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Neva Jean Carson  - Print this obit

Neva Jean Carson, 78, of Sioux Falls, passed away peacefully Sunday, October 11, 2020 at her home in the Primrose Retirement Community in Sioux Falls, SD. Neva was born on July 9, 1942 in Madison, SD, the daughter of Harley and Edna (Arke) Leighton.

She grew up in Madison, SD, attended Madison High School and graduated in 1960. She was united in marriage to Lyman Dee Carson on September 30, 1960 at the Methodist Church in Madison, SD. The couple first lived in Madison, Le Mars, IA and then Flandreau, SD where they made their home for 50 years before retiring to Sioux Falls in 2004. 

Neva was the first female auctioneer in the state of South Dakota in 1972 and one of two known female auctioneers at the time in the United States. She worked as a professional auctioneer and real estate broker for over 30 years. Upon retirement she continued to work at Avera Heart Hospital of South Dakota just to keep herself busy. She was a devout listener of KXRB and loved classic country music. She enjoyed meeting new people and experiencing life as much as possible. She spent time reading, writing songs, singing and working on puzzles. She continued writing poetry through her entire life including recent musings about being quarantined during the pandemic of 2020. 

Neva is survived by two sons: Alan (Elizabeth Weber) Carson of Muskegon, MI, and Bradley (Belinda Borges) Carson of Murfreesboro, TN; six grandchildren: Benjamin Carson of Muskegon, MI, Julia (Jose) Gonzalez of Muskegon, MI, Riley Carson of Bowling Green, OH, Kaleigh Carson of Ottawa Hills, OH, Etienne (Marina Orlova) Turner of Charlotte, NC and Chantel Turner of Tampa, FL; two great-grandsons: Mateo Gonzalez of Muskegon, MI, Etienne Turner of Charlotte, NC; one brother: Jerry (Barbara Gacke) Leighton of Sacramento, CA; one sister Annette (James) DeLay of Egan, SD; and two sisters-in-law: Monica (Hansen) Lockamy of McGregor, TX and Lorene (Wahl) Cavigielli of Huron, SD; as well as many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 58 years; two brothers: Russell Leighton and Duane Leighton; one sister: Nyla (Leighton) Cavigielli; one brother-in-law: James Cavigielli; and one sister-in-law Martha (Boyda) Leighton.

Memorials may be directed to the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation. 

A Committal Service will be held Saturday October 31 at 11:30 AM at Graceland Cemetery in Madison, SD.

Mary Lou McGowan  - Print this obit

Mary L. McGowan, 93, of Sioux Falls, passed away on Tuesday, October 13, 2020.

Mary McGowan was born on March 25, 1927, in Sioux Falls to Thomas and Margaret (Quinn) McGowan. She graduated from Cathedral High School and Duchesne College, and earned her Master’s Degree from the University of Denver.

A former teacher and librarian, Mary was a librarian at Axtell Park Junior High School for 31 years, retiring in 1991.

She was a member of St. Joseph’s Cathedral. Mary enjoyed reading, watching golf on TV, and cheering for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Jean Cobert and Peggy Begeman. Survivors include many dear nieces and nephews.

Due to the pandemic, a private memorial service will be held at a later time.

Barbara Jean McConahie  - Print this obit

Barbara McConahie, age 77, of Sioux Falls, died of heart failure Saturday, October 10, 2020 at Avera Heart Hospital.

Barbara Jean Harmison was born on January 5, 1943 in Sioux Falls. After graduating from Canton High School in 1960, Barb worked as a teller for Sioux Falls National Bank. On August 24, 1963, Barb married Ron McConahie at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion, SD. After her daughters were both in school, Barb worked a variety of jobs. For the majority of her career, she worked as a collections supervisor for Sears Payment Systems/Associates/Citibank. She continued to meet with friends from work during retirement for monthly birthday celebrations.

