Geneva Ladwig

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Geneva Faye (Domagala) Ladwig, 82, Bryant, SD, died Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD, surrounded by her family.  Her funeral service will be held on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at 10:30 AM at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Bryant, SD, with Reverend Keith Garness officiating.  Burial will follow at Our Redeemer Lutheran Cemetery, Bryant.  Visitation hours will be Monday, April 10, 2017 from 5:00-7:00 PM at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Bryant, SD.

Geneva was born on January  21, 1935 in rural Erwin, SD to Edward and Ruby (Pederson) Domagala. She was the eldest of 5 children and graduated from Bryant High School.

On September 22, 1954 she married Lloyd “Bee” Ladwig in Bryant. They resided there until moving to Turton, SD in 1961 where they raised their 7 children. The Ladwig “house on the hill” was always a flurry of activity and Geneva loved every minute of it.  Everyone always knew there was room for one more at her table.

Upon Lloyd’s retirement, they moved back to Bryant in 1985. Lloyd passed away in 1990. Geneva continued living in Bryant until her move to Good Samaritan Center in Sioux Falls in 2016.

Geneva was always very active in her community being a member of various clubs, the senior center, the church, and was endlessly willing to help with anything asked of her. She was commonly referred to as the taxi or ambulance driver, but her favorite role was Mom and Grandma. Whether it be ball games, music programs, plays, or anything in between, she wanted to be there if her children, grandchildren and now great grandchildren were involved. Her family meant everything to her. Nothing made her happier than the family gatherings of games, cards, singing and storytelling. She was incredibly proud of the “Legacy” that she and Bee had created.

Grateful for having shared in Geneva’s life are her children: William (Denise), Colleen Thill, Brian (Lori), Rolland (Olga), Lisa (Todd) Heer, and Bruce (Peggy). Her grandchildren Kristin (Justin) Nichols, Amanda (Jason) Harris, Adam (Emma) Ladwig, Jeremy (Trisha) Thill, Angela (Jeff) Nelson, Teresa (Cody) Ulven, Megan (Joel) O’Daniel, Bryce Ladwig, Travis Ladwig, Kyle (Tawnya) Heer, Kari (Toby) Heer, Kelsey Heer, Krystal (John) Niesen, Kalley Ladwig, Ella Ladwig, and Landon Ladwig. She was also loved by 15 great-grandchildren and one more on the way.

She is also survived by her brother Delvin (Eileen) Domagala and sisters-in-law, Janice Domagala, Rita Domagala, and Grace Brown.

She is preceded in death by her husband Lloyd; a son, Calvin; a son-in-law, Dean; and a daughter-in-law, Pat.

Alice Siver

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Alice Siver, 91 of De Smet and formerly of Brookings, died on March 20, 2017 at the Brookings Health Care System. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 25 at the American Lutheran Church in De Smet at 10:30 AM.  Visitation will be Friday, March 24, 5-7 PM at the Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet.  The Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet is in charge of arrangements.

Alice was born April 17, 1925, to Alvin H. Klinkel and Irene C (Raber) Klinkel on the Klinkel farm near Bancroft, SD.  She was baptized into the Christian faith at the Bancroft Presbyterian Church.  At an early age, Alice’s family left the farm and moved to De Smet, where she grew up, attended school, and was confirmed at American Lutheran Church.

Alice, with the help of her sister, Helen, began the role of homemaker at the young age of 15, after the sudden passing of her mother.  On February 15, 1946, Alice married Alvin R Siver and they began their life together in Oldham, where the first of their five children was born.  Their next stops brought them to Howard, De Smet, and in 1953, they settled in the Erwin area, where Alice kept busy keeping a home and raising her children.  After her older four left home, and with only Charlie left, Alice went to work for the Lake Preston Manor Retirement Center for a number of years and eventually retired.  She and Alvin continued to live in Erwin after her retirement, and then resettled, for a time, in Sioux Falls, and Arco, MN.  When caring for a home became too much for them, they moved into an apartment in Brookings, where Alice unconditionally cared for Alvin until he passed away.  She continued to reside in Brookings until moving to the Good Samaritan Society in De Smet in 2014.

