Sheryl Livermont

livermont picSherri’s funeral service will begin at 10:00 a.m. MST on Monday, May 20, 2019 in the Martin Activities Center in Martin, SD. Interment will be in the Martin Cemetery. Visitation with family present will be from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. MST in the Martin Activities Center on Sunday, May 19, 2019. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Kahler Funeral Home.

Sheryl “Sherri” Ann Kuxhaus was born on January 23rd 1958 in Gordon, NE to Willard and Dorothy (Nelson) Kuxhaus.  She grew up on a farmstead then resided in Swett west of Martin, SD. She attended Central Elementary School in the western part of Bennett County until the 8th grade when she attended Bennett County High School. She graduated from BCHS in 1976.  She married Larry Livermont on May 29, 1976. The couple made their home near Vetal. Larry worked at his family ranch and the couple owned and operated the Dustbuster Taven from 1981-1994.

Growing up, Sherri developed a passion for the outdoors and a genuine love for all of God’s creatures.  She enjoyed horses and working alongside her father on their farm/ranch.  She was a hard headed, free spirit who found purpose in hard work and caring for others.  She met her husband to-be at age 16, in the parking lot of the Bennett County high school and thus began a 45 year journey.  The couple was blessed with a love and dedication that could not be matched.  They raised two children who became the center of their world and raised them to understand the meaning of true love, dedication, and God’s presence.  After she and Larry settled in on their acreage north of Vetal, Sherri was able to focus on her God given talents which included cooking, photography, crafting, woodworking, gardening, canning, and a host of many other gifts which are too many to be named.  Her sense of purpose was sowing the land and sharing her fruits with those she adored. She was a woman who hated a crowd but loved the company of people, which was demonstrated best in her commitment to her friends, family, and neighbors.  She loved a good get together and was a ‘master organizer’. She appreciated simplicity, efficiency, and common sense.  Those who knew her well appreciated her listening ear and her sound advice.  Her happy place was chasing storms, studying the weather, and snuggling up by a cozy fire with Larry.  Sherri would eventually be blessed with five grandchildren who were the new light of her life.  A close second were the animals she raised and loved.  There are no words to describe the mold of life this lady broke and the mark she left on her family and friends.

Sherri passed away on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 under hospice after a short battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her husband, children, and her very special sister, Konnie. She was 61 and preceded in death by her parents, sister, Lorri Phillips, her sister-in-law, Tammy Novotny and mother-in-law, Micki Livermont.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband of 42 years, Larry Livermont of Martin; son, Chris (Sarah) Livermont of Brookings; daughter, Tiffany (Ross) Brende of Dell Rapids; her five grandchildren, Tyler and Hannah Livermont, Jace, Brooks and Jax Brende; her siblings, Monty (Cathy) Kuxhaus of Roscoe, IL, William (Barb) Kuxhaus of Martin, David (Roxanne) Kuxhaus of Rapid City and sister, Konnie (Kenny) Boomer of Martin; her father-in-law, Wayne Livermont of Martin, brothers-in-law, Steve (Paula) LIvermont of Martin, Dean Livermont of Martin, Tom Livermont of Rapid City, and Stuart (Tracee) Livermont of Martin and her many nieces, nephews, friends and extended relatives.

The family request that memorials be directed to: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) in honor of her grandson, Jace.

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Regina Evans

evans picRegina Evans, 99, of Dell Rapids passed away on Monday, May 13, 2019 at the Dells Nursing and Rehab Center. Her Mass of Christian Burial is at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, 2019 in St. Mary Catholic Church, Dell Rapids. Visitation with the family present is on Friday, May 17, 2019 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Kahler Funeral Home. The Christian Wake Service is at 4:00 p.m. followed by a Catholic Daughters Rosary.

Regina was born on April 9, 1920 at Dell Rapids, SD, the daughter of Jacob and Frances (Etringer) Welbig. She grew up on a farm near Dell Rapids and attended country school. She married Harry Evans Sr. on September 17, 1940 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Dell Rapids. The couple moved to a farm east of Dell Rapids and started farming. They retired in 1981 and moved into Dell Rapids. Harry passed away on February 25, 1982. Regina remained in her home until 2009 when she moved into her apartment at Orchard Hills. She later became a resident of Dells Nursing and Rehab Center.

