Elmer Penning

Elmer PenningElmer Edward Penning, 82, of Belle Fourche, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, at home surrounded by his wife, Peggy, of 62 years and his loving family.

He was born July 13, 1932, in Dell Rapids, South Dakota, to Nic and Elizabeth Penning. He was one of 14 children and raised on the family farm near Dell Rapids. He graduated in 1950 from St. Mary’s Catholic School, working at JF Anderson Lumber Company in Trent, South Dakota, until he was drafted into the Army in 1952.

Between basic training and a leadership course at Camp Roberts, California, he married Margaret “Peggy” Carol Hammond, on Jan. 12, 1953, in Hardin, Montana. Peggy then stayed with her family in Montana while Elmer was deployed to Korea, serving as a ‘forward observer’. On the way, he was able to meet his brother in Camp Fuji, Japan, who was on his way back from Korea.

He returned home to his job at the lumber company, soon managing in Trent, South Dakota. He always volunteered in many civic duties, even designing the school gymnasium. Anderson Lumber Company asked him to remodel and manage the lumber company in Nashua, Iowa, and he also bought and managed a Redi-mix plant as well.

In 1964, he left his management job to use his talents to serve in missionary work and moved his family to Bethlehem, South Dakota, to volunteer at what was then a Monastery. He was responsible for much of the concrete work, buildings and grounds. He also worked with 50 youth each summer who would come from Canada to volunteer. This was his Catholic faith at work.

In 1967, he moved his family to Belle Fourche when he went to work for Robbins and Stearns Lumber Company out of Rapid City, retiring after 18 years of service. In 1986 he managed for Neiman Sawmills, Inc. in Hulett, Wyoming retiring in 1992 to tend his gardens, orchards and grandchildren. He was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church, lectoring for 18 years as well as being involved in many volunteer projects.

Grateful for having shared his life is his wife, Peggy, three daughters, Carleen Liggett & Cathy (Clark) Sowers, Belle Fourche, Peggy Sue (Dave) Mutchler of Keystone, six sons; Brett (ReNette), Tom (Mary), Chris (Sharon) of Hulett, Wyoming, Mike (Sheri) of Belle Fourche, Shawn (Jennifer) Saginaw, Michigan and Les (Debbie) Sundance, Wyoming; 38 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, two sisters, son, Joseph, grandson, Michael and great-grandson Josef.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 26, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, with burial to follow at noon at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis. Pallbearers will be his six sons, Brett, Mike, Tom, Chris, Shawn and Lester Penning and grandson, Joe Penning. Condolences may be left at www.klinefuneralchapel.com. The family suggests memorials to any prolife group.

Sophia Mary Schumacher

Sophia SchumacherMass of Christian burial for Sophia Mary Schumacher, 84, of Sioux Falls and formerly of Ipswich, will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Ipswich, with Father Russell Homic as celebrant. Sophia died Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, at Golden Living Centers-Covington Heights in Sioux Falls.

Burial will take place at the church cemetery. Schriver’s Memorial Mortuary and Crematory, 414 Fifth Ave. N.W., in Aberdeen is in charge of arrangements. Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the church in Ipswich, with a liturgical wake service being held at 7 p.m. Visitation continues one hour prior to Mass on Thursday.  Condolences may be left at www.schriversmemorial.com

Sophia Mary Fettig was born March 28, 1930, to Frank and Magdalena (Doll) Fettig in Norbeck. She grew up in Aberdeen with her five brothers and three sisters, where she received her education at St. Mary’s School.

Sophia married John Schumacher on April 26, 1949, in Aberdeen. To this union, 11 children were born. They made their home in Mansfield until they moved to their dairy farm near Leola in 1952. After moving to Ipswich in 1980, Sophia worked at the school until she began her 25-year career as the head cook at the Colonial Manor Nursing Home. She retired at age 75 and continued to live in Ipswich until 2011, when she moved to Sioux Falls.

Sophia will be remembered for her cooking and canning, enough to feed her army of children and all their friends. No one went hungry when they were in her home. She especially enjoyed annual canning and making pickles by the gallons.

