Ronald Schwarz

August 14, 2014

obit Schwarz (4)July 30, 1956 – Aug. 8, 2014

Ronald Schwarz, age 58 of Tyler, passed away unexpectedly Friday, Aug. 8 at the Avera Hospital in Marshall due to a heart attack. Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13 at the Tyler Area Funeral Home in Tyler. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. A private family interment will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be sent via Stephens Funeral Service-Tyler Area Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.
Ron was born on July 30, 1956 in Sibley, Iowa to Merlyn and LeNore (Jansma) Schwarz. He graduated from Ivanhoe High School in 1974 and Canby Vo-Tech in 1975. Ron began working at Christianson Implement later that fall and had worked there ever since. In 1976 Ron married Michelle Rousseau. Together they had two children. He later married Pam Weets on Nov. 28, 1997 in Marshall. Ron was a workaholic. He enjoyed helping people on any project and farming with his dad, brother and friends. He was always busy working on construction projects or restoring cars and tractors. He had an extensive collection of tools. Ron loved having a beer and a smoke with his friends and family and spending time boating on the lake and fishing. He enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, riding motorcycle, four-wheelers and snowmobiles. Ron also loved caring for his two dogs.
Ron is survived by his wife Pam; children, Jeremy (Lana) Schwarz of Silver Bay, Jaime (Eli) Cox of Pinehurst, N.C., Kayla (Kris) Speidel of Marshall and Keshia Weets (Michael Visness) of Montevideo; grandchildren, Dylan and Ashlyn Schwarz, Naydine and Dane Cox, Rayne Speidel and Kaylyne Visness. He is also survived by his parents Merlyn and LeNore Schwarz of Hendricks; brother Randy (Leslie) Schwarz of Hendricks; sisters Janet Schwarz of Phoenix, Ariz. and Darla (Jeff) Lasnetski of Willmar; his “favorite” mother-in-law Alice Weets of Russell; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Ron was preceded in death by his grandparents Elmer and Marie Jansma and Julius and Jeanette Schwarz and Margaret Schwarz, nephew Nathan Schwarz, sisters-in-law Marilee Hook and Marlene Weets, uncles Wallace and James and aunt Donna.

Ophelia Wheeler

August 8, 2014

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Ophelia Wheeler, age 94 of Sioux Falls, S.D., died Sunday, Aug. 3 at Good Samaritan Village in Sioux Falls.
Funeral services will be Thursday, Aug. 7 at 10:30 a.m. at Our Saviors Lutheran Church with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Sioux Falls, S.D. Visitation with the family present will be Wednesday at Heritage Funeral Home from 5-7 p.m. Online registry at
Ophelia was born Sept. 27, 1919 in Hendricks, the daughter of Sam and Christine (Mennis) Bogen. She was raised in Hendricks and graduated from Hendricks High School. She married Donald E. Wheeler on Sept. 14, 1944 in Hendricks. They lived there until 1946 when they moved to Washington, Pa. and lived there for three years, moving back to Hendricks until 1952 when they moved to Sioux Falls, S.D. She graduated from Augustana College with a teaching degree and taught at Franklin and Mark Twain Schools in Sioux Falls. She was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church from 1952-1960 and from 1972 until now. She served on the WELCA committee, Friendship Club, Library Committee, Sunshine Committee, shared Ministry Board, was a Sunday School teacher and served as a volunteer in the church office and the synod office. She also enjoyed delivering Meals on Wheels, was a volunteer at Sioux Valley Hospital, was a member of the VFW Auxiliary, Retired Teachers Association, and a member of Active Generations.
She is survived by her three sons, Calvin (Donnel), Allen and David Wheeler, all of Sioux Falls, S.D.; daughter-in-law Velva (Jeannie) Wheeler of Garretson, S.D.; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Donald, her sister Carrine and her son Jerry.

