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Helen Catherine Kunkel   - Print this obit

Helen Catherine Kunkel died July 28, 2014 at Boutells Landing in Oak Heights, Minnesota. She was born November 7, 1923 in Sioux Falls to Leslie and Helen Kelley. She graduated from Cathedral High School in 1941. She married Dale Kunkel in 1943 in North Hollywood, California. She lived in Sioux Falls most of her life moving to Minnesota in 2013.

Helen was a member of St. Michael Parish and Catholic Daughters of America. She was a charter member of Christ the King.

Helen started as an operator at Northwestern Bell Telephone Company in 1941 and retired in 1983 from US West after 37 years of service. She was a proud member of the telephone pioneers. She enjoyed fishing trips and traveling in the camper with her husband. Especially important to her was the time she spent with her two granddaughters.

Grateful for having shared her life is her daughter: Mary Helen (Michael) Breci, Oakdale, MN; two granddaughters: Gina Breci and Kara (Tony) Breci-Holter; two great-grandchildren: Vinny and Noelle; and twenty-five nieces and nephews who filled her life with love. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale in 2007, and her sister, Margaret Hanneman in 2009. Memorials may be directed to St. Michael Parish.

Visitation will be Thursday, 5 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Scripture Vigil at 7 PM followed by the Rosary. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, 10:30 AM at St. Katharine Drexel Church. Burial will be in St. Michael Cemetery.

Angeline   - Print this obit

Angeline “Angie” Lenore Tvedt was born in Humboldt, SD to Stephen and Rosella (Zimmer) O'Hara on May 6, 1923. She graduated from high school in 1941 and came to Sioux Falls as a young woman and worked at fine retail clothing stores. On December 1, 1945, Angie married her lifelong partner, Jacob Tvedt. They were married for 63 years.

In her early career, Angie was President of City Federation. She was very involved with the Cathedral of St. Joseph; guiding tours of the church and later was a teacher's aide on the junior high level. She was instrumental in the start up of Prince of Peace. As the Director of Sales, she worked with the first residents of the adult living center.

Angie was always full of life, bringing a smile to all who knew or met her. She loved to dance and tell stories. She was proud of her Irish Heritage and even had Jake (a true Norwegian) looking like a leprechaun every March 17th. Angie was a loyal wife, caring mother and loving grandmother. She passed away July 14, 2014 at Sanford Hospital.

Angie is survived by daughters: Patti (Phil) Heuer, Minnetonka, MN, and Mary Tvedt, Sioux Falls; grandson: Mike (Lisa) Dresch and granddaughter: Amy Dresch; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband: Jacob, and brothers: Joe, S. John O'Hara; and sisters: Rosella McCoy and Mary Clark.

Visitation will be Wednesday, 5 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Scripture Vigil at 7 PM followed by the Rosary. Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, 9:30 AM at the Cathedral of St. Joseph with burial to follow at St. Michael Cemetery.

William "Bill" Schmeling  - Print this obit

William “Bill” Carl Schmeling, 65, passed away July 12, 2014.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Debra Schmeling. He is survived by two daughters: Rachel (Neil) Zingerman and Hilary (Roger) Iverson; and many grandchildren.

Visitation will be Wednesday, 11 AM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a family led Memorial Service at 12 PM.

Agnes Ann Sechser  - Print this obit

Agnes Ann Sechser, 96, of rural Sioux Falls, passed away Thursday, July 10, 2014 at the Dougherty Hospice House. She was born on May 6, 1918 to Philip and Catherine Schwebach at Bird Island, MN. They moved to Elkton and then to Dell Rapids where she attended country schools.

Agnes married Francis Sechser on May 6, 1947. They farmed north of Sioux Falls until their retirement. Francis passed away in 2003. She enjoyed gardening, quilting, baking, sewing, embroidering and spending time with her family and grandchildren. Agnes was a member of the Cathedral of St. Joseph and the Cathedral Club.

Grateful for having shared her life are her children: Jerry (Denise), Bettendorf, IA, Mary Ann (Dave) Erickson, Creedmoor, NC, Betty (Keith) Allison, Brookings, SD, Janice Sechser, Sioux Falls, SD, Don (Ann), Franklin, TN, Mark (Pam), Harrisburg, SD and  Ed (Beth), Sioux Falls, SD; nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and a brother: Raphael Schwebach. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, five brothers, three sisters and a son-in-law.

Visitation will be Monday, 5 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Scripture Vigil at 7 PM followed by the Rosary. Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, 9:30 AM at the Cathedral of St. Joseph with burial to follow at St. Michael Cemetery.

Kathryn "Kay" Paa  - Print this obit

Kathryn "Kay" Ann Tischler Paa was born in Parkston, South Dakota in 1938 and was called to heaven on July 7, 2014. A consummate caretaker, she attended Presentation Nursing School in Sioux Falls where she earned a degree in nursing and worked throughout her life as a nurse. She spent the latter part of her nursing career at the South Dakota State Penitentiary where she helped a needy and often neglected population.

She married her life partner, James Paa, in Parkston, and the two settled in Sioux Falls. They had two children, Christopher J. Paa of Sioux Falls and Heidi Paa Moore of Middleton, Wisconsin. Kay was an active member of the St. Mary Catholic Parish and boasted about her ability to crack eggs with one hand while volunteering for Communion Breakfasts. She also relentlessly volunteered her time for her children's activities, including being a Girl Scout troop leader, soccer coach, and chauffeur to countless Sioux Falls Snowfox swimming practices and meets. Her youthful spirit shone throughout her life. She looked forward to Halloween like others anticipate Christmas and accompanied her children dressed in costume for trick-or-treating. She was always open to new adventures and loved to laugh, particularly at her own silliness. She also enjoyed uncanny luck, often turning a few quarters into several dollars while laughing heartily at her good fortune.

