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Booker Thomas Perry


Booker Thomas Perry, age 53, died at Golden Living Center in Madison on January 25, 2015. He was born on September 16, 1961 at Seminole, OK to Booker and Betty (Beard) Perry. He grew up in Oklahoma where he graduated from high school. He served in the US

Sheldon Stratton


Sheldon Stratton, age 74, died at Bethel Lutheran Home on January 26, 2015. He was born on October 13, 1940 at Flandreau, SD to Sheldon and Myrtle (Kongsburg) Stratton. He married Bonnie Dragseth on November 18, 1961 at Nunda, SD. He is survived by his wi

Kelli Lynne Jackson


Kelli Lynne Jackson, age 44 of Canova, South Dakota passed away January 25, 2015 at her home in the Canova area. Funeral services will be at 11am January 29, 2015 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Canova, South Dakota. Burial will be at Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery in Canova. Visitation will be Wednesday from 10am to 3pm at Willoughby Funeral Home, and resuming at Bethany Lutheran Church in Howard at 5pm with a Prayer service at 7pm. 

Booker Thomas Perry


Booker Thomas Perry, age 53 of Madison, South Dakota passed away January 25, 2015 at the Golden Living Center in Madison. Funeral service will be held at 11am January 31, 2015 at Weiland Funeral Chapel. Burial will be with military honors at Graceland Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour before services at the Weiland Funeral Chapel.  

Melvin Risty


Melvin Risty, age 79, of the Sinai-Arlington Area passed away January 21, 2015 at his rural farm home. Funeral services will be at 10:30am January 26, 2015 at the Sinai Lutheran Church in Sinai, South Dakota. Visitation will be from 5-7pm Sunday January 25, 2015 at the Johnson-Henry Funeral Home in Arlington with preceding serices in the church on January 26, 2015.

Ambrose Zens


Ambrose Zens, age 95, from Epiphany, South Dakota has passed away  at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota January 20, 2015. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30am January 24, 2015 at Catholic Church of Epiphany in Epiphany, South Dakota. Burial will be at Holy Three Kings Catholic Cemetery in Epiphany. Visitation will begin Friday at 6pm with a Scripture and Rosery Serfice to be said at 7pm at the all Catholic Church in Epiphany. 

Patricia Andersen


Patricia Ranee (Josephson) Andersen, 53 of Badger, SD died on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at the Golden Living Center in Arlington, SD. after a difficult battle with ovarian cancer.

Trish was born on February 16, 1961 to Curtiss and Geneva (Johnson) Josephson, and was raised on a farm near Bryant, SD. She attended school in Bryant, graduating from Hamlin High School in 1979. She went on to

Mary F. Protsch


Mary F. Protsch, age 84  of Howard, South Dakota passed away January 15, 2015 at Good Samaritan Center in Howard. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30am January 17, 2015 at St. Agatha Catholic Church in Howard, South Dakota. Burial will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Howard. Visitation will be at 5pm with a Scripture & Rosary Service at 7pm at the all catholic church in Howard. 

Burnette Mette


Burnette "Barney" Mette, age 72 of Howard, South Dakota, passed away at Madison Community Hospital January 14, 2015. Funeral services will be at 11am January 19, 2015 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Howard, SD. Burial is at Graceland Cemetery in Howard. Visitation will begin at noon Son Sunday, with family present from 4-6pm at the Willboughby Funeral Home in Howard. 

Luverne Olsen


Luverne "Bud" Olson, age 85, passed away at Bethal Lutheran Home on January 15, 2015. Funeral services will be at 2pm January 19, 2015 at Weiland Funeral Chapel. Burial will be at Graceland Cemetary. The family will be present at 7pm on Sunday at Weiland Funeral Chapel. 

Gerald Strub


Gerald Strub, age 86, passed away at Golden Living Healthcare Center January 14, 2015. Funeral services will be at 10am January 19, 2015 at Weiland Funeral Chapel. Burial is at Graceland Cemetary. The family will be present from 2-4pm on Sunday at the Weiland Funeral Chapel. 

Rick Schurz


Rick Schurz, age 50, passed away at his home January 3, 2015. Memorial service will be at 11am January 17, 2015 at Ellsworth Funeral Home. Inurnment is at Graceland Cemetery. Visitation is from 5-7pm Friday at Ellsworth Funeral Home. 

Roger E. Nelson


Roger E. Nelson, age 73, passed away at is home January 13, 2015. Funeral will be January 17, 2015 at 11am at Flandreau Methodist Church. Visitation will be Friday from 5-7pm at Skroch Funeral Chapel with a 7pm prayer service. 

Kevin Amdahl


Kevin Amdahl, age , passed away at his home in Sioux Falls January 10, 2015. Funeral services-Celebration of Life will be at 2pm January 13 at Willoughby Funeral Home. Burial will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

Willie Tschetter


Willie Tschetter, age 56, passed  away at his home January 7, 2015.
Funeral Services are at 2pm January 10, 2015 at Beach United Methodist Church in Howard.
Burial is at Cloverleaf Colony Cemetary in Howard.
Visitation will begin Friday January 9, 2015 at 5pm with a prayer service at 7pm at Willoughby Funeral Home in Howard.

