Full obits from the "In Loving Memory" section of the Winter 2018 Re-U-KNIGHT-ER


In Memoriam

Gwen Valkenaar, volunteer math tutor at O’Gorman for many years, passed away Jan. 14, 2018, at the age of 99.



’42     Dr. George Louis (Lou) Barnett, 92, died peacefully on Sunday morning, November 19th, seven days and seven hours after his devoted wife of 70 years, Maggie, passed suddenly. Born on February 18, 1925, Dr. Barnett was the son of George Richard and Ruth Bauch Barnett, who raised their lively family of nine children on Duluth Avenue. He was a devoted and active member of St. Joseph Cathedral Parish for most of his long life, singing tenor in the Cathedral Choir, attending daily mass, and serving on the church council. He was the quarterback of the high school football team and played clarinet in the band. He was honored by Sioux Falls Catholic Schools, who named him a distinguished alumnus for his service to the community. Because of the need for doctors during World War II, Lou enrolled in an accelerated five-year program of college and medical school. During this time, he was commissioned in the Navy Reserve. He graduated from Creighton University Medical School at the age of 22. On June 7, 1947, two days after his graduation, Lou married his beloved Margaret Mary (Maggie) Sheets of Omaha. They met in the church choir, and enjoyed singing and dancing together throughout their long marriage. After early years in Graceville, MN, and Fort Meade, MD, where he served as a Captain in the US Army, Lou and Maggie returned to Sioux Falls in 1955 and settled in the Cathedral Historic District. Together they raised ten children in their home, which was filled with music, fun and laughter, always open to friends and neighbors. A family physician for more than 50 years, he delivered hundreds of babies, many for generations in the same families. A soft-spoken and thoughtful man, he was patient and kind, and never raised his voice in anger. Dr. Barnett played clarinet in the Augustana University Blue and Gold Band for decades, and played every summer with the Lennox Municipal  Band. He played the baritone horn for many years for the annual Tuba Christmas Festival. He was a regular at Elmwood Golf Course until he turned 89 years old. He loved pheasant hunting with his sons and grandchildren, bagging two birds on his last outing at age 90. He enjoyed fishing for walleye and was an excellent bridge and pitch player. He practiced his clarinet every day and did the daily crossword puzzle and word jumble. Dr. Lou is survived by his ten children: John (Shelly) ‘67 of Salem, SD; Jim (Laura) ‘67 of Sioux Falls; Margaret (Mike) Hooton ’68 of Pittsburgh, PA; Mary Catherine (Steve) Zahller ‘69 of San Diego, CA; Bob ’70 of Pasadena, MD; Joe (Carrie) ’71 of Sioux Falls; Richard (Amy) ‘73 of Sioux Falls; Bill (Jane) ’75 of Sioux Falls; Francis (Melissa) ’77 of Aberdeen and Martha Lyons ’81 of Tustin, CA. Also mourning his loss are twenty-three grandchildren, each of whom knew they were his favorite: Chris (Mila), Matt, Pat (Janelle), Justin (Erin) Barnett; James Jr. (Tina) Barnett, Kara (Brian) Pfannenstein, Katherine (Aaron) Beckstrand, Michael Barnett; Robert Hooton, Kate (Brian) Hearn, John (Emily) Hooton, Christopher (Christina) Hooton; James Louis Zahller, Margaret Ann (Mike) Enos; Steven (Sophie Rodriguez) Barnett; Sarah (Shane) Meagher, Rachel Barnett, Maria (John) Maria; Julia, Joshua, Noah Barnett; Josephine and Thomas Lyons. He will also be missed by his great-grandchildren: Brendan, Emma and Allison Barnett; Cameron, Caden and Joslyn Barnett; McKenna Barnett; Jameson Barnett and a baby girl due Feb. 2018; Patrick, Joseph, Thomas and Michael Pfannenstein; Madison Barnett; Margaret Barnett; Jack, Will and Finn Hearn; George, Hartley Grace and Penelope Katherine (born November 14, 2017) Hooton. Lou is cherished by his brother, Don (Marilyn) Barnett ‘49, sister-in-law Kay (Kaercher) Barnett ‘47, and by his many nieces and nephews of the Barnett, Williams, Harris, Sanders, Baker and Sheets families. He was preceded in death by his siblings:  Sheila, Barbara ’37, Mary Kate ’39, Jane ’41, Patricia ’45, Jack ’47, and Bob ’49. Memorials in Maggie and Lou’s names may be directed to tuition assistance at Sioux Falls Catholic Schools, 3100 West 41st Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57105.