Kay was preceded in death by her husband James. Her children Chris and Heidi live in her memory with their spouses Barbara and Kevin, respectively. She also leaves behind her most beloved angels, her two granddaughters, Peyton (daughter of Chris and Barbara) and Scout (daughter of Heidi and Kevin).

Visitation will be Thursday, 5 PM at St. Mary Church with a Scripture Vigil at 7 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, 10:30 AM at St. Mary Church with burial at St. Michael Cemetery.

Fern M. Olson  - Print this obit

Fern M. Olson, 98, passed away June 28, 2014 at Avera Prince of Peace Retirement Community in Sioux Falls. She was born on August 29, 1915 in Ironwood, MI to Edmund and Delina (Chale) Graton. She attended and graduated from Aitkin High School in Aitkin, Minnesota. She married Noble Olson on August 18, 1934 in Aitkin, Minnesota where they worked on the family farmstead.

In 1948 they moved to Sioux Falls, SD with 4 oldest children for Noble to work as a mechanic for his sister Lyla & her husband Orville Armstrong. She has been a member of St Mary's Catholic Church since 1948. After having her 6th & last child she started working for Florence Holton in the food industry. Then working at the Cottage, Westward Ho and in later years became a snowbird to Arizona working at the Wigwam Golf Resort. Fern was an avid left handed golfer and member of Elmwood ladies golf league for 50 years and set down her clubs at the age 90. She also volunteered & was a member of the auxiliaries for Prince of Peace Retirement Community and Avera McKennan until she was 90 yrs old. Fern always had a garden including many flowers and transplanting wild ferns from Northern Minnesota. This very catholic lady was quietly proud of French Canadian family.

Fern is survived by her children: Joyce Soderstrom, Fond du Lac, WI, Mark Olson, Sioux Falls, Rolene Smidt, Sioux Falls, Dudley Olson, Largo, FL, Newell Olson, Durham, NC and sister: Audrey Godfrey, Sun City, AZ; 4 nephews, 14 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter; Sharon Olson age 1; sister: Esther (Graton) Baily; brother: Clement Graton and grandchildren: Tamara Olson; John Soderstrom and Heidi (Soderstrom)Barber.

Visitation will be Monday, 5 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Scripture Vigil at 7 PM followed by the Rosary. Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, 10:30 AM at St. Mary Church.

Claude Wuebben  - Print this obit

Claude Wuebben, 80, Hubbard, TX passed away June 21, 2014.

Claude was born April 18, 1934 at Wynot, NE, and married Audrey Erickson of Humboldt, SD.

Survivors are children, Sandra, Bruce and Sheri; 5 grandchildren; brothers, Maurice, Chuck, Ron and Clair; sisters, Donalda Kolbeck and Audrey Cleveland.
He was preceded in death by parents, Fred and Evelyn Wuebben; son, Brian; sister, Delores Becker; brother, Norman.

Veronica Lorraine Fischer  - Print this obit

Veronica Lorraine Fischer passed away on June 24th, 2014 at her home in Sioux Falls, SD. She was born on January 18th, 1943 to Joseph and Eleanor Spartz, in Worthington, MN. Veronica grew up in Sioux Falls and attended college at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa.

Veronica is survived by her children: Lisa (Mike) Faris, Mary (Tim) Galligan, Andrew (Shannon) Fischer; stepchildren: Tony and Randy (Amy) Downs; and 12 grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Jon Downs, and other loving relatives.

Visitation will be Thursday, 5 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Scripture Vigil at 7 PM. Mas of Christian Burial will be Friday, 10:30 AM at St. Mary Catholic Church.

Dean Crevier  - Print this obit

 

Dean Roger Crevier passed away June 22, 2014, at the Good Samaritan Home in Lennox, SD, at the age of 90 years. He was born May 17, 1924 in Sioux City, Iowa to Bert and Leona (Chicoine) Crevier. He grew up in Jefferson, SD where he began his career in farming. He married Patricia Plut on April 18, 1949 in St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Sisseton, SD. Dean and Pat resided in rural Jefferson for 17 years. They raised a family of four sons and a daughter. They moved to rural Sioux Falls in 1966 where Dean resumed farming.

 

Dean was a man of faith and a loving husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. After moving to Sioux Falls in the late 1960’s, Dean discovered a new pastime, playing racquet ball at the YMCA, where he enjoyed playing at noon on a daily basis. Dean retired from farming in 1987, and he and Pat moved into Sioux Falls. Dean is survived by his wife of 65 years: Pat; two sons: Jerry, Sioux Falls, Bill (Dawn), Chancellor, SD; and daughter: Chantal “Tally” (Rod) Beeners, Sioux Falls; one sister: Pauline (Rodney) Allard, Jefferson, SD; a brother-in-law: Marcus Bernard, Jefferson, SD; his eight grandchildren: Stacie (Ryan) Bechtold, Leslie Crevier, Camden Crevier, Michelle (Rod) Hunter, Nick Crevier, Mike (Alyssa) Crevier, Chase (fiance Megan Morfeld), Pierce Crevier, and three great-grandsons, by whom he was all affectionately known as “Pepere”, and numerous nieces and nephews. Dean was preceded in death by two sons: Jim and Bob Crevier; three sisters; a brother and their spouses: Lucille Maison (Pat), Charlotte Wilber (Don), Margaret Bernard, and Ray Crevier (Pat); his parents; father and mother-in-law: Joe M. and Chantal (Camden) Plut; and brother-in-law: Joe R. Plut and his wife, Rita.

 

Visitation will be Wednesday, 5 PM at St. Michael Parish with the Rosary at 6:30 PM. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, 10:30 AM at St. Michael Parish with burial to follow at St. Michael Cemetery.

 

 

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