John Weber

John WeberJohn Weber, age 72, of Sioux Falls, passed away Tuesday November 24, 2015 in Parker, CO. Family will greet friends from 5:00-7:00 pm with a scripture service at 7:00 pm Friday December 4, at Miller Funeral Home, 507 S. Main Ave. Mass of Christian burial will be said at 9:00 am Saturday at the Cathedral of St. Joseph, with burial at St. Michael Cemetery. Condolences may be left at Miller Funeral Home.

John Henry Weber, son of Clarence and Mathilda (Jellesma) Weber, was born July 14, 1943 in Sioux Falls, SD. He grew up in the north end of Sioux Falls, graduating from Cathedral High in 1961. John then served in the United States Marine Corps until 1964. After returning to Sioux Falls, he began his career with the United States Postal Service.

On December 27, 1966 he was united in marriage to Sharon Jerentowski of Sioux Falls. The couple made their home in Dell Rapids, SD, later returning to Sioux Falls; the family moved to Vermillion, SD in 1982 when John became Postmaster, a position he held until his retirement in 1999.

From the time he began his career, John was an active member of the AFL-CIO Postal Union, then the National League of Postmasters where he served in leadership roles. He was always active in the communities and parishes in which he lived, and was proud to join the ranks of the Fourth Degree with the Knights of Columbus. John enjoyed spending his time with his grandsons, traveling with Sharon, making music compilations, woodworking, collecting rocks, and being outdoors with his flowers.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife Sharon; his children, John (Phyllis) Weber, Price, UT, Laurie Weber, Sioux Falls, Jennifer (Lawrence) Chavers, Centennial, CO; 6 grandchildren; his siblings, Phyllis Miller, Sioux Falls, Mary Ann (Jerry) Meert, Overland Park, KS, Tom (Joan) Weber, Highlands Ranch, CO, and Suzi (Jim) Sieverding, Spencer, SD.

He was proceeded in death by his parents and his brother Richard. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the local Alzheimer’s Association.

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Ardith Forbes

Ardith ForbesArdith (Olson) Forbes, 97, of Dell Rapids passed away on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at the Dells Area Health Center. Her funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 7, 2015 in the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids Chapel. Interment will be in the Dell Rapids Cemetery. Visitation with the family present on Sunday, December 6, 2015 will be from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Kahler Funeral Home. Condolences may be left at Kahler Funeral Home.

Ardith Olson was born on May 17, 1918 at Dell Rapids, SD, the daughter of Aaron and Affa (Burlingame) Olson. She grew up in Huron and graduated from Huron High School. She was baptized and confirmed in the American Lutheran Church of Huron. She attended and graduated from Northwest College of Commerce in Huron. She worked for Standard Oil in Huron from 1940 to 1957. Ardith married Verne Forbes on August 5, 1959 at Idaho Falls, ID. The couple moved to Minneapolis after being transferred there for work. She worked at the Standard Oil in Minneapolis until 1967 when she transferred to the Kansas City office. She retired in 1975 and moved to Dell Rapids in 1977.

After Verne’s death in 1993, Ardith remained active in the church and traveled to numerous destinations. She loved to quilt and donated over 1000’s quilts to different people. She was a member of the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids, Women of the ELCA, the Hospital Auxiliary, the Dell Rapids Lutheran Ladies Quilters and the Senior Citizen Center.

Ardith was preceded in death by her parents, one sister and her husband.

She is survived by a cousin, Belva Lantz of Columbus, OH; her extended family, Gary and Kathy Ageton of Battle Creek, NE, Larry adn Janice Ageton of Watertown, Amy (Brian) Kniffen of Madrid, IA, Chris Ageton of Fort Collins, CO, Brian Ageton of Windsor, CO, and Colton and Wyatt Kniffen of Madrid, IA; special friends, Milton Munk, Raymond Schmidt, and Frank and Joyce Farinelli all of Dell Rapids and her numerous cousins and friends.

