Leatrice Moore

April 2, 2020

May 4, 1930 – March 26, 2020

Leatrice V. Moore, age 89 of Bloomington, passed away on March 26.
Her memorial service is planned for a later date.
Full notice to follow. Washburn-McReavy.com Werness Brothers 952-884-8145

Diane Johnson

April 2, 2020

obit JOHNSON DianeSept. 2, 1950 – March 22, 2020

Diane M. Johnson, age 69 of Flandreau, South Dakota, passed away Sunday, March 22 at the VAMC in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Funeral services were held Saturday, March 28 at Skroch Funeral Chapel with burial in Bethany Cemetery in Astoria, South Dakota.
Diane was born Sept. 2, 1950 in Hendricks to Oscar and Alice (Krein) Johnson.She graduated from Astoria High School in 1968, then worked at the State Hospi­tal in Redfield, South Da­kota. She enlisted in the U.S. Navy on May 16, 1969, and after her discharge on May 16, 1972 she worked at the Pentagon in Washington, DC. She returned to South Dakota and worked as a custodian at SDSU for many years. Diane then worked at the Brookings Sheriff’s Dept. until she retired and moved to Flandreau in 2000.
She was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Flandreau, American Legion Post 88 in White, South Da­kota, and DAV Chapter 22 in Brookings, South Dakota.
Diane is survived by two brothers, Richard Johnson of Astoria, South Dakota and Michael (Traci) John­son of Brookings, South Dakota; nephew Jeff John­son of Flandreau, and niece Barbara (Dave) Buckbinder of Silverado, California.

James Wahlstrom

March 18, 2020

Dec. 21, 1941 – March 6, 2020

James Lowell Wahl­strom, age 78, died Fri­day, March 6 at Seven Sis­ters Living Center in Hot Springs, South Dakota.
Jim was born in Hen­dricks on Dec. 21, 1941 to Lowell and May (Axelsen) Wahlstrom. He gradu­ated from Hendricks High School in 1959, Mankato State University in 1965, and Case Western Reserve University in 1970.
Jim had many passions in life, especially his respect for nature and the out­doors and his lifelong love of horses and trail-riding. He liked nothing better than teaching kids how to ride and taking them on trails in the Black Hills. In his later years, some of his greatest joys were riding with Justin, traveling with his grandchildren, and raising organic vegetables in the greenhouse he built. Because of his interest in American Indian history and his respect for their culture and spirituality, Jim was especially grateful to spend the last decade of his social work career as a medical social worker on the Pine Ridge Reser­vation. He also had deep gratitude for the fellow­ship of Alcoholics Anony­mous, in which he was ac­tive for over 35 years.
Friends and family will miss his infectious laugh, his happy grin, and his ac­cepting attitude toward others regardless of their struggles or challenges.
He is survived by Ei­leen, his wife of 54 years; his son Justin (Misty) of Custer, South Dakota; his four grandchildren—So­ren, Clayton, Ben and Jo­sey; and his sister Candace Stenseth of Seattle, Wash­ington; as well as numer­ous nieces and nephews.
Jim was preceded in death by his daughter Eva; his parents Lowell and May Wahlstrom; brother-in-law John Stenseth; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
At Jim’s request, no ser­vices will be held. If de­sired, memorials may be directed to: Custer High School Student Council, 527 Montgomery, Custer, SD 57730 or Friends of SD Public Broadcasting, P.O. Box 5000, Sioux Falls, SD 57117-5000.
Online guestbook may be signed at chamberlain­mccolleys.com

