Kathryn “Kathy” Winterfeldt

Kathy WinterfeldtKathryn Winterfeldt, 64 of Gibbon, Minnesota passed away on April 16, 2015 at her home in Gibbon attended by family.

Jean Weispfenning was born December 6, 1950 in Moorhead, Minn., the daughter of Marvin and Marlys (Koeppe) Weispfenning. She grew up and graduated from high school in Moorhead, in 1968. She graduated from Concordia College, St. Paul, Minn. with a BA Degree in Elementary Education. On March 6, 1971, she married David Winterfeldt at New Hope, Minn. One son, Chad was born to them.

After her husband’s ordination in 1979, Kathy and David worked jointly for 35 years in ALC and ELCA Parish ministry, in congregations in Kadoka/Longvalley and Chamberlain in South Dakota; Gackle in North Dakota; Dimock, Dell Rapids and Miller in South Dakota; and Gibbon/Winthrop/Bismark in Minnesota. Over the years, Kathy held secretarial jobs, worked as a substitute teacher, and librarian. She devoted much of her life to parish ministry activities of the ELCA. At the time of her death, she was a member of Augustana Lutheran Church in Gibbon, Minn. She succumbed after an 11 year personal journey dealing with cancer.

Kathryn was preceded in death by her mother, Marlys. Survivors include her father, Marvin; husband, Rev. David; son, Chad (Beth); brothers: James (Ruth), Gerald, Ronald (Peggy), and Jeffrey (Sarah); three grandchildren: Quentin, Eleanor and Cecily; and numerous nieces, nephews and godchildren.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at First Lutheran Church in St. Peter, Minn. with Rev. Alan Bray officiating. Interment will be at Resurrection Cemetery, St. Peter, Minn. Visitation will be from 5:00 – 8:00 pm Monday at First Lutheran and also one hour prior to the service on Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to ELCA World Hunger, ELCA Malaria Campaign, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, South Dakota Lutheran Outdoors, or South Dakota Synod Cameroon Roofs Fund. St. Peter Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangement.  Condolences may be left at www.saintpeterfuneralhome.com


Lillian “Lolly” Troff

Lolly TroffLillian “Lolly” Troff, 75, of Trent passed away on Friday, April 10, 2015 at her home.  Her funeral service will be held on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. in the Messiah Lutheran Church of rural Flandreau. Interment will be in the Hillside Cemetery near Egan.  Visitation will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at Kahler Funeral Home, Dell Rapids.  The family will be present to greet friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Condolences may be left at www.kahlerfh.com.

Lillian Olson was born on April 4, 1940 at Jackson, MN the daughter of Otmer Levinas and Mable Evelyn (Nagel)  Olson.  She attended Jackson High School and graduated cosmetology school. Lolly married Robert “Bob” Troff May 24, 1965 in Sioux Falls, SD.  Bob and Lolly made their home in Trent, SD with Bob’s job in the grain business.  Later the couple established “Troff’s Corral” both training horses and hosting numerous professional level horse shows.  Lolly’s passions for horses as a young girl lead her into barrel racing, square-dancing on horseback and chuck-wagon racing.  Later, Bob and Lolly purchased the first farm east of Trent and raised beef cattle and horses.  Lolly was always actively involved in the livestock, farm management, gardening, and her family.  Lolly also worked in and out of hair styling.  She was known to cut many local’s hair and keep many ladies looking “pretty” in the community.

 If you ever knew Lolly, she was truly “one-of-a-kind”.  She had a quick wit, was trustworthy and was known for her sharp tongue.   She was always ready to pour a cup of coffee and offer a meal.  She was a seamstress, gardener, and canner.  Lolly was a sharp-shooter with a rifle and much to her surprise, once became the SD State Arm-wrestling champion when she was 48 years old!  She had no grey zones; if you didn’t know where you stood with her, she told you.

Lolly was an “oak tree” as a mother.  She stood strong and loved her children, grandchildren, niece and nephews and others she encouraged and mentored.  She was incredibly passionate and compassionate for all animals.  Lolly is preceded in death by her husband Bob and her parents, Otmer and Mable. Those left to cherish her memory are her sister Nancy Gravley of Jackson, MN, children, Todd Fisher of Sioux Falls, Robin (Fisher) (Jon) Rowe, Kalamazoo, MI and Rodney Troff of Trent, SD; six grandchildren, Chelsea Cullen (AZ),  Caitlin Cullen (AZ),  Kasey Fisher  (OK),  Rachel  Bedell  (OR), Shelby Summers (CA) and Natalie Rowe (MI); and her niece and nephews.

