Mary Ann Irvin

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Mary Ann Irvin, 68, of De Smet passed away on March 26, 2015 at Avera De Smet Hospital.  A visitation will be held on Saturday, March 28 from 5-7 p.m. at Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet.  Funeral services will be held on Sunday, March 29 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in De Smet.  Osthus Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Ann was born on November 23, 1946 to Forrest and Anna Mae (Patzwald) Tibbetts in Volga, SD.  She spent her childhood growing up and attending school in De Smet.  She graduated from De Smet High School in 1964.

On June 26, 1964 she was united in marriage to Don Irvin at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in De Smet, SD.  Together they raised a son and a daughter.

During her life Mame enjoyed her various jobs at Harvey’s Jack and Jill, her home daycare, and Lyle Signs.  Mame also enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.  Her grandchildren were the light of her life.

Left to treasure her memory are her husband, Don Irvin; her two children, Todd (Kelly) Irvin and Kim (Tim) Martens both of Sioux Falls, six grandchildren:  Lacey (Michael) Cooper, Jordan (Kayla) Martens, Babbi (Travis Hartle) Martens, Lily, Ariel, and Ryker Irvin; two great-grandchildren, Dalton Cooper and Rylee Martens; three sisters, Pat (Ken) Sieck, Cathy Jo (Mike) Jacobson, and Connie (Dan) Zuraff all of Sioux Falls; three sisters-in-law, Micki Fager (Fred Tibbetts), Vikki (Jon) DeFigh, and Mary Alice Irvin; two brothers-in-law, Gene Irvin and Doug Urevig; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Forrest “Frosty” and Anna Mae Tibbetts, one brother, Fred Tibbets, and one sister-in-law, Sandie Urevig.

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Norma Johannesen

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Norma Johannesen, longtime resident of Erwin, SD, died on March 25, 2015 at Parkview Care Center in Bryant at the age of 93.  A visitation will be held on Sunday, March 29 from 5-7 p.m. at Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet, SD.  Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 30 at 10:30 a.m. at United Church of Christ Church in Erwin with burial to follow at Erwin Cemetery.  Osthus Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Norma Darlyne Bakke was born on December 11, 1921 in Clark County near Vienna, SD to Nels and Sigrid Bakke.  Norma was educated in the local area and graduated from Vienna High School in 1940.

Norma married La Verne Johannesen on January 10, 1947.  They had four children: Dean (Tony), Thomas, Danny, and Dayle.

Norma worked several jobs in her lifetime, including waitress, welder, and hostess at the Marvin Hughitt Hotel.  From 1957 to 1981 she was employed as a clerk by the US Post Office and served both the Erwin and Lake Preston offices.  Norma was also a member of local organizations including the Rebekah Lodge, Legion Auxiliary, and UCC Church.

The daughter of Norwegian immigrants, Norma was proud of her Norwegian heritage.  She enjoyed home improvement projects, crocheting, crossword puzzles, and playing cards.  More than anything, Norma loved her family and especially her grandchildren of whom she was very proud.

Grateful for having shared Norma’s life are her sons, Tony (Janelle) Johannesen of Edgeley, ND and Tom (Eunice) Johannesen of St. Augustine, FL; her daughter, Dayle (Clyde) Gross of Huron, SD; her sister, Shirley (Newt) Newstrom of Topeka, KS; her grandchildren: Jeremy (Alicia) Johannesen, Eric Johannesen, Rebecca Johannesen, Dani Johannesen, and Chad Wilde; her great-grandson, Oskar Johannesen; her step-grandchildren, John Doyle and Paula (Michael) McGinnis; six step-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Welcoming Norma home are her parents; her husband, La Verne; a son, Dan; four brothers: Melbourne, Stanley, George, and Harland; and one sister, Joy.

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Michael Loy Marler

Michael Loy Marler, age 65, passed away in the early morning of March 17, 2015, in Tyler, TX after heroically battling lung cancer. Visitation will be held at Stewart Family Funeral Home in Tyler, TX Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 6:00 PM, with rosary to follow. Funeral services will be held at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Friday, March 20, 2015 at 1:30 PM, officiated by Father Luke Kalarickal, of the Catholic Diocese of Tyler. Burial will be at St. Thomas Catholic Cemetery in De Smet, South Dakota on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 2:00 PM with Father Cathal Gallagher officiating.  Osthus Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements in De Smet.

He was born on November 30, 1949, in Ruidoso, New Mexico, to William Clay Marler, Jr., and Effie Ailene Marler.