Barb loved to travel and had a special place in her heart for Kahana Village in Maui, Hawaii. She and Ron also took several bus trips near and far in retirement, making many friends along the way. She enjoyed learning about history and avidly read biographies and memoirs of presidents, first ladies, royals and other political personalities. She shared a love of college football (especially the Nebraska Huskers) with her daughter Deb. With Mary, she spent countless hours browsing her stamping catalog and making cards with her Stampin’ Sisters. Barb delighted in the interests and accomplishments of her grandchildren and regularly attended their activities.

Every summer, Barb looked forward to hearing the drum lines of high school bands as practice for marching season began. Her passion for marching band started when her daughters were members of the Lincoln High School Marching Band. She and Ron were Band Backers and served as president of the LHS Band Parent Association in the late 1980s. For her 70th birthday, she traveled to The Tournament of Roses Parade with her daughters and enthusiastically supported the LHS Band when they marched in the parade that year. More recently, she was excited to learn that a return of the Marching Band is a part of the vision for the Augustana University School of Music.

Those left to cherish her memory are her daughters: Mary (Jonathan) Toso of Canton, and Deb McConahie of Lincoln, Nebraska; grandchildren: Rebecca (Jake) Toso Mahowald of Rifle, Colorado, Jacob Toso, Matthew Toso and Elizabeth Toso, all of Canton; sister: Deb Barnett of Sioux Falls; and brother: David (Carol) Swisher of Brookings. She was preceded in death by her husband: Ronald; brother: Donald Schanandore; and her parents: Irene Swisher and Eugene Harmison. Memorials can be directed to the LHS Band Parents Association or the Augustana University School of Music.

 A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, October 24, 10:30 a.m. at Canton Lutheran Church in Canton with Pastor Tim Thies officiating.

Mary Ann Boyd  - Print this obit

Mary Ann (Fergen) Boyd was born on July 25, 1925, at home, was delivered by a mid-wife in Dimock, SD. She lived on the family farm with her parents Helen and Henry Fergen, and 8 siblings. She attended Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School in Dimock SD through 8th grade. Mary Ann was a life-long learner. She obtained her GED from Yankton High School at the age of 49 and went onto to take some courses at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD. 

 She married Lavern Boyd on September 23, 1947 at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church. They lived on the family farm in Rockham, SD. Mary Ann was active in the family dairy farm, while raising 4 children, singing in the choir, participating in multiple church activities. She was a lifelong member of Catholic Daughters for 57 years. If there was a need, Mary Ann was there with a salad, homemade cake, or cookies. 

 Mary Ann passed on her many talents of cooking, canning, sewing, gardening, cleaning, and love of God and family traditions to her 4 children Janet, Don, Joan and Judy. She did all of this without complaint or the comfort of the many modern conveniences we all enjoy today.

 After selling the family farm in 1964, her husband was hired by Dave Gustafson Construction and Mary Ann lovingly followed her husband with their mobile home intact across SD to the next highway needing to be built. If you have driven on I-90 or I-29, he built it.

 In 1967, the family settled in Sioux Falls where Mary Ann continued to care for her family and blessed them with many delicious and lovingly prepared cooked from scratch meals. Any visit to Mary Ann’s house would not be complete without lots of laughs, coffee, cake, cookies, cards and maybe even a fully cooked meal. The family favorite was her fried chicken. We have never had better. 

 Mary Ann had many jobs besides caring for her family. She worked at Mr. Thomas’ Grocery, Dave Gustafson Road Construction, Hinky Dinky bakery and Family Memorials by Gibson.  

 Mary Ann and Lavern loved to dance, especially waltzes, polka and jitter bugs. That is how they met on the dance floor.

 After Lavern died in 1984, Mary Ann was active at St. Michael Church as a charter member, Bible Study, Catholic Daughters, Active Generations, traveling and keeping her house spotless. Much of her time was spent playing cards, participating in drama club, dancing and volunteering. 

 Mary Ann kept God first in all she did. Her children were often told their chores were for the “Honor and glory of God” like picking weeds from the garden, the lawn, anything to keep her children busy and out of trouble. 

 Mary Ann is described by many as humble, loving, caring, unselfish, hardworking, forgiving, and a perfectionist in everything she did. 