Blessed to have shared her life are her children: Theresa Beck and her husband Wayne, Sioux Falls, Diana Steinbring and her husband Neil, Milwaukee, Wis., John Schumacher and his wife Mariann, Ipswich, Kathleen Preszler, Sioux Falls, Patricia Olson and her husband Bob, Sioux Falls, Gary Schumacher, DeSmet, Robert Schumacher and his wife Trish, Lewiston, Idaho, Larry Schumacher (Kristine Warren), Sturgis, Martin Schumacher and his wife Nicole, Sioux Falls, and Madeline Borah and her husband Milt, Dell Rapids; she is also survived by 18 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two brothers: Frank Fettig and his wife Norma, LeSueur, Minn., and Lawrence Fettig and his wife Shari, Urbandale, Iowa; and a host of other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John in 1986; her daughter, Janet in 1975; her parents; her brothers: George, Matt and Martin; and her sisters: Margaret, Maggie and Mary.

Brittany Nelson

Brittany NelsonBrittany Marie Nelson, 22, passed away Wednesday, January 21, 2015 in Flandreau. She was born July 14, 1992, in Flandreau, SD. She graduated from Flandreau High School in 2010. Brittany worked at Royal River Casino as a waitress and later as a Players Club Representative. She currently worked at Casey’s Convenience Store in Dell Rapids. Brittany enjoyed music, friends, writing poetry, joking around and having a good time and spending special time with Kayden.

Brittany is survived by her son Kayden, parents, Brenda and Dale Kroeger, sister Melissa McMahon, Sioux Falls, Grandma Carolyn McMahon and Grandma Carol Kroeger, both of Flandreau, three aunts, Pamela (Loren) Hillstrom, Jamestown, ND, Linda (Glen) VanDyke, Billings, MT, Lori Kroeger, Sioux Falls, special friend Zach, father Kelley Nelson, Oklahoma and many other cousins and family members. Brittany was preceded in death by her brother Chris, Grandpa Loren McMahon and Grandpa Tom Kroeger.

Funeral services will be 11:00 am Saturday, January 24, 2015 at Skroch Funeral Chapel, Flandreau, with burial in Ss. Simon and Jude Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 pm Friday at the funeral chapel. Condolences may be left at www.skrochfc.com


Robert Mabbs

Robert MabbsRobert Donald Mabbs, 89, of Prince of Peace Place, Sioux Falls, SD, died January 16, 2015.

Bob was born July 15, 1925, in Salt Lake City, UT; graduated from Manhasset (NY) High in 1942; earned degrees from Cornell University, the College of Wooster (OH), McCormick Seminary (Chicago, IL), University of Pittsburgh (PA), and a doctorate from University of Utah. He served as aviation electronics technician in the U.S. Navy, WWII.

Alice Ruth Gabel and Bob were married January 12, 1951, in Cairo, Egypt, where Bob was teaching chemistry, sociology and ethics at the American University in Cairo. More than 7 years of Middle East teaching included Aleppo College (Syria) and National Evangelical College (Zahleh, Lebanon) as missionary for Presbyterian USA Church.

Moving to Sioux Falls, SD, in 1966, Bob founded and directed the Joint Community Development & Social Work Education undergraduate program between Augustana College and the University of Sioux Falls, receiving the 1971 Outstanding Educator of America Award. In Dell Rapids, SD, he supervised community organization students in a 1969-1975 project to develop community leadership (an interdisciplinary effort involving a dozen Augustana faculty). Bob retired as a distinguished professor for theological integration into college curricula.

Survivors include: two daughters: Bonnie J. (Kevin) Swenson, McKees Rocks, PA, and Cherie (Bob) Goehring, Baltic, SD; two sons: Dick V. (Linda) Mabbs, Minneapolis, MN, and Merrill L. (Brenda) Mabbs, Rapid City, SD; nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; niece and nephew. Bob was predeceased by his very beloved wife, Alice, in 2004, and by his parents: John Kenneth and Gertrude Conine Mabbs.