Helen Aker Halverson

Helen HalversonHelen Aker Halverson, age 88, died at Bethel Lutheran Home on April 9, 2015.

She is survived by her husband – Eugene of Madison, four daughters – Lee Ann (Gary) Stofferahn of DeSmet, SD, Cheri (Mark) Mergen of Dell Rapids, Tammy Selgestad of Madison and Barb (Chris) Mergen of Dell Rapids, 17 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren, her twin brother – Harold (Corrine) Barkley of Minneapolis, MN. Four step sons – Mike (Laine) Halverson of Sioux Falls, Jim (RoseAnne) Halverson of San Diego, CA, Bob Halverson of Madison and Tom (Sandra) Halverson of Orlando, FL. One step daughter – Anne (Mike) Hurst of Benecia, CA. 8 step grandchildren and 2 step great grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 PM on Monday, April 13, 2015 at St John Lutheran Church with Rev Elizabeth Pagnotta officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery.The family will be present on Sunday at 5:00 PM at Weiland Funeral Chapel which is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.weilandfuneralchapel.com


Wendell Van Wyngarden

Wendell WyngardenWendell Van Wyngarden died Saturday, April 4, 2015. His funeral service will be 11 AM Thursday, April 9 at First Presbyterian Church, Sioux Falls. Visitation begins at 5 PM Wednesday, April 8 at George Boom Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Sioux Falls, where the family will greet friends from 5-7 PM. Condolences may be left at www.georgeboom.com

Survivors include 2 daughters, Kelley (Mark) Sneve, Dell Rapids, Vicki (Donald) Latham, Renner; 7 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, Dwight (Shirley) Van Wyngarden, Waterloo, IA, Duane (Bea) Van Wyngarden, of Hawaii; and a sister-in-law, Patricia Van Wyngarden, Reasnor, IA.

Please consider a memorial to the Dakota Flyers.

Mike Olinger

Mike OlingerMike Olinger, 57, Emery, SD died Sunday, March 29, 2015 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. Funeral services will be 10:30 am Wednesday, April 1 at St. Martin Catholic Church in Emery. Burial will be in St. Martin Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 pm Tuesday with a scripture and rosary service at 7:00 pm at the St. Martin Catholic. Arrangements are with the Hettinger-Bittner Funeral Chapel in Emery. Condolences may be left at www.bittnerfuneralchapel.net

He was born January 9, 1958 in Mitchell, SD to Anthony and Eleanor (Donovan) Olinger. He grew up on the family farm near Emery and graduated from Emery High School in 1976 and then attended MTI in Mitchell. On June 25, 1983 he married Pam Steichen at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Farmer, SD. Mike was engaged in farming his entire life with his father and brothers. He was also employed by several area John Deere Dealerships for several years and then RK Oil Company in Emery up until the time of his death. He was a member of St. Martin Catholic Church and served as treasurer and volunteer fireman for Emery for over three decades. Mike was a very proud grandpa of his two grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Pam, two daughters: Janae Olinger, Denver, CO, Kayla Olinger, Minneapolis, MN, one son, Brian (Barb) Olinger, Dell Rapids, two grandchildren: Lillian and Hayes Olinger, four sisters: Mary Olinger, Sioux Falls, Betty Hershley, Des Moines, IA, Jane (Bob) Prouty, Freeman, Carol (Greg) Weber, Parkston, four brothers: Dan (Ruth) Olinger, Bill (LaVonne) Olinger, Jerry (Suzy) Olinger, Kenny (Karla) Olinger all of Emery and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials are preferred to be made to the Emery Fire Department in lieu of flowers.

Irene Marie (Groos) Byers

Irene ByersIrene Marie (Groos) Byers, age 73, of Hoschton, GA and The Deaton Creek Community passed away on Tuesday, March 31, 2015. She is survived by her husband of twenty-eight years, John A. Byers, Hoschton, GA; children, Jeffrey and Jan Crowell, Cedar City, UT, Bryan and Heather Crowell, Hanover, MD, Christine and Tom Greer, North Potomac, MD, Patrick and Sharon Crowell, Lilburn, GA, David Byers, Arlington, VA and Kimberly Hazelwood, Toano, VA; six grandchildren, Tyler, Jennifer, Julie, Jansson, Richard & Katie; sister and brother-in-law, Sylvia and Bart Herheim, Wichita, KS; brothers and sisters-in-law, Dean and Nita Groos, Sioux Falls, SD and Richard and Lupee Groos, Santee, CA; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mrs. Byers was born January 31, 1942 in Coleman, SD. She was a graduate of St. Mary’s High School in Dell Rapids, SD and an honor graduate of University of Southern Illinois at Cardondale with a Bachelor’s Degree. She was an Assistant Director of Nursing and worked for a variety of medical institutions including the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL.

