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Dr. George Lou Barnett  - Print this obit

Dr. George Louis (Lou) Barnett, 92, died peacefully on Sunday morning, November 19th, a week after his devoted wife of 70 years, Maggie, passed suddenly.

Born on February 18, 1925, Dr. Barnett was the son of George Richard and Ruth Bauch Barnett, who raised their lively family of nine children on Duluth Avenue. He was a devoted and active member of St. Joseph Cathedral Parish for most of his long life, singing tenor in the Cathedral Choir, attending daily mass, and serving on the church council. He graduated from Cathedral High School in 1942. He was the quarterback of the high school football team and played clarinet in the band. He was honored by Sioux Falls Catholic Schools, who named him a distinguished alumnus for his service to the community.

Because of the need for doctors during World War II, Lou enrolled in an accelerated five-year program of college and medical school. During this time, he was commissioned in the Navy Reserve.

He graduated from Creighton University Medical School at the age of 22. On June 7, 1947, two days after his graduation, Lou married his beloved Margaret Mary (Maggie) Sheets of Omaha. They met in the church choir, and enjoyed singing and dancing together throughout their long marriage.

After early years in Graceville, MN, and Fort Meade, MD, where he served as a Captain in the US Army, Lou and Maggie returned to Sioux Falls in 1955 and settled in the Cathedral Historic District. Together they raised ten children in their home, which was filled with music, fun and laughter, always open to friends and neighbors. A family physician for more than 50 years, he delivered hundreds of babies, many for generations in the same families. A soft-spoken and thoughtful man, he was patient and kind, and never raised his voice in anger.  

Dr. Barnett played clarinet in the Augustana University Blue and Gold Band for decades, and played every summer with the Lennox Municipal  Band. He played the baritone horn for many years for the annual Tuba Christmas Festival. He was a regular at Elmwood Golf Course until he turned 89 years old. He loved pheasant hunting with his sons and grandchildren, bagging two birds on his last outing at age 90. He enjoyed fishing for walleye and was an excellent bridge and pitch player. He practiced his clarinet every day and did the daily crossword puzzle and word jumble.

Dr. Lou is survived by his ten children: John (Shelly) of Salem, SD;  Jim (Laura) of Sioux Falls; Margaret (Mike) Hooton of Pittsburgh, PA; Mary Catherine (Steve) Zahller of San Diego, CA; Bob of Pasadena, MD; Joe (Carrie) of Sioux Falls; Richard (Amy) of Sioux Falls; Bill (Jane) of Sioux Falls; Francis (Melissa) of Aberdeen and Martha Lyons of Tustin, CA.

Also mourning his loss are twenty-three grandchildren, each of whom knew they were his favorite: Chris (Mila), Matt, Pat (Janelle), Justin (Erin) Barnett; James Jr. (Tina) Barnett, Kara (Brian) Pfannenstein, Katherine (Aaron) Beckstrand, Michael Barnett; Robert Hooton, Kate (Brian) Hearn, John (Emily) Hooton, Christopher (Christina) Hooton; James Louis Zahller, Margaret Ann (Mike) Enos; Steven (Sophie Rodriguez) Barnett; Sarah (Shane) Meagher, Rachel Barnett, Maria (John) Maria; Julia, Joshua, Noah Barnett; Josephine and Thomas Lyons.

He will also be missed by his great-grandchildren: Brendan, Emma and Allison Barnett; Cameron, Caden and Joslyn Barnett; McKenna Barnett; Jameson Barnett and a baby girl due Feb. 2018; Patrick, Joseph, Thomas and Michael Pfannenstein; Madison Barnett; Margaret Barnett; Jack, Will and Finn Hearn; George, Hartley Grace and Penelope Katherine (born November 14, 2017) Hooton.

Lou is cherished by his brother, Don (Marilyn) Barnett, sister-in-law Kay Barnett, and by his many nieces and nephews of the Barnett, Williams, Harris, Sanders, Baker and Sheets families.

Friends will be welcomed by the family at the Cathedral of St. Joseph on Friday, November 24 beginning at 5:00 pm. A prayer service, followed by the Rosary, will begin at 6:30 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday morning at 10:00 am at St. Joseph Cathedral. Guests are invited for a luncheon after the funeral. Dr. Lou chose to donate his body to the USD Medical  School. Graveside rites will be held at a later date.

Dr. Lou and Maggie loved children and supported their educations. Memorials in their names may be directed to Sioux Falls Catholic Schools, 3100 West 41stStreet, Sioux Falls, SD 57105 for tuition assistance.  

Karen Kvamme  - Print this obit

Karen Reifers Kvamme, a recent resident of Larchwood, IA, and long-time resident of Brunswick, NE, passed away Thursday the 16th of November at her home in Larchwood.

