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Judith Ann Stough  - Print this obit

Judith Ann Stough, 63, from Sioux Falls, passed away on June 29th. Judy was born on August 23rd, 1951 to Milo and Minnie VanKouwenberg. Judy married her soul mate, Roy Stough, on August 20th, 1994.

Judy is survived by her husband: Roy: mother: Minnie: brother: Richard; daughter: Monica (Mark) Zens; daughter: Heather (Loren) Bowden; daughter: Jonna (Shawn) Downs: son: Jason (Melinda) Stough: grandchildren: Kesha, Chelsea (Jessen), Kelsea, Alex, Shawna, Jazzmin, Hope, Zion, Kylie and Eric; great-granddaughter: Myla; family friend: Floss; and her lifelong friend: Lynda Fonder.

Judy is preceded in death by her father Milo, sister, Linda, and great-grandson, Aiden.

There will be a Celebration of Life Service on Thursday, July 2nd, from 6 pm to 8 pm at First Christian Church. 524 W. 13th St.

Delores Ann Dissing  - Print this obit

Delores Ann (Marquardsen) Dissing, 83, of Baltic passed away at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls on June 24, 2015. Delores was born on July 11, 1931 in Orchard, Nebraska to Otto Marquardsen and Sophie (Luschen) Marquardsen. She grew up in Ruthton, Minnesota where she attended Ruthton Public Schools.

She is survived by her children: LeRoy (Margaret) Dissing, Carmen (Michael) Niesen, Marvin (Jackie) Dissing, Kenneth (Linda) Dissing, and Patrica (Michael) Neumann; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; sisters: Gladys (Leroy) Poole, Bonnie (Richard) Lindell; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents Otto Marquardsen and Sophie Furhman, and brother Delbert Marquardsen.

A celebration of the life of Delores will be held July 11, 2015 at the Baltic Lutheran Church in Baltic from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

David Ralph Kellen  - Print this obit

David R. Kellen, age 67 of Sioux Falls, SD died Thursday, June 11th, 2015 at Avera McKennan Hospital surrounded by his family. David was born on February 12th, 1948 in Sioux City, IA to Ralph and Josephine (Fuyok) Kellen. They moved to Sioux Falls shortly after and made their home in Ellis, SD where David attended grade school and graduated high school in 1966 from West Central in Hartford, SD.

He was united in marriage to Marilyn Howell August 16th, 1969 and the couple raised two beautiful daughters. David dedicated 34 years of service to John Morrell and Company prior to taking an early retirement following his diagnosis of retinitis pigmentosa causing blindness. Following the diagnosis, David and his loving wife decided to travel the country to see God's beautiful creations before losing more sight. It was then that they discovered Arizona. They embraced their new home in Tucson and made many friends and will forever be blessed by all.

David enjoyed fishing, cooking and spending time with friends and family. He will forever be remembered for his love of these things as well as talking. There was never a moment of silence with David in the room as he loved to socialize and share his thoughts and experiences.

David is survived by his wife Marilyn, two children Anita (Dave) Krumbach, Laura (Brian) Perkins, four grandchildren Brittany (Brandon) Kruger, Joshua Krumbach, Camden and Rylan Perkins and two great-grandchildren Avery and Liam Kruger.

Visitation will be Tuesday, June 16th at 5:00pm at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home, Sioux Falls, SD with a Scripture Vigil at 7:00pm. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11:00am Wednesday, June 17th at St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church in Sioux Falls with a luncheon following prior to the burial.

Gerald "Jerry" McGovern Jr.   - Print this obit

Gerald "Jerry" McGovern Jr., age 63, of Sioux Falls, SD, was called home on Friday, May 15th, 2015 at Sanford Hospital surrounded by his children and their Mother. Funeral services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 21st at St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church in Sioux Falls. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5-8 p.m., with family present 6-8 p.m., at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home, Sioux Falls, SD.

Jerry was born on October 9th, 1951 in Sioux Falls, SD to Gerald McGovern Sr. and Goldie (Hartson) McGovern. During his early adulthood, Jerry was involved in Demolition Derbies and auto racing. He graduated in 1970 from O'Gorman High School, Sioux Falls.

He was united in marriage to Marla Harrington on November 2nd, 1974 and the couple raised five loving children. Jerry dedicated 32 years of service to the City of Sioux Falls in the Public Works Division. Jerry was active in the SD Junior Football community, spending over 20 years as a volunteer coach and board member.

In his spare time, Jerry enjoyed watching auto racing, camping, in fact, he made it a point to take his five children and their families on a camping trip at least once a year, but above all else, Jerry loved spending time with his beloved grandchildren. 

Although he is no longer among us, Jerry will forever be remembered for his quick wit, sarcastic sense of humor, tender heart, and incredible devotion to his family.

Jerry is survived by his five children, Ava (Shawn) Ohnstad, Sioux Falls, Mac (Julie) McGovern, Sioux Falls, Amy McGovern, Sioux Falls, Amanda McGovern, Sioux Falls, and Mike (Val) McGovern, Sioux Falls; 11 grandchildren, Mitch, Kayla, Kristen, Marley, Mason, Marshal (Gerald IV), Dejah, Aliyah, Isabelle Tayviah, Beau, and 2 others on the way; mother Goldie McGovern, Sioux Falls; sisters Patricia "Pat" Calkins, Troutdale, OR, and Mary Swenson, Luverne, MN;  brother Tom McGovern, Sioux Falls;  the Mother of their Children, Marla Harrington, Sioux Falls; and numerous other colleagues, friends, and relatives. He is preceded in death by his father, Gerald McGovern Sr., brother-in-law Bob Calkins, and favorite pet, Rocky.

