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Kimberly Marie (Stanga) Sargent  - Print this obit

Kimberly Marie (Stanga) Sargent, 48, passed away Monday November 17th,
2014 in Brandon, SD. She leaves behind her husband of 32 years, Todd Sargent (Brandon, South Dakota), two daughters, Heather Marie Barrett, husband Raymond (Monango, ND) and Samantha Christine Sargent (Ellendale, ND), and two grandchildren, Jacksyn Dean Anderson & Baylee Marie Barrett. Kimberly is proceeded in death by her mother, Monica Marie (Carey) Stanga, and father, Carol Gene Stanga.

Kimberly was born October 13th, 1966 in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Kimberly
grew up in Sioux Falls and attended O’Gorman High School.

She married Todd twice, once on February 4th 1984, and a second ceremony a
few years later, on December 12th, so that she could have the wedding, and dress of her dreams. They lived in Sioux Falls until moving to Brandon, SD in 1990. Kimberly and Todd were high school sweethearts. They met the summer of 1983 at a friend’s party. The sparks were instant and they have been together since.

Kimberly enjoyed being a homemaker, taking care of her parents before their passing, and taking care of her family and many pets. She loved cooking, tattoos, shopping, reading, rescuing animals, and watching her many shows with daughter Samantha. Another highlight of her life was becoming a Nana to Jacksyn in 2008 and just recently Baylee in May of this year.

Recently Kimberly moved to Ellendale, ND to be able to watch her grandchildren grow up. Kimberly was the kindest, most loving person you would ever meet. She would do anything and everything to take care of those she loved. She was loved by all whose lives she touched and will be missed very much.

Visitation will be Friday, 5 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Funeral Service at 7 PM.

Francis Harvey  - Print this obit

Francis A. Harvey, 90, passed away peacefully at Avera McKennan Hospital on November 10, 2014. Francis was born in Keya Paha County, Nebraska on January 24, 1924 to Albert and Agnes Higgins Harvey. The family made their home on a farm in Todd County, South Dakota where Francis attended school graduating from Todd County High School in Mission, SD in 1942.

A WWII Veteran, Francis joined the service in 1944 and served in Europe with the 9th Infantry Division. After his discharge, he and his brother Tom formed Harvey Brothers, a partnership for custom farm work traveling from Oklahoma to North Dakota. This later led to a farm ranch operation in Todd County. In 1954 Francis opened a new Gamble's Hardware Store in Papillion, Nebraska. Ultimately being located so near Omaha, this store was not a success. In 1956 he began working for the Omaha Branch of Stewart-Warner Alemite Company where he remained until they closed in 1988. Francis was then employed by Dockendorf Equipment in Sioux Falls until he retired in 1998.

In 1961 he was transferred to Sioux Falls, SD where he met Lois Schmitz and they were married on October 19, 1963 at St Joseph Cathedral. They had one daughter, Denise Renee.

One of his greatest enjoyments during his retirement, was serving on the VFW Post 628 Firing Squad, later becoming their Commander. Sadly, this ended abruptly when he suffered a spinal cord stroke on June 20, 2005. Another highlight of Francis' life was his only granddaughter Marisa, who joined our family in early 2006. Francis resided at Avera Prince of Peace beginning July 2011 until his death.

Francis was a lifetime member of the VFW and the Knights of Columbus. He was preceded in death by his mother Agnes Harvey in 1940, his father Albert and step-mother Etta Harvey, brother Thomas Harvey, sister Mary Mehrens, brother-in-law James Mehrens, and their two sons Samuel and Jonathon Mehrens.

He is survived by his wife Lois of Sioux Falls, daughter Denise (Bart) Van Heuveln and special granddaughter Marisa all of Waukee, Iowa, brother Patrick (Ladonna) Harvey of Harlingen, Texas, sister-in-law Ann Harvey of Valentine, Nebraska as well as many, many nieces and nephews, friends and other relatives.

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

Timothy David Reiter   - Print this obit

Timothy David Reiter, 59, passed away Wednesday November 5, 2014. He leaves behind his son Michael Lotman (Larchwood, Iowa), and his father LeRoy L. Reiter (Sioux Falls). His siblings include; Kim Reiter (Sioux Falls), Tony Reiter, wife Deb (Sioux Falls), Josh Reiter, wife Barb (Sioux Falls), and Jill Hoggarth (Pueblo CO). Timothy is proceeded in death by his mother Karen Dee Reiter.

