Evan Rogers

November 20, 2019

obit Evan RogersJuly 6, 1955 – Nov. 13, 2019

Evan Rogers, age 64 of Ty­ler, died Wednesday, Nov. 13 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Visitation was held Sunday, Nov. 17, 4-8 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home in Tyler with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial was Monday, Nov. 18, 10:30 a.m. at St. Dionysius Catholic Church in Tyler. Private family inter­ment will be at the New Ulm Catholic Cemetery in New Ulm. Arrangements were en­trusted to Hartquist Funeral Home – Tyler Chapel. To sign an online registry, please visit www.hartquistfuneral.com.
Evan Rogers was born July 6, 1955, in Mitchell, South Da­kota and was thankful to have been adopted two weeks later by Ralph and Hazel (Laffey) Rogers. He lived with his fam­ily in Stickney, South Dakota for the first four years of his life. Following the death of Evan’s father, he relocated with his family to various ar­eas of the country throughout his childhood. These moves exposed him to the Pacific Northwest that always held a special place in his heart. During school, Evan was an avid athlete. Evan graduated from Mapleton High School in 1973, and went on to further his education at the Univer­sity of Minnesota, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Mortuary Science in 1981.
Once he earned his morti­cian’s license, he relocated to New Ulm, where he began working for the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home. Here he met Cynthia Schnichels, who just so happened to return to the area for work as well. On Dec. 22, 1984, Evan and Cyn­thia were married at The Brig in Mitchell, South Dakota. On June 29, 1985, their Nuptial Mass was held at the Church of St. John the Baptist in Searles. The couple made their home in Sleepy Eye, as Cynthia grew closer to the end of her college career. In September 1988, they relocated to Tyler, where Evan began working with the Utoft Johansen Funeral Home. Evan found true mean­ing through meeting with families and guiding them through their time of loss as a funeral director. Each feeling Evan had, he felt deeply, and empathy was no exception. Evan shared his caring nature with the people and animals he worked with in his next beloved career, which he be­gan in November 1999 with Christensen Farms. He later went on to work at the swine research facility operated by Ralco prior to his retirement in December 2018.
Though work brought Evan and Cynthia to Tyler, the people kept them here. They were blessed to have many great friends with whom they shared their lives together. On Wednesday, Nov. 13, Evan died unexpectedly at the Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota at the age of 64 years, four months, and seven days.
Evan believed that we choose our families, and thus is survived by a family beyond counting or fully naming. He will be remembered by his beloved wife of almost 35 years, Cynthia Rogers of Ty­ler; son Regis (Terra) Rogers of Cincinnati, Ohio and their grandchildren, Regis and Rea­gan Rogers; parents-in-law Mathias and Avis Schnichels; siblings-in-law Brenda (Da­vid) Drill and Phil (Rochelle) Wagner, and six nieces and nephews; dear friends Stacy and Reid Jorgensen; and ex­tended families.
He is also survived by three children, Danielle, William and Melissa; and eight grand­children. He was preceded in death by his parents Hazel and Ralph Rogers.

Margaret Taveirne

November 7, 2019

Sept. 7, 1926 – Nov. 3, 2019

Margaret A. Taveirne, age 93 of Tyler, went to her heavenly home on Sunday, Nov. 3 at Sunrise Manor in Tyler. A memo­rial visitation will be held Thursday, Nov. 7, 1-2 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home in Tyler. Memorial service will be Thursday, Nov. 7, 2 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home. Inurnment will be in St. Dionysius Catholic Cemetery in Tyler. Ar­rangements are with the Hartquist Funeral Home – Tyler Chapel. To read Mar­garet’s life history and sign an online registry, please visit www.hartquistfuner­al.com.

