Charlotte Crisp

Charlotte CrispCharlotte Ann Crisp, 52, of Whitewood, SD passed away Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at the Dougherty Hospice House.  Memorial services will begin at 10: 00 AM Monday August 4, 2014 at the First Baptist Church, Dell Rapids.  Memorial visitation will be from 3-5:00 PM Sunday at the church.  Condolences may be left at

Charlotte was born November 1, 1961 in Luverne, Minnesota to parents Marvin and Patty (Hagen) Niemann. She moved with her parents to the Colton area and graduated from Tri Valley High School in 1980. She married David Crisp December 20, 1980 in Colton. Charlotte graduated from Nettleton College in 1982. After their marriage they lived in Dell Rapids and near Baltic before moving to Spearfish Canyon and then to Whitewood.

Grateful for having shared her life are her husband, Dave, Whitewood; a son, J.D. Crisp, Dell Rapids; mother, Patty Niemann, Sioux Falls; sisters, Paula (Kurt) Nussbaum, Garretson and Jill (Dan) Brown, Sioux Falls; brother, John Niemann, Baltic; mother-in-law, Dianne Crisp, Dell Rapids; sister-in-law, Mary (Charlie) Anderson, Baltic; brothers-in-law, Mark (Maria) Crisp and Scott (Karen) Crisp, all of Dell Rapids; special aunt and Godparents, Judy (Ernie) Niemann, Sioux Falls; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Marvin; sister, Julie, and father- in- law, Max Crisp.

Daniel “Danny” Davis

Danny DavisDaniel “Danny” Davis, 65, of Trent, SD, passed away on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at his home after a short illness. His funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at the Trent Baptist Church, Trent. Visitation will begin two hours prior to the start of the service.  Condolences may be left at

Daniel Earl Davis was born on November 19, 1948 in Crookston, MN to Earl and Betty Davis. The family moved to Bismarck, ND where he graduated from Bismarck High School. He entered the United States Army in 1968, serving as a sergeant in Vietnam. Upon his return home he attended Wahpeton College in Wahpeton, ND. He came to SD in 1986 where he met and married Kathy Krempges. He had a variety of jobs in North and South Dakota building and painting water towers and bridges, climbing steel and building grain elevators. He worked for John Morrell, did landscaping and welded railroad cars.

He enjoyed planting a big garden and making hot salsa and hot chili. He loved to dress up for Halloween each year. Most of all he loved talking and laughing with family and friends and spreading good times.

Danny is survived by his wife, Kathy; his son, Jebadiah of Trent; two daughters, Jami (Brian) Alberts of Trent and Niki (Brian) Alberts of Crooks; three granddaughters, Ashley, RaeAnne and Hunter; three stepgrandchildren, Bryant, Cameron and Katie and a great grandson, Henry; his mother, Betty; his brother, Mike (Judy) Davis; sister-in-law, Judy Braun all of Bismarck, ND and his nieces, nephews and many friends.

He was preceded in death by two infant sons, Zachary and Jacob; his father, Earl; his brother, Gary and his nephew, Mitchell.

Christopher Nelson

Christopher NelsonChristopher Nelson, 24, passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at his home. Christopher was born on August 10, 1989, in Dell Rapids, SD. He grew up in Flandreau, SD and attended school in Flandreau. After school he moved to Jamestown, ND where he received his GED and built grain bins. He later moved back to Flandreau and worked at Royal River Casino as a Security Guard. Chris loved fishing, drawing, and listening to music.

Chris is survived by his parents, Brenda and Dale Kroeger, two sisters, Melissa McMahon, Sioux Falls, Brittany Nelson, Dell Rapids, one nephew, Kayden Nelson, Grandma Carolyn McMahon and Grandma Carol Kroeger, both from Flandreau, three Aunts Pamela (Loren) Hillstrom, Jamestown, ND, Linda (Glen) VanDyke, Billings, MT, Lori Kroeger, Sioux Falls, special friend, Nina, father Kelley Nelson, and many other cousins and family members. He was preceded in death by his Grandpa Loren McMahon and Grandpa Tom Kroeger.

Funeral services will be Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 1:00 pm at Skroch Funeral Chapel, with burial at Ss. Simon and Jude Catholic Cemetery, Flandreau, SD. Visitation is from 4:00 – 7:00 pm Friday at Skroch Funeral Chapel, Flandreau.

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Sister Verna Kelley

Sister Verna KelleySister Verna Kelley, 86, a Sister of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, died July 21, 2014, at Presentation Convent, Aberdeen, SD.

The Mass of Resurrection for Sister Verna will be Friday, July 25, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. in Blessed Sacrament Chapel at Presentation Convent, Aberdeen, SD. Reverend Greg Tschakert, is celebrant and homilist. A Scriptural wake service will be Thursday, July 24 at 6:30 p.m. in Blessed Sacrament Chapel. The service will be led by Sr. Verna’s brother, Deacon Richard Kelley.  Burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery with Spitzer-Miller Funeral Home, 1111 S. Main Street, in charge of arrangements.