Born September 11, 1959 in Michigan, Karen grew up in Sioux Falls, SD. She graduated from Washington High School in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 1977.

Karen loved her children, family and pets, taking care of all people, and socializing with friends. She had a witty sense of humor and a wonderful smile that could light up a room.

Karen is preceded in death by her parents Bud and Casey, brothers Michael and David, and husband Bernie Kvamme.

She is survived by her daughter: Melissa (Jay) Staebell of Sioux Falls, SD; son: Bailey Kvamme of Norfolk, NE.; and daughter: Megan (Nathan) Phillips of Harrisburg, SD; as well as her sister: LeAnn Reifers of Plainview, NE.; and brother Greg Reifers of Hawaii. The Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home Inc., Sioux Falls, has been entrusted with arrangements.

Visitation will be Monday November 20 5:00 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Memorial Service at 7:00 PM.

Norma Jean Vrondran  - Print this obit

Norma Jean (Clark) Vrondran was born in McLaughlin, SD January 4th, 1957 to John and Shirlene “Tootie” (Uhrig) Clark. She passed away surrounded by family November 14th at the age of 60.

At the age of 2, Norma and her family relocated to Buffalo, SD. She resided there for nearly half of her life where she attended Buffalo Elementary and graduated from Buffalo High School in 1975. She moved away in 1987 to explore, living short durations in several places before finding Sioux Falls, SD as the place she would make her new home and the home of her children. After moving to Sioux Falls, Norma attended the Stenotype Institute of South Dakota, graduating with a legal and executive secretary degree in 1994. She dedicated 23 years of her life to Disability Rights South Dakota (Formerly SD Advocacy Services) where she worked as an Administrative Assistant. She eventually moved to the small town of Trent, SD in 2005 for a quiet place to live, but commuted to Sioux Falls every day.

During her life, Norma was blessed with many dear friends who she considered family and touched many lives. Norma was a mom and a grandma to more than just family because everyone was family, even her pets and children’s pets that she called her grand babies. She enjoyed spending time outdoors camping, fishing, and gardening. She loved canning, baking, and cooking and would give away homemade salsa or baked goods, always thoughtfully remembering the picky eaters and made a special batch just for them. She loved nothing more than to spend time with her children, grandchildren, siblings, and friends, always able to put a smile on people’s faces. The only thing she hated were goodbyes.

She will be missed by her three children: Amber (Kelly) Rear, Geoff (Kristen) Clark, Kyle (Amanda) Jamison, all of Sioux Falls, SD; four siblings: Renee (Stuart) Guptill of Buffalo, SD, Mark (Sara) Clark of Lexington, KY, Laura (Chad) Trapp of Pierre, SD, JoDee Piekkola of Buffalo, SD and sister-in-law Donna Mason of Sturgis, SD; four grandchildren: Brandon, Cristofer, Jonathan and Mathew Rear, numerous nieces and nephews, as well as Life partner Larry Baucom and his children: Matthew (Misty), Annette, Jeff (Sharon), and Samantha (Derik); grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents John and Shirlene Clark, Stepfather Ronald Piekkola, brother-in-law David Hoyt, and brother John “B.J.” Clark.

Visitation will be Friday November 17, 5:00 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Prayer Service at 6:30 PM. A Funeral Service will be Saturday the 18, 10:00 AM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home.

