Leigh Swanson

December 12, 2019

obit Swanson Radio EditSept. 22, 1946 – Dec. 3, 2019

Leigh Swanson, age 73 of Russell, passed away Tues­day, Dec. 3. Funeral Services were 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at Grace First Parish in Rus­sell. Interment followed in the Russell Cemetery. Visitation was held one hour prior to the service, 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Grace First Parish in Russell.
Leigh Vale Schuchard was born to Reynold and Edna (Stuefen) Schuchard on Sept. 22, 1946 in Hendricks. She was baptized and confirmed in the Evangelical Peace Unit­ed Church of Christ in Elkton, South Dakota. Leigh gradu­ated from Verdi High School, graduating with the class of 1964.
On Sept. 26, 1964, Leigh was united in marriage to Vernon Swanson at the Evan­gelical Peace United Church of Christ in Elkton. The couple made their home on a beau­tiful acreage outside Russell, and raised three children. Leigh was a loving homemak­er and mother and helped Vernon raise horses before they moved into Russell in 1998. The couple was mar­ried over 55 years.
Leigh was a long-time mem­ber of Grace Lutheran Church (now Grace First Parish) in Russell, where she was a Cir­cle member. Her enjoyments in life included time spent at the lake, caring for her flower garden, crafts, turning her ga­rage sale finds into treasures, and supporting her children and grandchildren.
Leigh Swanson passed away Dec. 3 in Tyler, at the age of 73 years, two months, and 11 days. Blessed be her memory.
Leigh is survived by her loving husband, Vernon Swanson of Russell; chil­dren— Tara (and TJ) Law of Brandon, South Dakota, Russ (and Nancy) Swanson of Ab­erdeen, South Dakota, and Troy Swanson of Harrisburg, South Dakota; four grandchil­dren— Tasha Chapman, Teya Berndt, Rex Swanson and Trinity Law; four great-grand­children— Briley, Ella, Sophie and Blayke; her special dog Bella; nieces and nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Leigh was preceded in death by her parents Reynold and Edna Schuchard, and her brother Dale Schuchard.
Arrangements by the Ham­ilton Funeral Home in Mar­shall. Guest book and tribute wall available online at www. hamiltonfh.com.

Leila Teeselink

November 27, 2019

obit Leila TeeselinkApril 2, 1932 – Nov. 19, 2019

Leila Teeselink, age 87 of Tyler, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 19 at Sunrise Manor in Tyler. Visitation was held Tuesday, Nov. 26, 5-7 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home in Tyler. Funeral service will be Wednesday, Nov. 27, 10:30 a.m. at Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler. Inurnment will be at a later date in the Holland Cemetery in Holland. Hartquist Funeral Home – Ty­ler Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements. To sign an online registry, please visit www.hartquistfuneral.com.
Leila Teeselink was born April 2, 1932 to Bert and Ida (Terpstra) Tinklenberg in Be­mis, South Dakota. She was baptized in May 1932 at the Bemis Reformed Church and attended rural school. She re­located to Edgerton with her family, where she continued her education and graduated in 1950. Leila was united in marriage to Alfred Teeselink on Sept. 24, 1952 in Holland. The couple farmed for a short time near Pipestone before settling in Tyler in 1953. They shared 52 wonderful years to­gether prior to May 30, 2004, when Alfred preceded her in death. On Tuesday, Nov. 19, Leila passed away at Sunrise Manor in Tyler at the age of 87 years, seven months and 17 days.
Leila was a member of Danebod Lutheran Church. She served her church by assisting in the ladies circle, church choir, and volunteer­ing for the church office. She also volunteered for her com­munity by reading to grade school children. Leila enjoyed traveling, working on cross­word puzzles and embroi­dering towels, and most of all, spending time with her grandchildren.
She will be remembered by her children— Deb (Terry) Denney of Ridgecrest, Cali­fornia, Bev (Lloyd) Van’t Hof of Edgerton, Rhonda (Troy) Blomme of Marshall, and Dean (Dawn) Teeselink of Dysart, Iowa; son-in-law Tom Stewart of Rapid City, South Dakota; nine grandchildren— Aimee (Trent) Urban, Wonder (Samantha) and April Marc­zak, Brett (Alecia), Jayson (Heather), and Dustin (Sara) Van’t Hof, Elijah Teeselink, and Thomas (Beth) and Temple (Kari Simonson) Stewart; 19 great-grandchildren; and sis­ters-in-law Theresa Tinklen­berg, Wilma VanderZiel, and Beverly (Jay) Pruim. She was preceded in death by her hus­band Al; her parents; daugh­ter Sandy Stewart; son-in-law Kevin Marczak; grandson Mi­chael Marczak; and two infant brothers.