’42       George “Tom” East of Denver, died August 22, 2017 at the age of 92. He served in the US Navy during WWII from 1942 to 1945. He is a 1971 graduate of Augustana College. Tom is survived by his wife, Leona; sisters Betty and Joyce ’61; children: Judy, Nancy, David, Sarah, Mary, Jean, Greg ’76, Kathy ’80 and Lori; stepchildren: John, David, Matthew and Cathy; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother, Dick, sisters Joan and Loretta, son Paul East, stepson Mark. He was very proud to be a graduate of Cathedral High School!


’43      Mary I. Burbank Wood died Nov. 2, 2017 at age 92. She was the beloved wife of the late John W. Wood, and devoted mother of Lynn (Charlotte) Wood, Grace Worthington, John L. (Frances) Wood, Joan (Scott) Wegener and the late Charles Wood. Also survived by five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.


’44       Patricia McConnell Balas, 90, formerly of Freeland, passed away March 4, 2017 after a brief illness with her loving family at her side. Born in Fulda, Minn., she was the daughter of the late Harold and Olivia Boos McConnell. Patricia was the prior owner and secretary of Balas Distributing, Freeland. She was a member of Good Shepherd Church, Drums. Patricia shared a close bond with her daughter, Joanne, who passed away in 2014. They enjoyed cooking and baking together, and especially the traveling they did together. Preceding her in death, in addition to her parents, were her husband, Bernard; daughter, Joanne Balas; a brother, Harold McConnell ‘45; a sister, Geraldine Bezanson ‘50; and a granddaughter, Marissa Tait. Surviving are a son, Jerome Balas and wife, Anna Mae, Drums; daughters, Jeanette Tait, Drums; Maureen O’Donnell and husband, Kevin, Drums; grandchildren, Jared Balas and wife, Jennifer, Nazareth; Ryan O’Donnell and wife, Doran, New Hope; Courtney O’Donnell, Fort Collins, Colo.; Erin O’Donnell, Scranton; Jeremy Tait, Milnesville; great-grandchildren, Tyler Balas, Olivia Balas, Avanley O’Donnell and Keira O’Donnell. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews.


’44       James “Terry” Anderson, 90, of Wagner died Dec. 23, 2016. James Terrance “Terry” Anderson son of Joseph and Kathryn (Dermody) Anderson was born on February 5th, 1926 in Sioux Falls, SD. He died on December 23, 2016 at Golden Living Center in Armour, SD. Terry attended high school at Platte and Cathedral High Schools in South Dakota. He then served in the US Navy from 1944 to 1945. On discharge from the Navy he attended Creighton University and received a Bachelor of Arts degree. He met his wife, Patricia Mulloy at McKennan Hospital, where Terry was an orderly and Pat was a nurse. Terry and Pat married on June 23, 1951 at Saint Therese of the Little Flower Catholic Church in Sioux Falls, SD. Ten children blessed their union. Terry worked as a farmer, locker plant owner,  and sold farm shop supplies. Terry was a member of the American Legion  Post #11 in Wagner where he served as State Commander from 1996-1997. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus  and St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Terry enjoyed spending time gardening, hunting, doing yard work, and tinkering with his lawn mowers and equipment. One of his biggest passions was volunteering for the American Legion. He also enjoyed spending time with his family. Thankful for having shared his life are his children: Mary Anderson Conner of Wagner, SD, Jim (Sue) Anderson, of Austin, MN, Joe Anderson of Wagner, SD, Ruth (Frank) Anderson of Littleton, CO, Sharon Brown of Whitewood, SD, Kevin Anderson of Whitewood, SD, Bruce (Tila) Anderson of Wagner, SD, Bridget (Mike) Williams of Piedmont, SD, and Janet Anderson of Mitchell, SD, 15 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Terry was preceded in death by his wife, daughter Janie Anderson, his brothers Joe and Ed Anderson, and his parents.


’46        John Benjamin Devlin, 89, passed away October 5, 2017 in Sioux Falls, SD.  John Benjamin Devlin, son of John Francis Devlin and Mary (Tobin) Devlin, was born April 29, 1928 in Sioux Falls, SD.  John was a lifelong resident of Sioux Falls. He served in the US Army from 1945–1947 in Japan following WWII. John was united in marriage with Jean Class ‘48 on April 22, 1955 in Sioux Falls, SD. He worked as a salesman for Larson Hardware for 30 years. He then worked for Lewis Drug and Sears. He loved to golf, read and was a lifelong Chicago Bears Fan. John loved playing baseball with the North End kids and was known as a “neighborhood dad”. Grateful for having shared his life are his five children, Tim (Lynn), John (Mary), Dan (Jill), Mary Zakrzewski and Vince (Julie); 12 grandchildren, Bridget, John, Beau, Ben, Dustin, Stacy, Sara, Jean, Paula, Jeff, Michelle, and Rachel; 16 great grandchildren, Bryn, Erin, Caelan, Cullen, Michael, Andrew, Ethan, Jymira, Quinton, Paxton, James, Claire, Oliver, Jack, Luke and Conor, along with several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean; his parents; three sisters, Mary ‘44, Jeanine, and Anne ‘50; great grandchildren, Boston and Jeff; and a son-in-law, Dave Zakrzewski.