Margaret "Maggie" Barnett  - Print this obit

 Margaret (Maggie) Barnett, 90, died peacefully on Saturday, November 11, after a sudden illness. Margaret Mary Sheets was born on October 9, 1927 in Omaha, Nebraska, to Frederick Hobson Sheets and Agnes Mary O'Donnell Sheets.
 On June 7, 1947, Maggie married Dr. George Louis (Lou) Barnett of Sioux Falls. Early years were spent in Graceville, MN and Fort Meade, MD. The family settled in the Cathedral District of Sioux Falls in 1955.
 Maggie and Lou are parents of ten children, all graduates of O'Gorman High School. Their home was a center of faith, fun and music, always open to friends and neighbors. Over the years they enjoyed hundreds of musical performances and athletic events by their children and grandchildren.
 Maggie was a faithful, devout member of St. Joseph Cathedral parish for more than 65 years. She sang alto in the Cathedral Choir, was a member of the funeral committee and played bridge with the Cathedral Ladies' club. In her 60's she learned to play golf with Lou, and joined Elmwood's Ladies Golf group. She enjoyed her walks on the golf course, and loved lunching and playing cards with her golf lady friends. During Lou's years of medical practice, she was active in the McKennan Ladies Auxiliary.
 Maggie is survived by her beloved husband of 70 years, Dr. Lou Barnett, and their ten children: John (Shelly) of Salem, SD; Jim (Laura) of Sioux Falls; Margaret (Mike) Hooton of Pittsburgh, PA; Mary Catherine (Steve) Zahller of San Diego, CA; Bob of Pasadena, MD; Joe (Carrie) of Sioux Falls; Richard (Amy) of Sioux Falls; Bill (Jane) of Sioux Falls; Francis (Melissa) of Aberdeen and Martha Lyons of Tustin, CA.
 Also mourning her loss are twenty-three grandchildren, each of whom knew they were her favorite: Chris (Mila), Matt, Pat (Janelle), Justin (Erin); James Jr. (Tina), Kara (Brian) Pfannenstein, Katherine (Aaron) Beckstrand, Michael; Robert Hooton, Kate (Brian) Hearn, John (Emily) Hooton, Christopher (Christina) Hooton; James Louis Zahller, Margaret Ann (Mike) Enos; Steven (Sophie Rodriguez); Sarah (Shane) Meagher, Rachel, Maria (John) Maria; Julia, Joshua, Noah; Josephine and Thomas Lyons.
 She will also be remembered by her great-grandchildren, including Brendan, Emma and Allison; Cameron, Caden and Joslyn; McKenna; Jameson and baby girl due Feb. 2018; Patrick, Joseph, Thomas and Michael Pfannenstein; Madison; Margaret; Jack, Will and Finn Hearn; George, Hartley Grace and baby girl due November 15, Hooton.
 Maggie is cherished by her in-laws Don and Marilyn Barnett, Kay Barnett, and by her many nieces and nephews of the Barnett, Williams, Harris, Sanders, Baker and Sheets families.
 Friends will be welcomed by the family at the Cathedral of St. Joseph on Wednesday, November 15th beginning at 5:00 PM. A Scripture Vigil, followed by the Rosary, will begin at 6:30 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday morning at 10:00 AM. Guests are invited for a luncheon after the funeral. Maggie chose to donate her body to the USD Medical School. Graveside rites will be held at a later date.
 Maggie loved children and supported their educations. Memorials may be directed to Sioux Falls Catholic Schools for tuition assistance.

Fredric "Fred" Hendrickson  - Print this obit

Fredric F. Hendrickson, 82, of Sioux Falls, SD passed away at home, October 28, 2017, following a courageous battle with cancer. Fred was born in Sioux Falls on April 24, 1935. He grew up in Philip, South Dakota, the adopted son of George and Alice Hendrickson. Fred graduated from Philip high school in 1953, where he excelled in debate, oratory and on the football field. He graduated from Huron College in 1956 and the University Of South Dakota Law School in 1960.

While attending law school Fred taught government and speech at Vermillion High School. 

Following graduation, he served in the South Dakota national guard for 8 years, practiced law for several years in Phillip and Rapid City, South Dakota, was assistant attorney general in South Dakota and in Iowa and eventually chose to pursue his interest in entrepreneurship and development both in South Dakota and Iowa. Fred and his wife moved to Seattle, Washington in 1998 where they lived and worked for 15 years before returning to Sioux Falls to retire in 2013.

Fred is survived by the love his life for 48 years, his wife: Beverly; a sister: Mary Keyser of Rapid City; SD, five sons: Scott Hendrickson of Des Moines, Iowa, Gary Hendrickson of Detroit Michigan, Mikal Hendrickson of Iowa City, Iowa, Patrick Hendrickson of San Francisco, California, and George Hendrickson of Sioux Falls. Fred also raised two stepchildren as his own: Emerson Nordmark of Anacortes, WA and Barbara Hunt of Kansas City, KS. Fred was blessed by nine grandchildren, all of whom loved “Grandpa Fred”.  Fred was preceded in death by his parents, George and Alice.

A Memorial Service will be Thursday November 2, 10:30 AM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be directed to: https://www.gofundme.com/hopeforEliyah

Mary Louise Denevan  - Print this obit

Mary Denevan, 77, of Sioux Falls, passed away Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 at Good Samaritan Society Center in Sioux Falls. 

Mary Louise Denevan was born October 28th, 1939 to Herbert and Mary (Madel) Denevan in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She attended Cathedral grade and high school, graduating in 1958 with honors. She attended Presentation College in Aberdeen, SD for one year. She came back to Sioux Falls to work at Morrell’s and graduate from Sioux Falls College. She taught 3 years in Clara City, MN. She returned to Sioux Falls after her Mother’s passing and worked at Morrell’s until her retirement. 

Mary enjoyed the outdoors, tending her gardens and feeding local birds. Her hobbies included crafts and pottery. She enjoyed the company of her pets. Mary was a life-long member of St. Joseph Cathedral. 

Surviving relatives include her brother: Dr. Jim Denevan and his wife Marilyn of Sioux Falls; 2 nephews: Jim (Betsy) Denevan of Sioux Falls and Tom (Kris) Denevan of Sioux Falls; 1 niece: Teresa (Paul) West of Sioux Falls. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Patrick Denevan.

