Bob Schoppert Longtime band director passed away in Colorado in April. He is survived by his wife, Joan, and his children: Rochelle, ’82, Sonia, ’85 and Shanna, ’90. He was preceded in death by his son, R. Scott, ’81. Bob’s family directed memorials to the O’Gorman band, in care of Sioux Falls Catholic Schools, 3100 W. 41st St, Sioux Falls, SD 57105.
Richard “Dick”Kueter passed away January 22, 2017. He worked for OGorman on the janitorial staff for 5 years. He is survived by his wife Donna. He is the father of Ryan Kueter ‘90 and grandfather of Allison Kueter ‘12.
Marian Connolly Weis, ’37
Marian Connolly Weis died January 9, 2017. Born in 1918, at her family residence in Dixon, Neb., Marian was the sixth of seven children to Patrick and Gertrude Connolly. Marian met Orland Emmett Weis and married him in 1940, in Sioux Falls, S.D. Orland took a job with the Diamond Match company in California, and they moved west. They ended up in a two-bedroom house built by an old Irishman who didn’t believe in closets and said you only needed two suits of clothes: one you are wearing and one you are washing. Marian and Orland moved to the Del Rio house in Stockton, Calif., soon after the arrival of their fifth child at the end of 1956. By 1962, they had six boys and one girl. Marian took a job at the state hospital and worked there for 18 years. She medically retired because of injury on the job. She hated having to go to work, but was always thankful for the benefits she received as a result. Marian loved a bargain and frequented yard sales, thrift shops and second hand stores. She was razor sharp when it came to playing cards. Marian was visiting her nephew in Virginia, when she and her older sister, Ev, missed their flight home because they were so engrossed in their card game. She said that was a tough phone call to Orland. Marian was a voracious reader and kept her sons hopping to keep her in books from the library and used book sales. Marian’s home in Stockton was a gathering place for her family. Many a meal, with food spread across the pool table and games of cards, were had at the Del Rio house. She loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them. Marian was a lifelong Roman Catholic and regularly attended mass. She had been a member of Sacred Heart parish in Wasilla, Alaska. Marian loved to travel and went on many trips around the country. She traveled throughout Germany with Orland. She traveled to Ireland when she was 87 years old and made the trek to the top of Blarney Castle, but declined to kiss the blarney stone, deciding she had enough blarney already. Marian died surrounded by her children in Corpus Christi, Texas, on Jan. 9, 2017. Marian was preceded in death by Orland; her sons, Pat and Jay; and her grandson, Bobby. She is survived by her children, Dale and Gail Weis of Corpus Christi; Dan Weis, Terri Weis and John and Angella Weis all of Wasilla, David and Veronica Weis of Camano Island, Wash., and Margaret Newman of Stockton; her grandchildren, Kelley, Michael, Jimi, Daniel, Jeremy, Lindsay, David, Robert, Diana, Brian, Lisa and Renee; and 14 great-grandchildren.
James Patrick Duffy, ’41
James Patrick Duffy, passed away on October 13th, 2016 at the age of 93, in the loving care of his wife of 62 years, Connie. After high school, James went to Washington DC and worked at the FBI. He left to go into the service. He later went to the University of Illinois, graduating in 1950. He then worked in the airline industry in Chicago. He married and lived in Milwaukee, later moving to Detroit where he was involved in sales. James loved life, a good conversation, a good meal, and a good adventure. He loved to travel and he had taken his family to every state in the country. On the day of his death, Jim left on his final adventure to a place his lifelong faith promised to be the ultimate trip! In addition to his wife, James is survived by his daughters, Bridget (Mark) Miller, Peggy (Jeff) Eschbach and Sharon (Onorio) Catenacci and his grandsons, Sean Miller and Patrick Eschbach.