Mike graduated from high school in Mission, South Dakota. He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City. Mike and his wife Jan moved to Tyler in 1974, where he worked as a civil engineer, earning his professional engineering license in 1987. As owner of Engineering & Safety Consultants, Mike provided structural engineering services throughout East Texas for over twenty-five years. Prior to that, his long-time engineering career included designing and developing numerous projects, ranging from high-rise buildings to college campuses. He was known to have a knack for providing solutions to complex engineering problems.

He was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and was awarded the status of Life-Time Member for his dedication and service to the profession of civil engineering. He was also a member of the National Society of Engineers and other organizations.

He was a long-time member of the congregation of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Tyler.

He was a caring man and would do anything for someone in need. He loved the home he designed and built at Callender Lake where he enjoyed fishing, bird watching, and friendship. He also enjoyed golfing and pheasant hunting with his relatives in South Dakota. He fell in love with his wife’s horse, R. J., and spent many weekends with him.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his loving family, including his wife of forty-three years, Jan Coughlin Marler of Tyler; daughter Kara Marler-Kennedy and son-in-law Jeremy Kennedy of Houston; brother, Gary Marler and sister-in-law Vicki and their family also of Houston; and father- and mother-in-law Dale and Beverly Coughlin of Brandon, South Dakota. Other family members include Mike and Robin Coughlin and their family of Brandon, South Dakota; Judy and Jim Gillies and their family of Portland, Oregon; and Brian Coughlin of Welches, Oregon.

If desired, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to South Dakota School of Mines Foundation, 306 E. St. Joseph Street, Suite 200, Rapid City, SD, 57701, or the charity of your choice.

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Carol Rasmussen

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Carol Rasmussen, age 85, of Brookings and formerly of Bryant, died Friday, March 6, at the United Living Center in Brookings. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 10, at 10:30 A.M. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Bryant with Reverend Keith Garness officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. on March 9 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Bryant. Burial will be at the Scandinavian Cemetery at Bryant.

Carol was born on September 15, 1929 in Bryant, South Dakota to Harry and Tina Swanson. She grew up in the Bryant community where she attended country school and graduated from Bryant High School in 1948. She then attended two years at Augustana College where she earned a teaching certificate. Carol taught school at both Bowdle and Estelline Elementary Schools before her marriage.

She was united in marriage to Eugene Rasmussen on August 24, 1952 at the Garfield Lutheran Church in rural Bryant. Together the couple farmed in the Bryant community their entire married life. In July of 2010, they moved into the city of Bryant where sadly, Gene died in June of 2011. After his death, Carol moved into assisted living in Brookings.

She was a member of Garfield Lutheran Church. When it closed she became a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church where she was active in Bible Study and the Women’s Group. She served as a substitute teacher for many years, belonged to the extension club, and the Bryant American Legion Auxiliary for many years. Carol also enjoyed gardening, needle point, and attending her children’s and grandchildren’s events.

She is survived by four daughters: Marialene (Lee) Lundie, Bruce, SD, Julie (Dan) Cavanaugh, Rapid City, SD, Marsha (Frank) Cutler, Platte, SD, and Shelly (Mark) Noble, of Lakeside, CA. She is also survived by nine grandchildren, one great-grandson, several nieces and nephews, and three sisters-in-law, Sharon (Bill) Herman, Shirley Rasmussen both of Watertown, and Berne Swanson of Oregon.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one brother, one infant son, and one infant daughter.

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Blanche Dora May Stubbe

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Blanche Dora May Stubbe, 92, of De Smet died on February 14, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Home.  A visitation will be held on Friday, February 20 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 21 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in De Smet with Reverend James Truesdell officiating.  Burial will be in the De Smet Cemetery.  Osthus Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Blanche was born on January 13, 1923 at a farmhouse south of De Smet to Hershal and Jenny (Samuel) Trewatha.  Blanch moved to Forestburg as a small child.  When she was four or five years old they moved again to Oldham and then Lake Preston.  She attended school in Lake Preston and graduated from Lake Preston High School.  After graduation from high school she worked as a telephone operator for Ma Bell in Lake Preston.

On December 2, 1945 she married Clarence Stubbe.  After their marriage they lived on a farm north of De Smet until 2000 when they moved into De Smet.  After Clarence’s death in 2007, Blanche moved into the Good Samaritan Home.  She felt blessed there and loved the people and activities.

