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Elnora Thielman  - Print this obit

Elnora Thielman, 80, died December 13, 2014 at her home in Sioux Falls. She was born October 12, 1934 to Nicholaus and Katherine (Schiltz) Arend in rural Emery, South Dakota. Her mother passed away when Elnora was two weeks old and she was raised by her father and siblings. She was always so proud and grateful to her four “mothers” and one brother for their loving care.

Elnora started school at St. Martins Boarding School in Emery. In 1944 she moved with her sisters to Sioux Falls where she attended Cathedral Grade School and graduated from Cathedral High School in 1952. She married LaVerne Thielman on November 18, 1961 at Christ the King Church. She worked in various secretarial positions until their daughter, Amy, was born. She later returned to work and retired from St. Michael Cemetery in 1996. She enjoyed bowling, camping, playing cards and spending time with family and friends. She especially enjoyed her two grandkids. She and LaVerne spent ten winters in Texas.

Elnora is survived by her husband: LaVerne; daughter: Amy (Daniel) Bourne; two grandchildren: Nicholas and Emily Bourne; sisters-in-law: Cleo Arend, Carol Peterson, June Munkvold, and Arla Horn; and special friends: Roger and Nancy Schumacher and their family; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Her sister, Roseann Namanny, followed her to Heaven on December 14, 2014. She is preceded in death by her parents; four sisters: Genevieve Arend in infancy, Viola Cox, Josephine Bong, Mary Larson and one brother: Leo Arend; sister-in-law: Marilyn Christoferson; and six brothers-in-law: George Murray, Stanley Cox, Sidney Bong, Harold Namanny, W.O. Larson and Delbert Thielman.

Visitation will be Monday, 5 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Rosary and Scripture Vigil at 7 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, 10:30 AM at St. Michael Parish.



Dorothy Jane Harris  - Print this obit

Dorothy Jane Barnett-Harris passed away at the Good Samaritan nursing home in Lennox, SD on December 6, 2014. Jane was born January 5, 1924 in Sioux Falls to George and Ruth Barnett. She grew up in the Cathedral parish of Sioux Falls, and attended both Cathedral elementary and High schools. She graduated from St. Catherine College in St. Paul, MN with a teaching degree and taught in several Iowa schools and at Washington High in Sioux Falls until she married Bob Harris in June of 1949. They continued to live and raise their family in Sioux Falls for the next 53 years until Bob's death in 2002.

 Jane was a founding member of St. Mary Church in Sioux Falls and an active participant in the St. Marry altar society.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Bob, son Timothy, son-in-law Richard, sister Barbara Sanders and her husband Joe Sanders, sister Patricia, and brothers Bob and Jack and brother-in-law Terrence Williams. She is survived by her children, Mike (Laura), of Aurora CO, Barb Colter (David), of Sioux Falls, SD, Patrick (Mary Beth) of Santa Fe NM, John (Patricia) of Long Lake, MN, Mary Taylor of Las Vegas, NV, Steven Harris of Sioux Falls, SD, William (Betty) of Omaha NE, Jim (Cindy) of Missoula, MT, brothers Don (Mariyln) Barnett of Sioux Falls, SD, and Lou (Maggie) Barnett of Sioux Falls, SD and sister Kate Williams of Gettysburg SD,nineteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Sunday, 5 PM with a Scripture Vigil at 7 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, 11 AM at St. Mary Catholic Church.


Ivor E. Boehrns  - Print this obit

Ivor Eugene Boehrns was born on July 11th, 1941. He was born in Sioux Falls, SD. He married Beverly on February 12, 1966. They raised their 3 children and 3 grandchildren. Ivor enjoyed playing pool, darts, horse shoes, and listing to music. He would spend his weekends with family and friends. Ivor worked as a sexton at Mt. Pleasant cemetery for 28 years.

Ivor is preceded in death by his parents Fritz and Jennie, his sister Shirley, brother Charles, and his son Jeffrey “Shorty”. He is survived by his wife, Beverly, son, Duane Grove, daughter, Judy Grove, brothers, Fred Boehrns, Spencer Boehrns, Lyle (Annie) Boehrns, Jerry Montgomery and sisters, Lana (Richard) Kirchner, Jill (Mike) Allen and Rebecca Weaver. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Ivor Grove, Terry Grove, Samantha Carter and many nieces, nephews and great-grandchildren.

Family will greet friends Saturday, 1 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home.

Kimberly Marie (Stanga) Sargent  - Print this obit

Kimberly Marie (Stanga) Sargent, 48, passed away Monday November 17th,
2014 in Brandon, SD. She leaves behind her husband of 32 years, Todd Sargent (Brandon, South Dakota), two daughters, Heather Marie Barrett, husband Raymond (Monango, ND) and Samantha Christine Sargent (Ellendale, ND), and two grandchildren, Jacksyn Dean Anderson & Baylee Marie Barrett. Kimberly is proceeded in death by her mother, Monica Marie (Carey) Stanga, and father, Carol Gene Stanga.

Kimberly was born October 13th, 1966 in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Kimberly
grew up in Sioux Falls and attended O’Gorman High School.

