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John Joseph Mentele  - Print this obit

John Joseph Mentele "Jack", 72 of Sioux Falls passed away Friday October 21, 2016 at Sanford Hospital. He was born on March 17, 1944 to Peter J. and Rosa M. Mentele in Epiphany, SD. He was delivered by Doc Willoughby on the family farm and his siblings woke up in the morning to a big blue eyed baby brother in the cradle.

John grew up in Epiphany, attended Saint Mary's for parochial school and graduated from St. Agatha High School in 1962 in Howard, SD. He joined the Howard National Guard in 1962. He worked for the county highway department until he saved enough money to buy a farm in Canova, SD. He then farmed in Canova and worked for the county highway department. He was united in marriage in 1968 and 4 beautiful children came from that union. They lived and worked in Brookings, SD for many years. He was a county highway superintendent for Miner County and Fall River until retiring and moving back to Sioux Falls in 1999 where he held a job as a heavy equipment operator at Myrl and Roy's Paving Inc. up until his death.  

Jack enjoyed working hard, gardening, camping with friends, falling asleep in Dave's garage, fishing, spending time with family and friends while enjoying a good drink and conversation. He enjoyed long conversations with Big Brother & evenings out with his sister Dorothy. He was a man of many talents and enjoyed tinkering and keeping busy. 

Grateful for having shared his life are his children: Michele (James) Davies of Sturgis, Brent (Melissa) Mentele of Emery, SD and Mary (Justin) Cahill-Surber of Victoria, TX.; 11 grandchildren: Griffin Davies, Lillian Mentele, Madison Mentele, Faith Cahill, Brenna Cahill, Lukus Mentele, Ren Davies, Lane Davies, Wyatt Cahill-Surber, Clara Cahill-Surber, and Marshall Cahill-Surber ; siblings: Gerald, Theresa, Fritz, Dorothy, Carl, and Debbie. He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Bradley Mentele, granddaughter Baby Girl Davies and son-in-law, Joel E. Cahill.

Visitation will be Wednesday, 6 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Scripture Vigil at 7 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, 11 AM at Epiphany Catholic Church in Epiphany, S.D.

Gregory Frederickson  - Print this obit

Gregory Frederickson passed away on October 7th, 2016. He was born on October 24th, 1947 in Sioux Falls, SD. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1968 and served in Vietnam. He was honorably discharged in 1972.

After his service, he came back to the Sioux Falls area where he met Linda Wick. They moved to Colorado where Greg attended school for aviation mechanics. Greg and Linda were married in Thornton, Colorado.

Greg is survived by his wife: Linda; his three sons: Jason (Tennille), Ryan, and Jacob; and his grandchildren: Ethan, Jared, Kain, Seattle, and Kaleb; his three sisters: Jane Klutman, Patty Hauk, and Mary Frederickson; his brother: John (Paulette); his aunt: Fern Vermillion; and many nieces and nephews.

According to his wishes, there will be no services. The scattering of his ashes will take place in the Black Hills at a later date.

Anthony Richardson  - Print this obit

Anthony Richardson, 60 passed away October 11, 2016 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

A Memorial Service is being held at the Correctionville Community Center at 312 Driftwood Street, Correctionville, Iowa from 4 to 6 PM, SaturdayOctober 22.


Julie Ann Niewald  - Print this obit

Julie Ann (Lovaas) Niewald went home to our Heavenly Father on Monday, October 3, 2016, her 59th birthday. Julie was born on October 3, 1957 to Norman and Rose (Fischer) Lovaas in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She was raised in Lennox, South Dakota.

On October 15, 1982 she was united in marriage to Richard Niewald in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. They lived in Sioux Falls their entire married life.

Julie enjoyed country music, spending time with her family and her favorite television shows.

Grateful for having shared her life are her husband: Richard; brother: Wendell Lovaas, Sioux Falls, SD, sisters: Janice (Brian) Haas, and Judy (Michael) McCormick, all of Sioux Falls, SD; niece: Jen (Andy) Rasmussen, Fargo, ND; nephews: Cole (Jeanette) McCormick, Luverne, MN, and Ryan (Crystal) McCormick, Sioux Falls, SD; great-nephew: Alexander Rasmussen; great-nieces: Adalyn Rasmussen and Arabella McCormick; two very special cousins: Vicki Muchow and Robin Erickson as well as many other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant brother.

Visitation will be 9:30 AM Friday at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Funeral Service at 10:30 AM.

Sharon Marie Best Julius  - Print this obit

Sharon Marie Best Julius was born March 18, 1951 in Arlington SD to Nile and Doris (Norgaard) Best. As a young child she moved with her family to Sioux Falls. She was confirmed at Hope Lutheran Church. Sharon was a 1969 Graduate of Lincoln High School and a 1971 Graduate of Nettleton Commercial College. She married Donald Dean Julius on December 30, 1972 in Sioux Falls.