Ronald Carlson


Ronald "Ron" Carlson, age 71, passed away at his residence in Carthage December 16, 2014.
Memorial Services will be at 10am January 9, 2015 at Willoughby Funeral Home in Howard, SD.
Burial is at St. John's Luthern Church Cemetary in Howard. 
Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home. 

Dale Weerheim


Dale Weerheim, age 58, passed away at his residence Janurary 7, 2015. 
Funeral Service: Saturday January 10, 2015 at 10:30am at Trinity Lutheran Church, Madsion. 
Burial is at 230pm at Graceland cemetary in Corsica. Lunch will follow the committal at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Corsica. 
Visitation: Family present 5-8pm with a prayer service at 7pm at Ellsworth Funeral Home. Visitation continues one hour prior to the service at the church. 

Jim Nielsen


Jim Nielsen, age 66 passed away at Bethel Lutheran Home on January 1, 2015
Prayer service:Sunday January 4th 5:00PM at The Weiland Funeral Home Chapel
Funeral Service: Monday January 5th 10:30am at St.Thomas Aquinas Church in Madison
Weiland Funeral Home in Madison is in charge of the arrangments

William "Bill" Taylor


William "Bill" Taylor, 59, of Madison, passed away at his home under Hospice care on December 30th, 2014.  Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 3rd, 2015 at Trinity Lutheran Church, with burial in the Graceland Cemetery.  There will be a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 2nd at Weiland Funeral Chapel in Madison, who is in charge of the

Kerry A. Kros


Kerry A. Kros, 46, of Sioux Falls, passed away Monday, December 29th, 2014 at Sanford Select Specialty Hospital in Sioux Falls after battling a chronic illness.  Memorial service is 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 3rd, 2015 at St. John American Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. 
The Ellsworth Funeral Home in Madison is in charge of the arrangements.
 

Catherine Zens


Catherine Zens, age 91, of Epiphany, SD, passed away Monday, December 1, 2014, at Avera McKennan Hospital, Sioux Falls, SD.

Visitation begins 6:00 PM Wednesday at the church with a Scripture and Rosary Service at 7:00 PM.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM Thursday with burial in the church cemetery.  

Willoughby Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements

Marilee Casanova


Marilee Casanova, 60, of Ramona, passed away on November 25th, 2014 at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls. 
Funeral Mass will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 29th at St. William Catholic Church in Ramona, with burial in the St. Mary Cemetery in Dell Rapids.
There will be a parish scripture service at 7:00 p.m. on Friday at St. William Church in Ramona.
Survivors

Robert Beck


Robert Beck, age 90, died at the Madison Community Hospital on November 25, 2014. He was born on February 24, 1924 at Winfred, SD to Clyde and Isabel (Litterick) Beck. He married Leona Alfson at Howard, SD on June 30, 1942. She preceded him in death in 2003. He is survived by one daughter - Marilyn (Eldon) Eighmy of Bruce, SD. Four grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. One sister - Dorothy

Derrald A. Hildebrandt


Derrald A. Hildebrandt, age 86, of Ramona, died Saturday, November 22, 2014, at Sanford USD Medical Center, Sioux Falls.

Visitation
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tue., Nov. 25, 2014
Location: Ellsworth Funeral Home

Prayer Service
7:00 PM to 7:30 PM, Tue., Nov. 25, 2014
Location: Ellsworth Funeral Home
 

Funeral Service
11:00 AM Wed., Nov. 26, 2014
Location: St. John Lutheran Church -

Roger R. Hersrud


Roger R. Hersrud, 75, died peacefully at the Brookings Hospital on Friday, November 21, 2014. Roger was born August 22, 1939 in Ramona, SD to Gerhard and Irma (Junker) Hersrud. At 12 years of age he went to a caring home with Andy and Alice Krantz. Roger was extremely thankful and blessed to be a part of their loving family. He graduated from Egan High School and shortly thereafter he served in

Steven Rinehart


Steven Rinehart, age 68, of Howard, died Friday, November 21, 2014, at Good Samaritan Society, Howard.

Memorial Services will be 10:00 AM Tuesday, November 25th at Good Samaritan Society Chapel in Howard with burial at Graceland Cemetery, Howard.

Steven Rinehart was born September 16, 1946, at Galena, IL, to Wesley & Shyrl (Johnson) Rinehart.  He lived with his mother in Colton,

Edwin E. Erikson


Edwin E. Erikson, age 99, of Howard, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, at Good Samaritan Society, Howard.

Visitation will be held from 4pm to 6pm at Willoughby Funeral Home.Funeral Service at 2pm, Sunday November 23rd at Bethany Lutheran Church.

Edwin Erikson was born December 27, 1914 at Canova, South Dakota to Carl and Christine (Hansen). Edwin was Baptized and Confirmed in the Lutheran

James Cordts


James Cordts, age 79, died at his home under hospice care on November5, 2014. He was born in Willow Lake South Dakota, on March 28, 1935, to Otto and Helen (McVey) Cordts. He maried Caroll Swenson at Watertown, SD on May 25, 1957.

