Mavis Mae (Benz) Nielsen

March 16, 2012

Mavis Mae (Benz) Nielsen passed away at her home on March 9 sur­rounded by her five chil­dren. She had been bat­tling acute leukemia since August 2010. She was 75.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 17 at Bethany-Elim Lutheran Church in Ivan­hoe with Pastor Stephen Rasmussen officiating. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday at the church with a prayer service at 7 p.m. and will continue on Satur­day one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the Ivanhoe City Cemetery. Online registry at www. Ar­rangements are with Birk Funeral Home of Ivanhoe.

Mavis was born Oct. 12, 1936 in Hendricks to Frank and Grace (Botsford) Benz. She graduated fromHendricks High School in 1955. While still in high school, she began working at Whips Café in Ivanhoe, where she met the love of her life, Buzz. They were married March 26, 1956 in Lake Benton and to this union they were blessed with five children—the B’s—Bruce, Bryce, Brenda, Benita and Bennett.

Mavis enjoyed the early married years at home raising the kids and help­ing with the cement busi­ness that they owned. In 1975, after all the kids started school, she began working at the Lincoln County Courthouse until her retirement in 1991. During her retirement she and Buzz enjoyed travel­ing, attending state high school basketball and foot­ball tournaments and, of course, attending the soft­ball games for the Nielsen Team they sponsored. The most memorable time for her, her children and their spouses was the cruise to Alaska they were able to enjoy in August 2011, while her health was still stable.

Mavis remained in­volved in many commu­nity activities, including Bethany Elim WELCA, lifetime member of the VFW Auxiliary andDi­vineProvidenceHospitaland Home. Her hobbies included bowling, garden­ing, quilting, crocheting, cooking and baking, doing crossword puzzles, put­ting puzzles together and spending time with family and friends at the Nielsen Lanes Bowling Alley.

Mavis was a very social person and touched the lives of many. She especially enjoyed her time with her children, grandchildren and her great-grandchil­dren and, in turn, she will be lovingly remembered by them—Bruce Nielsen of Ivanhoe and friend Barb, Bryce (Patricia) Nielsen of Ivanhoe, Brenda (Dar­rell) Sheik of Ivanhoe, Benita (Mike) Steffes of Wahoo, Neb., and Bennett (Patti) Nielsen of Ivanhoe; grandchildren Rebbecca Nielsen, Stephanie and Chuck Kobes, Riley and Tyson, Anthony Nielsen, Stacy and Josh Kiley and Addysen, Kyle and Gina Sheik, Kayla Nielsen, Sky­lar Steffes, Shanly Steffes, Paul, Spencer and Hannah Oellien and family friend Chad “Chucky” Bednarek.

She is also survived by her two brothers, Kenny (Nina) Benz and Dareld (Carole) Benz; sisters-in-law Bernice Benz, Midge (Nielsen) Johnson and Lu­cille (Nielsen) Eide, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Buzz in 2008, her parents, her brothers Howard Benz and Donald Benz, brothers-in-law Norwood Johnson and Arnold Eide.

Thank you for sharing your life with us, it has been a great honor. We will miss you dearly.

Erwin Arnold Ronning

March 8, 2012

Erwin Arnold Ronning, age 70 of Hendricks, died Thursday, Feb. 23 at Avera McKennan Medical Center, Sioux Falls, S.D.A memo­rial service was held at the Hendricks Hospital Chapel on Friday, March 2 at 10 a.m.

Erwin was born Nov. 9, 1941 in Brookings Coun­ty, S.D.When he was nine days old he was adopted by Arnold and Ann (Thoe­lke) Ronning. He grew up in Hendricks and was bap­tized and confirmed in the Christian faith at First Lu­theran Church, Hendricks. He graduated from Hen­dricks High School in 1960 and served his country in the armed forces.

Erwin enjoyed cars, ka­rate and mysteries. His last years were spent at theHendricksHospitaland Nursing Home. He enjoyed visiting with the residents. After many years he was able to find his birth moth­er, which made him happy.

Erwin is survived by an aunt, Coralie Overby, and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and several aunts and uncles.

Erwin Ronning

March 1, 2012

Erwin Ronning, age 70 of Hendricks, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 23 at the Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, March 2 at the Hendricks Com­munity Hospital Chapel with Pastor Allen Molas­con officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the chapel. Burial of his cremated re­mains will be at the Hen­dricks City Cemetery, Hen­dricks. Birk Funeral Home of Hendricks is entrusted with the arrangements.

John DeGroot

March 1, 2012

John DeGroot passed away Jan. 25 at Deming, N.M.