She married Todd twice, once on February 4th 1984, and a second ceremony a
few years later, on December 12th, so that she could have the wedding, and dress of her dreams. They lived in Sioux Falls until moving to Brandon, SD in 1990. Kimberly and Todd were high school sweethearts. They met the summer of 1983 at a friend’s party. The sparks were instant and they have been together since.

Kimberly enjoyed being a homemaker, taking care of her parents before their passing, and taking care of her family and many pets. She loved cooking, tattoos, shopping, reading, rescuing animals, and watching her many shows with daughter Samantha. Another highlight of her life was becoming a Nana to Jacksyn in 2008 and just recently Baylee in May of this year.

Recently Kimberly moved to Ellendale, ND to be able to watch her grandchildren grow up. Kimberly was the kindest, most loving person you would ever meet. She would do anything and everything to take care of those she loved. She was loved by all whose lives she touched and will be missed very much.

Visitation will be Friday, 5 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Funeral Service at 7 PM.

Francis Harvey  - Print this obit

Francis A. Harvey, 90, passed away peacefully at Avera McKennan Hospital on November 10, 2014. Francis was born in Keya Paha County, Nebraska on January 24, 1924 to Albert and Agnes Higgins Harvey. The family made their home on a farm in Todd County, South Dakota where Francis attended school graduating from Todd County High School in Mission, SD in 1942.

A WWII Veteran, Francis joined the service in 1944 and served in Europe with the 9th Infantry Division. After his discharge, he and his brother Tom formed Harvey Brothers, a partnership for custom farm work traveling from Oklahoma to North Dakota. This later led to a farm ranch operation in Todd County. In 1954 Francis opened a new Gamble's Hardware Store in Papillion, Nebraska. Ultimately being located so near Omaha, this store was not a success. In 1956 he began working for the Omaha Branch of Stewart-Warner Alemite Company where he remained until they closed in 1988. Francis was then employed by Dockendorf Equipment in Sioux Falls until he retired in 1998.

In 1961 he was transferred to Sioux Falls, SD where he met Lois Schmitz and they were married on October 19, 1963 at St Joseph Cathedral. They had one daughter, Denise Renee.

One of his greatest enjoyments during his retirement, was serving on the VFW Post 628 Firing Squad, later becoming their Commander. Sadly, this ended abruptly when he suffered a spinal cord stroke on June 20, 2005. Another highlight of Francis' life was his only granddaughter Marisa, who joined our family in early 2006. Francis resided at Avera Prince of Peace beginning July 2011 until his death.

Francis was a lifetime member of the VFW and the Knights of Columbus. He was preceded in death by his mother Agnes Harvey in 1940, his father Albert and step-mother Etta Harvey, brother Thomas Harvey, sister Mary Mehrens, brother-in-law James Mehrens, and their two sons Samuel and Jonathon Mehrens.

He is survived by his wife Lois of Sioux Falls, daughter Denise (Bart) Van Heuveln and special granddaughter Marisa all of Waukee, Iowa, brother Patrick (Ladonna) Harvey of Harlingen, Texas, sister-in-law Ann Harvey of Valentine, Nebraska as well as many, many nieces and nephews, friends and other relatives.

Visitation will be Thursday, 5 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Scripture Vigil at 7 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, 10:30 AM at Christ the King Catholic Church.

Timothy David Reiter   - Print this obit

Timothy David Reiter, 59, passed away Wednesday November 5, 2014. He leaves behind his son Michael Lotman (Larchwood, Iowa), and his father LeRoy L. Reiter (Sioux Falls). His siblings include; Kim Reiter (Sioux Falls), Tony Reiter, wife Deb (Sioux Falls), Josh Reiter, wife Barb (Sioux Falls), and Jill Hoggarth (Pueblo CO). Timothy is proceeded in death by his mother Karen Dee Reiter.

Timothy was the second son born to LeRoy and Karen Reiter on May 9,1955 in Sioux Falls at McKennan Hospital. He grew up on the North end and attended Washington High School. He was able to fulfill his lifelong dream of enlisting into the U.S. Marines.

Tim enjoyed camping and fishing and being with his brothers. He loved the big family reunions we had every summer in the Black Hills. This carries on to who he was as a person. Tim had a heart of gold. His soul was so kind and emphatic to everyone he would meet. The gift Tim seemed to give not only to his family, but to all who met him was that the true strength and character of a man comes from within him. No matter how rocky his journey in life may have gotten he never lost his huge amazingly kind heart.

Visitation will be Friday, 5 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Memorial Service at 7 PM.

Dorothy Donohue  - Print this obit

Dorothy Marie Melicek was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Louis and Florence Melicek on August 25, 1919. She passed away October 18, 2014.

She moved to Sioux City, Iowa and graduated from Central High School. She attended the College of St Catherine in St Paul, majoring in Art History and French.

She married attorney Parnell J. Donohue in1949 and moved to Bonesteel, Gregory County, South Dakota. She enthusiastically supported her husband's winning campaign for Attorney General, and his tenure there. They had three daughters, Mary Suzanne, Margaret Anne and Maureen, and one son, Patrick Joseph, deceased.

