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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.

Adele A. Josten  - Print this obit

Adele A. Josten, 92, died peacefully on January 16, 2017. Adele A. Schneider was born June 11, 1924 in Fargo, North Dakota to E.P. and Margaret (Callahan) Schneider. She attended St. Anthony’s Grade School, Sacred Heart Academy High School and Secretarial School in Fargo. She started work for the Veteran’s Administration in Fargo, transferred to St. Paul, Minnesota and again to Sioux Falls, South Dakota. In Sioux Falls, she met her husband Bernard J. Josten and they were united in marriage on August 18, 1951. Bernard and Adele raised three boys and enjoyed seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Bernard preceded Adele in death by nine years almost to the day. Adele also worked in the Office of Education for the Diocese of Sioux Falls. She was awarded Woman of the Year for the American Business Women’s Association, Dakota Chapter and served as  president of Cosmopolitan Auxiliary and St Joseph’s Cathedral Club. She was a Cub Scout Leader, a Lay Minister of the Eucharist, and an active member in Catholic Daughters. Along with Bernard, they were Marriage Preparation Leaders and Marriage Sponsors for engaged couples.

Adele was very generous with her time and volunteered to help wherever she was. Throughout her life, she sewed and did needlework for her family and continued to knit baby booties for expectant mothers well into her later years. Her warm personality and endless wit drew people to her from her first friend in Sioux Falls to her last visitors in hospice.  

Adele is survived by her sons: Bernie (Shawna) of Farmington, UT, Jim (Lynn) of Sioux Falls, and Greg (Bonnie) of Rapid City, SD; seven grandchildren: William (Kay) of St Paul, MN, Brian (Beth) of Sioux Falls, Anne of St. Paul, MN, Daniel of Vermillion, SD, and Michael of Bozeman, MT, Andrew and Carolyn of Rapid City, SD; and four great-grandchildren: Abby and Ellie of St. Paul, MN, and Benjamin and Brieanna of Sioux Falls, SD.

Visitation will be Friday the 20th, 5:00 PM with a Scripture Vigil at 7:00 PM followed by the Rosary at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home at 901 South Minnesota Ave, Sioux Falls, SD. Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, the 21st, 10:00 AM at the Cathedral of St. Joseph at 521 North Duluth Ave, Sioux Falls, SD. Please join the family when they lay Adele to rest at St. Michael Cemetery, followed by a luncheon in the St. Joseph Cathedral Parish Hall.

Memorials can be directed to Sioux Falls Catholic Schools - Bernard and Adele Josten Endowment - Sioux Falls Catholic Schools Foundation, 3100 West 41stStreet, Sioux Falls, SD, 57105.

Barry Jack Michael Klein  - Print this obit

Barry Jack Michael Klein, age 35, passed away Friday January 13, 2017 of natural causes.

He was such a loving and caring man. His family always came first and he married his one and only true love, Alexis Klein, on November 19, 2015. Barry was a very kindred spirit. He loved talking to everyone and anyone about everything; always wanting to hear their life stories and giving advice. He enjoyed so much in his life such as music, art, history, collecting old money and antiques. One of his biggest accomplishments was obtaining his GED. He was also a great stone mason and he loved doing his granite fabrication which he was amazing at. He absolutely loved learning about everything.
Barry was always there to give a helping hand to anyone who was in need. He would give the shirt off his back if you were cold, or his last dollar if you were hungry. Barry could light up the darkest of rooms and he could make you smile in the saddest of times. He will forever be missed and loved.

He is survived by his wife, Alexis Klein; his parents: Randy and Marge Klein; his mother Mary Klein; his younger brother: Scott Klein; half brothers: Todd (Sherry) Klein, and Greg (Julie) Klein; half sister: Kristy (Adam) Diaz; step sisters: Carrie (Corey) Creeger, and Sarah (Devin) Nogales; grandparents: Gene and Aleda Knopf; aunts and uncles: Pat and Renae Keultjes, Denny and Cindy Robinson, Candy and Vincent Fry, Ward and Joyce Thomas; step uncles and aunts: Kevin Knopf, Vickie and Dennis Medd, Brad and Lee Knopf. Also, many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He is preceded in death by grandparents: Ward and Patricia Thomas, Donald and Yvonne Klein and step grandmother: Evelyn Klein; aunt: Christy Taylor; and uncles: Donald Thomas and Charles Klein.