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Cynthia (Kriz) Johnson

Cynthia JohnsonCindy K. Johnson, 61, Valley Springs, died Saturday, November 21, 2015, at home, surrounded by her family. Family Visitation will be 5-7pm, Tuesday, November 24, 2015, at Heartland Funeral Home, with a short Prayer Service at 7pm. Funeral Services will be 10:30am, Wednesday, November 25, at Blessed Redeemer Lutheran Church, Brandon. Interment will follow at Hills of Rest Memorial Park, Sioux Falls. Condolences may be left at Heartland Funeral Home.

Cynthia Kay Kriz was born on May 15, 1954 in Tyndall, SD, to Roy Harvey Kriz and Helen Luella (Hahn) Kriz. She entered the Kingdom of God through Holy Baptism on May 30, 1954, at St John’s Lutheran Church in Tyndall, SD. She was confirmed at Memorial Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, SD, on June 9, 1968. Her Confirmation Bible verse was 1 John 2:17, “The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.”

Cindy attended both Bumbas Elementary and Vellek Elementary in rural Bon Homme County in South Dakota. She attended Edison Middle School in Sioux Falls, SD and graduated from Lincoln High School in Sioux Falls, SD, in 1972. She graduated from Nettleton College, in Sioux Falls, SD.

On April 12, 1980, Cindy was united in marriage to Rick Eugene Johnson at Memorial Lutheran Church, in Sioux Falls, SD. This union was blessed with 4 children; Cody Jerome, Sarah Kay, Tyler Jerome and Alex Jerome.

She worked for over 30 years at Thurman, Comes, Foley & Co. LLP as a book keeper. During her career, she also worked at the Holiday Inn City Centre, an Answering Service, Pollard International and Crystal Ice Concessions.

In her spare time, Cindy enjoyed working with ceramics, bowling, riding horses and fishing. She participated in the Bridles N Britches 4-H club. Cindy joined Blessed Redeemer Lutheran Church in Brandon, SD in November, 1997.

Cindy will be deeply missed by her husband, Rick; three children, Sarah (Jake Wheeler) Johnson, Valley Springs, Tyler and Alex Johnson, Valley Springs; granddaughter, Lexie; parents, Roy and Helen Kriz ,Sioux Falls; two siblings, Roger (Leanne) Kriz, Sioux Falls and Karen (Michael) Beyer, Valley Springs; mother-in-law, Jan Johnson, Garretson; sisters-in-law, Darcia (Dan) Hansen, Jasper, MN, Laurie (Glen) Johnson-Newell, Lincoln, NE, Jodie (Mark Dorn) Ahlers, Luverne, MN, Jennifer (Ron) Rouse, Lincoln, NE, Amie (Randy) Hemmer, Dell Rapids, SD, and many extended family.

She was preceded by her son, Cody Johnson; father-in-law, Donald Johnson; grandparents, Helen and Henry Hahn and Emma and Albert Kriz; aunt and uncle, Ruby and Donald Kriz; and great nephew, Tayden Grohs.

In lieu of flowers, her family requests memorials be made to any breast cancer research association.

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Alvin Pederson

Alvin PedersonAlvin Pederson, age 101, of Viborg, SD; formerly of Chester, SD; died Saturday, November 28, 2015, at Pioneer Memorial Nursing Home, Viborg. Funeral Services will be 1:00 PM Wednesday at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Wentworth with burial at Pleasant HIll Cemetery, Chester. The family will be present for visitation 5-7 PM Tuesday at Ellsworth Funeral Home and continues one hour prior to the service at the church. Condolences may be left at Ellsworth Funeral Home.

Alvin Pederson was born October 1, 1914, at rural Colman to Nels and Pauline (Sorenson) Pederson. He attended rural school near Colman and married Ruby Jones on May 21, 1938, at Sioux Falls. They farmed near Chester for many years and he later worked for the ASCS office in Flandreau. After retirement, they moved into Chester. Alvin was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Chester until it closed and was a current member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Wentworth. Alvin enjoyed playing cards, gardening and woodworking. He was proud of being King of Danish Days in Viborg when he was 100 years old.

Alvin was preceded in death by his parents, his wife in 2014, one son Robert, three brothers, Herman, Thorval and Leonard, and one sister, Viola Hoyme.

