Vernard VanErdewyk

April 24, 2015

obit Vernard VanErdewyk pic11July 12, 1935 – April 16, 2015

Vernard VanErdewyk, age 79 of Hendricks, passed away Thursday, April 16 at the Hendricks Nursing Home.
Memorial service was at 11 a.m. Monday, April 20 at ChristLutheranChurch in Hendricks with Pastor Cin­dy Hopp officiating. Visita­tion was one hour prior to the service at the church. Internment will be in the Hendricks City Cemetery. Online guestbook is avail­able at www.birkfuneral­home.com.
Vernard was born July 12, 1935 on a farm near Ashton, Iowa to Frederick and Tina (Eidem) VanErd­ewyk. He attended a num­ber of elementary schools, some in Iowa and some in South Dakota. He graduat­ed from BrandtHigh School then attended UniversalTrade School in Omaha, Neb. for refrigeration. Ver­nard farmed a few years then moved to Glencoe and worked for the Green Giant Canning Co. in the freezer department. While living in Glencoe, he worked for an HVAC company in Mankato and later he and a friend started the Northern Com­fort Heating and Air Con­ditioning business. After a number of years he sold his share to his friend and started Van’s HVAC in Lake Crystal. He worked in his field for over 45 years.
In 1999 he moved to Hendricks and semi-re­tired. Then he worked for Lutheran Social Services for six years delivering Meals on Wheels in Ivan­hoe until his rapidly failing health prevented him from continuing.
Vernard is survived by his wife of 52 years, Ellen of Hendricks; children— Karen Gronewald of Hen­dricks, Keith of Amboy, Kathy (Brian) Severns of Good Thunder, Karri Schul­er of Hendricks and Ko­rey (Kate) of Pemberton; 12 grandchildren—Mike Gronewald, Rex Hammer­schmidt, Jacob VanErdew­yk, Nicolas VanErdewyk, Brandon Severns, Emma Severns, Dillon VanErd­ewyk, Lane VanErdewyk, Victoria Mell-VanErdewyk, Abigale Mell-VanErdewyk, Conner VanErdewyk and Ella VanErdewyk; one sis­ter, Sylvia; two brothers, Zeno and LeRoi “Bill,” and his nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by an infant son, Kevin, and his parents.
Blessed be his memory.

John Thomsen

April 24, 2015

The family of John Thomsen welcomes you to join them in the memo­rial celebration for John on Saturday, April 25 from 2-4 p.m. at the Hendricks Senior Center.
John had passed away on Nov. 28, 2014. One of John’s last gifts to this great earth was to help with research and to find cures for illnesses that he encountered throughout his lifetime, so he donated his remains to the Univer­sity of Minnesota for re­search.
Blessed be his memory.

Barbara Morris

April 24, 2015

obit MORRIS, BARBARASept. 30, 1963 – April 15, 2015

Barbara Morris, age 51 of Granite Falls, passed away Wednesday, April 15 at her home in Granite Falls. Fu­neral services were 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 21 at the Wing-Bain Funeral Home in Granite Falls. Burial will take place at Bethany Cem­etery in Astoria, S.D. at a later date. Visitation was one hour prior to the ser­vice at the Wing-Bain Fu­neral home. Arrangements were with the Wing-Bain Funeral Home of Granite Falls. www.wingbain.com
Barbara Sue Morris was born Sept. 30, 1963 in Camden, N.J. to Robert and Janet (Weilenman) Morris. She was baptized in New Jersey and as a child moved with her family to Omaha, Neb., where she grew up and attended school. Bar­bara lived in South Dakota and Hendricks before mov­ing to Montevideo, where she worked as a baker at County Market until 2004. She had lived at Henry Hill apartment in Granite Falls since 2011.
She enjoyed fishing, vis­iting with friends, watch­ing criminal shows and scary movies, and was an avid Minnesota Vikings fan. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, and above all else she loved caring and spending time with her grandchildren.
Barbara is survived by her three daughters— Amie (Justin O’Malley) Brockmoller of Montevi­deo, Anna (Christopher) Nichols of Hanley Falls and Alisha (Jeremy Lien) Mor­ris of Maynard; five grand­children—Alexis, Jayson, Sylas, Seth and Ayla; moth­er Janet Dinsmore of Oma­ha, Neb.; sisters Elizabeth Bruna and Melissa Malik of Omaha, Neb.; brothers Wilbur Reynolds of Oregon and Nick Morris of Idaho; special niece Jenny Vizecky of Montevideo; and special friends Kim Petznick of Omaha, Neb. and Deb John­son of Granite Falls.
She was preceded in death by her infant son Mi­chael David Fuller in 1988, her father James Dinsmore and her grandparents.

