Donald Munk

Munk, Don-Obit Photo CroppedDonald Munk, age 85, passed away on Wednesday, February 6, 2019, at his home in Garretson. Services will be held in the spring.

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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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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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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Mary “Maxine” Busch

busch picMary “Maxine” Busch, 96, of Dell Rapids, passed away on Monday, January 28, 2019 at the Dells Nursing and Rehab Center. In honoring Maxine’s wishes, there will be a memorial service held early this spring. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Kahler Funeral Home, Dell Rapids.

Mary Maxine Myers was born on August 1, 1922 at home in DeSmet, SD, the daughter of Ilo Paul “Ted”  and Mary Alice (Johns) Myers. On March 24, 1926 she was joined by a baby brother, Lloyd Paul Myers. She grew up and attended school in DeSmet, graduating from DeSmet High School in May of 1941. After high school, Maxine moved to Huntington Park, CA and worked at the Defense Plants. In 1945, she met Bill Busch on a trip back to South Dakota to visit family. Maxine was married to Bill Busch on a hot day in LasCruces, New Mexico on August 26, 1946 while he was stationed in the Army.  After his discharge the couple moved back to South Dakota to try farming.  In 1950, the couple moved back to California where Bill started employment at Kaiser Steel. They made their home in Fontana, CA for 32 years. Prior to that they lived in Downey, CA for nine years. After their retirement, the couple moved to Dell Rapids, SD in May of 1992.

They moved to Orchard Hills in June of 2009. On December 7, 2009 Bill died.

She is preceded in death by her loving parents, her brother, Lloyd (Jill Ryland) and her husband, Bill Busch of 63 years.

She is survived by her nieces and nephews, Kaye Myers of Brookings, SD; Mary Myers (Bill Read) of Milwaukee, WI, Stan (Annette) Myers of DeSmet, SD and Scott Myers of DeSmet, SD.

Memorials and condolences can be sent to the funeral home and will be forwarded to the family.


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Kathleen Larson

LarsonKathleen V. Larson went home to her God and Savior on Monday, January 21, 2019. Her  Funeral service will be held in the Chester United Methodist Church at 11:00 a.m.  on Saturday, January 26, 2019. There is visitation for two hours prior to the service. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Kahler Funeral Home, Dell Rapids.

Kathy was born February 6, 1948 to Duane A. and Vivian M. (Jensen) Larson in Chester, SD. She graduated from Chester High School in 1966. She attended Augustana College, Sioux Falls College, and then, Nettleton,graduating in 1970 as a stenographer. After school, Kathy lived and worked in Sioux Falls and was a long-time volunteer at First United Methodist Church. She served in the Delker Memorial Library in Chester during its Saturday hours for a number of years, sharing her love of reading with children and adults alike.

Kathy was well versed in scripture and history. She found great joy in gospel music and often sang for church services. Kathy loved her family and looked forward to the reunion with her parents and loved ones who had gone on before. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Sioux Falls and the Chester United Methodist Church, the Jubilant Singers, and the Chester American Legion Auxiliary.

Kathy leaves behind extended family and many friends across the country.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Chester United Methodist Church or a charity near to your heart.


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Norma Stenberg

Norma StenbergNorma’s funeral service is at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 28, 2019 in the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids Chapel with the Rev. Eldon Thurow officiating. Interment is in the Colman Cemetery. Visitation with the family present is from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at Kahler Funeral Home, Dell Rapids.

Norma Alvina Stenberg was born to Carl and Pearl (Sundal) Opland on January 30, 1927 in Madison, SD. She passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at United Living Community in Brookings, SD. She was 91 years old.

Norma lived on several farms while growing up in the Colton, Flandreau, and Dell Rapids communities. She graduated from Egan High School and married her husband of 68 years, Virgil Stenberg on December 24, 1945. They lived on a farm near Colman, SD, moved to Everett, WA for a few years and returned to settle on a farm near Lake Campbell (Volga, SD). In retirement they lived on a farm near Flandreau and then moved to Dell Rapids. They were members of Lake Campbell Lutheran Church, Flandreau Lutheran Church and the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids.

