Michael Munk

Michael MunkMichael Dean Munk, 61, of Sioux Falls passed away unexpectedly Thursday, July 21, 2016. Funeral services will begin at 10:00 AM Monday, July 25, 2016 at Minnehaha Funeral Home Chapel in Dell Rapids. Visitation with the family present will be from 3:00 to 5:00 PM Sunday at Minnehaha Funeral Home. On-line condolences may be left at the Minnehaha Funeral Home website.

Grateful for having shared his life are his brother, David (Karen) Munk, Dell Rapids and their children, Brian (Katie) Munk, Ft. Worth, TX and Melissa (Darren) Dressen, Colman, SD; sister, Kris (Dale) Machmiller, Garretson, SD and their children, Amanda (Jason) Kiner, Minnetonka, MN and Travis (Katie) Machmiller, Garretson, SD as well as many other relatives and friends.

Joyce (Satter) Lauer

Joyce LauerLongtime Sioux Falls teacher Joyce Elaine (Satter) Lauer, a member of the Lincoln High School Hall of Fame and daughter of Clarence A. Satter and Cecelia (Moore) Satter of Artesian, S.D., died peacefully Sunday, July 17, after visiting with family and friends. She was 91.

Joyce was born on Sept. 19, 1924, at the Satter family farm home. While attending grade and high school in Artesian, Joyce participated in declamation, especially oratory and poetry competitions, earning top awards in Sanborn County. She was active in music, playing the trombone in the Artesian High School band and singing in the girls’ chorus and mixed chorus. She was the high school reporter for the Artesian Commonwealth.

She taught for more than 50 years in South Dakota schools: Dell Rapids, Hartford, Brandon, Edison Junior High, Washington High and Lincoln High. She also taught summer school for many years as well as English adult education classes. She even taught composition skills to Northwestern Bell Telephone engineers.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at the Halladay – Peterson Chapel at Dow Rummel Village with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery. A 12:30 pm Celebration of Life Reception will follow at Minnehaha Country Club. On-line condolences may be left at the Miller Funeral Home website.

Lyman Brown, Jr.

Lyman-Brown-JrLyman Brown, Jr., 46, Jasper, died Saturday, July 2, 2016 at the Pipestone County Medical Center in Pipestone of a heart attack. A gathering of family and friends was held Saturday, July 9 from 4-7 p.m. at Jasper Memorial Hall in Jasper. On-line condolences may be left at the Hartquist Funeral Home, Pipestone, website.

Lyman Earl Lewis Brown, Jr., was born to Lyman (Lee) and Helen (Van Den Hul) Brown on Sept. 17, 1969 in Sioux Falls, S.D. Later, he moved with his family to Hatton, N.D. where he was raised and attended school.

In 1987, he joined the U.S. National Guards. In 1988, he graduated from Hatton High School. He was married to Vicky Sneft in 1992.

He is survived by his son, Jacob Brown (Kelsey Cossentine), Anoka; step-children, Christine and Joshua Sneft, Anoka; two grandchildren; his parents, Lee and Joy (Shepherd) Brown, Jasper; sister, Dana Anderson (Scott Miller), Dell Rapids, S.D.; step-sisters, Satin (David) Ewing, Jasper and Candi Pittser, Buckley, Wash.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Helen; brother, Ricky; sister, Dawn; grandparents, Earl Brown and Garret and Hermina Van Den Hul.

Joseph Heim

Joseph HeimJoseph Heim, of Redfield, SD went to his Lord and Savior on Friday, July 8, 2016. He was 86 years, 2 months and 8 days old. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. at St. Peter Catholic Church in Colman, SD. Reverend Doug Binsfeld will officiate. Burial will follow in St. Peter Cemetery in Colman. On-line condolences may be left at the Thelen-Hyke Funeral Home website.

Joe was born on May 1, 1930 in Faulkton, SD to Anton and Margaret (Lenhoff) Heim. When Joe was born he joined a family of five sisters and three brothers. When his mother passed away the day he was born, he was taken by relatives to live in Dell Rapids where he attended school through the 6th grade. At that time he left Dell Rapids and moved to the farm with more relatives where he grew up. Colman then became his home town. Joe served his country proudly for two years. During his time in the Army, he was proud to be a Military Policeman and was stationed on Eniwetok Atoll Island in the South Pacific, standing guard while the first hydrogen bomb was built.

Joe returned home to the farm and married Lois Groos. To this union, George, Bob, and Alice completed their family.

