Karla Peter

Peter, Karla obit photo 2Karla Rae (Plooster) Peter, 50, of Dell Rapids passed away Tuesday, January 2, 2018 surrounded by loved ones at home.. Funeral services will begin at 11:00 AM Monday, January 8, 2018 at the Reformed Church in Dell Rapids. Burial will be in the Dell Rapids Cemetery. Visitation with the family present will be from 2:00 to 5:00 PM followed by a Prayer service at 5:00 PM Sunday, January 7, 2018 at the church.

Karla was born September 26, 1967 in Platte, SD to parents, Dean and Marlene (Markus) Plooster. She grew up on the farm, attended elementary and high school in Corsica, SD and college at Dakota State University and University of Sioux Falls earning a Bachelor of Arts degree. After college, she was a nanny for a year and then moved to O’Neill, NE to work at the Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital. While there, she met and then married her husband, Louis Peter, on April 3, 1993. After their marriage, they lived in O’Neill, NE until they moved to Dell Rapids, SD where Karla was employed at Avera Health in Sioux Falls, SD.

She grew up in the First Reformed Church in Harrison, SD and was a current member of the Reformed Church in Dell Rapids, SD. The 1986 Homecoming Queen was a lighthouse for many through her positive words and empathetic actions. She never missed a sporting event and was the loudest cheerleader in the stands. Her smile lit up a room and her “fabulous” attitude provided inspiration that goes beyond the parameters of life. Karla played many roles within the community and held her faith in the highest of regards. She was loving, humble, gracious, and filled with Diet Coke.

Grateful for having shared her life are her husband, Louis Peter of Dell Rapids; four sons, Trevor, Mason, Riley and Levi, all of Dell Rapids; parents, Dean and Marlene Plooster of Dell Rapids; brother, Roger (Denise) Plooster of Sioux Falls; brother, Douglas (Sherryl) Plooster of Harrison; sister, Rhonda (Plooster) Priola of Brandon; many nieces, nephews, aunts and cousins; brother and sisters-in-law and numerous friends and loved ones. She was preceded in death by her paternal and maternal grandparents.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family.

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Blanch Olson

olson picBlanch A. Olson age 95 of Detroit Lakes, MN died on December 13, 2017 at the Sanford Centennial Hospice Cottage in Sioux Falls, SD.

Blanch Alvira Olson was born on February 21, 1922 in Sebeka, MN, the daughter of Carl and Mary (Hemphill) Peterson. She attended school in Sebeka. The family moved to Evergreen Township in rural Frazee, MN, where Blanch attended country school. She later graduated from Frazee High School, where she was the valedictorian of her class. She worked as a bookkeeper for the Wolf Lake Creamery and later for the Cass Clay Creamery in Moorhead, MN. She moved to Minneapolis, where she worked for Cargill and also attended the University of Minnesota. In January of 1955, she was united in marriage to Forrest Olson in Reno, Nevada. They made their home in Sacramento, CA, Oakland, CA, and Brainerd, MN for the next ten years. In 1965, they moved to Detroit Lakes, MN. She worked as the business manager at Multi County Nursing in Detroit Lakes for fourteen years, and later for DL TV and Appliance for twelve years. Forrest passed away in 1990.  Blanch married Dick Hein in 1998.  They made their home in Detroit Lakes.  Dick passed away in 2013.

She is survived by her two sons, Bert (Cindy) Olson, of Sioux Falls, SD and Gary (fiance’ Connie Breakey) Olson, of Minneapolis, MN; two step sons, Bruce (Jean) Hein, of Audubon, MN and  and Dr. Gary (Wanda) Hein, of Lincoln, NE; and ten grandchildren.

In addition to her two husbands, she was preceded in death by her two brothers, Dale Peterson and Bert Peterson; infant sister, Phyllis Peterson; her step-son, Lynn Hein; and her parents.

Her funeral service will be held on Friday December 22, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in the Trinity Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes, MN. Visitation will be on Thursday from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the West-Kjos Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes, MN, with a prayer service at 5:00 p.m. Interment will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Detroit Lakes, MN. Local arrangements are under the care of Kahler Funeral Home.


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Alice Burggraff

burggraff picAlice M. Burggraff, 84, of Colton, passed away on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at the Dells Area Health Center in Dell Rapids. Her Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 9, 2017 in St. Joseph the Workman Catholic Church at Huntimer.  Visitation on Friday will be from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Kahler Funeral Home in Dell Rapids and will resume at the church at 4:00 p.m. The Christian Wake Service will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the church with a family rosary to follow.

