Rodney Stamp

June 4, 2015

obit Rodney StampJan. 4, 1931 – May 29, 2015

Rodney Stamp, age 84 of Toronto, S.D., passed away Friday, May 29 at the Brookings Hospital, Brook­ings, S.D. Funeral service was at 10:30 a.m. Wednes­day, June 3 at Bethel Lu­theran Church in Astoria, S.D. with Rev. Carlene Rho­dy officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, White, S.D. Visitation was 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 2 at Bethel Lutheran Church and re­sumed Wednesday one hour prior to the service at the church. The Houseman Funeral Home in Toronto, S.D. was entrusted with the arrangements.
Rodney R. Stamp was born in Hendricks on Jan. 4, 1931 to Robert and Ma­rie (Seas) Stamp. He was raised in rural BrookingsCounty where he received his education and graduat­ed from SinaiHigh School in 1949. Following his education he worked at Floyd Hicks Implement in Astoria, S.D.
On July 20, 1957 he was united in marriage to Bernice Slama at MarbleLutheranChurch, rural Canby. The couple made their home in Astoria, S.D. for a short time before moving to a farm near As­toria where they farmed and raised their family.The summer of 2002 they moved to Toronto, S.D. Bernice passed away on Jan. 23, 2008. Rodney re­mained in Toronto until 2010 when he moved to the Park Place Assisted Living in Brookings, S.D. In August 2013 Rodney moved to the Neighbor­hoods at Brookview in Brookings. Rodney passed away May 29 at the Brook­ings Hospital at the age 84 years, four months and 25 days.
Rodney was a member of BethelLutheranChurch in Astoria, S.D. He enjoyed dancing, playing cards, pool and billiards. Rodney also spent his time weld­ing, building and fixing things and had an exten­sive toy tractor collection.
He is lovingly remem­bered by his two children, Sheila (Kirk) Hoefert of Sioux Falls, S.D. and Greg (Candace) Stamp of rural Astoria, S.D.; four grand­children—Laura (Matt) Johnson, Lindsay (Ryan) Krause, Shelby (Vern An­derson) Stroschein and Morgan Stamp; two great-grandchildren—Madison Johnson and Payton John­son; one sister, Roberta (Robert) Schwartz of Au­rora, S.D. and several niec­es and nephews.
Rodney was preceded in death by his parents, wife Bernice and two brothers, Norman and Gary Stamp.
Blessed be his memory.

Marjorie Lunde

June 4, 2015

obit Lund 1591457_profile_picApril 3, 1928 – May 26, 2015

Marjorie J. “Marge” Lunde, age 87 of Water­town, S.D., passed away on Tuesday, May 26 at Golden Living Center.
Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 30 at Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer in Water­town with Reverend Aaron Matson officiating. Music was furnished by LeeAnn Maag, soloist, and A.J. Sher­rill as organist. Interment was in Mt.Hope Cemetery, Watertown, S.D. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Friday at the Wight, Comes and Sogn Funeral Chapel and on Saturday prior to services at the church.Honorary Pallbearers were staff and residents of Golden Living Center. Pallbearers were Eric Jenson, Jon Hepola, Martin Hieb, David Hout­kooper, Ben Houtkooper and Mark Tieszen.
Marjorie Joyce Lunde was born on April 3, 1928 to Walter O. and Ida C. (Jorstad) Torgerson in Hendricks. She grew up in the Astoria-Fish Lake, S.D. area and attended Astoria Public School. She attended General Beadle Teacher’s College then Mount Marty in Water­town where she received her Associates Degree.
On June 15, 1956 she married Wendell LuWayne Lunde (the persistent red head with the hot pink tie) in the WoodlakeLu­theranChurch at Brandt, S.D. Marge taught country school in DeuelCounty and Hitchcock. The couple lived in the communi­ties of Canton, Parker and Pierre before moving to Watertown in 1967. Mar­ge was a teacher’s aide at Grant and MelletteSchool and taught English as a second language at Lake Area Technical Institute.Wendell passed away on May 3, 2009. Marge had been a resident at Golden Living Center since Octo­ber 2013.
She was a 50-year mem­ber of Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer and a member of Martha Circle. She was also a member of Sons of Norway, Ameri­can Legion Auxiliary and VFW Auxiliary, Kiwanis, Juvenile Diabetes, and was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels. Marge loved being with and visiting her fam­ily and friends. She will be remembered by all of them for her kind, sweet and gentle nature and sense of humor. Those qualities made her the wonder­ful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and teacher that she was. Her hobbies were reading, Bible study, sewing, cro­cheting and helping oth­ers any way she could. She loved children, flowers, pets and cookbooks. The last six years of her life were filled with love and laughter by a very special relationship with her “best buddy,” great-granddaugh­ter Shaylee, who called her Mema.
She was preceded in death by her husband Wen­dell, her daughter Ida Ann, her parents, her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Carl J. and Anna Lunde, her brother Kermit Torg­erson, her sister Bernice Houtkooper, her sisters-in-law Donna Torgerson, LaVonne (Lloyd) Clauson, and JoAnne Christensen.
Marge is survived by her three children—John Lunde and Marcia Jen­son of Watertown, S.D. and Karen (Martin) Hieb of Henry, S.D; her broth­er Wallace Torgerson of Antigo, Wisc.; three brothers-in-law— Glenn Houtkooper of Redwood Falls, Rodney Christensen of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Ronald (Jennifer) Lunde of Canton, S.D.; grandchil­dren Heidi (Jon) Hepola, Eric Jenson and Adam Jen­son; great-grandchildren Shaylee, Gage and Ania; and many beloved nieces, nephews and grandpets.
Arrangements by Wight, Comes and Sogn Funeral Chapel,

