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Erma A. Boldt  - Print this obit

Erma Boldt, 98, died September 20, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Village in Sioux Falls. She was the oldest of 6 children and was born on March 5, 1916 on a farm northwest of Dell Rapids, SD to Henry and Mathilda (Heissel) Mairose. She attended rural grade school and completed her education at Dell Rapid's St. Mary's Catholic School. Early during the outbreak of World War II, she went to work helping the war effort by filling military commodity orders at John Morrells.

She moved to Hattiesburg, Mississippi and on February 21, 1944 she married Jake Boldt, who had been called to active military duty. She stayed with him until he was shipped overseas. She returned to South Dakota for the duration of the war and after this, they made their home in Sioux Falls.

Erma was a member of St. Joseph Cathedral and sang in the Cathedral Adult Choir for over 30 years. She also sang in the funeral choir. She participated in the Cathedral Symphony Christmas Concert a number of times.

She did volunteer work at the Good Samaritan Village Nursing Home, St. Vincent DePaul and the Center for Active Generations. She was an accomplished seamstress and used her talents to sew clothes for needy little children, donating them to the Banquet. One of her latest endeavors was making quilts and blankets for babies of underprivileged young mothers.

She was a staunch believer in the sanctity of life and supported and contributed to The National Right To Life, The American Life League and the South Dakota Right To Life.

Those remaining and remembering her life are her daughters: Gayle Angle, Vickie (Jim) Beach, Darlene (Larry) Tentinger and son, Donald (Debra) Boldt; Brother: Donald five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; four step-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her her husband, Jake, brother, Jerome, sisters, Bernetta Huntimer, Doris Fellows, son-in-law, Chet Angle, and an infant sister, Lavona.

Memorials may be directed to the South Dakota Right To Life.

Visitation will be Wednesday, 6 PM at Barnett-Lewis Lewis Funeral Home with a Scripture Vigil at 7PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, 10:30 AM at St. Michael Parish.


Paul William Vander Woude  - Print this obit

Paul William Vander Woude, age 65, of Sioux Falls, SD, died peacefully at the Sanford Hospice Centennial Cottage with his wife by his side on September 16, 2014. He was born on December 15, 1948 to Albert and Florence (Maiers) Vander Woude in Sioux Falls, SD. Paul was baptized and confirmed at St. Joseph Cathedral. He attended St. Joseph Cathedral School through the 8th grade and then graduated from Hartford High School in 1967. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from National College of Business in May 1971.

Paul married Susan Bingen on March 7, 1970 in Chamberlain, SD. In 1972, they moved to Sioux Falls where they made their home and raised their three children. Paul had a lifelong career as a Certified Public Accountant starting at Doherty, Carmody & Company from 1972 to 1986. He then formed a firm with Gerald Waack (d.) from 1986 to 1995. After working independently for two years, he partnered with Paul East from 1997 until the time of his death. Paul also worked as a part time instructor of Accounting at Augustana College and National College of Business in Sioux Falls. He was a Charter member and Chairman of the Board of Ethics in Sioux Falls from 1995 to 2002. Paul was the proud recipient of the National American University (National College of Business) Alumni of the Year Award in 2013.

Paul was a member of the Knights of Columbus Marquette Council and Assembly in Sioux Falls for over 40 years. He was the Grand Knight of the 3rd degree and Faithful Navigator of the 4th degree. He received every award of his local Knights of Columbus council including the Distinguished Service Award and Knight of the Year.

Paul was a member of the Sioux Falls Noon Sertoma Club for almost 30 years. He was instrumental in the construction of the Sertoma Butterfly House in Sioux Falls and the development of Sertoma Park in Sioux Falls. Paul served as both the Treasurer and President of the Sioux Falls Noon Sertoma Club and was awarded the Sertoman of the Year. He also performed hearing screening for 1st, 3rd, and 5th graders at all schools in Minnehaha County. Paul enjoyed volunteering as a host at the Sertoma Butterfly House and Purdy Cove.