He is survived by his wife - Caroll of Madison. Two sons -  Captain Bradley (Christine) of Germantown, TN and Robert of Madison. One Daughter Jean Maie

Sylvia Bahr


Sylvia Bahr, age 67, of Howard; formerly of Madison; died Wed., October 22, 2014, at Whispering Winds Assisted Living, Howard. 

Sylvia Ruth Bahr was born July 12, 1947, at Madison, to Earl and Ellenor (Nelson) Bahr.  She attended school and worked at the Village Café and Uncle Ed’s Café for several years.  She was a former member of the First Baptist Church

Doris Lemme


Doris Lemme, 76, of Rapid City, passed away on October 20th, 2014 at Rapid City Regional Hospital. 
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, October 24th, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church.  Burial will be in the Graceland Cemetery.  The family will be present at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday at Weiland Funeral Chapel, which is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Donald Boldt


Donald E. Boldt, 88, of rural Madison, passed away Sunday, October 12th, 2014 at the veterans Administration Medical Center in Sioux Falls.  Funeral services begin at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, October 17th, 2014 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Orland, with burial in the church cemetery.  Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at the Randall Funeral Home.  The

Alva Shoemaker


Alva Shoemaker, 97, of Belle Fourche, formerly of Carthage, passed away Monday, October 13th, 2014 at the Belle Fourche Regional Senior Care Center.  Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 17th at St. James Lutheran Church in Belle Fourche, and 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 18th at Trinity Lutheran Church in Carthage.
Visitation is 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday at Leverington

Willis Peterson


Willis Peterson, 80, of Volga, passed away Sunday, October 12th, 2014 at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, under hospice care.  The family chose organ donation for Alzheimers research.  Memorial service will be at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at the Grace Lutheran Church in Nunda.  Inurnment will be at a later date at the Rose Hill Cemetery in

Anna "Ann" Holter


Anna "Ann" Holter, 97, of Madison, passed away on Sunday, October 12th, 2014 at the Golden Living Center in Madison.  Funeral service is 11:00 a.m. on Friday, October 17th, 2014 at the United Methodist Church in Madison, with burial in the Graceland Cemetery.  Visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.
The Ellsworth Funeral Home in Madison is in

Schelly Marie Meyer


Schelly Marie Meyer age 46 of Howard died Tuesday October 7, 2014 at her home in Howard due to natural causes. Funeral Services will begin at 1:00 pm Saturday October 11, 2014. The Rev. Rick Senner, will officiate at the Randall Funeral Home. Burial will be at later date at the Rosehill Cemetery at Wentworth. Visitation will begin at 1:00 pm Friday October 10, 2014 at the Randall Funeral Home

Elaine B. Schlisner


Elaine B. Schlisner age 90 of Madison, formerally of Ramona, passed away Monday August 25, 2014 at Golden Living Center Madison. The memorial service for Elaine “Berniece” Schlisner will be held Sunday, October 12 at 2:00pm at the Randall Funeral Home in Madison.

Elaine “Berniece” Schlisner, age 90, died August 25th, 2014, while living at the Golden Living Center in

Melissa Aslakson


Melissa (Aus) Aslakson, age 42, died at Winona Health Hospital on October 8, 2014. Melissa Gayle Aus was born on February 1, 1972 at Madison, SD to John and Diane (DeBoer) Aus. She grew up in Madison graduating from Madison High School in 1990. She attended Southeast Vocational in Sioux Falls and Minnesota State Technical College in Winona. She moved to Winona in 2002. She was working as an

Wilma Haufschild


Wilma Haufschild, 93 a former Oldham area resident, died Saturday, October 4, 2014 at the Golden Living Center in Arlington, SD.

Wilma Luvern Soren, the oldest of three children was born September 24, 1921 to Arthur and Dagmar (Anderson) Soren at rural Lake Preston, SD. The family moved to a farm northwest of Arlington for a short period of time and then moved to the Soren family farm

Robert Terwilliger


Robert Eugene Terwilliger, 80, of Madison, formerly of Winfred, passed away Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at Bethel Lutheran Home in Madison.  Funeral service is 2:00 p.m. on Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at the United Church of Christ in Winfred.  Burial will be in the Winfred Cemetery.  Visitation begins Thursday at 2:00 p.m. with family present to greet friends from 7:00 -8:00 p.m.,

Susan J. Heldt


Susan Heldt, 67, of Rochester, MN, passed away on Friday, September 26, 2014 at Seasons Hospice in Rochester, Minnesota.  Memorial service is 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 4th at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Rochester.  Private inurnment will be in the Graceland Cemetery in Madison.
Ellsworth Funeral Home in Madison is in charge of arrangements.
 

Lois Walker


Lois Walker age 81 of Madison, died Sunday, Sept. 14 at the Madison Community Hospital. Arrangements are pending with the Ellsworth Funeral Home.

