Donald Berg

Berg, Don obit photoDonald P. Berg, 97, of Dell Rapids passed away peacefully Sunday, March 31, 2019 at Dells Nursing and Rehab Center.

Funeral services will begin at 3:00 PM Friday, April 5, 2019 at Willow Creek Lutheran Church, rural Dell Rapids with burial in the church cemetery.

Visitation will from 5:00 to 7:00 PM Thursday, April 4, 2019 at Minnehaha Funeral Home in Dell Rapids.

Donald Phillip Berg was born December 26, 1921 to parents Andrew and Carrie (Woken) Berg on the family farm near Baltic. He attended Williamson Country School thru the 9th grade and then worked on the family farm and for various other farmers in the area.

Don married Joyce Geraldine Tonseth on June 24, 1945 at Lyons, SD. They enjoyed over 31 years of marriage until her death on August 15, 1976. He was then married to Donna Walters on September 23, 1978 in Dell Rapids.

Don enjoyed farming in the Baltic, Colton and Dell Rapids area until 1964. He then went to work for Buskerud Construction and other construction jobs in Sioux Falls. Later on in life he was the handyman everyone knew and called on to fix anything.

Don took pride in being a head usher for 54 years and custodian for almost 50 years at Willow Creek Lutheran Church. His health finally made him realize he was going to have to pass the baton on for the custodian job. However this decision weighed heavy on his heart, so a week later he asked to come back again. He also enjoyed his Saturday morning coffee club the men had in the basement of the church, always providing treats and a story to share.

Don was a master gardener! For many years he loved tending to his pumpkins, squash, potatoes, radishes, cucumbers and tomatoes. Someone mentioned to him how to grow square pumpkins, but no one ever remembers it being a success!! He enjoyed sharing the fruits of his labor in the garden to many of his friends and neighbors, which included his homemade pumpkin pies he baked with pumpkins from his garden. He’ll always be remembered for baking all of his angel food cakes. Any occasion could be a reason to receive his cake, it didn’t matter if you were his daughter, grandchild, great-grandchild or worked in the bank. He just had such great pleasure in sharing his baking.

Don enjoyed going to see his great-grandchildren participate in their sporting events in the summer. The most fun was jumping in the Kawasaki side by side and heading to the Dairy Queen for his favorite Heath Blizzard afterwards.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Donna, Dell Rapids; daughter, Delight Hansen (Jeff Nelson), Dell Rapids; grandson, Nathan Hansen, Dell Rapids; great-grandchildren, Taylor, Nicholas and Jake Hansen, Dell Rapids; step sons, Steve (Diane) Brasseur, Blaine, MN and Jim Brasseur, Sioux Falls; step grandchildren, Serena, Isaac and Olivia Brasseur, Blaine, MN and Nicholas Brasseur, Arizona; brother-in-law, Ron (Barbara) Walters, Henderson, MN; sisters-in-law, Barb (Daryl) Rieck, Aberdeen, SD and Gerrie (Bob) Binion, Brownstone, MI and several nieces, nephews and relatives.

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Donald Munk

Munk, Don-Obit Photo CroppedDonald Munk, age 85, passed away on Wednesday, February 6, 2019, at his home in Garretson. Memorial service will begin at 2:00 PM Saturday, April 6, 2019, at the Minnehaha Funeral Home in Garretson. Memorial visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

Don was born on January 28, 1934 in Dell Rapids to Guy and Valborg (Christensen) Munk. He graduated from Dell Rapids High School and completed an accounting course from the Internal Accounting Society in Chicago. He served in the United States Army from 1956-58 as a Specialist 4th Class Radio Operator and stayed in the Reserves until 1962. He lived in Dell Rapids and Sioux Falls until marrying Kathy Edwards Eide on August 22, 1986, at which time he moved to Garretson.

Don was employed by various places throughout his life. These included: Appliance Buyers Credit Corporation, Eutectic Company, Parsons Equipment Company (Pecaut Equipment), Sioux Steel, and at the west side Walmart as a greeter.

