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Yvonna Rae Wittrock  - Print this obit

Yvonna Rae Wittrock, 78, Passed away May 2, 2021 in Dell Rapids, SD. She was born on September 20, 1942 to Rolland and Marilyn (Meek) Paulin in Sioux Falls, SD. Yvonna graduated from Cthedral High School and obtained her LPN degree in nursing. She was united in marriage to Donald Wittrock.

In her later years, she worked for Day's INN as a houskeeper.

Yvonna will be missed by all who loved her. Yvonna was a great mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

Yvonna is survived by her two children: Craig (Tori) Wittrock, Hartford, SD, and Troy Wittrock, SD; grandchildren: Brandon (Liz) Wittrock, Sioux Falls, SD, Brock (Kameron) Wittrock, Sioux Falls, SD, Miranda (Ben) Thompson, SD, Jessica (Calen) Johnson Sioux Falls, SD, Robin Pritchard (Jaelon Hunter) Hartford, SD; 12 great-grandchildren; sister: Donna Paulin of CO; nieces and nephews and cousin: Gloria Paulin, Sioux Falls, SD. Yvonna was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Darrell Eugene Paulin.

Visitation will be Thursday, May 6, 9:00 AM, at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Funeral Service at 10:00 AM. 

Michael Eugene Hannon  - Print this obit

Michael E Hannon Sr., 65, passed away April 18, 2021 at the Ava’s House in Sioux Falls SD. Michael was born February 18,1956 in Iowa. Mike loved to go fishing and drinking Mountain Dew and eating Jelly Beans while playing on social media chating to family and friends. He loved to collect different pens to see what ones he could come up with. He worked as a cook for many years until he got sick.

Mike is survived by his 3 sons: James, Allen of Iowa and Michael Jr. of Sioux Falls; daughter: Jordan (Jeremy) Meyer of Hartford SD; 2 brothers: Raymond and Dennis of Springfield SD: and ex-wife: Charlene Davis of Sioux falls SD. He was preceded in death by his father: Carl Hannon; and step-mother: Marcella Hannon; and ex-wife: Becky.

Marjorie Leola Wilson  - Print this obit


Marjorie “Margie” Leola Wilson, 84, passed away on April 6, 2021, peacefully in her sleep in her home in Sioux Falls, SD. She was born on a farm in Beresford, SD, December 17, 1936, to Theresa and John Fitzgerald, the youngest girl of thirteen children. She graduated from Beresford High School in 1955 and went on to obtain her teaching degree from General Beadle State Teachers College in Madison, SD, in 1959. She married Louis Wilson on June 21, 1961, who passed October 12, 2011. They mothered two sons, Louis (Luke) and Jon. 


Margie was always dedicated above all to her Catholic faith. Since joining Christ the King in 1960 there was never a luncheon or special event at the church that did not include one of her delicious homemade specialties, and there was never a weekend where she couldn’t be seen among her fellow parishioners at Mass. Her mailbox was always full of thank-yous and stationary from Catholic organizations for her generous donations. This faith and generosity is what solidified her as a teacher and mentor for many of her students, her own children and, later in life, her grandchildren. 


Just as she was a vital member of her church, Margie was a beacon of love that held her family together. She made sure every achievement in her family members’ lives were met with a grand feast and an endless amount of desserts. No matter what the occasion, Margie made every dinner seem like a holiday; her love and generosity knew no bounds. Her life was a celebration of family, friends, and faith; however, what may be her most abmirable virtue is her work ethic which often went unnoticed.


Margie is survived by her two sons and their families: Luke and his wife Janine (Omaha, NE); and Jon and his wife Colleen (Sioux Falls); as well as her four grandchildren: Jordann (Austin, TX), Adam (Omaha, NE), Teresa and her husband Abdul (Omaha, NE), and Victoria (Minneapolis, MN); she is also survived by three of her siblings: John Fitzgerald (Beresford, SD), Gerald Fitzgerald (Beresford, SD), and Veronica Muller (Beresford, SD).


Family and friends are gathering for visitation at 5:00 PM on Friday, April 9 at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home, 901 S Minnesota Ave. with a Scripture Vigil at 6:30 PM. This service will also be live-streamed on the website for those who cannot make it. Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, April 10 at Christ the King Church, 1501 W 26th St. at 11:30 AM with a burial at Woodlawn Cemetery. 