Besides serving the community, Paul was active in his church. He served as an usher, lector, and member of the Finance Council of St. Joseph Cathedral. Most recently, he enjoyed giving tours of the renovated Cathedral.

The joy of Paul’s life was spending time with his grandchildren. He also loved planning family reunions for his extended family and spending Sunday afternoons with his immediate family. Paul spent time with his wife and children going on vacations, attending rock concerts (especially the Rolling Stones), and attending professional sporting events (especially the Vikings). Nieces and nephews considered Paul the goofy uncle. Other hobbies included playing cards, golfing, and fishing with family, lifelong college friends, and Paul East.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife of 44 years, Susan (Bingen), his children, Becky, Anthony, and Lori, all of Sioux Falls. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Clarissa, Kahlen, and Stella; sister-in-law, Doris Vander Woude; brothers Norman (Marie d.), Wayne (Sandra d.), and Robert (Kay) and sister Grace (John d.) Bell. He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings Albert Jr., Gloria McCool, and Gerald, and by an unborn child.

Visitation will be Friday, September 19th at 5pm at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Scripture Vigil at 7pm followed by the Rosary led by the Knights of Columbus. Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, September 20th at 9am at St. Joseph Cathedral with burial to follow at St. Michael Cemetery.



Samantha Ann Bakker  - Print this obit

Samantha Ann Bakker , born August 28th, 1993, to Pamela Bakker Crowe and Andy Chhou, died in a motorcycle crash Saturday, September 13th, 2014 in Minnetrista, MN. She is survived by mother Pam Crowe (David Daggitt), Dad Alan Crowe, Dad Andy Chhou, brothers Jacob, Carter, and Braxton, Aunts Kim Bakker, Amanda(Joaquin) De La Garza, Vicki (Brian) Peterson, Grandparents Jerry and Alice Bakker, Ed and Kathy Paugh, and Jim and Linda Crowe, along with a host of other loving aunts, uncles, and cousins, and many special friends. Visitation will be Wednesday September 17th from 5-8PM with a Celebration of Life Thursday September 18th at 1PM, both at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home.

Samantha touched everyone she met with her joyful heart, exuberant spirit, and incredible wit. She was fearless and lived life to its fullest, always ready to try something new or seek out new experiences. Samantha started school in Jasper, Minnesota and graduated from Luverne High School, where she played flute in the Luverne High School band. She was an avid reader, particularly of the Harry Potter books, and was incredibly hard working. Samantha began working at Pamida in Luverne, Minnesota, and most recently was the manager for both Papa John's and Chilly Billy's on the University of Minnesota campus. While at the U she was majoring in Linguistics with a minor in Spanish, with plans to be a Spanish interpreter. She was a fan of Audrey Hepburn, and was so excited to get to visit the Tiffany's store in New York with her aunt Vicki and uncle Brian over the summer.

We were all blessed to have her in our lives for the short time she was here. We will carry her memory with us always.

After the internment at St. Mary's in Alvord, IA, family and friends are invited to gather for fellowship at Vicki Peterson's house at 47949 258th St, Brandon, SD.

David Bruce Bradley  - Print this obit

David Bruce Bradley, 65, passed away September 8, 2014 following a year long battle with cancer. He was born on June 2, 1949.

David lived most of his life in Charleston, SC where he has three children: Ashley, Aaron and David Bradley.

He later moved to Sioux Falls, SD where he met his fiance Mary Jo Willging. They were celebrating their 9th year together.

David started a new life in Sioux Falls. He was reacquainted with his niece, Rebecca Samples, great-niece Kristy King and her son, Kyler.

David was retired and enjoyed spending time doing things he loved such as collecting albums and RC cars. He was greatly loved and will be missed.

