Rosemary Hauglid

hauglid picRosemary Hauglid, 92, of Dell Rapids, passed away on Sunday, September 24, 2017 at the Dells Nursing and Rehab Center. Her Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 28, 2017 in St. Mary Catholic Church with Fr. John Lantsberger as the celebrant. Casketbearers are Tom Hauglid, Josh Hauglid, Wade Hauglid, Brett Hauglid, Michael Hauglid, Brady Hauglid, Dan Hauglid and Brian Cordell. Interment will be in the St. Mary Cemetery, Dell Rapids. Visitation will begin at noon on Wednesday, September 27, 2017. The family will be present at 5:00 p.m. with Christian Wake Service beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Kahler Funeral Home.

Rosemary Eulberg was born on June 3, 1925, the daughter of Matt and Elizabeth (Majeres) Eulberg. Rosemary graduated from high school with her future husband, Norman Hauglid in 1943. Three years later on September 19, 1946 they were married.  Their first home was on a farm 2 miles north of Dell Rapids. In 1957 they moved to the home Rosemary’s father built 7 miles NW of Dell Rapids where they raised their 7 children.  In 1984 they built a new home 7 miles south of Colman, SD and lived there until they moved to Orchard Hills Retirement Center in 2013.

She was a member of St. Mary Parish and Altar Society and a past St. Mary School Board member. She and Norman enjoyed winters in AZ for twenty-five years. She enjoyed golfing, playing cards, traveling and dune bugging in AZ with friends.

Rosemary is preceded in death by her parents, her two brothers, Mel and Jerry Eulberg, her sister, Doris Mousel, her son, Steve and three infant grandchildren, Jennifer, Jesse and Jordon.

She is survived by her husband, Norman of Dell Rapids; her children, Greg (Jo) Hauglid of Dell Rapids, Alice Cordell of Atlanta, GA, Don (Mary Ann) Hauglid of Tulsa, OK, Nancy Hauglid of Sioux Falls, Larry (Tena) Hauglid of Dell Rapids, John (Beck) Hauglid of Colman and Mark (Joni) Hauglid of Colman; her 18 grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, six step-great-grandchildren and two step-great-great-grandchildren; her brother, Roger Eulberg of Salt Lake City, UT and her many friends and extended family.


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C. Joan Hilts

JoanHiltsC. Joan Hilts, 76, of Omaha, NE, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, SD after a two year battle with pancreatic cancer. Her funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 22, 2017 at Christ Community Church, 404 S. 108th, Omaha, NE 68154. Visitation on Thursday, September 21, 2017 will be from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Roeder Mortuary 108th Chapel, 2727 N. 108, Omaha, NE 68164.

Carol Joan Lewis was born on February 25, 1941, in Sioux City, Iowa, the daughter of Charles A. and Meredith M.(Anderson) Lewis.  She was the first of four children with siblings, Kay and Kenneth (twins) and brother, Robert (Bob) Lewis. She was raised in Sioux City, married to Terry Hilts and raised her family there. In 1983, she moved to Omaha, NE, and worked for thirty-two years at Nebraska Methodist Hospital and Health System, and at Nebraska Methodist College. She retired in February of 2014, but went back to the college to work on occasion and as needed, until the summer of 2015.

Joan has been a devoted member of Christ Community Church since September of 2001, and made a conscious decision to profess her faith in her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and asked for forgiveness of sin by being re-baptized on September 28, 2003. She has loved praising our Lord as a member of the Christ Community Church choir. She was a former member of the Omaha Chapter of Sweet Adelines, currently, Acappella Omaha,and she has also participated in the Omaha Music Circle. Traveling has also been a joy. She especially loved Siesta Key Beach, FL, and the Gulf Coast of Florida, where she vacationed many times with family and friends. She has enjoyed scrapbooking photos and other memories for family and friends, and researching her family genealogy. On one very special trip,  she joined her cousin, Tom Bloxham and his wife, Betsy, along with her brother, Ken, his wife, Pam Lewis, as they traveled to Denmark to see where their great-grandfather and great-grandmother Anderson were born and lived before they came to the United States in the 1800s. It was truly a trip of a lifetime.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Bob.