In lieu of flowers, donations may directed to Christ the King Catholic Church.


Where to begin...Margie you were so many things to so many people, a wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, friend, cousin, caretaker and most importantly the best dang cook/baker around. Over the 38 years of my life I always knew if I ever needed anything, even just as simple “ Hey Aunt Margie, what is ole’”? (Listed in one of your most sacred recipes.) The answer “Butter, ok???“ “Yup! Ok!”. It never mattered the time the place, you always had the answers. I can’t even begin to list the countless lessons in life learned and taught by you, not just for me but others as well. As life has progressed and families have grown. One thing has always remained constant and that was you. You have always been there. There was no complaint in life to you. You always had a rebuttal that truly opened the eyes to create understanding that life is a gift. The good, the bad it all has a place.

As I saw you over Easter weekend and drove to your house. I had a moment, a moment where all I could hear was silence as I gazed out my car window remember as a little girl all the bike rides I made to your house day after day. I slammed open your door screaming “I’m here!” Sometimes it was probably during your down time for relaxing or times when you had other plans. However every single time you simply opened your “arms” hugged me and added me to your agenda for the day!
Our hearts are going to be empty for awhile. However, the promise I make
to you is, we will live to remember all the good and fill our hearts back up with memories and love of you.

I can only be assured heaven has gained a true angel. We will miss you and what we knew of the life created by you and Louie for all that knew and loved you both dearly. 

Most importantly though, My favorite part of all? I can see it right now uncle Louie waiting at the gates giving ya a good slap on the bootie “ what took ya so long?” Rest easy with the love of your life. You are home now.



Dear Godmother,

You went home this week to be with the Lord. This moment is bittersweet for me as I reflect on our time together in the flesh here on earth. I have the faith and understanding to know our time would be limited here, however,  it does not make my heart break any less. I called you my aunt Margie but, to me you were so much MORE. You were my GODMOTHER and you took that responsibility wholeheartedly. In a way I feel like I was the daughter you never had. I was so blessed in my younger years to spend endless hours learning and growing up with you. My list is vast.  Some of the many things you taught me were:

How to sew and thread a needle. How to cross-stitch and crochet.  How to add and subtract as well as count money. I remember vividly your teachings of even and odd numbers. We practiced endlessly. Your patience definitely preceded you as, I know how difficult I made it(stubbornness definitely runs in our family). You taught me how to bake and cook. How to be the hostess with the mostess. How to garden and always stop and smell the roses. Oh how I loved our rose  bushes.

Some of my fondest memories are  picking apples and making my favorite dessert apple crisp.  Your banana bread was award winning. Halloween popcorn balls and Carmel corn. 

I still tell friends at a dinner table until this day:  You would say to me “Kristin do you know what dessert is for?” as you would pull out a mini candy bar from the candy cabinet, you’d  cut it in half and give me and you just a bite. We would savor it and you would exclaim  “it’s to settle your tummy and tell you that dinner is done.” Until this day I still only take just one bite of any dessert or cake. I imagine this was how you kept your slender figure all of these years that I so admired you so much for.

You gave me my first car.  Even though it was a mini hot pink slug bug figurine!!  You gave me my first phone.( oh how you knew how much I loved talking on the phone.. so much so I crawled across your bedroom floor to plug it back in while y’all were sleeping. )Our talks at big stone like we’re priceless... one specifically that I won’t share.  But,  you taught me that weekend so much as it pertains to love and  marriage. Your marriage and love for my godfather Louis was beautiful. You never missed a birthday.  I loved my gifts from Ireland and your travels to Switzerland and all the stories that you came back with. I will go someday soon as it is on my bucket list because of you.

You gave me a poem once and it read like this. Recipe for “A happy marriage”
Take 2 happy people one-male and one female and separate them from their parents. Add the following ingredients in generous proportions.

Mix together, then thoroughly sift in daily life. Strain out jealousy arrogance selfishness provocation and accounting of wrongs. Bake in the trials and tribulations of life for 50 years, then celebrate when golden. You were all of this and so much more. I know you and uncle Louis are celebrating today.