’47      Robert Vincent “Bob” Erickson, age 88 died Nov. 4, 2017 in Plymouth, MN. He was born Feb 24, 1929 to Ferdie and Colletta (O’Hara).  Bob was a 60 year member of American Legion Chester Bird #9139 in Golden Valley, U.S. Air Force Korean War veteran, and was employed by Lakeland Engineering Equipment Co. in Golden Valley for 25 years.  Survived by his wife, Mary Jane; children, Robert Ferdie (Dawn), Kevin (Lisa), James (Kristin), Michelle Bettin; 11 grandchildren; his sister, Marlys Erickson Zimmer, ’43.  He is also survived by his brother -in-law, Don Futrell, ’49. Preceded in death by his sister, Colleen Futrell ’50; his parents and his step father, Dick Foster.


’51       William F. Fleming, 85, of Anoka, MN, passed away June 30, 2017. Survived by his six children, Julie Lehn, Theresa (Tim) Hentges, Mary Fleming (Mark Grant), Ann Norman (Brian Halseth) Beth (Greg) Janssen and Paul Fleming; grandchildren, David Lehn (Melissa Radi), Jessica (Alex) Gliddon, Nicole Hentges (Dan Hawkins), Rachel Norman, Brent Janssen, Brandon Janssen, Joe Fleming & Abby Fleming; great-grandchildren, Kylee, Colten, Carsen, Brayden, Mason & Madelynn; former wife, Marge Fleming; siblings, Bob (Judy) Fleming ‘53 and Joanne Fleming McGill.


’51       Nancy Even Sheley Long, 83, of New Holland, passed away on October 6, 2017, at her daughter’s home in Lincoln after a brief illness. Nancy Ann Even was born December 5, 1933, in Sioux Falls, the daughter of Aloysius J. and Edith Buell Even. She first married Richard A. Sheley in 1955 and later married Theodore Long in 1976. They both preceded her in death. She was preceded in death by two children: Hope Maria and Perry Michael. Nancy was a 20-year member of the Girl Scout Council and a member of Lincoln Community Theater and Lincoln College Radio. She participated in several local plays. She also had a beautiful voice and enjoyed singing on stage and in the church choir. She played the ukulele and sang at many social functions. Nancy enjoyed reading and listening to Cubs games. She is survived by her children: Holly (Don) Johnson and Rick (Mary Jane) Sheley; siblings: Judy ‘55, Jim ‘57, Barb ‘60, Bill, Ginny, Don, Charlie and Elizabeth; five grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren.


’51       Donna May Callahan Chambers Pasco, 85, passed away January 4th with her family by her side. Donna was born August 6th, 1932 to Earl and Anna Callahan in their family home at 404 N. Chicago Ave. in Sioux Falls, SD. She attended Bancroft School until the 3rd grade after which she moved to Canton, SD in August of 1941. In August of 1947, she moved to Madison, SD and attended Madison High School until February of 1950 when she settled in Sioux Falls after her father’s passing. She graduated from Cathedral High School in 1951. Donna was united in marriage with Edwin James Chambers on June 9th, 1951. Donna and Jim were foster parents with Catholic Social Services and fostered unwed mothers through the 60’s, 70’s, and early 80’s. She was preceded in death by Jim who passed on November 13th, 1972. She married Derrol E. Pasco in 1973. They later divorced but remained good friends. He preceded her in death on April 6th, 2012. Donna sold real estate for 5 years, then went on to work in maintenance for Minnehaha County for the next 19 ½ years. She was promoted to Building Superintendent for her last nine years with the county and retired in 1998. Over the years, Donna enjoyed spending time with her family at her lake cabin, crocheting, reading, completing puzzles, and playing cards. Those left to cherish her memory include her 7 children: Steven (Beth) Chambers of Rocky Mount, NC, Dianne (Paul) Putzke of Sioux Falls, SD, Theresa (Steve) Thorne of Sioux Falls, SD, Susan Chambers of Sioux Falls, SD, James Chambers of Chandler, AZ, Mary (Steve) Lawson of Lawrence, KS, and Sharon (Brian) Schlenker of Sioux Falls, SD; 14 grandchildren: Steve Jr.(Joan) Chambers, Mike (Kandace) Putzke, Phillip Putzke, Michelle Thorne, Sarah Thorne, Rachel Thorne, Ashley Thorne, Nicole (Josh) Nygaard, Cassi Wagner, Amanda (Tyler) Kruzel, Alexander Lawson, Megan Chambers, Katie Schlenker, Christina (Mike) Jacobson; 10 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Earl and Anna Callahan, 4 sisters, 3 brothers, her son Gregory Chambers, and one granddaughter, Melissa Thorne.


