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Evengaline Leona Donovan  - Print this obit

Evengaline Leona Donovan was born May 3, 2018 to Roger and Shawnda Donovan. Evengaline was transported to Mayo Clinic were she under went multiple life saving surgeries. As she had these surgeries she stayed strong and showed us how amazing she was. After leaving Mayo and coming home, her personality grew and even though she didn't cry or fuss she had a feisty personality and showed it everyday.

Evengaline was the apple of everyone's eye, everyone who met her fell in love, including her papa, Michael. As time went on she learned to scoot and would scoot around everywhere kicking everything from balls, toys and especially doors. She loved her brothers so much she would sit with them quietly and watch her favorite show Sophia the First. She would get so excited and squeal whenever she did something, clap her hands and snap her fingers. Evengaline attended Baltic Elementary School. During this time she had learned to stand on her knees. Evengaline will be remember by everyone who loved her for she was sweet, loving and strong.
Evengaline was preceded in death by her grandparents: Betty Donovan, Robert Petersen, Marcia Surdez-Kennedy; her great-grandmother: Leona Donovan and a sibling. Evengaline is survived in by her father and mother: Roger and Shawnda Donovan; 5 brothers: Ezra, Emmett, Elijah, Ethan and Edwin Donovan; her papa: Michael; aunts; uncles; many cousins and friends who loved her dearly.
The family asks that you remember Evengaline through a white and pink rose for Evengaline was the purity and innocence in life that she brought to all; represented by the white rose, femininity and happiness for that is what she declared when meeting everyone represented by the pink rose; and lastly a unicorn for everyone who knew her story knew that she was the rarest person they could meet, a magical little girl who's life you would never forget.

Visitation will be Wednesday, December 1, 2021, 5:00 - 8:00 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home. A Funeral Service will be Thursday, December 2, 4:00 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home. 

Joseph "Joe" Block-Woods  - Print this obit

Joseph (Joe) William Woods (Block), age 32 passed away November 15, 2021 in Sioux Falls, SD after a long battle with depression. Joe was born November 21, 1988 to Deb and Bill Block. A twin sister would follow just a minute thereafter, joining their older brother.

Joe received his K-12 education in his hometown of Menno, SD. Throughout those years, he excelled in the arts, taking the lead role in plays, singing the National Anthem, and participating in numerous vocal and instrumental contests.

Joe’s love of music followed him his entire life. He pursued music education with a piano scholarship after High School at the University of South Dakota. While attending he continued sharing his talents with those around him. Joe had a special ear for music and would perform most piano selections entirely from memory. Joe would then pursue another passion of his with technology by graduation from Southeast Technical institute with an I.T. Degree. ,

Joe spent the last decade plus in eye care, most recently at Ophthalmology LTD. He was extremely knowledgeable and kind, serving  as a mentor to everyone. He had an incredible relationship with the doctors, his coworkers, and patients during his time there.

Joe had a heart he wore on his sleeve, an infectious laugh, a diva mentality, and one of the most beautiful smiles. He cared deeply for his husband, family, friends, co-workers, cats, and fellow brothers and sisters of the LGBTQ community. He also possessed quick-wit and truly made the world a better place to live in.

Despite Joe’s beautiful exterior, he struggled with depression. His dying wish is for anyone who is struggling to reach out for the help they need, but also for humanity to do their part as well.

Joe is survived by his husband: Jamye Woods; two cats: Cher & Beeje Woods; parents: Deb & Bill Block; older brother: Jeremy (Rosey) Block; twin sister: Jessica Block; mother-in-law: Jackie Harris; sister-in-law: Kayla (Cora) Harris; grandmother: Mary Ann Gall; uncles: Greg (Rita) Gall, Gene (Penny) Gall, and Nolan Seim; aunts: Joyce Sunderland, Cindy (Brad) Nichols, & Christina Block; cousins: Kori (Justin) Dejong, Maggie (Danny) Kohles, Kyle (Kate) Gall, Tesia (Dylan) Nichols, Tanner Sharpe, Taylor (Steve) Sharpe-Bloch, Samantha Gall, & Grace Gall; nieces: Ripley Block & Annika Harris; and special friends Brandi Lenzen & Dylan Houge. He was preceded in death by his grandfather: Reuben Gall; cousins: Brooke & Dana Gall; uncles: Rusty Sunderland, Gene & Jerry Block; aunts: Linda Seim & Sandra Renke n; Father-in-law Michael Harris; and Grandmother-in-law Kay Sturzenbecher.

Joe wants to keep his spirit alive by continuously showing love to those in your life.