Lorraine McKee McMahan, ’42
Lorraine McKee McMahan, age 92, died Jan. 14, 2017, in Scottsdale as the result of complications of pneumonia with her family at her side. She was born April 24, 1924, in Sioux Falls, to Truman A. McKee and Elizabeth (Schulte) McKee, in her grandmother’s home at 320 N. Duluth. She graduated from Cathedral High School in Sioux Falls, and worked at the rationing office during WWII. She married Raymond McMahan on April 4, 1946. To this union were born three daughters, Betty, Joyce and Mary Therese. They started their blueprinting business in Rapid City called Copy Cats, which they owned and ran for 40 years. Lorraine and Ray loved to travel and share stories with friends and family. Their travels carried them to all 50 states! Her favorite times were spent with her family at the cabin making pancakes. Lorraine was an avid bridge player, member of BETA Sigma Phi, hospice volunteer, Dusting Angels and Holy Elders at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Rapid City, as well as Catholic Daughters. Survivors include her daughters, Betty (Jim) Cox and Joyce (Jim) Hladik; grandchildren, Chuck Cox, Garrett Cox, Jason Hladik, and Julie (Hladik) Reid; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray McMahan; daughter, Mary Therese; granddaughter, Brianne Cox; and all her siblings, including: Marian White ’34, Myrna Davis ’30, Mickey LaGrow ’35, Cleo McQueen ’30, and Bud McKee ’44.
Gertrude Marie Sampica Froehlich, ’45
Gertrude Marie Sampica Froehlich, 89, died February 17, 2017, at Prince of Peace Retirement Community from complications of influenza. Marie Sampica was born December 19, 1927 at home to Herbert and Gertrude (Burnett) Sampica. Growing up she attended the Gedstad and the Cottage Grove elementary schools near Centerville,SD. She and her family eventually moved to Sioux Falls. After Cathedral, she worked at the Army Airfield in Sioux Falls as a clerk typist and then as a secretary for Barnett Insurance. On Jan. 23, 1947, she married Robert D. Froehlich. They moved to a farm north of Hartford where they raised a family of ten children. In addition to being a homemaker and a farm wife, she worked outside the home at JC Penney’s Department store for 5 years. While there, she earned the All-Star employee award. Marie and Robert enjoyed 59 years of marriage before Robert passed away in 2006. Marie enjoyed many hobbies such as sewing, scrapbooking, gardening and writing as well as volunteering for many committees at St. George’s Catholic Church in Hartford. For her family, she encouraged a strong work ethic and moral steadfastness by her everyday example. Marie is survived by her children as follows: Dale (Sue) Froehlich, Daughter-in-Law Norma Froehlich (Lorin), Don (Janice) Froehlich), Diana (Conrad) Melius, Francis (Karen) Froehlich, Cheryl (David) Squires, Bonnie (Don) Gelderman, Marian (Brad) Gering, and Betty Froehlich. Her Grandchildren: Addy (Joe)Demers, Edward Froehlich and fiancé Kathleen Flynn, Jon Rodman, Amy Rodman, Patrick Rodman, Kristin (Chad) Legner, Laura (Scott) Isaak, Matt (Carin) Froehlich, Rachelle Froehlich, Erin (Sachin) Choudhary , Megan (Jack) Langbehn, Lucas (Meredith) Froehlich, Wes Froehlich and friend Susan Schlangen, Beth (Jeff) Kershner, Adam Melius, Chad (Raquel) Bietz, Jenna (Brandon) Auch, Chris Squires and Justin Whicker, Phil (Kimberlee) Squires, Jeremy Gelderman and friend April Peterson, Kaye (Tyler) Hansen, Tony (Ashley) Gelderman, Daniel, September and Grace Gering. 29 Great Grandchildren. Marie is survived by her sister, Marcella Hauser, ’47; her special friend and helper, Cindy Murphy; and by many nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her husband, two sons Lorin and Duane Froehlich, two brothers Don and Leroy Sampica and one sister, Eunice Sampica.