’52       Jerauld “Jerry” Crowell, 82, passed away peacefully on December 5, 2016. Jerry was a retired letter carrier and an active member of the National Association of Letter Carriers for over 50 years. He had a passion for all sports and outdoor activities. He loved fishing, hunting, skiing, bowling, poker and traveling, but most of all Jerry loved baseball. He was one of the founders of NBC Hap Dumont Youth Baseball and served as National Chairman of the Board of Directors for 25 years. He was a coach to many, a team manager and umpire. For many years, he was elected and served as a Democratic Precinct Committeeman. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Max and Viola Crowell; siblings, Max Crowell, Edward Crowell and Jean Willey ’46; sons, Jerauld “Jay” Crowell and Gordon Crowell. He loved his family. His is survived by his wife of 33 years, Carol Collins; children, Vicki Biltz (Mark), Rene West, Lisa Marshall (Rob), Veronica Crowell, Teresa Melendez and Greg Crowell (Brenda); grandchildren, Christopher Biltz, Andrew Biltz, Dailey Crowell, Sydney Crowell, Cecilia Raheb, Max Crowell, Sam Crowell, Dollee Crowell, Oming Crowell, Elizabeth Raheb, Liam Melendez, Kieran Melendez, and 3 great-grandchildren; siblings, Betty Stene, Pat Crowell, Donna May, Jim Crowell and Barbara Crowell.


’52       Ronald William Eastman, long-time resident of Coalinga, CA died suddenly on November 16, 2017 in Fresno, California from complications of a stroke, after he was found unconscious in his home on November 15, 2017. He was previously in excellent health and 2 weeks shy of his 84th birthday. Ron is survived by his sister, Marilyn Granum ‘47 and sister-in-law, Inez Eastman, both of Sioux Falls, SD; his children, Jennifer Kozakowski (Frank) of Culver City, CA, Dr. Stacy Eastman (Steve) of Coalinga, CA, and James Eastman (Tiffanie) of Tracy, CA; his 9 grandchildren Kathryn, Matthew, Tyler, Lance, Alexandra, Jonathan, Michael, Megan, and Baby Brooke (due in December); his two great-grandchildren, Charlie, and Liam; and over 60 nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great nephews, and few great-greats. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Judy; his parents, Erving and Florence; his sisters, Dorothy Eastman ‘39 and Margaret Lyman ‘42; his brothers, Gordon ‘44 and Robert ‘50; his sister-in law, Maxine McIntyre; his brothers-in-law Bud Granum, Charles Lyman, and James McIntyre; his nephew, Stephen Eastman and niece, Joan Thill. Ron was born on November 29, 1933 in Sioux Falls, SD, the youngest of Erving and Florence’s 6 children. Ron loved his Cathedral School heritage. To this day, he is in close touch with several of his Cathedral classmates, including lifelong friends, Rich Baker, Joan Middendorff, Bob Warner and his wife Lois, Joann Hines, Casey O’Connell, and Marj Tapken. He started college in South Dakota, and then enlisted in the United States Army where he served for 2 years (1953-1955) during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged on June 14, 1955 and served an additional 8 years in the Army Reserve. He returned home to Sioux Falls, planning to continue his education. He came to Coalinga in 1956 to attend Coalinga College and play basketball for a former coach. He met his one true love, Judy Boothe, while playing tennis. They began dating, and upon her graduation from Coalinga High School, they married on June 21, 1958 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Coalinga. Ron, who had been a temporary letter carrier joined the U.S. Postal Service as a full-time letter carrier in Coalinga, where served for 33 years. He retired in 1989. In addition to his full-time work as a letter carrier he served as the sports editor for the Coalinga Record for over 10 years, and as the bar manager at the Elks Club. Over the years, they welcomed 3 children, all graduates of Coalinga High School. In addition to his over 35 years of Civil Service, Ron was a gifted athlete and an avid sports fan. He was inducted into the O’Gorman/Cathedral High School Athletic Hall of Fame in September 1998 for basketball. He played several sports in high school and college, as well as in several adult leagues in Coalinga. He was also a basketball referee and baseball/softball umpire. He coached his children’s sports teams and in his retirement, he served a volunteer assistant coach with West Hills College basketball team, coaching the 2006-2007 championship team. On October 28, 2017 he was inducted into the West Hills College Athletic Hall of Fame as an assistant coach with the entire 2006-2007 team. A life-long Dodger fan, he and his son attended Game 1 of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium. He was strong supporter and booster of Coalinga High School and West Hills College athletic programs. He was involved in numerous community organizations throughout his many years in Coalinga. He was an active member of the Elks Club for over 50 years, where he served in variety of capacities and cooked many a great meal. He started every day by having coffee with his buddies at the Elks. He could be found there many evenings as well. He was an active parishioner at St. Paul the Apostle in Coalinga for over 60 years, where we served in variety of roles over the many years, most recently as a Eucharistic Minister. More than anything, Ron was a devoted and involved family man not only to his immediate family, but also to his large, extended family. He was a devoted son and brother, a faithful and loving husband, the best dad anyone could ever ask for, a loving and fun papa to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and he was the favorite uncle to most of his many nieces and nephews. Ron and Judy did not define their family by blood, and opened their home and hearts to many over the years. Many considered Ron the father or brother they never had. Ron could light up a room with his very presence and was the life of the party. Ron passed away peacefully surrounded by his family led in prayer by his parish priest from St. Paul’s in Coalinga. It was a beautiful, peaceful, and perfect way to transition from this life to eternal life. He will be remembered for his snappy dress, bright smile, the spring in his step, and the twinkle in his eye.