Don loved playing pool and cards with the “Old Fart Group”. He enjoyed visiting with friends and was an avid Green Bay Packers fan. He enjoyed all sports and was an avid golfer, hunter and fisher.  He loved sharing his knowledge with kids and talking to people.

Survivors include his wife, Kathy of Garretson; children: Todd (Susan) Munk of Liberty, Missouri and their children: Guy and Hudson; Joni (John) Skellie of Shelbyville, Kentucky and their children Colleen and Logan, and Kerri (Scott) Warsord of Flaherty, Kentucky and their children Mac and Megan; step-children: Bill Eide, Jr of Rapid City and his son, Ozzie, and Andy Eide of Rapid City and his son, Brodie; granddaughter Madi Backes and her mother, Kirstie Backes; and siblings: Doug (Marianne) Munk and Alice (Jerry) Crisp both of Dell Rapids. He was preceded in death by his parents, and one grandchild.

Minnehaha Funeral Home, Garretson, is handling the arrangements.

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Gerald Schreier

Schreier, Gerald obit photoGerald “Jerry” F. Schreier, 85, of Dell Rapids went to be with the Lord Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at Dells Nursing and Rehab Center.

Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:00 AM Monday, March 18, 2019 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Dell Rapids. Burial with Military Honors was in the church cemetery.

Visitation was held from 3:00 to 5:00 PM followed by a Wake Service at 5:00 PM Sunday, March 17, 2019 at Minnehaha Funeral Home in Dell Rapids.

Jerry was born on April 23, 1933 to Henry and Laura (Phelps) Schreier in Dell Rapids, South Dakota. Jerry’s love for farming started when he was a kid growing up and helping on the family farm. This is where he learned many of his mechanical skills. Jerry attended St. Mary Catholic School and then went on to serve his country in the Army. He was honorably discharged with a hardship when his father passed away so he could go home to continue farming. While farming, he worked many different jobs to supplement the farm income during his life. He was a “jack of all trades” and there wasn’t anything he couldn’t do when it came to the farm. He woke up every morning and got to do what he loved every day on the farm. He was very proud of the farm. Back in the day Jerry and Clara would host barn dances complete with a band and plenty to drink. He had a passion for selling and repairing Miller farm loaders for most of his life. Jerry was also a Funk Seed Dealer for many years serving the area.

He married his wife of 61 years, Clara (Galles) Schreier, on April 27, 1957. Together they raised five children on the family farm. He was a devoted member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Dell Rapids where he was also involved in The Knights of Columbus. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. His great sense of humor and that twinkle in his eye were always loved.

Jerry is preceded in death by his father, Henry; mother, Laura and siblings, Irene Schmidt, Genevieve Mines, Myrtle Duffy, Henry Schreier Jr., Harold Schreier, Beverly Shea and Charles Schreier.

He is survived by his wife, Clara of Dell Rapids; five children, Patrick Schreier of Apple Valley, MN, Noreen (Jerry) Abrahamson of Omaha, NE, James (Christine) of Fargo, ND, Timothy (Paula) of Dell Rapids, SD and Jeffrey (Jodie) of Moorhead, MN; ten grandchildren, Colleen Schreier, Diana Schreier, Jared (Kelsey) Abrahamson, Elyse Abrahamson, Jocelyn Abrahamson, Emily (Jon) Schroeder, Meghan Schreier, Abby (Robert) Gregersen, Jacob (Trystan) Schreier, Zacharey Schreier and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

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Lois Williamson

williamson picLois M. Williamson, 98, of Dell Rapids, passed away on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at the Dells Nursing and Rehab Center. Her funeral service is at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 4, 2019 in the Dell Rapids United Methodist Church. Interment is in the Dell Rapids Cemetery. Visitation with the family present is from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 3, 2019 at Kahler Funeral Home.

Lois M. Meyer was born on November 26, 1920 on a farm near Pipestone, MN, the daughter of WM and Dorothy Meyer. When she was four she moved with her parents to a farm near Trent, SD where she grew up and attended rural school.