Joyce Serie

November 27, 2019

obit Joyce SerieSept. 12, 1922 – Nov. 22, 2019

Joyce S. Serie, age 97 of Ty­ler, passed away Friday, Nov. 22 at Sunrise Manor in Tyler. Rosary will be Friday, Nov. 29, 3 p.m. at St. Dionysius Catho­lic Church in Tyler. Visitation will follow, 3:30-7 p.m. at church with a prayer service and memory sharing at 6 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, Nov. 30, 10:30 a.m. at church. Interment will follow at St. Dionysius Catholic Cemetery in Tyler. Hartquist Funeral Home – Tyler Chapel has been entrusted with ar­rangements. To sign an online registry, please visit www. hartquistfuneral.com.
Joyce Sybil Serie was born Sept.12, 1922 to George and Susie (Mertens) Petersen of Denver Township, Rock County, near Hardwick. She grew up on a family farm with her three older broth­ers and knew the meaning of hard work at an early age. She was baptized at the Method­ist Church in Luverne. Joyce attended a one-room coun­try school, District 49, and later attended Luverne High School. Following her educa­tion, she returned home to help on the farm.
Joyce met Luverle Jerome “L.J.” Serie at the Gem Dance Hall in Hardwick. They were married on Oct. 7, 1943, in a small chapel at Fort Sill, Okla­homa, where L.J. was stationed with the U.S. Army. They re­sided in Lawton, Oklahoma and later, Gainesville, Texas. In 1944, Joyce returned home to her parents during L.J.’s de­ployment overseas. Upon his discharge in November 1945, they came back to Hardwick to farm near the Petersen’s family farm. In the ensuing years, they were blessed with 12 children as they worked the farm to make ends meet. In 1962 they moved to Tyler, and continued on with a dairy farm south of town.
In 1979, they moved from the farm into town, where Joyce worked as a cook at the Kronborg Inn for three years, then as a co-manager and cook for Danebod Village. She retired in 2001, after 18 years of serving the elderly community. In 2009, L.J. and Joyce moved into a Danebod Village apartment. After be­ing blessed with 67 years of marriage together, L.J. died in 2010. Joyce continued living in her apartment until 2013, when she moved to a small apartment in the main build­ing of Danebod Village. On May 3 she entered Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in Ty­ler, where she passed away on Nov. 22 at the age of 97 years, two months and 10 days.
Joyce was a very active and devoted mother and grand­mother, taking many shifts as a daycare grandma! Her cook­ing and baking skills were top notch, with homemade bread, buns and cinnamon rolls being her specialties! She was an excellent dancer and enjoyed being led around the dance floor in L.J.’s arms. Her love, support and selflessness made her an excellent ex­ample as Mom, Grandmother, and Wife.
Joyce had a deep abiding faith in God and a wonder­ful gift of understanding and forgiveness. The family was blessed for all the prayers she offered for each of us. She was a member of St. Diony­sius Catholic Church in Tyler, where she taught CCD and was a member of the CCW group. She was also a mem­ber of the American Legion Auxiliary.
Joyce is lovingly remem­bered by her 12 children— Jerome (Bernadette) Serie of Easton, Maryland, James (Monika) Serie of Lincoln, Nebraska, Susan (Bruce) Slocum of Litchfield, Nebras­ka, Jeanne (Craig) Norgaard of Tyler, Keith (Kathy) Serie of Tyler, Carole (Ron) Carr of Tyler, Donna (Bryan) Hedlof of Spicer, Mary (Rich) Wier­ing of Tyler, Paul (Sue) Serie of Mitchell, South Dakota, Connie Freese (Ron Drew) of Baltic, South Dakota, Judy (Duane) Wichern of Tyler, and Jolene (Jamie) Becker of Brookings, South Dakota; 37 grandchildren and 58 great-grandchildren; and many oth­er relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband L.J., her parents, one grandson, and three brothers.

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.