Norma worked at the Sears Roebuck store in Brookings, SD for many years as well as running a household full of active children. Her home was always warm and welcoming to anyone who stopped in and there always seemed to be good company, cake and coffee at hand.

Norma will be remembered as a devoted wife and mother, who was always loving, kind and supportive to her children and family. She was a wonderfully attentive listener, advisor and a source of encouragement to the family. Her days were full of cooking, baking, cleaning, church activities, 4-H projects, farming duties, sewing ad many happy extended family dinners and card games.

She will be dearly missed by friends and family, but we find peace in the good memories, speak of her often, and try to honor her in how we live our lives and love one another.

Grateful for having shared her life are her children, Thomas (Germaine) Stenberg, Volga; Nancy (Ed) Morrison, Auburn, AL; Scott (Tawni) Stenberg, DeForest, WI; Kent (Kathy) Stenberg, Warrenton, MO, and her grandchildren, Colin Morrison (Joie Cannon), Goleta, CA; Elise Morrison (Broc Harzinski), San Francisco, CA; Anne Stenberg and Clark Stenberg, Volga, SD; brothers, Raymond Orlin (Linda) Opland and Rollin Dale (Amy) Opland along with many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband, Virgil, daughter,Cheralyn Ann and brother, Marlo Opland.

The family would like to thank the staff at United Living Community Nursing Home and the Brookings Hospice team for their compassionate care during Norma’s final days.


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Roger L. Nelson

nelson picMass of Christian Burial for Roger Nelson is at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, January 21, 2019 in St. Mary Catholic Church, Dell Rapids with Fr. John Lantsberger as the celebrant. Interment is in the St. Mary Cemetery, Dell Rapids. Roger and Darlene’s eight children will serve as Roger’s casketbearers. Visitation with the family present is on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at Kahler Funeral Home from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. The Christian Wake Service is at 4:00 p.m. and the Catholic Daughters Rosary will follow.

Roger was born on the family farm in Dell Rapids, on October 8, 1928. The fourth of six children, he was the second son of David and Emma (Christensen) Nelson. He attended the Nelson Country School through eighth grade and graduated from Dell Rapids High School in 1946. He married Darlene Hansen on June 16, 1955 and they have eight children.

Family, Farm and Stories were the anchors of his life. Nothing was as important as his family. He farmed for almost his entire life, and he had a story for everyone. He loved to tell “Ole and Lena” jokes, every event had a story, and every story led to another.

Roger also pitched for the Dell Rapids Rox, the local amateur baseball team. He threw for the team that played in the 1951 state tournament, and he taught every one of his kids to play catch early.

He passed away on January 16, at home, with his family around him.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 64 years, Darlene (Hansen) Nelson, children Jeff (Crawfordsville, IN), Dean (Mary – Apple Valley, MN), children Colin, Christian, Katelyn; Scott (Wendy – Dell Rapids, SD), children Emma, Gabe; Brad (Jonie – Omaha, NE), children David (Kayla), Chris, Ashleigh; Bette Paulsen (Marc – Sioux Falls, SD), children Danny Gustafson, Chelsea Gustafson (Matt) Sorenson; John (Annette – Littleton, CO), child Zach; Phyllis (Carl Jackson – Valparaiso, IN); Matt (Crooks SD), children, Mikayla, Meghan, Dylan. Sister: Loraine Ollis (Hull, GA); brother-in-law Tom Van Duzee (Gum Springs, VA); many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother David, sisters Dorothy Eriksen, Lucille Smith and Rosella Van Duzee.


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Janet Bortnem

bortnem, janet obit photoJanet Marie (Buus) Bortnem, 75, of Dell Rapids passed away Friday, January 11, 2019 at Dell Nursing and Rehab Center.

Janet was born on April 28th 1943 to Henry and Audrey (Ecker) Buus in Bradley, SD. She moved to Watertown, SD with her family and graduated from Watertown High School in 1962. Janet was successful as a legal secretary and later owned a business in the legal and medical transcription services.