 She will be greatly missed by those she leaves behind and we are joyous she joins her husband Lavern, parents Helen and Henry Fergen, brothers Leonard, Jim, Joe, Henry; sisters Helen, Agnes, and Adela, and grandson Brete Hoover in Heaven. She is survived by her four children: Jan Hoover (Chuck), Don Boyd (Atty), Joan Herr (Mark) and Judy Weidler (Ron); 9 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and one brother: Don Fergen (Gladys).

 In lieu of flowers, Mary Ann would be happy if memorials could be sent to St. Michael Catholic School or the SD Alzheimer’s Association. 

The Holy Rosary will be recited by the Catholic Daughters at 4:00 PM on Thursday, October 22 at St. Michael Catholic Church with visitation at 4:30 PM followed by a Scripture Vigil at 5:30 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, October 23, 10:00 AM at St. Michael Catholic Church.

Stewart Gene LeBeau  - Print this obit

Stewart Lebeau, 70, passed away at the Sioux Falls Veterans Administration Medical Center on October 19 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Stewart was born in Cheyenne Agency, South Dakota to Homer and Dora (Gunville) LeBeau. He served in the Army during 1968 – 1970 in Vietnam and Korea. He married the love of his life, Ellen Pridemore , in 1974. They lived mostly in Pierre, SD where they raised their three daughters and he worked at the State Capitol and Pierre Indian Learning Center. He was a soft-spoken, kind, and giving man. He loved spending time with his family, telling a good joke, and making others smile.   

He is survived by his daughters: Rachel (Curt) Pfeifle, Amanda LeBeau, both of Pierre, SD, and Jenny Tarr of Sioux Falls, SD; two grandchildren: Jourdan Tarr and Vincent Reum; and one great-grandson: Maddox Biteler; three sisters: Lalani (Richard) Reum and Diana LeBeau of Pierre, SD and Glena (Rodney) Yellow Fat of Kenel, SD; and one brother: Milo LeBeau of Pierre, SD, and many relatives and friends to mourn his passing.

Stewart was preceded in death by his wife: Ellen LeBeau; his parents: Homer and Dora (Gunville) Lebeau; two brothers: John LeBeau, Sr. and Doyce LeBeau; four nephews: John LeBeau, Jr., Charles Dog Eagle Peterson, Jordan LeBeau, and Lennick Mike. 

Private family services will take place.

James "Jim" Richard Woods  - Print this obit

James R. Woods, 80, passed away October 15, 2020 in Sioux Falls of COVID. He was born on May 21, 1940 to Bernard and Elsie (DeSchepper) Woods in Sioux Falls.

Jim lived on and cared for the Woods Family Farm north of Sioux Falls his entire life. He liked being outside and making the acreage look like a park. Jim travelled extensively and made many trips to the Missouri River at Platte as well as spent several weeks each winter in Mesa, AZ. Jim loved Las Vegas, the Sturgis Bike Rally, the Oshkosh Fly In, and the Minnesota State Fair. He was a voracious reader of news and had a great memory for facts.

After attending Berg #17, a one room schoolhouse, and Cathedral High School, he worked for the school system and Hoerner Box. He ended his work years as a long time claims adjuster for Hawkeye Security. After retirement, he spent long weeks holding huge yard sales at the farm with his friend, Alys Vellenga. Jim was a life-long member of St. Joseph Cathedral, and you could often find him greeting members and taking up the collection.

Left to cherish his memory are sisters: Jeanne (Dennis) Ditter, Marty (Joe) Zerfas; nieces and nephews: Chad, Kim, and Drew Ditter, Aimee Morlan, Tobin Zerfas; and special friend: Patricia Gildemeister. Jim was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Jim Woods Scholarship Fund through Barnett-Lewis Funeral home.

Visitation will be Monday, October 19, 9:00 AM at the Cathedral of St. Joseph with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM. 