Matthew Olson

July 11, 2014

obit Matt R Olson picAug. 26, 1953 – July 3, 2014

Matthew R. Olson, age 60 of Mitchell, S.D., passed away on Thursday, July 3 at the Avera Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Funeral service was at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 8 at the Blom Prairie Lutheran Brethren Church in Toronto, S.D. with Pastor Darren Shaw officiating. Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial was in the Hansonville Cemetery near Hendricks.
Birk Funeral Home of Hendricks was entrusted with the arrangements.
A memorial service was held at the County Fair Banquet Hall in Mitchell, S.D. at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 7.
Matthew Rolo Olson was born on Aug. 26, 1953 in Fort Dodge, Iowa to Johannes and Evelyn (Fryman) Olson, who baptized and confirmed him into the Christian faith. Matthew graduated from Elmore High School in Elmore, Minn. in 1971. He went on to obtain an education in baking from the vocational school in Mankato in 1972.
Matthew married the love of his life, Deb Coners, on March 25, 1973. They made their homes in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Michigan, along with their current residence in Mitchell, S.D. Matthew was master baker for 42 years, the last 12 spent at County Fair Foods in Mitchell, S.D.
Matthew loved riding motorcycle and taking cycle trips with family and friends. He enjoyed watching the Green Bay Packers, reading, baking, the Packers, movies, camping and the Packers. Most of all he loved the time spent with his five children and 12 grandchildren. Matthew was especially looking forward to the arrival of his first great-grandson.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Deb Olson of Mitchell, S.D.; four daughters, Jennifer (Fabian) Malatare, Cheri (Steve) Allamand, Stephanie Olson and significant other Kenny Arbuckle and Brandi (Dan) Morgan; one son, Chad Olson; 12 grandchildren, River, Shania, Alexi, Zach, Noah, Austin, Bryce, Gavin, Treygan, Kiegan, Trase and Paytience; three brothers, two sisters and many in-laws, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, three nephews, one sister and one brother-in-law.
Blessed be his memory.

Henry Jacobsen

July 11, 2014

obit Jacobsen, HenryMarch 9, 1925 – July 2, 2014

There was a Celebration of Life for Henry “Hank” Jacobsen, age 89 of Tyler, on Monday, July 7 at 2 p.m. at Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler. Memorial visitation was Sunday from 4-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Burial was in Danebod Cemetery.
He died Wednesday, July 2 at Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in Tyler.
Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Send online condolences at
Henry “Hank” Martin Jacobsen was born March 9, 1925 to Nils Aage and Andrea (Panum) Jacobsen in Tyler. He was baptized and confirmed at Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler and graduated from Tyler High School in 1943. He was drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II, attained the rank of First Sergeant, served in the infantry in the South Pacific and was honorably discharged and returned home to Tyler. He continued his education in Kansas City as a watch repairman. He was united in marriage to Wilburta Sanderson. He moved back to Tyler in 1948 and worked with his father at Jacobsen Jewelry. In 1951 he became a State Farm Insurance Agent. In 1985 Henry married Sharon Quinn Hinz. He retired in 1998. On Wednesday, July 2, Henry died at Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in Tyler at the age of 89 years, three months and 23 days.
Hank was a member of Danebod Lutheran Church. He directed the Junior Choir for many years and served on the Finance Committee. He was committed to Tyler over his lifetime, serving as mayor for 12 years, Secretary of the Lincoln County Fair Board, charter member of the Lions Club, charter memberof the Hope DAC Board, SMSU Campus Religious Center Board of Directors, Tyler Hospital Board and many other community affiliated boards. He was a member of the A.C. Hansen American Legion Post in Tyler. He enjoyed boating, camping, singing, flowers, gardening, music of various genres, and politics. He was well known in Tyler as a town historian and a committed Democrat, willing to express his opinion and loving a good debate. He liked traveling and socializing, but most of all he cherished time spent with family and friends.
Thankful for having shared his life are his wife Sharon Jacobsen of Tyler; children, Susan Jacobsen of Minneapolis, Greta (Michael) Murray of Ghent and Barbara (Mark) Risjord of Atlanta,Ga.; stepchildren, Laurie (Carl) Putze of Mankato, Gregory (Tammy) Hinz of Humboldt, Iowa, Dawn (Charlie) Deutz of Marshall and Erin (Dennis) Jensen of Marshall; 15 grandchildren, Jacob and Anna Murray, Andrea and Hannah Risjord, Amanda Lee, Erica Putze, Matthew (Hailey) Hinz, Lyndsie (E.J.) Adams, Jordan, Paige, Dereck and Dawsyn Deutz, and Hannah, Noah and Jonah Jensen; and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Elin Frandsen and Mildred Duffy; brothers Evald “Ipsy” Jacobsen and Almer “Nellie” Jacobsen; and son-in-law Jerome Downes.
Blessed be his memory.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to Ridgeview Hospice in Tyler, Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in Tyler, or Tyler Area Community Foundation.

