rapids, and Bonnie (Lowell) Miller of Raleigh, NC; sister-in-law, Bulah Steinberg of Madison; brother-in-law, Harold Edwards of Vermillion; special niece, Cindy (David) Lias of Vermillion; and several other nieces and nephews.

Roger Haak

Roger HaakRoger Haak, 65, of Dell Rapids, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Thursday, April 20, 2017 of an apparent heart attack. His Memorial Service will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, April 24, 2017 in Kahler Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation with the family present will be one hour prior to the start of the service.

Roger Haak was born on August 4, 1951 to Alven and Alpha (Flaten) Haak in Dell Rapids, SD. He grew up on the family farm east of Dell Rapids. He attended school in Dell Rapids graduating from DRHS in 1969. After high school he enlisted in the Army National Guard and began farming with his father. He remained on the farm until his time of death.

He enjoyed everything about farming. He had his private pilot license and loved spending time with his sisters in California taking care of their horses.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents and an infant niece.

He is survived by his brothers, Jerome (Betty) Haak of Dell Rapids and David (Lee) Haak of Custer; his sisters, Joyce (Paul) Brook of Romona, CA and Diane (Phil) Wolfe of San Diego, CA; his eight nephews and his five nieces; his six great nephews and one great niece and his extended family and friends.

Mary Ann Klein

Mary Ann KleinMary Ann Klein, 93, of Dell Rapids, passed away on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at the Dells Nursing and Rehab Center. Her Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017 in St. Mary Catholic Church, Dell Rapids. Visitation will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 21, 2017 in St. Mary Catholic Church with a wake service at 6:00 p.m. followed by a family rosary.  On-line condolences may be left at the Kahler Funeral Home website.

Mary Ann Klein, daughter of John Klein and Frances (Hansen) Klein, was born on August 5, 1923. Mary Ann graduated from St. Mary High School in 1942. Mary Ann was first employed at the First National Bank in Dell Rapids and then worked for 12 years at the gas Utility Company before moving to Aberdeen SD in 1966. In Aberdeen, Mary Ann worked as a bookkeeper and secretary until her retirement. In her retirement years, Mary Ann was involved with the Senior Companion Program which she enjoyed very much. In addition she was a faithful member of Sacred Heart Parish and did other volunteer work.

In 2008, Mary Ann moved to Dell Rapids to be closer to her family. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church. Over the years Mary Ann enjoyed crocheting, cooking, flowers and her bird watching. Mary Ann had a generous heart and a deep faith. She loved to laugh and enjoyed sharing a joke or two.

Mary Ann spent many years caring for her nieces and nephews as they were born. She has 45 nieces and nephews and 6 godchildren. The nieces and nephews have continued to be a special part of her life.

She is preceded in death by her parents, four brothers Art, Pete, Bob and Clarence; three sisters Matilda Gebhart, Frances Klein and Priscilla Klein.

Dorothy Simmons

Dorothy SimmonsDorothy B. Simmons, age 84, of Brookings, died Sunday, April 9, 2017, at the Brookings Hospital. Funeral services were held on, April 12, 2017, at Eidsness Funeral Home with burial to follow in Greenwood Cemetery. On-line condolences may be left at the Eidsness Funeral Home website.

Dorothy Sheridan Simmons was born to Joseph and Esther (Adamson) Sheridan on July 29, 1932, in Litchfield, Minnesota. She was baptized and confirmed in St. Phillips Church, and attended Litchfield public schools.

In 1949, she moved with her family to Hutchinson, Minnesota. She was employed at the 3-M Company, where she met and later married Calvin Simmons at the Vinyard Methodist Church in Hutchinson on August 11, 1950. The couple moved to Brookings, South Dakota in 1970.

Survivors include sons, Tom (Marvel) Simmons of Dell Rapids, SD, Kurt (Carol) Simmons of Columbia, MO, Jim Simmons of Brookings, SD; daughter, Barbara (Tom) Lanning of Crooks, SD; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sisters Vonnie Orbin of Cloquet, MN, Lorraine Halstrom of Largo, FL, Ruth Rettman of Fayetteville, NC, and brother Gene Sheridan of Henderson, NV.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband Calvin in 2004; her parents; a sister, Dona Brown of Litchfield, MN; and a brother, Robert Sheridan of Willmar, MN.

Memorials may be directed to the First United Methodist Church in Brookings, or ADVANCE.

Dennis Whipkey

DennisDennis L. Whipkey, 69, a retired farmer from Trent, passed away on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. His funeral service will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017 in the Trent Baptist Church. Interment will be in the Trent Cemetery. Visitation will begin at noon on Friday, April 21, 2017 at Kahler Funeral Home. The family will be present from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m with a prayer service beginning at 7:00 p.m. On-line condolences may be left at the Kahler Funeral Home website.

Dennis was born on September 3, 1947 in Sioux Falls. He grew up and attended school in Trent, graduating in 1965. He was an avid railroad enthusiast and loved to watch and read about trains. He was very knowledgeable about trains. He farmed west of Trent until he retired in 2014 due to declining health. He continued to live on the farm until the time of his death.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Vinson and Frances Whipkey; an infant brother and his sister-in-law, Mary Ann Whipkey.

He is survived by his brothers, Ron (Marlene) of Sac City, IA, Loren (Jeanie) of Farmington, MN and Allen (Bernadette) of Northfield, MN; his six nieces and nephews, Terri, Troy, Brian, Lisa, Lindsay and Erin and his many cousins and friends.