He was born in Montrose, S.D. and married Ruth Anderson in Hendricks in 1952.

He is survived by his wife Ruth and their seven children.

Dale F. Murphy

February 16, 2012

Dale F. Murphy, age 81 of White, S.D., died Sunday, Feb. 12 at the Avera-McK­ennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Thurs­day, Feb. 16 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Brookings, S.D., with in­terment at Fairview Cem­etery in White. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. at the Eidsness Funeral Chapel in White, followed by a wake service atSt. Paul’s Catho­lic Church in White. Me­morials may be directed to the Fairview Cemetery, the White Museum, the Brook­ings County Historical So­ciety or the Arthur Graslie City Park.

Dale Francis Murphy was born on April 27, 1930 in Brookings, John Francis and Edna Mary (Willmott) Mur­phy. He grew up in White, S.D. Dale graduated from White High School in 1948. In 1951 he joined the U.S. Air Force, serving during the Korean War. After his discharge in 1954 he re­turned to farming with his family in White. In 1956 he attended Nettleton College in Sioux Falls for one year. On March 23, 1957 Dale married Marilyn Hippen in Luverne. They returned to farming and Dale farmed for another 37 years. Marilyn died on March 12, 1999. Joanne McMillan Robbins and Dale were wed Oct. 1, 1999.

Dale was very active in the White community. He belonged to the Higgins-Jessen American Legion Post No. 88 for 55 years. He was a member of the White Healthcare Center Board for 15 years, presi­dent of the White Commu­nity Club for 11 years, di­rector of the First Bank of White for 12 years, board member of the South Da­kota Soybean Plant for 14 years, on the Sherman Township Board for 17 years, lifelong member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church and he was instrumental in building the McKnight Community Hall in 1974 and the Six Mile Creek Golf Course in 1999. Dale re­ceived many farm conser­vation awards. He enjoyed golfing, community work and spending time with all his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife Joanne of White, S.D.; his eight children: Teresa (Gary) Emmett, Timothy (Shelly) Murphy, Tamara (Dirk) Byers, Thomas (Ju­lie) Murphy, Todd Murphy, Troy Murphy and Tracia (Mark) Hogue, all of White, and Tony Murphy and spe­cial friend Nicole Vladu of Severn, Md.; four step-chil­dren: Jeff (Kathy) Robbins of Hendricks, Mike (Lori) Robbins of Aurora, S.D., Pat (Michelle) Robbins of Bushnell, S.D., and Kathy Fluharty of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; 29 grandchildren; 10 step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; four brothers and two sisters: Richard (Marilyn) Murphy of Wakefield, R.I., Robert (Carol) Murphy of Sioux Falls, S.D., Mary Murphy of Excelsior, Mike Murphy of Charlotte, N.C., Nila (Bar­ry) Meyer of Hendricks and David (Gwen) Murphy of Cape Hatteras, N.C., and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Marilyn and one brother, John Allen Mur­phy.

Bernard Rybinski

February 16, 2012

Bernard Rybinski, age 79 years, one month and five days, of Marshall, for­merly of Ivanhoe, passed away on Monday, Feb. 6 at Avera McKennan Hospi­tal in Sioux Falls,S.D.sur­rounded by his children and sister Agnes.

Mass of Christian Buri­al was at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9 at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Wilno. Visitation was from 5-8 p.m. at Birk Fu­neral Home in Ivanhoe on Wednesday, Feb. 8 with Rosary at 5 p.m. and prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation continued one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. Burial was inSt. John Cantius Catholic Cemetery, Wilno. Military honors were provided by the Peden-Cole American Legion Post 109 of Gary, S.D. For online condolenc­es, please visit our website at

Bernard Cyril Rybinski was born Jan. 1, 1933 in Royal Township,Lincoln County, to parents Joseph F. and Leokadia (Pruszynski) Rybinski. He was baptized, received his First Holy Communion and was con­firmed at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Wilno. He grew up on his fam­ily farm and attended theSt. John Cantius Parochial School. He farmed his en­tire life. From 1953-1955, he served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War.

On Sept. 17, 1960, Ber­nard was united in mar­riage to Carolyn Pearl Dorenkamper at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Ivanhoe. To this union they were blessed with five children.

Bernard enjoyed bowl­ing, hunting, playing cards and eating out. He was an avid watcher of wrestling and polka dancing. He ea­gerly waited for his weekly Ivanhoe Times to arrive to catch up on the news in the community. His great­est enjoyments in life were spending time with his family and friends and he especially loved having his grandchildren around.

He was a member of St. John Cantius Catholic Church of Wilno, where he served as an usher; he was also a member of Peden-Cole American Legion Post 109 of Gary, S.D.

