James Gednalske

James GednalskeJames K. Gednalske, 80, of Sioux Falls, passed away peacefully on February 24, 2015, with his wife by his side. Mass of Resurrection will be 11:00 am Monday, March 16, 2015 at St. Mary Church, 2109 S. 5th Ave. On Sunday, March 15, there will be family present visitation at Miller Funeral Home, 507 S. Main Ave. from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm with a Scripture Service at 4:00 pm. Condolences may be left at www.millerfh.com

Jim was born on July 25, 1934 in Dell Rapids to Louis and Viola Gednalske. He graduated from Dell Rapids High School in 1952. He attended Augustana College on scholarship, where he excelled in football and basketball while majoring in math and physical education. Jim was chosen Honor Athlete his senior year by his teammates. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in 1956 and later received his Master’s degree and Specialist in Education from the University of South Dakota. Jim served 40-years in education as a coach, athletic director, teacher, principal, and superintendent.

He spent his first two years of teaching and coaching in Philip, followed by three years in DeSmet.

On October 24, 1959, Jim married his college classmate, Janice Dolan, in Sioux Falls. They were blessed with three children; Ann, Craig and Steven.

When O’Gorman High School opened in 1961, Jim was the first football coach and athletic director. He taught math at O’Gorman and was athletic director for 10 years, followed by employment as high school principal for 10 years at Baltic High School, and five years at Lennox High School. In 1986, Jim and Janice moved to Minnesota, where Jim served seven years as principal and then superintendent.

In semi-retirement, they spent seven years in the Gulf Coast area of Texas, enjoying their grandchildren, tutoring at the local college, and traveling.

An avid outdoorsman, Jim loved hunting and fishing with his brothers, sons and friends. Summer travel with family and friends brought a great deal of pleasure. He supported his children and grandchildren in their academic and career pursuits, and never missed an opportunity to cheer them on in their athletic endeavors. Jim will be remembered by his family for his strength, loyalty and character. He was a peerless mentor not only to his family, but to countless students and colleagues across South Dakota, Minnesota and Texas. Jim epitomized the best of a great generation: hardworking, determined and selfless, with tremendous integrity.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife of 55 years, Janice Dolan Gednalske, Sioux Falls; daughter, Ann (Ray) Vande Weerd, Spring, TX; sons, Craig (Clarkfield, MN) and Steven (Sarah) St. Louis Park, MN; and eight grandchildren. He is also survived by brothers, LeRoy, Dell Rapids, Robert (Betty), Sioux Falls, Ronald, Harrisburg, and sister, Diana Rogers of Dell Rapids, brother and sister-in-law James and Sharon Rallis, sister-in-law Shari Dolan and 22 nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death are his parents, brother, Richard Gednalske, mother-in-law, Gladys Dolan, and brother-in-law Jack Dolan.

Memorials may be directed to Bishop Dudley Hospitality House. The family especially thanks all the nurses and staff at Dells Nursing and Rehab Center for their loving care of Jim.


James Hottum

James HottumJames R. Hottum, 62, of Dell Rapids passed away on Friday, February 20, 2015 at the Dells Area Health Center. Visitation with the family present will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 23, 2015 with a Celebration of Life Service at 6:30 p.m. at Kahler Funeral Home, Dell Rapids. Condolences may be left at www.kahlerfh.com

James “Jim” Richard Hottum was born on January 4, 1953 in Georgia. He grew up and graduated high school and then entered the U.S. Army. He served in the Vietnam War. After his discharge he moved to Indiana where he met and married Robin Cary. The couple lived in Indiana until moving to South Dakota in 2011.

Jim was a loving father, husband and friend. He loved hunting, fishing and camping.  He enjoyed spending time with his family and playing with his grandchildren. He loved reading books, watching western and action movies and doing puzzles.

He was a member of Christ Fellowship Church in Baltic where he loved greeting fellow members of the church and new comers for service.

He was a jack of all trades, that loved his job and working with his son at Flag Shooter in Baltic.

Jim professed Christ as his Savior.

He is survived by his wife, Robin of Dell Rapids; his children, Robert “Bob” (Kensi) of Baltic, Heather (Sheila Aills) of Lafayette, IN and Greg of MO; his 12 grandkids; his sisters, Sylvia and Ann and his nieces, Terri Lynn, Missy, Jennifer and Tanya.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Andy and sisters, Lylvia and Jenny.