After Alvin’s passing, she enjoyed spending time with her family in Brookings and traveling to visit Marcia’s family and visit the farm in Arizona, Courtney Siver and David Siver Jr. in Georgia, and Wayne, Linda, and Alicia in Oregon.  Each grandchild and great-grandchild brought joy and a sweet smile to her face.  Her unconditional love for her family showed during each moment she spent with them.  She especially loved celebrating all their accomplishments, such as various awards and achievements in 4H, school concerts, birthday parties, graduations, and much more.  Alice also loved to work puzzles, read, tend to flowers on her porch, and enjoy a cup of tea with her family and friends.

Survivors include her children, Marcia Larsen, Sierra Vista AZ; Wayne (Linda), Salem OR; David, De Smet SD; and Charlie (Cindee), Brookings SD; 9 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren: Barbara (James), Julianna, Jared, Jasen, Jacob, and James; Alicia; Courtney (Ron), Evan, and David, Jr; Allison, Malloree, Alivia; Katee (Bruce), Hudson, and Elijah; Jason (Stacie), Hunter, Abbie, Jonathan (Sarah), Gabe, and Owen; her brother, Earl (Jo), TN; sister, Ginger Haggeman, TX; and brother, Dick, DeSmet SD; in addition to many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin; one son, Robert; parents, Alvin and Irene Klinkel; her sister, Helen Mahoney; and her brother, Jim Klinkel.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to American Lutheran or your favorite charity, in Alice’s name.

Catherine Currier

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Catherine Johannesen Currier, age 90 of Bryant, died on March 18, 2017 at her daughter’s home near Bryant.  Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 22 at the United Church of Christ in Bryant, SD at 11 AM.  Visitation will be at the church on Tuesday evening from 5 -7 PM.  Burial will be at the Erwin Cemetery, Erwin, SD. Arrangements are taken care of by the Osthus Funeral Home, Bryant and De Smet.

Catherine was born on February 11, 1927, the sixth baby girl to Martin and Cora (Schanck) Johannesen. She grew up in Erwin where she went to school and graduated from high school in 1947.  She attended Watertown Beautician School in December of 1947 and opened her own shop called “Catherine’s Beauty Shop”.  She was forced to retire due to her heart attack in October of 1969.

Catherine was united in marriage to Vince Kellar in February of 1948.  They had three children together, Michael Kellar, Linda (Randy) Walkins and Lynn (Gary) Wendling.

She later married Dell (Dutch) Currier in July 3, 1965.  Dutch brought two children to the marriage, Lana and Dennis.  Dell died in 1978.  She continued to live in her own home in Bryant until her health failed.

Catherine is survived by her two daughters, Lynn and Linda, many grandchildren; and two sisters, Shirley and Joyce.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Dell, a son Michael, infant sister Edna and two adult sisters, Emaline and Dorothy.C

Rosemary Mogler

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Rosemary “Rose” Marie Mogler, age 57, of Lake Preston, SD departed this life Friday March 3, 2017 as the result of a tragic car accident. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday March 8, 2017 at 10:00 AM at the Lake Preston Lutheran Church in Lake Preston, SD. A visitation will be held on Tuesday March 7, 2017 from 5-7 PM at the Church. Osthus Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements

Rosemary was born August 22, 1959 in Huron SD to James and Sarah (North) Otto and lived in Huron, Idaho, Howard and Lake Preston. She was married to Daniel North May 20, 1977 and had six children. She married Benny Mogler February 20, 2000 and gained three more children through this union. She was proud of her GED earned in 1996, the same year her oldest daughter graduated. She spent a large part of her life taking care of children, grandchildren, and countless other lives she touched. She spent years in the healthcare field doing everything from cooking to housekeeping to CNA to activities, she was happiest making a difference in any way she could. She enjoyed baking with the grandchildren, crochet, reading, fishing, camping, and boating. She surrounded herself with her hero “The Duke” John Wayne and was excited to tell everyone that she met him in person. She also collected butterflies, roses and wind chimes; and recently developed a love for motorcycle riding.