Blanche devoted over fifty years to the United Methodist Church.  She was a Sunday School teacher, Bible School teacher, Superintendent of the Sunday School, taught lab schools, and held many other offices within the church.  She also worked at the Lake Preston Manor as activity director, was a member of the extension club, and organized many short tours.

Blanche was a devoted homemaker who cherished her husband, children, and grandchildren.  She was a great baker, loved to garden, and was a self-taught artist who liked to paint with oils.

She is survived by her son, Marlyn (Rita) Stubbe of Brandon, SD; her daughter, Madonna (John) Riley of Mobridge, SD; five grandchildren: Jennie (Al) Whitten of Parkersburg, WV, Todd (Morgan) Stubbe of Parkersburg, WV, Kara and Alissa Riley of Moorehead, MN, and Leah Riley of Eden Prairie, MN; two great-granddaughters, Emma Stubbe and Olivia Whitten; two step-grandchildren, Grant Gauer of Lincoln, ND and Tessa Gauer of Minneapolis, MN; along with many nieces and nephews.

Blanche was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Robert, along with several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Harvey Dunn Society, PO Box 271, De Smet, SD  57231, the Good Samaritan Nursing Home or Compassionate Care Hospice at 411 Calumet Avenue North, De Smet, SD 57231

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Fanchon Rounseville Harper

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Fanchon Rounseville Harper, 84, formerly of De Smet and Custer, passed away at the Huron Regional Medical Center on February 13, 2015.  Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 20 at 2:00 p.m. at Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet with burial at a later date.  There will also be a memorial service held at the Lutheran Church in Custer, SD on Saturday, February 28 at 2:00 p.m.  Osthus Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Fanchon Rounseville Harper was born in De Smet, SD on September 2, 1930 to Selmer and Grace (Crawford) Lee.  As a child she grew up in the De Smet area.  Her early schooldays were spent in a small country school near Lake Henry.  As a teenager she attended De Smet High School and graduated with the class of 1948.

On June 5, 1948 she was united in marriage to John (Jack) Rounsville in De Smet.  They lived and raised a family in De Smet for many years.  Fanchon worked for Merwin Hyink Furniture for several years before she began managing the Zimmel Furniture store in De Smet until 1976.  She then worked for Raven Industries until she retired.

After her retirement, Fanchon and Jack moved to Custer, SD.  Sadly, Jack passed away in 1994.  Fanchon married again in 1996 to Dale Blessing and they lived a happy life until he passed away in 1999.  Then in 2003 Fanchon married Albert (Hugh) Harper.

Fanchon is survived by her husband, Albert (Hugh) Harper of Custer, SD; her sons, James (Karla) Rounseville of Sioux Falls, SD and Jody Rounseville of Custer, SD; her daughters, Leann (Michael) Moeding of Huron, SD and Jacky Schamber-Bertram (Roger) of Brandon, SD; one brother, Roy (Verna) Lee of Mesa, AZ; one sister, Audrey (Jerry) Ikast of Brookings, SD; one sister-in-law, Jackie Lee of De Smet, SD; four step-children; eleven grandchildren; and twenty-three great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Jack, her husband, Dale, and one brother, Milton.

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Betty Combs

Betty Combs, 82, from De Smet passed away on February 6, 2015.  A visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 11 from 5-7 p.m. at Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet.  Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 12 at 10:30 a.m. at American Lutheran Church in De Smet.  Burial will be in the St. Thomas Catholic Cemetery in De Smet.  Osthus Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Betty Jean (Macheel) Combs was born on March 11, 1932 to Erwin and Bertha (Gehm) Macheel on a farm near Delevan, WI.  She was the youngest of five children.  When she was three years old the family moved to a farm eight miles southwest of De Smet.  She grew up on the farm and attended a nearby country church and school.  For her first two years of high school she attended De Smet High School and for the last two years she attended Augustana Academy, a Lutheran high school in Canton, SD.  She graduated from there in May of 1950.

Betty married Jim Combs on September 23, 1950 at Camp Carson, CO where he was serving in the US Army.  They lived in nearby Colorado Springs.  In October of 1951, they moved to a farm five miles southwest of De Smet.  In February 1955, they moved again to a farm four and a half miles southwest of De Smet.  Then in 2000 they moved into the town of De Smet.

Betty was a skilled homemaker during her life.  She remained active in the Lutheran Church and was also a Cub Scout and Girl Scout leader.