Timothy was the second son born to LeRoy and Karen Reiter on May 9,1955 in Sioux Falls at McKennan Hospital. He grew up on the North end and attended Washington High School. He was able to fulfill his lifelong dream of enlisting into the U.S. Marines.

Tim enjoyed camping and fishing and being with his brothers. He loved the big family reunions we had every summer in the Black Hills. This carries on to who he was as a person. Tim had a heart of gold. His soul was so kind and emphatic to everyone he would meet. The gift Tim seemed to give not only to his family, but to all who met him was that the true strength and character of a man comes from within him. No matter how rocky his journey in life may have gotten he never lost his huge amazingly kind heart.

Visitation will be Friday, 5 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Memorial Service at 7 PM.

Dorothy Donohue  - Print this obit

Dorothy Marie Melicek was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Louis and Florence Melicek on August 25, 1919. She passed away October 18, 2014.

She moved to Sioux City, Iowa and graduated from Central High School. She attended the College of St Catherine in St Paul, majoring in Art History and French.

She married attorney Parnell J. Donohue in1949 and moved to Bonesteel, Gregory County, South Dakota. She enthusiastically supported her husband's winning campaign for Attorney General, and his tenure there. They had three daughters, Mary Suzanne, Margaret Anne and Maureen, and one son, Patrick Joseph, deceased.

Dorothy was a member of St. Mary Church for 52 years. She was a charter member emeritus of the Civic Fine Arts Center, a member of St. Mary altar society, and a big fan and promoter of tennis in Sioux Falls and Notre Dame and some NFLfootball.

She was proud of her Czech/Irish heritage, gardening, being surrounded by flowers and her fashion sense. She was a lifelong staunch Democrat. She was loved by so many people and will be missed so very much.

Memorials may be made to Sioux Falls Community Foundation either for the Parnell and Dorothy Donohue for families of the mentally ill or for the South Dakota Tennis Hall of Fame, or the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, MN.

The Donohue family wishes to thank Avera Hospital, Avera Hospice, Prince of Peace Rehabilitation, the Interim Healthcare staff and all of those who so lovingly cared for our mother, grandmother, friend and neighbor.

Dorothy is survived by 3 daughters, Mary Sue (David Kohn), Margaret (Jerry) Bruggeman, and Maureen, sister-in-law, Kay Maxon, 2 grandchildren, Molly Donohue and John (Kristina) Bruggeman, 2 great grandchildren, Jackson Parnell and Anna. Her many nieces and nephews enthusiastically kept in touch with her throughout her life.

Visitation will be Tuesday, 5:30 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Scripture Vigil at 7 PM followed by the Rosary. Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, 10:30 AM at St. Mary Catholic Church. A complete obituary and on-line registry are available at

Nicholas Reiter  - Print this obit

Nicholas M Reiter went home to the Heavenly Father on Thursday, October 9th 2014 surrounded by family.

He was born in Sioux Falls December 4th 1922. Nicholas was the oldest of eight children born to Nicholas Sr. and Christella (Aurit) Reiter. He graduated from Cathedral High School. He joined the US Army and served in WWII in North Africa, Sicily, and Italy. He was a long term employee of John Morrell.

He was united in marriage to Faye Carlson on April 3rd 1948. Nicholas was an avid sportsman, he enjoyed hunting and fishing and made many friends pursing his dreams.

Grateful for sharing his life are his wife: Faye: his children: John (Linda) Blaine MN, Cindy (Ron) Westlund, Rosemount, MN, Jerry (Lisa), Sioux Falls, Michael (Kathy) St Frances, MN, David (Kay) Sioux Falls, Paul (Terri) Sioux Falls, and Nick (Pam) Sioux Falls; eighteen grandchildren, twenty-seven great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother: LeRoy; and sister: Agnes Dyer. In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to the VFW Post 628, Sioux Falls.

Visitation will be Sunday, 4 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Scripture Vigil at 5 PM followed by the Rosary. Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, 9:30 AM at the Cathedral of St. Joseph.

