Helen Aspaas

aspaas picHelen M. Aspaas, 95 of Sioux Falls, formerly of Dell Rapids passed away on January 9, 2018 at Dow Rummel in Sioux Falls. Her funeral service is at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids followed by a lunch gathering. Internment is in the East Nidaros Cemetery. Visitation is at noon on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at Kahler Funeral Home with the family present from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Helen M. Aspaas was born April 28, 1922, in Philip, SD, to Sophia and Mark (Billy) Marrington. She and her two younger sisters, Lucille (Celie) and Joyce, were raised on a ranch 40 miles north of Philip. She attended a country school for her elementary education, and went to Pierre for High School. She had to stay in Pierre during the school year, working for room and board between and after classes. Her sister, Celie, joined her after one year. She and Celie were good students, and had a love of music, singing in the chorus and taking piano lessons. After high school, Helen stayed home for a year to help care for her youngest sister, Joyce, while her mother taught school. The next year Helen and Celie both went to Augustana College in Sioux Falls. She met her future husband, Paul K. Aspaas, at Augustana where he was a pre-med student. Helen left college after 2 years, working as a teacher for a year, then as assistant superintendent of the school in Philip. Helen and Paul were married December 11, 1943, in the Philip Lutheran Church after Paul finished his first 2 years of Medical School in Vermillion. After a 2-day honeymoon they moved to Chicago where he completed his medical education. Helen worked as a secretary to support the family during this time. Paul then entered the Army for 2 years as a ship’s surgeon. By this time they had one son, Paul Kenneth, Jr. (Ken). Helen lived with her parents the first year of Paul’s military duty, then moved with their son to Kirkland, Washington, for a year while Paul was based at Ft Lewis.

Following Paul’s military service, the family moved to Dell Rapids, SD, where Paul joined the practice of Dr. A.F. Grove. They had their second son, Mark Iver, and Helen settled into the community. She was a housewife, and was very active in community affairs. She followed her sons’ activities closely, never missing an athletic event, band or choral concert, or play. She was a Cub Scout den mother, member and twice president of the band parents association, chaperone for multiple marching band trips, Sunday school teacher, church school superintendent, and member of the church choir. She served on multiple church committees, including the building committee. She worked hard to grow the church because of the increasing number of young people settling in Dell Rapids. Her son, Mark, designed the new addition to the church. She was doubly proud of that addition because she had a hand in convincing people it was the right thing to do, and because her son had designed it. She was also happy that she had the opportunity to be a Bethel Series trainee and teacher for 5 years. She felt that her knowledge of scripture and her overall faith benefited from the experience, and she loved sharing the information with other members of the congregation. She joined PEO in 1964, was local chapter president (Chapter AD) on multiple occasions, and state president from 1978-9. She loved that organization and her PEO sisters. She served on the Dells Carnegie Library board, and worked very long and hard along with her fellow board members to get approval of and raise funds for the library addition, repair, and renovation. She also helped to raise three foster children, had a young woman from Norway stay with the family for a year, and had an exchange student from Brazil stay to attend school. She took up painting as a hobby when she was 40, and found that she had a real gift. She painted with oils, watercolors and acrylics, and created some unique “rubout” paintings as well. She also enjoyed golf, bowling, bridge and other card games, traveling, and she had an intense love of reading. Perhaps her favorite entertainment was dancing. She and Paul, together with some of their friends, would go to dances in Sioux Falls and always had a great time. She loved spending time with friends and family, and adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Paul died in 2002. Shortly after, Helen moved to a twin home on the golf course where she lived for years with help from loving neighbors. Unfortunately, she developed an acute, severe illness that left her debilitated. After she got out of the hospital and rehab, she stayed with family for a while, but eventually went to Dow Rummel Assisted Living where she had a small apartment. She thrived in the environment at Dow Rummel for several years; she loved the caring staff and made new friends. She was happy and content there, but would occasionally wonder when God was going to call her home. She was anxious to “meet Jesus,” and to see her mother, husband, sister, family and friends who had gone before. Helen was a true “child of God.” Her faith was reflected in her love of God, family, friends, and community.

Grateful for having shared her life are sons: Ken (Maggi) and Mark (Dawn), Sioux Falls; sister: Joyce Greenwalt (Gary), Tulsa, OK.; grandchildren: Christopher (Nancy), Andy (Lyndsey), and Mahli Aspaas; Doug, and Liza Gaspar; great-grandchildren: Sofie, Liv, Alexis, William, and Teddy Aspaas; Mason Stanton; Daxton, and Autumn Gaspar.