Sharon was the proud mother of three children and “Grammy” to one grandson.  She and her family lived in Sioux Falls, SD, Burnsville, MN, and Topeka, KS. She was the office manager for the Kansas PTA for 20 years and was known as the “Office Goddess” by PTA leadership. She was wholeheartedly committed to the PTA and gained the respect and friendship of many PTA members and officers across the state of Kansas. She retired from the PTA and moved to Sioux Falls with her husband Don in 2012.  

Sharon is survived by her husband: Don of Sioux Falls; children: Jennifer, Matthew, and Sarah Julius; and grandson: Taylor Julius; all of Topeka; her father: Nile Best; brother: Harlan (Diane) Best; both of Sioux Falls; brother: Richard (Carol) Best of Rochester, MN; brother-in-law: Ken (Diane) Julius of Pipestone; sister-in-law: Marilyn (Harry) Brands of Hadley, MN; and sister-in-law: Dort (Doug) Adkins of Fountain Hills, AZ; as well as many close friends and relatives. Sharon was preceded in death by her mother Doris Best and in-laws Frank and May Julius.

Sharon enjoyed needlework, baking for her family, playing bingo, listening to music, and gathering with family.

Visitation will be Saturday, 4 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Funeral Service at 5 PM.

Jacob "Jake" Henningsen  - Print this obit

Jacob Henningsen, 24 years of age was born January 19, 1991 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He passed away in Nebraska in 2015.

Jacob was a man who loved being a ski instructor and helping others learn to ski. Some of his best memories were on Great Bear Ski Resort.  His quick wit and great sense of humor, gave everyone who knew him many laughs. He would see the best in everyone and knew there were always positives even in a negative situation.

Jacob is survived by his parents: Father: Gary Henningsen (Heather Baker), Mother: Karen Devins; his two brothers: Christopher Henningsen and John Azzopardi; his sister: Andrea Henningsen Thornton (Jake Thornton); his two nephews: Leon and Theordore Thornton, and his niece: Nora Thornton; as well as his grandparents, George and Gladys Henningsen, of Sioux Falls, S.D., aunts and uncles, cousins, and friends too many to mention.

Services will be held at Barnett-Lewis funeral home 17th& Minnesota Avenue Sioux Falls, S.D on September 27, 2016 at 11: 00 AM.

Shirley Mae Kiley  - Print this obit

Shirley Mae Kiley, age 85, died August 20, 2016 at Bethany Home in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She was born in Sioux Falls on July 3, 1931, the proud daughter of Arthur and Agnes (Cleary) Krell. She attended school at St. Mary in Salem, South Dakota prior to her returning with her parents to Sioux Falls where she attended Cathedral High School beginning her sophomore year, graduating in 1949.  

Following her high school graduation, the insurance company, McKinney and Allen, employed Shirley. She later went to work at Fantle’s Department Store before working for Sears during the 1960s. She returned to Sears in 1986, working in the Maintenance Agreement department prior to retiring in 1990.  

On December 2, 1950, Shirley and Kenneth A. Kiley were married, a marriage which lasted nearly 40 years. Together they raised six children. As a devout Catholic, she was involved in the St. Mary’s Church Altar Society, the Catholic Daughters of the Americas in Sioux Falls and served in the church choir. Civic-minded throughout her years, she devoted much of her time to this great country by actively staying involved in the electoral process.  

Shirley is survived by her six children: Patrick Kiley, Cheryl (Bill) Zabel, Debra Kiley, Lori Kiley, Bradley Kiley, and Timothy (Sharla) Kiley. She is also survived by one granddaughter: Christine (Alex) Quintanilla; one step-granddaughter: Kalandra; and one great-granddaughter: Naveen; sisters-in-law: Maxine Krell, Elaine Petersen, Sally Trausch and Mary Lou Kiley; a brother-in-law: Tom Callahan, as well as many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her brother Vincent Krell, her sister Patricia Osborn, and her sister Carole Doetzel.

Visitation will be Wednesday, 5 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with the Rosary at 7 PM.  Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday. 11 AM at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Sioux Falls. Memorials may be directed to either the St Francis House in Sioux Falls or the Bishop Dudley House.

Theodore "Ted" Wood  - Print this obit

Theodore “Ted” Wood was born to Coy and Rose (Sapp) Wood on November 16, 1922 in Hawarden Iowa. He passed away August 11, 2016 in Sioux Falls. He attended Hawarden High School where Ted played on the basketball team, was a drummer in the marching band, and also played baseball for the VFW. After graduation, Ted was drafted in the Army and served with the Army Corp of Engineers as a bridge builder in Europe where his unit bridged the Rhine River during WWII. He returned home in 1946 to Hawarden where he met the love of his life, Dolores “Lorry” McCue, and they were married. The couple was blessed with three children, Edward, Vicki, and Michael while in Hawarden. They moved to Oklahoma, Kansas and later to Colorado were Patrick was born. They relocated to Southern California where Robert and Raymond were born.  