Louis Hohn  - Print this obit

Louis Hohn, 89, of Sioux Falls, SD, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 6, 2014, at the Dougherty Hospice House after a brief illness.

Louis L. Hohn was born on November 22, 1924, in Dimock, SD, to John C. and Hedwig (Baumgart) Hohn. He attended a country school near Dimock through the 8th grade. In February of 1945 he joined the U.S. Army 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Division. While his unit was being transported by ship to the Philippines, World War II ended, and Louis’ infantry unit was then deployed to Tokyo, Japan. He served until December of 1946.

On January 6, 1948, Louis was joined in marriage to Victoria C. Laber in Parkston, SD. In 1951, Louis and Victoria made their home in Sioux Falls, SD. For the next 31 years, Louis was employed at the VA Medical Center as a cook and later the lead baker. As the lead baker, he was known for his delicious rolls, pies, and other special dietary needs of the patients at the hospital. Upon a short retirement, he continued his passion of service by cooking for the children of St. Joseph Cathedral Grade School for the next ten years.

Throughout the years, Louie enjoyed dancing at the Arkota Ballroom, the VFW, and the Center for Active Generations. He also enjoyed card playing, gardening, watching Minnesota Twins baseball, and, most of all, cooking. Louie was well-liked by everyone who met him. He could easily strike up a conversation with anyone. Family was very important to Louie; he was proud of his “girls” and enjoyed all family celebrations and activities with his children and grandchildren.

Louis was a long-time member of the Moose Lodge, the American Legion Post 15, the VFW Post 628, the DAV, and the Active Generations. One of Louis’ proudest moments was being a member of the SD Honor Flight to Washington, DC, on Veteran’s Day in 2010.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife Victoria; daughters Joyce (Dennis) Donovan; Patricia (Lewis) Lyon; Mary Lou (Joel) Harmon; and seven grandchildren, Christine (Trevor) Ellwein, Erica Donovan, Matthew and Michael Lyon, Alisa, Jacob and Joseph Dubbelde; and two great-grandchildren, Jack and Molly Ellwein, and many nieces and nephews. Louis is also survived by three sisters; Evelyn Lang, Parkston, SD; Gloria Loos, Sioux Falls, SD; and Virginia Binder, Yankton, SD. He is preceded in death by his parents, a sister Viola; a brother Marlin; and his son-in-law Troy Dubbelde.

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




Kevin Gross  - Print this obit

Kevin Dennis Gross, of Alexandria, Minnesota went home to be with his Heavenly Father on Thursday, October 2, 2014, at the age of 52.

Kevin was born to Thomas & Mary Gross in Mitchell, South Dakota on November 30th, 1961. The Gross family soon after moved to Sioux Falls, SD where Kevin grew up and attended St. Joseph’s Cathedral. Kevin then began to showcase his amazing athletic abilities by clenching two back to back State Wrestling Championships, a feat that was a first at O’Gorman High School. He continued his love for the sport at SDSU.

The year 1986, was a big year for Kevin. In May he graduated from SDSU with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Teaching. In August he married Laurie (Tarr) Gross of Miller, SD. In September, the couple moved to Wheaton, Minnesota where he began his passion for teaching and coaching.

Kevin taught Health and Phy Ed for K-12 for twenty four years. He got the most joy out of helping kids grow and develop not just in their athleticism but more importantly in their character. Kevin never passed up an opportunity to share with others his amazing singing ability.

From 1986- 2003 Kevin coached wrestling for the Wheaton-Herman-Norcross Bullets. Kevin undertook everything with an unmatched level of excitement which landed the team at the State Finals for seven consecutive years. The team claimed the State Championship in 1996, which was the first State Championship in Wheaton history.

In 1992 & 1994, God gave what Kevin and Laurie would consider the two greatest blessings of their life, their children: Keely & Tanner.

In 2000, Kevin and his family moved to Alexandria, MN. In 2010, he retired from teaching and joined his wife, Laurie in taking on their Herbalife career fulltime. The two had the privilege of locking arms with Herbalife corporate to train leadership all around the world. Kevin utilized his natural gifts of public speaking and motivation to touch countless lives and inspire others to be more than they ever believed of themselves.