Billie Francis Vissers  - Print this obit

Billie Francis (Barnes) Vissers, 87, passed away October 7, 2020 in Sioux Falls, SD. She was born on December 6, 1932 to Harold and Helen (Kosse) Barnes in Milbank, SD. She grew up in Milbank, attending Milbank High School. She followed her soon to be husband, Bill, to Wyoming. On February 17, 1951 they were married in Buffalo, Wyoming.

After they moved back to Milbank, Billie spent the next 40 years raising 9 children with Bill, 5 boys and 4 girls, though one girl dies at 14 months old. Needless to say, she had her hands full. Many weekends of the summer were spent camping. She always loved watching the boys in the family play sports; football, baseball, basketball and wrestling. After the kids were grown, Billie worked for a time at a local cafe.

After retiring in 1991, they became winter Texans, living in their 5th wheel camper. They would spend summers in Milbank and winters in Harlingen, TX. They made many good friends during their travels. They like going to Bluegrass Festivals.

Billie liked doing many crafts, always willing to learn something new. She liked sewing, working with plastic canvas, bead work and ribbon stitching. But her biggest passion was doing her Hardanger. She would do many intricate patters and when done, would give these treasures away as gifts. She loved reading romance novels, was an avid card player and loved to spend time with her large family.

Billie is survived by a brother: John “Jack” Barnes; a sister: Joyce (Jerry) Van Hout, all of Milbank; 3 sons: Jim Vissers, Sioux Falls, Rick (Jolynn) Vissers, Sioux Falls and John (Michelle) Vissers, Sioux Falls; 3 daughters: Michelle (Mike) Mertens, Brookings, Bonnie Pekron, Sioux Falls and Lori Vissers, Brookings; 14 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great grandson. She was preceded in death by her parents; 2 brothers: Dan and baby Harold; a sister: baby Lela; her husband; 2 sons: Harold “Spud” Vissers and Gerald “Jerry” Vissers; and a daughter: Kathleen Ann.

Visitation will be Thursday, October 15, 5:00 PM at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Milbank with a Scripture Service at 7:00 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, October 16, 11:00 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church. 

Helen Josephine Hattervig  - Print this obit

Helen Josephine Hattervig passed away on Friday, October 9, 2020 at the Dell Rapids Hospital following a brief illness. On October 14, 1930 she was born to Joseph Schwebach and Anna Kottman in Dell Rapids, South Dakota. On July 24, 1961 Helen married Noble (Mike) Hattervig in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Helen was a certified dental assistant for many years before becoming a licensed nursing assistant for the VA. After retirement she spent countless hours volunteering at St. Michael Parish in Sioux Falls. Her greatest recreational passion was playing golf. She and Mike loved traveling across the country, seeing landmarks and playing the golf courses available.  

She was predeceased by her husband; her daughter: Susan Smith; her parents and numerous siblings. She is survived by her daughter Diane (J. Tom) Nelson; her sister: Claire Hubert; her grandchildren: Shauna (Mick Hoglund), Patrick Smith, Stacy (Bill) Langer, Lance (Tia) Nelson, Natalie Nelson Bowman, Patrick James (Esther) Nelson, Thaddeus John Nelson; thirteen great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild. She cherished the many nieces and nephews from her large family of siblings.  

Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, October 14, 10:30 AM at St. Mary Catholic Church in Dell Rapids, which would have been her 90th birthday.  

Helen Lillian Arntz  - Print this obit

Helen Lillian Schmidt Arntz passed away on Thursday, October 8, 2020 at her son’s home with family by her side. On March 4, 1932, Fred and Ethyl Schmidt brought Helen home to Bath, SD to join her sister Elaine (Henry Arntz). Her sister Sharon (Clem Huber) joined the family in 1937. Their family enjoyed time on the farm, with Helen recalling stories of her childhood, especially riding their horse. Helen graduated from Aberdeen Central High School in 1950. 

On December 30, 1950 Helen married Donald Frank Arntz in Aberdeen, SD. They met on the Arntz family farm. Don and Helen moved to Colorado Springs while Don was stationed in the army. They later made their home in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. They were blessed with 4 children: Cynthia, Deborah, Teresa and Douglas. 

