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Helen Marie Ankerson  - Print this obit

On the first day of spring, March 20, 2015, beloved and treasured mother and cherished grandmother Helen Ankerson passed away at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls.

Helen Marie Zakrzewski was born on October 7, 1927 in O'Neill, Nebraska to Mary and Sylvester Zakrzewski. She was one of nine children.

She moved to Sioux Falls in 1961. During her life, she did many different jobs, but for most of her life she ran a private daycare where she taught many special children whom she dearly loved. She was a devoted mother to five children. She was an expert gardener, chef, decorator, and she enjoyed working on craft projects and traveling. She was a devoted member of St. Michael's Catholic Church and a committed, devout Catholic her whole life.

She is survived by her five children: Pricilla, Jeannie, Sandra, Will, and Terri; eight grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Helen is preceded in death by her husband, Arthur.

A Committal Service will be Friday, April 10, 1 PM at Woodlawn Cemetery.

Florence Kreager  - Print this obit

Florence (Krogman) Kreager, age 98, passed away at the Bethany Nursing Home in Brandon, SD and went to her Heavenly home on March 7, 2015.

Florence was born June 25, 1916, to Frank and Mary Krogman in Ashton, Iowa. In 1941 she was married to Robert C. Kreager in Worthington, Minnesota. They moved to Sioux Falls in 1948. Her husband preceded her in death in 1953. Following his death she completed her nursing education at Sioux Falls Nursing School and became an LPN.

She was employed by Sioux Valley Hospital, Donahoe Clinic, and Central Plains Clinic before retiring in 1980. Following retirement she was a caregiver for the young and the elderly. She volunteered at the Veterans Administration and Sioux Valley Hospital. She was also a Eucharist Minister and member of St. Joseph’s Cathedral, a member of the VFW Auxiliary, Navy Mothers, Catholic Daughters, Prestige Plus, Horizon Sertoma Club and Cathedral Club.

She was a remarkable woman who always cared for others, enjoyed family and friends, loved playing games with grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and bridge with her “bridge buddies”. She cherished her Catholic faith, nurturing her flowers, and she loved animals.

She is survived by her two children: Robert (Carol) Kreager of Sioux Falls and Mary Lea (Robert) Stovall of Tulsa, Oklahoma; 6 grandchildren: Sandra, David, Mark, Lori, James, Heather; 16 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, 4 brothers and 4 sisters.

Visitation will be at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home on Wednesday, March 11 at 5 PM, with a Scripture Vigil and Catholic Daughters of the Americas Rosary at 7 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the Cathedral of St. Joseph Thursday, March 12, at 2 PM. Interment will be at the Holman Cemetery in Sibley, Iowa. The family requests memorials go to St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Bethany Nursing Home in Brandon, SD, or the Dougherty Hospice House. Blessed be her memory.

Rita J. Lewis   - Print this obit

Rita J. Lewis, 72, died Saturday February 21, 2015 at her beloved residence of Wall Lake, South Dakota.

She was born to in Montrose, South Dakota on November 7, 1942 to Marion and Isabel (Fleming) Wheeler. She grew up in Montrose and graduated from Montrose High School in 1961. She married Elery “Skip” Lewis on February 27, 1965 at St. Joseph Cathedral in Sioux Falls.

Rita held various bookkeeping positions for local businesses until 1977. Thereafter, she worked along side her husband at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home. She spent her life serving others; lifelong member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Board Member of the Dakota Catholic Credit Union, Board Member of the Crippled Children Hospital and School, and Girl Scout Leader.

Grateful for having shared her life are her husband: Elery “Skip” Lewis; children: Lisa (Kent) Huemoeller, Kathy (Rob) Junker and David (Erin) Lewis; eight granddaughters: Kelli, Terra and Jenna Huemoeller, Taylor, Allison and Lindsey Junker, and Paige and Paiten Lewis; brother-in-law: Rodney Bindert of Brookings, SD; and numerous relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Nancy (Wheeler) Bindert, several infant brothers and sisters, and a granddaughter, Lauren Lewis. Memorials may be directed to the Sioux Falls Catholic Schools.