Survivors include two sons, Ted (Sue) Pederson of Rapid City and Tom (Gwen) Pederson of Sioux Falls; one daughter, Diane (Duane) Nelson of Mesa, AZ; one daughter-in-law, Barb Pederson of Chancellor, SD; nine grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and one sister, Luella Buskerud of Dell Rapids, SD.

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Phyllis Ptak

Phyllis Ptak 2Phyllis Erma “Honey” Ptak was born on Jan. 7, 1926, on the Belk farm north of Henry to Vern and Eva Belk. She was baptized and confirmed at Henry Methodist Church. Phyllis attended all 12 years and graduated from Henry Public School. After graduation, she worked as office manager at Marquardt’s Firestone garage. In 1945, she worked at Base Headquarters, Watertown Air Force Base until closing. Phyllis then moved to Huron to attend Northwest College of Commerce while continuing her government career at the Bureau of Reclamation in Huron. In 1956, Phyllis transferred to Bureau of Reclamation in Watertown. Phyllis was the first female employee. In 1977, the Bureau had a name change to Western Area Power Administration, where Phyllis continued to work until her retirement in 1989, after 42 years of service.

On July 1, 1967, Phyllis married William “Bill” Ptak. They lived in Watertown, spending summers at Lake Kampeska. Bill and Phyllis were instrumental in sponsoring the Karger family from Afghanistan — Hosain, Rahima, Nooshen, Farzad and Omid. The Kargers reside in California.

Phyllis loved music and performed in the Henry and Florence Pep Band for many years while Bill was the band director. A private burial service was held at Lorinda Cemetery in Henry. Memorials may be designated to Henry Methodist Church, Henry Lorinda Cemetery or another organization of your choice.

Phyllis is survived by her brother, Lyle V. “Bud” Belk and sister-in-law, Cleo Belk, both of Watertown; sister-in-law, Donna (Ron) Wolf of Dell Rapids; nieces and nephews, Jeanne (Bill) Snyder of Rapid City, Kevin Wolf of Gillette, Wyo., Sister Maris Clemems of Hampton, Va., Allen (Dawn) Wolf of Worthing, Mickey (Karen) Wolf of Gillette, Carol (Bill) Schutt of Watertown, Lynn (Bob) Reiter of Redlands, Calif., Mary Beth (Neal) Bassett of Scottsdale, Ariz., Brad (Carolyn) Belk of Coon Rapids, Minn., and John (Joni) Belk of Fargo, N.D.; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her husband, William “Bill” Ptak, her parents, Vern and Eva Belk and her brother, Harold Belk.

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Richard Gebhart

Richard GebhartRichard M. Gebhart, 82, passed away Monday, November 30, 2015 at his rural Elkton home. Richard Mathias Gebhart was born December 24, 1932 at Elkton, SD to George Sr. and Margaret (Lanners) Gebhart. He attended country school at rural Elkton through the 8th grade. Richard attended Dell Rapids St. Mary’s all four years of high school. He was a starter for a successful Dells St. Mary’s basketball team. After high school, Richard was drafted during the Korean War. After returning home, Richard continued farming on the family farm where he remained until his death. Richard was very involved in his nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews activities. Richard was a member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Elkton and the Elkton Knights of Columbus. He loved reading, dancing, sports, horseshoes, pinochle, and had a love for John Deere Tractors. Richard’s biggest joy was children. He was known as the fun uncle.

Richard is survived by his sister Isabelle Short, brother George (Anastasia) Gebhart, brother-in-law Francis VanSambeek, 36 nieces and nephews and many great and great-great-nieces and nephews. Richard was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers, Joe, John, Felix, Leo, Ed, three sisters, Mary, Margaret, Theresa, and two nieces.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, December 4, 2015 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, Elkton, with burial in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. Visitation is 5 – 7 p.m. Thursday at the church with a 7 p.m. scripture service.  Condolences may be left at Skroch Funeral Home.