She was a member of the Prince Of Peace Catholic Church in Flowery Branch, GA where she was also a member of the choir and the Red Hat Society. Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Prince Of Peace Catholic Church. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday evening, April 6, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Prince Of Peace Catholic Church, 6439 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch, GA 30542 in memory of Irene Byers.

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Lester Hansen

Lester HansenLester L. Hansen, 82, of Faulkton, passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at Faulkton Senior Living.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 23, 2015, at United Church of Faulkton, with Pastor Bill Hoffman presiding. Burial will follow in the Faulkton Cemetery with full military honors. A prayer service will be 7:30 p.m., Sunday, March 22, 2015, at the church with visitation one hour prior. Luce Funeral Home of Faulkton has been entrusted with Lester’s arrangements. Condolences may be left at familyfuneralhome.net

Lester Louis Hansen was born Dec. 30, 1932, in Faulk County to John “Jack” and Malinda (Borcherding) Hansen. He attended school at the Hansen Country School through the sixth grade and finished his education graduating from Faulkton High School. Following high school, Lester joined the U.S. Army on Sept. 24, 1952, serving during the Korean conflict. He was honorably discharged on Sept. 23, 1954. Upon his return, Lester worked with his dad, drilling wells and farming.

On June 11, 1956, Lester was united in marriage to Patty Roseland at the Seneca Methodist Church. They made their home in Faulk County, where they raised their family and Lester lived his life working the land as a farmer and rancher.

Lester enjoyed spending time working in his shop, doing woodworking and watching football and high school wrestling. Above all, he gave his time freely to his wife, kids and grandkids. Lester spent as much time as he could watching their sports and school events. He was also a member of the United Church of Faulkton, the VFW and served as a director at the Faulkton Farmers Elevator.

Lester’s life will be cherished by his wife, Patty of Faulkton; his children: Lee (Diane) Hansen of Faulkton, Jay (Linda) Hansen of West Point, Neb., Holly (Ken) Veldkamp of Dell Rapids and Kip (Jeanne) Hansen of Watertown; his grandchildren: Rick (Ashley) Hansen, Trish (Cole) Cotton, Haeley (Trent) Petersen, Alex and Mattie Hansen, Keith (Jennifer) Veldkamp, Craig Veldkamp (fiance, Megan Johnson), Mandi Veldkamp and Colton, Alana and Lawson Hansen; great-grandchildren: Blake, Evan and Heidi Hansen and Raya Cotton; one sister, Loretta Ketterling of Faulkton; one sister-in-law, Geraldine Hansen of Faulkton; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Leslie Hansen; and grandson, Cody Hansen. In lieu of flowers, Memorials will be directed to a charity of the family’s choice.

Ellen (Williams) Thompson

Ellen (Williams) ThompsonEllen Marie Thompson – born Ellen Marie Williams in 1921, “Spec” Thompson’s first 18 years, was spent in Dell Rapids, South Dakota where she met her husband, Bob Thompson.

After attending nursing school at McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, Spec and Bob were married in Reno, NV, on their way to San Jose, CA where they made their first home in 1941. There, Joy, their first child, was born. When Bob was drafted in 1945, Marie and Joy moved back to South Dakota, living with sister-in- Law “Babe” in Huron and in Howard where Bob’s parents had settled.

Bob’s career in heavy construction succumbed to the family business- banking. Marie and Bob settled into a new home in Howard for the next 40 years until Bob’s death in 1984. Marie was small but mighty. She was a huntress, often accompanying Bob and his men friends hunting geese, ducks, pheasant, deer and elk. Bob, Spec, Joy and son Kent, were tent campers, fishers, water skiers, and snow mobile riders. Marie kept a garden and worked in the local bank for over 50 years, where Bob’s father Art, Bob and Kent all found their careers as well. Marie was active in Extension Club, Eastern Star, PEO, Eight and Forty, American Legion Auxiliary and Bethany Lutheran Church.

After Bob’s death, Marie traveled extensively, enjoying seeing the world with her daughter, Joy and friends made in the banking business. Joy’s home in California and frequent trips to Texas kept Marie in touch with “Snow Birding”. Marie was a singer, a pianist and a seamstress, and she loved to dance. She was proud of her Marine son Kent’s late in life higher education, fulfilling his medical aspirations in becoming an RN.