In 1975 a tragic car accident took his wife and the woman he called “Mom”, Agnes Johnson. Joe continued on the farm raising his family and taking care of the farm. He met Geri Benning on a bus trip to the East coast. They became fast friends and were married in 1998. In 2009, they moved into the Eastern Star apartments. In 2010, he was diagnosed with dementia so their traveling times, which they both enjoyed, came to a stop.

Joe was preceded in death by his siblings, Lawrence, Vernon, Naish, Donna, Margaret, Betty, Sally and Rita; his parents Anton and Margaret Heim; his foster parents Arleigh and Agnes Johnson; his first wife Lois and a granddaughter, Chelse.

He is survived by his wife, Geri Heim; son George (Marybeth) and their children, Adam and Jacob Heim; son Bob (Kim) and their children, Tanner and Logan Heim; daughter Alice (Mark) Berg and their children, Douglas, Greg, Paul, Jess, Lane, Monty Berg and Samantha (Ryan) Brace and great grandson Calvin; step daughter Cyndi (Jerry) Bachman; step grandchildren Amy (Jayme) Akin, Brian McFadden and eight step great grandchildren.

Cora “Corky” Loken

Cora LokenCora “Corky” M. Loken, 94, of Sioux Falls passed away on Sunday, July 10, 2016 at the Good Samaritan Center in Sioux Falls. Her Funeral Service will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 18, 2016 in Grace Lutheran Church, Watertown. Visitation will be one hour prior to the start of the service in the church. Interment will be in the Mt. Hope Cemetery, Watertown. On-line condolences may be left at the Kahler Funeral Home website.

Cora Mae Wigdahl was born on May 15, 1922, the daughter of George and Alma Wigdahl. She had two older brothers, Art and Melvin and two older sisters, Othelia and Esther. When Cora was a toddler, her mother passed away and her father remarried. Cora graduated from Watertown High School.

She married Robert “Bob” Loken on November 1, 1943. While Bob was overseas during WWII, Cora worked at Park Grant, placing tax stamps on packaged cigarettes. Once Bob returned home, they started a family and she became a homemaker. The couple was blessed with two children, John and Mary. Once the children started school she took a job as the school secretary, where she worked for Roosevelt School for 22 years.

Cora was a member of Grace Lutheran Church her entire life, and was very involved in church choir, Elizabeth Circle, and could be found in the kitchen assisting with many of the church’s needs. She enjoyed music, knitting, reading, cards and having coffee with her friends. She was a great baker and cook. She loved animals, particularly cats.

She is survived by her daughter, Mary (Scott) Gibson; her daughter-in-law, Sandie (John) Loken; her four grandchildren, Anthony (Kelli) Gibson, Maria (Jason) Clarke, Michael (Lisa) Gibson, and Abby (Stan) Ward, and her seven great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her step-mother, Hilda, her husband, her brothers, her sisters and her son.

Margaret Bisson

Margaret BissonMargaret E. Bisson, age 98, of Jasper, MN, died Monday, July 11, 2016 at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD. Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 11:00 AM at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. Interment in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Jasper. Visitation will be Friday, July 15, 2016 from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the church with a rosary at 7:00 PM and a prayer service to follow. On-line condolences may be left at the Hartquist Funeral Home website.

Margaret Emma Bisson was born on August 6, 1917 to Peter and Elizabeth (Carton) DeSplinter in Jasper, MN. She attended country school in District 36, Rosedell Township, Rock County, Minnesota through the eighth grade and then high school in Jasper. She grew up on the farm with one brother and two sisters. She also attended Schyler Beauty School in Sioux Falls, SD, to be a beautician. She was united in marriage on November 23, 1939, to Arthur J. Bisson at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. They farmed northwest of Jasper for 45 years and after their retirement they built a home in Jasper. Margaret devoted so much time throughout her life to being a caring wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Following Arthur’s death in 2001, Margaret continued to live and thrive at her home in Jasper.

