Janet Bortnem

bortnem, janet obit photoJanet Marie (Buus) Bortnem, 75, of Dell Rapids passed away Friday, January 11, 2019 at Dell Nursing and Rehab Center.

Janet was born on April 28th 1943 to Henry and Audrey (Ecker) Buus in Bradley, SD. She moved to Watertown, SD with her family and graduated from Watertown High School in 1962. Janet was successful as a legal secretary and later owned a business in the legal and medical transcription services.

Janet married John (Jack) Stone in 1968 and they were blessed with two sons, Jeff and Jason. They made their home in rural Watertown where she was a legal secretary for Osheim, Fox and Bartron Law Firm and Austin, Hinderacker, Hacket and Hopper Law Firm over the years. She later became a medical transcriptionist for Prairie Lakes (St Ann’s) Hospital. Several years later Janet was re-married to Raymond (Joe) Bortnem. They were married at the Renner Lutheran Church in 1998 and made their home in Sioux Falls and Dell Rapids. Janet was a resident at the Dell Rapids Nursing and Rehab Center for several years.

In her earlier years, she enjoyed taking pictures, going dancing and planting beautiful flower arrangements. She loved spending time with her family and her beloved cats.

Janet is survived by her two sons, Jeffrey (Tess) Stone of rural Hartford and Jason (Juanita) Stone of Brooking; six grandchildren and several step children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Audrey Buus; first husband, John (Jack) Stone and second husband, Raymond (Joe) Bortnem.

A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.

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Jesse James Shafer

shafer picJesse James Shafer, 42, of Sioux Falls, passed away on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at his home of natural causes. His funeral service is at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, January 11, 2019 at the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids. Visitation with the family present is from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at Kahler Funeral Home. Interment is in the Pleasant View Cemetery, Valley Springs.

Jesse James Shafer was born on September 14, 1976 in Sioux Falls, SD, the son of James and Jody (DenHerder) Shafer. He grew up in Valley Springs until moving to Dell Rapids in 1991. He attended school at Dell Rapids and graduated from DRHS in 1995. After high school, Jesse moved to Omaha, NE to attend art school. He lived in Omaha for four years before moving to Brandon, SD. He moved to Sioux Falls and started working at the Sioux Falls airport for the TSA.

It is true what they say, “Time is short”. A person really does not think about it until a loss of someone close happens and it hits the heart. We have all heard that people are either wolves or sheep. I put to you that there are in fact three types of people. Jesse loved super heroes and what they represented. The comics, shows, books and movies stood for more than just entertainment for Jesse. It is the creed, the message and a way of life to help others. To be there in the time of need.  See, Jesse was not the wolf or the sheep, he was the guard dog. He was the one in the background quietly watching and making sure everyone was safe. Yes he had his bark to keep the wolves in check. Jesse also had the compassion and patience to make sure no sheep were forgotten. It is no wonder that he had the job that he had. Always at the ready, calm, vigilant for anyone that might need a hand. You knew you could count on him to be there for you when ever needed. Jesse could always sense when you were having a bad day, stressed out or just needed someone to talk to. He would take it upon himself to seek out what the problem was, would listen wholeheartedly, and offer advice. Somehow he always would get you to laugh. You would always walk away feeling better, with a smile on your face. Jesse was a friend to all but a fierce son, brother, uncle for his co-workers and family. He will forever live on in our thoughts, stories and hearts. He will be dearly missed, but truly he will never be forgotten.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Wendell and Eva Shafer and Jack and Rosalie DenHerder; his step-dad, Mike Morrow and his cousin, Trevor DenHerder.

Jesse is survived by his father, Jim (Sandra) Shafer of Valley Springs; his mother, Jody Morrow of Dell Rapids; his brothers, Joel (Gena) Shafer and John (Blanca) Shafer both of Sioux Falls; his step-brothers, Jay (Sharon) Christensen of Sheboygan, WI and Jon Christensen of Monroe, MI; his nephews, Evan and Ethan; his nieces Jade and Jessa, his girlfriend, Barbara Osenga of Sioux Falls and his many friends and extended family.



