Charlene Adams

Charlene AdamsCharlene J. Adams, 55, of Dell Rapids passed away on Sunday, September 27, 2015 after an automobile accident. Her funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 1, 2015 in the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids. Interment will be in the Dell Rapids Cemetery. Visitation on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 will begin at 1:00 p.m. with the family present from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Kahler Funeral Home. Condolences may be left at

Charlene was born on August 28, 1960 in Dell Rapids, SD, the daughter of Clarence and De Elda (Bidne) Shjegstad. She grew up on the family farm until moving with her family into Dell Rapids in 1976. She graduated from DRHS in 1978. She attended USD for one year before graduating from Nettelton College. She married Mitch Adams on July 21, 1984 at the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids. She worked for Midcontinent Radio, Titan Machinery, and Sioux Falls Truck and Trailer.

Char was very talented with a sewing machine. She combined her talent with her generosity, making countless quilts which she donated to benefit local organizations. Her blankets were special gifts which keep many Dell Rapids children warm at night. She adored her cats, loved reading, golfing, and hosting get-togethers for neighbors and friends. Most of all, she loved her family and cherished her time with them.   Anyone who knew Char would agree she put others before herself. She was defined by her kindness and willingness to support those in need. She always had the right words for any situation and her simple presence was a calming virtue. Charlene was a member of the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids and was an avid booster of athletics. She was a well-known face in the crowd supporting DRHS and SMHS. Char will be remembered as an amazingly compassionate friend, loving wife and mother. She will undoubtedly be missed by many.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband of 31 years, Mitch; her son, Austin of Omaha, NE; her daughter, Brooke (Preston) Munk of Dell Rapids; her brothers, Wayne (Diane) Shjegstad of Sioux Falls and Dale (Diane) Shjegstad of Guam; her sisters, Cheryl (Paul) Wildermuth and Diane (Tim) Wilke both of Dell Rapids; her many nieces, nephews and numerous extended family and friends.

Memorials may be directed to the Avera Race Against Breast Cancer.

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Donald Johnson

Don JohnsonDonald Jerome Johnson, 78, Garretson, passed away on September, 21, 2015 in his home surrounded by his family. Services will be at 1:30 pm Friday, September 25, 2015, at Zion Lutheran Church, Garretson. Visitation will be 6-8 pm Thursday at the church.  Condolences may be left at

Donald was born December 8th, 1936 to Agny (Sagness) and Leroy Johnson. He graduated from Dell Rapids High School, class of 1955, a class he was very proud of and where many lifelong friends were made. He married his high school sweetheart Janice Bowles on September 8, 1955 and just recently celebrated their 60th anniversary. This marriage was blessed with 6 children. Don and Jan moved to Garretson when the kids were little, where he owned the barber shop on Main Street. Later on, he would go on to work at John Morrell’s before finally buying and owning the Silver Bullet in Sherman, SD where he spent many years doing what he loved most, meeting new people and making new friends.

Don had many hobbies that he loved including hunting, fishing, playing pool with the “Old Farts”, golfing, playing cards, and telling a good story like only he could. But more than anything, he enjoyed time spent with family, he was always very proud of his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. His grandkids have wonderful memories of “whisker rubs”, singing “Jimmy Crack Corn”, stove top popcorn, Grandpa’s specha murr, and fishing trips in his boat. One thing his family will always treasure is his inspiring life lessons which began with a push of his glasses, a point of his finger and “Let me tell you something…”.

He continued to cut hair in his home barber shop for many years after his retirement, never passing up the chance for a good conversation with great customers! Proud of his Norwegian heritage, he struggled with his family’s inability to acquire the taste for lutefisk. Uffda!