Barbara Greeley

March 12, 2020

obit BJ GreeleyOct. 6, 1968 – March 1, 2020

Barbara Jean “B.J.” Greeley, age 51 of Hen­dricks, passed away Sun­day, March 1 at Hendricks Community Hospital in Hendricks.
Her funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Fri­day, March 13 at Redfield United Methodist Church in Redfield, South Dakota. Reverend Marty Toepke-Floyd will officiate. Visita­tion will be one hour be­fore the service, starting at 9:30 a.m. at the church. A time for lunch and fellow­ship will follow after the service at the church.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Hyke Funeral Home, Redfield, South Da­kota. (www.hykefuneral­home.com)
Barbara was born Oct. 6, 1968 in Sisseton, South Dakota, to Ramona Gree­ley and Henry LaCroix. She was adopted three weeks later by Rev. Orland and Lyla Sloat and named Mary Ellen. She graduated from Hamlin High School in 1988. When she turned 18 she had her name changed to her birth name, Barbara Jean Greeley.
She served as a C.N.A. for 31 years. She was very caring and hard-working, well-liked by the residents and her co-workers.
B.J. was a member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton-Oyate. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer just one month before her death. Her sister, Annette Stillson, was with her constantly during this time.
B.J. was preceded in death by her biological parents, Ramona Greeley and Henry LaCroix; sister Rachel Parker; brother Wayne Stillson; father Or­land Sloat; and step-father Harlan Siebrecht.
Grateful for having shared her life are her mother, Lyla Siebrecht of Redfield, South Dakota; brothers Philip (Kelly) Sloat of Franklin, Nebras­ka, Dayton (Michelle) Grif­fin-Sloat of Fontana, Cali­fornia, Dwayne LaCroix of Sisseton, South Dakota, Cameron Greeley of Tea, South Dakota, and Jordan LaCroix of Sisseton; sisters Annette Stillson of Hen­dricks, and Deana Owen, Rosetta Greeley and Lind­say LaCroix, all of Sisse­ton; cousins Bonnie Seely and Bernita Peterson of Rapid City, South Dakota, and Crystal Renville of Sis­seton; many nieces and nephews including Lo­ren Greeley, Jr.; her good friends Deanna and Dean Ruesink of Clear Lake, South Dakota; and co-workers and close friends Brenda Bauman and Dan­ielle Streich; her furry family, Oscar and Otis; and many other aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Gerry Pasco

March 12, 2020

obit Gerry PascoFeb. 21, 1943 – March 3, 2020

On Tuesday, March 3, Gerry Pasco, age 77, passed away unexpectedly from undiagnosed pancreatic cancer complications at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
A celebration of Gerry’s life will be held 2-5 p.m. Saturday, March 14 at An­derson Jones Corcoran Funeral Home, 110 E Wil­low Street, Harrisburg, SD57032.
Gerry Robert Pasco was born Feb. 21, 1943 in Brookings, South Da­kota to Duane and Aldith Pasco, the youngest of four children. Gerry grew up in the McKennanPark area, working for his dad’s road construction business. He attended Mark Twain Ele­mentary School and Wash­ington High School, gradu­ating in 1961. Gerry joined the U.S. Air Force following graduation, serving in Mo­rocco and Denver for four years as an Air Force DJ.
After being honorably discharged, Gerry re­turned to Sioux Falls and reconnected with his high school sweetheart, Mar­tha Tyler. They were mar­ried on June 4, 1966 at the Presbyterian Chapel. Mar­tha and Gerry remained in Sioux Falls for a short time before moving to Colorado Springs, Colorado. They became the proud par­ents of son Jason in 1970. Three years later, they moved their family back to Sioux Falls, and in 1974 they welcomed their sec­ond son, Tyler.
Gerry’s love of sports continued throughout his life. He coached both of his sons’ baseball and basketball teams and ref­ereed YMCA basketball for several years. His fa­vorite sport was football, and he enjoyed watching and attending Minnesota Vikings football games. Gerry also loved to travel and was an avid collector of many things, especially Hot Wheels cars.
Gerry worked in the in­surance and pawn busi­ness for several years be­fore opening the Happy Hocker Pawn Shop in 1989. After ten years, he returned to the insurance business, working for the Insurance Connection un­til retiring and moving to Hendricks in 2008. Martha and Gerry loved Lake Hen­dricks and were heavily involved in many annual community events, includ­ing the Chocolate Auction, Santa House, and Fourth of July Parade.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Martha of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; brother Greg (Carolyn) of Pleasanton, California; son Tyler (Jess) of Sioux Falls; daughter Terri Jeffries of Littleton, Colorado; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild; as well as many other relatives. He was preceeded in death by his parents, sisters Kay Myers and Gwynn Loesch, and son Jason.
The family asks that donations be made to the Gerry Pasco Me­morial Fund (https://www.gofundme.com/f/gerry-pasco-memorial-fund) in lieu of sending flowers. Additional Cel­ebration of Life details can be found at https://www.facebook.com/nts/207900877233166