Joan is survived by her loving family, her son, Mark (Teresa) Hilts of Sioux City, IA; her daughters, Diane (Richard) Nyalka of Rotonda West, FL; and Susan (Mike) Kahler of Dell Rapids, SD; her grandchildren, Matt (Britni) Hilts; Eric (Jen) Hilts; Allison (Vince)  Mathis; Jared (Ashley) Brown; Amanda Kahler; Nic Kahler; step-grandchildren, Dan (Nichole) Nyalka; and Renee (Brian) McVey; great-grandchildren, Philip Hilts; Madison Hilts; Ethan Hilts; Aiden Mathis; Simon Hilts; Samuel Hilts; Morgan Nyalka; Jocelyn McVey; Grady Nyalka; Aria Mathis; Jayce Brown; and Colin McVey; her sister, Kay Tabscott of St. Louis, MO; her brother, Ken (Pam) Lewis of Cedar Rapids, IA; and her many special cousins, nieces and nephews and extended special friends and Sisters and Brothers in Christ.

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Douglas John Sittig

Sittig, Doug new obit photoDouglas John Sittig passed away on September 11, 2017, after a 10 year battle with colon cancer.

Memorial services will begin at 11:00 AM Saturday, September 16, 2017 at St. George Catholic Church in Hartford. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation with the family present will be from 5:00 to 7:00 PM Friday, September 15, 2017 at Minnehaha Funeral Home in Dell Rapids.

Doug was born November 12, 1954, to Wesley and Evelyn (Odde) Sittig in Dell Rapids, SD. Doug began his education in a country school and at the age of seven attended school in Dell Rapids where he was an all-around athlete participating in football, basketball and track. He graduated from Dell Rapids High School in 1973. After graduation he enlisted in the US Army, serving his time in Germany. Doug was employed for over 31 years at Sanford Hospital as a power plant operator.

Doug enjoyed riding Harley Davidson motorcycles. He built and customized several motorcycles. In 1995 Doug met Deb (Spielmann) Bossman and for over 22 years they built a life together. They enjoyed many trips to the Sturgis Rally meeting up with their Sturgis Family. Doug and Deb were married on January 20, 2017. Doug also enjoyed hunting and fishing. He always liked to go where there weren’t any game wardens! Trips to hunt deer, duck and pheasant were always good times with good friends. During the last years, Doug really enjoyed his fishing trips with his brother, Steve and several friends. Doug was rumored to be the best bobber fisherman ever—a rumor he probably started!

Doug is survived by his wife, Deb; brother, Steve, Sioux Falls, mother-in-law, Lorna Spielmann, Hartford; brother and sister-in-laws, Gregg and Marsha Schneider, Sioux Falls, Darrell and Carolyn Spielmann, Hartford; aunt, Helen Stansell, Dell Rapids and several nieces, nephews, cousins, friends; lifelong friend, Kevin Park, Dell Rapids and his Sturgis Family.

Doug was preceded in death by his infant sister, Nyla; parents, Wesley and Evelyn; grandparents, John and Minnie Odde, Ed and Naomi Sittig; father-in-law, Delbert Spielmann; several aunts, uncles and cousin.

During Doug’s battle with cancer, he and Deb were supported by their family, friends, neighbors, power plant crew and co-workers. Deb and Doug would like you to know how much it was appreciated and to thank you for the prayers, care and sacrifices.

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Vernon H. Bokker

bokker picVernon H. Bokker, 95, of Sioux Falls, formerly of Dell Rapids, passed away on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at Dow Rummel Village in Sioux Falls. His funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 9, 2017 in the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids. Visitation will begin at noon with the family present from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 8, 2017 at Kahler Funeral Home.