She married Robert B. Williamson on August 18, 1945 at Augustana Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. She worked as a telephone operator and later at the Dell Rapids Community Hospital in the Dietary Department for 23 years.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Dell Rapids and the United Methodist Women and the Dell Rapids Senior Citizens.

She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, her brothers, Vernon and Bill and sister, Doris.

Lois is survived by her two sons, Robert Jr. (Cindy) of Watertown and Darrell (Cathie) of Crooks; nine grandchildren and her great grandchildren.


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Eugene Baumberger

Baumberger picEugene “Geno” J. Baumberger, 79, of Dell Rapids, passed away on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at the Dougherty Hospice House. His Mass of Christian Burial is at 10:30 a.m. on  Saturday, March 2, 2019 in St. Mary Catholic Church, Dell Rapids. Interment is in the St. Mary Cemetery, Dell Rapids. Visitation with the family present is from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2019 in St. Mary Catholic Church and the Christian Wake Service is at 7:00 p.m. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Kahler Fuenral Home.

Geno was born on June 6, 1939, in Chester, SD to Marcus and Catherine (Geraets) Baumberger. Following the loss of his mother to cancer at the age of 15, he helped his father run the family farm and raise his younger siblings. He married LaVonne Burgers on November 16, 1961. Geno spent most of his working life in the construction industry.

Anyone who ever met Geno never forgot him. He was a ‘larger than life’ character, a true old-school gentleman with a genuine love of life, and a perfectionist in every sense of the word. He will be remembered for his outspoken ways; he was known for telling it like it was without holding back. He had a knack for being able to fix anything; if there was ever a question about something mechanical or construction-related, Geno was the guy to ask.He was a firm believer that anything worth doing was worth doing well, and never accepted less.

His children have fond memories of growing up in Geno and Vonnie’s household. Rides to church on Sunday were usually accompanied by all five of them in the back seat yelling ‘FLOOR IT DAD!!’… of course Geno was more than willing to do just that. His greatest joy in life was watching them grow up and become successful in their chosen fields. His love for his grandchildren was second to none.

He was preceded in death by his parents, as well as his brother Mike and sister Ginny.

He is survived by his wife LaVonne; children; Gina (Glenn) Briggs of Cat Spring, TX, Wade (Bonnie) of Northfield, MN, Tony (Shelly) of Colman, Ginger (Brad) Tieszen of Sioux Falls, and Grant (Stacy) of Northfield, MN. He was a proud grandpa of 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He also survived by his four brothers, three sisters, his extended family and many friends.


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John Van Liere

Van Liere, John obit photoJohn Van Liere, age 92, of Dell Rapids, SD, formerly of Colton passed away Thursday, February 21, 2019 at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, SD surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at First Reformed Church in Colton, SD. Burial will be held at the Colton Cemetery with Military Honors. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00pm on Tuesday February 26 at the Minnehaha Funeral Chapel in Colton, SD.

John Marvin Van Liere was born on April 11, 1926 in Chester, SD to Pete and Dena (Van Hunnik) Van Liere. He attended grade school and graduated from Colton High School in 1945. After graduation, John worked at John Morrell and Company and helped on the farm before being drafted into the Army for WWII. After 2 years of service in occupied Japan, John returned home and soon after married Esther Harmelink on April 2, 1948. John and Esther began farming south of Colton and eventually moved northwest of Colton where they retired from farming in 1990. After retirement, John and Esther built a home in Colton and spent their winters in Apache Junction, AZ. In 2018, John and Esther sold their home and moved to Orchard Hills in Dell Rapids, SD.

John was a lifetime member of First Reformed Church of Colton and served in many positions for the church over the years. He was also a long-time member of the American Legion and Lion’s Club. John and Esther enjoyed square dancing, playing cards, going to auctions, traveling and spending time with family and friends. John especially loved sports and was a strong competitor in many activities. However, he found his niche in Hand Corn Husking where he became “the man to beat” in the South Dakota state competitions for many years and represented South Dakota at the National Corn Husking Contest repeatedly, winning the National Corn Husking Open Division in 1995. John participated in the Senior Games for over 30 years and in 2005 was inducted into the South Dakota Senior Games Hall of Fame.