Barbara Milton

March 5, 2020

obit Barb Milton main (002)Aug. 25, 1936 – Feb. 23, 2020

Barbara Ann Milton, age 83 of Hendricks, passed away Sunday, Feb. 23 at the Hendricks Nursing Home. Funeral services were 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 27 at Wood Lake Lutheran Church, rural Astoria, South Dakota. Burial was in the Wood Lake Cemetery, rural As­toria. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. with a 5 p.m. prayer service on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at Houseman Fu­neral Home, Birk Chapel in Hendricks.
Barbara Ann (Olsen) Milton was born Aug. 25, 1936 in Canby to Clifford and Dorothy (Hoseck) Olsen. She attended country school until sev­enth grade, then went to school in Canby and graduated from there in 1954. She was baptized and confirmed at Marble Lutheran Church and was a member there for many years. After school, Bar­bara was a switchboard operator. Barbara mar­ried the love of her life, Clarence “Lefty” Milton, on Sept. 28, 1957.
Barbara and Lefty lived in Canby right after mar­riage and farmed in rural Canby for a few years. They later moved to rural Astoria, South Dakota and farmed and milked cows until 1990. In the mid-1980s, Barbara became a cook and dietary aide at the Hendricks Hospi­tal, where she worked for more than 30 years. In January 2003, Lefty died unexpectedly and Barba­ra’s whole world changed. She made the hard deci­sion to move into Hen­dricks that fall. She lived in the same house until a month before her death. She spent her final days in the Hendricks Nursing Home.
Barbara was a talented woman who shared her joys with many people. She was a beautiful sing­er, an amazing baker, and loved her flowers. She would sing at many differ­ent events throughout the years, including Ladies Aid, weddings and funer­als. She baked numerous wedding cakes and Lefty was always by her side to help her deliver them to the happy couples. If you were ever to visit any of Barbara’s homes, you could see her love of flowers immediately. She had many amazing flower beds in a rainbow of col­ors. She could tell you the name of each flower and if it was an annual or pe­rennial. Digging in her flowers gave her a feeling of peace and calm.
Barbara was a lover of birds, horses, dogs and many other creatures that she came across. Barbara loved her family. She and Lefty had four children and five grandchildren who meant the world to them. She was a mem­ber of the Astoria Legion Auxiliary for many years as well as serving on the Astoria School Board. She was also a member of the Literary Club and liked to paint and took some painting classes.
She is remembered by her children— Julie (Mike) Buchholz, Lesa (Daniel) Lindgren, Joel Milton and Lori Milton; grandchildren— Jessica (Mark Galloway) Buch­holz, Trey (Chelsea) Bu­chholz, Joseph Lindgren, Thomas Lindgren and Au­tumn Buchholz; brother Robert (Bernadine) Olsen; nephew Chad (and Faith) and their son Ryder; niece Cerissa (Erik) Gile and Tucker and Nora Brown; and all her nephews and all her great-nieces and great-nephews on the Milton side. She will be greatly missed by every­one, but welcomed with loving arms by Lefty.
Barbara was preceded in death by her husband Clarence “Lefty” Milton, her parents Clifford and Dorothy Olsen, her neph­ew-in-law Brook Brown, and most of her brother and sisters-in-laws.

Barb Milton

February 27, 2020

Barb Milton, age 83 of Hendricks, passed away Sunday, Feb. 23 at the Hen­dricks Hospital in Hen­dricks.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 27 at Woodlake Luther­an Church, rural Astoria, South Dakota. Burial will be in the Woodlake Lu­theran Cemetery, rural As­toria. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26 at Houseman Funeral Home, Birk Chapel in Hendricks, and will resume Thursday one hour prior to the ser­vice at the church.

