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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.




Kevin Gross  - Print this obit

Kevin Dennis Gross, of Alexandria, Minnesota went home to be with his Heavenly Father on Thursday, October 2, 2014, at the age of 52.

Kevin was born to Thomas & Mary Gross in Mitchell, South Dakota on November 30th, 1961. The Gross family soon after moved to Sioux Falls, SD where Kevin grew up and attended St. Joseph’s Cathedral. Kevin then began to showcase his amazing athletic abilities by clenching two back to back State Wrestling Championships, a feat that was a first at O’Gorman High School. He continued his love for the sport at SDSU.

The year 1986, was a big year for Kevin. In May he graduated from SDSU with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Teaching. In August he married Laurie (Tarr) Gross of Miller, SD. In September, the couple moved to Wheaton, Minnesota where he began his passion for teaching and coaching.

Kevin taught Health and Phy Ed for K-12 for twenty four years. He got the most joy out of helping kids grow and develop not just in their athleticism but more importantly in their character. Kevin never passed up an opportunity to share with others his amazing singing ability.

From 1986- 2003 Kevin coached wrestling for the Wheaton-Herman-Norcross Bullets. Kevin undertook everything with an unmatched level of excitement which landed the team at the State Finals for seven consecutive years. The team claimed the State Championship in 1996, which was the first State Championship in Wheaton history.

In 1992 & 1994, God gave what Kevin and Laurie would consider the two greatest blessings of their life, their children: Keely & Tanner.

In 2000, Kevin and his family moved to Alexandria, MN. In 2010, he retired from teaching and joined his wife, Laurie in taking on their Herbalife career fulltime. The two had the privilege of locking arms with Herbalife corporate to train leadership all around the world. Kevin utilized his natural gifts of public speaking and motivation to touch countless lives and inspire others to be more than they ever believed of themselves.

Some of Kevin’s favorite things were riding his Harley, being the “amen” section at Church for the Harvest, boating with his family and spending several epic hours out in the fields or out on the lake hunting & fishing with his buddies.

His already strong bond with Tanner grew each day as they spent numerous hours playing racquetball & golf. The two became best friends, they did nearly everything together. This past August, Kevin had the immense joy of walking his “one & only daughter” down the aisle to get married. Tim Heyer was an awesome addition to the family as Kevin loved his “Tebow Charger.”

Kevin was best known for always making people laugh. He was always happy & hardly ever had a bad day. He could easily light up a room and instantly fill anyone with excitement and energy. He was the best at making people feel special He was a life coach, mentor, and friend to so many. Simply put Kevin loved loving people.

Funeral service will be held on Friday, October 10, 2014, 11:00 a.m. at the Holiday Inn in Alexandria. Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 9, 2014 3-7 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the Holiday Inn on Friday. Arrangements are with the Anderson Funeral

Mary Jeanine Phelan Gross  - Print this obit

Mary Jeanine Phelan Gross, 76, of Sioux Falls, SD passed away suddenly Sunday, September 28th, 2014 at her home. She was the third oldest of 4 children and was born on June 10th, 1938 in Sioux Falls, SD to Raymond and Margret (Smith) Phelan. As a little girl, Mary was known as “Irish.” She so loved her Irish heritage; to say she was a proud Irishman would truly be an understatement.

She attended grade school and high school at Cathedral. She graduated from Cathedral High School in 1956. Mary was a proud “North Ender.” Growing up she loved working in their family owned Grocery Store, Summit Grocery.

On October 25, 1958 she was united in marriage with the love of her life Cyril Thomas Gross. After marriage, they moved to Mitchell, SD where “Tom” worked at Schiff’s Shoes and Mary was a homemaker. They had their first two children Kimberly and Kevin while living in Mitchell, SD. In 1964 they moved back to Sioux Falls, SD where they had their next three children Patrick, Jeffrey and Shawn.

Mary could always be found and heard at her kids and grand kids sporting events often cheering out “get tough Grossy!” Mary’s 11 grand children and 2 great-grand children brought her tremendous joy. She’d never miss an opportunity to share or brag about one their accomplishments. She passionately loved her church, St. Joseph’s Cathedral. Often she would share fond memories of the Priests and Nuns at the Cathedral.

Grateful for sharing her life with her children: Kimberly Hines, Sioux Falls, SD, Kevin (Laurie) Gross, Glenwood, MN, Patrick (Serena) Gross, Brandon SD, Jeffrey (Amy) Gross, Sioux Falls, SD and Shawn (Becky) Gross, Wake Forest, NC; her grandchildren: Steven Hines, Michael Hines, Matthew Hines, Natasha Gross, Keely Heyer, Tanner Gross, Emily Gross, Abigail Gross, Zachary Gross, Briana Gross and Nicholas Gross; her great- grandchildren: Eli and RiLynn Hines. She is also surveyed by one brother: Richard (Mary Jo) Phelan, Omaha, NE and also nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom, her parents Raymond and Margret, one brother Denis and an infant sister Patricia.

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, 9:30 AM at the Cathedral of St. Joseph.


Michelle Kant Fisher  - Print this obit

Michelle Kant Fisher, age 37, died on Tuesday, September 23, in her home in Sioux Falls, SD. She was born November 8, 1976, at Britton, SD, the daughter of Joanita M. Kant and Dean D. Fisher. She grew up on a farm near Britton, SD. She moved to Watertown where she attended grade school and graduated from Watertown High School in 1995. She graduated from the University of South Dakota with an M. A. in Counseling and Psychology in Education in 2003.

Her generous heart and genuine love for animals was apparent in her day-to-day running of a non-profit organization that educated pet owners. She volunteered at the Sioux Falls Humane Society, where she fostered pets and worked on holidays to give others the day off. She loved gardening and it brought her much joy and happiness.

She is survived by her loving boyfriend, Russel Durfee, her parents, aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Harlan and Caroline Kant, Watertown, and John and Florence, Fisher Britton

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.


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