Visitation will be Wednesday the 18th, 5-8 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be Thursday the 19th, 11 AM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home. A luncheon will be served after the Funeral Service.

Christena Allington  - Print this obit

Christena Allington, 97, passed away peacefully on January 8, 2017 with her immediate family by her side.

A woman of extraordinary faith, Christena cherished her family as being one of her most valued gifts from God. Christena was married to the love of her life, Francis Allington, for sixty-seven wonderful years. She is survived by her three sons: Gary (Alice), Roger (Nicky), Joseph (Vicky) and daughter: Patricia Gillen (Roger). The pride of her later years were eight grandchildren: Craig, Kimberly, Corey, Joshua (Brianna), Justin (Ashley), Jason (Kesha), Christy (Charles Shelton) and Anne Duhon; fourteen great-grandchildren were also high on her beloved list.

Born on April 27, 1919 the eldest of four brothers and three sisters, Christena was instrumental in helping her parents, William and Winnie Brock, care for her siblings while they struggled on a farm during the Great Depression. Her talent to teach even at a young age benefited her brothers and sisters. She continued to encourage her four children to excel in school and spent many hours coaching her grandchildren when they visited.

Christena was an exceptional homemaker who doted on Francis, her children and grandchildren. She loved music, cooking and sewing. Her beautiful smile and kindness will be missed by all.

She was a member of the Cathedral of St. Joseph for 75 years and belonged to the same Women's Cathedral Club for over 50 years.

During the eight years she lived in an assisted living home, she encouraged her elderly friends to walk, be as active as possible and to smile often. She was admired for her generosity and her willingness to stop at anytime to help someone in need. Her love for Jesus, the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint Francis guided her in a very special way!

Visitation will be Thursday January 12, 6:00 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Rosary at 7:00 PM followed by a time of sharing. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday January 13, 10:00 AM at the Cathedral of St. Joseph. Christena's family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Good Samaritan Luther Manor and Avera At Home Hospice for their care and compassion.

Josephine "Jo" Dvorak  - Print this obit

Josephine “Jo” Veronica Dvorak, age 86, passed away on Friday, December 23, 2016 at Bethany Nursing Home in Sioux Falls, SD. She was born in Tyndall, SD on September 13, 1930 to Hattie (Bambas) and Frank Vellek. She had 4 siblings: Mildred Smith (deceased), Violet Watkins (deceased), Ervin Vellek (deceased) and Bonnie Reinesch. She grew up on the family homestead outside of Tyndall, SD and as a young woman she attended school and worked on the family farm.

She married Norman Dvorak (deceased) on September 12, 1953 at St. Joseph Cathedral in Sioux Falls. Together they were loving parents to 6 children: Brad Dvorak, Andrea (Al) Rausch, Chris (Tom) Dvoracek, Matthew Dvorak (deceased), Ted Dvorak, and Rick Dvorak. She is survived by 8 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and 2 great- great-grandchildren.

Jo enjoyed gardening and canning, flowers, baking, playing Bingo, coffee parties with neighbors, and playing cards and games with family and friends, She is remembered by her children and grandchildren for her life quotes, cooking, and hospitality to friends and family.

Visitation will be Friday, December 30, at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with family present from 5-8 PM. A private burial will be held at St. Michael Cemetery.

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Judy Lynn Smith Valdez  - Print this obit

Judith (Judy) Lynn Smith Valdez age 73, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD. She was born in Los Angeles, CA. on October 12, 1943 to Iva (Young) and Donald Smith. Judy grew up in both California and South Dakota.

She met the love of her life Roland R. Valdez, Sr. in California and was married October 19, 1961. They were blessed with 6 beautiful children – Debra Stockwell, Roland R. Valdez, Jr. (Deb), Ricardo Valdez, Daniel Valdez (Dana), Lia Valdez and Jennifer King (Dewey), who she loved and cherished very much.

She was blessed with her one and only brother James (Jim/Smitty) and very special sister-in-law Mary Smith.

She was always full of life and had a very sharp and witty sense of humor. She would light up any room with her presence and would always greet you with a smile and a chuckle that would melt your heart. Friends and family meant the world to her. She enjoyed family vacations, playing games and visiting with friends.

She has 8 grandchildren: Tara, Andrew, Brandon, Evan, Aaron, Jazmine, Alyvia and Meagan; one great-grandson: Luka; all who she thought could never do any wrong in her eyes.

