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Patricia Elaine Turco McEntee  - Print this obit

Patricia Elaine Turco McEntee, age 68, passed away Sunday July 16, 2017 at Avera McKennan Hospital. Patricia was born February 16th, 1949 to Carl and Bernice (Turgeon) Turco in Sioux Falls, SD. She was the beloved wife of Michael McEntee since March 13th, 1995.

Patricia grew up on the North End of Sioux Falls. She was a proud graduate of O+Gorman High School and studied at Sioux Falls College and the University of Iowa. Patricia served at NorthWestern Bell for twenty eight years before retiring in 1993.

After retiring, Patricia looked for work in the area she truly enjoyed-the kitchen. Patricia worked as the kitchen manager and cook for O+Gorman High School for several years, followed by working as the cook for Bishop Paul Swain as well as catering for groups and meetings within the Diocese of Sioux Falls.

Since the onset of fibromyalgia in the early 1980’s, Patricia’s abilities to garden, camp, hunt, and swim have been limited. She has enjoyed being able to fish, play games, and take care of her beloved family. She has worn many hats as wife, mother, grandmother, friend, chauffer, laundress, chef, and dishwasher.

She will be remembered for her careful attention to the wants, needs and well-being of others. If you needed a friend in your corner, you could always count on Patricia to be there for you. A loving daughter, sister, friend, aunt, godmother, mother, wife and grandmother. She was committed to remembering details of the lives of her family and friends. She was passionate about food of all varieties, and shared that passion with her loved ones.

So grateful to have shared her life are her loving spouse Michael A. McEntee, her daughter Méshael K. Herriges-Davis, her grandchildren Jessica E. Davis-Heard and Josiah C. Davis, her family, and friends. Patricia was predeceased by her parents and her sister Sandra Ann Turco-VanderWoude.

Visitation will be Wednesday the 19th, 5:00 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Scripture Vigil at 7:00 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday the 20th, 10:00 AM at the Cathedral of St. Joseph with burial to follow at St. Michael Cemetery. Celebration and luncheon to follow at the family’s home on the North End of Sioux Falls.

Virginia Mary Lovett  - Print this obit

Virginia Mary Lovett, age 77, passed away Saturday, July 1, 2017, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD. Virginia was born to Ambrose and Inez (Christopherson) Staudenmaier in Sioux Falls, on August 19, 1939.

Virginia grew up in Dell Rapids, SD, and on Sioux Falls’ North End. She graduated from Cathedral High School in 1957 and studied at Nettleton College. She married Jack Lovett on February 13th, 1960. With Jack, she was a 55-year member of Christ the King Parish in Sioux Falls. They celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary in February of this year and epitomized for their children, grandchildren, and friends the holy sacrament of marriage.      

Virginia worked at Sunshine Grocery store, her dad’s cafe (Stogie’s), and Equitable of Iowa Insurance Company (continuing to help out at her dad’s restaurant over her lunch breaks) before devoting her full attention to raising her and Jack’s 4 children and to leading a life of service to her church, family, and community. Later in life, she worked for Gibson greeting card company in Sioux Falls, a fitting job as she was well known for sending greeting cards to mark significant occasions in the lives of many friends and family.    

Virginia’s caring for others did not stop with sending greeting cards. She volunteered extensively at her children’s schools, as a Cathedral Alum, and as a member of La Sertoma. Virginia was inducted into the O’Gorman/Cathedral Alumni Hall of Fame for Excellence in Service in 1987 and earned the International La Sertoman of the year award for 1989-90.  

When something needed to be done, Virginia took on coordinating and organizing roles for everything from her daughters’ brownie troops, her son’s softball team (BIX), and her class and all-school reunions, to O’Gorman fundraisers (the Extravaganza), the “Silver Bullets” team of envelope stuffers for U.S. representative Kristi Noem, and the Sioux Falls Catholic Schools Certificate Program. She was especially fulfilled by her service to Christ the King Church, serving as a Eucharistic Minister and volunteering to prepare countless bowls of soup, pies, and other dishes.   

Virginia was passionate about all of her grandchildren’s athletic, musical, and extracurricular activities, as well as gardening, feeding birds, fishing, Minnesota Twins baseball, music, and food. She was a wonderful cook (especially of tacos) and a great lover of cake and anything that would be served at a picnic.     