I could tell 1 million more stories just like this but for the sake of time I will hold them and you  in my heart forever. You were my godmother and I your goddaughter. I will miss you more than you’ll ever know. Please hug my godfather tight for me. I will see you both again someday but,  until then please continue to watch over and guide me. Lord knows I have needed all your prayers and covering  my whole life and you knew that.

Until we meet again.
All my Love,



Rebecca Sue Minier  - Print this obit

Rebecca Sue Minier, 66, passed away March 14, 2021. Becky was born in 1954 in Florence, Colorado to George and Betty Minier. She was the 7th of 8 children born in this union, though two infants did not long survive.

Becky enjoyed many things in life with her quick wit, keen sense of humor, and readiness to play any kind of game, including Jumbles in the daily paper. Puns were a favorite activity and were liberally sprinkled in ordinary conversations with her. A belief in God and a higher order of spiritual life was infused throughout her time on earth as she explored churches, the Bible, and divine discussions with clergy at Bible studies.  She went to Washington High School in Sioux Falls after attending elementary school in Sturgis, South Dakota and Middle School in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

After high school, Becky moved to Portland, Oregon where she developed a life-long love of the sea, mountains, and dear friends and colleagues at the hospital where she was employed. She enjoyed travel adventures with friends – a trip to Mexico one year, an Alaskan cruise, and then a daring flight in a small plane over the Grand Canyon in a visit to the southwest. We are all grateful for the Minier Reunion she organized at a seaside cottage to bring family together from the four corners of the country. She enjoyed having her parents nearby after they moved to be near her in Portland. Later when they moved back to Sioux Falls, she followed along and worked for several years with a financial services company.

Becky’s last years were spent with her beloved cat Bella, her church friends and apartment neighbors, and weekly Skypes with her sisters, Dianne Metli and Kathy Laate (Sioux Falls), and Judy Minier (Florida). Her dear friends Gloria Henning and Paige Feddema, also mourn her passing. Two brothers, Bill Minier and George Minier reside in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Her parents preceded her in death.  Several cousins, many nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews survive her.

Memorials can be sent to the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society at 3720 East Benson Road, 57104. Becky was a kind, generous and loving soul and is greatly missed by all those who knew her.

Visitation will be Wednesday, March 24, 5:00 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Memorial Service at 6:00 PM. 

Mary Lou Kott  - Print this obit

Mary Lou Kott, 82, entered her heavenly home on March 10, 2021 surrounded by her family. 

Mary Lou Goos was born at home on July 20, 1938. She attended country School in Willow Lake, SD and graduated from Kimball, SD High School. She grew up on a farm and was active in 4H Club. Mary Lou was joined in marriage to Duane Kott October 15, 1956. They made their first home in Kimball and moved to Sioux Falls in 1959. Mary Lou was a homemaker for many years, raising their six children. She later worked for a local drycleaner doing alterations. She also spent years working at Luther Manor and South Ridge nursing homes. 

Mary Lou was a master seamstress and always had sewing projects in progress. She enjoyed working with flowers in her garden, especially roses. She enjoyed watching basketball on TV and attending her granddaughter Ravan's soccer games and track meets. When Duane was alive, they enjoyed camping and sprint car races in Knoxville, IA. She loved her dogs Sugar, Lincoln, and Lilly. Mary Lou truly enjoyed going to Active Generations to play bingo, exercise, and socialize with her friends. She belonged to the Cathedral of Saint Joseph Parish and was an active member of Catholic Daughters of America. 

Honored to have shared in Mary Lou's life are children: Charles Kott (Tammy Clark), David Kott, Carolyn (Jon) Grimes, Douglas Kott (Becca Bunger), Jeannette Kott, and Sherri Kott; grandchildren: CJ (Amber) Kott, Micheal (Jessica) Kott, Kirby Christensen, Chris (Maria) Kott, Jacob Grimes (Lauren Peiffer), Ravan Kott (Justin Ackerman): step-granddaughter: Maddison (Paul) Dawson; great-grandchildren: Haley, Hannah, Thomas, Timothy, Katelynn, Olivia, Janelle, Addison, and Shea; brother: Lee (Terry) Goos; and sister-in-law: LaVonne Goos; and Mary Lou's caregiver and friend Kathy Lukes. Mary Lou was preceded in death by husband: Duane; parents: John and Beulah Goos; stepfather: Walter Trautman; brothers: John Jr. (Babe) Goos and Robert Goos; daughter-in-law: Lori Hirsch-Kott; grandparents: Mary and Martin Johnson and Peter and Angeline Goos; and brother-in-law: James Jr. (Phyllis) Kott.