She was an active member of St. Mary Catholic Church and St. Mary Altar Society, an active member of Catholic Daughters of America,  National Farmers Organization, and National Catholic Rural Life.  Regina received her honorary high school diploma from St. Mary in 2006.  She worked at Padre’s and volunteered at St. Mary School for over 25 years. She even had her own parking spot and seat for all St. Mary Cardinal’s home basketball games. Regina took great pride in feeding people and was able to whip up a feast on short notice. She always made sure everyone was well fed. She ate her dessert first to make sure she always had room for it, with ice cream being one of her favorites.

Regina was preceded in death by her husband, parents, six brothers and five sisters.

She is survived by her children, Lois (Ray) Brown of Dell Rapids, Harry (Tish) Evans Jr. of Rapid City, Gerald (Monica) Evans  of Mililani, HI, Joyce (Jim) Cook of Easley, SC, Catherine (Russ) Kautz of Lewisville, TX, Evelyn (Kevin) Loof of Lincoln, NE and Robert (Krista) Evans of Tea; her sixteen grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, one great great-grandson; her sister, Agnes Ginsbach of Dell Rapids and her many nieces, nephews and extended family.

Memorials may be directed to St. Mary School, St. Mary Church or Regina Grandma Evans Scholarship.



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Laura Croon

Croon PicLaura M. Croon, 98, of Dell Rapids, passed away on Monday, May 6, 2019 at the Dells Nursing and Rehab Center. Her funeral service is at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, 2019 in the Lutheran  Church of Dell Rapids. Internment is in the Colman Cemetery. Visitation is at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at Kahler Funeral Home with the family present from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Laura was born on September 3, 1920 at home in Moody County. She grew up on a farm northwest of Colman and attended Allen School. When she was 11 she moved into Colman to finish school and graduated from Colman High School in 1938. After high school she kept books for the city of Colman. She married Kenneth Croon on February 24, 1940 in Chester, SD. The couple made their home on a farm southeast of Colman. They moved into Colman in 1977. Laura worked as the lunchroom manager for the Colman schools for 33 years, making over 3 million dinner rolls for the school lunches. She retired in 1991. She and Ken moved to Dell Rapids in 2002. Ken passed away on November 4, 2008. Laura remained independent and lived on her own until this past year when her daughter moved in to help care for her.

She was a 50+ year member of the Colman Lutheran Church and a member of the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids. She was an avid crossword player. Laura was preceded in death by her husband, Ken; her parents, Fred and Anna (Kroger) Thiele; her siblings, Frank, Leo, Lloyd, Mahlon Thiele and Gladys Heinricy.

She is survived by her daughter, Ardis Croon of Dell Rapids; her son, Gary (Linda) Croon of Dell Rapids; her granddaughters, Cheri Croon, Amy (Jim) Stegge and Nicole (Mike) Peyton; her great-grandchildren, Dayne, Ty and Kyndall Peyton; her sister, Wilma Beck and sisters-in-law, Lila Thiele, Jeanine Thiele, Helen Thiele, Rosie Croon, Jean Pedersen and her many nieces and nephews.

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Betty Nemmers

nemmers picBetty M. Nemmers, 79, of Vernon, CT, died peacefully on Friday April 26th 2019. She was born July 30,1939 in Hinsdale Illinois one of three children of Roman J and Veronica (Rogers) Nemmers.

Prior to her retirement Betty was a school teacher at Vernon Center Middle School. She taught Special Education and Social Studies for over 20 years. Betty enjoyed gardening and was an avid and gifted artist.

Betty is survived by her sister and brother-in-law Lavonne Nemmers and Stephen Pivacek of Ft Myers FL, two nieces Krista Sabbatis and Beth McDonald, three nephews, Robert Pivacek, Roman Pivacek, and John R. Nemmers and all of their families. In addition to her parents she was predeceased by her brother, John E Nemmers.

A graveside service will be held in St Mary Cemetery in Dell Rapids, SD on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 10:00 AM. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donors choice. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Kahler Funeral Home.

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Teresa Boyum

Teresa Boyum Obituary photoTeresa Ann Boyum, 91, of Sioux Falls peacefully passed away Friday evening at her home at Prince of Peace.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 am on Friday, April 26th at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Sioux Falls.  Inurnment will take place at a later date as Teresa has generously donated her body to the University of South Dakota’s Body Donation Program.  Teresa recognized the value of this gift toward the education of our future healthcare professional and she would encourage all to consider such a gift.  Visitation with family present is at 5:00 pm on Thursday, April 25th at St.Mary Catholic Church in Dell Rapids with a prayer service and rosary at 7:00pm.