He is survived by his wife Janice, his children, Rick (Cindy) Johnson, Valley Springs SD, Darcia (Dan) Hansen, Jasper MN, Laurie (Glenn) Johnson-Newell, Lincoln NE, Jodie (Mark Dorn) Ahlers, Wentworth SD, Jennifer (Ron) Rouse, Lincoln NE, Amie (Randy) Hemmer, Dell Rapids SD, two sisters, Shirley Gannon, Sioux Falls SD, and Arlene (Pete) Grav, Huntington Beach CA., two sisters-in-law, Jean Berge, Baltic SD, and Joann Park, Sioux Falls SD, 23 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and many more family and friends

He is preceded in death by his parents, one grandson, Cody Johnson, and one great grandson, Tayden Grohs.

Don will be deeply missed by his family and friends but they will continue to carry his love, his stories, and his memories with them wherever they go. They are grateful for the time they had with him and they are thankful for all those who shared his life with him.

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Duane Burke

Duane BurkeDuane Burke, 61, Pipestone, died Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at his home. Funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 12 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Pipestone, with Rev. Clifford Adair officiating. Interment was in New Woodlawn Cemetery, Pipestone. Condolences may be left at

Duane Dean Burke was born on June 3, 1954 to Orval and Lillie Nora (Gelderman) Burke in Pipestone. While growing up, he spent a lot of his childhood staying with his Grandma Ruby, and eventually living on her farm near Ward, S.D. He was baptized in Elkton, S.D. and confirmed in Pipestone. He attended school in Pipestone and graduated in 1972 from Pipestone High School. Upon completion of his education, he pursued a degree in meat cutting from Minnesota West in Pipestone. His meat cutting skill took him to Arlington, S.D. for his job. Embedded in his blood and filling his life’s dream of farming, it called him back home.

He met and married Jeanne (Jenean) Nissen from Elkton on June 27, 1981. He continued farming until the agriculture business was in a crisis in the 1980s. He then went to work at Bayliner Marine in Pipestone. Working there and with farming still in his blood, seven years later he then began farming and milking cows. After getting out of milking, he had stock cows and ran a farrow-to-finish hog operation. On March 12, 2004, Duane was feeding cattle that morning and was caught in the feed wagon. He survived but the accident left him disabled. Two years later, he was diagnosed with kidney cancer. Doctors removed his right kidney, only to find out a year later it had metastasized to his bone. He received chemo and radiation for bone cancer. In the fall of 2013 he was diagnosed with bladder cancer. Refusing to give up he proceeded with chemo again. In March of 2015 he made the decision to quit his chemo regimen as chemo was no longer responding to the tumor in his bladder. On April 5 he went into home hospice.

He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Pipestone.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanne (Jenean) Burke, Pipestone; two daughters, Amy (Shane) Hammer, Dell Rapids, S.D. and Ashley (Mike) Jasper, Pipestone; one step-grandson; two granddaughters and one brother, Gary. He was preceded in death by his parents; maternal and paternal grandparents and his father-in-law, Vernon Nissen.

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James Hartman

James HartmanJames L. Hartman 87, of Brookings, passed away Friday, September 18, 2015 at the Avera Heart Hospital of South Dakota in Sioux Falls. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 am Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Brookings. Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm Tuesday at Rude’s Funeral Home in Brookings with a Liturgical Wake Service beginning at 6:30 pm.

James Leo Hartman was born on September 11, 1928 in Madison, SD the son of Julius and Lydia (Vreyens) Hartman. James received his education in St. Thomas School in Madison, SD. He was united in marriage to Dolores D. “Dolly” Gomes on September 24, 1949 in Providence, Rhode Island. He served in the United States Navy from 1947 until 1950. Following his military, he was employed in Omaha, NE for three years until moving to South Dakota. James was then employed at 3M Company in Brookings as a maintenance mechanic from 1971 until his retirement in 1991.

He was a member of the St. Thomas More Catholic Parish, the Elks and a past member of the Knights Of Columbus. He enjoyed fishing and hunting.