Sr. Verna “Patricia” was born May 8, 1928 in Aberdeen, SD to Iva (White) and Verne Kelley. She completed her grade school education at Washington Elementary, Pierre, SD and graduated from Central High School, Aberdeen, SD in 1946. Patricia entered Presentation Convent September 8, 1946 and made her first profession of vows August 10, 1949.  Sister Verna earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Northern State University in1962 and a Master’s Degree in Administration from Northern in 1981. She taught at elementary schools staffed by Presentation Sisters from 1949 to 1999 including Mound and Anoka, MN, Miles City, MT, Mitchell, Madison, Sioux Falls, Aberdeen, Milbank and Dell Rapids, SD. Sister ministered in the Foster Grandparent program at Roncalli Primary School from 1999 to 2013. Her passion for helping others, especially children, was  evident in the many years she taught first and second grade. She wrote poetry, several children’s books including handbooks for teachers instructing children preparing for receiving the sacraments of First Reconciliation and Eucharist. She also enjoyed creating greeting cards, banners, and posters.

Sister Verna is survived by her community of Presentation Sisters, one sister, Margaret Smith, International Falls, MN, one brother, Deacon Richard Kelley, Aberdeen, SD and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, Iva and Verne Kelley, three sisters, Mercedes Volk, Kathryn Keenan, Mary Johnson, and two brothers, Vern Kelley and Reverend John Kelley.

Family members will serve as active pall bearers.

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Ellis Alberts

Ellis AlbertsThe funeral for Ellis Alberts will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 11, 2014, at the Zion Reformed Church of Amherst, with Pastors Hal Phoenix and Don Flaherty of Ellendale, N.D., and Pastor Glenn Raynor of Hecla officiating. Burial will be in the Britton Cemetery, under the direction of Price Funeral Chapel, Britton.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the church in Amherst, with a 7 p.m. prayer service.  Ellis was called to his Eternal Home on Sunday evening, July 6, 2014, at the age of 98 years.

Ellis Raymond Alberts was born Nov. 13, 1915, on a farm near Amherst to Harmon F. and Johanna F. Alberts. He attended school at Amherst, graduating from Amherst High School in 1934. He was on the basketball team and played trombone in band. After graduation, Ellis remained on the family farm.

On Sept. 27, 1942, Ellis married Aerial June Stevens in Aberdeen. They made their home on a farm they had purchased, northwest of Amherst. Over the next few years, the couple was blessed with three daughters. Ellis loved the Lord, his family and his farm. He felt very blessed to be a farmer. He milked cows and raised cattle, hogs and chickens for many years. He was noted for planting the straightest cornrows in the country! He was also one of the last farmers in the area to check corn.

Ellis is survived by his three daughters: Claudia (Neil) Frey of Britton, Andrea “Ann” (Dennis) Blumhardt of Shorewood, Ill., Debora (Rodney) Satrang of Mitchell; 15 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law: Doris Alberts of Britton, Violet Alberts of Dell Rapids; and many nieces, nephews and their families.  Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife; four sisters: Clara Eberle, Martha Wieker, Helen Bush and an infant sister; and seven brothers: Henry, Art, Lee, Herman, Joe, Melvin and Robert Alberts.

Condolences may be directed to the family in care of Claudia Frey, 10952 421st Avenue, Britton, SD 58430.

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Agnes (Schwebach) Sechser

Agnes SechserAgnes Ann Sechser, 96, of rural Sioux Falls, passed away Thursday, July 10, 2014 at the Dougherty Hospice House. She was born on May 6, 1918 to Philip and Catherine Schwebach at Bird Island, MN. They moved to Elkton and then to Dell Rapids where she attended country schools.

Agnes married Francis Sechser on May 6, 1947. They farmed north of Sioux Falls until their retirement. Francis passed away in 2003. She enjoyed gardening, quilting, baking, sewing, embroidering and spending time with her family and grandchildren. Agnes was a member of the Cathedral of St. Joseph and the Cathedral Club.

Grateful for having shared her life are her children: Jerry (Denise), Bettendorf, IA, Mary Ann (Dave) Erickson, Creedmoor, NC, Betty (Keith) Allison, Brookings, SD, Janice Sechser, Sioux Falls, SD, Don (Ann), Franklin, TN, Mark (Pam), Harrisburg, SD and Ed (Beth), Sioux Falls, SD; nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and a brother: Raphael Schwebach. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, five brothers, three sisters and a son-in-law.

Visitation will be Monday, 5 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Scripture Vigil at 7 PM followed by the Rosary. Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, 9:30 AM at the Cathedral of St. Joseph with burial to follow at St. Michael Cemetery. An on-line registry is available at

Kenneth Olson

Kenneth OlsonKenneth D. Olson, 89, of Baltic died Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at his home.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM Monday July 14, 2014 at Baltic Lutheran Church, Baltic. Burial will be in the St. Olaf Cemetery, Baltic. Visitation with the family present will be from 1-3:00 PM Sunday at the Minnehaha Funeral Home, Baltic.