Vernon Bokker was born to Will Bokker and Tillie (Haak) Bokker in Dell Rapids, South Dakota on March 27, 1922.  Vernon was a lifelong farmer, working and participating in farm work nearly his entire life.  Even his hobbies connected to his farm life, as he loved to collect toy tractors.  He was married to Elaine Carlson Bokker on December 1, 1945, and together they were blessed with three children, Ray, Roberta, and Sharon.

Vernon had three great loves in his life: his wife of 71 years, Elaine; his family; and farming.  Vernon was happy to talk to anyone about these topics, and he was in fact known for his gift of telling stories and making friends everywhere he went.  His kind spirit and helpful nature shown through to everyone he met, and he is remembered fondly for his good will. Vernon also loved to have fun, and he and Elaine were often the life of the party.  They loved to host reunions and parties for friends, and they loved to dance as well.  In his later years Vernon often joked that he and Elaine were “wild ones.”  His humor and light spirit will be dearly missed.

Vernon is survived and lovingly remembered by his wife, Elaine Bokker; his son, Ray (Marlys) Bokker of Gregory, SD; his daughters, Roberta Geraets of Dell Rapids, SD and Sharon Chontos of Sioux Falls, SD; sister, Delores Shiveley of Crane, MO; grandchildren, Paula, Troy, John, Sara, Cheyenne, Mark, and Jack; and five great grandchildren.  Vernon is preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Calvin and Merle.

The family would like to extend their deepest thanks to the caring staff at Dow Rummel Village.

Memorials may be directed to the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids Building Fund or the Dow Rummel Capital Campaign Fund.

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Jeanette Ann Penning

Penning obit photo 1Jeanette Ann Penning, 86, of Dell Rapids passed away Thursday, September 7, 2017 at Avera Heart Hospital. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 AM Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Dell Rapids. Burial will be in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Dell Rapids. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 PM with a Wake service at 7:00 PM Monday, September 11, 2017 at Minnehaha Funeral Home in Dell Rapids. Jeanette was born July 28, 1931 to Lawrence and Theresa (Bowar) Fiegen of Renner, SD. She was to be joined by brothers, Richard and Robert; sisters, Cecelia and Catherine with Charles as the youngest. Jeanette married Melvin “Bud” Penning on January 17, 1951 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Dell Rapids. To this union was born Stephanie, Steven and Suzanne. She and Bud farmed most of their working years. Jeanette was an avid flower gardener and a faithful member of St. Mary Catholic Church. She enjoyed driving a school bus and developed a special bond with the children.

Jeanette is survived by her husband of 66 years, Bud; daughter, Stephanie (Micheal) Langner; son, Steven Penning; daughter, Suzanne (Dave) Yeigh; 13 grandchildren, Michelle (Tracy) Langner Richmond, Aaron (Holly) Langner, Adam (Sarah) Langner, Tennille (Tim) Knoop, Bethanie Langner, Kris (Ellie Hail-Langner) Langner, Jeff (Charity) Penning, Brian (Jenn Young) Penning, Amanda Penning, Barbara (Charlie Hynick) Penning, Kelly (Aspen Davis) Reed, Cory (Ali) Yeigh and Brandi (Ryan) Monson; 30 great-grandchildren; brothers, Robert Fiegen and Charles Fiegen; sisters, Cecelia Bunkers and Sister Catherine Fiegen as well as many other relatives and friends.

Jeanette was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Richard Fiegen; daughter-in-law, Joan Penning and grandson-in-law, Garrett Polley. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials are directed to the American Heart Association.

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Stewart “Pete” Pederson

Pete PedersonStewart “Pete” Pederson, age 74, of Ramona, died Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at the Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. Mass of Christian Burial was held on August 14 with burial at St. Williams Cemetery, Ramona. On-line condolences may be left at the Weiland Funeral Home website.

Stewart Carl Pederson was born October 29, 1942 in Dell Rapids, SD the son of Talmer & Gladys (Stewart) Pederson. As a young boy, he moved to Madison, SD and graduated from Madison Central High School in 1960. On February 10, 1968 he married Susan O’Hara in Sioux Falls.For many years, he was an appliance repairman and installed floorcovering. With his years of experience, Pete decided to venture out on his own and bought a floorcovering business in Madison. For over 20 years, he owned and operated his business which everyone knows as Eddie’s Carpetland.