Barbara Turner


Barbara Turner, age 87, died at The Neighborhood at Brookview Health Care Center in Brookings. Barbara Leone Stearns was born on August 26, 1927 at Madison, SD to Leonard and Gladys (Crabbs) Stearns. She married Richard Turner at Watertown, SD on January 16, 1948. He preceded her in death in 1969. She is survived by four sons - Richard (Patti) of Brookings, Mike (Vickie) of Brooklyn Park, MN, Tim

Gary Gilman


Gary Gilman, age 79, died at Bethel Lutheran Home on September 8, 2014. He was born north of Madison on November 10, 1934 to Bryce and Pearl (Fletchall) Gilman. He married Shirley Renaas at Nunda, SD on November 25, 1956. He is survived by his wife - Shirley of Madison. Three sons - Lonny (Jolene) of Crooks, SD, Loren (Dawn) and Brian (Joan) both of Madison. seven grandchildren and six great

Loretta Shockcor


Loretta Shockcor, age 84, died at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls on September 5, 2014. Loretta Wolf was born at Ramona, SD on October 11, 1929 to August and Josephine (Rensch) Wolf. She grew up near Ramona graduating from Ramona High School. After high school she moved to the Los Angeles area where she lived until moving to Madison 1994. She worked in production at McDonald-Douglas

George J. Jorgenson


George J. Jorgenson, age 92, of Montrose, SD, died Saturday, September 6, 2014, at Golden Living Center, Madison.

Funeral Services will be 11:00 AM Thursday at St. Peter Lutheran Church of Orland with burial in the church cemetery.  The family will be present for visitation 5-7 PM Wednesday at Ellsworth Funeral Home.

George Juel Jorgenson was born July 14, 1922, at rural Montrose, to

Robert E. Wright


Robert E. Wright, age 85 of Wentworth, died Friday, September 5, 2014 at Edgewood Vista in Flandreau.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at the Ellsworth Funeral Home in Madison, with Dr. Carl Pavey officiating.  Burial will take place at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Wentworth.  Visitation begins at noon Tuesday with the family present at 7:00 PM

Rosemary “Babe” Richardson


Rosemary “Babe” Richardson, age 84, of Sioux Falls, formerly of Chester, died Saturday, August 30, 2014.

Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, September 3rd, at the United Methodist Church in Chester.

Rosemary Nelson was born May 16, 1930, at Goodwin, SD, to Nels and Sylvia (Miller) Nelson. She grew up in the Franklin and Chester area.  Babe graduated from Chester High

Lucille Williams


Lucille Williams, age 96, died at Golden Living Center in Madison on August 19, 2014.

Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, August 22, 2014 at St. Thomas Aquinas Church with Rev. DeWayne Kayser officiating.  Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery.

Merle E. Pester


Merle E. Pester, 89, of Oldham, passed away Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 at the Brookings Health System in Brookings.  Memorial service will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 16th at the Willoughby Funeral Home in Howard, with burial in St. Katherine's Catholic Cemetery in Oldham.  Visitation is one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. 
The Willoughby Funeral Home

Catherine c. Kraemer


Catherine C. Kraemer, 75, of Madison, passed away Friday, August 8th, 2014 at the Madison Community Hospital.  Funeral Mass will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 13th at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Madison.  Burial will be in the Rosehill Cemetery in Parker.  A Rosary followed by a parish wake service will begin at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Randall Funeral Home in

Audrey Draper


Audrey Draper, 87, of Madison, passed away at Golden Living Center on August 4th, 2014.
Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 7th, 2014 at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Madison, with burial in the church cemetery.
A parish scripture service will be held Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at the Weiland Funeral Chapel in Madison, who is in charge of the arrangements.
 

Don E. Weaver


Don E. Weaver, age 84 of Carthage, SD, died Sunday, August 3, 2014.

The family will be present for visitation 1:00-2:00 PM Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Carthage, followed by a Memorial Service at 2:00 PM.

Monica C. Billings


Monica C. Billings, 88, of Yankton, formerly of Howard, passed away on Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 at Avera Yankton Care Center in Yankton. 
Funeral service is 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 2nd, at St. Agatha Catholic Church in Howard, with burial in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Howard.  Visitation will begin Friday at 5:00 p.m. with a Scripture and Rosary service at 7:00 p.m. at

Marvin E. Bagley


Marvin E. Bagley, age 85 of Madison, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at the V.A. Medical Center in Sioux Falls.

Funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM Saturday, July 26th at the Church of the Nazarene in Madison, with the Rev. Steve White officiating.  Burial will be held at the Prospect Cemetery in rural Chester.  The family will be present for visitation from 5-7 PM Friday

Beverly Fawbush


Beverly Fawbush, 86, of Madison, passed away at the Golden Living Healthcare Center on July 22nd, 2014.
She is survived by one son - Steve of Madison and three daughters- Karen Feige, Cindy and Kathleen Fawbush, all of Madison.  Two sisters - Donna Hawke of Rapid City and LaVaune Rees of Greenville, Iowa.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 25th at the United

Carleton Opgaard


Carleton M. Opgaard, Age 85, of Tacoma, Washington, passed away on Sunday, July 6th, 2014. Carleton was a lifelong educator.  He served as president of Dakota State College in Madison from 1978 until 1983.  Carl is survived by his wife, Phyllis, and their four children.  A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 18th at Mount Cross Lutheran Church in Washington.

Cheryl 'Cheri' Hansen


Cheryl "Cheri" Hansen, age 66, of Madison, died Sunday, July 6, 2014, at Golden Living Center, Madison.

James M. Utecht


James M. Utecht, age 29, of Sioux Falls, died June 29, 2014, at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland after a brief illness.  

