Duane Westergaard

WestergaardDunaeObitDuane Dale Westergaard, 84, of Brandon passed away Wednesday, April 25, 2018. Memorial services were held at 11:00 AM Monday, April 30, 2018 at Faith United Church in Brandon. Burial will be in the Dell Rapids Cemetery.

Visitation with the family present was from 3:00 to 5:00 PM followed by a prayer service at 5:00 PM Sunday, April 29, 2018 at Minnehaha Funeral Home in Dell Rapids.

Duane was born November 9, 1933 to parents Soren and Marthea (Estergaard) Westergaard at Egan, SD. He was raised and received his education in Jasper, MN. He and his family attended Bethania Lutheran Church, rural Trent, SD. Duane attended SDSU, then served in the US Marines from January 12, 1954 to June 18, 1955. After the service, he attended the University of Minnesota studying agriculture and horticulture.

Duane met Shirley Wahlberg at church while they both were attending college in Minneapolis. They were married in 1970 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. The couple resided in Minneapolis, California, Sioux Falls and finally in Brandon.

Duane worked in the agriculture and horticulture industry. He was employed by Champion Products for many years where his superiors said he was an excellent employee with many talents in all facets of his job.

Duane’s children were very much loved by him. He was always active in their lives. Duane was always involved in the church throughout his life. He enjoyed working on cars and equipment as well as watching and attending sporting events. Duane was and is truly loved and will be missed as a husband, father, grandfather and brother in Christ.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Shirley, Brandon; adopted children, Lisa Diaz, Sioux Falls, Chad Westergaard, Brandon, Sara Young, Sioux Falls and Mark Westergaard, Sioux Falls; nine grandchildren; three sisters and a brother.

Duane was preceded in death by his parents.


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Eric Zorr

zorr picEric Michael Zorr, 43, of Sioux Falls, SD, formerly of Austin, TX; Richmond, VA; and Dell Rapids, SD, passed away unexpectedly, Thursday, April 19, 2018, at his home of natural causes. His Memorial Service will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 in the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids. Visitation with the family present will be from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at Kahler Funeral Home, Dell Rapids.  (www.kahlerfh.com)

Eric was born November 13, 1974, in Minneapolis MN to Tom and Barb Zorr. He was a much loved and active child. During his early years, the family lived in Crystal and Long Lake, MN before settling in Dell Rapids in May of 1990. He graduated from Dell Rapids High School in 1993, where he was active in many school activities, particularly drama, art and journalism. He attended SDSU and Virginia Commonwealth University, majoring in art. Although he never completed his degree, Eric was a passionate and prolific artist for the rest of his life.

Eric found his calling serving his customers and his “regulars” as a bartender at many locations in each of the cities he lived in. Eric could talk to anyone about a wide variety of subjects, from alternative rock to jazz, sports to politics, and almost anything in-between. His varied tastes and experiences allowed him to connect to almost anyone from any walk of life.

He was beloved by his family, co-workers, and his many, many friends from around the country. He deeply adored his nieces and nephews, and spent a lot of time with his family, particularly his parents, since returning to the Sioux Falls area, after many years living in Austin, TX. His loss has left a void in the lives of those who knew him that can never be filled.

Eric was preceded in death by his sister Rhonda, brother Joseph, maternal grandfather (Joe Chancellor), and paternal grandparents (Ray and Marie Zorr).

He is survived by his parents, Tom and Barb Zorr of Dell Rapids; his brothers, Tim (Valerie) of Akron, IA, and Todd (Melanie) of Omaha, NE; his sister, Amanda (Scott) Plummer of Aberdeen, SD; four nieces, Mara, Jenny,  Olivia and Abby; four nephews, Marcus, Caiden, Jack and Asher; his grandmother, Blanche Quincey of Dell Rapids and countless friends and relatives who loved him.


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Jean Johnson

Jean E. Johnson, 92, of Dell Rapids, passed away on Monday, April 9, 2018. There will be no services at this time.

Jean is survived by her children, Jean Wallick, Ken Johnson and Joyce (Frank) Farinelli of Dell Rapids.

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Carol Campbell

campbell picCarol Campbell, 100, of Schaumburg, formerly of Trent, passed away on Sunday, March 11, 2018. Her funeral service was at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday March 17, 2018 at Ahlgrim & Sons Funeral & Cremation Services in Schaumburg, IL. Visitation was two hours prior to the start of the service. Private graveside services will be held at Riverview Cemetery, rural Dell Rapids under the direction of Kahler Funeral Home, Dell Rapids.

Carol was born November 10, 1917 in Trent, SD, daughter of Otto and Carrie (Nelson) Lund. She is preceded in death by her husband, Wayne, her parents and two children (Gary and Christy).