Virginia was accommodating in everything she did, following in the footsteps of Christ and His mother Mary, putting the needs of others before her own, a genuine sweetheart.  

Grateful for having shared her life are her husband: Jack; three daughters: Jackie (Larry A.) Kasten, Sioux Falls; Laura Aasen, Sioux Falls; and Jeannette (Mike) Coleman, Omaha, NE; son: Steven (Shannon) Lovett, Omaha; eleven grandchildren: Chad, Keith (Miranda), and Mitch Kasten, Sioux Falls, Alarie (Zach) Ataiyan, Belle Plaine, MN, Arianne, Garner, and Griffin Aasen, Sioux Falls, Brooks and Mackenzie Coleman, Omaha, Jose Flores, Lincoln, NE, and Erica Flores, Omaha; great-granddaughters: Avery Ataiyan, Belle Plaine; four siblings: Charles (Brigitte) Staudenmaier, Sioux Falls, Bill (Beth) Staudenmaier, Denver, CO, Tom (Barb) Staudenmaier, Rogers, AR, and Charlotte (Roland) Schwab, Sioux Falls; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Herb Staudenmaier; and sister, Margaret Pickart.

Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 AM Thursday, July 6, 2017, at Christ the King Catholic Church, Sioux Falls, followed by luncheon and burial at St. Michael Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 5 PM Wednesday, July 5, at Christ the King Church followed at 7:00 PM by a Scripture Vigil and Rosary.

Memorials may be directed in Virginia's name to: Perpetual Adoration Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, 506 N Summit Ave., Sioux Falls, SD 57104, or to the Sioux Falls Catholic Schools System, 3100 W. 41st Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57105.

Annie Banbury  - Print this obit

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Annie Banbury, 69, passed away June 30, 2017 in Sioux Falls. Visitation will be Wednesday July 5th, 6:00 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Scripture Vigil at 7:00 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, July 6th, 10:30 AM at St. Mary Church with burial to follow at St. Michael Cemetery.

Annie Banbury loved to phone her family and good friends, and she always left the same voice message. In a lilting voice, she would announce, “This is Annie. Call me when you get home. I love you. This is Annie.” And we all called her back when we got home and listened as she recounted her day at LifeScape, engaged in event planning, and, if the caller was her sister and Guardian Mary, checked on her “Fun Money” account status. Annie had over forty years of days at South Dakota Achieve/LifeScape, living in different group homes and apartments while learning, working, and socializing at the agency. The highlight of each week at “work”, however, was having coffee and conversation with her beloved Service Coordinators and best friends Heidi Loof and Shannon Jones.

Annie loved socializing and going to church, restaurants, shopping malls, Viking Camps, and family gatherings. She and her brother Jim attended services at St. Joseph’s Cathedral and Christ the King Church; in particular, Annie enjoyed the coffee and doughnuts after Mass. For the past eight years, she was a member of Celebrate Community Church, where she was a Greeter, and, yes, enjoyed the coffee and doughnuts following the service. Her favorite restaurants were Gateway Lounge and Perkins, and she celebrated every birthday at the Royal Fork; Annie was particularly enthralled with handsome waiters. Every year, she vacationed to the Mall of America and the Minnesota Vikings Training Camp. She was a member of the “Shop till you drop” contingent. And she definitely was a bona fide fan of the Minnesota Vikings, attested to by her Vikings’ hat, scarf, shirt, bag, quilt, and posters. But mostly, Annie loved being with her family. Weeks before each event, the phone calls ramped up with the same questions, “How many days now?” “Am I still coming?” “Are you still coming?” Then we all counted down the days and provided assurances of attendance.

Annie had a beautiful smile and a great sense of humor. Her Irish family delighted in retelling “Annie stories.” She shall be sorely missed. And so we say, “Good bye, Annie. This is your family, and these are your friends. Call us when you get home. We love you. This is your family, and these are your friends.”