Janet married John (Jack) Stone in 1968 and they were blessed with two sons, Jeff and Jason. They made their home in rural Watertown where she was a legal secretary for Osheim, Fox and Bartron Law Firm and Austin, Hinderacker, Hacket and Hopper Law Firm over the years. She later became a medical transcriptionist for Prairie Lakes (St Ann’s) Hospital. Several years later Janet was re-married to Raymond (Joe) Bortnem. They were married at the Renner Lutheran Church in 1998 and made their home in Sioux Falls and Dell Rapids. Janet was a resident at the Dell Rapids Nursing and Rehab Center for several years.

In her earlier years, she enjoyed taking pictures, going dancing and planting beautiful flower arrangements. She loved spending time with her family and her beloved cats.

Janet is survived by her two sons, Jeffrey (Tess) Stone of rural Hartford and Jason (Juanita) Stone of Brooking; six grandchildren and several step children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Audrey Buus; first husband, John (Jack) Stone and second husband, Raymond (Joe) Bortnem.

A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.

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Jesse James Shafer

shafer picJesse James Shafer, 42, of Sioux Falls, passed away on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at his home of natural causes. His funeral service is at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, January 11, 2019 at the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids. Visitation with the family present is from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at Kahler Funeral Home. Interment is in the Pleasant View Cemetery, Valley Springs.

Jesse James Shafer was born on September 14, 1976 in Sioux Falls, SD, the son of James and Jody (DenHerder) Shafer. He grew up in Valley Springs until moving to Dell Rapids in 1991. He attended school at Dell Rapids and graduated from DRHS in 1995. After high school, Jesse moved to Omaha, NE to attend art school. He lived in Omaha for four years before moving to Brandon, SD. He moved to Sioux Falls and started working at the Sioux Falls airport for the TSA.

It is true what they say, “Time is short”. A person really does not think about it until a loss of someone close happens and it hits the heart. We have all heard that people are either wolves or sheep. I put to you that there are in fact three types of people. Jesse loved super heroes and what they represented. The comics, shows, books and movies stood for more than just entertainment for Jesse. It is the creed, the message and a way of life to help others. To be there in the time of need.  See, Jesse was not the wolf or the sheep, he was the guard dog. He was the one in the background quietly watching and making sure everyone was safe. Yes he had his bark to keep the wolves in check. Jesse also had the compassion and patience to make sure no sheep were forgotten. It is no wonder that he had the job that he had. Always at the ready, calm, vigilant for anyone that might need a hand. You knew you could count on him to be there for you when ever needed. Jesse could always sense when you were having a bad day, stressed out or just needed someone to talk to. He would take it upon himself to seek out what the problem was, would listen wholeheartedly, and offer advice. Somehow he always would get you to laugh. You would always walk away feeling better, with a smile on your face. Jesse was a friend to all but a fierce son, brother, uncle for his co-workers and family. He will forever live on in our thoughts, stories and hearts. He will be dearly missed, but truly he will never be forgotten.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Wendell and Eva Shafer and Jack and Rosalie DenHerder; his step-dad, Mike Morrow and his cousin, Trevor DenHerder.

Jesse is survived by his father, Jim (Sandra) Shafer of Valley Springs; his mother, Jody Morrow of Dell Rapids; his brothers, Joel (Gena) Shafer and John (Blanca) Shafer both of Sioux Falls; his step-brothers, Jay (Sharon) Christensen of Sheboygan, WI and Jon Christensen of Monroe, MI; his nephews, Evan and Ethan; his nieces Jade and Jessa, his girlfriend, Barbara Osenga of Sioux Falls and his many friends and extended family.


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Marianne Nicoli

Nicoli picMarianne R. Nicoli, 64, of Chicopee, MA, passed away on Friday, December 21, 2018 at Ava’s House Hospice in Sioux Falls. In honoring Marianne’s wishes, there will be no service held. Marianne is survived by her children, Kara (Chirs) Merkwan of Dell Rapids and Kevin (Christa) Nicoli of New York. Funeral arrangements were under the care of Kahler Funeral Home.

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