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Marianne Nicoli

Nicoli picMarianne R. Nicoli, 64, of Chicopee, MA, passed away on Friday, December 21, 2018 at Ava’s House Hospice in Sioux Falls. In honoring Marianne’s wishes, there will be no service held. Marianne is survived by her children, Kara (Chirs) Merkwan of Dell Rapids and Kevin (Christa) Nicoli of New York. Funeral arrangements were under the care of Kahler Funeral Home. www.kahlerfh.com.

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John Scheafer

Scheafer, John obit photoJohn C. Scheafer, 81, of Sioux Falls, formerly of the Chester/Colton area, began eternal rest Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11:00 AM Saturday, December 22, 2018 at Huntimer-St. Joseph The Workman Catholic Church, rural Colton. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Visitation with the family present will be from 5:00 to 7:00 PM followed by a Christian Wake Service and praying of the Rosary Friday, December 21, 2018 at the church.

John was born in Montrose, SD on December 8, 1937 to John and Maxine (Singer) Scheafer. John attended and played basketball at Franklin High School, graduating in 1956. He joined the US Navy, traveling as far as Japan, and was honorably discharged in 1958. Afterward he obtained a BS in political science from USD and was a member of the fraternity Lambda Chi Alpha. He attended a year of law school at the University of Wyoming in 1965.

John and Mary Alyce McAreavey were joined in marriage in 1962, and while living and working in several places, raised five children. In 1976, they moved to the family farm near Colton, SD. Mary passed in 1983. John continued to farm and drive truck until 1991, when he bought the Chester Pool Hall and then sold it in 1996, returning to driving truck.

In 2000, John married Bernardine Schwans and they remained living in Sioux Falls after both were retired by 2011. They are members of the St. Mary’s Parish. John had developed his artistic skill of wood burning and kept busy with family events.

John is survived by his wife, Bernie; five children and their families, Curt (Shannen) in Sioux Falls and children, Quaid, Noah and Taite, Joli (Todd) Lofstedt in Louisville, CO and children, Addison, Ben and Sawyer, Angela (Kris) Aldrich of Dakota Dunes and children, Kelsey, Morgan (Cody) Potts, Carter and Jaycee, Ted of Sioux Falls and children TJ and Jake and John of Sioux Falls; siblings, Bill (Barb), Ken, Corinne (Roger) Bartlett, Irene Carmody and Tony (Gaye). He is also survived by step children, Troy (Laurie) Schwans and daughter, Rachel, Jay (Tesa) Schwans and children, Brittany Schwans, Mikayla (Mark) Johnson and Alex McDermott and Roxanne Schwans and children Jacob and Joshua Eichacker. He also has two step great-grandchildren.

John was preceded in death by his wife, Mary; parents and siblings, Mary, Daniel, Jerome,Vern, Barb, Elaine and two infants.

He will be greatly missed for his sense of humor, love of sports and faith in the Lord.


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Llary Mangold

Llary MangoldLlary Mangold passed away on Friday, December 14, 2018 at the Dougherty Hospice. His Funeral Service is at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 in the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids Chapel with Rev. Dr. Jeff Sorenson officiating. Casketbearers are Dean Klein, Matt Klein, Bob Norton, Dennis Matthews, Tom Hamann and Dan Britt. Interment is in the Stordahl Cemetery. Visitation was at 2:00 p.m. on Monday at Kahler Funeral Home and the family was present to greet friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Llary “Double L” Mangold was born on August 13, 1940 in Ventura, CA, the son of Lloyd and Stella Mangold.  He moved to Dell Rapids with his family in 1941.  Llary grew up and attended school in Dell Rapids and graduated from Dell Rapids High School in 1958.  He married Sharon Johnson in 1959. He attended Augustana College and graduated in 1963. Llary married Candace Begeman in 1981.