Those grateful for having shared in her life include her two younger sisters, Willajean and Jacquiline (Billie and Jackie) survive her along with a daughter Joy (Ralph) of Anaheim, CA; and son Kent (Sally) of Howard, SD; two grandsons, Orion and wife Darla and Keir (Art) and wife Kristen; and five great grandchildren, Ciara, Mya, Emma, Hudson, and Jens. Marie’s daughter-in- law, Sally was especially close as was her son-in-law, Ralph.

Marie’s parents, Zeo and Lowell Williams and her husband, Robert Thompson as well as his parents, Etta and Art Thompson preceded her in death. Marie died on March 22nd at Avera Brady where she had lived in Mitchell, S.D. for several years. Her family thanks God for the time we shared with her!

Funeral services will be 11am, Thursday, March 26, 2015 at Bethany Lutheran Church, Howard with burial to follow in Stordahl Cemetery, Dell Rapids, SD. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 to 6pm at the Willoughby Funeral Home, Howard. Condolences may be left at www.willoughbyfh.com

Tom Herding

Tom HerdingThomas “Tom” P. Herding, 64, of Dell Rapids passed away on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at his home. His funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 23, 2015 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Dell Rapids. Visitation with the family present will be on Sunday, March 22, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Kahler Funeral Home. Condolences may be left at www.kahlerfh.com

Tom Herding was born on January 8, 1951, in Breckenridge, MN, to Catherine and Ben Herding. Tom grew up and attended school in Wahpeton, ND. He graduated in 1969 from Wahpeton High School. Tom attended college at North Dakota State School of Science in Wahpeton, ND. Tom married Kathy Bruer in Wahpeton, ND on April 19, 1971. Tom and Kathy moved to Madison, SD in 1974 and owned the Madison Bakery, You and I Cafe, and Kathy’s Cake and Coffee Shop. Tom and Kathy had five children, Chad of Madison, Craig (Chris) of Brookings, Corey (Tammy) of Brandon, Christina (Aaron Litz) of Madison and Carrie (Mike Barnett) of Sioux Falls. Tom and Kathy divorced in April of 1987.

Tom moved to Sioux Falls and owned two Brenda’s Pastries in Sioux Falls, Clem’s Bar in Sioux Falls, Smokey’s Bar in Dell Rapids and later moved to Dell Rapids and owned the Old Dutch Inn.

In 2011 Tom married Jamie Nelson in Dell Rapids, SD. They lived in Dell Rapids and together owned the Old Dutch Inn. From this marriage Tom gained three step-sons, Christopher Nelson of Dell Rapids, Brendon Nelson of Dell Rapids and Dereck (Alaina) Nelson of Colman.

Tom is survived by his wife, his children, his 15 grandchildren, Brandy, Alex, Ben , Cassidy, Kaylee, Kenna, Koryn, Corey Jr., Carter, Carson, Alyssa, Dylan, Lyndsey, Makira, Tucker and Maggie; and his siblings, Donnie, Mary Jane, Lois and Roger.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his sisters, Shirley and Marjorie and his brother, Paul.

Tom had a passion for helping and feeding people. Tom always made sure everyone he met had a full stomach. Tom was loved by many. Tom loved summer and his time spent on Lake Brandt with his family.

Dolores Kangley

Dolores KangleyDolores Kangley died at Dougherty Hospice House, Sioux Falls, SD, March 17, 2015, surrounded by family who sang her to Heaven.

Dolores Jeanette Leopard, daughter of Lee and Thelma (Barton) Leopard, was born July 15, 1929, in her maternal grandmother’s house in Waterloo, Iowa. Dolores is survived by three sons: Daniel (Jeanne) Kangley, Sioux Falls, SD; David (Rose) Kangley, Dell Rapids; Douglas (Jean) Kangley, Sioux Falls, SD; four daughters: Debra (Steven) Duncan, Monticello, Minn., Diana (Myron) Nohava, Baltic, SD; Doreen (Jay) Hardy, Sioux Falls, SD; Denise Charlton, Sioux Falls, SD; 20 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren; two sisters: Elizabeth Berger, Pennsylvania, and Kathy Geffre, Aberdeen, SD. She was preceded in death by her husband Don, parents, and brother Donald Leopard.

Visitation with family present will be 5pm-7pm Friday, March 20, 2015, at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home, Sioux Falls, SD, with prayer service at 7pm.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10am, Saturday, March 21, 2015, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Sioux Falls, SD. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery, Sioux Falls, SD.

Memorials are suggested to the Dougherty Hospice House, 4509 S. Prince of Peace Place, Sioux Falls, SD 57103. Funeral arrangements with Minnehaha Funeral Home, Baltic, SD. Condolences may be left at www.minnehahafuneralhome.com