’53       Mary Mercia Macheak Krueger-Fromm, 81, died May 25, 2017 in Grosse Pointe. She was born Oct. 25, 1935, in Des Moines, IA, to Millicent and Richard Macheak. She graduated in 1957 from the University of South Dakota. She was a math and reading teacher and then was a partner/owner of a paralegal school. Mary enjoyed gardening, birds, reading, playing tennis, sailing, skiing, golfing, swimming and cooking. She also enjoyed playing cards and was a Life Bridge Master. She was a member of the Country Club of Detroit, Grosse Pointe Readers, former board member of the Grosse Pointe Public Library and a former president of the Grosse Pointe Mothers’ Club.  Mary is survived by her daughters, Julia Anne and Rebecca Elizabeth; sons, Robert James and John Fredrick; grandchildren, Anne Elizabeth, Catherine Marie, David James, Jessica Ruth, Sarah Ann, James Fredrick, Christina Marie, Leia Florence, Andrew John, John Daniel, Michael Mario and Kylie Marie and great-grandson, Robert Dylan. She also is survived by her sisters, Katherine, Carol and Janet. She was predeceased by her first husband, Robert Krueger and second husband, Joseph Fromm.


’53       Rich Baker, age 83, passed away December 19, 2017 at his home in Sioux Falls.  Richard John Baker was born on October 10, 1934, in Montrose, SD, to Ronald and Alice (O’Hara) Baker. The family moved to Sioux Falls in 1937. He graduated from Cathedral High School in 1953. On June 30, 1956, Richard was married to the love of his life, Roberta Kolb. Rich was a member of the Army National Guard and served in the regular Army at Fort Sill, OK, from 1961-1962, during the Berlin Crisis. Richard was employed at John Morrell & Co. from 1953 until 1989. After retiring from Morrell, he was employed at McKennan Avera Hospital from 1989 until 2001. Throughout his life Rich was involved in athletic sports. He also enjoyed coaching his children in many of their athletic endeavors. Richard was also an avid outdoor sportsman. He was happy to share his passion for hunting and fishing with his children, grandchildren, and friends. Numerous stories of their hunting and fishing expeditions have been re-told at almost every family get-together. He enjoyed playing cards on Thursdays with his guys and golfing. His sense of humor was the best club in his bag. Richard was proud to brag about his Irish heritage and never failed to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in a big way. He was especially grateful for the life-long friendships formed within his CHS graduating class. He always looked forward to their parties, picnics and reunions through these many years. Richard was a man of great faith and generosity. He died with dignity and grace with his children at his side. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church for many years. Grateful for having shared his life are his children, Jean (Bob) Hunt, Laura (Jeff) Baker-Sweeney, William, Steven (Jane) Baker, Carolyn Russell-Baker, and Brian Baker; 21 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; his very special friend Carol Berg; siblings, Condy ’53 and Terry Baker ’66 (Jeri ’66), and Barbara Kolb ’56 (William ’54), Annie (Bill) Strizich ’61; brother in-law, Tom (Vicki) Kolb ’64, and sister in-law Kathy McMaster (Bob) Puthoff ’70. He was preceded in death by his parents Ronald and Alice Baker; his wife Roberta and her parents Charles and Clara Kolb; a son David; brothers Gene ’51 and his wife Ruth, and Patrick ’69; a nephew Christopher Baker and niece Rhonda Baker; and sisters in-law Evelyn Baker and Charlotte McMaster, brothers in-law, Jim (Grace) Kolb and John Kolb ’62 (Connie ’65).