She is survived by her daughter, Carolyn (Tom) Benson of Barrington, IL,  two grandsons, Dan and Randy, and six great grandchildren, Christian, Mason, Keira, Bailey, Carter, and Charley.

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Aleida Groos

groos picAleida Groos, 91, of Colton passed away on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at her home. Her Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 in St. Mary Catholic Church. Visitation with the family present will be from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 19, 2018 at Kahler Funeral Home. A Christian Wake Service will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Aleida was born on September 30, 1926 at Alvord, Iowa to Henry and Martina (Boon) Busser. She attended Lawndale grade school, rural Colton. She worked for several families in the community. Later she worked in Sioux Falls at Dakota Laundry for many years. She married Bill Groos of Colman on April 18, 1959 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Sioux Falls. They moved to Rapid City for several years until they moved back to Sioux Falls in 1968. They had one son, Paul, in June of 1962. They moved back to Colton in 1972. Bill passed away in April of 1979.

Those left to cherish her memory are her son, Paul of Colton; her two brothers, Bill (Sue) Busser of Byron, IL and Neal (Betty) Busser of Colton and her many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her brother, Arie (Arla) Busser who passed away in 1972.


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Veronica Scholten

VeronicaScholtenVeronica Scholten, 93, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, formerly of Larchwood, Iowa, died Friday, March 2, 2018 at Avera Prince of Peace in Sioux Falls. Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, March 10 at 10:30 AM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Larchwood with Father Joseph Scholten and Father Francis Makwinja celebrating the Mass. Burial followed at Larchwood Cemetery. Visitation, with the family present, was held Friday, March 9 at the church from 6:30-7:30 PM. A prayer service followed the visitation at 7:30 PM. Condolences may be left for the family at www.porterfuneralhomes.com.

Veronica Agnes Snyders, daughter of Joseph and Lorena (Ripperda) Snyders, was born on June 27, 1924 at Larchwood, Iowa. She graduated from St. Mary’s Catholic High School in Larchwood in 1942. On October 17, 1944 Veronica was united in marriage with Joseph Scholten at St. Mary’s Catholic church in Larchwood. They made their home on an acreage southwest of Larchwood where they raised their 14 children grounded in the Catholic faith.  In 1987, she moved to Dell Rapids, South Dakota. Joe died on September 27, 1997. Veronica moved to Prince of Peace in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in January 2013.

Veronica was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She had a special devotion to Mary, praying at least one rosary dailyShe was a member of St. Mary’s Altar Society in Larchwood and the Legion of Mary Altar Society in Dell Rapids. Veronica mastered embroidering, she enjoyed bowling, playing cards, Minnesota Twins baseball, fishing outings with Donald and Helen, and later in life she enjoyed the trips with her siblings. She treasured all the times and traditions shared with her family and friends.

She is survived by 12 children, Ken Scholten of Salem, South Dakota, Judy (Norman) Hansen of Saint Joseph, Minnesota, Sharon (David) Weiland of Dell Rapids, Nancy (Jim) Weiland of Dell Rapids, Peggy Scholten of Sioux City, Iowa, Susan (Tim) Lund of Larchwood, Tom (Theresa) Scholten of Sioux Falls, Monica (Dan) Collenbaugh of Rock Valley, Iowa, Adam Scholten of Sioux Falls, Robert (Cheri) Scholten of Miller, South Dakota, Joleen (Duane) Bos of Harrisburg, South Dakota, and Steve (Joyce) Scholten of Dell Rapids; son-in-law, Patrick Geraets of Dell Rapids; 64 grandchildren; 97 great-grandchildren; 7 great-great-grandchildren; brother, James (Lorraine) Snyders of Sioux Falls; sister, Dorothy Kelly of Mesa, Arizona; and  3 sisters-in-law, Pat Snyders, Shirley Scholten, and Regina (Mick) Willet.

Veronica was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Lorena; husband, Joe; 2 daughters, Joanne Geraets and Mary Ellen Scholten; 8 grandchildren, Andrew Weiland, Angela Hofer, Michael Scholten, Samuel, John, Michael, Catherine and Kim Scholten; great-grandchild, Alex Geraets; 4 brothers, John, Bernard, Robert, and Raymond Snyders; sister, Theresa Bruggeman; and an infant sister, Marcella Snyders.

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Bernus Lee

Lee, Bernus obit photoBernus (Wold) Lee, 82, of Dell Rapids passed away Monday, February 26, 2018. Funeral services will begin at 11:00 AM Saturday, March 3, 2018 at East Nidaros Lutheran Church, rural Baltic, SD. Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Visitation will be one hour prior to services.