Meeting for Thanksgiving will be held at Spirit of Peace Church, 69th St. and Cliff Ave., Sioux Falls, SD, on Saturday, February 7, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. The family requests no flowers, with memorials directed to overseas humanitarian relief of your choice. Bob’s body has been willed to the University of South Dakota Medical School. Condolences may be left at www.millerfh.com

Howard Daugaard

Howard DaugaardHoward Daugaard, 96, of Sioux Falls, passed away on Sunday, January 18, 2015 at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls. His funeral service will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at the First Baptist Church, Dell Rapids. Visitation on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 will begin at 1:00 p.m. with the family present from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Kahler Funeral Home, Dell Rapids. Condolences may be left at www.kahlerfh.com

Howard W. Daugaard was born on July 28, 1918 the son of Martin and Margaret (Grav) Daugaard at Dell Rapids, South Dakota. He grew up on the family farm and attended country school where he rode his horse to school. He graduated from Dell Rapids High School. After high school he started working for International Harvester. He married Lucile Crisp in 1940. He entered WWII serving in the US Army and was discharged in 1946. He returned home and began working for International Harvester again until he bought his milker out in the late 1940’s. He owned a bulk milk company called Northwest Milk Route until his retirement in 1984. After retirement he still remained active in the business.

He was a member of the Sioux Falls VFW and the First Baptist Church in Sioux Falls.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Lucile in 2008; his daughter, Peggy; his brother, Raymond and his sisters, Stella and Freda.

Howard is survived by his sons, John (Cheryl) and Paul (Teresa) both of Sioux Falls; his daughter, Nancy (Wil) Harrington of Denver, CO; his granddaughters, Luara (Andrew) Meyers and Robin (Sean) Graham; his two great grandchildren, Ashley and Grace and his many nieces and nephews.


Roger Nelsen

Roger NelsenRoger E. Nelsen, 73, passed away Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at his home in Flandreau. Roger was born January 6, 1943 at Dell Rapids, SD to Marinus and Tilda (Park) Nelsen. He attended DeVaney Country School and then began farming at his beloved homestead south of Colman, SD with his father. Roger worked at Greenlee Meat Packing and Halde Insulation in Sioux Falls while he continued to farm. Roger married Carole Langdon on September 19, 1964 at Luverne, MN. He started working at T & R Electric in 1983 where he was truly inspired and has continued to work. Roger married Joyce Dixon on December 10, 1988 in Flandreau. He retired from farming in the 1990’s. He was dedicated to his work. Roger enjoyed old cars including his Model A and Plymouth and his antique tractors that he restored and gardening.

Roger is survived by his wife Joyce, five children, Lynda (Tom) Evan, Chandler, AZ, Lisa Brown, Dell Rapids, Shelly (Tony) Baumberger, Colman, Keith Nelsen, Trent, Stacy (Robert) Hoffman, Dell Rapids, two stepdaughters, Yolanda (Dave Kingery) Dixon, Urbandale, IA, Nicole (Brian) VanBockern, Kansas City, MO, 16 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, sister Nellie Dissing, Colman, brother Russell (Shirley) Nelsen, Wahkon, MN and his T & R family and Flandreau coffee buddies. Roger was preceded by his parents, grandson Jason Elhoff, two brothers, Robert and Roy, and sister Helen Prudic.

Funeral services will be 11:00 am Saturday, January 17, 2015 at Flandreau United Methodist Church with burial in the Colman Cemetery. Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 pm Friday with a 7:00 pm prayer service at Skroch Funeral Chapel. Condolences may be left at www.skrochfc.com

Alberta Jacobson

Alberta JacobsonAlberta Jacobson, 93, of Lennox, South Dakota, died Monday, January 12, 2015 at the Covington Heights Nursing Home, Sioux Falls. Services will begin at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January, 15, 2015 at First English Lutheran Church, Lennox with burial to follow at the Germantown Cemetery, rural Chancellor. Visitation also at First English will begin at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday with the family present from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Condolences may be left at www.dkfuneralhome.com

Alberta Jeannette Stratmeyer was born six miles northwest of Lennox, South Dakota, the daughter of Claus J. and Margaret (DeBoer) Stratmeyer. She grew up here and attended Schoffelman District #63 rural school. On September 2, 1942 she married Harold Jacobson at Luverne, Minnesota. They lived in Lennox their entire married life. Harold died on October 30, 1983.