Sharyn Johnson

October 30, 2019

obit sharyn johnson 150x150 (002)Oct. 31, 1946 – Oct. 12, 2019

Sharyn Diane Almjeld Johnson, our favorite an­gel, joined the angels in heaven on Oct. 12. Sharyn passed away with her fam­ily at her side after an acci­dental fall down a flight of stairs while vacationing in Colorado.
Sharyn was born in the Tyler Hospital on Oct. 31, 1946 to parents Ben and Alice Almjeld of Tyler. She graduated from Tyler High School in 1964. She married her high school sweetheart, Lonnie John­son, in 1967. Together they began their life adventures in Sioux Falls, South Da­kota, where they lived un­til 1976. They then moved to Colorado Springs, Colo­rado, where they began their career in real estate. In 1997 they relocated to Phoenix, Arizona, where they continued their ca­reer in real estate. They spent three years together living on the Big Island of Hawaii, which Sharyn loved so much, before re­turning to Phoenix, where they remained.
Sharyn loved to travel and experience new plac­es. She also loved spend­ing time with her many friends who she enjoyed so much. She never missed trying to have fun and al­ways could light up the room with her beauty, smile, and spirit. She had a particular fondness for the beach and never missed a sunset. Her one true pas­sion in life, however, was spending time with her family that she loved and cared about so much.
She will forever be missed by her husband of 52 years, Lonnie; their three sons— Todd, Brad and Aron, as well as her daughter-in-law Sasha; and grandsons Brandon and Dylan, all of whom live in the Phoenix area.
She was preceded in death by her father Ben, mother Alice, and sister Ardi.
Sharyn was a friend to all and will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her.
In lieu of flowers, cards and remembrances may be sent in care of: Lonnie Johnson, 21320 N 56th St. Unit 1163, Phoenix, AZ 85054.

Dwayne Eisfeld

October 24, 2019

obit Eisfeld DwayneDec. 8, 1944 – Oct. 17, 2019

Dwayne Eisfeld, age 74 of Marshall, formerly of Balaton, died peacefully on Thursday, Oct. 17 at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, South Da­kota. Visitation was held on Oct. 20, 2:30-5:30 p.m. at Skandia Evangelical Free Church in Balaton. Funeral service was Oct. 21, 10:30 a.m. at Skandia Evangelical Free Church in Balaton. Interment was at Skandia Free Church Cem­etery in Balaton. Arrange­ments were entrusted to Hartquist Funeral Home – Tyler Chapel. To sign an online registry, please visit www.hartquistfuneral. com.
Dwayne Edward Eisfeld was born Dec. 8, 1944 in Tyler, to Herman and An­netta (VanEck) Eisfeld. He lived his early years on the farm in Murray Coun­ty. He attended country schools, Districts 45 and 20, and graduated from Balaton High School in 1962. Dwayne went on to further his education and received a degree in Ag­riculture Education from South Dakota State Uni­versity in 1969. On June 7, 1969, Dwayne was united in marriage to Mary Brink in Slayton, and the couple made their home in Hills, where he taught high school Vocational Agri­culture and FFA. In 1974 they moved to Pipestone, where Dwayne taught the Veterans Ag Program. They moved to a farm in Murray County in 1976, and he continued to teach at the Vocational School in Pipestone. Dwayne was in­strumental in starting the Apprenticeship Farming Program there. Later, he taught Adult Farm Man­agement in the Slayton and Pipestone areas. After 27 years of teaching, Dwayne retired in 1996. He contin­ued with hands-on farm­ing. In 2013, Dwayne and Mary moved to Balaton. In July 2019, they relocated to Marshall. Dwayne died peacefully on Thursday, Oct. 17 at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, South Dakota at the age of 74 years, 10 months and nine days.
Dwayne was a member of Skandia Evangelical Free Church in Balaton and served as an elder and Sunday School teacher, as well as a chairman of the board. He was a very hard worker throughout his entire life. Taking care of the land was important to him; he respected what was best for the land and was involved with farming and agriculture his entire life. Dwayne also enjoyed working on various weld­ing projects. His sense of humor will surely be missed.
Dwayne is remem­bered by his wife Mary of Marshall; his children— Angela (Neil) Witte of Ty­ler, Leah (Brady) Hunter of Riceville, Iowa, Mark (Sara) Eisfeld of Fulda, and Janet (John) Caven of Cot­tage Grove; his grandchil­dren—Madison and Caleb Witte, David, Josiah and Micah Hunter, Priya, Sam­uel, Anneka, Ellie and Ruby Eisfeld, and Luke, Amelia, Anna and Faith Caven; his sister, Marie (Jerry) Kloos of Minneota; niece Jennifer Farysyn and nephew Brian Kloos. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorials may be given, the family will direct them to a charity that will honor Dwayne.