John was also quite a celebrity in his own ranks. He was a contestant on the Price is Right in 1988, where he made it to the final show case show down. John was interviewed countless times for local news special interest stories. He starred in an episode of the nationally syndicated cooking show Glutton for Punishment, highlighting John’s corn husking skills and Esther’s corn related recipes. John once posed for the cover of Farm Journal magazine and his WWII biography was published in Greg Latza’s book, “Blue Stars”.

Grateful for sharing his life are his wife of 70 years, Esther; daughter, Nancy (Greg) Meyer of Wentworth, SD; six sons, David (Jayne) of Huntington, IN, Larry of Sioux Falls, SD, Tom of Chester, SD, Jay of Wentworth, SD, Don (Celeste) of Phoenix, AZ and Bob (Joan) of Wentworth, SD; seventeen grandchildren and thirty one great-grandchildren; sister, Julie Swier of Dell Rapids, SD; brothers, Lowell (June) Van Liere of Hartford, SD and Roy (Elaine) Van Liere of Colton, SD; sisters-in-law, Helen Van Liere of Sioux Falls and Irene Richardson of Vermillion, SD.

John was preceded in death by his parents, Pete and Dena Van Liere; brothers, Melvin and Adrian and his wife, Jeanette; brothers-in-law, Gerret Swier and Ronald Richardson and sister-in-law, Catherine (Cash) Swier and her husband, Rich.

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Phyllis Ollerich

ollerich picPhyllis Alice Ollerich, 89, of Dell Rapids was an angel on earth and became an angel in heaven on February 14, 2019. She was born on Dec. 22, 1929 to James Walsh Jr. and Genevieve Haley Walsh. She attended Welby Grade School, Yankton High School, and Nettleton College. She worked for Midwest Beach Printing Co., secretary for Raven Industry, School of Nursing, and a bookkeeper for Sioux Falls Livestock Co and Ollerich Cattle Co.

Phyllis met Bob Ollerich at the Arkota Ballroom. They were married on April 27, 1954. They ranched at Summit, SD, as well as farmed in Tea and Garretson. Her life was filled with 8 children that kept her busy. Fascination engulfed her at how quickly the kids grew. No matter how hard they tried they couldn’t get away with anything; she always knew who was climbing the stairs in the wee hours of the morning.

Phyllis’s life goal was to be a disciple for God. She attended St. Rose of Lima Church in Garretson, SD where she was a member of the Catholic Daughters, taught CCD, and was President of the Altar Society. She enjoyed talking with the congregation and serving coffee and goodies after mass on Sundays. She thrived on the opportunity to help another person and make a difference.

As the kids got older she traveled often and appreciated a good restaurant. The grandchildren soon arrived, and when they could sit up, she taught them to make cookies; chocolate chip and snicker doodles were the favorites. She spent many years serving as a 4-H leader. Of course we can’t forget her favorite show: Days of Our Lives. She never missed an episode since the day it started. She also enjoyed bowling and beating everyone at cards (King’s corner and solitaire were her favorites). Our mom was a quiet observer, but if you caught her at the right moment you could catch her sticking out her tongue or making a funny comment.

She is survived by husband Robert Ollerich, 8 children, Steve and Rhonda Ollerich of Dell Rapids, Tim and Vickie Ollerich of Heron Lake, MN, Beth and Kenny Jessen of Bushnell, SD, Nancy and Dallas Deranleau of Rapid City, SD, Tom Ollerich of Hartford, SD, Joleen Ollerich and Dave Ziebarth of Rapid City, SD, Lori Mittan of Craig, CO, and Brian and Lynnette Ollerich of Summit, SD. Along with 17 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, and 1 great- great grandchild and her sister, Janet Waggoner of Yankton.