Robert Trandem

July 3, 2014

obit Robert Trandem picJan. 10, 1932 – June 27, 2014

Bob Trandem, formerly of Red Wing and Hay Creek Township, passed away on June 27 in Hendricks after a period of declining health over the last two years.
A memorial service will be held on July 3 at 11 a.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church, Astoria, S.D., with visitation starting at 10 a.m. A followup social gathering in Bob’s long-time hometown of Red Wing will be scheduled at a later date.His final resting place will be in Oak Wood Cemetery alongside his first wife Barbara Haynie Trandem.
Arrangements are with Birk Funeral Home of Hendricks. Online registry at
Bob was born on a dairy farm between Erskine and Mentor in 1932 and he grew up eager to leave the farm and see the world. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Moorhead State University, then joined the Navy at the very end of the Korean War and earned his wings as a helicopter pilot. He served on aircraft carriers in the South Pacific after the war and as a support pilot during the Nevada nuclear tests in the 1950s. After completing his active duty (during which he met and married first wife Barbara Haynie of Hutchinson, Kan.), he returned to Minnesota where he began work as a math teacher, first in Willmar, but shortly landing in Red Wing, where he spent the next 30-plus years raising three sons, serving his community and teaching three generations of students algebra and college-prep pre-calculus.
Bob was a notable leader within his church and in the local teacher’s union, both in Red Wing and at the state level. He was a finalist for Teacher of the Year in the State of Minnesota and also served as Treasurer of that organization. He maintained a hand in the armed forces during the schoolteaching years, serving as a Navy Reserve helicopter pilot, eventually reaching the rank of Captain and squadron leader of the Minnesota wing of the Naval Air Reserve division. Several different high school math classes independently created the same nickname for him— Captain Bob. Along the way he completed an MA in higher mathematics through summer studies at Kansas State University in Hutchinson, Kan.
After losing wife Barbara to cancer in 1996, Bob married again, to family friend Barbara Olson, and moved to the Hendricks area, an environment that spoke to his roots as a farm boy. Here he continued a habit of community service with the local golf club and with the Habitat for Humanity organization. These years also saw a significant amount of world travel with Barb and his sister and brother-in-law. He retained a remarkable level of youthful energy and enthusiasm until the last few years, when a variety of health issues compromised his strength, but never his spirit.
Bob was known throughout his life for his cheerful willingness to help others in need, including neighbors, family members, students and his community. His good nature in the face of adversity was noted by everyone. We will miss him sorely, but are glad that he has now reached a must-deserved rest, free of discomfort.
He was preceded in death by his first wife Barbara and parents Elmer and Raginald (Moen). He is survived by his second wife Barbara Olson Trandem; brother Sheldon; sister Janice; three sons—Elliot, Brad and Bryan (wife Mary), and two grown grandchildren, Kienan and Linnea; two stepsons, Jack (Julie) Olson and Bert Olson; one stepdaughter, Nancy (Robert); five stepgrandchildren, three stepgreat-grandchildren and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Arden Ramlo

July 3, 2014

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Arden James Ramlo, age 85, born March 16, 1929 to Gilbert and Ina Ramlo in Hendricks, was welcomed into the loving arms of his Heavenly Father on May 11.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Gloria, parents Gilbert and Ina and siblings Arleen, Glendon and Myra. He is survived by daughters Debbie (Meyer) and Jennifer (Palmer), sons Dave, Steve and Scott, and grandchildren Jon, Ashley, David, Allyson, Sam, Emma, Brooke and Sophia.
Arden attended Augsburg College, was a sergeant in the United States Marine Corp, worked as an accountant, owned and operated a tax business and was a long-time employee of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. He was an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. He retired at age 70.
Arden will be best remembered for his compassion and devotion to family, his friendliness to everyone he met and his love of the Lord. His love for his hometown and the people of Hendricks remained a soft spot in his heart until the day he died.
He is buried at Fort Snelling Cemetery. A celebration of his life was held at St. Paul’s Ev. Lutheran Church in Minneapolis on Friday, May 16.

Berniece Peterson

July 3, 2014

obit Berniece Peterson PaperAug. 13, 1916 – June 26, 2014

Berniece C. Heyl Peterson, age 97 of Estelline, S.D., died on Thursday, June 26 at the Brookings Hospital.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. on Monday, June 30 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Estelline. Visitation was 4-7 p.m. Sunday at Geise Funeral Home in Estelline.
Berniece C. (Lindus) Heyl Peterson, daughter of Frank and Anna Lindus, was born Aug. 13, 1916 in Baldwin, Wisc. She spent her early years and received her education in rural school in Lincoln County. Berniece was united in marriage to Orville Heyl on Oct. 1, 1939 in Arco. They lived in Hendricks until moving to Hayti, S.D. in 1968, where they owned and operated the City Liquor Store. Orville died on May 19, 1973 and she was united in marriage to Edward “Pete” Peterson on April 12, 1975 in Clark, S.D. After their marriage they lived in Estelline and after Pete’s death on Feb. 21, 1993 Berniece continued to make Estelline her home. She died on Thursday, June 26 at the Brookings Hospital at the age of 97 years.
She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Estelline, S.D.
Grateful for having shared her life are her daughter Anitra Holter and her husband Ron of Estelline, S.D.; son Ardell Heyl and his wife Myrna of Hill City, S.D.; seven grandsons, eight great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandsons; her sister Violet Reinertson and her friend Harry Hanson of Hendricks; her brother Harley Lindus and his wife Lois of Grantsburg, Wisc., and a host of other relatives and friends.
Berniece was preceded in death by her two husbands and her parents.