Llary held various sales positions throughout his career and retired from Johnson – Evinrude in 1998.  He received many sales awards during his career.

Llary enjoyed hunting and trap shooting. His kids and grandkids were his pride and joy and he loved to tease them. He loved collecting anything John Deere and guns.

Those left to share Llary’s memory are his two children, Shary (Randy) John and Rodney (Jodi) Mangold, both of Sioux Falls; his grandchildren, Ryan, Cody, Meaghan, and Ben; his sister, Llora Maertins of Lake Brant; and many special friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother-in-law, Hal.

Memorials may be directed to the Crooks Gun Club.



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John Dunlap

Dunlap picClo. John L. Dunlap Sr. (Ret), 77, of Sioux Falls, passed away on Friday, December 7, 2018 at Dow Rummel. His Memorial Service will begin at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, December 14, 2018 in the Halladay-Peterson Chapel at Dow Rummel Village in Sioux Falls. Funeral arrangements were under the care of Kahler Funeral Home. www.kahlerfh.com

Col. John L. Dunlap Sr (Ret) was born on October 23, 1941 in Milwaukee, WI to John A. and Lorraine (LaBoule) Dunlap. Growing up, John enjoyed sailing on Cedar Lake, muscle cars, sports, and the outdoors. He grew up in a military family; graduating from Northwestern Military Academy. He married the love of his life Nancy L. Buchmann on August 22, 1964 and the family originally made their home in Brown Deer, WI.

John was a hard-working man managing two careers; serving over 24 years with US Army National Guard as well as an executive with First Wisconsin National Bank (Milwaukee, WI). He later relocated with his wife and youngest daughter to Dell Rapids, South Dakota and worked as a Vice President of a division of Citibank in Sioux Falls, SD. He retired from Citibank in 2003 and settled into a slower pace of life, enabling him to enjoy several hobbies of wood working, coin collecting and watching his favorite football team, the Green Bay Packers.

John and Nancy moved to Dow Rummel Village of Sioux Falls in 2013, where he remained until the time of his death.

He was preceded in death by both his parents.

He is survived by his wife of almost 55 years, Nancy of Sioux Falls; his children, Kristine (Steve) Tamblingson of Rock Hill, SC, John Jr. (Olivia) Dunlap of Sioux Falls and Diana Dunlap of Mint Hill, NC; his five grandchildren and one great-grandson.


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Richard Dressen

Dressen, obit photoRichard “Dick” Dressen passed away Monday, December 3, 2018 under the care of home hospice. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 AM Friday, December 7, 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 5:00 to 7:00 PM Thursday, December 6, 2018 at Minnehaha Funeral Home in Dell Rapids.

Dick was born February 26, 1942 to parents John, Sr. and Gertrude (Dubbelde) Dressen. He was married to Nina Robson on June 28, 1968.

Dick was proud of his service in the National Guard from 1964 to 1970. He worked for Hale Mfg. before being employed by the City of Dell Rapids for many years. After he retired he drove pilot truck for his nephew, Bob hauling wind towers.

Dick loved to hunt and fish with his brother, John, Jr. He traveled to all of the states but Delaware. He was an avid bowler and went to many bowling tournaments. After retirement he took up golfing with his brothers and loved watching his grandsons play sports.

Dick is survived by his wife, Nina, Dell Rapids; daughter, Valerie (Steve) Wolford, Rushmore, MN; sons, Rick and Ryan (Heather Froke), Dell Rapids; grandsons, Jordan, Tyler, and Carson Wolford; bonus grandchildren, Lily and Logan; sister, Armella George, Sioux Falls; brothers, Leonard, Dale (Dona), John (Jane), Dell Rapids, and Lyle (Carol), Sioux Falls as well as many nieces, nephews, and in-laws.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Gene; brother-in law, Cyril George; sister-in-law, Mary Dressen; nephew, Bob and nieces, Deb and Rosemary.


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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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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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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, www.kahlerfh.com.

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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