Ruth Sas

October 17, 2019

Ruth N. Sas, age 90 of Edgerton, died Friday, Oct. 4 at Edgebrook Care Cen­ter in Edgerton.
Funeral service was Wednesday, Oct. 9, 11 a.m., with visitation be­ginning at 9:30 a.m., all at Ebenezer Christian Re­formed Church in Leota. Burial followed at the Leo­ta Community Cemetery.
To view Ruth’s life his­tory or sign an online reg­istry, please visit www. edgertonburialassocia­tion.com.

Sarah Boeve

October 10, 2019

obit Boeve SarahFeb. 9, 1941 – Oct. 4, 2019

Sarah D. Boeve, age 78 of Tyler, went to her heavenly home on Friday, Oct. 4 at Sunrise Manor in Tyler.
A visitation was held Tuesday, Oct. 8, 4-7 p.m. at Christian Alliance Church in Tyler, with a prayer ser­vice starting at 7 p.m. Fu­neral service will be held Wednesday, Oct. 9, 10:30 a.m. at church. Interment will be in Hope Cemetery, rural Tyler.
Arrangements are with the Hartquist Fu­neral Home–Tyler Chapel. To sign an online reg­istry, please visit www. hartquistfuneral.com.
Sarah D. Boeve was born Feb. 9, 1941 to David and Suzanna Waldner in Bon Homme County, South Dakota. Sarah grew up in Platte, South Dakota and moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota following her education. She met Er­vin Boeve and the couple was married on March 26, 1965 at Free Method­ist Church in Sioux Falls. Their union was blessed with five children and 44 years of marriage. The young couple moved to Hull, Iowa and farmed on the Boeve family farm for 11 years. In 1978, the fam­ily moved to Tyler. Sarah raised their children, while Ervin began work­ing as a truckdriver. Once the children were older, she worked various jobs, including as a school cook for Tyler area schools, and finally at Heartland Foods, where she truly enjoyed her job and co-workers. Sarah retired from Heart­land Foods and supported her husband’s small hog farm. Ervin passed away on Oct. 25, 2009. Sarah continued to live on the farm, taking care of the home and spending her time visiting the elderly in nursing homes and their residences. Due to her declining health, Sarah moved off the farm and eventually to Sunrise Man­or in Tyler. Sarah went to her heavenly home on Fri­day, Oct. 4 at the age of 78 years, seven months, and 25 days.
Sarah was a devoted member of Christian Alli­ance Church in Tyler and had a strong faith and trust in God. She was an individ­ual who was independent and self-sufficient, always willing to make sacrifices to care for others. Sarah was an amazing cook and had quite the green thumb when she was growing an abundant garden for her family. Above all else, Sarah loved her children, grand­children, and her great-grandchildren. She was always concerned about their happiness and well­being and prayed for them often. Sarah spent her life preparing for the day that she would go home to our Lord.
She is lovingly remem­bered by her five chil­dren—Wes (Renee) Boeve of Ruthton, Brenda Boeve of Lake Hendricks, South Dakota, Dale Boeve of Ty­ler, Karen (Dan) Blanchette of Tyler, and Dean Boeve of Tyler; ten grandchil­dren—Nathan, Brandon, Keaton and Logan Boeve, Ashley (Chris) Haynes, Keri (Tim) Bloom, Chelsea (Weston) Waters and Dan­ielle Blanchette and Kenz­ington and Chance Boeve; 12 great-grandchildren— Cooper, Connor and Ally Haynes, Morgan, Dawsen, Trinity, Quorbin, Brook­lyn, Braxtyn, Kaydence and Kindryx Bloom, and Rhaelyn and Baby Waters; four brothers—Joe (Katie) Waldner, Jonathan (Su­sie) Waldner, Eli (Katie) Waldner and Josh (Eva) Waldner; brother-in-law Ben Wurtz; and many very special in-laws, nieces and nephews; She was preced­ed in death by her husband Ervin, her parents, four sisters and four brothers.