A Committal Service will be Friday October 27th, 2:00 PM at St. Michael Cemetery.

Randall "Randy" Richardson  - Print this obit

Richardson, Randall G. (Randy) of Beresford, SD passed away on October 17, 2017, surrounded by family, at age 64. 

For 1 ½ years Randy remained optimistic, joyful, and comical as he battled with brain cancer. True to the very heart of Randy, he took care of all of us to the very end. 

Randy is survived by wonderful and loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents, 2 brothers, 2 nephews, and a niece. 

A memorial will be held for Randy on Sunday, October 22, 2017, 1:00 PM at 201 NE 13th St.  Beresford, SD 57004.

Lois Irene Harvey  - Print this obit

Lois Irene Schmitz, daughter of Nick and Margaret (McCarthy) Schmitz, was born May 22, 1932 at Harrold, SD. She grew up on a farm south of Harrold, SD and graduated from Pierre (SD) High School in 1949. Following high school Lois worked at the state capitol in Pierre before moving to Sioux Falls in 1951. In Sioux Falls she worked at John Deere and Zip Feed.

Lois met Francis Harvey in 1961 when he was transferred to Sioux Falls with his job at Stewart-Warner. They were married on October 19, 1963 at St. Joseph Cathedral in Sioux Falls. They were blessed with one daughter, Denise Renee, born in 1966.

The highlight of Lois' later life was her only grandchild, Marisa, who was born in 2005.

Grateful for having shared her life are her son-in-law: Bart Van Heuveln; granddaughter: Marisa; three sisters: Lucille Bickett, Sioux Falls, SD, Janice (Jerald) Bronemann, Harrold, SD and Pat (Merrill) Gregg, Pierre, SD; one brother: Dick Schmitz, Harrold, SD; three sisters-in-law: Mary Schmitz, Oakes, ND, Karen Schmitz, Rogers, MN, and Dodie Garrity, Hayes, SD; one brother-in-law: Ralph Arendt, Sun Lakes, AZ; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis, daughter, Denise, parents, five brothers, Harry, Mel, Bob, Don and Tom Schmitz; a sister, Darlien Arendt; brother-in-law Ernest Bickett and two sisters-in-law, Edna Schmitz and Eileen Schmitz.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Camp Kesem at campkesem.org or Cancer Programs Fund at averamckennanfoundation.org Relatives and friends are invited to gather with the family for lunch and fellowship in the community hall, following the committal service.

Visitation will be Thursday October 19, 5:00 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Scripture Vigil at 6:30 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, 10:30 AM at Christ the King Catholic Church with burial to follow at St. Michael Cemetery.


Goldie Irene McGovern  - Print this obit

  Goldie Irene McGovern passed away peacefully on October 11, 2017 at Southridge Healthcare, she was 88.

  Goldie was born on November 8, 1928 to George Sr. and Mabel Hartson. She grew up in Minnesota and moved to Sioux Falls, SD where she met Gerald McGovern Sr. They were married on June 25, 1949.

  Goldie worked for many years at the Elks Club, and later at the Ramada before retiring. She enjoyed rummaging, visiting thrift stores, and collecting knick-knacks and dolls. After moving to Southridge she enjoyed playing bingo, cards, doing crafts, and loved listening to and singing along with the entertainers that performed there. Her smile and personality will be missed by all who knew her.

  Goldie is survived by her sister: Eva Edgecomb,Worthington, MN; daughters: Patricia Calkins, Portland, OR, and Mary Swenson, Luverne, MN; son: Tom (Jackie), Sioux Falls; 14 grandchildren, and 32 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers, George Jr, and Marvin, 3 sisters, Florence, Ardena, and Carol, husband Gerald Sr, and son Gerald Jr.

  Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, October 17th, 10:00 AM at the Cathedral of St. Joseph with burial at St Michael Cemetery.

Daniel Allen Helm  - Print this obit

Daniel Helm, 65, passed away September 23, 2017. Visitation will be Thursday September 28, from 6 -8 PM with family present at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home. A Committal Service will be Friday September 29, 11 AM at Hills of Rest Memorial Park.

Dan was born on March 6, 1952 in Sioux Falls to Clarence and Vicky Helm.

He owned Mr. Print for many years. He was united in marriage to Joyce Terrio on July 8, 1986. He was an avid sportsman.

Survivors include his wife; son: Michael; grandson: Daniel; brother: Darrell (Linda) Helm; sister: Jeri (Tike) Robinson; sister-in-law: Helen Helm; nine nephews, two nieces; two BFF's: Darold Kolbrek and Butch Haugstad; and two beloved cats: Mandy and Nicole. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother: David and one nephew.

 

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