Alice Marie Penning, daughter of Nicholas and Elizabeth Penning, was born on September 13, 1933 on the family farm north of Dell Rapids. She attended and graduated from St. Mary High School. She graduated from  General Beadle Teacher’s College in Madison, SD and started teaching at the South Dakota School for the Deaf. She married Joseph Burggraff on June 2, 1954 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Dell Rapids. She moved with Joe to North Carolina while he was stationed there. The couple moved back to South Dakota and made their home on a farm near Hartford until 1958, when they moved to their farm near Colton. She and Joe farmed and raised their family. Joe passed away in 2015.

She was a member of St. Joseph the Workman Catholic Church and Altar Society.  She spent countless hours volunteering as a CRE teacher at the church. She enjoyed gardening, quilting and maintaining the family farm with Joe.

Alice was preceded in death by her sons, Jason, John, and Teddy; and daughter, Elizabeth; husband Joe in 2015 and nine of her siblings.
She is survived by her children, Ginger Ellis of Newport News, VA, Randy (Sheila) of Aladdin, WY, Lee of Dell Rapids, Jo (Kyle) Olson of Black Hawk, Bernie (Larry) Taylor of Newport News, VA, Justin (Alvina) of Sturgis, Mary (Joe) Bohlmann of Belle Fourche, Charlie (Bobbie) of Colton, Willson (Alesha) of Monticello, MN, Anita (Wayne) Tidemann of Rapid City, Wade (Jolene) of Colton, Josh (Melissa) of Colton, and Christy (Anthony) Oberg of Colton; her 46 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren; her two brothers and two sisters; and many nieces and nephews.

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Kathleen Huewe

huewe picKathleen Huewe, 83, of Sioux Falls, formerly of Dell Rapids passed away on Monday, November 27, 2017. Her Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 2, 2017 in St. Mary Catholic Church, Dell Rapids. Fr. John Lantsberger was the celebrant. Interment was in the St. Mary Cemetery, Dell Rapids.  Visitation with the family present was from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  with the wake at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, December 1, 2017 at Kahler Funeral Home.

Kathleen N. Sittig was born on September 7, 1934, the daughter of Edward and Naomi (Ehlers) Sittig. She grew up in the Renner area and attended country schools. She graduated from Dell Rapids High School in 1952. She married Dale Huewe on February 14, 1953 in Dell Rapids. They made their home on their farm east of Dell Rapids for 34 years. They retired in 1987 and moved into Sioux Falls in 1988. Dale passed away in 2015. She became a resident of Bethany Home at Brandon in April of 2017.

She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Dell Rapids and later St. Michael Catholic Church in Sioux Falls. She was active with Sioux Valley Vocational Services Auxiliary.

Kathleen is preceded in death by her brother, Wes and her parents.

Those left to cherish her memory are her two daughters, Pam (Marlon) Mollet of Sioux Falls and Stacy (Darin) DeBoer of Brandon; her three sons, Randy (June) Huewe of Creston, IA, Gregg (Laurie) Huewe of Dell Rapids, and Cory Huewe of Sioux Falls; and her twelve grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.


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Aggie Randall

randall picAggie Randall, 69, of Baltic, passed away on Sunday, November 26, 2017 at the University of Minnesota Health Center.  Her funeral service  was at 10:00 a.m. in the United Methodist Church, Dell Rapids on Friday, December 1, 2017 with Pastor Dave Severtson officiating. Interment was in the Dell Rapids Cemetery. Visitation was at 12:00 noon on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at Kahler Funeral Home with the family present from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Aggie Randall was born on February 11, 1948 in Leeuwarden, Netherlands to Jack & Pat (Jellema) Zylstra. She came to America with her parents and sister when she was two years old, landing in Parker, SD. She attended schools in Jefferson and Sioux Falls, SD until settling in Dell Rapids when she was in the 6th grade. She met her husband Dan, the love of her life, at 15 years old when he walked her home from a school dance. In high school she was a varsity cheerleader for 4 years, graduating in 1966. Following graduation, she married Dan on October 16, 1966 and they started their family right away, working together on the family farm. She was active in the farming operation as chief bean walker, field hand, chore helper and cook, all the while balancing her responsibilities as a loving wife and mother—a staunch supporter of any and all of her children’s extracurricular activities.

Aggie & Dan were avid snowmobilers in the early years going on trips with family and friends.  She also spent time in the pit crew while Dan raced snowmobiles and competed in tractor and pickup pulls. She taught Sunday School when her children were small and helped out in their classrooms throughout elementary school. She loved getting together with her friends and family, and enjoyed laughing with them, and at them when appropriate. Because she was a butcher’s daughter, she appreciated a fine cut of meat, especially when shared with family and friends. When the grandchildren arrived and began playing in sports, she brought out her cheerleading skills and became their biggest fan letting out a WHOOT, WHOOT when earned.  Aggie was the most proud of her children and grandchildren and was a constant source of encouragement and guidance to all of them as they grew. She loved her family fiercely.