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Gary Williams

williams picGary Williams passed away on January 14th, 2018, from complications of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), a rare neurodegenerative disease. His Memorial Service is at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 22, 2018 at the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids Chapel. Visitation with the family present is from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at Kahler Funeral Home.

Gary Wayne Williams was born February 12th, 1945, to James and Lorene Williams of Dell Rapids.  He attended Dockstader Country School in Moody County until he went to Dell Rapids High School. There he enjoyed sports, where he starred in football and track, and was given the citizenship award at graduation. Then he attended South Dakota State University, where he was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity, Rodeo Club and ROTC.  He became a 2nd Lietenant in the Army and earned his pilot’s license and a Bachelor of Science degree while at SDSU.

Gary met Darlys Masat at SDSU, whom he married on January 26, 1969, in Redfield SD.  They made their first home in Milbank, and then moved to Sioux Falls and eventually settled on a farm near Trent.  He was an extension agent in Milbank and Sioux Falls and then a hog buyer for Morrell’s.  He then farmed for many years before moving to Dell Rapids and working for the US Post Office until retirement.

He was a 4H leader and past president of the Moody County Fair Board and was also State President of the SD Association of Fairs and Celebrations from 1983 to 1985. He loved raising horses and Dalmatian dogs on the farm.  He was a life long member of the American Quarter Horse Association, and he was a judge for numerous horse shows across the tri-state area. He was a life long member of the Lutheran Church. He considered himself the biggest Jackrabbits fan and would take in any SDSU event that he could, from football and basketball games to track meets and concerts.  He was famous for the statement, “My children can go to any college they want to, as long as it is in Brookings SD.”

One of his greatest joys in life was attending his children’s high school and college events, and later his grandchildren’s activities: didn’t matter if it was Fargo, Ames or Rapid City – he was there.  He was known for his mischievous grin and his ability to strike up a conversation with anyone and instantly make them feel like a long-lost friend.  His family will always remember him for his “humility”, as we all knew him as the ‘world’s nicest guy’.

He was preceded in death by parents James and Lorene Williams and brother James Dennis Williams.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Darlys (Dell Rapids); daughter Kristi Goehring (Parkston) and husband Scott and children Kacy, Elle and Abby;  Son Justin Williams (Cambridge, WI) and wife Angela and children Ava and Aiden; Son Jordan Williams (Cranberry Township, PA) and wife Rebel and children Lyric, Aria and Coda; and siblings Jeanette (Tom) Burkhart and Phyllis (Deane) Koller.

Research and education were important to Gary, therefore he decided to donate his brain for research so that someday he may be able to help others who may be afflicted with PSP.

In lieu of flowers, memorial funds will be directed towards scholarship funds at South Dakota State University and research into a cure for PSP.



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Kevin LeVan

LeVan picKevin E. LeVan, 58, of Garretson passed away on Friday, January 5, 2018 at his residence of natural causes. His memorial service will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Kahler Funeral Home, Dell Rapids. Visitation will be two hours prior to the start of the service.

Kevin was born April 17, 1959 in Youngstown, OH to Nelson and Angie (Youtsos) LeVan. He grew up in the Baltic area and graduated from Baltic High School. He attended the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. During that time, he was united in marriage with Kristie Krempges on January 18, 1981. Together they had two daughters, Lisa and Lexi.

Kevin worked various jobs in the restaurant industry, often waiting tables and bar tending.

Kevin was an athlete and competitor who loved participating in and watching sports. He especially liked watching the Vikings with his grandson, James. He was a talented billiards player; a skill he acquired at the Baltic Corner which is owned by his family. He enjoyed dancing to country music and attending live concerts.

Kevin is survived by his mother, Angie Montague of AZ; step mother, Lee LeVan of Dell Rapids; brothers, Tim (Patti) LeVan of FL, Brian (Leslie) LeVan of AZ, Randy (Laura) LeVan of PA, Rick (Cheyenne) Mozingo of OH, Robert Thompson of AZ; his sisters, Elizabeth Rogers of Dell Rapids, Cheryl (Jim) Lakes of PA, Gail (Garry) Barto of PA, Michelle (Joe) Daughterty of PA; nephew, Riiker Rogers and niece, Castynn Rogers; daughters, Lisa LeVan (Troy Lund) and Alexis (William) Kolb; grandchildren, James McAthie, Kate and John Kolb, and numerous family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father Nelson LeVan and his brothers, Sheldon LeVan and John Thompson.