Marie Mihin Schwebach, ’47
Marie Mihin Schwebach, 86, of Dell Rapids passed away February 2, 2017, after a gracious battle with ALS. Marie Mihin was born on a farm in Lowville Township near Hadley, Minnesota on June 6, 1930, to Frank and Minnie (Eichhorn) Mihin. She moved to Sioux Falls with her family in 1945. She worked as a secretary at John Morrells. She married Jerome “Pete” Schwebach on October 11, 1952. In 1960 they started Schwebach Insurance and Real Estate where she worked until 2015. Marie genuinely loved helping people find homes and insurance. She always had time for a story, and promoted Dell Rapids with a passion. She prayed daily for the well-being of everyone. She loved her family. Family was everything to her. She is eager to get to the table Pete reserved for them near the dance floor in Heaven. She is survived by her daughter Karen (Brad) Wallenberg of Sioux Falls; her sons: Tim of Dell Rapids, Rob (Lynn) of Fort Collins, Colorado, Jeff (Denise) of Sioux Falls, and Tom (Tami) of Dell Rapids; 15 grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and sisters-in-law, Dolores Mihin and Rita Walker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Pete, in 2011, and her grandson, Jacob.
Gerald “Jerry” Bollinger, ’48
Gerald “Jerry” Bollinger died March 20, 2017 in Sun Lakes, Arizona. While attending the University of South Dakota, Jerry was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity and a USD Stroller. Jerry graduated in 1952 and attended the USD School of Law. His law education was interrupted by a stint in the U. S. Army stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia and later in Germany as a protocol officer. At USD he met Mary Jean Dunn, who flew over to Germany without family or friends to marry Jerry in 1954. Both he and Mary Jean graduated from USD in 1956. After getting stuck in Woonsocket, SD during a blizzard, Jerry went to work as lawyer in the Jamison Law Offices. During his life in Woonsocket, he maintained a private practice, was also Sanborn County State’s Attorney, Woonsocket School Board attorney, and had a successful insurance agency. For many years Jerry served as the executive secretary of the South Dakota Water Well Drillers Association. Jerry also served as commander of the Woonsocket National Guard unit and was a member of St. Wilfrid’s Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. Jerry was a lifelong Republican and 50 year member of the SD Bar Association. Jerry loved the opera and theater, spending many years attending both the Phoenix Opera and the Phoenix Symphony. Along with the love the arts, Jerry was an avid hunter, golfer, card player, and Phoenix Suns fan.. In 1981, Jerry sold his law practice and retired. Jerry and Mary Jean split their time between the family home in the Black Hills and the Sun Lakes, AZ. After Mary Jean’s death in 2008, Jerry split his time between Pierre, SD and Sun Lakes. Jerry is survived by his children: Debra, Mark, Scott and Gregg Bollinger; seven grandchildren: Alicia Triem Reidhead, Gerald T, Stephen, Patrick, Adam, Emily and Erin Bollinger; three great grandchildren: Alexis, Brittany and Brooke Reidhead; and his wife Rose. Jerry was preceded in death by his first wife, and his daughter Karen.
James M. Jandl, ’48
James M. Jandl, age 86, of Sioux Falls, died February 15, 2017. James Matthew Jandl was born on June 20th, 1930 to Matthew and Anna (Kielmann) Jandl in Sioux Falls. On December 2nd, 1953, James entered into the United States Army and achieved the rank of Specialist; he was honorably discharged on September 1st, 1955, upon his discharge from active duty, James spent 8 years in the reserves. James farmed his entire life until this past year. He and his wife Audrey milked dairy cows for 15 years, raised Charolais Cattle, horses, ducks, chickens, geese, and a few dogs and cats along the way. He was also passionate about his beloved dog, Jake, and his grand and great-grandchildren. James is survived by his wife, Audrey (Rang) Jandl, Sioux Falls; his children, Tom Jandl and his significant other, Wanda VandeKieft, Chris Glenn and her husband, John, Rick Jandl and his wife, Sherylle, Lori Farstead and her husband, Scott, Steve Jandl and his significant other, Kathy Franken, Troy Jandl and his significant other, Jackie Welsh; and his stepson, Tim Ihnen; his sister, Francis “Fran” Brende ‘51; sister-in-law, Gloria Jandl; seven grandchildren; and five great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his brother, Don Jandl.