Carolyn Holck

October 10, 2019

obit Holck CarolynAug. 1, 1932 – Oct. 4, 2019

Carolyn Holck, age 87 of Tyler, went to her heavenly home on Friday, Oct. 4 at the Tyler Healthcare Cen­ter. A visitation was held Monday, Oct. 7, 4-7 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home in Tyler. Funeral service was Tuesday, Oct. 8, 10:30 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church in Ruthton. Burial fol­lowed in Peace Lutheran Cemetery in rural Ruth­ton. To read Carolyn’s life history and sign an online registry, please visit www. hartquistfuneral.com.
Carolyn Kae Holck was born to Richard and Della (Lange) Hanson on Aug. 1, 1932 in Slayton. She was baptized on Sept. 4, 1932 at Norwegian Lutheran Church in Avoca, and con­firmed in June 1947 at Ells­borough Lutheran Church of rural Balaton. Carolyn received her elementary education at rural schools near Avoca and Balaton, and graduated from Ruth­ton High School. She at­tended Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dako­ta, and received her edu­cation degree, after which she taught third grade and elementary music in Sioux Falls.
On Aug. 15, 1954 Caro­lyn married Marlo Holck at Aetna Lutheran Church of Ruthton. Their marriage was blessed with two chil­dren, Teresa “Terri” and Richard “Dick,” and 27 years of life together. Caro­lyn and Marlo farmed near Ruthton in Ellsborough Township on the farm that her father built. After Mar­lo’s death in 1981, Carolyn continued to live on the farm.
In May 2011, Carolyn became a resident of Sun­rise Manor in Tyler. Due to complications of Al­zheimer’s disease, Carolyn was lovingly taken to her heavenly home on Mon­day, Oct. 4 at the age of 87 years, two months and three days.
Carolyn began teaching piano when she was 12 and continued well into her 70s, instilling the love of music in hundreds of students. She served as or­ganist and choir director at Peace Lutheran Church in Ruthton, and as pianist at rural Ellsborough Luther­an Church, and was active in the women’s organiza­tion at Peace. Carolyn also played organ for many weddings and funerals, us­ing her talent to praise her God. She started teaching Sunday School at Ellsbor­ough following her con­firmation, and continued teaching at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, and for 22 years at Peace Lutheran Church. Carolyn’s ministry of mu­sic touched many and will always continue to do so.
Carolyn is lovingly re­membered by her daugh­ter Terri Lovre and her husband Mike of Tyler; grandchildren— Val Chufo and her husband Rob of Placentia, California, Dan Lovre and Carrie Glover, living on the beloved fam­ily farm in rural Balaton, and Steve Lovre and his wife Angie of rural Tyler; eight great-grandchil­dren—Chelsey Chufo, Ash­ley Lovre, Anthony Lovre, Lane Lovre, Shane Chufo, Jonah Lovre, Jenna Lovre, and Marlo Lovre; one great-great-granddaugh­ter, Sienna; brothers-in-law Rondo Holck and Andy Johnson; many nieces and nephews; and many other loving relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Marlo, her son Richard, her sister Mary Ann Johnson, and her parents-in-law.
Blessed be the memory of Carolyn.

Ruth Johnson

October 3, 2019

Ruth E. Johnson, age 75 of Ivanhoe, passed away Sunday, Sept. 29, at her home. A private family in­terment will be held.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Hartquist Fu­neral Home – Tyler Cha­pel. To read Ruth’s full life history and sign an online registry, please visit www.hartquistfuneral.com.