Harold Goehrs

Harold GoehrsHarold Goehrs, age 87, of Baltic, died on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at the Dells Nursing & Rehab Center in Dell Rapids. Memorial visitation with the family present will be from 5-7:00 PM Friday, February 20, 2015, at the Minnehaha Funeral Home, Baltic. Condolences may be left at www.minnehahafuneralhome.com

Harold was born on March 12, 1927, at Minneapolis, Minnesota to Harold Robert and Mary (McMullin) Goehrs. He moved to Washington State at the age of four. Following high school, he was drafted into the United States Army Air Corp in 1946. He was honorably discharged in 1949 and spent the next 10 years working on merchant ships. He then spent the remaining time until his retirement working as a nursing assistant with the VA in Spokane, Washington. On February 14, 1970, he married Shirley Holbeck in Spokane. The couple moved to Baltic in December of 1992 and remained there until moving to Dell Rapids in 2012.

Harold was a member of the Baltic American Legion. He greatly enjoyed raising sheep, caring for his dogs, and going to morning and afternoon coffee in Baltic.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Shirley, Dell Rapids; Eugene Goehrs, Everett, Washington, James (Ellen) Goehrs, Spokane, Washington, and Walter (Dot) Goehrs, Pennsylvania; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and four sisters: Rosemary Bailey, Margaret Ann Johnson, and Ruth Dietch.

Lois Haugaard

Lois HaugaardMrs. Lois Alverda Haugaard died peacefully at her son’s home, in Sioux Falls, SD, on February 16, 2015, at the age of 91. Her funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at St. Peter Lutheran Church of Orland. Visitation will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 20, 2015 with the family present from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Kahler Funeral Home, Dell Rapids. Condolences may be left at www.kahlerfh.com

Lois is survived by her children, Vernon Haugaard and wife, Karen of Papillion, NE, Helen Williamson and husband, Dean of Garretson and Steven Haugaard and wife, Mary of Sioux Falls; three brothers; Derry Frederickson of Imboden, AR, Maynard Frederickson of Baytown, TX, Lyle Frederickson of Dell Rapids, and her sister, Wanda Shaffner Lindholm of Chester; her 11 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

She was preceded, in death, by her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Andy and Louise Frederickson, her husband, Harry Haugaard, and one child, Linda Lou Haugaard.

Lois was born on November 18, 1923 on the farm east of Chester, South Dakota, to Andy and Louise Frederickson. She graduated from Chester High School (Valedictorian) in 1941, and was accepted to attend Augustana College. Her parents didn’t have the money to send her to college, so she took a job at Northwestern National Bank in Madison, South Dakota, as the Bond and Title clerk. She married her high school sweetheart, Harry, in Belton, Texas on January 27, 1945, just before he left for the Philippine’s, during WWII. After WWII, they purchased a home at Orland, South Dakota, where they farmed for the next 40 years. Lois went to work in 1958 at Wenk’s Produce in Madison, to make ends meet on the farm. In 1967, she went to work at Spies Grocery in Madison, where she worked for the next twenty years. When Harry died in 1986, she moved to her new home at Lake Madison where she lived for the next 20 years. In 1988, she went to work at Glacial Lakes and Prairies Tourism selling advertising space in the South Dakota Glacial Lakes magazine. Lois was president of the Lake County Extension “Hustling Housewives” for many years, shop steward of the Retail Clerks Union at Spies Grocery for 10 years, and president of South Dakota’s AFL/CIO Amalgamated Meat Cutters for 10 years.

Lois was an active and dedicated member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, for 60 years, and often volunteered to teach Sunday school.

Lois always encouraged her children to speak up, stand their ground, and pursue their goals.

Lois loved growing flowers, cutting hair, bragging about her children and grandchildren, traveling, and being with friends. During the recent few years, she had the opportunity to live with each of her children for at least a year.

All are welcome to attend and celebrate Lois’s life.

Arthur Hagg

Arthur G. Hagg age 94 of Madison, died Wednesday evening February 11, 2015 at the Bethel Lutheran Home.

Funeral Services will begin at 100pm. Saturday February 14, 2015. The Rev. Rick Senner, will officiate at Trinity Lutheran Church Madison. Burial with Military Honors will be at the Graceland Cemetery Madison. Visitation will begin at 4:00 pm Friday with family present to greet friends at 6:00 pm. at the Randall Funeral Home. Visitation will resume at 12:00 pm Saturday at the church. Condolences may be left at: www.randallfuneral.com

Arthur Grant Hagg, was born April 12, 1920 at Algona, IA. the son of Grant and Edna (Bankson) Hagg. He grew up in Dell Rapids, SD. where he attended school. He served in the Army during WW II. serving in the European Theater of operations. In 1951 he moved to Madison, SD. Arthur married Lillian Kopperud, on March 20, 1951 at Lake Preston, SD.