Michael Hexum

April 17, 2015

obit Hexum IMG_2905Dec. 31, 1953 – April 10, 2015

Michael Wayne Hexum, age 60 of Ft. Yates, N.D., passed away April 10 from esophageal cancer.
He was born in Hen­dricks to Lowell and Joyce (Dorn) Hexum on Dec. 31, 1953. He grew up in Hen­dricks and after graduat­ing, joined the U.S. Navy in 1972. He was stationed in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska, and San Diego, Calif. Mike was honorably discharged in 1978. He lived in Hendricks after the service and moved to Colorado in 1982. In 1990 he moved to Interior, S.D. after the death of his sis­ter Wanda and helped her husband raise their three children. Mike moved to North Dakota, working on rural water, in 1994. He married Winona Two Crow on Dec. 23, 1996 and lived in Ft. Yates, N.D.
Mike spent most of his life working in construc­tion. He was very handy, enjoyed fixing small mo­tors, fishing, and cross­word puzzles. He was currently the manager of Jensen’s Laundromat.
We will remember Mike for his infectious laugh, positive attitude and living life in the moment. Mike was always there to help anyone who needed it in any way.
Mike is survived by his wife Winona Two Crow Hexum, five stepchildren and 16 grandchildren, his father Lowell Hexum, sis­ters Jeanne (David) Niels­en and Wendy (Steve) Conder, brother-in-law Charles Johnston, as well as nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles and two great-aunts.
He was preceded in death by his mother Joyce (Dorn) Hexum and sisters Wanda Johnston and Cher­yl Rogers.
Michael will be interred with military honors at Fort Logan National Cem­etery, Denver, Colo..

Elaine Johnson

April 9, 2015

obit Elaine Johnson pic2May 27, 1937 – April 1, 2015

Elaine Ann Johnson, age 77 of Hendricks, died Wednesday, April 1 at the Hendricks Nursing Home.
Funeral service was at 11 a.m. Monday, April 6 at the Hendricks Community Nursing Home Chapel. The family was present for visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial was in the Hendricks City Cem­etery.
Elaine Ann High was born May 27, 1937 in Blue Earth County, the only child of Edmund and Myrtle (Ziegler) High. She attended country school until eighth grade and graduated from New Ulm High School in 1955. She attended lab technician school in Minneapolis then moved to Hendricks to fol­low her new career at the Hendricks Hospital.
In her youth, Elaine es­pecially enjoyed Sunday afternoons with her aunts, uncles, cousins and friends when they’d all gather and play musical instruments, sing and dance. This love of music was a staple of Elaine’s life and continued until the end. She’d always be listening, singing or tap­ping her feet to a song.
On Oct. 20, 1957 she married Thomas Gilmore Johnson. They spent their first two years of marriage in Ulm, Germany, while Tommy served in the U.S. Army. Upon return Elaine continued as a lab techni­cian until they had four children—Crystal, Timo­thy, Jennifer and Gaylene. Elaine spent many days washing clothes and car­ing for her family. She spent many hours driving cars to and from car deal­ers and auctions for her husband Tommy. They loved to travel.
Elaine loved to try new things and enjoyed the challenges that came along with them. Elaine loved to sew, she made many award-winning costumes, she decorated the most moist and delicious cakes, she enjoyed painting, rose­maling, canning, wood­working projects, knitting and especially liked grow­ing flowers and planting a garden. She served many years as a Sunday school teacher, Cub Scout leader and 4-H leader. She was always looking for the next adventure and purpose for her life. She encour­aged all her children to be kind, loving and adventur­ous. Elaine loved talking to people. Elaine had the best smile. Elaine loved the Lord and was never ashamed to show it or tell people about Him. Elaine was passionate about Je­sus’ love and wanted ev­eryone to know Him and believe.
She is survived by her children—Crystal John­son of Moorhead, Timothy Johnson of New Ulm, Jen­nifer (Jason) Vande Griend of Hull, Iowa, and Gaylene Johnson of Sioux Falls, S.D.; three grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and two step-great-grand­children; special friend of the family Erik Brown of Bismarck, N.D., and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband Tommy Johnson and some unborn children; aunts, uncles, brother and sis­ters-in-law, cousins and friends.
An online guestbook is available at www.birkfu­neralhome.com. Arrange­ments were with Birk Fu­neral Home of Hendricks.
Memorials are preferred to Good Shepherd Hos­pice, Hendricks Commu­nity Hospital, PO Box 106, Hendricks, MN, 56136.