Rose was preceded in death by her grandparents Art & Mabel North, her parents, sister JoAnn, brothers Mike, Dennis and Terry, and granddaughter Merri Mogler. She is survived by her husband Benny Mogler, children Khristy Mogler (Paul), Jamie Magnuson (Josh), Katie Britt (Gene), Sara Berscheid, Bobbie Jo North (Scooter), Jason Mogler (Darlene), Amy Braley (Erik), Alex North and John North; 22 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

Katherine Medeiros

Katherine “Kathy” Medeiros passed away February 24th 2017, in Sioux Falls, SD

Born April 23, 1930 to Antone Amaral & Adeline Gomes Amaral in Centerville, CA.

Graduated from Washington High School in June, 1947

Worked as a dental assistant for several years, a real estate agent for 2 years, a secretary for 2 years & 28 years as a bookkeeper for Hunt Wesson Foods/ United Can. She married Gerald LaJoure in July, 1947; married Michael McGreevy in December, 1951; and married Donald Medeiros in April, 1973.

She enjoyed sewing, reading, Professional Bull Riding Events and her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a member of the Willow Lake Senior Citizens, Parkview Care Center Auxiliary, Willow Lake Museum and the Bryant American Legion Auxiliary.

She is survived by her daughters, Renee (Jerry) Buck, Bryant, SD, Desiree (Dell) Kretzschmar, Willow Lake, SD and Michelle (Jim) Daniel, Castlerock, CO, step-children Donna (Al) Switzer, Frass Valley, CA, LaVonne Thornton, Walnut Creek, CA, Donald Medeiros, Pleasant Hill, CA, and Jenny (Tony) Arcado, Vacaville, CA,  grandchildren, Regan Ciarlotta, Centennial, CO, Garin (JerriAnn) Haak, Gann Valley, SD, Darcy Turner, Maple Grove, MN, Kyle (Jessica) Daniel, Orlando, FL, Devin (Tresa) Turner, Sioux Falls, SD, Cody (Jody) Daniel, Timnath, CO and great-grandchildren, Randa, Rayden, Jocelyn, Morgan, Jera, Alesa and Atlas.

She is preceded in death by her parents, brother, Robert, and husband Donald.

Memorials can be sent to Guide Dogs for the Blind, PO Box 3950, San Rafael, CA 94912.

Arvilla M. Fedt Carlson

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Arvilla M. Fedt Carlson, 98, Bryant, SD, died Thursday, February 16, 2017, at Parkview Care Center, Bryant, SD.  A funeral service is scheduled for 10:30 AM Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Bryant, SD, with Reverend Bryan Taffe officiating.  Burial will follow at Garfield Lutheran Cemetery, rural Bryant, SD.  Visitation hours are 5:00-7:00 PM Monday, February 20, 2017, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Bryant.

Arvilla was born on June 19, 1918, to Henry and Alma (Thompson) Gilbertson at Bryant, SD.  She grew up in Bryant, graduating from Bryant High School in 1936.  She attended college at Austin, MN, becoming an operator and office worker for the telephone company.

She married Norman Fedt of Bryant on June 25, 1938.  They farmed their whole married life until Norman’s passing on January 2, 1977.  Arvilla later married Lloyd Carlson of Erwin on July 14, 2003.  Later, Arvilla entered the DeSmet Assisted Living and eventually returned to Bryant to the Parkview Assisted Living.  She entered the Parkview Care Center in September of 2010.

Arvilla was a member of the Garfield Lutheran Church, where she was organist for 32 years.  She is presently a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Bryant.  She was active in church, Ladies’ Aid, Extension Club, Birthday Club, and Sons of Norway.  While raising a family and helping run the farm, Arvilla enjoyed gardening and raising beautiful roses.  Arvilla always greeted with a smile and loved visiting with anybody.

Grateful for having shared her life include her children, Eugene (Donna) Fedt, Bryant; Joyce (Ordell) Rovang, Brandon, SD; and Harold (Jeanette) Fedt, Big Stone City, SD; 6 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; 3 step-daughters, Janice Tschetter, Eunice (Tom) Johanneson, and Alice (Jim) Jackson;  one step-son, William (Darlene) Carlson; 8 step-grandchildren and 3 step-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman Fedt; husband, Lloyd Carlson; brother, Myrvan Gilbertson; and sisters-in-law, Norma and Evelyn.