He worked as a Custodian and Bus Driver at the Franklin School. In 1975 he went to work for M-Tron Industries in Madison and later became the custodian at the Karl Mundt Library at Dakota State University. He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church Madison and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife: Lillian, and daughter Jean Hagg, both of Madison, a daughter and son-in-law: Nancy (Doug) Peterson, Wentworth, a sister: Vivian Sneve, Worley. ID. and a sister-in-law: Elleen Hagg, Madison, along with several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother: Charley Hagg and two sisters: Marie Nicholson, and Norma Jensen.

Donald E. J. Anderson

Donald AndersonDonald E. J. Anderson, 54, of Vermillion, MN, passed away on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at Elko, MN, after injuries from a motorcycle accident this fall. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

He is survived by his mother, Donna Anderson of Dell Rapids; his father, Donald Anderson of Salem; his sister, Dawn (Doug) Burns of Baltic and their children, Jason Burns and Jenny (Ryan) Nuttall; his sister, Denise (John) Matthews of Erie, CO and their children, Joe Matthews and Luke Matthews.

Marie Silrum

Marie SilrumMarie Burnell (Mitchell) Silrum was born on December 15, 1922 at her parents’ home in rural Fenton, Iowa. She grew up on her parents’, Morris and Elsie (Meling) Mitchell’s, farm, attended a one-room schoolhouse near her home through eighth grade, and graduated from Sentral High School, Fenton, IA in 1940. After high school Marie attended teachers’ college and taught school briefly prior to attending the Fairview Hospital School of Nursing. Marie graduated and became a Registered Nurse in September 1947. One week later on September 13, 1947, she married Edwin O. Silrum.

Marie was happiest when she could help others. She delighted in her professional career as a Registered Nurse, spending many years working in hospitals and at nursing homes. She ended her career as the Director of Nurses at the Tri-State Convalescent Center in Clarkston, WA. Most of her career she worked nights so she could be present for her family in the evenings when they were at home. In retirement, she became a cancer support group leader. Her calm presence was the tireless support of many experiencing chronic and terminal conditions. Those individuals and the communities in which Marie lived and served are better places as beneficiaries of her powerful ministry.

Exceedingly grateful for her compassionate guidance and loving spirit are her five children: Linda Silrum, St. Paul, MN; Kyle (Carol) Silrum, Vista, CA; Lois (Mark) Docken, Chatfield, MN; Mary (Dennis) Mitchell, Lone Rock, IA; I. James (Marci) Silrum, Mandan, ND. Memories of the enriching relationship and all the special times they shared with their grandmother are cherished by Daniella Jeska-Silrum, Seth Jeska-Silrum, Kirstin (Daron) Showalter, Steffen Docken, Tessia Rockey (Patrick Rhodes) and Soren Docken. Marie was preceded in death by her husband Edwin, her parents, and one sister Arlene Haller. She is survived by her children, grandchildren, a sister Elaine Davidson, a brother Dale (Mary) Mitchell, nieces, nephews, cousins, and special friend Carolyn Mickelberg as well as a host of friends.

Marie was a devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, cousin, friend, and servant of her Lord. Her role as ‘pastor’s wife’ is one that she assumed with grace and pride, teaching Sunday School, hosting events, attending countless meetings, supporting the congregational ministries wherever she was. The parsonages and later, their homes, were her primary domain and caring for, loving, and supporting her children were life-long activities. When grandchildren became part of the family, she was thrilled and celebrated each of them and their lives and accomplishments. She will be remembered as “the sweetest” lady anyone has ever met. Her life of serving, generosity, love, compassion, and forgiveness was the manner in which she chose to teach: she was a role model for all she touched. Her legacy lives on through those who loved her and learned from her.

Marie entered her heavenly home on Saturday, February 7, 2015.  Condolences may be left at www.klecatskys.com

A celebration of her life will be at Easter Lutheran Church, 4200 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan, MN on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 11:00. There will be a gathering with the family at 10:00 and a lunch follows the service. Interment is later in the afternoon at Fort Snelling. Memorials preferred in lieu of flowers. Memorials to: Chatfield Lutheran Church, Depew Lutheran Church, Easter Lutheran Church, Fraser Academy, hospice.