A visitation and service will be held Wednesday, July 2 at Ellsworth Funeral Home in Madison. The family will be present from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by a Memorial Service at 7 p.m. with Pastor Dennis Ellingsen officiating.

Eunice Lucile (Kinsley) Jacobson


Eunice Lucile (Kinsley) Jacobson, 101 of Howard passed away Friday June 27th at The Good Samaritan Society

Visitation will begin Tuesday at 10am with family present from 5 to 7 at The Willioughby Funeral Home in Howard

Funeral service will be Wednesday July 2nd at 2pm at St. John's Lutheran Church in Howard

Jacquleen 'Jackie' Riedel


Jacquleen “Jackie” Riedel, age 85, died at Bethel Lutheran Home on June 26, 2014.

Funeral Mass will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, June 30, 2014 at St William Catholic Church in Ramona with Rev Paul Josten officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.  There will be a Parish Scripture Service at 5:00 PM on Sunday at Weiland Funeral Chapel

Rudy C. Pederson


Ruby C. Pederson, age 92, of Viborg, SD; formerly of Chester; died Friday, June 20, 2014, at Pioneer Memorial Nursing Home, Viborg.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Wentworth, SD, with Rev. Dwaine Doremus officiating.  Burial will be at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Chester.

Jesse Nowick


Jesse Nowick, age 28 of Madison formerly of Rapid City passed away Tuesday June 17th in Madison,SD

Funeral service will be held at 1:00PM Saturday June 21st at West Center Baptist Church with Rev.John Barcanic officiating. Burlal will be in Tabor Lutheran Cemetery at Strandburg,SD

The Family will be present at 7:00PM on Friday June 20th at The Weiland Funeral Chapel which is in charge

Calista Mary (Poncelet) Schlim


Calista Mary (Poncelet) Schlim, age 97, of Howard, formerly of Carthage, SD, died Sunday, June 15, 2014 at the Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell, South Dakota.  

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30am on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at St. Agatha Catholic Church in Howard, SD, with Father Paul Josten officiating.  Burial will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery

Ronald E. Cother


Ronald E. Cother, 75 of Lake Preston passed away on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. SD.

Funeral services for Mr. Cother will be at 10:30 am on Monday, June 16, 2014 at the Oldham Lutheran Church in Oldham with Pastor Becky Senner officiating, burial will be in the Oldham City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-8 pm on Sunday in the church

Julian Freitag


Julian Philip Freitag, 23, of Madison, passed away as the result of an auto accident north of Madison on June 9th, 2014.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, June 13th, 2014 at the United Methodist Church in Madison, with burial in the St. Thomas Cemetery.  The family will be present at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 12th at the Weiland Funeral Chapel in Madison.
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Robert Green


Robert Green, 79, of Badger passed away on June 8th at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 12th, 2014 at the Badger Lutheran Church, with burial in the Badger Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 at the Johnson-Henry Funeral Home in Arlington and preceding services in the church on Thursday.

Betty L. Lowe


Betty L. Lowe age 87 of Madison, SD died Friday evening June 6, 2014 at Golden Living Center Madison.

Memorial Services will begin at 2:00 pm Thursday June 12, 2104. The Rev. Keith Bundy will officiate at First Baptist Church Madison. Burial will be in the Graceland Cemetery Madison.

Craig Norman Lease II


Craig Norman Lease II, age 44 of North Platte, NE, passed away January 3, 2014, at Lincoln, NE.

Memorial Services will be 2:00 PM Monday, June 2nd, at Ellsworth Funeral Home with Pastor John Anderson officiating and music by Gary Randall.  Inurnment will follow at Graceland Cemetery, Madison.

Otto 'Duane' Stock


Otto “Duane” Stock, 83, formerly of Howard, SD and husband of Lola Irene Stock, died peacefully on May 25th, 2014, at his home in Fargo, North Dakota surrounded by his loving family. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 11am at the Willoughby Funeral Home in Howard, SD, with Rev. Mary Lee Lint officiating.  Burial will take place at Graceland Cemetery

Pearl Hein


Pearl Hein, age 90, died at Bethel Lutheran Home on May 16, 2014.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at St John Lutheran Church. Burial will be in the Graceland Cemetery. Visitation will begin one hour before the services at the church. Memorials may be directed to the Bethel Lutheran Home Foundation.

David L. Eykamp


David L. Eykamp, 65 of Oldham, SD died Thursday, May 15, 2014 at his home from natural causes.

Funeral services for David will be at 10:30 am on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at St. John Lutheran Church rural Ramona, SD with Pastor Becky Senner officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-8 pm on Monday, May 19, 2014 at the Oldham Lutheran Church in Oldham

Beda Tidblom


Beda Tidblom, 96, of Madison, passed away Saturday, May 10, 2014 at the Golden Living Center in Madison.  Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 17th at Trinity Lutheran Church in Madison, with burial at Graceland Cemetery.  Family will be present for visitation at 7:00 p.m. on Friday at the Ellsworth Funeral Home, which is in charge of the arrangements.

