Rosemarie Lewis

lewisRosemarie Lewis, 80, of Trent, passed away on Wednesday, October 3, 2018. Her Memorial Service will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 18,  2018 in the Trent Baptist Church. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Kahler Funeral Home.

Rosemarie Madril was born on October 10, 1937 in Fresno, California, to Alfonso and Lucille (Marquez) Madril. She grew up in Riverside and San Jose, California and graduated from Campbell High School.

Rosemarie married Ira J Lewis on December 16, 1955 in San Jose, California. Ira was a career Navy man and the couple lived in many places including Monterey, Moffett Field, Coronado, California, White Sands Missile Range and Albuquerque, New Mexico, and finally, Alameda California. While in Alameda the couple divorced. Over the years Rosemarie had many jobs including Short order Cook; Volunteer work for the Navy Relief society, Secretary and avid bowler on many bowling leagues, and she especially loved her many years of working in Banking. After her retirement Rosemarie spent many years living with her daughter Shawn and Dan in Fairfield, California until she finally moved to Trent in 2014.

Rosemarie was a member of the Trent American Legion Auxiliary and the Trent Study Club. She loved to spend time Reading, Gardening, Crocheting Afghans and a variety of projects as well as Cross-stitching baby quilts. “Ramblin’ Rose” was very passionate about traveling across country visiting friends and family all along the way. She totally enjoyed her Monday, Wednesday and Friday water aerobics and swim class in Pipestone, MN with the other “Water Lilies”!

Rosemarie is survived by her children, Richard Lewis of Trent, SD, Robert (Angyla) Lewis of Trent, SD, Shawn (Dan) Richardson of Fairfield, CA, and David (Lori) Lewis of Imperial, CA; her 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren; her brother, David Madril of Billings, MT, and her sisters, Gloria Garrett of Santa Rosa, CA and Judy (Steve) Waldrum of Shady Cove, OR; and many nieces and nephews.

Rosemarie was preceded in death by her parents, Alfonso and Lucille Madril, her brother Alfonso “Al” Madril Jr, a grandson Christopher Lewis, a great granddaughter Abigail Hefferon Glavaris and great grandsons Mason Lewis and Joshua Lewis.

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LeRoy Welbig

welbigL picLeRoy Welbig, 90, of Dell Rapids passed away on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the Dells Nursing and Rehab Center in Dell Rapids. His Mass of Christian Burial is at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 8, 2018 in St. Mary Catholic Church. Interment is in the St. Mary Cemetery, Dell Rapids. Casketbearers were LeRoy grandchildren. Visitation on Wednesday is at St. Mary Catholic Church at 5:00 p.m  with the family present from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. A Rosary will be prayed at 7:00 p.m. followed by the Christian Wake Service. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Kahler Funeral Home.

LeRoy Joseph Welbig was born on January 5, 1928 at Dell Rapids, SD, the son of Jacob and Frances (Entringer) Welbig. He grew up in Dell Rapids and attended Noise Country School District #58. After school he started working on the family farm and at Lacey’s potato factory. He married Ruth Nelson on October 5, 1949 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Dell Rapids. The couple made their home in Dell Rapids. LeRoy started working for the City of Dell Rapids and then was the landfill supervisor where he worked for over 30 years. He was then a custodian for the Dell Rapids School District until his retirement. Ruth passed away on January 2, 2018.

He enjoyed baseball and basketball and attended many amateur baseball games. He loved the Minnesota Twins and the Minnesota Timberwolves. He was able to complete his bucket list by attending two Twins games this past summer thanks to Mark and Maggie Welbig. He liked to do crossword puzzles and rodeos and loved to travel on bus to Canada, Nashville and Branson.

LeRoy is preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, five brothers, his son, Ken and his wife, Ruth.

He is survived by his 13 children, Linda Peyton of Dell Rapids, Denny (Janice) Welbig of Brookings, Diane (Dennis) Martinson of Dell Rapids, Tom (Pat) Welbig of Harrisburg, Ed (Bonnie) Welbig of Dell Rapids, Terry (Deb) Welbig of Dell Rapids, Calvin (Jane) Welbig of Sioux Falls, Nancy Kasemodel of Prosper, TX, Mary (Lane) Busser of Colton, Sheila Welbig (Verlyn Wiertzema) of Sioux Falls, Susan (Brit) Smith of Sioux Falls, Becky (Ray) Doughan of West Des Moines, IA and Jeff (Tracy) Welbig of Dell Rapids; his 37 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren; his sisters, Regina Evans and Agnes Ginsbach  both of Dell Rapids and his extended family and many friends.