David is preceded in death by his parents, Frances and Kathleen Bradley, brothers: Ralph, Raymond and Richard Bradley; sister-in-law Tannie Bradley and nephew Paul Bradley.

Grateful for having shared his life are his niece Rebecca Samples and nephews Gary Bradley and Deane Bradley, great-niece Kristy King, her son Kyler and fiance Mary Jo Willging.

A Memorial Service will be Tuesday, 1 PM at Memorial Lutheran Church.

Harold Larson Jr.  - Print this obit

Harold Larson Jr., age 65, of Sioux Falls, SD, died peacefully at home with his family by his side on August 23. He was born on September 8, 1948, to Harold and Ruth (Ofstedal) Larson in Crookston MN. Harold was baptized and confirmed at Little Norway Lutheran Church, rural Fertile MN. He attended Fertile High School and was involved with the choir, band, and played tennis and football.

He started his Education degree at Moorhead State University, Moorhead MN, in 1966, but this course was interrupted with the Army draft in 1968. Before leaving for his service in the Army, he married Sherry Mosher on April 6, 1968. Harold was stationed in Germany and Sherry joined him during this time. Upon return from the service, Harold completed his Education and History degree and graduated in 1973.

Harold and Sherry had two children and he was an active father, participating in many activities. The couple moved to Sioux Falls in 1974. Harold worked for the City of Sioux Falls for 36 years in the Parts Department, retiring in May 2013. He took an active role in the local labor union and served as an officer for several years. Harold participated in the annual Sioux Falls City Employees Walleye Classic tournament in Chamberlin SD for many years.

Harold enjoyed many hobbies, including fishing. He started at an early age catching fish with his dad and continued with his friends, children, and grandchildren. He spent countless hours sorting and preparing tackle boxes for the next fishing trip. Harold loved to work on cars, motorcycles, boats, and basically anything mechanical, which he learned from his father growing up on a farm.

Harold was an avid gardener, planting many varieties of plants and vegetables at his home as well as his offsite garden In Rowena. He often shared his produce and planted flowers with friends and neighbors. He utilized a tiller to boost his gardening potential and began tilling gardens for many people. 

Harold had a broad sense of humor and liked watching movies including Airplane, Animal House, and all things Monty Python or Leslie Nielsen to name a few. Harold contributed to many charitable organizations. Harold enjoyed history, his favorite historic topics were the Civil War, WWI, WWII, and ancient religious history. He did have several occasions to travel to Civil War battlefields. 

Music was very important to Harold. The tuba was his instrument of choice which contributed to his favorite styles of music. Polka and classical were his mainstay as well as such artists including CCR, the Beatles, and the Doors. His love of music was shared by his wife and was passed along to both of their children.

Harold cherished spending time with his friends and family. He was blessed with two grandsons that gave him great joy.   

Harold and Sherry were happy to celebrate their 46th anniversary last April. A slide show from their 45th Wedding Anniversary can be viewed at          

 Grateful for having shared his life are his wife Sherry (Mosher), children Jennifer Larson of Kansas City, Mitchell Larson of Sioux Falls; grandchildren Robert and David; parents, Harold and Ruth Larson, Fertile MN; three sisters: Virginia (Deane) Radke, Fertile, MN; Linda (David) Black, Fertile, MN; Jeanette Larson, St. Paul, MN; and many other relatives and friends. Harold is preceded in death by his sister, Regina Larson.


The family has requested that memorials be directed to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network: or Hilltop United Methodist Church.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 6:30 PM on Wednesday at Hilltop United Methodist Church. A celebration of life service will be held on Thursday at 11:00 AM at the church.

Delwyn Dearborn  - Print this obit

Delwyn Dearborn, former Dean of the South Dakota State University College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences from 1974 to 1985, and also the former Associate Director and Acting Director of the Nebraska West Central Research and Extension Center in North Platte from 1987 to 1995, passed away August 20, 2014 at the Bethany Home in Brandon, South Dakota. A victim of Parkinson's Disease, Del had been a patient since December of 2012. He was 81 years old.