Trygve Trooien

April 9, 2015

obit TrooienFeb. 17, 1950 – April 5, 2015

Trygve Trooien, age 65 of Astoria, S.D., passed away on Easter Sunday, April 5 at his home near Astoria.
Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 8 at Singsaas Free Luther­an Church in rural Hen­dricks with Rev. Ron Smith officiating. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 7 at Birk Funeral Home in Hendricks. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at the Sing­saas Cemetery with Mili­tary Honors by the Bakken Engen American Legion Post 103 of Astoria, S.D.
Trygve was born to John and Alyce (Ness) Trooien in Hendricks on Feb. 17, 1950. He was baptized and confirmed at SingsaasLutheranChurch where he was a lifelong, faith­ful member and where he served many terms as president. He graduated from Astoria High School in 1968.
Trygve was a farmer his entire life with the excep­tion of a three-year pe­riod, 1969-1972 when he served in the U.S. Army. Tryg’s tour of duty in Viet­nam subjected him to the chemical Agent Orange, which caused his declining health.
Dairy was Trygve’s forte! He developed an award-winning herd of Holsteins on the family Century Farm. He was proud to be able to continue the dairy tradition and was proud of his whole farming op­eration. Trygve milked his herd of cows for a span of 34 years without missing a milking! Trygve devel­oped a fascination with overalls. As a result he put together a collection of over 80 different brands of bibs and organized a “fashion review,” which played to many different audiences. His collection was international. Antique farm machinery was an­other of Trygve’s passions. He dreamed of organizing his own antique museum so others could also enjoy his collection. Trygve’s threshing bees became widely known and would draw spectators from many states. His idea of a good day was to “set” the machine, adjust the straw blower, then stand on the machine and watch the bundles go into the feeder as the workers all smiled with satisfaction. Trygve was instrumental in the development of the Minn-Ia-Kota Girl Scout Camp on the south side of Oak Lake. He served on that board of directors for many years then helped convert the property into a Biology Field Station when South Dakota State University purchased it from the Girl Scouts.
Trygve was active in the Astoria American Le­gion. He served in many different leadership posi­tions and was especially involved in their annual Lutefisk Supper. He also served on the boards of the Hendricks Lumber Company, Oak Lake Town­ship and the Lincoln Coun­ty Museum.
Trygve Allan Trooien passed away on Easter Sunday, April 5, at his home on the shores of Oak Lake in South Dakota. He had attained the age of 65 years, one month and 16 days.
Appreciative of having spent time with Trygve are his brothers Phil and Ro­berta (Peirce) Trooien and Rollie and Marie (Morseth) Trooien. Nephews and nieces include Todd Troo­ien, Inger Trooien, Tim Trooien, Neal Trooien, Jill Trooien Moeller, Doyle Trooien and Thane Troo­ien. In addition, 20 great-nieces and nephews sur­vive.
Blessed be the memory of Trygve A. Trooien.