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Mary Reams

Reams picMary Reams, 83, of Brookings, SD, passed away on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at her home. In honor of Mary’s wishes there will be no service held. To leave condolences for the family please visit

Mary Janice Halbeisen was born May 5, 1935 in Bismarck, ND. Soon after, she was adopted from St. John’s Orphanage in Fargo, ND by Dr. H. James “Doc” Halbeisen and Ester Bauer Halbeisen. They made their home in Lisbon, ND where Mary attended Saint Aloysius School through 8th grade and then transferred to the public Lisbon High School.

She married Wayne C. Reams on Dec. 9, 1950 and together they had three children. They moved to Two Harbors, MN but returned to Lisbon where they purchased and ran Vogue Dry Cleaners and Laundromat. Mary added a gift shop called “The Something Else”. The couple divorced in 1974, and Mary moved to Sioux Falls, SD where she trained and worked as a surgical technician for Sioux Valley Hospital until 1976. She then went to work for Dr. Gary Reams at his private clinic in Dell Rapids, SD doing lab and office work. When he closed his clinic in 1979, she went to work at the Dells Bar where she worked until 1988. She then moved back to Lisbon, ND and worked at Lisbon Pharmacy where developing photos was her favorite part of the job. Meanwhile, she trained and became a paramedic and went to work for First Medic Ambulance Service where she worked until she retired in 1997. She moved back to the Brookings area and enjoyed retirement while working part time at The Designery, Walmart and GP Downtown Tire at different times over the years. Her favorite retirement past time was living on Lake Campbell with her German Shepherd, Xander. She always looked forward to visits from family members.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Wayne Reams; her brother Tommy Halbeisen; her fiancé, Steve Swenson; her son, Ricky Reams; her son and daughter-in-law, Wayne “Skip” & Margie (Glenn) Reams.

She is survived by her daughter, Beth Reams (Alan Riedel) of Brookings, SD; daughter-in-law, Melody Reams of Minneapolis, MN; two grandsons, Joshua (Megan) Reams, of Minneapolis, MN, and Wayne Reams Jr. of Seattle, WA; step-grandchildren, Paula Tarp of Monroe WA, Steven Riedel of Sioux Falls, SD and Bailey Riedel of Brookings, SD; great grandchildren and nieces & nephews.

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Marcella Krogstad

KrogstadMarcellaMarcella Ann Olsen Krogstad, age 76, of Dell Rapids, passed away on Tuesday, October, 30, 2018, at Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2018, at Heritage Lutheran Church in Brandon. Interment is in the Willow Creek Lutheran Cemetery, rural Dell Rapids. Memorials may be directed to Heritage Lutheran Church in Dell Rapids, Willow Creek Lutheran Cemetery, or the Children’s Inn.

Marcella was born March 2, 1942 to George Olsen and Hannah Nelson Olsen of Trent, SD.  She was baptized in Trent Baptist Church on June 27, 1954. She grew up on a farm west of Trent.  She attended country school for a few years, then attended Trent High School and graduated in 1961. After high school she worked in Dell Rapids at Peterson’s Drug Store.  This is where her flashing smile caught the eye of Adrian Krogstad. They were married August 14, 1964 and they worked a dairy farm west of Dell Rapids. Together they established Ka-Mar Holsteins, continued the legacy on the land, and expanded the dairy operation.

They raised four children on that there farm.  Gail Opoien (Tom) of Tea, SD; Lowell Krogstad (Becca) of Evan, MN; John Krogstad (Allison) of Pella, IA; Paul Krogstad (Sarah) of Corsica, SD.  And enjoyed her twelve grandchildren.

She enjoyed crocheting (and ripping), reading, teasing, mowing, dogs, cats, baking bread and chocolate chip cookies for the arrival of grandchildren, and helping Adrian on the farm.  Her first farm duty was sitting on the milk cans while Adrian milked the cows.

She was preceded in death by her parents.  She is survived by her husband Adrian, sister Edith Olsen Omanson, her four children and in-laws, twelve grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

As she was heading off to surgery a nurse commented that she had a lot of people around who loved her and she said, “especially that one” as she pointed to Adrian.  And then she said, “It’s in God’s hands.”