Those who shared her life were her children and several nieces and nephews: Stephanie, Rawn, Viana, Roi, Shawn, Lindsay, Melissa, Marra and Mandy and several great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her son Ricardo, her husband Roland, and son-in-law Allen Stockwell.

Visitation will be Wednesday, 5:30 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with family present from 6 – 8 PM. Funeral Service will be Thursday, 11 AM at Peace Lutheran Church with burial to follow at St. Patrick Cemetery in Montrose.

Gary Martin Kruger  - Print this obit

Gary Martin Kruger passed away on Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD. He was thankfully born on January 27th, 1943 to Martin and Emma Kruger and raised in Parkston, SD. He met and married Phyllis Uhrich (Alexandria, SD), enjoying 53 wonderful years and two sons, Chad and Jason.

Gary retired from Titan Machinery after 42 years of salesmanship. Prior to moving big iron, he worked for Minnehaha County. In early 1973, with Poirier Equipment, Gary found his true calling in sales, establishing a lifetime of personal and professional relationships, which ultimately was his favorite personal accomplishment(s).

Gary was a man of many things; family, friends, sports, outdoors, business... But his driving force was relationships. He was so thankful for the people that had graced his life, never giving a second thought to those which he, in kind, graced as well. His nature was one of respect and appreciation, and was always present in any interaction. He is and will be regarded as a man of dignity, trust, and love. He will be deeply missed by family, friends, and anyone he might have met.

Gary is survived immediately by his loving wife: Phyllis; sons: Chad and Jason (wife Rebecca, grandchildren Alexis, Devon, and Autumn); sisters: Donna(Ivan) and Delores, along with many other loved and cherished family and friends.

Visitation with family present will be Sunday, 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home. Memorial Service will be Monday, 11:00 AM at Hilltop United Methodist Church.

Helen Jane "Toni" Dummermuth  - Print this obit

Toni (Helen Jane) Dummermuth passed away on Sunday, November 27 at Avera Prince of Peace in Sioux Falls, SD. She was born on January 5, 1934 to Norbert and Helen Kenefick in Sioux Falls. Her father gave her the nickname of Toni at a very young age and she took to it immediately. Toni attended Cathedral grade and high school and graduated in 1952. She met Ray Dummermuth shortly after her graduation and they married on November 17, 1953.  

In the early years, Toni was a stay at home mother to her five children. When her youngest son Tom turned two in 1969, Toni went to work at Suburban Lanes in the cafe. She moved to the front desk as the assistant manager until 1975. When Riddles Jewelry opened in the Empire Mall in 1975, Toni went to work selling fine jewelry. She took her sales skills to the JC Penney jewelry department for the next few years and in the early 80's she moved to the Liquor Loft. In 1986, she began working at Hy-Vee on South Minnesota Avenue in Customer Service. In 1994, her husband Ray retired and they moved to their dream home near Lake Norden, South Dakota on Lake Poinsett. Toni transferred to Hy-Vee in Watertown and moved to a part time position in order to travel with Ray to visit their many friends and relatives. On March 7, 1997, Toni and Ray returned home from a five week vacation across the Western United States. Ray suffered a heart attack that day and passed away. Although heartbroken at losing her husband so early into his retirement, Toni remained at Lake Poinsett and continued to work at Hy-Vee. She persevered through tough times that spring of 1997 when Lake Poinsett flooded her dream home as a result of record snow fall in the winter of 1996/97. She rebuilt/repaired the lake home and stayed until 2006 when she moved back to Sioux Falls. She transferred to Hy-Vee on 26th and Marion Road. She worked as a cashier and was famous for her Christmas fruit baskets during the holiday season. She gave herself the nickname ‘Basket Case’ and was well known by many a customer who shopped at Hy-Vee. If you came through her line and paid using check or credit card, she would look at your name and associate you with either one of her family members or many of her acquaintances. Toni had a huge friends and family network and made it a point to know about you and important events in your life. She retired from Hy-vee in January 2014 due to poor health.  
In August 2014, Toni moved to Avera Prince of Peace Assisted Living in Sioux Falls. She soon acquainted herself with the local residents and became a main fixture at Bridge and Bingo tournaments. Toni had an old school functional slot machine in her apartment and the residents and staff would stop by to chat and play the nickel slots. Toni always kept nickels handy but made you put any winnings back into the machine. Toni was a master knitter and created and sold baby sweaters to many of the staff and visitors to Assisted Living. In the Summer of 2015, Toni moved to the Boulder Creek wing in Prince of Peace Long Term Care. She remained there to joke with the staff, play bingo and bridge, and occasionally knit sweaters. She displayed her sweaters in the hair salon where they sold immediately. Failing health limited her ability to socialize at bingo and bridge. Although she rarely left her room in 2016, she never lacked visitors. She loved to visit and learn about what was happening in the ‘outside’ world. During Thanksgiving week, she reached out to many friends and family to say her goodbyes. This was difficult as Toni was always a vocal force of nature. She knew her time was coming and wanted to have that ‘last’ conversation. 
Toni was a social butterfly and found every opportunity to visit. At the ‘hair bender' (beauty salon), over coffee or a ‘stiff drink’, or when she was out and about running errands. If you saw Toni in a store or on the street, you were guaranteed to have a 15 minute or more conversation. She had a memory like an elephant and could recall details of your past meetings and family happenings. She loved to knit and created many a custom afghan blanket or sweater for a friend’s child or grandchild.     
Toni is survived by her five children: Bob Dummermuth of Wilmington, North Carolina, Linda Duba of Sioux Falls, SD, Rick Dummermuth of Des Moines, Iowa, Jon Dummermuth of Groton, Connecticut, and Tom (Tammy) Dummermuth of Tomah, Wisconsin; eleven grandchildren: Jay (Kim) Dummermuth, Katie (Anthony) Brewington, Marc (Nikki) Dummermuth, Shawn Dummermuth, Amy Duba, Allison Duba, Andrew Duba, Stephen (Jordanna) Dummermuth, Casey (Shneer) Raeburn, Jayme Dummermuth, and Maddy (Colton) Novicky; and two great-grandchildren: Sierra Dummermuth and Namal Raeburn. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Gretchen Nelson, and her husband Ray Dummermuth.  
Visitation will be Thursday, December 1 at 5:00 pm with the family present from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home in Sioux Falls. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, December 2, 2:00 pm at St. Michael Parish in Sioux Falls with burial to follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Sioux Falls.

