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Sharon Lee Demaray  - Print this obit

Sharon Demaray, age 78 passed away January 22, 2015. Beloved mother and grandmother. She will always be missed and remembered.

Sharon was born January 25, 1936, in Wecota, South Dakota to Fay and Ken Fillbach. She was the oldest of three children and attended Cresbard schools. Sharon graduated Cresbard High School in 1954.

Sharon was an accomplished pianist and performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue at Carnegie Hall. She was active in competitive beauty and talent pageants across the Midwest.

Shortly after high school, Sharon met Elton (Buzz) Charles Johnson from Centerville, South Dakota. They were married September 2, 1955. They lived in South Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin before settling in Sioux Falls to raise their three sons. They spent many summer weekends at Lake Okoboji that left fond memories.

Sharon loved her family. She was a devoted daughter to her parents and loved her brother, Dick, and sister, Julie. Sharon enjoyed watching her children and grandchildren play sports while in school and cooking for them (she made the best swiss steak ever!). She was proud that each of her sons graduated from college and raised loving families. That pride carried over to her grandchildren...she loved each one of them. Sharon was the designated driver on many a hunting excursions (no road hunting, of course). She enjoyed a good joke and looting her family at cards.

Sharon had a passion for animal rescue and provided loving homes, especially for her dogs Peaches and Penny Jane. She rescued Peaches from the shelter and adopted Penny Jane as a puppy from the back of a parking lot pickup truck (every mother needs a lab puppy for her sons to hunt with).

Sharon’s career focused on helping people, working in a variety of customer service and sales positions. She was active in the Hilltop Heights United Methodist Church and Sunnycrest Methodist Church.

Sharon will be missed by her three sons: Charlie (Sandy) Johnson, Jim (Starr) Johnson, and Dave (Tammy) Johnson; grandchildren Sean and Jes Johnson, Jamie Johnson, Ryan Johnson, and her sister Julie. She is preceded in death by her parents Fay & Ken and her brother Dick.

A Memorial Service will be Monday, 11 AM at Hilltop United Methodist Church.

John F. Sercl  - Print this obit

John F. Sercl passed away January 20, 2015 at Avera McKennan Hospital is Sioux Falls. He was born on November 12, 1933 in Omaha, NE to Dr. William and Dorothy Sercl.

John graduated from St. Thomas Military Acadamy. He had been employed at Lewis Drug for 19 years. He was an avid sports fan attending many local games. He could tell you interesting facts and statistics about Sioux Falls teams and their players. He was a long time member of St. Mary Church.

John is survived by his sister: Susan (Bill) Longan, Lakewood, CO; cousins: Beth Kopf, Topeka, KS, Julie Myhra, Naples, FL, and George (Joan) Sercl, Sioux Falls; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Janet, who passed away January 3, 2015.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, 11 AM at St. Mary Church.

Dorothy Mary Starnes  - Print this obit

Dorothy Mary Starnes, age 87, went to her home in heaven Saturday, January 17, 2015, in Sioux Falls, SD. She was born on March 6, 1927 in Beresford, SD to Joseph and Julia Rudolph and was the fifth of eight children.

 She was married to Wayne A. Starnes and moved to Sioux Falls in 1946. She worked at Morrells, Littons, Wild Water West, and various other jobs including taking care of her grandkids until she retired at the age of 84 from Snicklefritz Daycare where she ran the kitchen.

She attended St. Nicholas Parish and most recently St. Joseph Cathedral for 31 years.

She was a wonderful caring mom, grandma, and sister. She loved to garden and had gardens full of vegetables that covered several acres and would feed her family for the entire year. She grew beautiful flowers, said the rosary daily and her family always came first. Not only did she raise her four children but also helped to raise many of her grandchildren. She loved music and you would often hear Pink Floyd playing loudly on her surround sound system. She lived in her own home and was very independent until a month ago.

She is survived by her children: Chereen (Roger) Muller of Parker, Julie (Bill) Sterner of Sioux Falls, Aaron (Diane) Starnes of Austin, TX and Sarah (Chris) Ekholm of Sioux Falls; 11 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren, as well as her sisters: Lucille Vehe, Millie Lutz, and Ruth (Harry) Coats. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne, in 1972, and siblings: Isabelle Waring, Helen Hanson, Danny Rudolph and LaVerna Rudolph.

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


Marjorie "Marge" Johnson  - Print this obit

Marjorie “Marge” Johnson, 90, passed away January 11, 2015 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. She was born on May 1, 1924 in West Point, IA to August and Minnie (Lohman) Pollpeter.

Marge was united in marriage to Harold Johnson on October 5, 1946. They lived their lives in Sioux Falls where they raised their children. She was a proud homemaker.

Marge and Harold were charter members of St. Michael Parish. She attended the building meetings of St. Michael and was very involved with the planning of the design for the kitchen. Throughout her parish activities, she made many friends. She planned and served funeral luncheons for numerous years. She was a long standing member with the Catholic Daughters of the Americas and was very active with the St. Vincent DePaul Society.

Marge was a self-taught seamstress. She made wonderful wedding dresses and baptismal garments. She was a very strong person and raised her children with a strict and strong sense of pride.

Marge is survived by her children: Janet (Jim) King, Apple Valley, MN, June (Steve) Mahr, Olympia, WA, Janelle (Leon) White, Farmington, MN, John (Jeanne) Burrows-Johnson, Tucson, AZ, Melvin (Ida) Johnson, Apple Valley, MN and Mark (Shelley) Johnson, Sioux Falls, SD, and 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold and one grandson. Donations may be made to St. Michael School.