Janet “Jannie” Barnett Shapiro, ’53
Janet “Jannie” Barnett Shapiro, died March 28, 2017 in California with family by her side. She was one of seven children born to Jimmy and Lue Barnett. As a young girl, her ‘job’ was to care for her younger sister, Vicki. When Jan was in high school, she volunteered at McKennan Hospital. After one year of college, she decided to become an x-ray technician and, after training, started a job at the hospital. Jannie led a life of faith, love and service to others. She spent much of her life working with children. She taught tap dancing to mentally challenged children. She worked as an aide in an elementary school. She provided day care for children in both St. Paul and Arizona so that their mothers could finish high school. After Jan and her husband, George’s children had grown, she returned to college and became an LPN, graduating with high honors. She provided care to children in refugee camps in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. She volunteered in shelters for abused women and children. She was a hospice nurse and volunteers in Minnesota and Arizona. She developed a Spanish language immersion camp for adults in Wisconsin. She worked actively for peace and was arrested in a peaceful demonstration. She provided nursing care and home management for her husband who experienced six major surgeries and a son who had heart surgeries. She was a beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend to all and will be truly missed. She is survived by her husband, George; her three children: Jim, Jeff and Mary; two grandchildren; her siblings: Mary Lou Daniels ’49, Carol “Koky” Risner ’51, Fr. Jim Barnett ’56, Vicki Gero ’62, Bill Barnett ’63 and Pat Barnett ’65.
William “Bill” Lorentz, ’53
William “Bill” Lorentz died March 29, 2017. He was 81. Bill was the loving husband of Mary Ann Lorentz (Altstadt) for 56 years. He was generous, loved to laugh and make others laugh, and talk. He had a goofy, gently teasing sense of humor. He was active in politics, and worked both professionally and as a volunteer for social justice causes and progressive efforts, including local and national political campaigns, school desegregation, education reform, fair housing and programs for homeless people. He had a large music CD collection, most of it jazz. (Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Earl Hines were among his favorites.) Baseball was an obsession for him. He started out as a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals before becoming an avid Brewers fan. He loved movies, and was a bit of a snob about his tastes. His all-time favorite film was On the Waterfront, starring Marlon Brando. He was a constant reader. He also loved to dance. “He was very light on his feet, and very unorthodox,” according to his wife, Mary Ann. He graduated from SDSU with a journalism degree. He married Mary Ann in 1960 while he worked as a reporter for the Kearney Daily Hub in Nebraska. In 1963, he and Mary Ann moved to Wisconsin in 1963, where he was a reporter for the Waukesha Freeman before settling in Milwaukee in 1967 and getting a job in the public relations department for UW-Milwaukee, where he eventually headed the department. In 1984, he began working for Social Development Commission in Milwaukee in public relations, including as a photographer. He worked there until his retirement in 2001. He also worked on many political campaigns, including Warren Braun’s run for Congress in 1982. Before that he spent many hours as a volunteer for George McGovern’s presidential bid in 1972. Some other races included Tom Jacobson’s run for Wisconsin attorney general, Tom Barrett’s first mayoral campaign and was featured in a TV commercial for Congresswoman Gwen Moore. Bill is survived by his wife Mary Ann, and his children Ann, Dan, Paul, Barbara and Patricia; his grandchildren Aliaya Wooten and Emmett, Jr Wooten, his sister Sr. Suzanne Lorentz, OP ‘57; in-laws Terry Lorentz; John Altstadt, (Terri), James Altstadt (Faye)and nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leslie and Annamae Lorentz and his siblings Robert ‘40, Richard ’46 and Marie (“Mitzi”) ’51.