Funeral arrangements were under the care of Kahler Funeral Home

Teresa was born on the family farm in Dell Rapids, SD to Albert T. and Anna Mae (Keefer) Bowen on December 23rd, 1927.  Teresa was the youngest of three children, growing up with her sister Bernadine and brother Bill.  Teresa attended St. Mary Catholic School in Dell Rapids, Class of 1945.

Teresa was united in marriage to Norvald James “Jim” Boyum on September 26, 1946. Jim and Teresa welcomed six children into their family, Kathleen, James, Thomas, Mark, Susan and Daniel and last fall celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary.

Teresa was a strong, gentle, kind-hearted woman who together with Jim, raised their six children.  In addition to raising four often rambunctious boys and two adorable girls, Teresa helped with the family enterprise on the 7D7 Mink Ranch at Renner.  Later in life, Teresa was side-by-side with Jim when they launched their “retirement” endeavor when they founded I-90 White GMC in 1985.  Together, they operated I-90 until 1993 when they retired for good.  Teresa and Jim spent the next 12 years wintering in Mesa, AZ, surrounded by family and friends.  In 2005 Teresa and Jim 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.

Teresa was a quiet, faith-filled woman and for 91 years she provided roots and wings for her family.  How appropriate that she passed away on Good Friday — a wonderful day to return to the Lord.  She will be missed by all who knew her.

Those grateful to have shared her life are husband Jim (d), daughters Kathleen and Sue (Brian Rainey).  Sons Jim (d) (Kathy), Tom (Janet), Mark (Lora Cady) and Dan (Pam). Grandchildren Gia (d), BJ (Carla), Shane, April (Ryan), Cody (Christy), Jessie (James), Jeremiah, Tressa, Zach (Christine), Dulcie, Annie, Dylan, Bowen, Max, Olivia, Eva, eighteen great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild and many treasured nieces and nephews.

Teresa was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Bernadine; brother, Bill; son, Jim; and granddaughter, Gia.

Teresa respectfully requested no flowers.  Instead, she and her family request any memorials to be directed to the Sioux Falls Catholic School System for the benefit of tuition assistance to families of the community.  Memorials can be directed online.  Visit this link  and select MEMORIAL GIFTS.



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Bonnie Sorsen

Sorsen picBonnie Sorsen, 83, of Sioux Falls, formerly of Dell Rapids, passed away on Thursday, April 18, 2019.  Her Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Mary Catholic Church, Dell Rapids.  Visitation was on Monday, April 22, 2019 in the St. Mary Church Hall.  The Christian Wake Service was at 7:00 p.m. in the church followed by the Rosary.

Funeral arrangements were under the care of Kahler Funeral Home.

Bonnie was born on April 19, 1935, to Frank and Ella (Lewis) Walker in Junius, SD. She grew up on the family farm and attended school in Madison, SD, and graduated from high school there. After high school, she worked in Madison, where she met Herman O’Neal Lail. Together they had three children: Aloma, Rick and Vern.

Following their breakup, Bonnie moved to Sioux Falls and, in 1970, married Robert Sorsen. This union produced a daughter, Tabitha, born in 1973. Bonnie also lovingly embraced Robert’s three children: Jeff, Michone and Jill.

Bonnie was known as a caregiver, devoted most of all to her husband, Robert. She loved all her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her talents included playing the organ, sewing, macramé and baking. She also made original, intricately designed gingerbread houses from scratch.

She is survived by her husband, Robert; children Jeff Sorsen, Aloma (Bob) Graham, Michone (Paul) Collins, Rick Lail, Vern (Dana) Lail, Jill Sorsen and Tabitha (Ryan) Merriam; 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, all three of her siblings and two grandchildren.

Tributes and gifts can be directed to the family, which will be distributed to various charities.


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Joan Zabel

Joan ZabelJoan Elizabeth (Larson) Zabel passed away on April 15, 2019 at the age of seventy-seven after several years of declining health. Her funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 19, 2019 in the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids. Visitation with the family present will be from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, 2019 in the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids Chapel. Interment will be in the Union Cemetery in Maplewood, MN at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, 2019. There will be a reception and visitation at Starkson Family Life Celebration Chapel in Hastings, MN from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. following the graveside service. Funeral arrangments are under the care of Kahler Funeral Home.