Pete is survived by his wife of 49 years, Sue of Ramona; daughter, Angie (Kevin) Wolter of St. Paul, MN; son, Andy of Dell Rapids, SD; four grandchildren, Cody & Samantha Smith both of St. Paul, Jacob Pederson of Sioux Falls and Onna Pederson of Howard, SD; sister, Joy Budde of Yankton, SD. He was preceded in death by his parents & father-in-law, S. John O’Hara.

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Bill Luke

Bill LukeWilliam “Bill” A. Luke, age 69, of Clark, SD, passed away on Friday, August 4, 2017, at his residence. A Funeral Mass was held on August 8, 2017. Burial was held at St Boniface Cemetery at Clark. On-line condolences may be left at Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel of Watertown.

Bill was born on September 24, 1947, to August and Mary (Nies) Luke, in Sioux Falls, SD. He grew up in Marion, SD, and was a 1965 graduate of Marion High School. Following graduation he worked for Miller Harvesting. Bill was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1966, where he served in Vietnam and was honorably discharged in October of 1972. He married Bonnie Hanisch on February 15, 1969. To this union seven children were born. The couple later divorced. He managed several grain elevators in South Dakota and worked as a farm hand for Indian Springs and later Nordhus Farms. For the last 27 years, he drove truck for Clark-Doland Concrete and owned and operated Luke’s Towing Service. On February 10, 1998, Bill married Sandra Aalbers in Las Vegas, NV.

He received the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal and the Sharpshooter Badge. Bill was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, the VFW and American Legion Post #209, Raymond, serving as commander. He enjoyed woodworking, playing Bingo, and watching Nascar races. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Bill is survived by his wife, Sandra, of Clark; his children: David (Brian) Luke of Sioux Falls, SD, Shawn (Ryan) Hansen and Sheryl Zeck both of Watertown, Sheila (Tony) Fisher of Harrisburg, SD, Shannon (Lawrence) Moser and Danelle (Heath) Hale both of Highmore, SD, and Dustin (Kendra) Luke of Harrold, SD; 20 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one step-son, Tim Aalbers, of Sioux Falls; six brothers: John Luke of Marion, SD, Jerome Luke of Mott, ND, Joe (Karen) Luke of Dell Rapids, SD, Ray (Connie) Luke of Sioux Falls, SD, Mike (Joyce) Luke of Hartford, SD, and Paul (Marge) Luke of Marion, SD; four sisters: Donna Miller of Mott, ND, Bernice Kreis of Ashland, NE, Christine Sarnowski of Blair, NE, and Veronica (Frank) Nasavage of Moscow, PA; and one half-sister, Mary Kelch, of Clarion, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Don; and two sisters, Marlene Weber and Maggie Schrader.

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Arlene Emly

Arlene (Beckwith) Emly, 96, died peacefully in Tacoma, Washington on August 5, 2017 after a brief illness. She was preceded in death by her son Wayne Dean Emly (1953).  On-line condolences may be left at the Tuell-McKee Funeral Home website.

She is survived by her beloved husband, Oscar, of 71 years; six children, Kenneth (Valerie) Emly, Kathryn (James) Roskens, Mark (Maxine) Emly, Carole (Curt) Buchholz, Audrey (Robert) Welch, and Virginia Emly, 16 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by brothers Dean Beckwith, Duane Beckwith, sisters Phyllis Finster, Ellen White.

Arlene and Oscar resided in Dell Rapids, SD, for 60 years before spending the next decade at Maple Grove, MN, finally moving to an assisted living home in Tacoma, WA.

Arlene met Oscar in Aberdeen, SD, during his training to become a radio operator with the Army Air Corps. She received a Bachelor’s Degree from Northern State College and taught physics and chemistry in Webster, SD while waiting for Oscar to return from the Pacific theatre during World War II.