Visitation will be Thursday, 5 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Scripture Vigil at 7 PM followed by a Catholic Daughters of the Americas Rosary. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, 11 AM at St. Michael Parish with burial at St. Patrick Cemetery in Montrose.

Rosella Parker  - Print this obit

Rosella Parker was born December 27, 1921. She passed away February 20, 2015. Happily married for 60 years, she blessed her family with her cooking and baking skills.

Rosella was preceeded in death by her parents, husband Donald in 2008, daughter Patricia in 2012 and twin daughter Kathleen in 1967. She is remembered by her three surviving daughters: Karen Parker Minneapolis MN, Nancy Hall (Richard) Spokane Wa, and Linda Whitney Hernando Beach, FL; grandchildren: Randy Matthies (Brenda), Nathan Hall (Amanda), Kathleen and David Hall and Mathew Whitney; great- grandchildren: Josh, Jake and Brandon Matthies, Isabella Rose and Brogan Parker Hall, Kassidy Whitney, and a sister: Elnora Miller, Illinois.

Visitation will be Friday, 5 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Rosary at 7 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be Satuday, 10:30 AM at Christ the King Church.

Jerauld "Jerry" Sterud  - Print this obit

Jerauld Clifton Sterud son of Joe and Cora (Wesley) Sterud was born on September 11th, 1938. He died on Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 at the VA Medical Center in Sioux Falls after a short battle with cancer.

Jerauld grew up in Chester, SD and later moved to Sioux Falls. He married Bernetta Bauer on April 8th, 1961. They were blessed with four children, 10 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren, along with many nieces, nephews.

Jerauld was a Navy Veteran. He was a route driver for Pepsi Cola for 20 years. Upon "retiring" he and his wife ran a local antique store for a number of years.

Grateful for having shared in his life: his wife of 52 years Bernetta who preceded him in death; his children: Tim (Cyndy) Sterud, Brian Sterud, John Sterud all of Sioux Falls, and daughter Deb (Al) Corkill of Tea; sister: Elaine Pederson; brother: Bob (Barb) Sterud; sisters- in- law: Barb Vander Poel, Sally (Tony) Osiecki, Marian (Zane Sr.) Swenson; and brother-in-law: Lambert Bauer Jr. He was preceded in death by his parents Joe and Cora Sterud; sisters-in-law: Betty Cunningham, Lolly Bauer, Mary Sterud, and Joan Bauer; brothers-in-law: Vernon Bauer, Edward Bauer, Robert Pederson, Bert Vander Poel.

Visitation will be Sunday, 5 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Prayer Service at 7 PM. A Committal Service will be Monday, 10:30 AM at St. Michael Cemetery with Full Military Rites.

Vincent Malone  - Print this obit

Vincent Malone died Tuesday, Feb 17th at home. Vince was born February 3, 1950 in Sioux Falls to Neil & Charlotte (O'Connor) Malone. He attended Cathedral grade school and graduated from O'Gorman High School.

Vince and his brother operated a Texaco gas station for many years and that is where he met his wife, Lois (Camp) Malone. They were married on April 14, 1973. Vince retired from Northern States Supply August 29th, 2014.

Vince enjoyed working on small remodeling projects, working on his 34' Ford Coupe and loved watching NASCAR racing. He always said it wasn't a sport unless it had a motor in it. He was also a huge fan of Doug Wolfgang during his racing career.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife: Lois; brother: Chuck (Connie Malone); siblings-in-law: Mary (Bill) Bailey, Pennsburg, PA, Rich (Ann) Camp, Plymouth , MN, Virginia (Bert) Williams, Lakewood, Co, Tom (Cheri) Camp of Watertown, SD and special friend: Elton Tufte. He also had 15 nieces and nephews. Vince is preceded in death by his parents, Neil & Charlotte and parents-in-law, Stanley and Kathryn Camp.

Visitation will be Friday, 5 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with family present from 6-7:30 PM. Funeral Service will be Saturday, 10:30 AM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home.

Irene B. Sommers  - Print this obit

Irene B. Sommers was born in Adrian Minnesota to Bruce and Clara Knowlton on May 6, 1922. She married Robert H. Sommers in 1946 and they made their home in Sioux Falls. In 1968, they moved to Rapid City SD where they owned and operated Krall's China and Gifts. After they sold the business, she worked at National Bank before retiring in 1983. In her retirement, she did part time work for the Rapid City Visitors Center.