Osthus Funeral Chapel, Bryant, is in charge of arrangements.

Maynard Earl Gilbertson









Maynard Earl Gilbertson, age 91, died Saturday February 11, 2017 at Parkview Care Center in Bryant, SD. A funeral service will be held on Friday February 17, 2017 at the Erwin United Church of Christ, in Erwin, SD at 10:00 A.M., with Reverend Marjie Brewton officiating. Burial will be at a later date at West Bethany Cemetery, Erwin, SD.  A visitation will be held at Osthus Funeral Home Thursday evening from 5-7:00PM, De Smet, SD.

Maynard Gilbertson was born September 25, 1925, to Agnes Gilbertson (Gunderson). Maynard grew up on a farm west and south of Bryant by Cherry Lake. He attended school in Bryant and graduated from Bryant High School in 1943.

He was united in marriage to Ellen Truman on October 20, 1943. To this union, came two children,n Keath and Gloria. Maynard farmed in the Bryant and Erwin communities with his family for several years before going to work for Larry Stalheim of Stalheim Implement in De Smet, in the parts department. He then went to work for Anderson Implement until retirement. He continued to live in Erwin until entering Parkview Care Center on January 7, 2013.

Maynard was a member of the West Bethany Lutheran Church until it closed. He served on the West Bethany Cemetery Board for several years and after the church closed he became a member of the UCC Church in Erwin.

Maynard is survived by his wife Ellen, their two children Keath (Diana) Gilbertson, Sioux Falls, SD; and Gloria (William) Virchow, Lake Preston, SD; 3 grandchildren, Dale Virchow (special friend, Crystal Morrell), Lake Preston, SD; Lisa Haas, Hartford, SD; and Jason Gilbertson, Sioux Falls, SD; 7 great-grandchildren Casey Virchow (special friend, Wade Nelson), Cheyenne, WY; Kyle (Jessica) Virchow, Lake Preston, SD; Ryan Schlisner , Madison, SD; and Andrew, Carter, Daniel and Jacob Haas, all of Sioux Falls, SD.

Maynard is preceded in death by his mother, Agnes Gilbertson.

Lorraine Widman

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Kathleen Lorraine Widman, 99 passed away on February 5, 2017 at the Good Samaritan Center in De Smet, SD.  A funeral service will be held on Friday February 10, 2017 at 10:30AM at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in De Smet, with Father Richard Baumberger officiating. A visitation will be held at the church on Thursday evening from 5-7:00PM with the rosary at 6:30PM. Burial will be held at St. Thomas Catholic Cemetery at De Smet, SD. Memorials may be given to the De Smet City Library and or St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church of De Smet.

Kathleen Lorraine Widman was born December 17, 1917 in Lambert MT. to Thomas and Marie (Sturgeon) Coughlin. When she was three weeks old, the family moved back to De Smet, SD. She was raised on a farm four miles north of town and attended rural school. She graduated from De Smet High School in 1935. In 1936, she married Warren Widman at the St. Thomas Aquinas rectory in De Smet.

The couple farmed Southwest of De Smet for twenty years before moving to town and buying the Coast to Coast store which they operated for 16 years before retiring in 1972. After Warren had passed in year 2000 she was able to live in her own home until 2014. Throughout her life she was a very avid reader, loved to travel, garden, and go camping. She was baptized, confirmed, married and a lifelong member of the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Warren, one daughter, Julie, and a granddaughter, Diane.

Survivors include 3 sons, Paul (Betty) Widman of Mitchell, SD, Dennis (Pat) Widman of Broomfield, CO, and George (Gail) Widman of Sioux Falls, SD; four daughters, Jeanne (Marlon) Kruse of Tulsa, OK, Margaret Mogck of Silver Lake, WI, Pat (Rudy) Douthit of Loveland CO, and Connie (Bill) Halverson of De Smet, SD; twenty-two grandchildren, forty-seven great- grandchildren, and five great- great –grandchildren;  one sister, Audrey Rodney of De Smet, SD; and one brother, Dick Coughlin of Rochester NY.