Grateful for having shared Bernard’s life are his five children: Kathryn (Wayne) Lacek of Canby, Kenneth (Marie) Rybin­ski of Hendricks, Kimberly (James) Marcotte of Mar­shall, Karol (Daniel) Jacob­son of Marshall and Kevin (Lisa Marie) Rybinski of Hendricks; six grandchil­dren: Jordan (Michelle) Jacobson of Marshall, Brian and Cory Rybinski of Hendricks, Marcus and Matthew Marcotte of Mar­shall and Ryker Rybinski of Hendricks; seven sib­lings: Hedwig (Norbert) Citterman of Canby, Joseph Rybinski of Ivanhoe, Mary (Don) Pavek of Hendricks, Agnes Rybinski of Ivan­hoe, Regina Rybinski of Ivanhoe, Richard (Kaleen) Rybinski of Hendricks and Gene (Katherine) Ry­binski of Hendricks, plus many nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife Carolyn Rybinski; parents Joseph and Leokadia Rybinski; siblings Susanne Rybinski, Irene Rybinski, Raymond Rybinski and Tony Rybin­ski; sister-in-law Rosella Rybinski; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Law­rence and Pearl Doren­kamper, and brother-in-law David Lingen.

Blessed be his memory.

Merlain Burlingame

February 16, 2012

Merlain Burlingame, age 93 of Canby, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 8 at Syl­van Court Nursing Home in Canby.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11 at Antelope Hills Chris­tian Church, rural Canby, with Pastor Steve Maas officiating. Visitation was one hour prior to the ser­vice at the church. Burial wasd in the church cem­etery. Arrangements were with Birk Funeral Home of Canby. Online registry at

Merlain Francesca Gustafson was born Feb. 4, 1919 in Balaton, the daughter of Charlie and Elsie (Rettmer) Gustafson. She grew up in the Canby area and on March 17, 1938 she was married to Raymond Burlingame. For many years she worked as a cook at Canby High School and Elementary School. Later, she worked as a clerk at Anthony’s De­partment Store. She was an active member of Antelope Hill Christian Church until her health failed and she became a resident of Syl­van Court Nursing Home. Merlain loved canning, quilting, playing cards, dancing, reading and bak­ing. She loved to listen to polka, waltz and country music.

She is survived by five children: Roger (LaDon­na) ofIdabel,Okla., Joan (Steve) Winter of LeRoy, Janice (Bob) Rosenthal of Hendricks, Dick (Hannah) ofPlainfield,Iowaand Bob of St. Louis Park; 15 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her parents Charlie and Elsie Gustafson; hus­band Raymond; brother Charles Gustafson; four sisters: Mildred Buysse, Alice Lehman, Doris Ben­son and Roseanne Richter; two grandsons, Douglas and John Kanniainen, and two daughters-in-law.

Blessed be her memory.

Leone Fuller Jorstad

February 10, 2012

Leone Fuller Jorstad, age 73 of Hendricks, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 31 at her home in Hendricks surrounded by her family.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 at Faith Lutheran Brethren Church in Hendricks with Rev. Allen Molascon offi­ciating. Burial was in the Bethany Cemetery, Astoria, S.D.Visitation was Friday, Feb. 3 from 5-8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. at the Birk Funeral Home in Hendricks and resumed Saturday one hour prior to the service at the church.

Leone Mae Johnson was born Feb. 22, 1938 to Law­rence and Lillian Johnson in Farnhamville, Iowa. She was baptized at the Con­gregational Church in Farn­hamville. She graduated from Somers Consolidated Public School in 1956 and attended beauty school in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

On Oct. 20, 1957 Leone was united in marriage to Robert E. Fuller in Farn­hamville, Iowa. They re­sided on a farm near Es­therville, Iowa and to this union nine children were born before moving to a farm near Hendricks.

On Dec. 3, 1992 Leone married Richard Jorstad inAstoria,S.D.

Leone was an active member of her commu­nity, working and running the Astoria Village Inn for almost 20 years, then vol­unteering her time at theHendricksHospitaland the Hendricks Thrift Store.

Leone enjoyed spend­ing time with her fam­ily, especially with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed traveling with her sister Joyce and playing cards and dice with fam­ily and friends. Leone also liked cooking, baking and cross-stitching. Leone was strong in her faith and she impacted so many people and their lives.

She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Hendricks. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for many years in Astoria,S.D.