’53       Vincent James Donelan passed from this world at his home on October 6, 2017 surrounded by his family after a long and courageous battle with cholangiocarcinoma, never allowing it to get the best of him. He came into this world on April 9, 1934 to James C. and Laura (Meisner) Donelan. He lived in Sioux Falls throughout his 83 years. On April 14, 1955, he married the love of his life, Marianne Pyper ‘56. They were blessed with six children; Steven (Diane) Donelan, of Stoughton, WI, Terence Donelan of Hot Springs, SD, Patrick Donelan of Brandon, SD, Catherine (Scott) McNeill of Sioux Falls, SD, Thomas (Heather Mead) Donelan of Biloxi, MS and Paul (Jan) Donelan ‘85 of Clinton, UT; 20 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. Vince retired after 34 years at John Morrell & Co. He also worked for the City of Sioux Falls Water Department for 8 years. He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing and hunting, travelling and spending time with family and friends. He loved to tinker around with anything from mechanics to wood working, offering his handyman expertise and know-how to anyone in need. In addition to his wife and children, Vince is survived by his siblings, Bev (Curt) Thompson ‘50, Jan Aalberg ‘54, Jim ‘57 and Joseph (Jolene) ‘59, all of Sioux Falls, and Joan (Marvin) Loutsch ‘60 of Le Mars, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents.


’54   Thomas A. Ryan, age 82 of Sun City, Arizona, passed away peacefully on October 21, 2017. Tom was born in Sioux Falls, SD, on September 19, 1935. His parents were George and Madeline Ryan. Tom received his secondary and primary education at St. Joseph Cathedral Grade and High School graduating in 1954. Tom joined the South Dakota Air National Guard in July 1953, retiring from the United States Air Force in October, 1974. Tom married Connie Bjerk in October 1956, from that union five children were born. Tom was involved in the banking profession, having served in that capacity in South Dakota, Montana and Arizona. Tom also was an old car enthusiast. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, wife of 55 years Connie, and daughter Carolee Marin. He is survived by daughter Sandy (John) Kowalski, son Steven Ryan, son Mike (Michelle) Ryan, daughter Ann Ryan (friend Doug Temple), and son-in-law Steve Marin; seven grandchildren: Shane (Britny) Marin, John (Lauren), Callie, Ashley and Daniel Kowalski, Matthew Ryan, and Brody Stiteler; and two great grandchildren, Senya and Zander Marin. Other survivors include two sisters Sharie (Tom) Law ’55 and Kathleen (Malon) Anderson ’59, brother-in-law Orlo (Annie) Bjerk, and sister-in-law Lois (Daryl) Fritz.


’54       Nancy Ann Noll Schenk, age 81, of Bradenton FL, went to be with her Lord gracefully on Oct 9th, 2017 at her home, with her family by her side. Nancy was born in Sioux Falls, SD to William Noll and Corriene Erbes. She is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, Martin. Her beautiful life will forever be cherished in the lives of her children: Cathi Shannon, Theresa Hoogerheyde, Wendy Pratt, Billy, Michael and Patrick Schenk; eight wonderful grandchildren, Rowland Shannon Jr., Ryan Shannon, Cierra Shannon (Cathi) Emily Pratt, Ethan Pratt (Wendy) Jason Hoogerheyde, Amy Molinari (Theresa) and Autumn Schenk (Patrick) and one beautiful great grandson, Liam Pratt (Ethan); two siblings, Sally Noll Zimprich ‘56 of Watertown, SD, and Terry Lee Noll, Sr. of Bradenton FL. Nancy is predeceased by her sister, Betty Noll Brende ‘57 and brother, John Noll, ‘60. She loved attending Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral. Nancy had been a youth group leader at St. Joseph for many years, many times Mass was said in her living room. She worked as a travel agent, went on bus tours with groups in her younger years, and loved taking groups on ship cruises. She loved the Holidays with her family, card games, her loving dog ‘’Gator’’ and anything that involved her loved ones. Nancy always had a warm smile for everyone she met and a warm heart for anyone. Nancy will always be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend, whose greatest passion was her family.