James is survived by his wife Dolores “Dolly” of Brookings; three daughters Janet (Judd) Ball Pierre, SD, Carol Zillgitt of Watertown, SD, Anita (Kevin) Ailts of Brookings, SD; five sons James (Bonnie) Hartman, Jr. of Grand Island, NE, John (Sherri) Hartman of Brookings, SD, Jeffrey (Trudi) Hartman of Brookings, SD, Michael Hartman of Dell Rapids, SD, Thomas (Sharon) Hartman of Jacksonville, NC; 21 Grandchildren; 32 Great Grandchildren; one Brother Jerry (Cathy) Hartman of Salt Lake City, UT; three sisters, Rozanne Broomhead, Patricia (Jeff) Delstra and Judy (Richard) Nelson all of Salt Lake City, UT and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Cecelia; two brothers, Roger and John; two sisters, Beatrice Larson and Colletta Galbreath and one son-in-law, Kelly Zillgitt.

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Sharon Schroeder

Sharon SchroederSharon Kaye Schroeder, age 70 of Dell Rapids, passed away on Sunday, September 20, 2015.  Sharon Kaye Schroeder was born to Abel and Matilda Klinghagen of Lennox, South Dakota on April 16, 1945. The youngest of four girls, Sharon graduated from Lennox High School in 1963. She married John Schroeder on August 29, 1964 and had two children, Scott and Darcy. John and Sharon made their home in Dell Rapids, South Dakota for the past thirty two years.

For more than four decades, Sharon’s career was in the financial industry, most recently retiring from Human Resources at US Bank in December 2013 after 26 years. Throughout her seventy years of life, Sharon’s passion and delight were her grandchildren. While working full time, Sharon found time to travel and attend her grandchildren’s many academic and athletic activities. Through wins and losses, she was always their biggest supporter.

Sharon passed away on September 20, 2015 at Sanford Acute Care Hospice after battling cancer. Left to mourn her loss are husband, John; children, Scott (Jane) Schroder of Sioux Falls, SD and Darcy (Mark) Scholl of Prior Lake, MN; five grandchildren, Taylor and Madison Scholl and Nathan, Jared, and Ryan Schroeder; sisters Harriet (Harlan) Pietz and LaVonne (Jerome) Gereats; as well as many nieces, nephews, and friends.  Those preceeding her in death were her parents, Abel and Matilda Klinghagen, her sister and brother in law, Leona and Donald Haan, her niece, Krystal Beuckens and nephew, Loren Haan.

The family wishes to thank all those who cared for her during her illness. Memorials may be made to the Central Baptist Church Hospitality Fund. Celebration of Life arrangements were provided by Heritage Funeral Home and Central Baptist Church.

Sharons Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, September 24, 2015 at Central Baptist Church. Visitation will begin at 2:00 pm Wednesday at Heritage Funeral Home with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Condolences may be left at

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Priscilla Klein

Priscilla KleinPriscilla Klein, 94, of Dell Rapids passed away on Sunday, September 20, 2015 at the Dells Nursing and Rehab Center. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Dell Rapids. Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday at Kahler Funeral Home and the Christian Wake Service will begin at 7:00 p.m. with the Foresters Rosary prayed after the wake in the funeral home chapel.  Condolences may be left at

Priscilla M. Klein was born on March 6, 1921 at Dell Rapids, SD, the daughter of John and Francis (Hansen) Klein. She grew up on the family farm and attended school. She graduated from St. Mary High School in 1938. She attended college at Notre Dame College in Mitchell, SD and received her teachers certificate. She taught in rural schools around Dell Rapids for many years. She taught at Dokstader School for eight years and DeVaney School for five years. She went to Sioux Falls College and received her Bachelors Degree. She then taught second grade at the Dell Rapids Elementary School until her retirement in 1986.

Priscilla was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and the Catholic Order of Foresters. She enjoyed gardening and doing volunteer work. She volunteered at Padres for many years.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her four brothers, Clarence, Pete, Art and Bob and her sister, Matilda Gebhart.

She is survived by her two sisters, Mary Ann Klein and Frances Klein both of Dell Rapids and her numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

Memorials may be directed to the DREA, Dell Rapids Education Association Scholarship Fund.