Margie Phillips

Margie PhillipsMargie Phillips, age 75, of Madison, died on Sunday, April 16, 2017 at the Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. Funeral service will be 11:00 AM on Thursday, April 20th at St. John Lutheran Church, Madison with Rev. Shelly Gehring officiating. Visitation will be 5-7 PM on Wednesday at Weiland Funeral Chapel and will continue on Thursday one hour prior to the service at the church. Inurnment will be in St. Thomas Cemetery at a later date. Online condolences can be left at the Weiland Funeral Chapel website.  In lieu of flowers, family prefers memorials to: Madison Central School Educational Foundation, 800 NE 9th St., Madison, SD 57042.

Margaret Ruth Stahl Phillips was born October 3, 1941 in Madison, SD, the daughter of Jack & Eleanore (McGee) Stahl. She graduated from Madison High School in 1959 and attended St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in Terre Haute, IN and moved on to Rochester Junior College in Rochester, MN graduate of the Class of 1962.

In 1962, she married Bill Harrington and to this union four children were born. In 1976, she married Gene Phillips and they returned to Madison where they still reside. She was appointed by Governor George Mickelson to the South Dakota Board of Regents in 1989. She served on this board for 3 ½ years and resigned due to health problems. Margie was an insulin dependent diabetic for 64 years. She was employed by the Madison Career Learning Center as a career counselor; previous to that, she was executive director of the Karl E. Mundt Historical and Educational Foundation on the campus of Dakota State University. She started and developed Balloons Because…a balloon bouquet business with 22 outlets in SD and IA. Margie also developed Writers Ink, a writing service business. In the mid 70’s she was employed by KSOO-KPAT radio stations in Sioux Falls as continuity director.

A priority interest of hers was Republican politics from national to local levels. She was chairman for House Majority leader Jerome Lammers campaigns; a staff member of the Leo Thorsness for US Senate campaign; office secretary for the Minnehaha County Republican Party; Lake County Republican Party chairman and vice chairman and several other volunteer positions in the Republican Party in MI, CA and SD.

Some of the organizations she was affiliated with were the SD Board of Regents, SD Development Corporation, SD American Diabetes Association; Juvenile Diabetes Association, Sioux Falls, SD; Lake County Helpline for abused women and children; Just Say No To Drugs in SD; Karl Mundt Foundation Board; Prairie Repertory Theatre; Dakota Prairie Playhouse project; Lake County Cancer Society, Lake/Kingsbury Red Cross; Madison Library Board; and the Madison Central School Educational Foundation.

Because both of her parents’ families came to Madison in 1878/1880, she was a member of the First Family Society of Lake County.

Margie and her husband, Gene, each received the Madison Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Service Award in 1992. In 2006, she was given the Outstanding Friend of Education award for her work in helping to raise funds for the Madison High School computer effort. She and her husband received the Legends and Legacy Philanthropy 2009 award from Dakota State University for their contributions to the school.

Margie is survived by her husband, Gene of Madison; daughter, Elizabeth Harrington of Minneapolis; son, Patrick (Nikki) Harrington of Dell Rapids; stepson, Chad (Becky) Phillips of Sioux Falls; 5 grandchildren, Tana & Tyra Harrington, Cameron (Zecyn) Phillips, Chase Phillips and Katie Harrington; 5 great-grandchildren, Alina & Loren Phillips and Evaleigh, Jordan & Raelynn Phillips; (Diana) Stahl of Blowing Rock, NC; sister, Mary (Jim) Ingram of Oldsmar, FL; sisters-in-law, Ann Stahl of Minneapolis Sarah Bolton Stahl of York, PA and Diana Stahl of Blowing Rock, NC; three brothers-in-law, Gerry (LeAnne) Phillips of Sioux Falls, Glenn (Cheri) Phillips of Crystal City, MO and Gary (Glennette) Phillips of Logan, UT and sister-in-law, Gail (Barney) Madler of Rapid City; several nieces & nephews and one cousin, Mary Ruth Dorsher of Chicago.

She was preceded in death by two infant sons, John Harrington and William Patrick Harrington; her parents; brothers, Thomas Harmon Stahl & Jack (John F. Jr.) and a brother-in-law, George Phillips.

Raphael Schwebach

Raphael SchwebachRaphael V. Schwebach, 92, of Dell Rapids, passed away on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at the Dells Nursing and Rehab Center. His Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 in St. Mary Catholic Church, Dell Rapids. Visitation will begin at noon on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 with a Christian Wake Service beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home. A Catholic Order of Foresters Rosary will be prayed following the wake service. On-line condolences may be left at the Kahler Funeral Home website.

Raphael V. Schwebach was born on October 13, 1924 on a farm near Dell Rapids, SD, the son of Phillip and Catherine (Biren) Schwebach. He grew up on the family farm and attended country school and St. Mary School. He started working with his parents on the family farm east of Dell Rapids starting in the 1940’s. He retired from farming in 1981 but continued to have livestock until 1996. He moved to Orchard Hills in Dell Rapids in 2009 and became a resident of Dells Nursing and Rehab in 2014.

He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and the Catholic Order of Foresters. He marketed livestock for over 40 years.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his four sisters and his five brothers.

Raphael is survived by his many nieces and nephews.