Michael (Mike) Joseph Myers, ’54
Michael (Mike) Joseph Myers, was a fighter, a ‘rabble rouser’ and provocateur, an endless font of restless, creative energy, a force of nature, a husband, and our dad. He had a hard-knock life early-on but those experiences forged a steely will to succeed, thrive, and prove to the world that he was a man to be reckoned with. Born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in 1936, our dad, Mike, started out young making a name for himself. He was an altar boy, a golden gloves boxing champion, and a sailor in the Navy, all by the age of 17. Mike spent the end of his teenage years peeling potatoes aboard a battleship all around Asia as the Korean War came to a close. He attended South Dakota State on the GI bill for his first couple of years, transferring to the Business School and graduating from the University of South Dakota (USD) and began his first career as a photojournalist for the Argus Leader. He married the beautiful Mary Ellen Schaefer (of Montrose, South Dakota) on July 14, 1962. They moved to Sioux City, where he worked at the Sioux City Journal. His superhuman strength was on full display as he became a full time law student at USD while continuing as a full time nighttime editor, commuting between Vermillion and Sioux City in his red Datsun 240Z.After starting a family, three children by 1967 (Mary Beth, Helen, and Matthew), the family moved to Vermillion, South Dakota, where Dad began his first stint as a professor of law at USD and loving every minute of it. Nicholas and Anne came into our growing family during our time at the country house on the “S” curve. Mike began his biggest career journey from Legal Counsel for Mercy Hospitals to Chief Operating Officer of Marian Health Center (now Mercy Sioux City), the consolidated entity from the merger of St. Joseph and St. Vincent hospitals. During this time, our family were proud members of Blessed Sacrament parish and school (as well as Heelan High School, Go Crusaders!), who supported our family so lovingly when we had a house fire in 1975. While we flourished in Sioux City, we added Michael and Connor to the family, to round out the crew of seven children. Mike was a high-flier throughout his never-ending career: COO, Marion Health Center (Mercy Sioux City), Sioux City, Iowa, CEO of Mayo-St. Mary’s Hospital and a Mayo Trustee, Rochester, Minnesota; CEO of Fairview Riverside Medical Center, Minneapolis, and Board Director of Minnesota Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He authored “The Mayo Clinic and Blue Eyes,” and “Railroaded: Mayo, Imminent Domain and the Unclean Politics of Clean Coal”. As things often do, Mike rounded back to USD as a professor at the USD School of Law teaching Elder Law and Health Law & Policy, including a gig as visiting professor emeritus at the University of Maastricht, Netherlands. Teaching was his favorite job by far. Never one to be underworked, as a professor with support from the university, he authored and originated the country’s first Elder Law Hotline (pro bono legal advice). He wrote a weekly column for the Argus Leader and other syndicated newspapers. Continuing his pursuit of healthcare education he hosted The Elder Law Forum for many years on WNAX talk-show radio out of Yankton, South Dakota. In 2014, he ran as an Independent Candidate for Governor/Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota, encouraging everyone to think for themselves and bringing up progressive issues that no one else would touch. The other contenders dodged debates with him with reason. In 2016, he ran for the State House of Representatives in South Dakota as the independent candidate for his old neighborhood, the North End. Most recently, our dad moved to Minneapolis/St. Paul and was enjoying life to the fullest. He lived in a hipster neighborhood with walking paths and views of Lake Calhoun, he attended weekly spinning classes, ate at great restaurants, practiced yoga and visited local Zen centers, had a weekly radio show, and most importantly, our family spent time with each other. Mike was the husband to Mary Ellen (Schaefer) Myers, brother to four sisters: Barbara (Myers) Stitch ‘56, Patty (Myers) Wuebben ‘55, Sally Myers ‘62, and Connie (Myers) Marr-Presley ’68; father to Mary Beth, Helen, Matthew, Nicholas (wife Brenda), Anne (husband Eric Schankula), Michael S. and Connor; grandfather to four: Graham, Madeline, Peter and Bridget. Lastly, Mike’s most current radio show, Adventures in Aging, is airing four more episodes and can be heard on twincitieswellnessradio.com/content/all/adventuresofaging. Our dad was a hard worker, a provider, a friend, a husband, a teacher, an entertainer, a fighter, and the perfect example of living life fully without boundaries. He died peacefully in his own hipster apartment, in his sleep. He was 80 years young.