Visitation will be Friday, November 19, 2021 from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM with family and friends at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home. A Funeral Service will be Saturday, November 20, 10:30 AM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home. 

James "Jim" Smith  - Print this obit

James “Smitty” Smith, 81, of Sioux Falls, passed away Sunday, November 14, 2021 at Good Samaritan Village. James Smith, son of Frank Smith and Elizabeth Ellwein, was born July 30, 1940 in Mitchell, SD. He attended grade school in Bridgewater, SD and graduated from Yankton High School in 1958. 

He was united in marriage with Gerri Zweber on June 26th, 1963 in Yankton. They were blessed with 3 children, Michael, Brian and Matthew. He received his Bachelor of Music Education from the University of South Dakota. During his 42 year career he taught instrumental and vocal music at New Underwood, SD, Irene, SD, West Lyon (Inwood, IA) and his last 27 years at O’Gorman High School as Director of Instrumental Music. He was also Master of Ceremonies for the Sioux Falls Municipal Band for 10 years.

At O’Gorman, his marching, concert, and jazz bands won numerous awards in local, regional, and national competitions. He received many awards and honors including: SD Outstanding Band Director Award in 1998: South Dakota High School Activities Association Distinguished Service Award in 2006 and the Phi Beta Mu Distinguished Service Award in 2008. He was also Honorary Grand Marshal of the Festival of Bands Parade in 1999 and 2009. He served as President of the SD Bandmasters Association, President of the SD Chapter of Phi Beta Mu International Bandmaster Fraternity. He adjudicated many bands throughout the Midwest as well as Arizona and Oklahoma. 

In honor of his career accomplishments, he was selected to the Yankton High School Fine Arts Hall of Fame, O’Gorman High School Hall of Fame, South Dakota Bandmasters Hall of Fame, and recently the Youth in Music Hall of Fame Marching Band competition in Minneapolis, MN

Jim's philosophy was to use band participation as a vehicle to teach the importance of life lessons such as hard work, striving for excellence, cooperation, service, and caring for each other.

Jim is survived by his wife of 58 years: Gerri; children: Michael (Robin Rastani), Sioux Falls, Brian (Joni), Dell Rapids, SD, and Matthew Smith (Katie), Tea, SD; 3 grandchildren: Carson (Brian and Joni), Miles and Grace (Matt and Katie); sister: Mary Beth Ludwig (Eric), Apopka, FL; brother: Thomas Smith (Carol), Sarasota, FL; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by an infant brother, father, mother, and brother Timothy.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Bishop O'Gorman Catholic Schools, Jim Smith Band Scholarship.

   Funeral Mass will be 10:30am on Thursday, November 18, at St. Michael Catholic Church, 1600 S. Marion Road, Sioux Falls, SD. Visitation with the family present to greet friends will be at 9:30am at church before Mass and following lunch.

David Clark Fisher  - Print this obit

David Clark Fisher, 63, of Sioux Falls, went home to his Lord on October 24, 2021, at the Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.
David was born on April 2, 1958, to Burdette and Judith (Tate) Fisher in Freeport, Illinois. David was very active in the Boy Scouts in his teen years and achieved the prestigious award of Order of the Arrow when he was an Eagle Scout. While in scouts he took great pride in his involvement with the Ou-Ray dance team. This was an authentic Indian dance troop that was an off shoot of the Boy Scouts. David danced at many Pow Wows, competitions, parades and private bookings. He took his native American heritage very seriously and was actively involved in the AIM movement, while in high school in Freeport, Illinois, gathering clothing and blankets to be donated to inhabitants of the Rose Bud reservation in South Dakota. He married Lois Sorenson in June of 1991. David wore many different hats in his endeavor for the perfect career. One of his favorites was Music Manager at Best Buy in Sioux Falls.
David's favorite past time was camping with his wife and his dog. David, at one time, went totally AWOL and spent 7 consecutive months in a tent with his favorite camping companion, his boarder collie, Cheyenne. He would come home to shower and pick up clean clothes. His wife had to come out on weekends just to see him and the dog. He loved music and could answer just about any obscure trivia question regarding rock and roll. He enjoyed drawing and was an extremely inventive artist. His sense of humor and fascinating story telling was always a treat for family and friends. He had a compassion for those less fortunate and was always willing to give and stand up for the underdog. David loved his Chicago Bears and wore his navy blue and orange proudly. One of his favorite things to do was cook for his family. He was a sensational cook and enjoyed entertaining. David loved to travel and enjoyed many vacations with his Grandmother and Aunt as a young boy. His favorite vacation was to St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, this past year, with his wife and several good friends.
David is survived by his wife: Lois (Sorenson) Fisher of 30 years; daughter: Devon (Brodie) Clarke of Missouri; sisters: Vicki (Eldon) Warne of Livingston, WI., Tracy (Anthony) Bustos of Freeport, IIl., Laura Frey of Marseilles, IL., Terrie Fisher of Astoria, OR.; and many nieces and nephews. David is preceded in death by father, Burdette Fisher; mother, Judith (Tate) Schroeder; sisters, Melanie and Jackie Hutmacher; sister, Cindy (Fisher) Harkless; and brothers, Robert Fisher and Burdette Fisher Jr.