Irene Johnson

February 27, 2020

obit irene johnson 2020_02_23_09_10_56May 26, 1923 – Feb. 21, 2020

Irene B. Johnson, age 96 of Hendricks, passed away Friday, Feb. 21 at the Hen­dricks Nursing Home in Hendricks. Funeral servic­es will be 11 a.m. Wednes­day, Feb. 26 at Christ Lutheran Church. Burial will be in the Hendricks City Cemetery. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. with a 7 p.m. prayer service on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at the Hendricks Hospital Chapel, and will resume Wednesday one hour prior to the service at the church. Houseman Funeral Home, Birk Chapel in Hendricks is entrusted with the arrangements.
Irene (Blaine) Johnson was born May 26, 1923 in Lake Benton, to Thomas and Luella (Sears) Blaine. She grew up and attend­ed school in Lake Ben­ton, graduating from high school in 1941. After high school she was a nanny and had clerical jobs in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Marshall.
She worked at the court­house in Ivanhoe until her marriage to Robert John­son, Sr. on Dec. 20, 1945. Together they had five children— Elaine, Robbie, Patty, Julie and Sheryl. She was a homemaker and did the bookwork for the fam­ily business, Johnson Mo­tors.
Irene passed away Fri­day, Feb. 21 at the Hen­dricks Nursing Home in Hendricks at the age of 96 years, eight months and 26 days.
She was a lifelong mem­ber of the American Legion Auxiliary, several women’s clubs and Christ Lutheran Church women’s organi­zations. She taught Sun­day School and was a Boy Scout den mother in her younger years.
Her hobbies includ­ed reading, crossword puzzles, crafting, baking, shopping and decorating her home for the different holidays. She loved see­ing her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and spending time with them. She enjoyed going out for rides around town and, of course, the usual “trip around the lake!” She was very proud of her Scot­tish heritage. Irene loved to sing and listen to many types of music.
She is lovingly remem­bered by her children— Elaine Schlink of Brooklyn Park, Robert Jr. (Betty) Johnson of Hendricks, Pa­tricia (Alan) Briggs of Sid­ney, Iowa, Julie (Lauren) Dykema of Rushmore, and Sheryl (Scott) Pearson of Hendricks; 15 grandchil­dren— Mike, Todd and Ryan Johnson, Jessika and Jeff Schlink, Tom, Taylor and Ethan Pearson, Can­dice Dunn, Angela George, Amber and Hannah Briggs, Jared Dykema, Laura Ol­son and Erin Prins; 21 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mary Johnson of Vancouver, Washington.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Robert; her par­ents; two brothers, Floyd and Duane; and three sis­ters, Lorraine Knudsen, Shirley Olsen and Carole Larsen.
She was loved and will be missed by many! Blessed be her memory.

Betty Anderson

February 20, 2020

obit betty anderson IMG_1792Jan. 17, 1931 – Jan. 7, 2020

Betty Anderson, age 88 of Hendricks, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 7 at the Hen­dricks Community Hospi­tal Nursing Home. Memo­rial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 at Christ Lutheran Church in Hen­dricks. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Buri­al will be at the Hendricks City Cemetery. Housman Funeral Home-Birk Chapel of Hendricks is entrusted with the arrangements.
Betty Jane Anderson was born Jan. 17, 1931 in Albert Lea, to parents Frank and Sylvia (Jensen) Arnold. She was raised in Albert Lea and graduated from high school there. Betty attended Stephens College in Missouri and later attended Saint Olaf College in Northfield, and it was there where her roommate Audrey Hind­jborgen brought Betty to her hometown of Hen­dricks, where she met the love of her life, Arthur Conley Anderson.
Betty married Art An­derson on May 3, 1952 in Albert Lea, and to this union they were blessed with two children, Chuck and Janice. Together the couple farmed and raised their children on the An­derson family farm in Han­sonville Township. They retired in 1989 and moved into Hendricks.
Enjoyments that Betty had were cooking, baking and doing ceramics and Hardanger. Tending to her flower beds, traveling and camping also brought years of enjoyment. Her time spent with her grand­children was known to be the most enjoyable and memorable to Betty.
She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Eastern Star and the 20th Century Club. Betty passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 7 at the Hendricks Nurs­ing Home at the age of 88 years, 11 months and 21 days.
Grateful for having shared Betty’s life are her children— Chuck (Joyce) Anderson of Moorhead, and Janice (Jeff) Moen of Hendricks; six grandchil­dren— Rebecca (Matt) Kollitz of Moorhead, Chris­ten Anderson of Moor­head, John (fiancé, Jordan Tichenor) Anderson of Omaha, Nebraska, Jackie Moen of Burnsville, Jared (Elisa) Moen of Scottsdale, Arizona, and Jordan (Bec­ca) Moen of Mankato; nine great-grandchildren— Syl­via, Scarlett and Madeline Miller, Connor and Cora Moen, Grant, Emma and Charlie Kollitz, and Char­lotte Moen; and numerous friends.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents Frank and Sylvia Arnold, her husband Art, and her grandson Jason Moen.
Blessed be her memory.

Geraldine Thomsen

February 12, 2020

obit Jerry picDec. 12, 1926 – Jan. 21, 2020

Geraldine “Jerry” Pau­line Thomsen passed away at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Tuesday, Jan. 21.
Jerry was born Dec. 12, 1926 in Arco. She and her husband Leo lived and farmed in Hendricks until 1995, when they moved to Tennessee to be closer to her son and his family.
She was preceded in death by her husband Leo Thomsen, and her sons Kelly and Greg Thomsen. She is survived by her granddaughter Sandra Thomsen Hogan and her husband Dean Hogan.