Phyllis will join her mom and dad, brothers Larry, Merle, and Ralph, and her sister Carol Kay, along with her granddaughter Brooke in heaven.

Mass of Christian Burial for Phyllis is at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, February 18, 2019 in St. Mary Catholic Church, Dell Rapids. Interment is in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Lennox. Visitation with the family present is on Sunday, February 17, 2019 at Kahler Funeral Home from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. The Christian Wake Service i at 4:00 p.m. followed by the Rosary.


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Arliss Lickteig

lickteig picArliss M. Lickteig, 83, of Dell Rapids, passed away on Friday, February 1, 2019 at the Dells Nursing and Rehab Center. Her Mass of Christian Burial is at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday February 7, 2019 in St. Mary Catholic Church, Dell Rapids with Fr. John Lantsberger as the celebrant. Interment is in the St. Mary Cemetery.  Casketbearers are Nate Lickteig, Dustin Lickteig, Nick Lickteig, Trevor Lickteig, Matt Keller,  Joe Matzke and Caleb Hoekstra. Visitation is at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at Kahler Funeral Home. The family will be present from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m with the Christian Wake Service at 7:00 p.m.

Arliss Westwick was born on August 30, 1935 at Dell Rapids, SD, the daughter of Norris and Lillian (Thill) Westwick. She moved with her family to Mason City, IA until the second grade when they moved to Lake Preston, SD. The family moved back to Dell Rapids just before she started the fifth grade. She attended St. Mary School and graduated in 1953. She worked at Smokey’s until she met Florian Lickteig. The couple married on June 14, 1954 at St. Mary Catholic Church.  The couple moved to Rapid City, SD before returning to Dell Rapids to raise their children. Arliss worked at the Dells Cafe, Dakota Industries and T and C’s until her retirement in the late 90’s. Florian died on April 16, 2007. Arliss remained in her home where she enjoyed many years with her four legged companion, Toby. She moved to Dells Nursing and Rehab in 2017.

Arliss was a member of St. Mary Parish and altar society, and the birthday club for over 56 years.  She enjoyed Bingo, special occasions with her family and her grandkids sporting events.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Florian; daughter, Jeannine; an infant sister, Helen Margaret and her parents.

She is survived by her children, Craig (Sandy) of Sioux Falls, Arlen “Moe” (Grace) of Dell Rapids, Stuart of Grand Forks, ND and Jon (Ann) of Volga; her grandchildren, Nate (Megan), Megan, Stacey (Joe), Jen (Matt), Whitney (Caleb), Dustin, Nick (Abbie), Trevor (Taylor) and Sydney; her 11 great-grandchildren; her brother, Joe Westwick of FL and her nieces, nephews and many friends and extended family.

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Gerald Heinemann

Heinemann, Jerry obit photoIt is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our father, Gerald Cleophus Heinemann of Dell Rapids at the age of 82. He passed away early Wednesday morning, January 30th, 2019 during the coldest temperatures we’ve had in years.

Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:00 AM Saturday, February 2, 2019 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Dell Rapids. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation with the family present from 5:00 to 7:00 PM followed by a Wake Service at 7:00 PM Friday, February 1, 2019 at St. Mary Catholic Church.

Gerald (Jerry) Cleophus was born on May 7th, 1936 in Dell Rapids, to Agnus and Norbert Heinemann. He was raised and attended school in Dell Rapids, graduating from St. Mary High School. It was always interesting growing up in a house with one brother and eight sisters.

At the age of 22 while serving our country in Japan, Jerry was called back home due to his father’s ill health. After his father’s passing, he took the responsibility of tending to the farm and helping his mother and siblings. He was a very humble, busy and hardworking man. Little did he know just how busy life could get.