Visitation will be Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 12:00 PM with a Memorial Service at 1:00 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home. 

Ramona Agnes Dearborn  - Print this obit

Ramona Agnes Dearborn passed away at Country House Residence for Memory Care in Lincoln, NE on October 18, 2021. She lived at Country House for the past four years. She was 88 years old. She was born in Lone Tree, SD to Arthur and Mattee Richter in 1932. She grew up and attended school in Egan and Colman, SD. She attended South Dakota State University, where she met her future husband, Delwyn, and received her Bachelors degree in Political Science.

Following Del’s military service, they married and lived in Brookings. Ramona and Del moved to Rapid City in 1959, where they adopted Lori and Charles. They made memories with their neighbors, the Fergusons, who would become lifelong friends. After moving to Lincoln, NE in 1966, they adopted David. In 1970, they moved to Boulder CO for a year where they were thrilled to live across the street from the Fergusons, who had moved to Boulder from Rapid City. They returned to live in Brookings when Del became Head of Animal Science and then Dean of Agriculture at SDSU.

Ramona enjoyed entertaining faculty and students. She was an avid volunteer in the Brookings community and was very involved with First United Methodist Church, where she served as Education Director. She was active with PEO Sisterhood.

They lived in Clay Center, NE for a year in 1985, where Ramona worked at Younkers in Hastings. They moved to North Platte, where they restored a beautiful old house and enjoyed a close circle of friends. They returned to Lincoln in 1994 and Ramona worked for the Department of Labor for several years, which she enjoyed very much.

She was very involved with St. Paul United Methodist Church activities. She continued to be an active member of PEO. She loved having her granddaughters visit and she always had activities ready for them.

She and Del enjoyed trips to Alaska, Europe, China, Russia and Panama, among others. She loved attending Lincoln Saltdogs Baseball games and Cornhusker Women’s Volleyball games.

When Del moved to a nursing home in Brandon, SD in 2013, she lived with his sister for a couple of years to be able to spend every day with him until his death. Following his death, she returned to their home in Lincoln, which she shared with her son, David.

Ramona is survived by three children: Lori, Duluth, MN, Charles, Sioux City, IA, and David in Lincoln, NE; two granddaughters: Paige (Charles), Omaha, NE and Skye (Lori), Boston, MA; three great-granddaughters: Mariah, Olivia, and Hadley (Paige). She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Delwyn, and her sister, Bette Troup.

A Memorial Service will be Saturday, October 30, 2021, 1:00 PM at Brookings First United Methodist Church. Memorials may be directed to St. Paul Methodist Church in Lincoln, Nebraska. 

Zechary Arizona  - Print this obit

Funeral Services will be held in Tuba, Arizona.

Eugene Arthur Stoterau  - Print this obit

Eugene Arthur Stoterau, 86, passed away December 23 in Sioux Falls. He was born August 15, 1934 in Luverne, Minnesota to Harvey and Nora (Smith) Stoterau.

After attending school in Luverne, he worked at John Morrell for 43 years. He also worked part-time for Ronning Enterprises and still found time to coach Grey-Y basketball. He was a great supporter of Minnesota sports; Twins, Vikings and Gophers. He enjoyed fishing, and after retirement, spending summers at their acreage near Alexandria/Miltona, Minnesota where he enjoyed pondering by his garden and enjoying the wildlife; even though the wildlife enjoyed the garden, too!

Eugene was preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother, sisters-in-law: Donna Stoterau and Carmen Moe. He is survived by his wife: Marvelle (Kizer) Stoterau, Sioux Falls; son: Lynn (Maggie) Stoterau, St. Cloud, MN; grandson: Nicholas (Claire Dunlap), North St. Paul, MN; grandson: Daniel Stoterau, St. Cloud, MN; daughter: Lynda Stoterau, Sioux Falls; son: Troy (Sandy) Stoterau, grandson: Tre; granddaughter: Keiley, all of Sioux Falls; siblings: Marcia (Larry) Binford, Moorhead, MN; Dale Stoterau, Brandon, SD; Karol (Jerry) Mohs, Alexandria, MN; brother-in-law: Bob Moe, Hibbing, MN.