  Helen was a wonderful wife to Donald. Her life revolved around Don, her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Everyone remembers Helen’s kind spirit, homemade bread, cinnamon rolls and an abundance of Christmas goodies. On September 14, 2006 Don passed away after sharing 56 years with Helen. Their love was endless, a wonderful example for their family. 

Helen and Don enjoyed attending Mass and activities at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, praying the rosary often. Helen spent time sewing, making quilts, making cards, embroidering, crocheting, baking and visiting friends. When friends or family needed help, she was there; to visit, take them to church, doctor appointments, and errands. Helen loved to talk, sharing stories of her life, her four children, ten grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren, and friends. She was God’s blessing to her family and friends. 

She and Don supported their family, attending many athletic and music events, hosting family and holiday meals, and always praying for their family and friends. They were passionate about the Paralyzed Veterans of America, attending meetings, preparing newsletters and traveling to Washington, DC to lobby. 

Don and Helen’s family includes a sister: Sharon Huber; children: Cynthia (Curt) Watson, Deborah (Butch) Yesda, Teresa (Randall) Royer, Douglas (Crystal) Arntz; grandchildren: Chad (Rita), Scott (Lacey) and Trisha Watson; grandchildren: Jennifer Yesda-Bray; Andrea, Erica (Justin), and Ryan (Kelly) Royer, Josh (Mary), Jamie and Jordan Arntz; great-grandchildren: Chase, Gage, Kade, Cecelia, Jake, and Zac Watson, Haley and Hannah Bray, Casimir, Sam, and Lyrick Arntz, Bridger and Corbin Benson, Riley and Brody Royer; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her loving husband: Don; her sister: Elaine; brother-in-law: Henry Arntz; brother-in-law: Clem Huber; and grandchildren: Jamie Arntz and Trisha Watson.

Visitation will be Sunday, October 11 from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home. Masks are required. A private family Mass of Christian Burial will take place. 

Lucile Joan Aschoff  - Print this obit

Lucile Joan Aschoff, a devoted wife, mother and lover of literature, music, and art, passed away on September 27, 2020. She was 88.

She was born on September 20, 1932, in Sioux Falls to Hans and Mable Nelsen. She graduated from Washington Senior High School in 1951 and worked at Northwestern Bell Telephone Company as a telephone operator. She married Francis Henry “Dick” Aschoff after an introduction by Dick’s sister, Rose Ann. He was her best friend and beloved husband for 42 years. They had four daughters and one bathroom, but their home was filled with the music of Chopin and the Beatles, and often, the call from the kitchen of the world’s best cherry pie.

Upon Dick’s retirement, Lucile and Dick enjoyed traveling and spending time with their daughters and grandchildren. Mrs. Aschoff volunteered at McKennan Hospital and the Civic Fine Arts Center. She also worked part-time at Jordahls, JC Penny’s, and Michael’s and Burke’s department stores. She was a longtime member of Christ the King and St. Mary Catholic Churches. She spent time in a hiking and exercise club and hunting treasures in antique stores. She loved a competitive game of scrabble. An avid reader and lover of the arts, she instilled in her children and grandchildren an appreciation for the beauty in all things and the daily practice of kindness.

Lucile was preceded in death by her husband: Dick; and three brothers: Darrell, Robert, and Warren Nelsen. Survivors include a sister: Shirley; four daughters: Susan Aschoff, Washington, DC, Paula Boehmer, Theresa (Larry) Plucker, both of Sioux Falls, SD, and Amy (Mark) Stoefen, Indian Rocks, FL; eight grandchildren: James, Adam, Hannah, Taylor, Sam, Jordan, Gage and Ayden; and five great-grandchildren; Sydelle, Camille, Charlotte, Peyton and Dean.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to; Meals on Wheels, Senior Companion/Active Generation or the Salvation Army.

Visitation will be Thursday, October 1, 9:30 AM at St. Mary Church with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 AM. 


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