Visitation will be Thursday, 5 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Scripture Vigil at 7 PM followed by a Catholic Daughter of the Americas Rosary. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, 10:30 AM at St. Michael Parish.


Janet Sercl  - Print this obit

Janet Sercl passed away January 3, 2015 in Sioux Falls. She was born to William F. and Dorothy Sercl on December 14, 1942 in Sioux Falls.

After graduating from Washington High School and Duchesne College, Janet entered the Society of Sacred Heart where she served God first as an elementary teacher and later as parish financial officer. Eventually, she left the life as a Sister and earned a MSW at Fordham University. As a social worker, she had been able to help people first in New York, and later in Sioux Falls.

Janet is survived by her sister: Susan; brother-in-law: Bill; brother: John F.; adopted son: Johnny (fiance: Tasha and her son, Marley); and cousin: George Sercl.

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

Elnora Thielman  - Print this obit

Elnora Thielman, 80, died December 13, 2014 at her home in Sioux Falls. She was born October 12, 1934 to Nicholaus and Katherine (Schiltz) Arend in rural Emery, South Dakota. Her mother passed away when Elnora was two weeks old and she was raised by her father and siblings. She was always so proud and grateful to her four “mothers” and one brother for their loving care.

Elnora started school at St. Martins Boarding School in Emery. In 1944 she moved with her sisters to Sioux Falls where she attended Cathedral Grade School and graduated from Cathedral High School in 1952. She married LaVerne Thielman on November 18, 1961 at Christ the King Church. She worked in various secretarial positions until their daughter, Amy, was born. She later returned to work and retired from St. Michael Cemetery in 1996. She enjoyed bowling, camping, playing cards and spending time with family and friends. She especially enjoyed her two grandkids. She and LaVerne spent ten winters in Texas.

Elnora is survived by her husband: LaVerne; daughter: Amy (Daniel) Bourne; two grandchildren: Nicholas and Emily Bourne; sisters-in-law: Cleo Arend, Carol Peterson, June Munkvold, and Arla Horn; and special friends: Roger and Nancy Schumacher and their family; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Her sister, Roseann Namanny, followed her to Heaven on December 14, 2014. She is preceded in death by her parents; four sisters: Genevieve Arend in infancy, Viola Cox, Josephine Bong, Mary Larson and one brother: Leo Arend; sister-in-law: Marilyn Christoferson; and six brothers-in-law: George Murray, Stanley Cox, Sidney Bong, Harold Namanny, W.O. Larson and Delbert Thielman.

Visitation will be Monday, 5 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Rosary and Scripture Vigil at 7 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, 10:30 AM at St. Michael Parish.



Dorothy Jane Harris  - Print this obit

Dorothy Jane Barnett-Harris passed away at the Good Samaritan nursing home in Lennox, SD on December 6, 2014. Jane was born January 5, 1924 in Sioux Falls to George and Ruth Barnett. She grew up in the Cathedral parish of Sioux Falls, and attended both Cathedral elementary and High schools. She graduated from St. Catherine College in St. Paul, MN with a teaching degree and taught in several Iowa schools and at Washington High in Sioux Falls until she married Bob Harris in June of 1949. They continued to live and raise their family in Sioux Falls for the next 53 years until Bob's death in 2002.

 Jane was a founding member of St. Mary Church in Sioux Falls and an active participant in the St. Marry altar society.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Bob, son Timothy, son-in-law Richard, sister Barbara Sanders and her husband Joe Sanders, sister Patricia, and brothers Bob and Jack and brother-in-law Terrence Williams. She is survived by her children, Mike (Laura), of Aurora CO, Barb Colter (David), of Sioux Falls, SD, Patrick (Mary Beth) of Santa Fe NM, John (Patricia) of Long Lake, MN, Mary Taylor of Las Vegas, NV, Steven Harris of Sioux Falls, SD, William (Betty) of Omaha NE, Jim (Cindy) of Missoula, MT, brothers Don (Mariyln) Barnett of Sioux Falls, SD, and Lou (Maggie) Barnett of Sioux Falls, SD and sister Kate Williams of Gettysburg SD,nineteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Sunday, 5 PM with a Scripture Vigil at 7 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, 11 AM at St. Mary Catholic Church.


Ivor E. Boehrns  - Print this obit

Ivor Eugene Boehrns was born on July 11th, 1941. He was born in Sioux Falls, SD. He married Beverly on February 12, 1966. They raised their 3 children and 3 grandchildren. Ivor enjoyed playing pool, darts, horse shoes, and listing to music. He would spend his weekends with family and friends. Ivor worked as a sexton at Mt. Pleasant cemetery for 28 years.

Ivor is preceded in death by his parents Fritz and Jennie, his sister Shirley, brother Charles, and his son Jeffrey “Shorty”. He is survived by his wife, Beverly, son, Duane Grove, daughter, Judy Grove, brothers, Fred Boehrns, Spencer Boehrns, Lyle (Annie) Boehrns, Jerry Montgomery and sisters, Lana (Richard) Kirchner, Jill (Mike) Allen and Rebecca Weaver. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Ivor Grove, Terry Grove, Samantha Carter and many nieces, nephews and great-grandchildren.

Family will greet friends Saturday, 1 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home.


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