Duane Schalek

April 9, 2015

obit SchalekFeb. 27, 1945 – March 29, 2015

Duane Schalek, age 70 of Hendricks, passed away at his winter residence in Fort Myers, Fla. on Palm Sunday, March 29.
Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m. on Tues­day, April 7 at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Wilno with Father Ron Hu­berty as celebrant. Visita­tion was 5-7 p.m. Monday, April 6 at the Birk Funeral Home in Ivanhoe with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation resumed one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial was at the St. John Cantius Catho­lic Cemetery in Wilno.
Duane Lawrence Schalek was born Feb. 27, 1945 in Canby, the firstborn son of Lawrence and Alma (Jer­zak) Schalek. He grew up on a farm with his brother Daniel and sister Bonnie and attended rural school in Lincoln County. Duane received his first commu­nion and confirmed his Roman Catholic faith at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Wilno. In 1962 he graduated from Canby High School in Canby and was the first wrestler from Canby High School to com­pete in the Minnesota State High School Wrestling Tournament. He would re­main a faithful supporter of the Canby wrestling program throughout his life.
Duane attended South Dakota State University for three years on a wrestling scholarship and worked for Husby and Chaplin Road Construction dur­ing his summers between college years. On Sept. 17, 1965 he answered his call from the U.S. Army, where he was trained as a light weapons infantryman. In May 1966, five months into his Vietnam deployment, he was critically injured by a landmine. He spent 15 months at Fitzsimmon’s Army Hospital in Denver, Colo. for healing and reha­bilitation. He received the Purple Heart for his inju­ries and loss of his legs.
It was during his hospi­tal stay that he met Lt. Bar­bara Anne Moitz, RN. This relationship resulted in a life-long commitment and marriage on July 13, 1967. They returned to Canby af­ter Duane’s discharge from the Army and this is where they would raise their family. Duane and Barbara have two daughters, Tracy (Tim) Roche and Wendy (Bill) Sterzinger.
Duane worked for Moor­man’s Feed Company after his discharge from the Army. He started farming with his father in 1972 af­ter purchasing his uncle’s farm. Duane’s farming operation involved grain crop and feed farming for his animals. He raised and showed Angus and Simmental cattle, Suffolk sheep and hogs, many of which become champions. Duane’s love of the land and livestock, especially cattle, involved the whole family. He was fascinated by genetics and observing the development of new mating. He also relished livestock auctions and loved the people who loved livestock, like him. He was a member of the MN Cat­tlemen’s Assn., Southwest Cattlemen’s Assn., Ameri­can Angus Assn., the Na­tional and Minnesota Suf­folk Assns. and a member/ officer of the American Simmental Assn.
Duane was an active American and a lifelong voting Democrat. He cared about his fellow service­men and women and the rights and quality of life for all Americans. Duane was highly involved in his community and accepted positions of leadership in a wide variety of organi­zations. He was the Com­mander of the Canby VFW post, Lincoln County Com­missioner, member of the Canby VFW Post, member of the Gary, S.D. Legion Post and a Lincoln County 4-H leader.
Duane enjoyed being with his family, both im­mediate and extended. He loved and was so proud of those who called him Grandpa Duane and Papa Duane. He was always of­fering advice, support and love to his grandchildren Abigale, Emily, Elizabeth and Olivia Roche and Ja­cob and Lucas Sterzinger. He was delighted by their accomplishments and the fine people they are becoming. Duane’s fam­ily opened their home to Meri Roca Codina, a for­eign exchange student from Catalonia, Spain, to live with them for a year. This student/host family relationship has resulted in Meri being considered their Catalonian daughter and sister.
In addition to his fam­ily, Duane enjoyed travel­ing throughout the USA, watching sports and competitions of all kinds, movies, conversation—es­pecially if it turned into a debate, opinioned people and good dogs. He will be remembered for his wit, ability to reach out to and mentor others, his gen­erosity, bargaining with salespeople, jokes, prob­lem-solving prowess and ability to fix anything.
Grateful for having shared Duane’s life is his wife of 47 years, Barbara Schalek of Hendricks; his daughters Tracy (Tim) Roche of Fargo, N.D. and Wendy (Bill) Sterzinger of Ivanhoe; his grand­children—Abigale, Emily, Elizabeth and Olivia Roche and Jacob and Lucus Sterzinger; mother Alma Schalek of Canby; brother Dan (Marsha) Schalek of Canon City, Colo.; sister Bonita Lade of Canby and numerous nieces, neph­ews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father Law­rence Schalek and his nephew Billy Moitz.
Blessed be his memory.
Memorials are preferred to Cystic Fibrosis Founda­tion-Minnesota Chapter, 100 North Sixth Street. Suite 604A Minneapolis, MN 55403.