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Marvin Mueller

Marvin MuellerOn November 23, 2015, Marvin Reuben Mueller was welcomed into the presence of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

Marvin was born on January 31, 1925 on a rural farm near Parkston, SD to Fred and Anna (Doering) Mueller, baptized at Kulm Lutheran Church in rural Parkston. He was confirmed at First American Lutheran Church in Tripp, SD, and graduated from Tripp High School in 1943. After serving in the military for the next 3 years during WWII, he earned the Purple Heart Honor which he humbly declined. Marv attended South Dakota State University in 1946-47, returning to Tripp in 1947 and marrying Helen Nolz on September 7, 1947 at Salem Lutheran Church in Parkston, SD. They resided in Tripp for their entire married life of 58 years.

Marvin worked alongside his father at Mueller’s Hatchery in Tripp, SD and became the sole owner in 1963. He served as the President of the South Dakota Poultry Improvement Association and was on the board of Directors for a total of 24 years. Marv was active at First American Lutheran Church serving as Sunday School Superintendent for 28 years.

Marvin was credited with “a willingness to work and the ability to lead” which can be seen throughout the community. He proudly served as Mayor of Tripp, SD for approximately 10 years and was instrumental in development of the Tripp swimming pool, beautification project of the Tripp cemetery, the town’s first tree farm, and the Tripp Good Samaritan Home. He served as past president of the Tripp Commercial Club and a longtime member of the Tripp American Legion since 1946 where many could find him selling raffle tickets at the front gate during the Tripp Sports Day Celebration. He was a committed servant to his town and his projects but he would strongly state “we couldn’t have accomplished this without the help and support of local members and coworkers.”

Marv‘s love of music and golf carried him throughout his life. He was active in the Men’s Choir at First American Church, barbershop quartet and the Dakota Chorale. His passion became a part of his profession as he developed a business of building and repairing clubs.

Grateful for sharing his life are his 7 children: Sandy (Chris) Fischer, Sioux Falls, SD; Connie (Timothy) Jackson, Houston, TX; Karyl (Bob) Shultz, Phoenix, AZ; Karin (Roger) Schneider, Schleswig, IA; Marc Mueller, Oklahoma City, OK; Lynn (Jerry) Kerns, Dell Rapids, SD; Jennifer (Layne) Nelson, Sioux Falls, SD; 16 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. His 3 sisters: Audrey Keller, Honolulu, HI; Doris Kampfe, Phillipsburg, KS; Helen Rae (David) Bracklein, Saline, MI. Lilian Graber and Margo Bowling shared a special part of his life for the past 8 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Anna Mueller and his wife Helen.

The family has requested no flowers please. Donations may be made to the Lutheran Outdoors in South Dakota. Marvin was a committed, faithful believer and supporter of outdoor ministry. Condolences may be left at Goglin Funeral Home.

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Ardyce “Ardie” Fossum

Ardie FossumArdyce “Ardie” Fossum 61, of Dell Rapids passed away unexpectedly at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls Tuesday, November 24, 2015. Memorial services will begin at 10:00 AM Monday, November 30, 2015 at The Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids. Inurnment will be in Dell Rapids Cemetery. Memorial visitation with the family present will be from 2:00 to 5:00 PM Sunday, November 29, 2015 at Minnehaha Funeral Home in Dell Rapids. Condolences may be left at Minnehaha Funeral Home.

Ardyce Elaine Fossum was born July 6, 1954 to Wessel and Kate (Schriever) Plucker. Her first days of school were in an old country school, she then went on to graduate from Canton High School in 1972. Ardie married her high school sweetheart, Denny Fossum, on July 8, 1972. The couple then moved to the Dell Rapids area. She was a phenomenal and dedicated wife, mom, and grandma.

Ardie worked in Dell Rapids while her daughter was in school. She often volunteered to help and was Girl Scout leader for many years. When her favorite granddaughter was born she made the decision to go into very early retirement so she could play with her grandbaby. They spent hours reading books, talking, and doing crafts together over the years. Ardie loved her family, neighbors and her home. She was a strong, sincere woman, always the first one lending a hand and the last one to want any credit for things she had done. She enjoyed baking and doing crafts for others, as a way of giving a little of herself to those around her.

