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Luz Alvarez  - Print this obit

Maria de la Luz Alvarez, 67, passed away on March 16, 2017 after a battle with cancer. Luz was born in Mexico on October, 31 1949 and continued to live there until moving to California with her husband in 1981. In 1987, her son Gregorio Jr. was born.   Luz lived in California with her family until 1997, at which time they moved to Sioux Falls, SD where she lived until her death. Luz is proceeded in death by her mother (Carolina Viveros), her father (Jose Albino Alvarez), her husband (Gregorio Hernandez), and mother-in-law (Amalia aviles). She is survived by many family and friends that loved her.

Visitation will be Sunday the 19th, 6:00 PM at Our Lady of Guadalupe. Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday the 20th, 6:00 PM at Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Margaret "Peg" Ann Bennett  - Print this obit

Margaret “Peg” Ann Bennett died peacefully March 9, 2017 at home after a courageous battle with breast cancer. She was born February 2, 1959 in Sisseton, SD to Edward and Patricia (Block) Howell and raised in Aberdeen SD. She graduated from University of South Dakota with a bachelor degree in Social Work.   

Peg and Paul Bennett became one in marriage on August 15, 1981. In their journey together Peg and Paul lived in California, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and South Dakota as they raised their family.

Peg was a woman full of deep love and caring. Her arms were and still are wrapped tightly around her family and friends. Her love for her family and friends knew no end.  Peg’s caring heart was also at the ready to reach out to all who were in need.

Peg never backed down from a challenge. As a member of the Parish Activities Committee she spearheaded Turkey Bingo to make it the success it still is today.

When Peg was not helping others she loved to enjoy the company of others by playing cards, board games, going to casinos, and spending time laughing with family and friends.  

Above all, she was a most devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Peg lived her life helping people, doing many different jobs throughout her life from social work to customer service.

Peg is survived by her husband: Paul; daughter: Megan (Luke) Goldie; son: Jon (Stephanie) Bennett; son: Thomas Bennett; daughter: Mary Bennett; and one grandson: Raylan Goldie. She is also survived by siblings: Craig (Marcy) Howell, Anita (Daryl) Geffre, Pam (David) Arnason; as well as many loving friends and relatives. Peg was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Patricia, mother and father-in-law, Frank and Marcella and brother-in-law John.

Visitation will be Sunday March 12th, 5 PM at St. Katharine Drexel with a Scripture Vigil at 7 PM followed by the Rosary. Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday March 13th, 11 AM at St. Katharine Drexel.

Doris Elaine Rysavy  - Print this obit

Doris Elaine Black was born Oct 25, 1934 on a farm near White River, SD to Leo and Lutisha (Baker) Black. She passed away Wednesday, Mar 1, 2017 at Good Samaritan Village in Sioux Falls, SD at the age of 82.

She grew up in Winner, SD and attended Winner High School graduating in 1952. Growing up in Winner, she was a member of the First Christian Church where she was actively involved in her church playing the piano and singing in the choir and singing duets with her sister, Marian. Doris helped her dad in the grocery store they owned, Leo’s Market. Her dad wanted her to work in the store after she graduated high school, but she always dreamed of being a teacher.

She attended Southern State Teacher’s College in Springfield, SD, after high school where she was honored with the title of “Miss Southern”. After graduating from college, she taught in Tripp, SD for 6 years and in Jackson, MN for 1 year teaching the first grade. Doris was very blessed to meet many life-long friends during this time.

Dating the love of her life brought Doris back to Winner, SD where she married Donald James Rysavy, on June 9, 1962. They moved to the farm where they welcomed three children, Todd, Judy and Terri. During that time Doris joined the Immaculate Conception Parish and became involved with the music ministry, playing the piano/organ and starting a children’s choir. She taught and coordinated kindergarten CCD and the Junior Catholic Daughters. She was also a member of the Catholic Daughters, serving time as a regent. She played the piano for funerals, weddings, and many other celebrations. Her passion for music led her to share her talents by teaching piano lessons for over 15 years.

After taking time off from teaching to raise her family, Doris went back to college at DWU to get her Bachelor’s Degree in teaching. She accepted a position at the Winner Eastside Elementary School to teach First Grade where she taught for 13 years. Her joy was teaching first graders how to read. She was an inspiration to many of her students as they often appreciated her lessons several years after their first grade experiences.

The community of Winner was very special to Doris. She became the “Welcome Wagon” lady during her retirement years along with being a Mary Kay consultant. She thoroughly enjoyed the social aspect of these activities. In addition, she also served as the neighborhood “chicken broker” for a short time. Having an outing with the “lunch bunch” or enjoying chocolate and a good cup of coffee with friends was a sheer delight to her. Making trips back to Springfield to help coordinate the Southern Teacher’s College Museum was another personal highlight. Her retirement from teaching also allowed Doris to enjoy her grandchildren’s various concerts, plays and recitals. She passed on the love of music to her grandchildren. She also enjoyed traveling and especially the travels with her Donnie to various locations through the years, particularly to Germany to visit her grandchildren.