Arlene Wilmes

April 2, 2015

obit WilmesMay 3, 1923 – March 23, 2015

Arlene Wilmes, age 91 of Tyler, passed away Monday, March 23 at the Pipestone Good Samari­tan Home. Memorial ser­vices were held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 27 at Dane­bod Lutheran Church in Tyler. Visitation was 4-7 p.m. Thursday at the Tyler Area Funeral Home with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. Visitation continued one hour prior to services at the church on Friday. Online condolences may be placed at www.ste­phensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service – Tyler Area Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.Arlene Ardis (Jensen) Wilmes was born May 3, 1923 to Willie and Hazel (Evans) Jensen in Hen­dricks Township, Lincoln County. At age six, Arlene went to Hendricks to live with her Grandfather Os­car Evans and Aunt Violet (Bydie) so she could at­tend school. In 1932 Ha­zel married Daniel Zeman (Arlene’s stepfather) and they lived on a farm west of Hendricks. Arlene went to country school by the Singsaas Lutheran Church and eventually received her diploma on Dec. 8, 1981 at SMSU in Marshall at the age of 58.
Arlene worked in Pip­estone at Longstreet Laundry then moved and worked in Kansas City and at the Ford Plant in Inde­pendence, Mo. during the war. In 1944 Arlene re­turned to Pipestone and worked at the S&L store. On Nov. 16, 1945 Arlene was married to Merl A. Wilmes in Tyler. While he served in the United States Army they lived in New Ro­chelle, N.Y. After Merl was honorably discharged from the service they returned to Minnesota and farmed by Russell, later buying their small farm west of Florence. They had three children—Rita, Bradley and Becky. Arlene worked at Southwest Dairy for 14 years as a bookkeeper and for several years she and Merl mowed the cemetery near Florence and planted and took care of all the ev­ergreen trees.
Arlene was interested in learning and took sev­eral classes at SMSU in Marshall and at SDSU in Brookings, S.D. Poetry was an interest and she pub­lished two books of poetry, “Seasons of My Heart” in 1983 and “Sunshine and Shadows” in 1990. Arlene was a member of Dane­bod Lutheran Church and enjoyed quilting. She was a member of the Danebod Ladies Aid, American Le­gion Auxiliary, and a char­ter member of the Country Side Scribblers and Night Writers’ group.
Arlene is survived by her children, Bradley (Peg­gy) Wilmes of Tyler and Becky Serie of Marshall; grandchildren, Heather (Dwayne) Hickman of Watkins and Heidi (Jason) Oslund of Litchfield, Nicole (Daniel) Renkly of Lake Benton, Tifanie (Craig) Hess of Tyler, Tristan (Danielle) of Sherburne, and Kristal of Lakeville, and Beau Serie; great-grandchildren, Kayla, Me­lissa, Hunter, Samantha, Michael, Payton, Brooks, Braxton, Andrea, Adelynn, Morgan, Jacob, Jackson, Collin and Bennett and great-great-grandchild Payton; sisters Charlotte and Danene, and brothers Dan and Jesse.
She was preceded in death by her parents, hus­band Merl, sister Delores, daughter Rita Schrum and granddaughter Bridget Se­rie.

Ardyth Showers

April 2, 2015

Aug. 31, 1932 – March 24, 2015

obit Ardyth ShowersArdyth “Ardie” Glazier Showers, 82, lost her cou­rageous battle Tuesday, March 24 at United Living Community in Brookings, S.D. There was an 11 a.m. family service for inter­ment at the Greenwood Cemetery in Brookings on Saturday, March 28. Memo­rial services followed at 2 p.m. at Leganger Lutheran Church in Toronto, S.D. The Houseman Funeral Home in Toronto, S.D. was entrusted with the arrangements.
Ardyth Evelyn Cook was born Aug. 31, 1932 in Bruce, S.D. to Chester and Hilma (Kemp) Cook. She was born on her sister Marilyn’s fourth birthday and was always known as Marilyn’s birthday gift. She graduated from Bruce public schools in 1950. Following graduation Ar­die and her sister Mavis ran the Toronto Cafe. After the cafe, Ardie and Ma­vis moved to Watertown, where Ardie met Bill Gla­zier. They were married March 14, 1953 and had five children—Dave, Mike, Cheryl, Timmy (deceased) and Brad. Bill and Ardie left for California the day after their wedding and lived there until 1958 when they moved back to Toronto. Shortly after moving to Toronto they purchased a house and raised their family there until Bill’s death in 1969. Ardie lived in the family home until her death.
From 1970 to 1977 Ar­die shared her life with Wendell Nannestad. They purchased the A&W Tav­ern in DeSmet, S.D. in 1972 and operated that until the spring of 1975 when they returned to the family home in Toronto. Wendell died in 1977. Ardie met Charlie Showers in 1979 and they were married in 1980. They continued to live in the family home in Toronto throughout their marriage. Ardie and Char­lie spent their first eight years of marriage travel­ing to many states while Charlie worked as a union electrician. Ardie loved traveling and living in their travel trailer. After Charlie retired they continued to travel south every winter, usually to Arizona. One year they wintered in Cali­fornia and managed a re­tirement community. Ardie always enjoyed being part of a community and was always very active. Ardie loved to sing. She joined the choir in Yuma and even led water aerobics with songs to keep the other ladies in rhythm. Ardie also loved day trips to the casinos and attending all the neighbor­hood parties. Her friends all missed her when she got sick and could no lon­ger travel to Yuma.
Ardie was a member of the Leganger Lutheran Church in Toronto, S.D. During her life she was a member of Ladies Aid, the church choir, taught Sunday school and par­ticipated in many church activities. Ardie was a life­time member of the Ladies Auxiliary. She loved to sing and play the piano, play cards, work on puzzles, and crochet. She was cro­cheting a baby afghan for her most recent great-granddaughter until she became ill several weeks ago. Ardie loved watching television—mostly her game shows, Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune, which she enjoyed watching even on her last day with us.
Ardie is survived by so many who love her. Her children—Dave of Sioux Falls, S.D., Mike (Joline Knutson) of Tulsa, Okla., Cheryl of White, S.D. and Brad (Lorri Lanpher) of Hartford; step-children Linda (Jim) Winterringer of Yankton, S.D., Bill (Su­san) Showers of Tabor, and Laurie (Jack) Pitts of Sioux City, Iowa. She is also sur­vived by her 16 grandchil­dren—Jennifer, Nathan, Mike, Jessica, Erin, John, Lauren, Lori, Brady, Jacy, Greg, Kyle, Ryan, Jacob, Rhiannon and Kristina; 10 great-grandchildren—So­phia, Elsa, Sheridan, Pres­ley, Finley, Addison, Brit­ton, Channing, Paisley and Annabelle. She is also sur­vived by her sisters Mari­lyn Rice of Brookings, S.D. and Glenes Peter of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; sister and brother-in-law Betty and Curt Lenander and many nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends.
Ardie was preceded in death by her husbands Bill Glazier and Charlie Show­ers, her partner Wendell Nannestad, her infant son Timmy, her infant grand­son Derek, and her sister Mavis Bruflat.