The past decade has seen Aggie pursue an interest in quilting. She began with a 2nd hand sewing machine and small projects which grew into quilt masterpieces that she generously shared with those around her. She was most comfortable in a sweatshirt and sweatpants meticulously quilting small pieces of fine fabric into great works of art.

She is survived by her husband, Dan of Dell Rapids, daughter, Angie (Mike) Brown of Dell Rapids and their children, Allyson, Mikayla and Evan; daughter, Danette Randall of Victoria, TX and her son, Kelly (Jamie) Randall of Dell Rapids, and their children, Luke and Sophia; her sister, Nellie Brende of Sioux Falls and her brother, Jon (Kate) Zylstra of Lawrence, KS and her extended family and many friends.

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Donna Overvaag

overvaag picDonna R. Overvaag, 87, of Dell Rapids passed away on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls. Her funeral service was 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 4, 2017 in Willow Creek Lutheran Church, Dell Rapids with Pastor Tom Stadem officating. Interment was in the Willow Creek Cemetery. Visitation with the family present was from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at Kahler Funeral Home.

Donna Rae Scott was born on November 3, 1930 at White, SD, the daughter of Alvin and Nellie (Denison) Scott.  She grew up near White and attended country school. She attended White High School and graduated. She started working for the Brookings Hospital in 1948 and attended the nursing program at South Dakota State University for two years. She graduated from the Sioux Valley Hospital School of Nursing in 1951. She worked as an administrator at the Tri-State Memorial Hospital in Valley Springs for three years. Donna married Milton Overvaag on February 28, 1958 in Ivanhoe, MN. They made their home on a farm west of Dell Rapids. She worked at the Dell Rapids Community Hospital starting as a staff nurse and retiring in 1990 as the assistant administrator. Milton died in 1998. Donna then worked part time at Terrace Manor Nursing Home until 2000.

She was a member of Willow Creek Lutheran Church, the SD Nursing Association and the American organization of Nurse Executives.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Stanley and sister, Gloria.

Donna is survived by her daughters, Tracy (Ed) Overvaag-Akin of Houston, TX ; Shelly (Steve) Bahmuller of Apple Valley, MN; Laurie (Scott) Borshak of Apple Valley, MN and Lisa (Daniel) Scott of Willmar, MN; her eleven grandchildren; her six great-grandchildren; her sister, Thelma Pierce of Haslet, TX and her extended family and many friends.

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Bruce Mellendorf

Bruce D. Mellendorf, 90, of Dell Rapids, passed away on Sunday, November 26, 2017 at his home. There will be a graveside service for Bruce in the Britton Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, December 1, 2017.

Bruce was born on August 26, 1927 in Rochester, Michigan, the son of Albert and Elsie Mellendorf. He worked in the boating industry most of his life. He was preceded in death by his parents, his son and daughter-in-law, his grandson and his sister.

He is survived by his wife, Marge of Dell Rapids and his step-son, Jeff.
Funeral arrangements are under the care of Kahler Funeral Home.

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Vera (Sorenson) (Ulrickson) Gilbertson

Vera-GilbertsonVera (Ulrickson) Gilbertson, age 96, died Thursday, November 9, 2017 at Good Samaritan Society Canton. Funeral services were held Monday, November 13 at Redeemer Free Lutheran Church in Canton, SD. On-line condolences may be left at the Anderson Funeral Home Website.

Vera was born on May 16, 1921 on a farm near Garretson, SD to Otto & Hilma (Julson) Sorenson.   She attended country school, Garretson High School and graduated from Augustana Academy in Canton, SD. In her youth, she was active in her church, Luther League, and 4-H.

She married Homer Ulrickson on January 5, 1943. Helen, Gregg, and Altie were born to this union. The family farmed south of Canton until retiring in 1974. After retiring, the couple ran an antique shop out of their home west of Newton Hills. Homer died in 1981.

She married Arne Gilbertson on August 16, 1985. The couple resided in Canton. Vera was a founding member of Redeemer Free Lutheran Church where she was active in bible group, Ladies Aid, and sang in the choir. She also volunteered at the Canton Senior Center. She enjoyed doing hardanger, crafts, braiding rugs, writing poetry, sewing, growing roses, and spending time with family.   Arne died in 2007.