Dorothy was a member of St. Mary Church for 52 years. She was a charter member emeritus of the Civic Fine Arts Center, a member of St. Mary altar society, and a big fan and promoter of tennis in Sioux Falls and Notre Dame and some NFLfootball.

She was proud of her Czech/Irish heritage, gardening, being surrounded by flowers and her fashion sense. She was a lifelong staunch Democrat. She was loved by so many people and will be missed so very much.

Memorials may be made to Sioux Falls Community Foundation either for the Parnell and Dorothy Donohue for families of the mentally ill or for the South Dakota Tennis Hall of Fame, or the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, MN.

The Donohue family wishes to thank Avera Hospital, Avera Hospice, Prince of Peace Rehabilitation, the Interim Healthcare staff and all of those who so lovingly cared for our mother, grandmother, friend and neighbor.

Dorothy is survived by 3 daughters, Mary Sue (David Kohn), Margaret (Jerry) Bruggeman, and Maureen, sister-in-law, Kay Maxon, 2 grandchildren, Molly Donohue and John (Kristina) Bruggeman, 2 great grandchildren, Jackson Parnell and Anna. Her many nieces and nephews enthusiastically kept in touch with her throughout her life.

Visitation will be Tuesday, 5:30 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Scripture Vigil at 7 PM followed by the Rosary. Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, 10:30 AM at St. Mary Catholic Church. A complete obituary and on-line registry are available at

Nicholas Reiter  - Print this obit

Nicholas M Reiter went home to the Heavenly Father on Thursday, October 9th 2014 surrounded by family.

He was born in Sioux Falls December 4th 1922. Nicholas was the oldest of eight children born to Nicholas Sr. and Christella (Aurit) Reiter. He graduated from Cathedral High School. He joined the US Army and served in WWII in North Africa, Sicily, and Italy. He was a long term employee of John Morrell.

He was united in marriage to Faye Carlson on April 3rd 1948. Nicholas was an avid sportsman, he enjoyed hunting and fishing and made many friends pursing his dreams.

Grateful for sharing his life are his wife: Faye: his children: John (Linda) Blaine MN, Cindy (Ron) Westlund, Rosemount, MN, Jerry (Lisa), Sioux Falls, Michael (Kathy) St Frances, MN, David (Kay) Sioux Falls, Paul (Terri) Sioux Falls, and Nick (Pam) Sioux Falls; eighteen grandchildren, twenty-seven great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother: LeRoy; and sister: Agnes Dyer. In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to the VFW Post 628, Sioux Falls.

Visitation will be Sunday, 4 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Scripture Vigil at 5 PM followed by the Rosary. Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, 9:30 AM at the Cathedral of St. Joseph.

Louis Hohn  - Print this obit

Louis Hohn, 89, of Sioux Falls, SD, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 6, 2014, at the Dougherty Hospice House after a brief illness.

Louis L. Hohn was born on November 22, 1924, in Dimock, SD, to John C. and Hedwig (Baumgart) Hohn. He attended a country school near Dimock through the 8th grade. In February of 1945 he joined the U.S. Army 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Division. While his unit was being transported by ship to the Philippines, World War II ended, and Louis’ infantry unit was then deployed to Tokyo, Japan. He served until December of 1946.

On January 6, 1948, Louis was joined in marriage to Victoria C. Laber in Parkston, SD. In 1951, Louis and Victoria made their home in Sioux Falls, SD. For the next 31 years, Louis was employed at the VA Medical Center as a cook and later the lead baker. As the lead baker, he was known for his delicious rolls, pies, and other special dietary needs of the patients at the hospital. Upon a short retirement, he continued his passion of service by cooking for the children of St. Joseph Cathedral Grade School for the next ten years.

Throughout the years, Louie enjoyed dancing at the Arkota Ballroom, the VFW, and the Center for Active Generations. He also enjoyed card playing, gardening, watching Minnesota Twins baseball, and, most of all, cooking. Louie was well-liked by everyone who met him. He could easily strike up a conversation with anyone. Family was very important to Louie; he was proud of his “girls” and enjoyed all family celebrations and activities with his children and grandchildren.

Louis was a long-time member of the Moose Lodge, the American Legion Post 15, the VFW Post 628, the DAV, and the Active Generations. One of Louis’ proudest moments was being a member of the SD Honor Flight to Washington, DC, on Veteran’s Day in 2010.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife Victoria; daughters Joyce (Dennis) Donovan; Patricia (Lewis) Lyon; Mary Lou (Joel) Harmon; and seven grandchildren, Christine (Trevor) Ellwein, Erica Donovan, Matthew and Michael Lyon, Alisa, Jacob and Joseph Dubbelde; and two great-grandchildren, Jack and Molly Ellwein, and many nieces and nephews. Louis is also survived by three sisters; Evelyn Lang, Parkston, SD; Gloria Loos, Sioux Falls, SD; and Virginia Binder, Yankton, SD. He is preceded in death by his parents, a sister Viola; a brother Marlin; and his son-in-law Troy Dubbelde.

Visitation will be Thursday, 5:30 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Scripture Vigil at 7 PM followed by the Rosary. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, 9:30 AM at the Cathedral of St. Joseph.





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