Margaret was a faithful member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper where she was a part of their altar society, CCW, and many other church activities. She was a project leader in 4H, enjoyed serving at the Senior Citizens Center, and delivering Meals on Wheels. She loved baking and cooking, bowling, golfing, playing cards, and attending gatherings of the Red Hat Society. She was a prayer warrior and also enjoyed sending cards out to family and friends. For many years, Margaret and Art enjoyed spending their winters in Mesa, AZ. Margaret was always a very positive, sweet, kind, loving person and always thankful for everything. Most of all her passion was caring for her family; her love, prayers, and generosity will never be forgotten. Margaret was survived by her 13 children, Ron Bisson, Sr. of Minnetonka, MN, Carl (Tracy) Bisson of Savage, MN, Joan (Steve) Larson of Green Valley, AZ, Elizabeth Dockstader of Mesa, AZ, Mary (Gary) Knewtson of Brooklyn Park, MN, Pete (Maurine) Bisson of Sioux Falls, SD, Roberta Bisson of Sioux Falls, Petrine Bisson of Dell Rapids, SD, Tom (Beth) Bisson of Jasper, Veronica (Brad) Wille of Northfield, MN, Paul (Mary) Bisson of Sturgis, SD, Ann (Kevin) Miller of Brandon, SD, and Teresa (Kevin) Davis of Sioux Falls; 36 grandchildren, Ron Bisson, Jr., Stephanie Belseth, Mary Bisson, John Bisson, Katie Bisson, Ryan Bellmont, Reed Bisson, Jackie Dietzler, Melissa Savage, Brent Larson, Kelly Knewtson, Katie Deibele, Emily Neubauer, Chad Bisson, Sara Taubert, Jill Pedersen, Tara Miller, Andrew Bisson, Michael Bisson, Matthew Bisson, Laura Wilkison, Rachel Wille, David Wille, John Bisson, Bill Pike, Angela Ellingson, Daniel Pike, Benjamin Pike, Jordan Pike, Jenna Pike, Jacob Miller, Zachary Miller, Trevor Davis, Tyler Davis, Tanner Davis, Tessa Davis; and 55 great-grandchildren; one sister, Roberta (Jim) Moran of Sun City, AZ; and many nieces and nephews.

Margaret was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Arthur; her parents; one brother and sister-in-law LeRoy and Adeline DeSplinter; a sister, Sister Petrine DeSplinter; and one daughter-in-law, Anne Hunter Bisson.

Sister Mary Ancilla Russell

Sister Mary RussellMass of Resurrection for Sister Mary Ancilla Russell will be Monday, July 11, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in Blessed Sacrament Chapel at Presentation Convent, Aberdeen, SD. Reverend David Janes will be celebrant and homilist. Burial will be at the Sacred Heart Cemetery. Visitation begins at 4:00 p.m. Sunday, July 10, with a Scriptural Wake Service at 6:30 p.m. in Blessed Sacrament Chapel. On-line condolences may be left at Spitzer-Miller Funeral Home’s website.

Sister Ancilla Russell, 93, a Sister of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, died July 6, 2016, at Presentation Convent, Aberdeen, SD. Marian Jean Russell was born April 16, 1923 in Britton, SD to Charles Edmund and Sarah Cordella “Cora” (Malloy) Russell.

On January 6, 1947, she entered Presentation Convent and made her first profession of vows on August 10, 1949. Sister Ancilla received a Teaching Certificate from Notre Dame Jr. College, Mitchell, SD in 1950, earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Northern State University in 1963, a Master’s in Communication Arts from the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN in 1969 and did graduate studies in Theology at St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO in 1976.

Sister Ancilla spent 35 years as an educator, teaching students of all ages from second grade through post-secondary in Anoka and Willmar, MN, and Sioux Falls, Madison, Aberdeen, Mitchell, and Dell Rapids, SD as well as serving as an English Instructor, Coordinator of Interdisciplinary Education and Chair of the Humanities Division, Presentation College, Aberdeen, SD.

Sister Ancilla is survived by her Presentation Community of Sisters, Aberdeen, SD, many nieces, nephews and cousins. She is preceded in death by her parents; Cora and Charles E. Russell; two brothers, Charles F. “Kelly” and Richard; three sisters, Muriel McHugh, Elizabeth and Regena Russell.

Edna Olson

Edna Eloise Olson, 97, of Artesian, died Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Funeral services will be 10:30 am, Friday at the First Lutheran Church in Mitchell. Burial will be in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery at Artesian. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at the Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell. On-line condolences may be left at Bittner Funeral Chapel’s website.

She was born November 22, 1918 to Herman and Alma (Rink) Schefsky at Forestburg. She graduated from Forestburg High School in 1936 and the Sprague Hospital School of Nursing in Huron in 1939.

She married Victor W. Olson on April 19, 1940. She lived for 68 years on the farm north of Artesian. She worked as an R.N. in Chicago, Nampa and Vancouver.