Joan, the second of five children, was born on June 16, 1941 at Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD to her parents, Ernest and Martha Larson. She grew up on her family’s farm east of Dell Rapids, SD and attended the country school in Minnehaha County. In seventh grade, she began attending school in Dell Rapids and she graduated from Dell Rapids High School in 1959.

After high school, Joan attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. Later, Joan received a Master’s Degree in Nursing Administration from the University of Saint Thomas in Saint Paul, MN.

After graduating from Augustana College, Joan moved to Saint Paul, MN. She met and fell in love with her future husband, Gary D. Zabel. They married on October 16, 1966 and had three sons. Joan worked full-time for thirty-four years in nursing, nurse education, and nursing administration before retiring in 1999.

After Gary passed away in 2000, Joan moved back to Dell Rapids in 2005. She reconnected with her high school beau, Daniel T. DeVaney, and they began their life together. She continued to travel widely and spend time with friends and family.

Joan was active in her church, both in Saint Paul and Dell Rapids—many will remember her beautiful knitting and crocheting ministry—as well as many other community organizations.

Joan was also passionate about her Norwegian heritage, a fantastic cook, a lover of music, and a keen selector of dangly earrings.

Joan is survived by her loving partner, Dan; her sons Erik (Diane), Kurt (Laura), and Anthony; her grandchildren, Jolena (David), Aleaha (Alex), Esther, and Trygve; her siblings Solveig (Jim), Steven, and Rebecca; along with many cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Martha, her sister, Miriam, her husband, Gary, brother-in-law, Mike, and her daughter-in-law, Maren.

Joan was a strong, hard-working, and loving woman. She was a wonderful mother, sister, partner, grandma, aunt, cousin and colleague who will be greatly missed.


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Floyd Heinemann

Heinemann picFloyd (Bud) Arthur Heinemann passed away Monday, April 8, 2019, at Ava’s House after a brief acute illness. Floyd was born in Garretson, SD, on April 15, 1928, to Arthur and Henrietta Heinemann. He grew up in the Garretson and Dell Rapids area on various farms with the family finally settling on a farm south of Dell Rapids. He attended St. Mary Catholic School in Dell Rapids through the 8th grade he was then needed to work on the family farm. He served in the army as a medical corpsmen at Fitzsimmons Army Medical hospital in Denver, Colorado. He returned home from the service and began his own farming career. He met and married Isabel Bott, started a family and raised five children. Floyd and Isabel were dedicated to a life of service to others and especially to their church. Education was also important to Floyd. He served on the Dell Rapids School Board for 25 years, and he served on many state and national education boards. In 2013, he was granted his diploma from Dell Rapids Public High School through a program aimed at veterans who did not graduate because of their service, to obtain their degree. Because of a health issue, he left farming in 1972 to begin a new career in agribusiness as a salesman for the Mormons Feed Company. The children of his customers knew him as the “Chiclets” man. When he retired, he continued to be active. He delivered mail as a rural mail carrier for a number of years as he and Isabel began their retirement together, which included becoming winter Texans. As time went by, Isabel developed Alzheimer’s dementia. Caring for her became his full time job. She passed away in May of 2010. He missed her very much. Both he and Isabel have donated their body to the Sanford School of Medicine. After her death, he needed to find something else to pass his time. He began his final commitment to service as volunteer, serving both the Alzheimer’s Association and the Sanford USD Medical Center. Some of his proudest moments in the last years of his life were his efforts to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association and being recognized as the 2018 Volunteer of the Year for Sanford Medical Center.

He was preceded in death by Isabel, his wife of 56 years, his parents, two sisters, Mary Schmidt and Dorothy Frantzen, and one brother-in-law Bernard Frantzen, all of Dell Rapids, SD.

His family, who is grateful for sharing his life are his children, Dan (Cathy) Heinemann, Canton SD, Tim (Becky) Heinemann, Sioux Falls SD, Anne (Paul) Holland Rochester MN, Jeff(Laura) Heinemann, Smyrna GA, Pat (Tracey) Heinemann, Egan. SD, three sisters, Joyce (Richard) Lerdal, Sioux Falls SD, Virginia (Dick) Mergen, Dell Rapids SD, Ruby (Dick) Nelson, Overland Park KS, brother-in-law, Merlin Schmidt, Dell Rapids SD, eight grandchildren, and 3 great-grand children, who in his mind, were the “finest” around, and a large extended family, including his amazing Sanford friends.