Preceded in death by her parents, Adele and Richard, and her brother Jim, Annie is survived by three sisters: Barbara Montville of Minneapolis; Mary
Banbury of Louisiana and Munich, Germany; and Patrice Tunge of North Dakota; her niece: Nancy Davis; her nephews: Robert and Richard Montville; great niece: Jennifer Davis; and nephew: Eric Davis: her aunt: Rose Ann Ryan; and numerous cousins. Memorials may be directed to LifeScape Foundation (

Susan Jo (Bingen) Vander Woude  - Print this obit

  Susan Jo (Bingen) Vander Woude, age 65, of Sioux Falls, SD, died peacefully at Sanford Hospital on June 7, 2017 after a long battle with cancer. She was born on October 21, 1951 to Roy and Frances (Jensen) Bingen in Chamberlain, SD. Sue grew up on a farm southeast of Kennebec, SD. Her schooling began at Gibson Elementary, which was a one-room schoolhouse through the 8thgrade. She then attended Reliance High School for three years. She spent her senior year living with her grandmother and graduated from Presho High School.

  Sue met her husband Paul while attending National College of Business in Rapid City, SD. Their six-month whirlwind romance began when they met on September 7, got engaged on December 7, and married on March 7, 1970 in Chamberlain, SD. In 1972, they moved to Sioux Falls where they made their home and raised their three children. Sue worked as a teacher’s aide at Hawthorne Elementary school, a computer aide at St. Joseph Cathedral school, and a student loan collector at Citibank.

  Sue was an active volunteer in the community. She was a Girl Scout leader and Boy Scout leader for over a decade. She was even the Camp Director for multiple years at the Wall Lake Girl Scout Camp. On several occasions, her two-stall garage was filled with girl scout cookies that needed to be distributed to all the girls in the neighborhood.

  Sue was a member of the Minnehaha Sertoma Club for 20 years. She served in almost every possible leadership role including President and Governor. She was a co-founder of the Tips for Kids charity fundraiser. She was on the committee that planned the Celebrate Sound walks to raise money for the hearing aid loop at the Washington Pavilion. She enjoyed administering hearing screenings for 1st, 3rd, and 5thgraders at all schools in Minnehaha County. She was awarded the Regional Sertoman of the Year.

  Sue was raised Lutheran and converted to Catholicism after she married Paul. She continued working with the RCIA program and sponsored many people who also wanted to convert to Catholicism. She enjoyed participating in religious retreats such as Search, Marriage Encounter, and Koinonia. Sue took part in the Perpetual Adoration program and was a Eucharistic minister for the church.

  Sue’s friends were very important to her. She rarely turned down an opportunity to socialize. She was an active Red Hat Lady and formed a Hen Club. She had a great sense of humor, and loved to joke with everyone. She always noticed the wild flowers growing on the side of the road. Sue loved doing crafts and art projects with her grandchildren.

  Grateful for having shared her life are her children: Becky, Anthony, and Lori, all of Sioux Falls; and her three grandchildren: Clarissa, Kahlen, and Stella. She is also survived by her siblings: Gary (Sharon) Bingen of Lower Brule, Sandy (David) Nies of Presho, Roger (Judy) Bingen of Nebraska, and Linda Bingen of Elk Point. She was preceded in death by her husband, her unborn child, her parents, her sister Karen Opbroek Meeker, and her infant brothers Kevin and Keith.

Visitation will be Monday the 12th, 5:00 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Scripture Vigil at 7:00 PM followed by the Rosary. Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, 10:00 AM at the Cathedral of St. Joseph with burial to follow at St. Michael Cemetery.

George Theodore Ted Schaefer III  - Print this obit

George Theodore “Ted” Schaefer III, 73, passed away Monday, May 29, 2017 at the VA Medical Center. Ted was born January 13, 1944 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to George and Mina (Hahn) Schaefer. He graduated from Washington High School and Sioux Falls College with a B.A. in Biology.

From 1965-1973 he served in the United States Army, Marine Corps and the Army Reserve. While serving in the Army’s 504th Medical Detachment Scout and Sentry Dogs in Vietnam, he was awarded the Bronze Star with Valor  for 2 separate acts of heroism in ground combat. He was then assigned to the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, Fort Detrick, Fredrick, Maryland. He also served as a Veterinary Specialist with the Physical Sciences Division of the Research Institute.

After his service, he worked as a Food Inspector for the United States Department of Agriculture. He retired after 26 years.  

He married Nancy (Scholl) January 6, 1979 in Sioux Falls. They enjoyed five years in Hartford, South Dakota before moving to Sioux Falls in 1985. They were married thirty-eight years.