Blessed to have shared her life are her two children, Todd (Dawn) Rysavy, Ogden, UT, Terri (Gary)Larson Sioux Falls, SD: seven grandchildren  Brandon, Wayne, Jordan Rysavy and Larissa, Bailey, Seth and Gabriel Larson; her sister, Marian (Marven) Smith and her brother, Darrell (Ellen) Black and a host of other relatives and friends.

Welcoming her to her heavenly home are her husband, Donald, and her daughter, Judy, her parents, Leo and Lutisha Black and her brothers, Marvin and Richard Black.

The family wishes to express their deep appreciation for the staff at the Good Samaritan Village, who provided such wonderful care every day to her. You all made the quality of life better through your quality of care for Doris, Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Memorials may be directed to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Winner, SD. The family of Doris Rysavy would like to thank you all for your support and prayers.

Visitation will be Friday, March 3, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home. Visitation will resume at 6:00 PM at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Winner, SD. Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, 10:30 AM at Immaculate Catholic Church in Winner, SD.

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Kim Louise Miller   - Print this obit

Kim Louise Miller lost her courageous battle with cancer on February 26, 2017. She went to join her husband Gary D. Miller and her dogs BoBo, Buffy, and Nikki.

Born Kim Louise Boe to Kenneth and Marcella Boe of Sioux Falls S.D, Kim grew up in Canton the youngest of 7 children. She went to Washington High School where she later met her first husband, Kim Reiter.

On March 2, 1979 Kim and Kim welcomed their beautiful daughter Livy Jay Reiter. Kim was very focused on raising Livy. She dabbled in several different occupations ranging from construction, packing plants and finally retiring from a position as a bus monitor with her husband Gary in Kennebec SD. Kim was also a step mother to Gary's 5 daughters: Theresa Johnson of St. Louis MO, Dawn Dossett of Sioux Falls SD, Lisa Roman of St. Pete FL, Kristina Dossett (Daniel) of Sioux Falls SD, and Casey Olvera of San Antonio TX.

In her spare time she enjoyed playing with her dogs, gardening, hunting, fishing, camping, dancing, NASCAR, QVC shopping, and singing Patsy Cline. Her greatest joy though was spending time with her granddaughters: Mia Marcella, Ava Marie, Ensley Louise.

Greeting her at heavens gate was her husband Gary, her parents, her brothers: Dennis, Richard, and Dwayne; her brother-in-law, Greg Olson was there too.

Kim leaves behind 6 girls as well as 18 grandchildren; sisters: Karen, Marcia and Carolyn; and many nieces and nephews. Kim was very loved and will be truly missed by many. She is Dancing in the sky now beautiful and pain free.

Visitation will be Friday, March 3, 5 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Memorial Service at 6:30 PM.

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Roy Gene Bailey  - Print this obit

Roy Gene Bailey, 70, passed away February 20, 2017 at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls. He was born on October 26, 1946 to William and Ina (Hobbs) Bailey in Atmore, Alabama.

Roy was united in marriage to Nyla Hedrixson. Roy was a lifetime over the road truck driver. He enjoyed fishing, picnicking, and spending time with family and friends. He was a man of faith and God.

Roy is survived by his wife: Nyla; son: Barry Bailey; daughter: Lori Bailey; 4 grandchildren; brothers: R.C. (Toni) Bailey and Kenneth (Mary) Bailey; sisters: Audry Marie Turk and Carolyn (Ralph) Parker. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers: William Bailey Jr., Robert Bailey and Thomas “Jerry” Bailey.

Visitation will be Wednesday, 5 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with family present from 6-8 PM. Funeral Service will be Thursday, 1:30 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home.

Barbara Ann Masgai  - Print this obit

Barbara Ann (Lens) Masgai, 76, of Sioux Falls, SD, died peacefully at home with her family by her side after losing her battle with multiple myeloma. Barbara was born December 20, 1940 in Marshall, MN to Frank and Gertrude Lens. She attended school in Marshall, MN and St. Columba in Iona, MN. She graduated from Washington High School in Sioux Falls, SD in 1958. She attended the School of Practical Nursing in Mitchell, SD and was employed at McKennan Hospital in the surgery department and the Donahue Clinic.

She married John Masgai on February 9, 1963 at St. Joseph Cathedral in Sioux Falls. While raising her three children, she supported her husband's employment with the National Park Service. They lived in Aztec, NM; Big Bend National Park, TX; Arlington, VA and Grand Canyon National Park, AZ. They moved to Aberdeen, SD in 1978 when John changed employment. She continued to raise her family and was employed at St. Luke's Hospital in the surgery department for nineteen years. Upon retirement, John and Barbara moved to Sioux Falls to be near their children and grandchildren.