Julie Deslauriers

May 21, 2015

obit Julie DeslauriersOct. 11, 1967 – May 12, 2015

Julie Mary (Citterman) Deslauriers, age 47 of Canby, passed away peace­fully from ALS on Tues­day, May 12 at her home surrounded by her family. Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 18 at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Wilno. Burial was in the St. John Cantius Catholic Cemetery, Wilno. Visitation was 4-8 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 7 p.m. and Rosary to fol­low on Sunday, May 17 at St. John Cantius Catholic Church and resumed Mon­day one hour prior to the service at the church. Birk Funeral Home in Canby was entrusted with the ar­rangements.
Julie Mary (Citterman) Deslauriers was born Oct. 11, 1967 to Norbert and Hedwig (Rybinski) Citter­man in Canby. She was baptized and received her First Communion and Confirmation at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Wilno. Julie attended and graduated from the Ivanhoe Public School in 1986.After high school she worked with the PIC farm program and part-time at ASCS office in Ivanhoe un­til her marriage to Rob. Ju­lie was united in marriage to Robert Deslauriers on Sept. 15, 1990 at St John Cantius Catholic Church. Following their marriage, they lived near Gary, S.D. where she worked with Rob in the locker business, adding catering for wed­dings, reunions, funerals from small at 30 to large at 1,300. This was a fam­ily business and their chil­dren Chelsea, John, Billy and Callie were always with them. Julie started at a young age baking and cooking. By 1975 she was making creations that matched the pictures in the Betty Crocker cookbook. She also enjoyed flow­ers, gardening, crafts and raising sheep. She made Halloween costumes and Gary Parade outfits for her kids as well as the soapbox derby cars. In 2009 she made her own cookbook of her many favorite and requested recipes.
Education and technolo­gy were important to Julie, everyone who entered the locker and held a cell phone was trained to text. This proved to be a vital means of communication when in 2011 Julie was diagnosed with ALS—Lou Gehrig dis­ease. Up until her passing she wasn’t able to talk, but with a special computer could still email friends and family, text Rob when someone was burning the dinner, tell jokes, and keep everyone informed of the day’s events. She liked to take small family trips and short summer vacations. Travels were quick but very eventful to such plac­es as Chicago, Duluth and San Diego to see the ocean (after she was diagnosed with ALS). Julie enjoyed old movies like John Wayne Westerns, “The Waltons” and “Gunsmoke” to name a few. Once Lou Gehrig’s took over, she spent many hours confined to her re­cliner, computer and tele­vision. She had the abil­ity to switch channels to prove her point when least expected. Julie thoroughly enjoyed watching her chil­dren’s sporting events.
Julie was a parishio­ner of St. Peters Catholic Church of Gary, S.D. She was very strong in her Catholic faith and prayed the Rosary every day until her fingers could no longer hold the rosary. Julie was always willing to help out family, friends and neigh­bors. In return, after she was unable to handle the work at the locker and dai­ly housework, many came to her and her family’s aid. These people helped not only with her care but with helping her children with homework and get­ting to school events and allowing Rob the time he needed to tend to their locker business.
She is lovingly remem­bered by her husband Robert Deslauriers of Can­by; four children—Chelsea (fiancé Jason Citrowske), John, William and Callie, all of Canby; parents Norbert and Hedwig Citterman; siblings—Daniel (Brenda) Citterman of Canby and Jeanne (Frank) Bednarek of Ivanhoe; father-in-law Norbert Deslauriers; brothers-in-law Myron (Lenae) Deslauriers, Craig (Kirstian) Deslauriers and Donald (Tammy) Deslauri­ers; sisters-in-law Renee Schwebach, Theresa Bly, Jayne (Cal) Jeremiason, Madonna Andrews, Karen (Michael) Bekaert, Sarah Deslauriers (friend Tom Sherman), Norberta Be­kaert (friend Leigh Mel­lendorf), Ann (Larry) Bot­ten and Catherine (Perry) Fink and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her mother-in-law Phyllis Deslauriers.
A special thanks for all the wonderful care given to Julie by many individu­als, especially Paula Theis­en and Jodi Engesser.