Ted had a love for animals and farming, family camping trips, hunting and fishing, and his 70’s era muscle cars.   

He is survived by his wife: Nancy; 6 children: Kerry (Mark) Reuer, Sioux Falls, Kristina (Brian) Sanfilippo, Peyton, Colorado, Kimberly(Andrew) Miller, Matthew Schaefer, Michael Schaefer, Katie (Michael) Barber, all of Sioux Falls and six grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister: Barbara (Ralph) Pierce, Sioux Falls; brothers: Douglas (Nancy) Schaefer, Berthoud, Colorado, and Terrance (Nancy) Schaefer, Sioux Falls as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Ted was preceded in death by his parents.

He is a member of The Church of St. Mary in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and is a member of Marquette Council of the Knights of Columbus, 4thdegree.

Visitation will be Thursday June 1, 5:00 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Scripture Vigil at 7:00 PM followed by the Rosary. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday June 2, 10:30 AM at the Church of St. Mary. Burial will be at St. Michael Cemetery with Full Military Rites.

Rozene Klemic  - Print this obit

Rozene Lulu (Courey) Klemic, age 93, passed away peacefully on May 21, 2017 in Naperville, IL.  Born on September 15, 1923 in Lennox, SD, Rozene was the sixth of eleven children of Samuel Thomas Courey and Mabel (Salem) Courey.

  Rozene is survived by her loving children, Gladys (Pepin Carolan) Klemic of Naperville, IL and James (Kathryn) Klemic of Falls Church, VA; beloved grandchildren, Joseph Carolan, Mary Klemic, Jackie Leon, and Samuel Klemic; and four cherished siblings.  She was preceded in death by her husband John Klemic; children John, Mary, and Thomas; as well as two sisters and four brothers.  

  A talented musician, she could play pretty much any kind of music on any kind of instrument.  As a young teenager, she organized and directed her church youth choir, and a few years later became the church organist, a position she held for 15 years until her marriage in 1953.  She was formally trained on only one instrument, the cello.  As a graduate of the high school class of 1941 with the second world war looming, and her elder brothers enlisted or enlisting in the military, she had to forgo an opportunity to study music in college to stay home and help manage the family business, a grocery store.  

  During the war and afterward she worked as a bookkeeper and a reporter, filing stories to several newspapers, including the Sioux Falls Argus Leader.  She met the love of her life, John and they married in 1953.  The couple moved to Sioux Falls.  John became a Federal Government worker, initially for the Federal Housing Authority and then the Department of Housing and Urban Development.  His work took their young family initially to Milwaukee and then to Detroit where they lived for 39 years.  In 2009, the couple moved to Naperville, IL to be near family.  

  Rozene taught piano to generations of students, in studio and in her home.  She taught classical, popular, and gospel music.  Their gracious home in Detroit was well-known for its annual Christmas Party and Recital for her piano students. Rozene was active in her community including the Civic Association, the Woman’s Club, and the Women’s Bowling League. Rozene loved her garden, her flowers, and her home-grown vegetables that she canned herself.  

  Rozene was also a talented athlete.  As a bowler into her late 50’s and early 60’s she regularly led her league in high game, average, and total score.  She had a sharp analytical mind, could solve complex problems, think strategically, and get things done.  She was an excellent cook, maintaining the family recipes and traditional methods passed down from her mother.  

Above all, Rozene devoted her life to her family, husband, children, and grandchildren.  She maintained a warm and loving home.  She raised her children with unconditional love but also a strong sense of responsibility.  She cherished the time she had with her grandchildren.  In her long, full life she experienced deep and profound losses, health difficulties, and other challenges; yet she kept an open, loving, and optimistic attitude with a generosity of spirit to the very end.  

  Funeral services will be held on Saturday June 3, 10:00 AM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with visitation beginning at 9:00 AM. Interment will take place at St. Michael Cemetery in Sioux Falls immediately following. In lieu of flowers or donations, the family asks Rozene’s friends, neighbors, and former students to share a beloved piece of music with their own family or friends.