Delwyn was born in Miller, SD to Ray and Grace (Kenyon) Dearborn in 1933. He was preceded in death by his older brother Dwight and is survived by two older sisters, Shirley Williams of Mobridge, SD and Beverly Sorensen formerly of Wessington Springs, SD, currently living at Bethany Meadows, Brandon, SD.

Delwyn graduated from Miller High School, attended SDSU and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science. Later he received a Master's Degree from SDSU and still later a PHD from the University of Nebraska.

Del's military life began with his college life, he was a member of ROTC for four years. He was called to report to basic training after college graduation. His first tour of duty was to Iceland, offering protection to an Air Force Base. He served two years in the Army from 1954-1956.

After the Iceland tour, Del came home on leave to marry Ramona Richter from Colman, SD. They have three children and two grandchildren. Lori and her daughter, Skye of Sioux Falls, Charles of Sioux City, IA and his daughter Paige of Omaha, NE. David, the youngest lives in Lincoln, NE. Ramona resides in Brandon, SD.

Del's work was serving the agricultural population of South Dakota and Nebraska. The Extension work and education from these two Land Grant Institutions gave him great pride as well as challenges and opportunities. The last request from the University of Nebraska was that Del return to Lincoln to assume the responsibilities of the Nebraska 4-H leader for a couple of years. It turned out to be the most enjoyable in his career.

Visitation will be Thursday, 11 AM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Memorial Service at 12 PM.

William E. "Bill" Doetzel  - Print this obit

William E. "Bill" Doetzel, 79, died Sunday, August 17th 2014 at the Dougherty Hospice House. He was the son of William and Marie (Steffan) and was born in St. Louis, MO on November 5, 1934. In his youth he was active in the Boy Scouts of America and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He graduated from Southwest High School in 1953 and enlisted in the US Air Force the following year. He served with the 307th Bomb Wing of the Strategic Air Command in Lincoln, NE and was honorably discharged on January 15th, 1958.

Bill married Carole Krell on November 15, 1958 in Sioux Falls where they made their home and raised their 5 children. Bill had a 30 year career with Sears Commercial Contract Sales and retired in 1998. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Lions Club and Homebuilders Association of the Sioux Empire. In retirement, Bill enjoyed visiting family and friends, fishing, woodworking and going to his grandkids school and sporting events. Bill had a great sense of humor and was loved by all.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife of 55 years, Carole, his children, Mary Kay Garry (Bill), Scott (Susie), Kathy Davis (Craig), Greg (Melanie), and Dan, all of Sioux Falls. He is also survived by 5 grandchildren, Nick Doetzel, Stuart Doetzel, Charlie Garry, Meg Garry and Molly Doetzel. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Joan.

Visitation will be from 5-7pm on Wednesday, August 20th with a Scripture Service at 7pm at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home. Mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday, August 21st at 10:30am at St Mary Catholic Church in Sioux Falls. Memorials may be directed to either the Dougherty Hospice House or St. Francis House in Sioux Falls, SD.

Kathleen Standing  - Print this obit

Kathleen (Kay) Schrader Standing, born March 25th, 1949, left us on August 5th, 2014.

I was born in Madison South Dakota to Alvie and Jeanne (Foley) Schrader. My brother Gary was born in 1953. We moved to Sioux Falls in 1961 as my dad had to go into a nursing home. We shared a home with my Mom's twin sister, Bethy and her two sons, Steven and Michael Floe. It was the best of both worlds.

I went to Cathedral for 2 years, O'Gorman for 2 years and Washington for 2 years, graduating in 1967. I did go to USD for one year but majored mostly in partying. I moved home and went to Stewarts and received my diploma. It was during this time – in 1970 to be exact – that I met Rick Standing. We got married in 1972 and had our son Aaron in 1976. He was born on Leap Year Day and inherited my red hair, the poor kid. He has been such a joy to me and all of us. I worked for Hair and Hair South for a few years and was then able to stay home with Aaron. But even I got tired of sitting around and doing nothing, so I went job hunting and eventually found the perfect one for me.