Mary Elizabeth Sweetman Borman, ’56
Mary Elizabeth Sweetman Borman passed away unexpectedly of a heart attack on January 18, 2017. The beautiful story of Mary’s life began on November 5, 1938 in Sioux Falls, SD. After receiving her degree Summa Cum Laude from Duchesne Women’s College, she married her husband of 56-years, John Borman. She devoted her energies to raising their three children in Gordon, Nebraska. In the late 70s, the Bormans moved to Fort Collins, Colorado. Mary and John shared a love for the outdoors and enjoyed adventures from bicycling trips in Europe, golfing in Scotland to boating down the Grand Canyon. When she wasn’t gardening, cooking or golfing, Mary enjoyed watching sports or reading. Hers was a life filled with love and happiness, and she radiated that to the many friends who surrounded her. Mary possessed a deep faith and started every day with her rosary, a wedding gift from John. Her faith guided her life of community volunteerism. Mary and John’s world focused on their family and they especially enjoyed hosting Christmas reunions at their winter home in the California desert. Mary was proudest of her role as wife, mother and grandmother, and kept family traditions alive with her storytelling. Her grandchildren describe her as “really cool” – a grandmother who connected with them via texting. Survived by her husband John; her children: Rick Borman, Mary Ann Ellis and Joanie Olson; six grandchildren; siblings: Dick Sweetman ‘69, Jerry Sweetman ’58, Sophie McConnell, and Kathy Rothenberger ‘65.
Ione Vander Woude Mitchell-Petzel, ’56
Ione Vander Woude Mitchell-Petzel, 77, was born to John and Inga Vander Woude in Sioux Falls, SD on December 7, 1938. She entered eternal rest on November 16, 2016. Ione was the owner of Southern Crankshaft and Engine Co, as well as a volunteer for several local non-profit organizations. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Eugene Mitchell; her second husband, Ronald Pete Petzel; and her brother John (Debby) Vander Woude. Ione is survived by her son, D Patrick (Cindy) Mitchell; one brother Cecil ‘61 (Susan) Vander Woude, Sioux Falls, SD; two sisters Susan (Loren) Boy, Hartford, SD and Nancy (Roger) Schumacher, Hartford, SD; and a sister-in-law, Debby (John-deceased) Vander Woude, Sioux Falls, SD. Ione is also survived by three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Judy Atkins Freeman, ’60
Judy Atkins Freeman died peacefully at home on February 7, 2017. She was born Judith Louise Atkins in May 1942, to Elizabeth and Robert “Betty and Bob” Atkins in Sioux Falls, SD. As the second of 12 children, Judy spent much of her childhood and teen years taking care of her youngest siblings; a role she cherished. Friendly and enthusiastic, she loved being a cheerleader at St. Joseph’s Cathedral High School with her older sister Roberta. Judy completed Nursing School at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS. While there, dating three different Larrys, she fell in love with one: a wonderfully kind and brilliant intern, Dr. Lawrence Freeman, who was fond of learning and teaching, and soon was very fond of Judy. A walk in the snow, Roman Holiday, and a case of ivory soap later, they were married in 1964. A talented seamstress, Judy designed and made matching dresses and hats for all eight of her sisters who were her bridesmaids and flower girls. Larry called Judy his own Mary Poppins…. “practically perfect in every way”. The newlyweds began their life together in Redstone Arsenal, AL, where Larry spent his first year as a captain in the US Army. Not long after their first child, Lisa, was born, Larry served with the 101st Airborne doctoring in a MASH unit in Vietnam, while Judy and baby Lisa stayed with her family in Sioux Falls. When Larry returned, they moved to Milwaukee for his surgical residency where John and Julie were born. Next, was a year in Houston, TX, for Larry’s fellowship in oncology. In 1970, they made San Luis Obispo their home. When Julie was about to start kindergarten, Judy decided that she really needed one more baby, so in 1975 their fourth child, Michael, arrived. Judy was very active in local clubs and activities including Junior Matrons, the SLO Medical Auxiliary, Bridge group, Laurel Lane Women’s Bowling League, the Newcomers Club, Bunco, tennis, Civic Ballet Board of Directors, 