Janet "Jan" Lane  - Print this obit

Janet “Jan” Lane, 78, formerly of Sioux Falls, SD, passed away peacefully on February 26, 2017 in Hopkins, MN. Her niece, Nancy, was at her side. Janet was born on April 15,1938, in Sioux Falls, SD, the daughter  of Serena (Wiley) and Laurence Lane.
She graduated from Washington High School in 1956 and attended Mount Marty college in Yankton, SD, where she earned her teaching degree. 
Jan started her career teaching at Christ the King school in Sioux Falls.  On vacation in California after her second year she accepted a teaching position in San Francisco's China Town. 
She returned to Sioux Falls to teach Social Studies at Edison Middle School, where she retired.  She was passionate about students’ reading ability, so much so  she earned her Master’s +90 from Sioux Falls College in Reading Literacy. Jan was active in her community.  She delivered food for Meals On Wheels,  read aloud to residents of a nearby nursing home and tutored many children and adults in English literacy.  Jan was a prominent participant at Christ the King Catholic parish as sacristan, reader, Eucharistic minister, and educator. 
Jan is survived by her son: Christian, his wife Jeannette; grandchildren: Katy and Ike; sister: Lola Cuzpka; brother: Lee Lane: many nieces, nephews, and extended family. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and a brother. 
Because of a change in her health, she relocated from Sioux Falls to the Minneapolis, MN area to be closer to family. In lieu of flowers, donations my be directed to Christ the King Church or the Sioux Falls Food Pantry.
Visitation will be Saturday May 27, 9:00 AM at Christ the King Catholic Church with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM.

Michael "Mike" McCool  - Print this obit

Michael “Mike” Joseph McCool, 74, died May 6, 2017 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. Mike was born February 1, 1943 to Joseph and Louise (Singer) McCool in Madison, SD. He attended and graduated from Franklin High School in rural Madison in 1962.

On November 27, 1965, Mike was united in marriage to Gloria M. VanderWoude in Sioux Falls. Mike was employed by Fred E. Larson John Deere dealership in Sioux Falls until 1975. He and his wife managed the Knights of Columbus Hall from 1969 – 1977. The couple moved to southeast Minnesota and Mike was self-employed as an auctioneer and professional country music entertainer. Mike fully retired in 1991.

Mike is survived by one brother: Thomas P. “Pat” (LaVay) McCool, West Concorde, MN; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a baby daughter, Roxanne; and his wife: Gloria in 1989.

Mike has requested that memorials be directed to the Cathedral of St. Joseph or the USD school of Medicine.

Visitation will be Thursday May 11, 5:00 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Scripture Vigil and Rosary at 6:30 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, May 12, 10:00 AM at the Sacred Heart Chapel at the Cathedral of St. Joseph. Mike has donated his body to the USD School of Medicine.

Wallace Mossefin  - Print this obit

Wallace Berdell Mossefin passed away April 29, 2017 in Sioux Falls. He was born on November 16, 1915 in Wakonda, South Dakota to John and Clara (White) Mossefin. He went to the children's home in Beresford when he was seven. He went to school in the home and in Wakonda. He left the home when he was 15, joined the Army in 1941 and was discharged in 1951.

Wally married Jean Lane on September 30, 1942 in San Francisco just below the Golden Gate Bridge. They lived on an Army base in San Francisco. Wally was deployed overseas for the first of his five campaigns. Two were World War II and the Korean Conflict. He came home to Iowa where Jean was. They had three children: Berdell, Rita and John. They lived in various small towns in the upper Midwest area and settled in Sioux Falls.

Wally did farm work for Hansen Silo before going to work at John Morrell's. He did gutter work for his second job. He worked at Ron Park Drug. After he retired, he drove school buses. They provided daycare in their home. Wally and Jean loved taking care of their grandchildren, along with many other many other children whose parents came to know them as loving caregivers.

Wally will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Wally enjoyed fishing, bowling, camping, spending time with family and watching his grandchildren play sports.

Grateful for having shared his life are his three children: Berdell (Helen) Mossefin, McKinney, TX, Rita (Larry) Plucker, Harrisburg, SD and John (Karen) Mossefin, Lennox, SD; seven grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Jean, fourteen brothers and sisters, and one grandchild, Colin Plucker.

Visitation will be Tuesday May 2, 5:00 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Scripture Vigil at 7:00 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday May 3, 10:30 AM at St. Michael Parish with burial to follow at St. Michael Cemetery with Full Military Rites.


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