Helen Overby

March 19, 2015

obit Helen OverbyMarch 8, 1938 – March 1, 2015

Helen Overby, age 93 of Hendricks, passed away on Monday, March 9 at the Hendricks Nursing Home. Funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 13 at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Astoria, S.D. Burial will be in the Bethany Cem­etery, Astoria. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 12 at Bethel Luther­an Church. The Houseman Funeral Home in Toronto, S.D. was entrusted with the arrangements. For online registry and condolences please visit www.house­manfuneralhome.com.
Helen Overby was born June 4, 1921 on the Fisher family farm north of As­toria, S.D. to Thomas and Mary Jane (MacArthur) Fisher. Helen was bap­tized into the Lutheran Faith, recited her confirma­tion vows and remained a lifelong member of the BethelLutheranChurch in Astoria, S.D. She received her education in the Asto­riaPublic School, proudly graduating in the Class of 1939. On Sept. 24, 1940 she married Floyd Sand. Upon her return to Astoria, Helen enjoyed her employ­ment at the Astoria Post Office and the Astoria and Brandt elevators. On Aug. 20, 1955 she was united in marriage to Trygve Overby. They were blest with the enjoyment of each other’s company for 46 years. The task of collecting the Asto­ria area news for the local newspapers, the Toronto Herald and the Clear Lake Courier, occupied her time on Monday mornings. Dur­ing the busy years of rais­ing her family and being a farm wife, Helen found ful­fillment in serving as a CNA at the Hendricks Nursing Home. When Trygve en­tered the nursing home in Hendricks, Helen moved to Hendricks. Trygve passed away on March 2, 2001. Helen enjoyed living in Hendricks and entered the Hendricks Nursing Home on Aug. 23, 2010.
Helen was a dedicated Astoria Legion Auxiliary member for 52 years and participated in various church and community or­ganizations. Her hobbies included playing the piano, baking, gardening, embroi­dery, crocheting, puzzles, playing Bingo, cards and visiting with family and friends. Special visits from her brother and family were priceless. The grand­children and great-grand­children always brought a special smile, warmth and healing to her that grand­mothers readily receive.
She is survived by her children—LuAnn (Glenn) Schmuck of Lexington, Ky., Bernadette (Marlo) Brown of Brandt, S.D., Dennis (Melody) Sand of Parker, Colo., Dale (Beth) Overby of Toronto, S.D., David (Kim) Overby of Sioux Falls, S.D. and Sue (Randy) Holt of Fulda; 22 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; one brother, Ken (Karen) Fisher of Armstrong, Iowa; one aunt, Grace MacArthur of Sioux Falls, S.D. and nu­merous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Allen Sand, grandson Christopher Sand, great-granddaugh­ter Mason Brown, great-grandson Jesse Brown, and son-in-law Dennis Aaberg.