Jean Arens  - Print this obit

Jean Francis Arens (Healy), born in Canistota, SD on November 16, 1942, passed away on Monday, November 21. She was an amazing wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend who spent her life caring for others more than herself. Jean’s favorite things in life were gardening, cooking/baking for others, attending the grandkids' school/sporting events and spending quality time with friends and family. Daughter to Richard (“Bud”) and Cecilia Healy, Jean grew up on a farm in Montrose, SD. She was the first of 4 daughters and maintained an extremely close relationship to her 3 sisters throughout her life. Anytime the 4 sisters were together, the room was full of fun, love and laughter! 

  Jean is survived by her husband, Dennis Arens; daughters: Lynn Eriksen-Schmidt and Julie (Ryan) Terry; grandchildren: Christina Eriksen (23), Cassie Schmidt (18), Jessica Terry (17), Joshua Schmidt (16) and Alisha Schmidt (13). Dennis and Jean were married on June 28, 1964 and lived in Sioux Falls. After staying home to raise her 2 daughters (and babysit several others), Jean spent most of her working years at JD’s House of Trophies. It is here where she where she found yet another family and loved her job, but the people even more.

  Jean has many life-long friends for whom she loved dearly. From taking long walks and playing cards to a cruise and a trip to Europe, Jean adored spending time with these very special friends in her life. 

  Family time was so important to Jean. Any time the entire family was together, Jean thought she was already in heaven. She would plan and work for weeks to ensure everything was perfect…and Christmas was her favorite holiday of the year. The family has so many fond memories with the trips that they have taken and the special times together. 

  Spoiling her grandkids was Jean’s specialty! She and Dennis have never missed an in-town event or game in which the grandkids participated. She looked forward to each and every opportunity to be with her grandkids and/or watch them perform. She and Dennis even made it a point to get to Phoenix to watch Jessica play volleyball every year. 

  Jean was a devoted Catholic and spent every Saturday night in the same pew at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. She served on the Guild and befriended yet another wonderful group of women whom she adored. Jean’s faith was very strong and her relationship with God was of utmost importance.

Jean made such an impact in so many lives. She has spread a lot of love during her 74 years on this earth…and now we all will be blessed with an angel looking over us each and every day. Rest in peace Jean/Mom/Grandma!! We love you!

Visitation will be Sunday, 3 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Scripture Service at 5 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, 10:30 AM at St. Mary Church.


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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