She is survived by her children, Gayle (Bill) Klein of Dell Rapids, Neal (Kathy) Olson of Artesian, Nancy (Robert) Arend of Sioux Falls; daughter-in-law, Shirley Olson of Artesian; 15 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Irene Eining and Lottie Olson; and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband; son, Doyle; brother Orville (Irene) Schefsky, and Edward; seven sisters Velma (Arden) Moore, Freida (Mark) Peterson, Amelia (Walter) Jensen, Elsie (James) Sneesby, Darlene (Al) Bauer, Pauline (Mac) Eining, Margaret; two sisters-in-law, Edna M. Olson, and Alice Olson; a niece, Norma Deckert; and nephew, Harlan Olson.

Frances Klein

Francis KleinFrances C. Klein, 97, of Dell Rapids passed away on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at the Dells Area Health Center. Her Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 9, 2016 in St. Mary Catholic Church. Visitation on Friday, July 8, 2016 will begin at 3:00 p.m. in St. Mary Catholic Church. 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. On-line condolences may be left at Kahler Funeral Home.

Frances Klein was born on February 6, 1919 at Dell Rapids, SD, the daughter of John and Frances Klein. She grew up on a farm in the Dell Rapids area and attended St. Mary Catholic School graduating in 1936. She attended Notre Dame Jr. College in Mitchell for one year. She taught school for four years at the Mount Hope School rural, Dell Rapids. She married Joseph M. Klein on February 18, 1941 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Dell Rapids. They farmed west of Dell Rapids until 1973 when they retired and moved into Dell Rapids. Joe died in 2004.

She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and Altar Society.

Frances led by example through her devotion to Christ and the Blessed Mother by attending mass and praying the rosary daily. She enjoyed baking, caring for grandchildren, going for daily walks with her sister and her visits to the library.

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

Frances is survived by her five children, Bill (Gayle) Klein, Rose Ann (John) Mousel, James (Lucy) Klein, Vince (Lynette) Klein and Ronald (Carol) Klein; 22 grandchildren; 66 great-grandchildren; 2 great great-granddaughters; her sister, Mary Ann Klein and her sisters-in-law, Vera Klein and Florence VanVooren.

Memorials may be directed to St. Mary School.

Richard “Dick” Frederick

Richard FrederickRichard C. “Dick” Frederick, age 66, of Mitchell, passed away Sunday, July 3, 2016 at his home after a long battle with cancer. The Funeral Mass for the repose of the soul of Richard Frederick will be prayed at 10:30 AM, Friday, July 8, 2016 at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Mitchell. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery at Watertown, SD with full military honors on Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 11:00 AM. For the burial, mourners are asked to meet at Crawford Funeral Chapel in Watertown at 10:30 AM Saturday, July 9. Visitation will be from 4-7:00 PM Thursday evening at Holy Family Catholic Church in Mitchell with a prayer service and Rosary at 7:00 PM.

Richard “Dick” Frederick and his twin brother, Doug, were born on April 24, 1950 in Watertown, SD to Charles and S. Lorraine (Hess) Frederick. He attended grade school at Immaculate Conception School and graduated from Watertown High School in 1968. Dick married Julie J. Lauseng on June 17, 1972, in Watertown. Dick entered the military in May, 1969 and served in the Vietnam War from March 1970 to April 1971. During his military career, Dick was stationed in Italy, Hawaii, and Georgia, and retired as a Major with the South Dakota Army National Guard after 30 years of service and earning a Bronze Star medal. Dick graduated in April 1979 from the University of South Dakota with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and an ROTC commission at which time Dick went back on active duty as an officer until 1983, when he accepted a job with a Defense Contractor as a Computer/Communications Analyst and moved his family to Frankfurt, Germany for two years.

In 1986, Dick started his second career as a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones, serving his clients and friends with financial advice for 30 years. Dick is survived by his wife, Julie of Mitchell, SD; daughters: Shayne Kennedy of Sioux Falls, SD and Kelly Frederick of Mitchell, SD; grandchildren: Emilie (Nathan Byrd), Ashton, Derrek and Kaylyn Kennedy, all of Sioux Falls, SD; and a great granddaughter, Braylie Kennedy-Byrd of Sioux Falls, SD; siblings: Michael (Jill) Frederick of Hartford, SD, Samuel (Aletha) Frederick of Rapid City, SD, Douglas (Deb) Frederick of Sioux Falls, SD, Joseph (Elaine) Frederick of Oaks, ND, Sarah (Ed) Zerfas of Dell Rapids, SD, Helen (Larry) Robel of High Point, NC, Mary (Gary) Reineke of Sioux Falls, SD, Barbara Frederick of Redfield, SD, John (Theresa) Frederick of Sioux Falls, SD and Mark (Christine) Frederick of Rapid City; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother in infancy and a sister in infancy.