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Gene Stageberg

StagebergGeneGene Orvis Stageberg, 83, of Dell Rapids, SD passed away suddenly Wednesday, October 31, 2018. Funeral services will begin at 11:00 AM Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at Minnehaha Funeral Home Chapel in Dell Rapids. Burial will be in West Nidaros Lutheran Cemetery, rural Crooks. Visitation will be from 9:00 to 11:00 AM Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at the funeral home.

Gene was born in Baltic, SD on March 28, 1935 to parents Oscar and Hilda (Aasan) Stageberg. He grew up in Baltic and enjoyed many activities including football, basketball bowling, golf, baseball, and spending time with friends. In 1954 Gene joined the US Army and spent time in Germany. In 1956 he transferred to the Army Reserve and returned to South Dakota.

On March 9, 1974 Gene married Edna Johnson Turner and moved to Dell Rapids, gaining six children, Tony Turner, Pavillion, WY, Greg (Bobbi Olson) Turner, Baltic, Michael (Lori) Turner, Renner, Robyn Moser, Sioux Falls, Susan (Bob) Lucas, Champaign, IL, and Nancy Eulberg, Dell Rapids. He loved being called Grandpa.

Gene worked for the Baltic Telephone Company and Citibank. In his spare time enjoyed remodeling projects, painting, sports, completing detailed historical photo albums, and spending time with family. In May of 1993 he contracted Herpes Simplex Encephalitis and lost all short term memory. He then developed a walking path in Dell Rapids. Along this path he would stop and visit people in the community, enjoying each conversation.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Florence Fiegen and Dorothy Wenzel; and brother, Robert Stageberg.

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Monte Martell

Martell, Monte obit photoMonte Ralph Martell, 64, of Sioux Falls passed away peacefully Sunday, October 7, 2018 at his home. Memorial visitation will be at Minnehaha Funeral Home in Dell Rapids, SD on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 from 3:00 to 7:00 PM. A Celebration of Monte’s life will be at 5:00 PM followed by fellowship and refreshments at Monkey’s Bar and Grill in Dell Rapids.

Monte was born November 25, 1953 to parents, LeMoyne & Marcene (Vietor) Martell.  He attended Lincoln High School, graduating in 1972. He then started working at John Morrell and Company. He married Shirley Fox on July 28, 1973.  Most of their married life they lived near Renner where they raised their three children, Matt and twins, Andy & Angie.

In 1999 he began working as Vice – President of the Union Local 304A. After retiring in 2008, he opened Monkey’s Bar & Grill in Dell Rapids which is known for Monte’s WORLD FAMOUS MONKEY BALLS.

Monte enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, gambling, football, and his afternoon beers. He is well known for giving nicknames, collecting, saying crazy quotes, and his unique sense of humor.

Monte is survived by his wife, Shirley, sons, Matt and Andy (Amber) and his daughter, Angie; grandchildren, Jade (16), Riley (10) and Reagan (8); sister, Jeannie (Greg) Ammon and many friends and family. He is preceded in death by his parents, LeMoyne and Marcene Martell; brother, Leno; sister-in-law, Debbie and nephew, Wyatt Ammon.

The family would like to thank you for all your condolences and Monte would like to say…. “You smell like a goat!”

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Stanley Nelson

nelson picStanley J. Nelson, 93, of Flandreau, formerly of Dell Rapids, passed away on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at the Avera Flandreau Hospital. His funeral service is at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 6, 2018 in the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids Chapel. Visitation with the family present is from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids Chapel with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 5, 2018. Interment is in the St. Mary Cemetery.

Stanley Jerome Nelson was born May 31, 1925 in Sioux Falls, SD to parents Lars & Inga (Borgen) Nelson. As a child he grew up in Forbes ND. His family then moved to Dell Rapids where he attended high school.  After high school he continued to farm and was lucky enough to have his name drawn from a hat to purchase a 1937 A John Deere during war time.

Stanley married Marietta Schreier on November 7, 1949 in Dell Rapids.  They farmed near Baltic and Dell Rapids until 1994 when they retired and moved into Dell Rapids.

Some of Stanley’s favorite pastimes were going on Sunday drives, playing cards, and talking about his Charolais cows.  He cherished nothing more than his family and he had the kindest heart there was. He was a man of few words.  Stanley was a life long member of the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Irwin, sister-in-law Edith, and nephew Glenn.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife Marietta; daughter, Sherry (Dale) Sovell of Ivanhoe, MN; grandchildren, Ashley and Dereck Sovell; two nieces and three nephews.