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Genevieve “Gen” Bunkers

Gen BunkersGenevieve “Gen” A. Bunkers, 98, of Dell Rapids, passed away on Sunday, September 20, 2015. Her Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, September 25, 2015 in St. Mary Catholic Church. Interment will be in the St. Mary Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 24, 2015. The Catholic Daughters Rosary will be prayed at 3:30 p.m. Family will be present at 4:00 p.m. and the Christian Wake Service begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Kahler Funeral Home chapel.  Condolences may be left at

Genevieve Bunkers was born to A.W. and Libby Mansheim on Dec. 13, 1916 at Colome, SD. After graduating from Colome High School in 1934, she attended Nettleton Commercial College in Sioux Falls. She worked in the insurance business for 7 years. Gen married Joe Bunkers on June 29, 1942. As she would say, “God blessed us with 7 wonderful children.” They lived on a farm west of Dell Rapids and were active members of St.. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Huntimer. Gen taught religious education for 9 years and also served as a member of the St. Joseph’s Altar Society. In 1971, Joe passed away. Gen moved from the farm to Dell Rapids in 1979 and became an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. In 2001, she moved to Orchard Hills.

Gen was a member of the Catholic Daughers and the Presentation Cojourners for over 25 years. She was active in Friendship Bible Coffee since 1977, serving as a Guide and a Coordinator for many years. She also joined the Cursillo in 1977.

Fondly known as Granny B, she was the mother of 7, grandmother of 20 and great-grandmother of 42. She was a friend to all, devout, humble, energetic, inspiring, prayerful and lovingly persistant in her desire to share her faith. Grateful for having shared her life are her children: Mary Jane (Bill) Winter, Cottage Grove, MN; Roger (Bernice) Bunkers, Westbrook, MN; Bill Bunkers (fiance’ Nancy Dineson), Dell Rapids, SD; Dale (Rita) Bunkers, Chester, SD; Joann (Gary) LaCompte, Tyndal, SD; Tom (Linda) Bunkers, Dell Rapids, SD; Theresa Bunkers (Chris) Lawson, Faribault, MN; her grand-children; her great-grandchildren; many other relatives and special friends.

Gen died peacefully on September 20, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe; grandsons, Joel and Gus; daugher-in-law, Barb; Kathy Healy; brothers Elmer Mansheim and Bob Mansheim; and sister Mildred Brychta.

Grateful for having shared her life are her children: Mary Jane (Bill) Winter, Cottage Grove, MN; Roger (Bernice) Bunkers, Westbrook, MN; Bill Bunkers (fiance’ Nancy Dineson), Dell Rapids, SD; Dale (Rita) Bunkers, Chester, SD; Joann (Gary) LaCompte, Tyndal, SD; Tom (Linda) Bunkers, Dell Rapids, SD; Theresa Bunkers (Chris) Lawson, Faribault, MN; her grand-children; her great-grandchildren; many other relatives and special friends.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to St. Mary’s Catholic School, Dell Rapids.

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Viola “Ole” Schneider Buhler

Viola BuhlerViola “Ole” Marie Engberg Schneider Buhler passed on to Heaven on September 14, 2015. Her memorial service will begin at 1:00 p.m. at Kahler Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, September 26, 2015. Inurnment will be in the Dell Rapids Cemetery. Condolences may be left at

Born November 5, 1926 on a farm (but not in the barn) near Butler, SD to Oscar and Rosa Engberg. She attended school in Bristol, SD and was married to Percy Schneider in 1943. She lived in Downey, CA during WWII while Percy served in Germany. Her son, Richard, was born while in CA in 1945. They then moved to Dell Rapids after the war, where their second son, Douglas, was born in 1951.

