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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.

Raymond Dean Haley  - Print this obit

On April 4, 2017, Raymond Haley, died peacefully in his sleep after a long battle with cancer. He was 82 years old.

Raymond was born November 9, 1934 and was raised in Sherman, South Dakota. As a young man, he worked for Gustafson Company building bridges. He moved to Sioux Falls and was united in marriage to Bev in 1955. Together they raised four children: Angela, Laurie, Sharon and Vincent.

In Sioux Falls, he began his career as a carpenter. He worked on Avera McKennan , the Veterans Administration and Sanford hospitals. He also worked on St. Lambert Catholic Church, North Western Bell and many others. He went on to build homes in the Sioux Falls area. He worked for many construction companies including: Lovett and Friessen, Bruns, Sioux Falls Construction, Henry Carlson and many others.

Raymond restored classic Chevy pickups. He loved to go to car shows to show off his truck and talk to people. Raymond was always willing to lend a helping hand. He also loved to go fishing.

Raymond is survived by his wife: Bev; children: Laurie, Sharon and Vincent; sisters: Patricia Callsen, Rose Mills, Dorothy (Roger) Larson, and June Haley; brother: Michael (Maureen) Haley and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter: Angela; parents: Eugene and Ruby Haley; two sisters: Marian Aulner and Lois Jones; and a brother: Patrick Haley.

Visitation will be 6:00 PM, Monday the 10th, at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Scripture Vigil and Rosary at 7:00 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday the 11th, 10:30 AM at St. Lambert Catholic Church with burial to follow at St. Michael Cemetery.

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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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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