Jerry met Joan Jarman on the dance floor at the Arkota Dance Hall in Sioux Falls and they married on August 22nd, 1959. They both spoke of many sweet memories they made spending weekends with each other and friends dancing at the Arkota and Pavillion. Soon after marriage, Jerry and Joan moved out to the Heinemann farm where they always dreamt of creating a big family. They had six busy children; four sons and two daughters and after that came eighteen grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Jerry worked on the farm and drove truck for Hyman Freightways, Inc. for 25 years, retiring at the age of 62. He was a member of the St. Mary Catholic Church all of his life. There was nothing Jerry treasured more than a fresh cup of coffee and good conversation with family and friends. He showed us all the meaning of hard work and the importance of family. Among his many titles, he was a great son, brother, husband, father and grandfather.

Jerry is survived by his children, Mike (DeAnn) Heinemann, Flandreau, Craig (Tonya) Heinemann, Dell Rapids, Larry (Shelley) Heinemann, Dell Rapids, Steve (Kris) Heinemann, Dell Rapids and Kristi (Brad) Nieman, Sioux Falls; eighteen grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; four sisters, Ethel (Alan) Ketteleger, Oklahoma, Evelyn (Gene) Gannon, Iowa, Janice (Jerry) Kritzer, Nevada and Arlene (Russ) McFarlene, Sioux Falls, SD; numerous nieces and nephews; many relatives and friends.

Jerry was preceded in death by his wife, Joan Irene (Jarman) Heinemann; daughter, Kathleen Heinemann; parents, Norbert and Agnus Heinemann; five sisters, Kay, Shirley, Mary and Viviene and one brother, Bob.

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Constance Opland

Opland, Connie obit photo 2Constance “Connie” Elida Opland       August 16, 1921-January 29, 2019

Flowers……When we think of mom we think of flowers.

Mom’s outward smile reflected the inner beauty that she carried with her as a Child of God. The love of the Lord shown through in all that she did and was. She greeted with a smile and cheerful word. She blessed others by bringing bouquets of flowers to church every Sunday from early spring until late fall. Mom recognized those in need of being uplifted or those hurting and she offered to them what God gave to her in the form of smiles, laughter, a kind word and flowers.

Mom, in over a 60 year marriage with dad, Bennett Opland, raised six children on a dairy farm in a caring, warm and loving environment. She spent most of her time either in the garden or in the kitchen. She had an open door policy and nobody left hungry. She multiplied and extended that same love to her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, friends, neighbors, family and those strangers that quickly became friends. She taught each of us to appreciate the sunrise and sunset of each day that painted a unique picture of God’s love for each of His children.

Aside from tending to business on the farm and raising kids, mom was on the road selling Fuller Brush and Watkins. She was a familiar face on the door steps of folks in the Colton area offering them the service of bringing their cleaning and cooking supplies directly to their doors. Mom and dad took bus tours where they entertained the folks with their shenanigans. Mom was always active in church teaching Sunday school, adult classes, sewing quilts and serving as the first female president of the Willow Creek Congregation to name a few. Mom loved being part of the local Garden Club and Senior Center and was never afraid to take on a leadership role or being the Master of Ceremonies. Her most important role, however, was sharing the Gospel in word and service to others.

Constance Elida Opland, daughter of ConRoy and Elfrida (Erickson) Langloss, after 97 years of life left this world behind and went to her forever Home in Glory on January 29, 2019 at the Dells Nursing and Rehab Center. In her final minutes on this earth, her eyes held the promise of greater things to come.

Preceding mom to Glory and anxiously awaiting to greet her were her parents, ConRoy and Elfrida; husband, Bennett; three brothers, Omar, Kenneth and Leonard; grandsons, Heath and Aaron Opland and granddaughter, Jamie Fox.

Connie leaves behind on earth her six children, Bernie Clare (fiancé, Bonnie Pinnerud) Opland, Milton Norman (Pamela) Opland, Bonnie June (Raymon) Sondergaard, Roseanne Kay Ruff, Trudy Celeste (Randy) Hartman and Judy Ray (fiancé, Brett Traphagen) Fox; twelve grandchildren; thirty great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services and Celebration of her Life will begin at 2:00 PM Saturday, February 2, 2019 at Willow Creek Lutheran Church, rural Dell Rapids. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 PM Friday, February 1, 2019 at the church.

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