Bernus was born in Adrian, MN to Minnie (Madison) and Henry Norman. She grew up and attended school in the Adrian/Luverne area.

She moved to the rural Baltic and married Oscar Wold on May 27th 1955. She was a member of East Nidaros Luthern Church, was active in Ladies Aid, Circle and taught Sunday School.

Bernus was best known for her home cooking and baking. She served many lunches and dinners on the farm to harvesting crews and made and sold wedding cakes from their home. She also enjoyed swimming with her children, camping and fishing. Many of her knitted and crochet works are proudly displayed through out the family.

After Oscar passed away in 1989, she sold the farm and moved to Sioux Falls, SD.

She married Warren Lee, September 21, 1996, they traveled for several years, and settled in rural Arlington, SD. In October 2017 she moved to Dell Rapids, SD., where she passed away.

Survivors include her husband, Warren Lee; children, James (Dawne) Wold, Mitchell, SD, Sharon Brooks, Pipestone, MN, Larry Wold, Minneapolis, MN and Linda Brekke, Sioux Falls, SD; brother, Vernon Norman, Bloomington, MN; numerous nieces and nephews; 19 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

She is preceeded in death by her parents; husband, Oscar; daughter, Ellen(David) Brobjorg; son, Lyle Wold; brothers, Hank and Bill and sister, Opal.


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Muriel VanDam

VanDam picMuriel L. VanDam, 93, of Dell Rapids passed away on Sunday, February 4, 2018 at the Dells Nursing and Rehab Center. Her Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, February 19, 2018 in St. Joseph the Workman Catholic Church at Huntimer. Visitation on Sunday, February 18, 2018 will be from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. with a Christian Wake Service at 4:00 p.m. in the church. www.kahlerfh.com

Muriel L. Park was born on July 5, 1924 in the Colman area to Henry Sr. and Kathryn (Birnbaum) Park. She grew up in the Chester area and attended school in Chester. She graduated from Chester High School in 1942. She attended beauty school and was a beautician in Dell Rapids and Madison. She married William “Bill” VanDam on June 5, 1946 at St. Joseph the Workman Catholic Church at Huntimer. The couple made their home on a farm near Chester until moving into Dell Rapids in 2000. Bill passed away on January 20, 2009.

Muriel was a member of St. Joseph the Workman Catholic Church and Altar Society.

Muriel was preceded in death by two sisters, Avis Klamm and Marge Myhres; a son-in-law, Dale Huntimer and a daughter-in-law, JoAnn VanDam.

She is survived by her two sons, Dennis (Shirley) of Colman and David of Chester; her six daughters, Dianne (Darrold) Williams of Dell Rapids, Linda Nelson of Dell Rapids, Nancy (David) Sheridan of Harpers Ferry, IA, Leanne (Gale) Swier of Madison, Beth (Charles) Buchheim of Chester and Joan (Bob) Van Liere of Wentworth; her 16 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren; brothers, Henry Park Jr. of Chester and Jim (Betty) Park of Colman; her sister, MaryAnn (Darrell) Sorenson of Omaha, NE and her many friends and extended family.


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Mildred Sayler

Mildred Timmons Sayler, 95, of Sioux Falls passed away peacefully on Monday, January 22, 2018 at the Good Samaritan Center in Sioux Falls. To honor Mildred’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Inurnment will take place beside Jim in Sunset Memorial Veterans Garden in Montana during private family services. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Kahler Funeral Home, www.kahlerfh.com.

Mildred was born July 23, 1922 in Carbon County at the family homestead two miles north of Fromberg, MT, to Mark and Bertha (Thatcher) Timmons. She graduated from Bromberg High School, Billings Business College and attended Brigham Young University in 1960.

In 1942, She married James Sayler of Bridger. To this union were born a son, James Mack, and two daughters, Judith Marilyn and Cristine Adeline. She worked for the Department of the Interior in Billings and at Fort Smith, MT for 25 years retiring to Billings with Jim in 1987. During retirement she took part in various local volunteer projects.

Mildred is survived by a daughter, Judith Redden (Dennis), four grandchildren, Laura Miller, Julie Jones, Penny Baker and Keith Frickel (Shannon); nine great-grandchildren, Jureen Jones, Jorel Miller, Ashleigh, Alyssa, Zachary and Amber Baker, Levi, Levinz and Lukas Flinn; and three great-great-grandchildren, Hadley Hernandez, Levaya Flinn and Dean Huffman.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Edith Sekora; brothers, Cyrus Timmons an Emory Timmons; husband, James; son, James Mack Sayler; daughter, Cristine (Sayler Frickel) Eichenauer; sons-in-law, Larry Flinn and Scott Eichenauer and grandson, Larry Flinn Jr.