Memorial Service will be Saturday, September 25, 1:00 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home.

John Junior Elvik  - Print this obit

John “Junior” Elvik, age 94 of Lennox, passed away on Tuesday September 21, 2021 at the Sioux Falls Sioux Falls Veteran Administration Hospital. 

Junior was born on January 21, 1927 at Carthage South Dakota. He was the last survivor of the twelve children of John and Anna Elvik. He was a Navy Seaman First Class in WWII.

Junior married Jessie Cross and had ten children. He later had two more, Grant and Donna. He was a carpenter, an insurance salesman and an insurance adjuster along with many other professions. He could do whatever needed to be done.

With such a large family, there was always a place to go and something to do. He lived in Minnesota and South Dakota.

He is survived by his children: Alvin Elvik, Beverly Enderson, Carl Elvik, Elaine Bailey, Fern Gomes, Gordon Elvik, Ivan Elvik, Donna Rost, Grant Elvik; and many grandchildren, nieces, nephews and relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings: Conrad, Mores, Ralph, Mabel, Agnes, Elva, Mildreth, Rachel, Grant, Ruth and Breita, in infancy; his wife: Jessie; and children: Nancy, in infancy, Helen and Darrell.

Committal Service will be Monday, September 27, 2021 at the South Dakota Veterans Cemetery in Sioux Falls. 

Richard Ronald Mehlhaff  - Print this obit

Richard R. Mehlhaff, 78, passed away August 20, 2021 at his home south of Worthing, South Dakota.

Richard was born on December 19, 1942 to R.E. and Clara Mehlhaff on a farm near Tripp, South Dakota. He attended country schools in Lincoln County and Lennox High School. He served in the South Dakota National Guard.

Richard spent his lifetime farming and long haul truck driving. He enjoyed the aroma of the fresh tilled soil in the spring.

Richard is survived by his son: Jeremy (Jesse Vickers) of Charleston, S.C.; and a brother: Bob (Connie), of Sioux Falls. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be 10:00 AM Saturday, September 4, 10:00 AM at Prairie View Lutheran Church, Lennox, South Dakota with a Memorial Service at 11:00 AM.

 

 

Brenda Kay Thompson  - Print this obit

Brenda Kay (Schroetlin) Thompson, 56, passed away Friday, August 27, 2021, surrounded by family. She was strong and courageous during her five-year battle with cancer.

Brenda was born to Don and Dianne (Flickinger) Schroetlin September 27, 1964, in Hastings, Nebraska. She grew up in Sutton, Nebraska, active in local activities. With the love and faith of her parents, three sisters and one brother, Brenda was given a strong foundation of faith and kindness. She would carry, with grace, these qualities throughout her life as she married and raised her own family.

Brenda was united in marriage with James B. Thompson, Jr. on August 17, 1991, in Sioux Falls. Together they loved and laughed for thirty years. She devoted her life to raising their son, Creighton.  

As a dedicated, compassionate elementary teacher for over twenty years, Brenda touched the lives of hundreds of kindergarten and first grade students. She received her masters degree from the University of Sioux Falls. Her energy amazed all who knew her. Her expertise in finding bargains, documenting memories, visiting garage sales, baking sweets, and locating sales were her passion. She was selfless and giving, always finding the perfect gift for others and bringing joy to those who knew her.

Grateful for having shared her life are her husband: Jim; and son: Creighton (Madeline), Arvada, Colorado; parents: Don and Dianne Schroetlin, Sun City West, Arizona; three sisters: Connie (Ted) Dolezal, Casa Grande, Arizona, Debra Adams, Casa Grande, Arizona, Dee (Michael) Van Donselaar, Phoenix, Arizona; and brother: Jacob (Celeste) Schroetlin, Kinsley, Kansas; and numerous nieces and nephews along with a host of friends. Brenda was preceded in death by her stepson, Byron Thompson, father and mother-in-law, Jim and Ruth Thompson, and sister-in-law, Susan (Thompson) Marinelli.

Celebration of life will begin at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, August 31, 2021, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1300 South Sertoma Avenue, Sioux Falls. Memorial gifts can be in the form of donations in her name to the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society (3720 E. Benson Road, Sioux Falls) or Laura B. Anderson Elementary School (1600 N. Wayland Avenue, Sioux Falls).

 

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