Juanita Nolz

June 26, 2014

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Juanita Virgene Nolz of Hendricks passed away on Sunday, June 22 at her home in Hendricks at the age of 70 years, eight months and 22 days.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 27 at Singsaas Free Lutheran Church in rural Hendricks with Pastor Ron Smith officiating. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, June 26 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 in the Singsaas Free Lutheran Church Cemetery. Online registry at
Duane Hogie will be the organist, with the congregation singing “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee” and “Amazing Grace.” The congregation will be welcomed by a piano solo played by Juanita from the “Today’s Country Church and Their Sweet Hour Of Prayer” CD recorded at the Singsaas Church in 2008. There will be special music by Jeff Moen singing “Jesus Loves Me,” Beth Hansen singing “The Lord’s Prayer” and a piano solo by Haley Nelson. Jay Nelson will read a “Tribute To A Great Teacher,” written by Andrea Jaeger when she was Juanita’s student at Clear Lake (Deuel) Middle School. The postlude will be another of Juanita’s recorded piano solos from the CD entitled “Sweet Hour of Prayer.” Active casketbearers will be her grandchildren Caleb Nolz, Isaac Nolz and Bridget Brenner, her nephews Jay Nelson and Shale Nelson, and her niece Haley Nelson.
Memorial gifts may be given to Singsaas Cemetery, Singsaas Maintenance Fund or Good Shepherd Hospice of Hendricks.
Juanita Virgene Sandro was born Sept. 28, 1943 at the Hendricks Hospital to Isaac and Harriet (Hanson) Sandro. She was baptized and confirmed at Singsaas Lutheran Church. She received her elementary and high school education from the Hendricks Public Schools, graduating in 1961. After she graduated from SDSU, she was united in marriage to Jerome Nolz on June 26, 1965. To this union one son was born and one Korean daughter was adopted. Together they lived in Clear Lake, where they both taught school. Their summers and many weekends were spent at their lake home situated on the shore of Oak Lake.
Juanita’s lifelong interest in education was the driving force toward her earning a Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling from SDSU in 1973.
Professionally, Mrs. Nolz taught middle school English for 42 years in the Clear Lake (Deuel) School System. Educational organizations in which she participated were CLEA, SDEA, NEA, and SDMLEA. Teaching piano for 35 years was a professional endeavor, as well.
Community activities included community chorus accompanist and summer theater accompanist. School activities included musicals, middle school chorus and contest accompanist. Juanita’s lifelong commitment to the church included 50-plus years as organist. She was involved as financial secretary, on the stewardship committee, Sunday School superintendent, Sunday School treasurer, and various WELCA activities and offices. She was accompanist for two Singsaas Church CDs, “Christmas in the Old Country Church” and “Today’s Country Church and Their Sweet Hour of Prayer,” in which she played the piano solo.
Noteworthy and mentionable honors and awards received were the Jaycee’s Outstanding Young Educator Award, Who’s Who Among American Teachers and Forty Years of Service at Deuel School Plaque.
Besides teaching and music, other interests included reading, traveling, sewing, home decorating and playing with her grandchildren when they were young. She had a cardinal collection (hundreds) and a miniature piano collection.
Juanita was an active wife, mother and grandmother, a noteworthy musician and a dedicated teacher who is survived by her loving husband Jerry of Hendricks; one son, Chad (Julie) Nolz of Milbank, S.D., and one daughter, T. Anya (Doyle) Brenner of Flagstaff, Ariz.; three grandchildren—Caleb and Isaac Nolz and Bridget Brenner of Flagstaff, Ariz.; one sister, Violet (Michael) Nelson of Hendricks; two nephews, Jay and Shale Nelson; one niece, Haley Nelson; two sisters-in-law, Diana (Darald) Roth of Mitchell, S.D. and Marjean (Rex) Gab of Bowdle, S.D.; and four nieces-in-law. She was preceded in death by her parents.
A quote from Juanita is her final message, “To God be great and special thanks for my musical talent. This has always been my forte, but I was also a teacher!”