Norma Jean Johnson


Norma Jean Johnson, 82, of Madison, passed away Friday, May 9, 2014 at the Madison Community Hospital.  Memorial Services will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 15th at the Randall Funeral Home in Madison.  Inurnment will be at a later date in the Lake Madison Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation begins at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday until the service time at the Randall Funeral Home.
The Randall

James Rentschler


James Henry Rentschler, 66, of Howard died Friday, May 9, 2014 on the family farmstead northwest of Howard, due to a farming accident.

   Funeral service is Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church in Howard.
    Those grateful for having shared his life include his parents: Henry and May Rentschler of Howard, SD; three brothers: John

Elton E. Wernisch


Elton E. Wernisch, age 84, died unexpectedly of natural causes Sunday, May 4, 2014 at his home in Rutland, SD.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 PM, Saturday, May 10, 2014 at West Center Baptist Church in Madison with the Rev. John Barcanic officiating.  Burial, with military honors, will be at Graceland Cemetery in Madison. The family will be present at 7:00 PM Friday

Marvin Hoekman


Marvin Hoekman, age 73, of Rutland, died Monday, May 5, 2014 at his residence under the care of Madison Hospice.  Funeral Services will be 2:00 PM, Friday, May 9, 2014, at West Center Baptist Church with burial at Graceland Cemetery.  The family will be present for visitation at 7:00 PM Thursday at Ellsworth Funeral Home.

Mayme Coomes


Mayme Coomes, age 89, of Madison, died Monday, May 5, 2014, at Madison Community Hospital.

Jacob T. Cassutt


Jacob T. Cassutt, 20, of Ramona passed away as the result of an automobile accident by Ramona on April 29th, 2014. 
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 2nd, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church.  Burial will be in the Graceland Cemetery.  There will be a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Weiland Funeral Chapel. 
He is survived by his parents -

Dorothy Whitsell


Dorothy Whitsell, 93, of Woodinville, WA; formerly of Winfred, passed away November 22nd, 2013 in Kirkland, WA.  Graveside Memorial Service is 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6th at the Winfred Cemetery.
Ellsworth Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Mary Fortler


Mary Fortler, 89, former area resident, died on March 11, 2014, at York Gardens Long Term Care in Edina, Minn.

Memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at St. Ann's Catholic Church of Badus in Ramona, SD with Rev. Paul Josten officiating.  Inurnment will be in the church cemetery.  The Weiland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangments.

Irene Fields


Irene Fields, age 95, died at Bethel Lutheran Home on April 12, 2014.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at First Presbyterian Church with Rev Terry Knudson officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery.  The family will be present at 7:00 PM on Friday, May 2, 2014 at Weiland Funeral Chapel which is in charge of the arrangements.
 

Helen Simmons


Helen Simmons, age 95, of White, formerly of Madison, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at the White Healthcare Center. Funeral services will be 10:30 A.M. Friday, April 25, 2014, at the United Methodist Church in White, with interment at 2:00 P.M. Friday at Graceland Cemetery in Madison. Visitations will be from 5-7 P.M. Thursday, at Eidsness Funeral Chapel in White.

Survivors include her three

William "Bill" Stanford Olson


William "Bill" Stanford Olson, 89 of Sinai, SD died Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at the Brookings Health Care System in Brookings.

 Bill was born June 5, 1924 in Webster, SD to William and Eleanor (Tjelle) Olson. Bill graduated from Langford (SD) High School. He is survived by one sister, Bonnie Locken of Aberdeen, SD; five children, William of Grove City, MN, Kathleen

Claire Duane Olson


Claire Duane Olson, 80 of Fairbanks, Alaska died Friday, April 18, 2014 at the Regional Hospital in Fairbanks.

Claire Olson was born on June 16, 1933 on the Lone Tree Farm north of Lake Preston to Joe and Emma Olson.  He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church.  He attended school in Lake Preston and graduated in 1951 from Lake Preston High School.  He entered the US

Loren Zingmark


Loren Zingmark, age 85, died at Madison Community Hospital on Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at the United Methodist Church with Rev Barry Whipkey officiating. Inturnment with military honors will be at Center Lutheran Church Cemetery, Salem, SD.  The family will be present from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Friday, April 18th

Gerald Ottoson


Gerald Ottoson, age 60, died as the result of a truck accident west of Salem on April 15, 2014.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, April 18, 2014 at Weiland Funeral Chapel in Madison with Rev Paul Johansen officiating. Burial will be in the Colman Cemetery, Colman, SD.  The family will be present from 5:00 until 7:00 PM on Thursday at Weiland Funeral Chapel

Lyle Conrad Bennett


Lyle Conrad Bennett, age 96 of Badger, SD, passed away on April 13, 2014.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at North Preston Lutheran Church, rural Lake Preston. The family is requested to meet at the church at 10:00 a.m. for a prayer service. Pastor Wanda McNeill will officiate.  Visitation will be from 4-7 pm on Friday, April 18, 2014 at the

Boyd Fredrick Callies


Boyd Fredrick Callies, 82, of Howard, South Dakota died Sunday, April 13, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Society, Howard, South Dakota.