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Ruth Welbig

welbig picRuth L. Welbig, 86, of Dell Rapids passed away on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at the Dells Nursing and Rehab Center in Dell Rapids. Her Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 6, 2018 in St. Mary Catholic Church. Visitation on Friday will be from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Kahler Funeral Home and will resume at St. Mary Catholic Church at 5:00 p.m. The family will be present from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. with the Christian Wake Service beginning at 7:00 p.m. followed by a family rosary.

Ruth Louise Nelson was born on April 5, 1931 at Trent, SD, the daughter of Homer and Verna (Johnson) Nelson. She grew up and attended school in Trent, graduating from Trent High School in 1949. She married LeRoy Welbig on October 5, 1949 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Dell Rapids. The couple made their home in Dell Rapids. Ruth stayed at home and raised the couples fourteen children. When the children were all school aged, she started working for Grandma’s Cafe, Dakota Industry, Terrace Manor, Sioux Valley Telephone Company, a mink ranch and then the Dell Rapids Elementary School until her retirement.

She enjoyed baseball and basketball. She attended many amateur baseball games and loved the Minnesota Twins and the Minnesota Timberwolves. She enjoyed gardening and flowers and loved to travel on bus tours to Canada, Nashville and Branson.

Ruth is preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, one sister and her son, Ken.

She is survived by her husband of 68 years, LeRoy of Dell Rapids; her 13 children, Linda Peyton of Dell Rapids, Denny (Janice) Welbig of Brookings, Diane (Dennis) Martinson of Dell Rapids, Tom (Pat) Welbig of Harrisburg, Ed (Bonnie) Welbig of Dell Rapids, Terry (Deb) Welbig of Dell Rapids, Calvin (Jane) Welbig of Sioux Falls, Nancy Anderson of Prosper, TX, Mary (Lane) Busser of Colton, Sheila Welbig (Verlyn Wiertzema) of Sioux Falls, Susan Bramley of Sioux Falls, Becky (Ray) Doughan of West Des Moines, IA and Jeff (Tracy) Welbig of Dell Rapids; her 37 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren her extended family and many friends.

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Karla Peter

Peter, Karla obit photo 2Karla Rae (Plooster) Peter, 50, of Dell Rapids passed away Tuesday, January 2, 2018 surrounded by loved ones at home.. Funeral services will begin at 11:00 AM Monday, January 8, 2018 at the Reformed Church in Dell Rapids. Burial will be in the Dell Rapids Cemetery. Visitation with the family present will be from 2:00 to 5:00 PM followed by a Prayer service at 5:00 PM Sunday, January 7, 2018 at the church.

Karla was born September 26, 1967 in Platte, SD to parents, Dean and Marlene (Markus) Plooster. She grew up on the farm, attended elementary and high school in Corsica, SD and college at Dakota State University and University of Sioux Falls earning a Bachelor of Arts degree. After college, she was a nanny for a year and then moved to O’Neill, NE to work at the Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital. While there, she met and then married her husband, Louis Peter, on April 3, 1993. After their marriage, they lived in O’Neill, NE until they moved to Dell Rapids, SD where Karla was employed at Avera Health in Sioux Falls, SD.

She grew up in the First Reformed Church in Harrison, SD and was a current member of the Reformed Church in Dell Rapids, SD. The 1986 Homecoming Queen was a lighthouse for many through her positive words and empathetic actions. She never missed a sporting event and was the loudest cheerleader in the stands. Her smile lit up a room and her “fabulous” attitude provided inspiration that goes beyond the parameters of life. Karla played many roles within the community and held her faith in the highest of regards. She was loving, humble, gracious, and filled with Diet Coke.

Grateful for having shared her life are her husband, Louis Peter of Dell Rapids; four sons, Trevor, Mason, Riley and Levi, all of Dell Rapids; parents, Dean and Marlene Plooster of Dell Rapids; brother, Roger (Denise) Plooster of Sioux Falls; brother, Douglas (Sherryl) Plooster of Harrison; sister, Rhonda (Plooster) Priola of Brandon; many nieces, nephews, aunts and cousins; brother and sisters-in-law and numerous friends and loved ones. She was preceded in death by her paternal and maternal grandparents.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family.

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Blanch Olson

olson picBlanch A. Olson age 95 of Detroit Lakes, MN died on December 13, 2017 at the Sanford Centennial Hospice Cottage in Sioux Falls, SD.