Kenneth was born April 19, 1925 at Worthing, South Dakota to parents Thorval and Jennie (Swenson) Olson. He moved with his family to the Baltic area and graduated from Baltic High School. He married Cleo Haugse December 3, 1947 in Colton. They lived and farmed south of Baltic until moving into Baltic in 1997. Cleo died December 25, 2013.

Kenneth was a member of the Baltic Lutheran Church and enjoyed spending time at the farm and with his family.

Grateful for having shared his life are his children, Sheila (Larry) Skatvold, Dell Rapids; Dennis Olson, Sioux Falls; Rodney (Kim) Olson, Sioux Falls; Lynn (Lisa) Olson, Baltic; Marcia (Larry) Miller, Baltic; six grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; sisters, Dorothy (Don) Anderson, Yankton and Ruth (James) Haugen, Baltic; and a brother in law, Bud Skacnke, Baltic.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Cleo on December 25, 2013, his parents, and his sister Joyce Skancke.

Marie Brobjorg

Marie BrobjorgMarie Brobjorg, 84, of Baltic, died peacefully on July 8, 2014 from complications of cancer at her daughter’s home near Colton where she spent her last few months being lovingly cared for by her family. Funeral services will begin at 10:30 AM Saturday, July 12, 2014, at East Nidaros Lutheran Church, rural Baltic. Visitation with the family present will be from 5-7:00 PM Friday, at Minnehaha Funeral Home, Baltic.

Marie was born on October 18, 1929 to Carl and Anna (Hall) Stangeland. She grew up in the Harrisburg area and graduated from Harrisburg High School. After graduation she worked at Manchester’s Biscuit Company. She married Arnold Brobjorg on June 15, 1957, at Luverne, Minnesota. After their marriage they moved to the family farm near Baltic where they raised their four children. She was a homemaker for many years and later worked 20+ years at the Holiday Inn. Marie worked more recently at Terrace Manor in Dell Rapids where she always enjoyed visiting with the residents as well as her co-workers during coffee breaks.

Marie was a longtime member of East Nidaros Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday School for many years and was active in WELCA. Marie enjoyed taking pictures, cooking, playing cards, doing crossword puzzles, and working outdoors on her farm. But most importantly she treasured the time spent with her family and friends. She will be especially remembered for her kindhearted and easygoing manner and all around lovely personality.

Grateful for having shared her life are her children: Gloria (Joe) Schaefer of Eagan, Minnesota, Mark Brobjorg of Baltic, Sherrie (Tom) Welbig of Dell Rapids, and Terry Brobjorg of Baltic; eleven grandchildren: Christopher (Riley) Schaefer, Ashley (Joe) Henderson, Bryan Schaefer, Miranda Welbig, Sara Brobjorg, Brennan Welbig, Alyssa Schaefer, Taylor Brobjorg, Kenton Welbig, Joey Brobjorg, and John Brobjorg; three great-grandchildren: Kenson, Lexyn, and Tavyn Henderson; and two sisters-in law: Maurine Brobjorg of Pipestone, and Helen Brobjorg of Baltic.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold; parents; brothers, Alan Stangeland and Orville Rust; and sisters: Lorna Evans and Corrine Thomas.

Candy Warwick

Candy L. Warwick, 62, Sioux Falls, died Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at home from natural causes.

Memorial services will be held Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 1:00 pm, at Heartland Funeral Home with Pastor Lee Green officiating.

Candy is survived by her husband, Dick; daughters, Crystal Kuhnert, Sioux Falls, Jenny Warwick, Sioux Falls, and Shannon Warwick, Dell Rapids; and one son , Steven Kuhnert, Sioux Falls; 11 grandchildren; two brothers and many nieces and nephews.

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Robert “Bob” Burrell

Bob BurrellRobert “Bob” Sheldon Burrell, 74, of Pierre, SD, passed away on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at Avera Mckennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. His memorial service will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 7, 2014 at the United Methodist Church, Dell Rapids. Visitation will be one hour prior to the start of the service. A private committal service will be held in the Dell Rapids Cemetery.  Condolences may be left at

Bob was born on February 26, 1940, the son of Robert and Kareen (Hacklander) Burrell at Montevideo, MN. He moved with his family to Dell Rapids in 1942. He grew up and attended school in Dell Rapids, graduating from Dell Rapids High School in 1958. After high school he attended the University of Nebraska and then graduated from Northern State University. He later received his masters degree from the University of South Dakota. He did his student teaching at Molbridge, SD and started his teaching career at Elkton, SD. He later taught math and science at Watertown, Pierre, Broadus, MT and Faith. He retired in 1998 and began a career in carpentry.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, back packing and hiking in the mountains with his dog, and all outdoor activities. Throughout his many years of teaching he mentored many young adults and he always had a special love for dogs.

Bob is preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his brother, Bruce (Judy) Burrell of Brookings; his sister, Barb (Merle) Davis of Dell Rapids; his nieces and nephews, Barry (Dawn) Burrell of Brooklyn Park, MN, Patty Burrell of Framingham, MA, Pam (John) Wells of Colorado Springs, CO, Brad (Tara) Burrell of Castlewood, Kari (Rob) Karst  and Jill Hansen both of Dell Rapids; his many great nieces and nephews and his dog, Libby.