Visitation will be Sunday, March 14, 5:00 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Scripture Vigil at Rosary at 6:30 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, March 15, 10:00 AM at the Cathedral of St. Joseph. 

Robert Dennis Pfaff  - Print this obit

Robert Dennis Pfaff (77) passed away peacefully at his home on March 3rd, 2021. His journey began on the farm in Ipswich, S.D.

He lived in Waconda S.D., Aberdeen S.D., Sioux Falls S.D., Arizona, and was currently living back in Sioux Falls S.D.

Bob proudly retired from the Fire Department after 25 years of service in Aberdeen, SD. He

spent time working for Harms Oil in Aberdeen, which he talked about often. He loved driving school bus for School Bus Inc., Peace Lutheran Church, and volunteered driving bus at

Celebrate Church in Sioux Falls. Bob was a very hard worker and meticulous at everything that he did.

Bob had many things that brought joy to his life. He absolutely loved and looked forward to attending church at Celebrate Church in Sioux Falls. In his early days, he enjoyed going hunting with family and friends, going to the sale barns, and taking care of cattle was one of his many

passions. He loved going for long rides out in the country, watching the Dallas Cowboys play, attending country concerts, and going to bull riding and rodeo events. Bob also couldn’t wait for his weekly Friday night book report studies with his friends at the Lie-brary. :)

Bob truly had a big heart for others! Helping others was very important to him. He always was there on time to lend a hand, give a ride, or just take care of anything that someone needed help with.

Bob was a jokester and enjoyed visiting with anyone. He had a lot of one-liners and enjoyed making people smile and laugh. If it was up to Bob, “Everybody would have the day off, with pay.”

Bob was preceded in death by both parents, Rueben and Viola, and his two sisters, Lynette Kircher and Jan Hoffman. He is survived by his two brothers, Rich (Kathy) Pfaff, James Pfaff, one sister, Vicki Haskins, Pamela Pfaff, mother of the three children, three children, Rob Pfaff,

Janell (Jeff) Kluin, and Troy (Sara) Pfaff, and six grandchildren, Alycia, Jesse, Jared, Taylor, Blake, and Matthew.

Visitation will be Monday, March 8th from 5-7 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life will be Tuesday, March 9th at 10:30 AM at Celebrate Church.

Michael E. Sebastian  - Print this obit

On January 13, 2021, Michael E. Sebastian, loving husband and father, passed away at the age of 74 after a long battle with cancer.

Mike was born on October 14, 1946 in Mitchell, SD to Edward and Gladys (Teesdale) Sebastian. He married Marlene Ring on August 16, 1969. He graduated from the University of South Dakota School of Law in 1971, after which he and Marlene moved to Kimball, SD. He practiced law there until 2002, earning the trust, loyalty, and friendship of many in the community. Mike and Marlene raised two children in Kimball, David and Megan. After 2002, Mike and Marlene split their time between Sioux Falls, SD and Mesa, AZ.

When Mike was not golfing, he had a passion for learning new things. He taught himself to write computer programs when home computers were still a novelty, and in his mid-life crisis stage, tried (with varying degrees of success) to get not one, but two, MG convertibles up and running.  He was very creative with a wry sense of humor, and often joined the two traits. Not many people would publish an obituary for a beat up old pickup truck. Mike also extensively researched family genealogy, and he and Marlene traveled to many places from which their ancestors came, including Ireland, England, Czechoslovakia, and Germany.

Mike thought every party needed some form of entertainment, and left his stamp on many. From the mind reading El Schmello and a role playing spy mystery to a recent Elvis impersonation, he was always thinking up ways to inject added fun to gatherings of friends or family.