Blanch Alvira Olson was born on February 21, 1922 in Sebeka, MN, the daughter of Carl and Mary (Hemphill) Peterson. She attended school in Sebeka. The family moved to Evergreen Township in rural Frazee, MN, where Blanch attended country school. She later graduated from Frazee High School, where she was the valedictorian of her class. She worked as a bookkeeper for the Wolf Lake Creamery and later for the Cass Clay Creamery in Moorhead, MN. She moved to Minneapolis, where she worked for Cargill and also attended the University of Minnesota. In January of 1955, she was united in marriage to Forrest Olson in Reno, Nevada. They made their home in Sacramento, CA, Oakland, CA, and Brainerd, MN for the next ten years. In 1965, they moved to Detroit Lakes, MN. She worked as the business manager at Multi County Nursing in Detroit Lakes for fourteen years, and later for DL TV and Appliance for twelve years. Forrest passed away in 1990.  Blanch married Dick Hein in 1998.  They made their home in Detroit Lakes.  Dick passed away in 2013.

She is survived by her two sons, Bert (Cindy) Olson, of Sioux Falls, SD and Gary (fiance’ Connie Breakey) Olson, of Minneapolis, MN; two step sons, Bruce (Jean) Hein, of Audubon, MN and  and Dr. Gary (Wanda) Hein, of Lincoln, NE; and ten grandchildren.

In addition to her two husbands, she was preceded in death by her two brothers, Dale Peterson and Bert Peterson; infant sister, Phyllis Peterson; her step-son, Lynn Hein; and her parents.

Her funeral service will be held on Friday December 22, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in the Trinity Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes, MN. Visitation will be on Thursday from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the West-Kjos Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes, MN, with a prayer service at 5:00 p.m. Interment will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Detroit Lakes, MN. Local arrangements are under the care of Kahler Funeral Home.


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Alice Burggraff

burggraff picAlice M. Burggraff, 84, of Colton, passed away on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at the Dells Area Health Center in Dell Rapids. Her Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 9, 2017 in St. Joseph the Workman Catholic Church at Huntimer.  Visitation on Friday will be from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Kahler Funeral Home in Dell Rapids and will resume at the church at 4:00 p.m. The Christian Wake Service will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the church with a family rosary to follow.

Alice Marie Penning, daughter of Nicholas and Elizabeth Penning, was born on September 13, 1933 on the family farm north of Dell Rapids. She attended and graduated from St. Mary High School. She graduated from  General Beadle Teacher’s College in Madison, SD and started teaching at the South Dakota School for the Deaf. She married Joseph Burggraff on June 2, 1954 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Dell Rapids. She moved with Joe to North Carolina while he was stationed there. The couple moved back to South Dakota and made their home on a farm near Hartford until 1958, when they moved to their farm near Colton. She and Joe farmed and raised their family. Joe passed away in 2015.

She was a member of St. Joseph the Workman Catholic Church and Altar Society.  She spent countless hours volunteering as a CRE teacher at the church. She enjoyed gardening, quilting and maintaining the family farm with Joe.

Alice was preceded in death by her sons, Jason, John, and Teddy; and daughter, Elizabeth; husband Joe in 2015 and nine of her siblings.
She is survived by her children, Ginger Ellis of Newport News, VA, Randy (Sheila) of Aladdin, WY, Lee of Dell Rapids, Jo (Kyle) Olson of Black Hawk, Bernie (Larry) Taylor of Newport News, VA, Justin (Alvina) of Sturgis, Mary (Joe) Bohlmann of Belle Fourche, Charlie (Bobbie) of Colton, Willson (Alesha) of Monticello, MN, Anita (Wayne) Tidemann of Rapid City, Wade (Jolene) of Colton, Josh (Melissa) of Colton, and Christy (Anthony) Oberg of Colton; her 46 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren; her two brothers and two sisters; and many nieces and nephews.

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Kathleen Huewe

huewe picKathleen Huewe, 83, of Sioux Falls, formerly of Dell Rapids passed away on Monday, November 27, 2017. Her Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 2, 2017 in St. Mary Catholic Church, Dell Rapids. Fr. John Lantsberger was the celebrant. Interment was in the St. Mary Cemetery, Dell Rapids.  Visitation with the family present was from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  with the wake at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, December 1, 2017 at Kahler Funeral Home.

Kathleen N. Sittig was born on September 7, 1934, the daughter of Edward and Naomi (Ehlers) Sittig. She grew up in the Renner area and attended country schools. She graduated from Dell Rapids High School in 1952. She married Dale Huewe on February 14, 1953 in Dell Rapids. They made their home on their farm east of Dell Rapids for 34 years. They retired in 1987 and moved into Sioux Falls in 1988. Dale passed away in 2015. She became a resident of Bethany Home at Brandon in April of 2017.

She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Dell Rapids and later St. Michael Catholic Church in Sioux Falls. She was active with Sioux Valley Vocational Services Auxiliary.

Kathleen is preceded in death by her brother, Wes and her parents.