Allen Johnson

May 21, 2015

obit Allen JohnsonSept. 20, 1926 – May 16, 2015

Allen Johnson, age 88 of Hendricks, passed away on Saturday, May 16 at the Avera Prince of Peace Nursing Home in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 22 at Christ Lutheran Church in Hendricks. Visitation will be Thursday, May 21, 5-8 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 7:30 p.m. at the Birk Funeral Home in Hen­dricks and will resume Friday one hour prior to the service at the church.Burial will be in the East Hendricks Cemetery, Hen­dricks, with military hon­ors.
Allen Spencer Johnson was born Sept. 20, 1926 in Marshall, the only child of Edith and Ernest Johnson. He spent his childhood on a farm in Minneota and the surrounding area.
He entered the U.S. Navy on Oct. 26, 1944. Allen, a WWII Navy veteran, spent his active duty in the Pacif­ic aboard the USS Lofberg out of San Francisco. He served in the South Pacific as Chief Petty Officer Third Class. He obtained an hon­orary discharge in April 1946.
Allen married the love of his life, Pearl (Digre) Johnson, on May 26, 1951 in Hendricks. He and Pearl were blessed with two children, Mark Al­len and Becky Clarine. He spent the majority of his life in Hendricks, where he worked as plant man­ager for Lyco Gas where for many years he deliv­ered propane to residents throughout the area. He served as a member of the city council, rescue squad, fire department and Amer­ican Legion Post 195 for more than 30 years. Allen served Calvary Lutheran Church as Trustee for two terms. He and Pearl spent many summers camping and fishing at Lake Hen­dricks, as well as travel­ing in their camper to the Black Hills each year. They spent many hours work­ing to create the Lincoln County Pioneer Museum in Hendricks. Allen was involved from its creation in 1967, and continued to volunteer throughout his entire life. He participated in the Honor Flight pro­gram to Washington D.C. where he visited the WWII Memorial. For many re­cent years, Allen had been an active volunteer at the Hendricks Nursing Home, sharing his positive atti­tude with residents and family members. In 2014 Allen was honored by the Lincoln County Histori­cal Society for 45 years of dedicated community ser­vice.
Allen loved gardening and his indoor plants, his cats and spending time with his many friends. He loved to travel and learn about the world around him and taught his family the value of solving prob­lems, taking care of busi­ness and getting things done. Allen loved fish­ing and camping. He also loved gathering bits of wisdom, which he shared unconditionally with those he loved, as well as posted on his refrigerator to share with visitors. He reminded us, whenever he could, that above all else, “It doesn’t cost anything to be kind.”
Allen died peacefully in his sleep on May 16 at Prince of Peace Retire­ment Community in Sioux Falls, S.D. Grateful to have shared his life, love and knowledge are his chil­dren, Mark and his wife Diane, and Becky and her husband Ted Hollan. Allen was a proud grandfather of three—Melissa Anne (Tony) Kollman, Scott Isaac (Nora) Johnson and Michael Spencer Johnson. He was even more proud to be a great-grandfather of three—Josiah Allen Kollman, Caleb Kollman and Sheldon Johnson.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Pearl.
Blessed be his memory.