’55       Dr. Thomas J O’Hare went home to God Tuesday morning, March 14, 2017. He is survived by a loving and devoted wife, Mary, son Thomas (Mary Anne), daughters Laine Bradford (David), Francesca Fowler (Keneth), Sheilagh; grandkids: Sebastian, Kateri, Kevin, Kieran, Kerry, Kristianna, and Kilian, and many nieces and nephews. Tom taught German at UT for 40 years, also working in Indonesia and Egypt teaching teachers of English. He sat on over 300 dissertation committees, most after retirement for students from The UT Butler School of Music. Staff and students loved him! Tom and Mary attended countless musical recitals there, bringing them both great joy. (We always knew where our parents were!) Remember him for the many repairs and kind deeds he did for so many! He taught his son how to beat alcohol and smoking, and how to fix cars; he taught his daughters the joy of love; and he gave great advice to the grandkids! His gentle soul will be missed, remembered, and celebrated by all. He loved words, he loved puzzles, he loved cribbage, he just LOVED! In lieu of flowers, go hug your loved ones!


’58       Dennis Richard Clifford, 77, of Hawarden, IA, passed away peacefully on December 5, 2017. Dennis Richard Clifford was born February 4, 1940 in Canton, SD to Ellen (Bruzzell) Clifford and George Clifford, the 11th of 13 children. The family moved to Sioux Falls in 1954. After Cathedral, he attended St. Mary Seminary for 2 years and furthered his education in California. Dennis served in the US Air Force from 1963 to 1967. He was employed at Stanford University Atomic Acceleration in California. Dennis is survived by his son, Charles; daughter, Clorice; brothers, Ron ’60 of Rio Rancho, NM and Jerry of Murrieta, CA; and sisters, Joan Heissel of Le Mars, IA and Pat Clifford of Sioux Falls; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Mike, George, Jackie, and Charles; and sisters, Mary Zimmerman, Marjorie Du Vall, Colleen Clifford, and Delores Ulrickson.


’58       Mary Louise Denevan, 77, passed away October 24th, 2017 in Sioux Falls. Mary Louise Denevan was born October 28th, 1939 to Herbert and Mary (Madel) Denevan in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She attended Presentation College in Aberdeen, SD for one year. She came back to Sioux Falls to work at Morrell’s and graduate from Sioux Falls College. She taught 3 years in Clara City, MN. She returned to Sioux Falls after her mother’s passing and worked at Morrell’s until her retirement. Mary enjoyed the outdoors, tending her gardens and feeding local birds. Her hobbies included crafts and pottery. She enjoyed the company of her pets. Mary was a life-long member of St. Joseph Cathedral. Surviving relatives include her brother, Dr. Jim Denevan ’55 and his wife Marilyn; two nephews: Jim (Betsy) Denevan and Tom (Kris) Denevan; 1 niece: Teresa (Paul) West. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Patrick Denevan.


’59       Catherine Larsen Christianson, 77, died peacefully with her loving family by her side on Oct. 1, 2017, in Anchorage, Alaska. She was born on March 20, 1940, in Sioux Falls to Charles and Mary Larsen and spent her youth growing up in Sioux Falls with her large Catholic family. She attended Stewart Beauty School in Sioux Falls, S.D. She worked as a nurse’s aide in Mitchell, S.D., and as a beautician in Madison, S.D. Cathy married the love of her life, Rodney Christianson, in 1960. She became a U.S. Air Force spouse and the family traveled the world for 20 years. They lived in Colorado, Texas, Puerto Rico, North Dakota, Guam, Michigan and finally Alaska. Cathy made Alaska her home in June 1975, with husband Rodney and their two children, Pam and Rodney Leon. Their third child, Kari, was born in Anchorage in 1979. In her time in Anchorage, Cathy was active in the Lutheran faith and was a longtime member of Central Lutheran Church. She volunteered her time for the Anchorage School District and enjoyed planting flowers and spending time with her beloved dogs, especially Trixie. After her husband Rodney retired, they traveled throughout Alaska, Canada and the Lower 48 in their motorhome. She especially enjoyed attending concerts and performances in Las Vegas, NV, and Branson, MO, among other places. Catherine loved National Parks and visiting new places. Some of her favorite places included the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley and the Edmonton Mall.  She grew to love the mountains and everything about the state and decided to call Alaska her home. Cathy was extremely proud of her seven grandsons and all of their accomplishments. She enjoyed sharing pictures of all of them on Facebook. Her grandsons will miss her deeply. Cathy is preceded in death by her parents; three brothers; a sister; and her son, Rodney Leon. Cathy is survived by her husband, Rodney of Anchorage; daughters, Pam (Michael) of Anchorage and Kari (Frank) of Palmer, Alaska; daughter-in-law, Lisa of Germany; grandsons, Aaron and Ryan of Anchorage, Daniel and Michael of Germany, and Trent, Ron and William of Palmer; sisters, Donna Struck of Brookings, S.D., and Jane Satnan of Sioux Falls, S.D.; and a host of other family and friends that loved her unconditionally.