4-H Swine leader, and many church activities at Nativity of our Lady Parish. Judy passionately supported all of her kids’ varied interests from 4-H to sports, music, theater and most notably, dance. The Civic Ballet’s The Nutcracker was a major annual event in the Freeman household. In the early years, it meant shuttling Lisa and Julie to countless rehearsals and filling the house with costumes under construction. She attended every single performance, whether in the front row or watching from the wings. In 1993, Judy was invited to play “The Maid” and she really lit up on stage. For 23 straight years she adored everything about performing the role and loved sharing the stage with her grandchildren, Isabel and Stephanie, and kids, Lisa and John. Her streak of performances came to a halt this past December when illness had sapped her strength. Artistic director, Drew Silvaggio, surprised Judy with a beautiful program dedication and invitation on stage for the final bow. This tribute touched her deeply. Judy was an amazing mother and strong woman. She made an art of creating and nurturing family. Her children’s friends would comment that with the possible exception of their own mother, Judy was their favorite mom. Her warm smile beamed love and support to whomever she encountered. She maintained a remarkably positive outlook despite battling three separate bouts of lymphoma and one of breast cancer. For 14 years, she lovingly cared for Larry, who became severely disabled in 1995 from colon cancer and paraneoplastic syndrome. Despite Larry’s debilitation, Judy went to extraordinary lengths to keep life joyful and active until he passed in 2009. She regularly took him downtown to farmers’ market, to watch their kids’ and grandkids’ sports and artistic endeavors, to MCP girls’ basketball, and on cruises with best friends, Jim and Liz Renzi. Judy loved to travel and visit family. She made multiple trips to Barcelona, Colorado, New York, South Dakota, San Francisco (Go Giants!), Sausalito, Green Valley, AZ, and Laughlin, NV. Judy loved engaging people. She always carried photos of her children and grandchildren and eagerly shared them with total strangers. Her yearly Christmas themed matching pajama family portrait was always a huge hit. In addition to her children and grandchildren, Judy is also survived by her siblings: Roberta Atkins ‘59, Linda Peterson ‘62, Susan LaGraff ‘63, Michael Atkins ‘65, Annette Atkins ’68, Thomas Atkins ’73, Mary Boe ‘74, Betsy Cartwright ’76, Teresa Davidson ’78, and Steven Atkins ’80.
James E. Ness, ’64
James E. Ness, age 70, of Sioux Falls, died on February 16, 2017 at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 AM, Monday, February 20, 2017 at The Cathedral of St. Joseph, 504 N. Summit Ave. Sioux Falls, 57104. The family will be present for visitation from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM with a prayer service followed by rosary beginning at 5:00 PM on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at Miller Funeral Home 507 S. Main Ave. in Sioux Falls. James Eugene Ness was born on August 23, 1946 to Eugene and Loretta (Kaiser) Ness in Sioux Falls, SD. Upon graduation, James attended Northern State in Aberdeen for three years, and then Sioux Falls College for a short time. He then began working at Brown Drug for a period before working at American Freight, he was then employed in management at Chippewa Trucking and would then move to Amerisource Bergen as Integration Director before retiring in 2013. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, and riding his motorcycle. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with friends and family. Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Mary Ness, Sioux Falls; children, Eric Ness and his wife, Vicky, Omaha, NE, Darin Ness and significant other, Angie, North Branch, MN, Shelly Hoyt, Sioux Falls, and Angie Froehlich and her husband, Rory, Omaha, NE; grandchildren, Tara, RJ, Alex, Rex, Elsie, and Cullen; brothers, Roger Ness ’74 and his wife, Peggy, and Ron Ness ‘69, Rapid City; sisters, Patty Rick ’66 and her husband, Bob, Rapid City, SD, Carol Christensen ’67 and her husband, David, Rapid City, Mary Jean Otterness ‘72 and her husband, Curt, Elk River, MN, and Lori Plank ’77 and her husband, Larry, Rapid City, SD. He is preceded in death by his son, Dan Hoyt.