Arlene was co-owner with Oscar of the Dells Bakery and served as the bookkeeper/accountant until it was sold and they retired in 1985. She and Oscar participated as small business owners in the community and helped with church and school fund-raising projects throughout busy years of raising their children. Arlene enjoyed studying and teaching Bible classes, photography, crocheting, reading, playing Bridge, and visiting family. She and Oscar spent their retirement years traveling throughout the country and relocated in 1996 to MN where she became an avid Minneapolis Twins fan. She is also fondly remembered by many around the world for her crocheted hats which are keeping hundreds of heads warm.

To honor her lifelong faith in the Lord and service with the American Baptist Church, please make any donations to: Camp Judson ( 12965 Old Hill City Rd, Keystone, SD 57751

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Gene Larson

larsonG picEugene “Gene” Larson, 80, of Crooks, passed away on Monday, August 14, 2017 at the Dougherty Hospice House. Visitation with the family present will be from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 17, 2017 and a prayer service will begin at 7: 00 p.m. all at Miller Funeral Home West Chapel in Sioux Falls, SD.  A graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at Volga Lutheran Cemetery, Volga, SD. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Kahler Funeral Home, Dell Rapids.

Eugene “Gene” Larson was born on October 20, 1936 at Sioux Falls, SD the son of George and Nellie (Olson) Larson. He grew up in Sioux Falls spending the summer months in Lake Preston. He attended school in Sioux Falls and graduated from Washington High School in 1955. He managed a grocery store in Sioux Falls until he went to work for John Morrell. He worked for John Morrell for 54 years until retiring at age 77. He married Dorothy Sigfried and to this union, three children were born. He later married Janice Witt on March 21, 1975 at Madison, SD. To this union one son was born. The couple made their home on Lake Brandt and then moved to Baltic.  They later bought an acreage near Humboldt before moving into their home in Crooks in 1987. He remained there until the time of his death.

Gene was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed writing songs and playing his guitar.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Clifford and his wife, Janice.

He is survived by his sons, Jerry (Donna) of Valley Springs and Chad (Carolyn) of Slayton, MN; his daughters, Kathy (Roy) Keiser of Arlington and Nancy Peterson of Harrisburg; his 13 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter; his sisters, Darlene (Robert) Kennedy of Beresford, Bonnie (Richard) Shogren of Sioux Falls and Delores (Gordon) Hansen of Sioux Falls and his many nieces and nephews.

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Bill Boyda

Bill BoydaWilliam “Bill” Boyda, 77, of Sioux Falls, formerly of Dell Rapids, passed away on Friday, August 11, 2017 at the Sanford Hospice Cottage. A graveside service will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 in St. Williams Cemetery, Ramona, SD. His Memorial Service will begin at 3:00 p.m. following the graveside at Kahler Funeral Home. Visitation with the family present will be from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at Kahler Funeral Home, Dell Rapids. On-line condolences may be left at the Kahler Funeral Home website.

William “Bill” Earl Boyda was born on April 19, 1940, the son of Nicholas and Rosalyn “Mary” (DeCurtins) Boyda. He grew up in Ramona, SD where he attended country school. He then started working for area farmers and eventually moved to Dell Rapids where he worked for the Dell Rapids Elevator. He married Donna Haugse on June 1, 1963 in the Baltic Lutheran Church. The couple made their home in Dell Rapids. Bill started working for the Minnehaha County Highway Department in 1969 and retired in 1999. He and Donna moved to Sioux Falls in 2006.

Bill was a member of Active Generations. He enjoyed model cars and trucks.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his three brothers, John, Jim and Bob and his three sisters, Mary Lois, Martha and Pat.

Bill is survived by his wife, Donna of Sioux Falls; his two sons, Brian (Cindi) Boyda of Breezy Point, MN and their daughter, Betsy and Darrel (Beverly) Boyda of Lonsdale, MN and their children, Collin and Emily; his brothers, Ronald (Diane) Boyda of Tyler, TX and Christopher (Rolien) of Phoenix, AZ and his many nieces and nephews.

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