Should friends desire, memorials may be directed to the Intermountain Children’s Home, 500 Lamborn, Helena, Montana 59601, in Mildred’s name.


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Helen Aspaas

aspaas picHelen M. Aspaas, 95 of Sioux Falls, formerly of Dell Rapids passed away on January 9, 2018 at Dow Rummel in Sioux Falls. Her funeral service is at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids followed by a lunch gathering. Internment is in the East Nidaros Cemetery. Visitation is at noon on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at Kahler Funeral Home with the family present from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Helen M. Aspaas was born April 28, 1922, in Philip, SD, to Sophia and Mark (Billy) Marrington. She and her two younger sisters, Lucille (Celie) and Joyce, were raised on a ranch 40 miles north of Philip. She attended a country school for her elementary education, and went to Pierre for High School. She had to stay in Pierre during the school year, working for room and board between and after classes. Her sister, Celie, joined her after one year. She and Celie were good students, and had a love of music, singing in the chorus and taking piano lessons. After high school, Helen stayed home for a year to help care for her youngest sister, Joyce, while her mother taught school. The next year Helen and Celie both went to Augustana College in Sioux Falls. She met her future husband, Paul K. Aspaas, at Augustana where he was a pre-med student. Helen left college after 2 years, working as a teacher for a year, then as assistant superintendent of the school in Philip. Helen and Paul were married December 11, 1943, in the Philip Lutheran Church after Paul finished his first 2 years of Medical School in Vermillion. After a 2-day honeymoon they moved to Chicago where he completed his medical education. Helen worked as a secretary to support the family during this time. Paul then entered the Army for 2 years as a ship’s surgeon. By this time they had one son, Paul Kenneth, Jr. (Ken). Helen lived with her parents the first year of Paul’s military duty, then moved with their son to Kirkland, Washington, for a year while Paul was based at Ft Lewis.

Following Paul’s military service, the family moved to Dell Rapids, SD, where Paul joined the practice of Dr. A.F. Grove. They had their second son, Mark Iver, and Helen settled into the community. She was a housewife, and was very active in community affairs. She followed her sons’ activities closely, never missing an athletic event, band or choral concert, or play. She was a Cub Scout den mother, member and twice president of the band parents association, chaperone for multiple marching band trips, Sunday school teacher, church school superintendent, and member of the church choir. She served on multiple church committees, including the building committee. She worked hard to grow the church because of the increasing number of young people settling in Dell Rapids. Her son, Mark, designed the new addition to the church. She was doubly proud of that addition because she had a hand in convincing people it was the right thing to do, and because her son had designed it. She was also happy that she had the opportunity to be a Bethel Series trainee and teacher for 5 years. She felt that her knowledge of scripture and her overall faith benefited from the experience, and she loved sharing the information with other members of the congregation. She joined PEO in 1964, was local chapter president (Chapter AD) on multiple occasions, and state president from 1978-9. She loved that organization and her PEO sisters. She served on the Dells Carnegie Library board, and worked very long and hard along with her fellow board members to get approval of and raise funds for the library addition, repair, and renovation. She also helped to raise three foster children, had a young woman from Norway stay with the family for a year, and had an exchange student from Brazil stay to attend school. She took up painting as a hobby when she was 40, and found that she had a real gift. She painted with oils, watercolors and acrylics, and created some unique “rubout” paintings as well. She also enjoyed golf, bowling, bridge and other card games, traveling, and she had an intense love of reading. Perhaps her favorite entertainment was dancing. She and Paul, together with some of their friends, would go to dances in Sioux Falls and always had a great time. She loved spending time with friends and family, and adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Paul died in 2002. Shortly after, Helen moved to a twin home on the golf course where she lived for years with help from loving neighbors. Unfortunately, she developed an acute, severe illness that left her debilitated. After she got out of the hospital and rehab, she stayed with family for a while, but eventually went to Dow Rummel Assisted Living where she had a small apartment. She thrived in the environment at Dow Rummel for several years; she loved the caring staff and made new friends. She was happy and content there, but would occasionally wonder when God was going to call her home. She was anxious to “meet Jesus,” and to see her mother, husband, sister, family and friends who had gone before. Helen was a true “child of God.” Her faith was reflected in her love of God, family, friends, and community.

Grateful for having shared her life are sons: Ken (Maggi) and Mark (Dawn), Sioux Falls; sister: Joyce Greenwalt (Gary), Tulsa, OK.; grandchildren: Christopher (Nancy), Andy (Lyndsey), and Mahli Aspaas; Doug, and Liza Gaspar; great-grandchildren: Sofie, Liv, Alexis, William, and Teddy Aspaas; Mason Stanton; Daxton, and Autumn Gaspar.


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