Irene enjoyed golfing, dancing and playing bridge She and Bob spent time traveling but her most favorite trip was a trip to Rome where she shook hands with the Pope. In 2002, Irene and Bob moved back to Sioux Falls to be closer to family. She was a founding member of Christ the King Parish and a member of St. Michael’s Parish.

Grateful for having shared her life is her son: Sam, his wife Judy; her grandchildren: Casey, Alex, Ross and Scott, all of Sioux Falls; Margaret (Sean), Missoula, MT; her sister: Evelyn Dowling, Hamilton MO; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Bob, her parents, and two brothers. Condolences may be sent to Sam Sommers, 1704 S Willow Ave Sioux Falls SD 57105.

Visitation will be Wednrsday, 6 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Scripture Vigil at 7 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, 10:30 AM At Christ the King Church.

Marguerite Mohs  - Print this obit

Marguerite Mohs, 95, passed away peacefully February 2, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Village in Sioux Falls. She was born on December 27, 1919 in Day County, South Dakota to Raymond and Agnes (Boyle) Whitham.

On March 2, 1943, she was united in marriage to Leo J. Mohs at St. Joseph's Church in Lily, South Dakota. They moved to Sioux Falls in 1979.

Marguerite was a Registered Nurse, and completed nurses training at the Peabody Hospital and Clinic in Webster, S.D. in 1941. She also trained at Children’s Hospital in St. Paul Minnesota, and maintained her nurses' license until she died, “just in case.”

Marguerite was a long standing member of St. Michael Parish. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas.

Marguerite is survived by five sons: Robert (Ani), Chicago, IL, David (Janice), Omaha, NE, Dr. Richard (Terry), Zionsville, IN, Michael (Kitty), Minneapolis, MN and James (Brenda Leblanc)of Nashville, TN; seven grandsons; one granddaughter, one great-grandson, one great-granddaughter and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three brothers, two sisters and one grandson.

Visitation will be Monday, 5:30 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Catholic Daughter Rosary at 6:30. Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, 10:30 AM at St. Michael Parish.

Sharon Lee Demaray  - Print this obit

Sharon Demaray, age 78 passed away January 22, 2015. Beloved mother and grandmother. She will always be missed and remembered.

Sharon was born January 25, 1936, in Wecota, South Dakota to Fay and Ken Fillbach. She was the oldest of three children and attended Cresbard schools. Sharon graduated Cresbard High School in 1954.

Sharon was an accomplished pianist and performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue at Carnegie Hall. She was active in competitive beauty and talent pageants across the Midwest.

Shortly after high school, Sharon met Elton (Buzz) Charles Johnson from Centerville, South Dakota. They were married September 2, 1955. They lived in South Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin before settling in Sioux Falls to raise their three sons. They spent many summer weekends at Lake Okoboji that left fond memories.

Sharon loved her family. She was a devoted daughter to her parents and loved her brother, Dick, and sister, Julie. Sharon enjoyed watching her children and grandchildren play sports while in school and cooking for them (she made the best swiss steak ever!). She was proud that each of her sons graduated from college and raised loving families. That pride carried over to her grandchildren...she loved each one of them. Sharon was the designated driver on many a hunting excursions (no road hunting, of course). She enjoyed a good joke and looting her family at cards.

Sharon had a passion for animal rescue and provided loving homes, especially for her dogs Peaches and Penny Jane. She rescued Peaches from the shelter and adopted Penny Jane as a puppy from the back of a parking lot pickup truck (every mother needs a lab puppy for her sons to hunt with).

Sharon’s career focused on helping people, working in a variety of customer service and sales positions. She was active in the Hilltop Heights United Methodist Church and Sunnycrest Methodist Church.

Sharon will be missed by her three sons: Charlie (Sandy) Johnson, Jim (Starr) Johnson, and Dave (Tammy) Johnson; grandchildren Sean and Jes Johnson, Jamie Johnson, Ryan Johnson, and her sister Julie. She is preceded in death by her parents Fay & Ken and her brother Dick.

A Memorial Service will be Monday, 11 AM at Hilltop United Methodist Church.


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