He was proud of all the people he was close to and his work at the Medical Center gave him a new purpose.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in St Mary Catholic Church, Dell Rapids SD. Visitation with family present will be on Friday, May 10, 2019 at Kahler Funeral Home with the Christian Wake Service beginning at 6:00 p.m. Funeral arrrangements are under the care of Kahler Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family and Bud request that all memorials be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association of South Dakota on behalf of “Team Isabel.”


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Kathryn Cotter

Jim's Mother Kathy Cotter - JulyKathryn Cotter, 86, of Colton, passed away on Friday, April 5, 2019 at Prince of Peace in Sioux Falls. Her Mass of Christian Burial is at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 13, 2019 in St. Joseph the Workman Catholic Church at Huntimer. Interment is in the St. Joseph the Workman Cemetery. Visitation with the family present is from 5:00 pm. – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 12, 2019 in the church with the Christian Wake service at 7:00 p.m. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Kahler Funeral Home.

Kathryn Alice Murphy was born on August 21, 1932 in Oldham, SD, the daughter of Ed and Margaret Murphy. Kathryn grew up in the Oldham-Winfred area and graduated from Madison High School in 1950. She married Joseph Thomas Cotter on February 14, 1953 at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Sioux Falls. They lived in Colton where they were happily married for 53 years and were blessed with six children. Kathy most recently resided at Prince of Peace in Sioux Falls.

Kathy spent her early years working on their family farm. In 1971, she decided to pursue nursing and obtained an L.P.N. degree. Later, in her mid-fifties, she earned an R.N. degree. Kathy excelled at nursing and referred to RN work as “a privilege.” Kathy served at Avera McKennan Hospital for nearly 30 years until her retirement.

Kathy enjoyed genealogy, sewing, and traveling with Joe – especially their trip to Ireland. Her greatest joy was family gatherings and the bigger the better. These gatherings swelled over the years as a result of six children, 16 grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren.

Those left to cherish her memory are her children, Jim (Pam) Cotter of Southern Shores, NC, Rob (Cheryl) Cotter of Goodland, KS, Mary Pfaff of Tea, Barbara (Bob) Sieps of Lincoln, NE, Patty (Matt) Miller of Sioux Falls, and Mark (Denise) Cotter of Sioux Falls; and her Sister-In-Law, Sr. Suzanne Cotter of Sioux Falls, SD.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe (2006), parents, two brothers, Virgil and Lawrence, and sisters, Frances and infant, Mary.

Memorials may be directed toward St Joseph the Workman Catholic Church at Huntimer.

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Lisa Husaboe

husaboe pic copyLisa Husaboe, 40, of Trent, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at the River Manor in Flandreau. Her funeral service is at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 11, 2019 in the Trent Baptist Church. Visitation with the family present is from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 in the church. A prayer service is at 7:00 p.m. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Kahler Funeral Home.

Lisa was born on January 31, 1979 at Watertown, SD. She was placed with Bill and Marlene Husaboe on April 17, 1979. The couple adopted her in October of 1981. She grew up in Trent and attended CCHS from 1983-1999. She graduated with the class of 2000 from CCHS. She then moved to ADVANCE in Brookings, SD where she lived for 17 years. She moved in with her sister and brother-in-law, Tamara and Jacob where she lived until the time of her death.

She was a member of the Trent Baptist Church, the Trent Study Club and the Trent Senior Citizens.

Lisa loved people of all ages, her church community, her time spent with family and traveling.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Don and Maimie Husaboe and Lynn and Celia Jorgenson, her aunts, Donna Marshall and Karen Husaboe and her uncles, Merle Marshall and Phil Caruso.

Those left to cherish her memory are her parents, William and Marlene Husaboe of Trent; her sister, Tamara (Jacob) Liesinger of Trent; her brothers, Lawrence (Teresa) Husaboe of Pierre, Travis Husaboe of Trent, James (Rebecca) Dubro of Harrisburg and Paul Husaboe of Dell Rapids; her niece, Juzeah Husaboe of Pierre, her nephew Luken Dubro of Harrisburg, her future niece, baby Liesinger and her extended family and many friends.

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