Dorothy Kurvink Dannen, ’64
Dorothy Kurvink Dannen, 70, passed away April 28, 2017 at Dougherty Hospice House after a short battle with cancer. Dorothy was born June 28, 1946 in Sioux Falls, SD to Wayne and Mary (Healy) Kurvink. She attended Valley Springs Elementary, Christ the King, Edison Junior High, and graduated from O’Gorman High School, where she was on the first girls’ basketball team. She continued her education at Lake Region Junior College for nurses training, Augustana for accounting, and earned her BS degree at the National College of Business. Dorothy married Richard Johnson in 1968. In this union children, Richard, Christopher, and Mary were born. She traveled the country and lived in South Dakota, North Dakota, Idaho, Tennessee, Florida, and Minnesota. She later married Glenn Dannen in 1981. Their Saturday date night tradition was admired by many. Her career journey included sewing for a couple clothing factories and Raven Industries, nursing at Bethany Nursing Home, tax preparation for H & R Block, teller for Norwest and her favorite position was her last in the business office of Midwest Tropicals. Dorothy also cared for several children while she ran an in home daycare in Brandon for several years. She enjoyed the last decade being retired and often watched her grandchildren, her greatest joys. Dorothy’s following of her Christian faith included serving for several ministries. She was a team leader for Journey to Healing, TEC, REC, Koinania, BE ministry. She has blessed many by sharing her faith. Dorothy was often seen with a baby in her arms. Her love for the little ones shined as she blessed 28 newborn foster babies with love while they awaited their adoption. Dorothy was known for her open arms and her abundant love for others. She loved everyone, from the teens, prisoners, and strangers attending the various ministries she served at, to the children coming into her care, family, friends, lastly the nurses at hospice. She hugged them all, she loved them all. She often said “That is what love does.” Grateful for having shared her life are: her husband; sisters Barbara Duggan, Carol Garry ‘67, Mary Jane O’Kane ‘74; brother James Kurvink ‘79; her children Richard Dannen (Sarah), Christopher Dannen (Karleen Djonne), Mary Hilligas (Christopher); grandchildren, Shianne, Kaytlyn and Destany Hilligas, Elizabeth and Xavier Dannen.
Robert Thomas Earley, ’64
Robert Thomas Earley passed away April 28, 2017, in Boise, ID, surrounded by family. He was born October 2, 1946, to Francis Earl Earley and Eleanor Frances Cassidy Earley in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He graduated from Northern State University where he met his wife, Susan Small, and were together for 47 years with most of this time spent in Boise. His children, Rachel and Rory, were raised in Boise and attended Borah High School. His career started with John Morrell Meats by way of St. Paul, Minnesota and Billings, Montana, which then brought him to Boise, Idaho. Robert worked for Hewlett-Packard and Jabil for over 20 years. In 2004 while working for Mesa Tile and Stone he had a severe accident that left him paralyzed. He was never bitter and accepted his fate for 13 years. From the confines of his wheelchair he still continued to follow every sport and was a fervent fan of Borah High School and Boise State University. Robert loved to follow local athletes through their careers. In recent years, he was an avid player of “Words with Friends” with many and spent a majority of his time putting jigsaw puzzles together. Robert was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Susan, daughter Rachel Schubert (fiancé Jon), children Willis, Paige, and Sydney, son Rory Earley (wife LeAna), children Hudson and Brennan, and all five of his siblings: Patricia Kay Ryan ‘59, William Earley ‘61 (Beverly), Mary Ellen Vander Woude ‘62, Earl Earley ‘63, and Joanie Steele ‘66 (Gregory).