Grateful for having shared her life are her daughter, Denise Logan of Dell Rapids; granddaughter, Taiven Logan of New York; brothers, Wendell (Donna) Plucker, Odell Plucker, Alan (Janel) Plucker; sister, Kathleen Geiman, all of Canton; many nieces and nephews and numerous other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Denny Fossum; parents, Wessel and Kate Plucker; sisters, Karen (Clarence) Van Gronigen and Audrey (Dean) Johnson and brother, Elroy (Karen) Plucker.

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Sadie Lou (Salomonson) Price

Sadie Lou PriceSadie Lou (Salomonson) Price was born April 26, 1937 in Colton, the daughter of Martin and Myrtle (Vermillion) Salomonson. She was baptized and confirmed at First Lutheran Church in Colton and graduated from Colton High School in 1955. She married Raymond Price at East Side Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls on September 24, 1955. They lived at the Price farm near Bruce for two years and the next 58 years in the Colton area. As a teenager, Sadie did babysitting. For years she spent her time being a wife to Raymond and mom to Monica, Wayne, Dale, David and Cory. Years later she worked for Litton Microwave, Tri Valley School and CCL Label, retiring in 2003.

The only time her hands were idle is when she was enjoying a good novel, otherwise she was busy crocheting beautiful gifts and loved to cook for her family and friends. Sadie always enjoyed trips to town for coffee.

Sadie died Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at her home surrounded by her family at the age of 78.

She is survived by her husband, Raymond Price of Colton; daughter, Monica (Mark) Flint of Lennox; sons, Wayne (Jodi) Price of Minot, North Dakota; David (Joan) Price and Cory (Bernadette) Price all of Colton; daughter in law, Sharon Price, Canton; twenty-three grandchildren; forty-five great grandchildren; sisters, Lois Van Heerde of Brandon; Shirley (Bud) Amundson of Dell Rapids; and Rosie Burgers of Mobridge.

She was preceded in death by her parents and son Dale Price.

Funeral services will begin at 10:00 AM Saturday, November 28, 2015 at First Lutheran Church, Colton. Burial will be in the Colton Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Friday at the church. Condolences may be left at Minnehaha Funeral Home.

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Ardyce (Neuman) Bremer

Ardyce BremerArdyce M. “Ardy” Bremer, 73, of Colton, SD passed away Saturday, November 21, 2015 at Avera Dells Area Hospital after a lengthy illness. Funeral services will begin at 1:00 PM Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at First Lutheran Church in Colton. Burial will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Colton. Visitation will be from 11:00 AM until service time at the church Tuesday. Condolences may be left at Minnehaha Funeral Home.

Ardy was born February 28, 1942 in Chester, SD to Leonard “Pat” and Josie (Johnson) Neuman. She grew up on a farm northwest of Dell Rapids. Ardy was baptized and confirmed at the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids. She attended grade school at Mount Hope Country School and graduated from Baltic High School in 1960. She then attended dental assistant school in Minneapolis, MN. After graduation she worked for Dr. Kappenman in Sioux Falls for two and half years.

Ardy married Lloyd “Fred” Bremer on March 3, 1962 at Willow Creek Lutheran Church. They made their home in Dell Rapids until 1968 when they moved to Colton and then to a farm northwest of Colton in 1974. Ardy moved to Orchard Hills Assisted Living in 2013 then to Dells Area Nursing and Rehab Center in September of 2015.

Ardy was a member of First Lutheran Church in Colton where she taught Sunday School for many years as well as a 4-H Leader for Colton Hustlers Club. She was the bookkeeper for Bremer’s Farm Supply for over 28 years. She was an avid gardener, cook and baker. Ardy loved pets and they were her constant companions.

Ardy is survived by her sons, Kevin and his wife, Kathy Bremer and Brian Bremer, both of Colton; daughter, Karen Burgers and special friend, Benjamin Parker, Hartford; granddaughter, Dakota Parker, Hartford; sister, Carol Burkard-Dock, Jasper, MN as well as many other relatives and friends.

Ardy was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Fred and brother, Sonny Neuman.

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