In 1987, 20 years after graduating from Washington High School, I went back there to work part time in Child Nutrition at and stayed for 22 years. What goes around comes around. The presence of the children and often their parents could often change a bad day to a good one; change tears into smiles. I fed many of your children and grandchildren and can tell you that they were all joys to us. All my love to: Karin, Joyce, Joycee, Terrie, Barb, Dee, Teresa, Julie, Betty - and please fill in any I have forgotten. A special thinks to Joni Davis who allowed me to continue working, and to Hank, whose presence in the hallways and cafeteria could really brighten up my day. I am really trying to get everyone but I know I am missing some, so please forgive me. I hope everyone knows how much I cared for them.

In 1998 I had been diagnosed with interstitial pulmonary fibrosis with short life span. It is an autoimmune disease with no real cure. They said it would be a miracle if I made it ten years. I sure outlived their guesses.

I am saying a loving good-bye to my husband Rick, son Aaron, Mom Jeanne, Brother Gary (Michelle), aunt Collette and her five daughters, and my beautiful grandsons, Griffin, Jagger and Daxton. Goodbye as well to my cousins Steve and Mike, and all of the Foleys. I was fortunate to have such an extended family. I was preceded in death by my Dad, all my grandparents, my aunts Bethy and Connie, my uncle Francis, my cousin Conni, my close friend Jeannine Mason, and my grandson Atticus Jack.

Loved but never forgotten: Sherry, Karen, Julie, Kathie, Cathi, Paula, Sally and Betty. Also Sally P, who pulled me through a lot of bad days and made me presentable. A special thanks to my aunt Collette, who came to stay and help my mother and I several times.

My final goodbye is to my Mother, who guided me through this long journey, and to Rick, who gave me the will many times when I wanted to give up. I will check on Atticus Jack before turning back to check on all of you. I will see you all eventually, it will just be the getting there that seems so long on any given day.

Just remember, whenever you see a dragonfly, I will probably be on his back, checking on your safety. I think that will be my job now. The smaller red ones make me think of what Atticus would look like had he lived. To each and every one of you, we send you our love. We are taking care of each other, and now you can take care of each other until your time comes. We miss you but are not alone.

All my love,


Visitation will be 12 noon on Saturday at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a memorial Service at 1 PM.

Helen Catherine Kunkel   - Print this obit

Helen Catherine Kunkel died July 28, 2014 at Boutwells Landing in Oak Park Heights, Minnesota. She was born November 7, 1923 in Sioux Falls to Leslie and Helen Kelley. She graduated from Cathedral High School in 1941. She married Dale Kunkel in 1943 in North Hollywood, California. She lived in Sioux Falls most of her life moving to Minnesota in 2013.

Helen was a member of St. Michael Parish and Catholic Daughters of America. She was a charter member of Christ the King.

Helen started as an operator at Northwestern Bell Telephone Company in 1941 and retired in 1983 from US West after 37 years of service. She was a proud member of the telephone pioneers. She enjoyed fishing trips and traveling in the camper with her husband. Especially important to her was the time she spent with her two granddaughters.

Grateful for having shared her life is her daughter: Mary Helen (Michael) Breci, Oakdale, MN; two granddaughters: Gina Breci and Kara (Tony) Breci-Holter; two great-grandchildren: Vinny and Noelle; and twenty-five nieces and nephews who filled her life with love. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale in 2007, and her sister, Margaret Hanneman in 2009. Memorials may be directed to St. Michael Parish.

Visitation will be Thursday, 5 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Scripture Vigil at 7 PM followed by the Rosary. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, 10:30 AM at St. Katharine Drexel Church. Burial will be in St. Michael Cemetery.


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