Grateful for having shared Leone’s life are her nine children: Kathy (Kevin) Kopka of Madelia, Dennis (Denise) Fuller of Hendricks, John Daniel Fuller of Toronto, S.D., Da­vid Fuller of Brandt, S.D., Randy Fuller of Astoria, S.D., Eric Fuller of Toron­to, S.D., Sheila Fuller (Tim Fryer) of Hendricks, Chad (Tricia) Fuller of Toronto, S.D., Jackie Peterson of Hendricks and Travis Pe­terson of Astoria, S.D.; four brothers: Larry, Don, Har­old and Gary Johnson; two sisters, Joyce and Jolene; 17 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Leone was preceded in death by her parents Lawrence and Lillian, her husbands Robert Fuller and Richard Jorstad, her sisters Betty and Annette, her brother LaVerne and her grandson Michael Da­vid.

Blessed be her memory.

Ethel “Tootie” Wilfong (Kluess)

February 10, 2012

Ethel “Tootie” Wilfong (Kluess), age 81, passed away Jan. 29 in Jackson­ville, N.C.

Her parents were the late Henry and Lyla Kluess of Hendricks.

Ethel is survived by daughter Brenda of Hu­bert, N.C.; four brothers and four sisters: Audrey Morris of Virginia, Hous­ton and Robert (Bobby) Kluess of Portland, Ore., Donald Kluess (Beverly) of Clark, S.D., Norman Kluess, Jerald Kluess (Donna) and Margaret Rue (Earl) of Brookings, S.D. and Mar­cia Olsen (Marlin) of Hen­dricks and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, Norma, and one brother, Jim.

Blessed be her memory.


Martin Anton Sik

February 2, 2012

Martin Anton Sik, age 91, died Sunday, Jan. 22 at the Hendricks Nursing Home in Hendricks. Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Wilno. Burial was in the St John Cantius Catholic Ceme­tery, Wilno. Visitation was Tuesday, Jan. 24 from 5-8 p.m. with a prayer service at 5 p.m. at the Birk Fu­neral Home in Hendricks and resumed Wednesday one hour prior to the ser­vice at the church. Military honors were provided by Peden-Cole American Le­gion Post 109 and Canby- Porter Military Honor Guard.

Martin Sik was born on June 5, 1920 to John and Kate (Sadergaski) Sik. He lived with his parents inMarbleTownshipand at­tended country school inLincolnCounty. He was Baptized, received First Communion and was Con­firmed in St. John Cantius Church in Wilno.

He met Lydia McCoy and they were married on June 30, 1941. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on Oct. 3, 1942. He served in World War II, in the 255th Infantry Divi­sion. During his service, he was stationed inItaly,Sic­ily,France and Germany. He was awarded six Battle Stars on his European Theatre Ribbon. Martin was honorably discharged on Oct. 5, 1945. He was a lifetime member of the Post 109 American Legion of Gary, S.D., the VFW of Canby and of St. John Can­tius Catholic Church.

After serving his coun­try, Martin and Lydia moved to a farm by Ivan­hoe and he started truck­ing. In 1947 they bought a farm by the Marble Store and they started the life of farming. He continued to drive truck but started out with a “little junk yard” on the farm. In 1957 they sold the farm and bought the Marble Store and Garage. They operated both of them until 1964, when the Marble Store was sold and moved across the highway. After that, they ran the Marble Garage and Wreck­ing Service. Martin ran the Marble Garage until he re­tired.

Martin enjoyed hunting, playing cards, going on va­cations, his dog Lucky and visiting with family and friends. His family was his world. His all-time favor­ite thing was fishing. They would drive hundreds of miles to get that “big one,” but a lot of times he would have to turn around and drive back home without catching anything.

He passed away on Sun­day, Jan. 22 at the Hen­dricks Nursing Home at the age of 91 years, seven months and 17 days.

Martin is survived by his wife of 70-plus years Lydia Sik, son David of Canby, daughter Linda (Kenneth) Hennen of Porter and son Marvin (Brenda) of Doug­las, Wyo.; grandchildren: Michael Sik and Krista (Ryan) O’Riley, Susan (Jeff) Danielson, Christine (Larry) DeVos, Kimberly Jelen, Allison (Ron) Myhre, Pat (Sherry) Evans, Jason Evans and Ryan (Diana) Evans; 15 great-grand­children; two great-great-grandchildren; brother Vincent Sik of Hendricks and two sisters, Eleanor Wiering of Elk River and Rozy Thompson of Ivan­hoe.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Mary (Sik) Lacek, broth­ers-in-law Anton Lacek, Joe Bednarek, Jim Wiering and Albert Thompson, son Dennis Sik, grandson Pat­rick Sik and grandson-in-law Thomas Jelen.

Blessed be his memory.