Ted’s different occupations included delivering gas, renting music equipment and giving music lessons prior to arriving in California where he found a job with Flintkote at a corrugated box factory by telling the superintendent that a mutual friend told him to call him a “son of a bitch”. The factory was sold to McMillan Bloedel, and finally to International Paper Company. Ted was hired as a machine offbearer, but held positions as lead man, production foreman and maintenance foreman while working in the plant in Los Angeles. Vacations were spent camping at Lake Isabella where Ted drove the boat pulling skiers and was affectionately known as Commander Whitehead to anyone under the age of 30, after the commercial spokesman for Schweppes Tonic that would be mixed with gin.   

International Paper Company transferred Ted to Watsonville, CA when he took the position of field service supervisor to oversee the production of strawberry crates, and be the liaison to strawberry growers all along the central California coast. Ted and Lorry moved to their retirement home at Southlake California on Lake Isabella where Ted enjoyed golf, bingo, fishing and playing cards. Ted and Lorry moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota where they enjoyed bingo, visiting casinos, and spending time with their grandchildren. Ted’s greatest heartbreaks were when his wife Lorry went home to be with the Lord in 2004 and when his son Pat passed away in 2011. Ted moved in with his daughter Vicki in 2012 and maintained his own financial affairs until his death. His sense of humor never failed when his body did.  

Ted is survived by his sister: Helyn Thompson; his daughter: Vicki; sons: Ed (Millie), Mike (Jan), Bob (Rikki), and Ray (Jan); and numerous nephews and nieces, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. Ted was preceded in death by his beautiful wife Lorry, his son Patrick, his parents, Rose and Coy, his brothers Woody (Artis) and Ed (Maxine), his sister Dr. Ruthie Delorey (Bob), brothers-in-law Tommy Thompson and Larry (Pattie) McCue.

Visitation will be Wednesday August 17, 6 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral with the Rosary at 7 PM.  Mass of Christian Burial and reception will be held Thursday August 18, 10:30 AM at Christ the King Catholic Church followed by the burial at Grace Hill Cemetery in Hawarden, Iowa.

John W. DeWitt  - Print this obit

John William DeWitt, from Chester SD, passed away on August 6, 2016 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Sioux Falls. He was born March 26, 1931 to Leo and Mable (Hall) DeWitt in Huron, South Dakota.

John was an over the road truck driver, a diesel mechanic, and retired from Falcon Plastics in Madison, South Dakota.

John W. is survived by his wife: Agnes (Bickett) DeWitt; children: Deanna(Clark) Witz, Las Vegas, NV, Patrick, Las Vegas, NV, Bill (Kelli), Kingman, AZ and Anna (Gary) Sioux Falls, SD. John was preceded in death by daughter Angela and sons John, Leo, Terry, and Gary.

Family present visitation will be from 6-8 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home on Tuesday. Funeral Service will be held at the Cathedral of St. Joseph Cathedral at 10 AM on Wednesday, with burial to follow at St. John Cemetery in Beresford, SD. A reception will be held at St. Teresa after the committal service.

Rita J. Lewis   - Print this obit

Rita J. Lewis, 72, died Saturday February 21, 2015 at her beloved residence of Wall Lake, South Dakota.

She was born to in Montrose, South Dakota on November 7, 1942 to Marion and Isabel (Fleming) Wheeler. She grew up in Montrose and graduated from Montrose High School in 1961. She married Elery "Skip" Lewis on February 27, 1965 at St. Joseph Cathedral in Sioux Falls.

Rita held various bookkeeping positions for local businesses until 1977. Thereafter, she worked along side her husband at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home. She spent her life serving others; lifelong member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Board Member of the Dakota Catholic Credit Union, Board Member of the Crippled Children Hospital and School, and Girl Scout Leader.

Grateful for having shared her life are her husband: Elery "Skip" Lewis; children: Lisa (Kent) Huemoeller, Kathy (Rob) Junker and David (Erin) Lewis; eight granddaughters: Kelli, Terra and Jenna Huemoeller, Taylor, Allison and Lindsey Junker, and Paige and Paiten Lewis; brother-in-law: Rodney Bindert of Brookings, SD; and numerous relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Nancy (Wheeler) Bindert, several infant brothers and sisters, and a granddaughter, Lauren Lewis. Memorials may be directed to the Sioux Falls Catholic Schools.

Visitation will be Thursday, 5 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Scripture Vigil at 7 PM followed by a Catholic Daughters of the Americas Rosary. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, 11 AM at St. Michael Parish with burial at St. Patrick Cemetery in Montrose.

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