Barbara is survived by her loving husband: John, of fifty four years; three beloved children: Deb (Mark) Boyd of Sioux Falls, SD, Mary (Bernie) Walter of Burnsville, MN, Michael (Martha) Masgai of Crooks, SD; six grandchildren; her sisters: Delores (Vince) Madsen, Fran (the late Rich) McNeely, Lorraine (the late Bud) Anderson; her brothers: John (Elizabeth) Lens; Charles (Lollie) Lens; as well as many loving relatives and friends. Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Gertrude, and her sister, Donna (Pal) Picchiette.

She deeply loved her family and was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother and will be greatly missed.

Visitation will begin at 10:30 AM Saturday, the 4th at Holy Spirit Catholic Church with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM.

Gregory Joe Dahlenburg  - Print this obit

On Sunday, January 29th, Gregory Joe Dahlenburg, 65, of Sioux Falls, SD passed away at the VA Hospital after battling cancer for 6 months.

  Greg was born on January 13th, 1952 in Glendive, Montana, and raised in Mitchell, SD. He graduated high school from Boystown, and then served in the Navy from 1970-1974, including service in Vietnam. Greg married Kathryn Barnett on December 27th, 1980. Greg worked many jobs over the years, but most loved his work as a barber and retired in 2016 when Grange Avenue Barber's closed. Some of Greg's hobbies were reading, fishing, and meeting people.    

A man of charm, he could talk and tell stories, and keep you entertained for hours. As anyone who met him can attest, there was nothing Greg loved more than playing with his friends and family's children.

Greg is survived by his wife: Kathy; his son: Robert (Tesha) Dahlenburg of Spearfish, SD; his daughter: Amy Dahlenburg of Phoenix, AZ; his siblings: Darla (Randy) Van Dyke of Brookings, SD, Lois Green, Rodney Dahlenburg, Gail Imihy and Annette Castle, all of Minneapolis, MN, Joel McNelly of Sioux Falls, SD and Carmen (Greg) Dougherty of Valley Springs, SD; as well as one grandson and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents: Dale Dahlenburg and Amy Smith; his brother: Lee Dahlenburg; and his: daughter Tessa Dahlenburg.

Visitation will be Wednesday the 1st, 5 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Memorial Service at 7 PM.

John Peter Wallace  - Print this obit

John Peter Wallace Sr., 81, passed away at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on January 19th, 2017.

John was born to John and Helene Wallace in Chicago, Illinois on April 13th, 1935 and grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After serving in the Air Force for 8 years, he returned to Minneapolis where he met the love of his life, Elizabeth “Betty” Veverka and they were married on November 26th, 1966. In 1984, he moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota to help set up the then new Fed Ex facility. He retired from Fed Ex in 1994. He filled his time with a variety of activities from teaching the South Dakota Hunt Safe classes to Civil Air Patrol and being an amazing dad and grandpa.

He is survived by his wife: Betty Wallace; siblings: Warren “Tuck” Wallace, Michelle “Mickey” Bolden, and Noel Deidrich; sons: John P Jr. and Arthur; grandchildren: John P III, Lucas, Nicholas, Tristan, and Phoebe; great-grandson: Ryker and many nieces and nephews.

A Scripture Vigil will be Sunday the 22nd, 5:00 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home followed by the Rosary. Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, 23rd, 10:00 AM at St. Michael Parish and he will be laid to rest at St. Michael Cemetery with Full Military Honors by American Legion Post #15.

Kendall Erickson   - Print this obit

Kendall Erickson, 56, died of natural causes at his home in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on Saturday, January 14, 2017.

Kendall Loren Erickson was born on July 17, 1960 in Akron, Iowa to Loren and Odalite (Pike) Erickson. He was a graduate of Elk Point High School in 1979 and received his Bachelor of Art degree in Communications in 1983 from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. He married Julie Ann Carlson on August 6, 1983. He has lived in Sioux Falls for the last 30 years. He was owner and operator of the L&S Press in Sioux Falls which he sold several years ago.

Kendall enjoyed hunting and fishing and his greatest hobby for many years was trapping wild animals. His favorite spot for relaxation was “The Falls” and he was very proud to call Sioux Falls his home.

He is survived by his mother: Odalite Erickson of Elk Point; siblings: Parris (Elaine) Erickson of Elk Point, Jeanine (Keith) Ashmore of Sioux City, Stephanie (Edward) Gunter of Englewood, Colorado and Randy (Clarice) Erickson of Sioux City; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Sunday the 22nd, 2-4 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home. Interment will be in the St. Paul Lutheran Church Cemetery in Elk Point at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to O. Erickson, 105 West Rose Street, Apt. 1 in Elk Point, SD 57025.

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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.

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