Berneil Jacobson

June 26, 2014

Berniel Jacobson picApril 18, 1919 – June 17, 2014

Berneil Jacobson, age 95 of Hendricks, passed away on Tuesday, June 17 at the Hendricks Nursing Home in Hendricks.
Funeral service was at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 23 at Christ Lutheran Church in Hendricks with Rev. Gene Anderson officiating. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. on Sunday, June 22 at the Birk Funeral Home in Hendricks with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation resumed one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial was at the Marshall Cemetery in Marshall.
Berneil Arlene Jacobson was born on April 18, 1919 in Ivanhoe to parents Frank and Myrtle (Roberts) Caldwell. She graduated from Marshall High School in 1937 and later attended business college in Minneapolis. For many years Berneil worked as a clerk at the ASCS offices in Clarkfield, Marshall and Willmar. When she retired from the ASCS office she studied and passed her exams to become a realtor then sold properties and homes for the next 18 years.
Berneil was united in marriage in 1946 to Milton Jacobson in Minneapolis and together they raised four children. After marriage they lived on a farm near Clarkfield until they retired and moved to Willmar. Milton passed away in 2000.
On Nov. 18, 2007 Berneil married her high school sweetheart Chris Hoversten at Christ Lutheran Church in Hendricks. They enjoyed spending time together visiting and traveling.
Over the years she enjoyed spending time at the lake, camping, singing and playing cards. When the children were young she enjoyed being a 4-H leader for many years. Attending her grandchildren’s activities was a highlight for Berneil. Most valued to her was her time spent visiting with family and friends.
She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Woman’s Bible Study and the Hendricks Kiwanis Club.
Grateful for having shared Berneil’s life is her husband Chris Hoversten of Hendricks; her four children—Patricia (Donald) Lindblad of Dawson, William (Bette) Nelson of Wahkon, Linda (Carl) Sletten of Tampa, Fla., and Cindy (John) DeJaeghere of Russell; 12 grandchildren—Kevin (Kim) Lindblad, Kimberly (Kelly) VanWeelden, Kristyn (Jeff) Wicht, Karla (Jerrad) Perkins, Kandyce (Jeremy) Gross, Stacy (Barb) Nelson, Chad (Lisa) Nelson, Tory Sletten, Jeremy Ordemann, Elissa (Joe) Lien, David Ordemann and Krista Ordemann; 20 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Milton Jacobson, sister Viola Stelter and one great-grandson, Jake Perkins.
Blessed be her memory.

Kermit Ueland

June 19, 2014

obit UelandOct. 17, 1939 – June 6, 2014

Kermit Julian Ueland, age 74 of Brookings, S.D., passed away Friday, June 6 at the Brookings Hospital. Memorial services were at 2 p.m. Monday, June 16 at First Lutheran Church in Brookings. Eidsness Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Memorials may be directed to the St. Joseph’s Indian School in Chamberlain, S.D.
Kermit Julian Ueland was born Oct. 17, 1939 in Hendricks to Lewis and Bertha (Sommervold) Ueland. He was baptized and confirmed at Calvary Lutheran Church in Hendricks. He attended Hendricks Public School, graduating in 1958. Four days after graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as an Army medic in Hawaii until being honorably discharged in 1960.Following his service, he moved to Minneapolis, where he worked at the Hotel Leamington for seven years. While living in Minneapolis, Kermit married Sharon (Anderson) Ueland in 1964.
Kermit and Sharon moved to Brookings, S.D. in 1967. He then started working at South Dakota State University as a custodian. He worked at SDSU for the next 34 years, retiring in 2001.
Kermit was a lifelong fan of the Minnesota Vikings and especially enjoyed watching the games with his grandson Ciaran. He was also an avid reader and could often be found reading American history and the Bible. Kermit treasured time spent with his family and loved to exchange funny stories with them over coffee.
For many years, Kermit was a supporter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Paralyzed Veterans of America and St. Joseph’s Indian School.
Kermit is survived by his brother Harris (Charlotte) Ueland of Marshall; his children, Lori Ueland of Brookings, S.D. and Stacey (Lorcan) Ueland-McGuinness of Sioux Falls, S.D.; one grandchild, Ciaran McGuinness of Sioux Falls, S.D., and many cousins. He is also survived by his former wife Sharon Ueland, and her daughter Mary Beth, both of Brookings, S.D., and many loving in-laws of Colorado and the Republic of Ireland.
Kermit was preceded in death by his parents Lewis and Bertha, his baby brother Lovaine, and many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was also preceded in death by his ever faithful dog Shelsie.