Ole worked at several places during those years including; the creamery, JI Case and Peterson Drug. The implement dealership was always her favorite. Percy was killed in an industrial accident in 1965. Ole reconnected with Lyle Buhler, a high school friend, and moved to Sioux Falls in 1968 when they married. While living in Sioux Falls, Ole worked for Kindler Auto, then for AAA Travel, where she retired in 1989. Lyle passed away in 1991. Ole enjoyed visiting with anyone she met and played cards and cribbage with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Ole is survived by her two sons and their spouses: Richard and Shari Schneider of Wichita, KS; Douglas and Evelyn Schneider of Sioux Falls, SD. She is survived by five step children: Larry and Pam Buhler of Sturgis, SD; Bruce and Susan Buhler of Watertown, SD; Dawn Bedard of Lindell Beach, BC; Carol Buhler of Belle Fouche, SD; Jim and Mary Buhler of Watertown, SD. Ole is also survived by 13 grandchildren: Todd and Michelle Schneider of Sioux Falls, SD; Sonja and Michael Kellen of Kirkland, WA; Ken Schneider, Scott and Crystal Schneider, Troy and Cheri Schneider, Tammy Schneider, all of Wichita, KS; Tim and Michelle Buhler of Denver, CO; Matt Buhler of Sturgis, SD; Rebecca and Derek Gouldin of Hibbing, MN; Meagan Buhler of Phoenix, AZ; Molly Buhler of Watertown, SD; Justin and Ashley Buhler of Brandon, SD; Tyler and Myriah Buhler of Watertown, SD. Thirteen great grandchildren survive her as well. She was preceded in death by Percy Schneider, Lyle Buhler, one grandson, and two great grandsons.

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Donald Brown

Donald BrownDonald Raymond Brown, 88, of Dell Rapids passed away Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at Dells Area Health Center Hospital.

Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 AM Saturday, September 19, 2015 at St. Joseph The Workman Catholic Church, Huntimer, SD. Visitation with the family present will begin 2 hours prior to the service at the church. Condolences may be left at

Donald was the only child of Elmer and Catherine (Cole) Brown. He was born February 16, 1927 in Garretson, SD, then moved at the age of 3 with his family to their farm west of Dell Rapids where he lived and farmed until moving to town in 2013. Donald married Maxine Greenen September 11, 1948 in Vancouver, WA. They were married 67 years and have 2 children.

His small family was all important to Don as well as the land he farmed so well. Don enjoyed hunting and was a superb marksman, fishing, traveling with his family and sharing his bountiful vegetable garden.

Survivors include his wife, Maxine; daughter, Nancy Glammeier; son, Lloyd (Shannon); granddaughters, Kylene (Damon) Rudd, Alainna and Shaughnessy Brown and great-grandchildren, William and Samantha Rudd and Austin Kiggins.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Giesella Glammeier and great-grandson, Jeremiah Kiggins.

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Shannon Geraets

Shannon GeraetsShannon Elizabeth Geraets, 22, Sioux Falls, died Saturday, September 12, 2015, at her home in Sioux Falls. Memorial services will be 1:30 pm, Thursday, September 17, 2015, at Heartland Funeral Home in Brandon, South Dakota. Visitation begins at 5 pm, Wednesday, September 16th, also at Heartland Funeral Home, with family present to greet friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Condolences may be left at

Shannon enjoyed her time at the family business Happy Dog Boarding Kennels playing with the family dogs plus she was a great help to Jerry in the kennel. Another love of Shannon’s was racing. Her Saturdays at I-90 Speedway in Hartford were among her happiest times.

Survivors include Shannon’s parents, Jerry Geraets and Dianne Elizabeth (Anney) Yearous-Geraets, Sioux Falls; three brothers and two sisters; Matt Roan Eagle, Medford Oregon, Danny (Becky) Geraets, Dell Rapids, Amanda (Mark) Lieble, Dell Rapids, Jeremy (Maranda) Geraets, Colman, and Angie Geraets, Sioux Falls. Shannon is also survived by eight nieces and nephews that she was just starting to know. And she is survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Shannon is preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Gary and Irene Geraets; her maternal grandmother, Betty Jane Hinkley; and her paternal grandmother, Zona Bender.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Shannon’s memory to the Sioux Falls Humane Society or in an effort to effect change, a donation to NAMI; the National Association for Mental Illness.

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