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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Kristie Theesfeld

TheesfeldKristie (Krempges) Theesfeld, 56, of Sioux Falls passed away on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 of natural causes. Her Memorial Mass is at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, August 20, 2018 in the Cathedral of St. Joseph, Sioux Falls. Inurnment is in the Dell Rapids Cemetery. Visitation with the family present is from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. with a Christian Wake Service beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 19, 2018 at Kahler Funeral Home.

Kristie was born January 4, 1962 in Dell Rapids, SD to Edward and Phillis (Arionus) Krempges. She graduated from the University of South Dakota with a Bachelor of Arts degree.  During that time, she had two daughters, Lisa and Alexis.

Upon graduation, Kristie worked as an educator, teaching English and German. In 1987, Kristie moved to Sioux Falls and began working at Citibank, where she would go on to have a 30 year career. Over the years she spent time giving back as a Lector, Catechism Instructor and by giving to the United Way.

On August 17, 1992 Kristie was united in marriage with Joe Theesfeld. Together they enjoyed hunting, fishing and watching Nascar races.

Kristie found treasure in her Catholic faith and her family. She was known for baking pie and cookies for family gatherings, praying for countless people and intentions and her cheerful disposition. Kristie loved spoiling her grandchildren with treats and movie nights, and teaching them about their faith. She was an avid New York Rangers hockey fan, and was always up for a round of cards or dice.

Kristie is survived by her children, Lisa (Troy) Le Van, Alexis (William) Kolb; stepchildren, Casey (Jeremy) Butterfield and Michael Theesfeld; grandchildren, James McAthie, Kate and John Kolb; siblings, Jean Ann (Doug) Feuerhelm, Kathy Davis, Dan (Moe) Krempges, Craig Krempges, Bernie (Julie) Krempges, and Denis Krempges.

She was preceded in death by her parents Edward and Phillis Krempges; husband, Joe Theesfeld; brothers John and Kelly; sisters-in-law, Penny Krempges and Sherry Dailey; brother-in-law Dan Davis; nephew, Joshua Krempges; great niece, Mariana Krempges; and foster sister, Angie Metli.

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Susan Mattson

mattson cd picSusan Mattson, 71, of Trent passed away on Friday, August 10, 2018 at the Riverview Manor in Flandreau. Her funeral service will be held on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. in the Trent Baptist Church.  Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday at Kahler Funeral Home, Dell Rapids.  The family will be present from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m.

Susan LaCombe was born on February 14, 1947 at Minneapolis, MN, the daughter of David and Louise (Bayliss) LaCombe.  She grew up in Minneapolis and graduated in 1965 from West High School.  She married James Mattson on May 6, 1967 in Minneapolis.  The couple lived in many different locations and ended up living in Hamel, MN before finally moving to Sherman, SD.  While in Sherman, the couple divorced.  She then moved to Trent and worked at the EROS Data Center near Garretson for 33 years.  She retired on December 31, 2012.

Susan was a member of Trent Baptist Church and Trent Study Club.  She also served as the secretary of the Trent American Baptist Women.  She enjoyed many trips to Camp Judson in the Black Hills.

She is preceded in death by her parents and her brother David.

She is survived by her children, Brian Mattson of Sioux Falls, Jannelle Jacobs of Trent; her 5 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren; her sisters, Marie Ziebarth of Flandreau and Marilynn Steiner of Minnetonka, MN; and her sister-in-law, Connye LaCombe of St. Paul, MN.

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Helen Stansell

Stansell, Helen photoHelen Christine Stansell, 96, of Dell Rapids passed away peacefully at home Tuesday, July 31, 2018.

Funeral services will begin at 11:00 AM Saturday, August 4, 2018 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 with a Prayer service at 7:00 PM Friday, August 3, 2018 at Minnehaha Funeral Home in Dell Rapids.

Helen Christine Odde Stansell was born December 22, 1921 to parents John and Minnie (Sundem) Odde on a farm east of Hartford, SD. She was baptized at First Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls and confirmed at the Willow Creek Lutheran Church. She attended Foster School until the fifth grade when the family moved to a farm west of Dell Rapids where she attended Hanson School and then graduated from the Lyons High School in 1939.

Helen married Vincent Stansell on August 10, 1942 in Seneca, Kansas. Following their wedding, they moved to San Antonio, Texas where Vincent was stationed in the Army at Lackland Air Force Base. San Antonio was their home for three years and she was employed at Quirk and Company, a general insurance agency. From there, they were transferred to Wilmington, Delaware for a short time.

In 1946, she and Vincent moved back to South Dakota to a farm west of Dell Rapids where they raised their three children. Vincent passed away November 24th, 1986.