Alberta was a cleaning lady. She cleaned at Charlies Motel, Cavin Implement and more recently, at the Lennox American Legion building for over 25 years. She was a member of First English Lutheran Church and the Lennox American Legion Auxiliary where she had served as President. She was a member of W.I.B.C. and the Elite 80 Club of the S.D.B.A.

Besides her husband and parents, Alberta was preceded in death by two sons, David Jacobson in 2005 and Howard Jacobson in 2010; four siblings, Alice Musch in 1993, Hildred Stratmeyer in 1988, Jacob Stratmeyer in 1997 and Frances Steigerwald in 1999.

Grateful for having shared her life are her four sons: Steve (Carole), Dell Rapids, Harry, Frank (Barb) and Bill (Cheryl) all of Lennox and one daughter, Alice (Arden) Vietor, Lennox; 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren as other relatives and a host of friends.


Bette Ann Traill

Bette TraillMemorial Mass of Christian Burial for Bette A. Traill will be celebrated at All Saints Catholic Church in Holdrege, Nebraska on Friday, January 16, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. with Father Thomas Lux as celebrant. A rosary will be prayed at the church at 7:00 p.m. the night before. Inurnment will follow at Prairie Home Cemetery

Bette Ann Traill, 63 years of age, of Holdrege, Nebraska, passed away on Friday, January 9, 2015 at CHI Health Good Samaritan in Kearney, Nebraska surrounded by her closest family and friends. Bette was born October 15, 1951 in Holdrege, the fifth of six children and second born in a set of twins, to Irven F. and Vera R. (Theis) Blauvelt. She received her primary education and graduated from Holdrege High School with the class of 1970. She then pursued higher education from University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

In 1971, she was united in marriage to Greg Traill at the All Saints Catholic Church in Holdrege. To this union two children were born: Stacie and Jeffrey. The family made their home in Holdrege where Bette focused her efforts on raising the family. Bette and Greg later divorced. From 1974-1977, she worked part-time at her father’s business, Irv’s Avenue Package. In 1978, she began working for the Holdrege Area Chamber of Commerce and was later promoted to Executive Secretary. She also served as the Executive Secretary for the Holdrege Industrial Development Corporation. In 1982, she and the kids made their home in Bethlehem, South Dakota, where Bette worked as a Travel Agent and Advisor for Bethlehem Travel. The family later moved to Rapid City, South Dakota, where Bette worked for the Catholic Diocese of Rapid City as Advertising Manager for the West River Catholic Newspaper. She was promoted to Director of Communications and served the diocese until 1991, when she pursued higher education at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. While attending college, Bette worked as a secretary, drug and alcohol counselor trainee, provided counseling services for the Pennington County Diversion Program, and was additionally self-employed. Bette started working for advocacy on the Board of Directors on the Mental Health Outreach Network, which led Bette to pursue higher education, studying Psychology and Sociology at the Black Hills State University. In June of 1997, she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Bette moved back to Nebraska to care for her parents until their deaths.

Bette enjoyed reading, sewing, traveling and spending time with her family and friends. She had a love of animals, especially cats. In 1998, Bette became disabled but remained active in numerous volunteer efforts. She enjoyed volunteering as a tutor for the Holdrege Literacy Council, helping tutor students studying for their GED. Her love of young people provided additional tutoring at Rags 2 Riches in Holdrege. She also volunteered at Holdrege Memorial Homes. Bette facilitated the Holdrege Area Fibromyalgia Group and served on the Phelps County Crime Stoppers Board of Directors.

She was a member of the All Saint Catholic Church, where she taught CCD and was a lector. She also taught religious education at various parishes for over 20 years. Bette enjoyed her Bible Study and prayer groups both at her church and interdenominational.