She is survived by her daughters, Helen (Richard) Paetow, Sioux Falls, SD and Altie (Norm) Rasmussen, Beresford, SD; son, Gregg (Wendy) Ulrickson, Canton, SD; step-daughters, Gloria (Alan) Rops, Lennox, SD and Julie ( Tom) Schirber, Spearfish, SD; step-sons, Mike (Melinda) Gilbertson, Dell Rapids, SD and Curt (Debbie) Gilbertson, Hudson, SD.

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Duane Larson

larsond picDuane Larson, 94 of Brandon, formerly of Chester, passed away on Sunday, October 29, 2017. His funeral service is at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, November 6, 2017 in the Chester United Methodist Church. Visitation is two hours prior to the start of the service in the church. Interment with military honors is in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Chester. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Kahler Funeral Home, Dell Rapids.

Duane A. Larson was born May 9, 1923 in Bridgewater, SD.  He was the eldest of August and Gwendolyn (McMartin) Larson’s eight children.  He married Vivian Jenson, June 20, 1944.  On October 29, 2017, he passed peacefully into Glory.

On January 18, 1945, Duane enlisted in the US Army.  He achieved the rank of Sargent and served as the assistant to a general on Guam and Saipan.  Duane was extraordinarily proud of his service during World War II.

After returning from the Army, Duane farmed in the Chester area and was a custodian at the Chester School.  In 1963, Duane was named Postmaster in Chester.  In 1986, Duane became the Supervisor, Bulk Mail at the Sioux Falls Regional Post Office until his retirement in 1990.

Duane was a servant for his community.  He was a member of the American Legion Arthur Peterson Post 136 for 57 years serving as Adjutant for many of those.  He served on the board of directors for Interlakes Telecommunications Cooperative, Lake County Zoning Board, and Chester Sanitary District.  He was a long-time volunteer fireman in Chester.  He was a long-time Chester Booster Club member and recipient of Booster of the Year.  Duane was a Lay Speaker in the United Methodist Church, speaking and leading services across the region, as well as Sunday School teacher and custodian for the church in Chester.

Grateful for having shared in his life are a daughter Kathleen, siblings Eileen Keese, Fay (Shirley), Russell (Evelyn), Carl (Dixie), and Martha Nelson, and many nieces and nephews.  He was proceeded in death by his parents, wife Vivian, brother David, and sister Elizabeth.
Duane was an unassuming man, happy to serve others in ways that brought little fanfare to himself.  He had friends far and wide with no one remaining a stranger.  He served God and Jesus Christ by serving others as son, husband, father, and friend.

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Gerry Bunkers

Gerry BunkersGerald “Gerry” A. Bunkers, 78, passed away Thursday, October 26, 2017, at Bethany Home in Sioux Falls, SD. A Mass of Christian burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, November 2, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Sioux Falls. Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Heritage Funeral Home in Sioux Falls, followed by a prayer service at 7 p.m.  On-line condolences may be left at the Zinzley Funeral Home website.

A longtime resident of Sioux Falls and fixture in the brokerage community, Gerry was born May 12, 1939, to Andrew and Agnes (Dresch) Bunkers in Dell Rapids, SD. He attended St. Mary’s High School in Dell Rapids, and he went on to earn a business degree at the University of South Dakota. During college, he served in the Army ROTC program.

On June 21, 1963, he married Donna Warn at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Sioux Falls. The couple moved to Omaha, NE, where Gerry worked several years in construction management. They later moved to Salem, SD, where they owned and operated the Chess Lounge and Pleasant Acres Restaurant. Gerry later earned his brokerage license and worked for A.G. Edwards in Sioux Falls, earning several corporate awards during his decades-long career with the firm.

Gerry was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church. He was a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus and the Kiwanis Club. Gerry was an avid hunter, fisherman, boater and skier, but he truly loved spending time with relatives and friends at the family’s cabin on Lake Madison, SD.

Gerry is survived by his wife, Donna of Sioux Falls; children, John (Jill) of Golden Valley, MN, Kelly (Scott) Thien of Indianapolis, IN, Mike of Burnsville, MN, and Jeremy (Kelsey) of Bozeman, MT; siblings, Jen (Jack) Donovan, Bob (Cecelia), Ken (Glenda), Jean (Ray) Pederson, Mary Sue, Diane (Bob) Reiff, and George (Gwen); eleven grandchildren, Jacob, Josephine, Jessica and Thomas Bunkers, Andrew, Joshua and Katie Thien, Cameron and Caleigh Bunkers, Logan and Taylor Bunkers; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.  He is preceded in death by his parents; brother Earl; sister-in-law Ellen; and grandson Daniel Thien.

Burial will be private. The Bunkers and Thien families would like to thank all the family, friends and caregivers who helped Gerry through his recent illnesses. In lieu of flowers, please consider making contributions to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Indiana, 435 Limestone Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202, or online at www.rmhccin.org.

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