Helen loved the farm, being outdoors, tending the flowers, mowing the lawn, etc, but most of all she loved her family and spending time with them was very important to her. She resided on the farm until 2011 when she had health issues and lived with Nancy and Lynn for six months. While there, her house on the farm burned and she lost everything. After regaining her health, she moved to an apartment in Dell Rapids where she lived out her remaining years.

Helen was an active member of the Willow Creek Church until her later years—taught Sunday school, co-chairman of a work group, member of WELCA, Naomi circle and the Quilters. She was an avid quilter and made a quilt for each grandchild and great grandchild as well as giving away many baby quilts to friends and relatives. She was also known as the “cookie grandma” -many of the family members were sent on their way with a plate or bag of cookies she had baked. Her door was always open to anyone for a cup of coffee and at least one cookie. No one ever left hungry from her house!

Helen was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Vincent; one brother, Harold Odde and three sisters, Ann Zubke, Ruth Elverson, Evelyn Sittig; special niece, Barbara Umbreit and special nephew, Douglas Sittig.

Left to cherish her memory are her three children, John (Anita) Stansell, Nancy (Lynn) Brehm and Roger Stansell (special friend, Connie Wernke); six grandchildren; Jocelyn (Jason) Patterson, Connie (Eric) Cameron, Michelle Stansell, Shane (Theresa) Brehm, Lacey (Jake) Jensen and Skyler Stansell (fiancée’ Keiana Koepp); twelve great-grandchildren, Layton Harvey, Jonathan “Jonny” Harvey, Alexavier “Alex” Cameron, Kellen Patterson, Ireland Patterson, Vincent “Vini” Camerson , Allana Creech, Piper Patterson, Enzo Cameron, Colter Jensen, Jax Patterson and Tenley Jensen. She is also survived by sister- in- law, Myrtle Odde; several nieces and nephews and special neighbor and “angel”, LeAnne Richeal.

A special thank you to the wonderful team from Compassionate Care Hospice that gave her such tender loving care during her last three months, especially to Amanda and Ashley.

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Mary Ann Molta

Molta picMary Ann Molta, 83, of Puyallup, WA, formerly of Dell Rapids, SD,  passed away on Monday, July 30, 2018 under hospice care.  Her Mass of Christian was at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 4, 2018. St. Mary Catholic Church in Dell Rapids. Interment will be in the St. Mary Cemetery, Dell Rapids. Funeral arrangements were under the care of Kahler Funeral Home.

Mary Ann Molta was born on September 6, 1934 at Dell Rapids, SD, the daughter of Joseph and Ruth Putnam. She moved with her family at age seven to Rawlins, WY. She graduated high school in 1952 and married Carmine Molta on June 4, 1952. She worked for the federal government and as a legal secretary retiring in 1985. In 1991 her and Carmine moved to Dell Rapids before moving closer to her daughter in Arlington Heights, IL. Carmine passed away in 2012. Mary Ann moved to Puyallup, WA and remained there until the time of her death.

She is survived by her son, Tom (Kathy) Molta of Bonney Lake, WA; her daughter, Ruth Ann (Bob) Perez of Bonney Lake, WA; her grandchildren, Mike (Jenny) Molta of Bonney Lake, WA and Stephanie Molta of Dallas, TX; her two great-grandchildren, Gabriel and Melanie and her brother, Joe (Peggy) Putnam of Grand Junction, CO.


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Joel Stelzer

stelzer picJoel Stelzer, 62, passed away on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at his home in Sioux Falls SD. At his request, he did not want a funeral and we will be respecting his wishes.

Joel was born July 23, 1955 in Orange, CA, the son of Herbert and Beverly (Gerry) Stelzer. The family moved to Dell Rapids SD where he attended Dell Rapids High School until 1973. After high school, he began work for a water tower construction company and traveled throughout the Midwest and Southeast. You can see his handy-work in Baltic SD, Baxter MN, Pueblo CO, Paducah KY, Baton Rouge LA, Texas, Florida and South Carolina. He moved back to Dell Rapids and began work with LG Everist. He moved to Sioux Falls in 1980. While still employed with Everist, he attended Southeast Technical Institute and received his degree in HVAC/R in 1992. In 1996 he began work at Sanford Medical Center where he completed the Architectural Engineering/Construction Management program in 2002.

As a kid, Joel ran a trap-line along the Sioux River and checked it every morning before school. This love of the outdoors continued into adulthood with a passion for hunting, fishing and conservation. He went on many hunting trips for elk, antelope, deer and pheasant with his brother, Mark and/or friends Dan, Schulte and Cisco.

Joel is preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his daughter, Melissa (Clint) Schull of Piedmont; his grandchildren, Bryanna of Dell Rapids, Jade and Ethan both of Sioux Falls; his sister, Vicki Kennedy of Dell Rapids; his brothers, Mark (Kim) Stelzer of Jackson, WY and Dana Stelzer of Dell Rapids.

There will be a memorial to remember Joel in the next couple months with music, food and refreshments.


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