Sonja Petersen

September 25, 2019

obit Petersen SonjaOct. 31, 1937 – Sept. 17, 2019

Sonja Petersen, age 81 of rural Tyler, died peacefully on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, South Dako­ta. A memorial visitation was held Saturday, Sept. 21, 1-2 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church in Ruthton, with a memorial service follow­ing at 2 p.m. Inurnment was in the Ruthton City Cemetery. Arrangements were with the Hartquist Funeral Home – Pipestone Chapel. To read Sonja’s life history and sign an online registry, please visit www.hartquistfuneral.com.
Sonja Joann Burgis (Amundson) Petersen was born in St. James, Waton­wan County, on Oct. 31, 1937 to John and Alfreda (Hultgren) Amundson. She was baptized and con­firmed at First Lutheran Church in St. James. She graduated from St. James High School in 1955. She continued her education at beauty school in Manka­to, and after graduating she worked at the Calumet Beauty Shop in Pipestone.
In 1957 she was united in marriage to Harold Pe­tersen in St. James. The two shared 49 years to­gether in marriage be­fore his passing in 2006. Sonja continued to live on the farm until the current time. Her health began to decline in these last years and she was admitted into the care of the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where she passed away peace­fully on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at the age of 81 years, 10 months and 17 days.
She was a member of Hope Church and later Peace Lutheran Church in Ruthton. She belonged to the Ladies Aid Circle and was an active worker on social committees and other jobs in church. She was also Past-President of the Ruthton American Le­gion Auxiliary. Throughout her years she was an avid bowler; her bowling team had become a Birthday Club which gathered often. She enjoyed her card club, as well.
Sonja is lovingly remem­bered by three children— Kris Petersen of Minne­apolis, Dave Petersen of Renner, South Dakota, and Paul Petersen of Canistota, South Dakota; and one grandchild, Jade Petersen. She was preceded in death by her husband Harold, her parents, one sister-in-law, Vera, and two brothers-in-law, Norman and Ray.

Gail Newell

September 25, 2019

obit Newell GailJuly 14, 1954 – Sept. 18, 2019

Gail Newell, age 65 of Tyler, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 18 at her home. A memorial visita­tion was held Sunday, Sept. 22, 2-4 p.m., with memory sharing at 3:30 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home in Tyler. To sign an online registry, please visit www.hartquistfuneral.com.
Gail Lynn Newell was born July 14, 1954 to Ralph and Ruth (Jensen) Hansen in Tyler. She was baptized at Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler on Sept. 5, 1954. During her earlier years, her love of animals began to show as she regu­larly brought home many different stray animals, especially dogs, and loved having them as an audi­ence for all of her stories. Gail could often be found riding her horse Kim, or following her Bedstefar everywhere. Many happy memories were made be­tween Gail and her three sisters while growing up, even though they nomi­nated Gail as the taste-tes­ter of their delicious mud pies. After her graduation from high school in 1972, she continued to be a life-long resident of Tyler.Gail worked at Maynard’s Grocery Store in town for several years prior to her retirement in 2019. Gail passed away Sept. 18 in her home at the age of 65 years, two months and four days.
In her spare time, Gail loved to bowl and had pre­viously participated on a dart league. Gail’s unique talent of crossing one eye always entertained her family. She was very artis­tic and it showed through her love of photography and assembly of memoirs. Her family was very dear to her and she always ap­preciated the time they spent together. Some of Gail’s favorite memories were of their holiday tra­ditions and family vaca­tions; she especially loved their trips to the Black Hills. Her love of the out­doors carried on into her adult life and she always enjoyed spending a warm sunny day outside with an ice-cold Old Milwaukee light beer in hand. She was a strong, determined and proud yet stubborn Dane like her father, Ralph. Gail taught her family the im­portance of sticking up for yourself, to never let any­one tell you that you can’t do something, and that when you don’t know what to say, a simple pointing of the finger could say it all. Her unmistakable laugh will surely be missed.
Gail is remembered by her beloved, Neil Enderson of Tyler; her children— Shawna (Matt) Smith of Breezy Point, Amie (Timo­thy) Lingen of Lake Ben­ton, and Justin (Melissa) Newell of Holland; 10 grandchildren—Felisha Smith-Carlson, Kara New­ell, Brianna Andresen, Mady Smith, Brittany and Nathan Christensen, Con­ner and Kaden Lingen, and Kyle and Brady New­ell; four great-grandchil­dren— Gavin and Gracelyn Koster, Haylee Wettstein, and Peyton Erickson; sis­ters Elizabeth (William) Baxter of Phoenix, Arizona, Karma (Richard) Dingman of Littleton, Colorado, and Ruthann (Darwin) Dorn of West Bend, Wisonsin; and several nieces and neph­ews. She was preceded in death by her parents and a niece, Megan Dupre.
In lieu of flowers, me­morials may be directed to the Sioux Falls Humane Society.