Those left to cherish her memory are her two daughters, Pam (Marlon) Mollet of Sioux Falls and Stacy (Darin) DeBoer of Brandon; her three sons, Randy (June) Huewe of Creston, IA, Gregg (Laurie) Huewe of Dell Rapids, and Cory Huewe of Sioux Falls; and her twelve grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.


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Aggie Randall

randall picAggie Randall, 69, of Baltic, passed away on Sunday, November 26, 2017 at the University of Minnesota Health Center.  Her funeral service  was at 10:00 a.m. in the United Methodist Church, Dell Rapids on Friday, December 1, 2017 with Pastor Dave Severtson officiating. Interment was in the Dell Rapids Cemetery. Visitation was at 12:00 noon on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at Kahler Funeral Home with the family present from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Aggie Randall was born on February 11, 1948 in Leeuwarden, Netherlands to Jack & Pat (Jellema) Zylstra. She came to America with her parents and sister when she was two years old, landing in Parker, SD. She attended schools in Jefferson and Sioux Falls, SD until settling in Dell Rapids when she was in the 6th grade. She met her husband Dan, the love of her life, at 15 years old when he walked her home from a school dance. In high school she was a varsity cheerleader for 4 years, graduating in 1966. Following graduation, she married Dan on October 16, 1966 and they started their family right away, working together on the family farm. She was active in the farming operation as chief bean walker, field hand, chore helper and cook, all the while balancing her responsibilities as a loving wife and mother—a staunch supporter of any and all of her children’s extracurricular activities.

Aggie & Dan were avid snowmobilers in the early years going on trips with family and friends.  She also spent time in the pit crew while Dan raced snowmobiles and competed in tractor and pickup pulls. She taught Sunday School when her children were small and helped out in their classrooms throughout elementary school. She loved getting together with her friends and family, and enjoyed laughing with them, and at them when appropriate. Because she was a butcher’s daughter, she appreciated a fine cut of meat, especially when shared with family and friends. When the grandchildren arrived and began playing in sports, she brought out her cheerleading skills and became their biggest fan letting out a WHOOT, WHOOT when earned.  Aggie was the most proud of her children and grandchildren and was a constant source of encouragement and guidance to all of them as they grew. She loved her family fiercely.

The past decade has seen Aggie pursue an interest in quilting. She began with a 2nd hand sewing machine and small projects which grew into quilt masterpieces that she generously shared with those around her. She was most comfortable in a sweatshirt and sweatpants meticulously quilting small pieces of fine fabric into great works of art.

She is survived by her husband, Dan of Dell Rapids, daughter, Angie (Mike) Brown of Dell Rapids and their children, Allyson, Mikayla and Evan; daughter, Danette Randall of Victoria, TX and her son, Kelly (Jamie) Randall of Dell Rapids, and their children, Luke and Sophia; her sister, Nellie Brende of Sioux Falls and her brother, Jon (Kate) Zylstra of Lawrence, KS and her extended family and many friends.

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Donna Overvaag

overvaag picDonna R. Overvaag, 87, of Dell Rapids passed away on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls. Her funeral service was 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 4, 2017 in Willow Creek Lutheran Church, Dell Rapids with Pastor Tom Stadem officating. Interment was in the Willow Creek Cemetery. Visitation with the family present was from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at Kahler Funeral Home.

Donna Rae Scott was born on November 3, 1930 at White, SD, the daughter of Alvin and Nellie (Denison) Scott.  She grew up near White and attended country school. She attended White High School and graduated. She started working for the Brookings Hospital in 1948 and attended the nursing program at South Dakota State University for two years. She graduated from the Sioux Valley Hospital School of Nursing in 1951. She worked as an administrator at the Tri-State Memorial Hospital in Valley Springs for three years. Donna married Milton Overvaag on February 28, 1958 in Ivanhoe, MN. They made their home on a farm west of Dell Rapids. She worked at the Dell Rapids Community Hospital starting as a staff nurse and retiring in 1990 as the assistant administrator. Milton died in 1998. Donna then worked part time at Terrace Manor Nursing Home until 2000.

She was a member of Willow Creek Lutheran Church, the SD Nursing Association and the American organization of Nurse Executives.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Stanley and sister, Gloria.

Donna is survived by her daughters, Tracy (Ed) Overvaag-Akin of Houston, TX ; Shelly (Steve) Bahmuller of Apple Valley, MN; Laurie (Scott) Borshak of Apple Valley, MN and Lisa (Daniel) Scott of Willmar, MN; her eleven grandchildren; her six great-grandchildren; her sister, Thelma Pierce of Haslet, TX and her extended family and many friends.

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