Gerald McDonnell

Gerald McDonnellGerald Fredrick McDonnell, age 89, of Dell Rapids, died on Friday, February 6, 2015, at the Golden Living Center in Madison.

Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 2:30 PM Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Dell Rapids. Visitation will begin at 3:00 PM Monday, with a Wake Service at 5:30 PM at the Minnehaha Funeral Home, Dell Rapids. Condolences may be left at www.minnehahafuneralhome.com

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Dolores; children: Kathleen Matthew of Spearfish, Gary (Susie) McDonnell of Algonquin, IL, Patricia Park of Wentworth, Karen (Ken) Rahn of Madison, Colleen (Mark) Jensen of Dell Rapids, and Janine (Reed) Hoffmann of Dell Rapids; 21 grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Michael McDonnell; sons-in-law, Rodney Park and Randy Tiesen; six sisters; two brothers; and a grandson, Kurtis Lee Matthew.

Michael Shedd

Michael SheddMichael Shedd, 55, of Elk Point, SD, passed away on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at Sanford Vermillion Hospital.

Michael was born on February 19, 1959 in Sioux City, Iowa, to Norman and Patricia (Ferdig) Shedd. He graduated from Elk Point in 1977. He was a member of Brule Creek Lutheran Church. He married the love of his life, Eileen Workman on December 1, 1979 at Brule Creek Lutheran Church. To this union, four children were born, Nick, Paul, Samantha, and Leslie.

For the last 15 years, he has been a self-employed grain hauler. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, watching history, western, and car shows. He was an avid collector of antiques, spending time fixing up old cars, dressing as Santa, and bringing plenty of toys to all the kids.

Survivors including his wife, Eileen of Elk Point, his children, Nick (Audrey) Shedd of Inwood, Iowa, Paul (Betsy) of Erie, Colorado, Samantha (Adam)Schave of Beresford, South Dakota, and Leslie (Kevin) Olsen of Inwood, Iowa; his parents, Norman and Patricia Shedd of Elk Point, South Dakota; his grandchildren, Rebecca, Andrea and Andrew Florke, and Serenity Shedd; his siblings, Debra (Mike) Henriksen of Dells Rapids, South Dakota, Amy (Roger) Palmer of Mellette, South Dakota, and Mark Shedd (Teresa Schmidt) of Alcester, South Dakota; his mother-in-law, Dorothy Workman; brother-in-law, Allen Workman of Brookings, South Dakota, and his sister-in-law, Margaret Workman of Japan.

He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, David Workman and his sister-in-law, Kristen Mattson.  Condolences may be left at www.koberfuneralhome.com

Suzanne Mogen

Suzanne MogenSuzanne D. Mogen, age 80, of Yankton, SD passed away Friday, January 30, 2015 at the Avera Sister James Care Center, Yankton, SD. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM, Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at the United Church of Christ (Congregational), Yankton, with Rev. Molly Carlson officiating. Private family burial of her cremated remains will be at a later date. Visitations will be one hour prior to the service at the church. The Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home & Crematory, Yankton, is assisting with service details. Condolences may be left at www.opsahl-kostelfuneralhome.com

Suzanne was born February 5, 1934 in Mitchell, SD to Ernest and Adelaide (Wattson) Dannenbring. She graduated from high school in Chamberlain, SD and attended Yankton College from 1952 to 1954. She received her BA from USD in 1956. Suzanne taught elementary music at Fort Hood Military Base from 1956 to 1958 and taught English and music in Alexandria, SD in 1959. She was a teacher and church organist at Killeen, TX, Alexandria, SD, Avon, SD, Mobridge, SD and Faulkton, SD. She was a member of the P.E.O., church choir, Alpha Phi, Yankton Concert Association Board, Yankton Forum and Yankton Area Arts.

Suzanne is survived by her husband, Iro of Yankton, SD; sons, Jay (Naela) Mogen of Peoria, AZ and Bruce (Bonnie) Mogen of Dell Rapids, SD; daughters, Lynn (Frank) Mason of Hot Springs, SD and Anne (Scott) Palmeri of Hackensack, NJ; grandchildren: Alex Mason, Emily Mason, Cristian Mogen, Alejandro Mogen, Mariano Mogen and Brett Mogen; brother, John (Ruth-Ann) Dannenbring of Yankton, SD and sister, Janice Morton of Brainerd, MN.

Suzanne was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Adelaide Dannenbring.