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Edna Karloff

EdnaKarloffEdna M. Karloff, 107, of Millard, NE, passed away on Monday, September 24, 2018. Her funeral service will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, September 28, 2018 in St. Paul Lutheran Church in Millard, NE. Interment will be in the Mount Auburn Cemetery, Millard, NE. Visitation with the family present will be from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Kahler Dolce Mortuary, Papillion, NE on Thursday, September 27, 2018.

Edna Marie Schomer was born on May 2, 1911 at Millard, NE, the daughter of Ben and Marie Schomer. She was raised on a farm southeast of Millard near 130th and Q Street. She attended grade school in Millard and graduated from South High School, Omaha in 1928. She had two older sisters, Pearl and Gladys.

She was married to the love of her life, Ed Karloff on March 2, 1932 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Millard. They farmed southwest of Millard on Highway 50 and Harrison Ave. in Sarpy County. Her husband, Ed died on January 10, 1974.

She worked on the farm with her husband during the depression and the dirty thirties. They worked hard to help save three family farms. She also worked at Boys Town for a few years. She is a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Women of ELCA,  and was the wedding consultant at St. Paul’s for 15 years. She moved to Dell Rapids, South Dakota in May of 1997. While there, she built two new homes. She returned to Millard in October of 2004.

She loved having family functions and always wanted to play a game of cards. She was an excellent bridge, pinochle, gin rummy and poker player. She also enjoyed dancing.

She is survived by her son, Dennis (Jackie) of Millard; her daughter, Kay (Jim) Kahler of Dell Rapids; her ten grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great-grandchildren; her daughter-in-law, Em of Millard and her sister-in-law, Ester Karloff of Millard.

She is preceded in death by her husband, her son, Dale, a daughter-in-law, Joan; her parents and two sisters.

We have been so blessed to have her in our lives for so many, many years.


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Christine Roberts

Roberts, Christine obit photoChristine Ann Roberts, 59, of Dell Rapids passed away Monday, September 10, 2018 at Dells Nursing and Rehab Center. Graveside services will be at 9:00 AM Thursday, September 13, 2018 in Memorial Park Cemetery 6605 Morningside Ave. Sioux City, Iowa.

Christine was born in Sioux City, IA on May 13, 1959, graduating from West High School. Christine relocated to South Dakota eight years ago to be closer to family. Christine was preceded in death by her parents, Sandra (Roberts) Thieman and Robert Roberts and a daughter, Tricia Peyton. Christine is survived by her sons, Travis (Amanda) Peyton, Colton, SD and Jared Peyton, Ames, IA; two sisters, Andrea Holden, Sioux City, IA and Lynda Neal, Savannah, GA; four grandchildren, Alyssa, Ryan, Sarah and Lyndsay along with two nieces and three nephews.

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Andre Volz

VolzAndre obit photoAndre “Andy” Volz, 60, of Sherman, SD passed away peacefully surrounded by his family Sunday, September 9, 2018. Private memorial services will be held at a later date. His family requests memorials are directed to Compassionate Care Hospice 6009 W. 41st St. Sioux Falls, SD 57106 in his name.

Andy was born September 14, 1957 in Worms, Germany to parents Gary and Renate Volz. He was raised and educated in Germany, graduating in 1976. He moved to the United States in 1976, living in Lakefield, MN. Andy married Marlene Thom on December 17, 1982. They lived on their farm north of Sherman, SD. Andy worked for L.G. Everist at the Jasper Quarry as a wire saw operator until his health required his retirement. He loved spending time and conversing with family and friends. Andy enjoyed all sports, especially golf and following the Minnesota Twins and Vikings.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Marlene; son, Randy (Stacy) Koster and their children, Madisen, Masen and Miah; daughter-in-law, Joni Koster and her children, Brianna and Kamren; brother, Jeffery (Sandra) Volz and their child, Lexi; sister, Andrea (Dave) Monson and their daughters, Heidi Monson and Magdalene Monson (Ben Hanson) and their children, Jayden and Jordan; sister, Blanche Carter and her daughter, Taylor Kline and granddaughter, Aubrey Miller. Andy was preceded in death by his son, Brian and mother, Renate.

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