Funeral services will be 11am, Thursday, April 17, 2014 at St. Johns Lutheran Church, Howard, with burial and military rites at St. Johns Lutheran Church Cemetery, Howard. Visitation will begin Wednesday at 10am with a Prayer service at 7pm, at the Willoughby

Ron Graves


Ron Graves, 64, of Madison, passed away at his home of natural causes on April 13th, 2014.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 at Weiland Funeral Chapel.  Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery at Canton.  The family will be present at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday at Weiland Funeral Chapel.
Survivors include:  his wife-Lynn of Madison; son - Ronald

Ruth Williams


Ruth Williams, age 95, of Madison, died Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Bethel Lutheran Home, Madison.

Louis Beck


Louis Beck, age 85, died at the Madison Community Hospital on Wednesday, April 8, 2014.

Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, April 11, 2014, at St. Thomas Aquinas Church with Rev. DeWayne Kayser officiating.  Burial, with military honors, will be in the Winfred Cemetery.  There will be a Parish Scripture service at 5:00 PM on Thursday, April 10, 2014

Vern C. Woodard


Vern C. Woodard, 90, of Madison, passed away at Bethel Lutheran Home on April 5th, 2014.  Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 19th, 2014 at the Church of the Nazarene.  Inurnment will be in the Fairview Cemetery in White.  There will be a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 10th, 2014 at the Weiland Funeral Chapel in Madison.
Survivors

David J. Wipf


David J. Wipf, 47, of Winfred, passed away of natural causes on April 4th, 2014 at Shannon Colony in rural Winfred.  Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 9th, at Shannon Colony in rural Winfred, with burial in the Shannon Colony Cemetery.  A wake service will be held at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the Shannon Colony.  The Willoughby Funeral Home in Howard is in charge

Wallace "Bud" Casper


Wallace "Bud" Casper, 87, passed away on April 7th, 2014 at the Howard Good Samaritan Center.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 12th, 2014 at the Weiland Funeral Chapel.  Burial will be in the Trinity Cemetery in Oldham.  The family will be present at 7:00 p.m. on Friday at Weiland Funeral Chapel. 
He is survived by his wife - Ruth; two

Eleanor Spade


Eleanor (Njus) Spade, 71, of Yankton, formerly of Madison, passed away at Prairie Homes Assisted Living in Yankton on March 31st, 2014.
She is survived by one daughter - Brenda (Tom) Green of Warner; one sister - Marilyn Njus of Huron; and one brother-Gordon of Papillion, NE.
Funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 5th, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church.  Burial will be

Eleanor (Njus) Spade


Eleanor (Njus) Spade, age 71, formerly of Madison, died at Prairie Homes Assisted Living in Yankton on March 31, 2014.

Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Madison with Rev. Constanze Hagmaier officiating.  Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery.  There will be a prayer service at 7:00 PM on Friday at Weiland Funeral Chapel

Bernard Mengenhausen


Bernard “Bernie” Mengenhausen, age 85, of Howard, SD, passed away March 30th, 2014, at the Madison Community Hospital, Madison, South Dakota.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, April 4, 2014 at Beach United Methodist Church in Howard, SD.  Burial will take place at Graceland Cemetery in Howard, SD.  Visitation will begins Thursday from 10am to 4pm

Beverly A. Price


Beverly A. Price, 92, of Madison, passed away on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 at Sanford Hospice Cottage in Sioux Falls. 
Funeral service at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 29th, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church of Madison.  Burial will be in the Graceland Cemetery of Madison.  The family will be present for visitation at 7:00 p.m. Friday at Ellsworth Funeral Home.
Survivors

Mary Ann Zinser


Mary Ann (DeVault - Downs) Zinser, age 79, died at her home in Roberts, WI on March 21, 2014.

Memorial services will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, March 29, 2014, at Weiland Funeral Chapel with Rev. Constanze Hagmaier officiating. Interment will be in Graceland Cemetery.

Weiland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Mabel Oines


Mabel Oines, 99, of Madison. passed away on Monday, March 24th, 2014 at Bethel Lutheran Home in Madison.  Funeral service is 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 29th, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Madison, with burial in the Graceland Cemetery in Madison.  Visitation is from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Friday at Ellsworth Funeral Home.
Survivors include:  two sons - Maynard Oines and David

Susan Ann Hansen


Susan Ann Hansen, age 51, of Madison, formerly of the Howard, South Dakota area, died Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at her residence in Madison, South Dakota.

Funeral Services will be held at 11am Saturday, March 22, 2014 at Willoughby Funeral Home in Howard, SD, with the Rev. Paul Pater officiating.  Burial will be held at Graceland Cemetery in Howard, South Dakota.

Sherrie Schnell


Sherrie Schnell, 68, of Madison, passed away unexpectedly on March 8th at Banner Boswell Medical Center in Sun City, Arizona. 
Memorial service will be held on Friday, March 14th, 2014 at 3:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Madison.  Inurnment will be held at a later date at the Winfred Cemetery.  Visitation will be one hour preceding the service at the church.
Survivors

Reginald "Reggie" Olson


Reginald "Reggie" Olson, age 63,died at his home under the care of Madison Hospice on March 5. 2014.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Calvary Free Lutheran church in Arlington with Rev. Brian Ricke officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Lake Park Cemetery, Rutland, SD.