Helen Graslie

May 21, 2015

obit Helen GraslieSept. 3, 1936 – May 13, 2015

Helen Graslie, age 78 of Brookings, S.D, formerly of White, S.D., died Wednes­day, May 13 at the Brook­ings Hospital. Visitations was 4-7 p.m. Monday, May 18 at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church in White, S.D. Fu­neral services were at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 19, also at the church. Buri­al followed in Fairview Cemetery with lunch fol­lowing at McKnight Com­munity Center. Eidsness Funeral Home handled the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Zion Ev. Lu­theran Church in White.
Helen Hinrichsen was born Sept. 3, 1936 to John and Gladys Dearborn Hin­richsen in Pipestone. Hel­en attended rural school near Ward, S.D. for a year and a half, finishing at Lake Hendricks Township District 75. She gradu­ated from Hendricks High School. After graduation, Helen was employed with Northwestern Bell Tele­phone Company in Sioux Falls, S.D. On Aug. 26, 1956 Helen married Art Graslie at White. They lived in Sioux Falls until 1965, at which time they moved to White.
Helen worked for the White Care Center, the Staurolite Inn, operated an in-home daycare cen­ter, owner/operator of a local café and cooked for the members of the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity. She will be remembered for her generosity, willing­ness to serve and always being a gracious host. Hel­en was a member of the Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, White Community Club, White Area Historical So­ciety and the American Le­gion Auxiliary.
Survivors include four daughters—Sheryl (Randy) Brown of White, S.D., Nancy Thompson of Brookings, S.D., Janice Collett of White, and Joan Kreitlow (special friend Shannon Crooks) of White; one son, Brian (Kris) Graslie of Brookings, S.D.; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three sisters, Marie Jensen of Brookings, Phyllis Coyle of Brookings, and Karen (Gene) Kaiser of Demp­ster; one brother, Roy (Sharon) Hinrichsen of Wabash, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Art, her par­ents and her sister Betty Skogen.

Elaine Wiese

May 21, 2015

obit Elaine Wiese 1579776_profile_picJuly 1, 1924 – May 9, 2015

Elaine D. Wiese, age 90, died Saturday, May 9 at her home in Brookings, S.D. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 14 at Our Savior Ev. Lutheran Church in Brookings, with interment at Hendricks. Visitation was 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 13 at Eidsness Funeral Home in Brookings, S.D. Memorials may be directed to Great Plains Lutheran High School in Watertown, S.D.
Elaine DeLyle (Lokken) Wiese was born July 1, 1924 in Madison to In­gvald G. and Irma Irene (Schwanz) Lokken. She graduated from Hendricks High School. She moved to Colorado Springs, Colo. in 1955 then returned to South Dakota in 1980 and worked as a nurse’s aide at Sioux Valley Hos­pital in Sioux Falls, S.D. She later moved to White and Brookings where she enjoyed taking care of her parents. She was a member of Our Savior Ev. Lutheran Church in Brookings, S.D.
Survivors include a son, David (Kadi) Wiese of Col­orado Springs, Colo.; five grandchildren—Steven, Carl and Cody Linaman, Matthew Wiese and Gin­ger Casciato; three great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Herbert (Wanda) Lokken of White, S.D. She was preceded in death by her parents; three daugh­ters—Dianne, Carla Cas­ciato and Candi Linaman; a sister, Carol Zietlow; and two brothers, Russel and Ronald.

Helen F. Olson

May 14, 2015

obit Helen F Olson picApril 28, 1915 – May 4, 2015

Helen F. Olson, age 100 of Arco, passed away Mon­day, May 4 at the Hendricks Hospital in Hendricks.
Funeral service was at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 7 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Arco with Pastor Ste­phen Rasmusson offici­ating. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 6 at Bethany Lutheran Church with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation resumed one hour prior to the ser­vice at the church. Burial was in the Arco City Cem­etery.
In lieu of flowers me­morials are preferred to BethanyLutheranChurch in Arco. Birk Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.
Helen Frances Olson was born April 28, 1915 to Worthy and Pearl (Brinkerhoft) Jaques in Osceola, S.D. Helen was the second of seven children. She graduated from the eighth grade in a country school and later achieved her GED.
Helen married John Oden Olson on March 26, 1935. They lived in Arco and raised four children—Marlys, Robert, Gerald and Bonnie.
She was very proficient in many different crafts and she was a very active member of BethanyLu­theranChurch in Arco for over 75 years. She traveled to Arizona for the winters for 38 years.
Helen will be lovingly remembered by her four children—Marlys Hoel of Sun City West, Ariz., Rob­ert (Jerre) Olson of Rog­ers, Gerald (Marie) Olson of Avon, Ohio and Bonnie Olson of Surprise, Ariz.; 11 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchil­dren; one brother, Nor­man (Shirley) Holz, and numerous nieces, neph­ews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents Wor­thy and Pearl Jaques, her husband John Oden Olson, five siblings, one grand­daughter and one infant great-grandson.
Blessed be her memory.