Evelyn Laurayne Frankfurth

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Evelyn “Laurayne” Frankfurth, 79, of Iroquois South Dakota, passed away Saturday, January 28th, 2017 at her residence. A funeral service is scheduled at 9:00 AM, Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at Trinity United Methodist Church, Iroquois, SD, with Reverend Kris Larson officiating.  A committal service will follow at 3:00 PM Mountain/4:00 PM Central, at Faith Cemetery, Faith SD.   Visitation hours are 5:00-7:00 PM Tuesday, January 31, 2017, at Osthus Funeral Home, DeSmet.

Evelyn “Laurayne” Fairbanks, daughter of Evelyn “Lucille” Fairbanks and Laurence William Fairbanks, was born on November 13, 1937, at Faith SD.  Laurayne was raised at Faith and Dupree, SD.  She graduated in 1955 in Dupree, S.Dak.

Laurayne married Oscar Konrad Frankfurth at Faith, SD, on August 19th, 1956, and then moved to Deadwood. In 1958, they moved to Dupree, then Landry in 1959, and back to Dupree in 1960.  In 1965, they moved to Kulm, ND.  They lived in many rural areas of North Dakota through the years, including Ashley, Kulm, and Forbes. In 1969, they moved to Faulkton, Seneca, and then to Bowdle, where Laurayne began working at the Cargill elevator as the bookkeeper. In 1977 they moved to Aberdeen and she continued to work at Cargill. After 5 years in Aberdeen, they moved to Casper, Wyoming. In 1988 they ended their traveling journey and resided in Iroquois, SD, where she worked in the Cafe / Grocery Store. She retired in May 2015.

Laurayne loved flowers and enjoyed tending to her garden and her yard ornaments. She enjoyed cooking for all her friends and family at the Cafe. Everyone will always remember her famous “Carmel Rolls”. She loved having her grandkids stop by, especially so she could play with her great-grandchildren.  She always looked forward to family get-togethers. She enjoyed playing card games, marbles, dancing, jigsaw puzzles, reading books, and most of all, her “Westerns”.

Laurayne is survived by four children, Roger Frankfurth, California; Deborah (Wayne) Sayler, Texas;  Ronald Frankfurth, Iroquois; and Darlene Frankfurth, Bowdle; one brother, Larry (Cindy) Fairbanks, Belle Fourche; and one sister, Iverne (Jim) Holloway, Faith; 14 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, Laurence, in 1975; her mother, Lucille, in Dec 1999; her husband, Oscar, in Dec 2003; her son, Rodney, in May 2004; her daughter, Dianna, in June 2015; her brother, Roger, in 1950; and one grandson, Brian, in 1983.


John De Figh

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John Francis De Figh, 70, De Smet, died January 25, 2017, at Avera McKennan Hospital, Sioux Falls.  A funeral service is scheduled for 10:30 AM Thursday, February 2, 2017, at Christian Missionary Alliance Church, De Smet, SD, with Reverend Martin Reynhout officiating.  Visitation hours are 5:00-7:00 PM Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at Osthus Funeral Home, De Smet.

John Francis De Figh was born seven minutes after his identical twin, Ron, to parents John and Betty (Owens) De Figh on June 21, 1946, at San Jose, California.  He grew up in various town across California, Oregon, and Washington, following his father’s teaching career.  Eventually, they landed in Santa Cruz, CA, during his high school years and young adulthood.  He attended trade school, learning the art of upholstery and established De Figh’s Imagination Custom Upholstery in 1968, and spent his life mastering the art.  Life eventually brought him to Washington State, where he met his beloved wife, Vikki, in 1998.  The couple returned to South Dakota to marry, though continued to live in Washington until 2001, when they moved back to De Smet, SD.  John had NO appreciation of SD winters and missed his ocean views, but found great pleasure in spending daily time at Lake Thompson State Park walking the nature trail, enjoying the water view, and visiting with friends managing the park.

Those grateful for having shared his life include his wife, Vikki, and her family, De Smet; his twin brother, Ron De Figh, and wife Jackie, North Hampton, NH; a niece, Gioia; younger brother, Philip De Figh, Seattle, WA; and numerous friends in South Dakota, California, and Washington.

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents, and his mother and father-in-law.

Osthus Funeral Home, De Smet, is in charge of arrangements.