The family will be present at 5:00PM on Friday at the

Reginald "Reggie" Olson


Reginald "Reggie" Olson, age 63,died at his home under the care of Madison Hospice on March 5. 2014.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Calvary Free Lutheran church in Arlington with Rev. Brian Ricke officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Lake Park Cemetery, Rutland, SD.

The family will be present at 5:00PM on Friday at the

Delores Angelen Corbin


Delores Angelen Corbin, 82, of Carthage, South Dakota passed away on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at the Avera McKennan Hospital, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Funeral service will be held Friday, March 7, 2014 at 11 AM at Willoughby Funeral Home in Howard.  Burial will be at the Prairie Flower Cemetery, in Carthage, South Dakota.

Visitation will begin Thursday at noon with a Prayer Service

Phillip "Doc" Swanson


Phillip "Doc" Swanson, 69, of Howard, passed away on Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls.  Funeral service is 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 1st, 2014 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Howard, with burial in the Graceland Cemetery in Howard.  Family will be present from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. Friday, with a Prayer service at 7:00 p.m. at the

Eugene "Gene" John Kisor


Eugene "Gene" John Kisor, age 64, died at his home by Ramona of natural causes on February 20, 2014.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at Weiland Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in St William Cemetery in Ramona. Visitation will be one hour before services at Weiland Funeral Chapel which is in charge of the arrangements. 

Effie Gutzman


Effie Gutzman, age 99, of Madison, died Friday, February 21, 2014, at Bethel Lutheran Home, Madison.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, February 25th at 2:00 PM at the Ellsworth Funeral Home in Madison.  Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery in Madison.

Leona Becker


Leona Becker, 95, of Madison, passed away Monday, February 17th at Bethel Lutheran Home.
Funeral services are 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 21st at the First Presbyterian Church in Madison.  There will be a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 20th at the Weiland Funeral Chapel in Madison, with the family present one hour prior.
Survivors include: three sons, Ronald

Doris Rongley


Doris Rongley, 96, of Madison, passed away on Thursday, February 13th, 2014 at the Madison Community Hospital.  Funeral service is Tuesday, February 18th at 1:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Madison, with burial in the Graceland Cemetery.  Visitation begins at noon Monday with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. on Monday evening at Ellsworth Funeral Home in Madison.  Visitation

Don Gross


Don Gross, 70, of Madison, passed away at his home under the care of Madison Hospice on February 12th, 2014.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 15th, 2014 at the United Methodist Church in Madison.  Burial with military honors will be in the Hutterthal Cemetery in Freeman.
There will be a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. on Friday,  February 14th at the

Eleanora Maxine "Mackie" Converse


Eleanora Maxine "Mackie" Converse, 92 of Arlington, died February 12, 2014 at the Golden Living Center in Arlington.

Funeral services for Mrs. Converse will be at 10:30 am on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Arlington with burial in the Arlington City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 pm on Friday, February 14, 2014 at the Johnson-Henry Funeral Home

Kenneth Edick


Kenneth Edick, 73, of Winfred passed away on Tuesday, February 11th, 2014 at his home in Winfred.  Funeral service is 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 13th, 2014 at Willoughby Funeral Home in Howard, with burial in the Winfred Cemetery.  Visitation is one hour prior to the services on Thursday.
Survivors include:  his wife - Susan of Winfred; two daughters - Patricia Edick of Sioux

Myrtle G. Sorensen


Myrtle G. Sorensen, age 96, of Sioux Falls, formerly of Madison, died Saturday, February 8, 2014, at Good Samaritan Society, Sioux Falls.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Madison, with Rev. Constanze Hagmaier officiating.  Burial will take place at Graceland Cemetery in Madison.

Carol Ann (Langland) Ewing


Carol Ann (Langland) Ewing, 62, of Madison, formerly of Howard, passed away on Tuesday, February 4th, 2014 at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls.  Memorial service is 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 8th at the Ellsworth Funeral Home in Madison.  Burial at a later date in the Belleview Lutheran Church Cemetery in Howard.  Visitation starts at 1:00 p.m. until the time of the service at

Kevin Schoepf


~~Kevin C. Schoepf, age 59, of Chester, died Monday, February 3, 2014 at the Madison Community Hospital. Funeral Services will begin at 1:00 pm, Saturday, February 8, 2014. The Rev. Terry Knudson will officiate at the Randall Funeral Home in Madison. Visitation with family present will begin at 6:00 pm Friday, February 7, 2014 at the funeral home. Visitation will resume Saturday at 9:00

Janice Walter


Janice Walter, 75, of Madison, passed away at the Madison Community Hospital on February 2nd, 2014.  A memorial open house will be held between 2:00 and 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 6th, 2014 at her residence at 6360 Harbor Way, Wentworth (Lake Madison). 
She is survived by her husband - Lee of Lake Madison; one son - Michael of South Wales, NY, and one daughter - Anne Mutti of

Jennie Johnson


Jennie Johnson, 106, of Madison, passed away on January 30th, 2014 at the Golden Living Center in Madison.  Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, February 3rd, 2014 at the Weiland Funeral Chapel.  Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery at Chester. 
She is survived by one son - Roland of Sioux Falls; two daughters - Norma Pederson of Chester and Ramona
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