Thomas Krier

May 7, 2015

obit Tom KrierJuly 4, 1932 – April 29, 2015

Tommy Krier, age 82 of Hendricks, passed away at his home on Wednesday, April 29.
Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 6 at Grace United Methodist Church in Hen­dricks with Pastor Cindy Hopp officiating. Visita­tion was 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, May 5 at the Birk Funeral Home in Hendricks with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at the Hendricks City Cem­etery with military honors from the Rueben-Hansen American Legion, Post 195 of Hendricks. Birk Funeral Home of Hendricks is en­trusted with the arrange­ments.
Thomas Duane Krier was born July 4, 1932 on the family farm south of Hendricks to parents Clar­ence and Lottie (Warner) Krier. He attended coun­try school at District 39 through the eighth grade then attended Hendricks High School. Tommy proudly served his coun­try while enlisted in the U.S. Army from 1952-1954 and he was stationed in It­aly during the Korean War.
Tommy was united in marriage to Joan Kjelden on Oct. 29, 1952 at Sing­saas Lutheran Church near Hendricks. To this union they were blessed with three children. Together Tommy and Joan raised their family on a farm south of Hendricks.
Tommy enjoyed farming and raising cattle, espe­cially when calving season rolled around. Helping neighbors work cattle was also an enjoyment for him. Hunting deer, fishing, play­ing pool and cards were things he enjoyed through­out his life. Building cabi­nets and woodworking was an enjoyable hobby for a number of years for Tommy. Being a proud member of the Hendricks community was important to him. Socializing with people in the surrounding area was entertaining to him, but time spent with family and friends was very important, especially time spent with his grand­children.
Tommy was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and the Brookings VFW.
Grateful for having shared Tommy’s life is his wife of 62 years, Joan Kri­er of Hendricks; his three children—Lisa (David) Axelsen of Brookings, S.D., Lori (Paul) Engesmoe of Madison and Scott (Deann) Krier of Hendricks; ten grandchildren—Andy (Andray) Knutson, Tom­my Knutson, Dalton and Derek Axelsen, Kristopher and Tyler Engesmoe and Brittany (Taylor) Johnson, Tanner and Cody Krier and Shelby (Mark) Otto; one great-granddaughter, Julia Rose Knutson; one sister, Beverly (Elton) Budahl of Sioux Falls, S.D.; one sister-in-law, Pat Krier of Arizona; one very special cousin and Godchild, Sheri (Steve) Olson of Baltic, S.D., and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents Clar­ence and Lottie Krier; one sister, Yvonne Schneider, and two brothers, Merl and David Krier; two brothers-in-law, Chesley Schneider and Donald Kjelden.
Blessed be his memory.

Helen F. Olson

May 7, 2015

Helen F. Olson, age 100 of Arco, passed away Mon­day, May 4 at the Hendricks Hospital in Hendricks.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 7 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Arco with Pastor Ste­phen Rasmusson officiat­ing. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 6 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Arco with a prayer ser­vice at 7 p.m. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Arco City Cemetery.
Birk Funeral Home is en­trusted with the arrange­ments.

Emily Nielsen

May 7, 2015

Nov. 24, 1942 – May 2, 2015

Memorial Mass of Chris­tian Burial for Emily Niels­en, age 72 of Tyler, will be Friday, May 8, 10:30 a.m. at St. Dionysius Catholic Church in Tyler. Visita­tion with viewing will be Thursday, 4-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m., all at Hartquist Fu­neral Home, Utoft-Johans­en Chapel in Tyler. Burial will be in St. John Cantius Cemetery at Wilno. Em­ily died Saturday, May 2 at Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Arrangements are pro­vided by Hartquist Funer­al Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Online condolences may be sent at
Emily Nielsen was born Nov. 24, 1942 to John and Magdaline (Gawarecki) Ratajczak in Royal Town­ship near Ivanhoe. She was united in marriage to Victor Nielsen on June 14, 1987 at New Life Rest Cha­pel in Arco.
Emily is survived by her husband Victor Niels­en of Tyler; sons, Kevin VanDerostyne of Lake Preston, S.D. and Brian VanDerostyne of Tyler; daughter Linda (Tom) Sutherland and grandsons John and Gary of Lake Ben­ton; step-daughter Victoria Nielsen of Portland, Ore.; siblings, Deloris Citterman of Mundelein, Ill., JoAnn Leitz of Ivanhoe, Roseann Popowski of South Bar­rington, Ill., Joseph Ratajc­zak of Ivanhoe, Emil Rata­jczak of Ivanhoe, Helen Sik of Benson, and Harry Rata­jczak of Ivanhoe; She was preceded in death by her parents, her son Dale Van­Derostyne, brothers Frank and Stanley Ratajczak, and step-daughter Christina Nielsen.