Some of Kevin’s favorite things were riding his Harley, being the “amen” section at Church for the Harvest, boating with his family and spending several epic hours out in the fields or out on the lake hunting & fishing with his buddies.

His already strong bond with Tanner grew each day as they spent numerous hours playing racquetball & golf. The two became best friends, they did nearly everything together. This past August, Kevin had the immense joy of walking his “one & only daughter” down the aisle to get married. Tim Heyer was an awesome addition to the family as Kevin loved his “Tebow Charger.”

Kevin was best known for always making people laugh. He was always happy & hardly ever had a bad day. He could easily light up a room and instantly fill anyone with excitement and energy. He was the best at making people feel special He was a life coach, mentor, and friend to so many. Simply put Kevin loved loving people.

Funeral service will be held on Friday, October 10, 2014, 11:00 a.m. at the Holiday Inn in Alexandria. Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 9, 2014 3-7 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the Holiday Inn on Friday. Arrangements are with the Anderson Funeral

Mary Jeanine Phelan Gross  - Print this obit

Mary Jeanine Phelan Gross, 76, of Sioux Falls, SD passed away suddenly Sunday, September 28th, 2014 at her home. She was the third oldest of 4 children and was born on June 10th, 1938 in Sioux Falls, SD to Raymond and Margret (Smith) Phelan. As a little girl, Mary was known as “Irish.” She so loved her Irish heritage; to say she was a proud Irishman would truly be an understatement.

She attended grade school and high school at Cathedral. She graduated from Cathedral High School in 1956. Mary was a proud “North Ender.” Growing up she loved working in their family owned Grocery Store, Summit Grocery.

On October 25, 1958 she was united in marriage with the love of her life Cyril Thomas Gross. After marriage, they moved to Mitchell, SD where “Tom” worked at Schiff’s Shoes and Mary was a homemaker. They had their first two children Kimberly and Kevin while living in Mitchell, SD. In 1964 they moved back to Sioux Falls, SD where they had their next three children Patrick, Jeffrey and Shawn.

Mary could always be found and heard at her kids and grand kids sporting events often cheering out “get tough Grossy!” Mary’s 11 grand children and 2 great-grand children brought her tremendous joy. She’d never miss an opportunity to share or brag about one their accomplishments. She passionately loved her church, St. Joseph’s Cathedral. Often she would share fond memories of the Priests and Nuns at the Cathedral.

Grateful for sharing her life with her children: Kimberly Hines, Sioux Falls, SD, Kevin (Laurie) Gross, Glenwood, MN, Patrick (Serena) Gross, Brandon SD, Jeffrey (Amy) Gross, Sioux Falls, SD and Shawn (Becky) Gross, Wake Forest, NC; her grandchildren: Steven Hines, Michael Hines, Matthew Hines, Natasha Gross, Keely Heyer, Tanner Gross, Emily Gross, Abigail Gross, Zachary Gross, Briana Gross and Nicholas Gross; her great- grandchildren: Eli and RiLynn Hines. She is also surveyed by one brother: Richard (Mary Jo) Phelan, Omaha, NE and also nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom, her parents Raymond and Margret, one brother Denis and an infant sister Patricia.

Visitation will be Thursday, 5 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Scripture Vigil at 7 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, 9:30 AM at the Cathedral of St. Joseph.


Michelle Kant Fisher  - Print this obit

Michelle Kant Fisher, age 37, died on Tuesday, September 23, in her home in Sioux Falls, SD. She was born November 8, 1976, at Britton, SD, the daughter of Joanita M. Kant and Dean D. Fisher. She grew up on a farm near Britton, SD. She moved to Watertown where she attended grade school and graduated from Watertown High School in 1995. She graduated from the University of South Dakota with an M. A. in Counseling and Psychology in Education in 2003.

Her generous heart and genuine love for animals was apparent in her day-to-day running of a non-profit organization that educated pet owners. She volunteered at the Sioux Falls Humane Society, where she fostered pets and worked on holidays to give others the day off. She loved gardening and it brought her much joy and happiness.

She is survived by her loving boyfriend, Russel Durfee, her parents, aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Harlan and Caroline Kant, Watertown, and John and Florence, Fisher Britton


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