Betty is survived by her two sons, Jamie (Sandy) Combs of Prescott, AZ and Rodney (Deb) Combs of De Smet, SD; her daughter, Jeanne Combs of Lincoln, NE; her brother Armond Macheel of San Pablo, CA; her sister, Annetta Lindskog of Corvallis, OR; seven grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one brother, August, and one sister, Nora.

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Darlene Flindt Neises

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Darlene Flindt Neises, 74, from De Smet passed away at home on January 20, 2015.  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 24th at the United Church of Christ in De Smet.  Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet is in charge of arrangements.

Darlene Lois Flindt was born on October 12, 1940 to Arthur and Edna (Anderson) Flindt in De Smet, SD.  During her childhood she attended grade school in De Smet and graduated with the class of 1958 from De Smet High School.  Darlene worked different jobs during her life including office work for Northwestern Bell Telephone where she worked until her retirement.

Darlene also loved to play cards, crochet, and spend time with her family and friends.

She is survived by her sister, Shirley Lenz of De Smet; her nieces, Linda Lenz and Karen (Jodi) Hansen; her nephew, Gary (Cindy) Lenz; several great-nieces; one great-nephew; and several more great-great-nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Arthur Flindt, Jr.

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Otto Sckerl

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Otto Sckerl, 99, of De Smet passed away on January 17, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in De Smet.  Visitation will held at Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet on Wednesday, January 21 from 5-7 P.M.  Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 22 at 10:30 A.M. at American Lutheran Church in De Smet with Pastor Randy Koeller officiating.  Burial will be in the De Smet Cemetery.

Otto was born on November 2, 1915 at Lake City, SD to Max and Mary (Fromberg) Sckerl.  He was one of thirteen children.  Otto grew up at Lake City and attended high school in Webster, SD.  He was a WWII veteran and after the war he attended South Dakota State University where he received a degree.  On March 22, 1947 Otto was united in marriage to Hazelle Larson in Groton, SD.  They made their home in De Smet, SD were Otto was the county extension agent for many years. 

He was a member of the American Lutheran Church in De Smet and a founding member of the De Smet Kiwanis Club.  He also enjoyed traveling and had a strong interest in agriculture.

Otto is survived by his son, Kent Sckerl of De Smet; his sister, Adel Oien from Laverne, MN; his grandsons, Daron Sckerl, Rob Sckerl, and Derick Sckerl; one granddaughter, Lana Boetel; one great-granddaughter, Mallorie Rose Sckerl; a great-grandson, Easton Douglas Sckerl; two daughter-in-laws, Punky (Jim) Boetel and Marilyn Sckerl, and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Hazelle; eleven brothers and sisters; one son, David; and one grandson, David.

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Sharon Falconer

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Sharon Falconer, 64, of De Smet passed away on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in De Smet, SD.  Visitation will be held at American Lutheran Church in De Smet on Friday, January 16th from 9:30 -11:00 A.M. with funeral services to follow at 11:00 A.M.  She will be buried at a later date in the De Smet Cemetery.

Sharon Kay Falconer was born on February 9, 1950 to Pete and Dorothy Norgaard in De Smet, SD.  She spent her childhood in De Smet but in 1966 moved to Iroquois, SD.  She graduated in 1968 from Iroquois High School.  Sharon was married on February 9, 1968 and after graduating moved to Key West, FL where her husband was stationed.  They lived in Charleston, SC, Lake Preston, SD, and in 1971 Sharon moved back to De Smet where she has resided ever since.

She worked at Lorraine’s Café, Cottage Inn Motel, and Kingsbury Manor.  In 1989 she began working at the De Smet Good Samaritan Society from which she received the CNA of the Year Award in 2011.  She worked there for twenty-four years.

Besides working at the Good Samaritan Center she enjoyed playing cards, bingo, watching soap operas, football, car racing, reading mystery novels, and spending time with her grandkids and family.

Grateful for sharing in her life are her two sons, Carl (Heather) Falconer of Jacksonville, FL, and Bill Falconer from Delano, MN; one daughter, Kimberly (Scott) Vearrier from Mitchell, SD; two sisters, Carol (Ronnie) Hein from De Smet, SD and Charlynne (Mark) Whisehardt of Le Grange, GA; one brother, Randy (Marty) Norgaard of Sioux City, IA; and four grandkids, Jay and Hannah Falconer from Jacksonville, FL and Mikala and Cortney Wendel from De Smet, SD.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Pete and Dorothy Norgaard, and one brother, Larry Norgaard.

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