Among Mike’s greatest joys were his two grandchildren, Rebecca and Ethan. When they were little, he spun elaborate stories about great adventures for them, and when they were older, he enjoyed sharing actual adventures with them on family vacations that took them from Hawaii to the Caribbean.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Gladys, and by his brother, Steven. He is survived by his wife Marlene, his son David, his daughter Megan Wright (Adrian), his grandchildren Rebecca and Ethan, his sister Patricia Fishback (Bob), and a beloved extended family.

A celebration of life will be scheduled in the future. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials in Mike’s honor to the Kidney Cancer Association.

Mathew Mark Cade  - Print this obit

Mathew Mark Cade, 37, of Colton SD, passed away unexpectedly and too soon at Dougherty Hospice House on Sunday February 21, 2021 in Sioux Falls, SD.  

Mathew was born on August 15, 1983 to Kevin and Ronelle (Guest) Cade in Mitchell, SD. Mathew spent most of his life growing up in Sioux Falls SD. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in 2002. After graduating he had many jobs landscaping, roofing, plumbing but most of his adult years were spent welding.  

Mathew enjoyed fishing, carpentry, mechanics, bird watching, spending holidays with his family and relaxing at home. He also enjoyed attending the annual family reunion in the Black Hills. He was so proud when he finally won the horseshoe tournament and got his name on the championship trophy in 2019.

Mathew was a man of few words but he could light up a room with his beautiful smile along with his kind and generous heart. He was always there to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. Mathew also had a special place in his heart for all animals. He would take in any animal in need from a cat, Bommer, to a wild wood duck. As a child he would bring home and hide animals in his closet. Even as an adult when living with his sister he snuck in his wild duck until his niece, Braylin, ratted him out.

The last few years he spent all his spare time working on his 1995 Honda Civic Del Sol. He would always say “YouTube can teach you to do anything, mama”.

Gratefully sharing his life are his parents: Kevin and Ronelle (Guest) Cade of Sioux Falls, SD; his sister: Jessie (Josh) Meidinger of Sioux Falls, SD; his nieces: Braylin and Ariah Meidinger; grandmother: Linda (Dewey) Carter; many aunts, uncles and cousins; and a special friend: Deb. Preceding him in death were his grandparents: George and Donna (Getman) Guest; grandfather: Dwane Cade; and step-grandmother: Pam Cade.

Mathew you touched many hearts and will be missed more than you could ever imagine. We will never forget you, you will be in our hearts always and forever!

Visitation will be Friday, February 26, 5:00 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Memorial Service at 6:30 PM. An additional Memorial Service will be held in Chamberlain, SD at a later date this summer when Mathew is laid to rest next to his grandparents.

Ronald George Nesheim  - Print this obit

Private family services will be held.

Dawn Marie Johnson  - Print this obit

Dawn Marie Johnson, 52, passed away and was surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, February 6, 2021 at the Good Samaritan Center in Sioux Falls. Dawn was born July 27, 1968 to Glenn and Sharon (Stoll) Davis at Sioux Falls, SD.  

During her time here on earth, she lived a simple yet fulfilling life.  Being disabled from an early age, she learned to cope and survive with help of her family and close friends and she cherished their relationships.

Dawn was married 4 times and was blessed with two children, Edward Moritz and Michelle James. She loved her children and was supportive of them during her later years in her life.  

Dawn loved doing crossword puzzles, crafts, playing card games and bingo. Yahtzee was her favorite game! She was fond of her grandchildren and enjoyed hanging out with family and friends.

Dawn is preceded in death by her parent: Glenn and Sharon Davis; sisters: Sara Davis, Vicki Stoll and Glenda Raile; and her special friend: Donald Bennett. Dawn is survived by her children: Edward (Sierra Gadient) Moritz of Red Wing, MN, and Michelle (Casper Lamberts) James of Sioux Falls, SD; grandchildren: Ashley, Jacob, Brooklynn, Aubrey and Miles; sisters: Charlene Davis, Cheryl Boyda, and Elaine (Josh) Charles all of Sioux Falls, SD; brothers: Scott Stoll, Todd (Sara) Davis; and brother-in-law: Dean Stoll all of Balaton, MN; step-mother: Marlene Davis of Sioux Falls, SD; step-father: Ray (Joy) Davis of Brookings, SD; and many nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home at 901 S. Minnesota Ave in Sioux Falls, on Friday, February 12 at 11am.  A private burial service will be held at a later date.


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