Daniel Francis Reimers  - Print this obit

Daniel Francis Reimers, 66, passed away April 16, 2015 at Golden Living in Salem, SD. Dan was born on November 24, 1948 at Holy Family Hospital in Estherville, IA to Dr. Frank and Mary Ann (Anderson) Reimers.

Daniel graduated from SDSU in 1975 with a major in Spanish. Daniel worked in retail sales in mens clothing for many years. He excelled in his career and had many people request him for their purchases.

Daniel is survived by his brother: Thomas, Sioux Falls, SD; and cousin: Mrs. Mary Beth Green, Omaha, NE. He is preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Frank, Mary Ann, and William Richard (Mr. Bill) Reimers; infant sister: Rose Ann; infant brother: Michael; and brother: Edward.

Thomas would like to profoundly thank the surgeons, doctors, nurses, and aids on 2 West and 2 East at Avera McKennan Hospital and Select Hospital; the ER staff at Avera McKennan the staff at Southridge Rehab and staff at Golden Living at Salem, SD. “Good On All Of You.”

Visitation will be Monday, 6 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Scripture Vigil and Rosary at 7 PM.

John Klemic  - Print this obit

John Klemic, age 89, a former resident of Lennox and Sioux Falls, passed away peacefully on March 30, 2015 in Naperville, IL. He was born on May 10, 1925 in Nesquehoning, PA.

John is survived by the love of his life, his wife of almost 62 years, Rozene (Courey) Klemic; his loving children, John (Connie Colon) Klemic, Jr. of Los Angeles, CA, Gladys (Pepin Carolan) Klemic of Naperville, IL, James (Kathryn) Klemic of Falls Church, VA; as well as his grandchildren, Joseph Carolan, Mary Klemic, Jackie Colon, and Samuel Klemic. He was preceded in death by his children Mary Klemic and Thomas Klemic.

John was born in Carbon County, PA, the son of an immigrant coal miner. He proudly served as a Lt. in the U.S. Navy in World War II, Pacific Theatre, and during the Korean Conflict. After Korea, John moved to South Dakota, married Rozene Courey of Lennox, and started his family. In Sioux Falls, John had real estate and insurance businesses that led to a job with the federal government that moved the family from the area. John maintained close ties to South Dakota, in particular with the Courey and Surdez families of Lennox.

John was a federal government worker with the Federal Housing Authority and the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). At HUD, he developed the housing counseling program that became the national model. He also worked in public housing anti-crime programs in Detroit, as well as special projects for HUD in Chicago, St. Louis, Newark, and New York. Upon his retirement from government service in the 1980’s, John had a second career as a science educator. John developed a series of hands-on science kits and coupled these with an education program he also developed that taught not only science topics, but instilled self-confidence in students. A man of insatiable curiosity and enthusiasm, while in retirement he also invented technologies for environmental remediation that led to his award of two US patents.

John and Rozene Klemic were 39-year residents of Detroit, MI. In their later years, the couple moved to Naperville, IL to be near family. They both considered South Dakota as home, where they met and started their family.

Funeral Services were held on Friday, April 3, 2015 at the Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Naperville, IL. Interment will take place at St. Michael Cemetery in Sioux Falls, SD on April 18, at 9:30 AM. (A guest book is available on line at In lieu of flowers or donations, the family asks friends, neighbors, students, and colleagues to simply take a moment and think gentle thoughts.

Glenda Ann Brenner  - Print this obit

Glenda Ann (Roorda) Brenner, 69, of Sioux Falls passed away at Sanford-USD Medical Center on April 7, 2015. Glenda was born on October 17, 1945 in Hull, Iowa to Peter Roorda and Marie (Kuyper) Roorda. She grew up in Sanborn, Iowa where she attended Sandborn Public Schools. She then moved to Sheldon, Iowa where she graduated from Sheldon Public High School in 1964. She went on to attend Nurses training in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

She began her career in Nursing in Sioux Falls, SD. Shortly after, she moved to Boulder, Colorado to continue her career. It was while being a nurse that she met her husband, Marvin Brenner. Glenda married Marvin on April 19, 1969 at St. Joseph's Cathedral in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

After marriage Glenda and Marvin moved between Boulder, Colorado and Sioux Falls, South Dakota where they settled in 1973. She continued Nursing until 1979 when she became a full-time homemaker and childcare provider. She later worked in Food Service for the Sioux Falls School District and a local phone survey company for several years.

She enjoyed attending events at the Center for Active Generations and her church. She was especially proud of her nine grandchildren and enjoyed spending time with them.

She is survived by her children: Brian Brenner (Emilee Fullenkamp), Lynna Brenner, Kayla (Lucas) Dannenbring, and Robert (Nichole) Brenner; grandchildren: Trever, Deven, Ava, Ava Corrine Fullenkamp, Brady, Brandon, Bennett, Auburn, and Avalon of Sioux Falls; and her significant other: Robert Graff of Tea, South Dakota. She is preceded in death by her parents Peter and Marie Roorda, infant brother Richard Roorda, her husband Marvin Brenner, and daughter-in-law Christine Brenner.

Visitation will be Monday, April 13, 5 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home, with a Prayer Service at 7 PM. Funeral Service will be 11 AM at First Reformed Church on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to the Center for Active Generations in Sioux Falls, SD and/or American Diabetes Association. 

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.


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