Bette was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Jean Headrick in 2003; and brother, Terry Blauvelt in 2014.

She leaves to mourn her passing; her children: Stacie Traill and partner Kyle Lerfeld of Minneapolis, Minnesota and Jeff Traill and his wife, Emilie of Dell Rapids, South Dakota; two grandchildren: Carter and Cate Traill of Dell Rapids; three brothers: Tim Blauvelt and his wife, Carol of Manassas, Virginia, Brad Blauvelt and his wife, Mary of Rapid City, South Dakota and Randy Blauvelt and his wife, Heather of Thornton, Colorado; sister-in-law, Jan Blauvelt of Hastings, Nebraska; special friends and adopted sisters: Connie Bergeson and Mary Ann Crawford; along with nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and numerous friends. Memorial Book Signing will be held at the Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege on Thursday, January 15, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

A memorial has been established in Bette’s honor and will be designated at a later date.

Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at www.nelsonbauerfh.com

The Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege is in charge of the arrangements.

Pamela Granum

Pamela GranumPamela J. Granum, age 60, of Volga, died Sunday, January 4, 2015, at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls. Funeral Services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 8, 2015, at First Lutheran Church in Volga with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Condolences may be left at www. eidsnessfuneralhome.com

Pamela was born February 4, 1954, in Dell Rapids, SD, to Russell and Elsie (Dobson) Olson. She was baptized at the Trent Baptist Church. Pam graduated from Flandreau High School in 1972. On October 11, 1975, she married Ron Granum in Volga SD, where they owned and operated Granum Construction. Pam was confirmed at First Lutheran Church in Volga, where she was an active member.

Pam enjoyed Crocheting, knitting, and spending time with her grandchildren. She was always a warm hearted person and lived life to the fullest. 

Survivors include her husband, Ron of Volga; daughter, Jody (Jeremy) Riemersma of Brookings; two close grandsons, Alex Waller of Volga and Cody Riemersma of Brookings; sister, Jacqueline (Richard) Moeller of Dell Rapids; sister-in-law, Dawn Olson of Berthoud, Colorado; mother-in-law, Arlene Granum of Volga, brothers-in-law, Gerald (Kathi) Granum of Lake Campbell and Rick (Dorothy) Granum of Brookings; sisters-in-law, Judy (Warren) Stokes of Bruce and Sally Roth of Bruce, and a host of other relatives and friends. Pam was preceded in death by her daughter, Melissa; parents; father-in-law, Sylvan; two nieces; one nephew, and two brothers, Stuart and James Olson.

Marian Klein

Marian KleinMarian Klein, 86, of Hartford passed away Saturday, January 10, 2015.

Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 AM Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at St. George Catholic Church in Hartford. Burial will be in the St. George Catholic Cemetery. Visitation with the family present will be from 5:00 to 7:00 PM with a Wake Service at 6:00 PM Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at the church.  Condolences may be left at www. minnehahafuneralhome.com

Marian was born May 28, 1928 on the family farm, rural Hartford to parents Tom and Nellie (Byg) Broyles. She graduated from Lyons High School in 1946. Marian married Walter Klein February 11, 1947. They farmed near Dell Rapids for two years before moving to the family farm in the Hartford area where she farmed alongside of her husband. They moved to Hartford in 1993.

Marian was a member of St. George Catholic Church, Altar Society, Bentonette Extension Club, Empire Saddle Club, Community Saddle Club, Happy Gals Card Club and Dakota Harness Club.

Grateful for having shared her life are her husband, Walter Klein, Hartford; children, David (Linda) Klein, Fort Scott, KS, Dennis (Cheryl) Klein, Crooks, Steven (Debra) Klein, Sioux Falls, Walter (Lisa) Klein, Magnolia, TX, Terry (Cindy) Klein, Hartford and Pam Klein Teuber, Rapid City; fifteen grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren. Marian was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Julie Klein; grandson, Shawn Klein; great-grandson, Bryson Wilking and sister, Shirley Sorum.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. George Catholic Church building fund.