’62       Thomas J. Staudenmaier passed away Saturday, November 25th, 2017 Fayetteville, AR. Thomas J. Staudenmaier was born November 20th, 1944 in Sioux Falls, SD. He attended Cathedral grade school, and graduated from O’Gorman High School in 1962. Following high school, he attended Marquette University. In 1965, Thomas joined the Air Force. On February 24, 1984, Thomas was united in marriage with Barbara Reetz in Bolling AFB, Washington D.C. He retired from the Air Force in 1985 and started Staudenmaier Dental Lab. After retirement in 2011, Thomas resided in Rogers, AR. He enjoyed gardening, traveling, entertaining & cooking, and spending time with family & friends. Thomas was a member of St. Vincent DePaul Church & Society of St. Vincent in AR and a member of Disabled American Veterans. Grateful for having shared his life are his wife Barbara Staudenmaier of Rogers, AR; son Thomas (Greg) Staudenmaier of Apopka, FL; daughters, Jennifer Eads of Norman, OK and Anastasia Jackson of Starke, FL; brothers, Charles ’55 (Brigitte) Staudenmaier of Sioux Falls, SD and Bill ’59 (Beth) Staudenmaier of Denver, CO; sister Charlotte ’70 (Roland) Schwab of Sioux Falls, SD; brother-in-law Jack Lovett of Sioux Falls, SD; sisters-in-law, Iris Staudenmaier of O’Fallon, IL and Nancy Reetz ’73 (Bill) Winness of Sioux Falls, SD; grandchildren, Cassandra, Allison, Noah and Jackie Eads, Elisha, Grace and Alexis Staudenmaier, Devon Jackson and Justin Walker; 5 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, Ambrose and Inez Staudenmaier; brother Herb Staudenmaier ‘52; sisters, Virginia Lovett ‘57 and Margaret Pickart ‘58; sister-in-law Vicki Reetz ’65, mother-in-law Betty Reetz, and brother-in-law Jeff Reetz ’80.


’63       Mary Anderson Breit, 71, of Sioux Falls, died Thursday, February 23, 2017 in Sioux Falls. Mary was born July 14, 1945 in Sioux Falls, SD. She attended dental assistant school following high school graduation. On January 28, 1965, she was united in marriage with James F. Breit at St. Therese Church. Mary worked as a dental assistant for more than ten years. She was also a homemaker, raising three wonderful children. Mary loved to read and had excellent artistic ability. She choreographed her own dance routine when participating in the Miss Sioux Falls contest in her early 20’s. She was also a fantastic cook. One of her specialties was making palt, a Swedish dish made from liver, flour, potatoes, pork and water. Grateful for having shared her life are her husband, Dr. James F. Breit of Sioux Falls, SD; her children, James A. Breit, MD ’90 (Melissa), Lance D. Breit, CRNA ’91 (Melissa) and Virginia M. Nepp ’97 (Scott) all of Sioux Falls, SD; 9 grandchildren; two brothers, Tom ‘67 and Mark ‘77; five sisters, Jeanie ’58, Joanie, Virginia, Colleen ’69 and Lian ‘72; and her brothers-in-law, Don and Rick Breit. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Mary was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Marlin ‘65; and a brother-in-law, Jerry Ralston.


’67       Brian J. Curtin, 68, of New Smyrna Beach, FL, went to his eternal rest on October 14, 2017. Brian passed away after a brief fight against pancreatic cancer. He went peacefully at home with his beloved wife, Mary Jo, at his side. Brian was a loving husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend to many. Born on April 2, 1949 in Sioux City, IA, Brian was the first of seven children to Raymond and Maxine Curtin. The family moved to Sioux Falls, SD where Brian grew up, graduating from O’Gorman High School. Upon graduation he volunteered for the Navy, serving honorably in Vietnam as a Navy Medical Corpsman then in the Navy Reserves until his retirement from the Navy. Upon returning from Vietnam, Brian attended the University of South Dakota where he received his Criminal Justice degree. He worked for and retired from the South Dakota State Penitentiary in many roles including correctional officer, counselor, prison farm manager, and working with many programs relating to prisoner rehabilitation. After moving to Minnesota, Brian continued his career in the correctional field and retired from the Washington County Jail in Stillwater, MN. When he retired, he took up his last job driving elderly people to doctor appointments. He always said he “loved his little old ladies” Through mutual friends, Brian met his wife Mary Jo in Sioux Falls, SD. They married on January 2, 1982. They celebrated 35 years of marriage this past January. They enjoyed their quiet Saturday mornings, cruises with friends, and going on adventures together. They became the proud parents of their beautiful daughter, Melissa, on December 4, 1983. The family moved in 1996 to Minnesota where Brian could indulge his love of hockey as a season ticket holder for the Minnesota Wild. Brian enjoyed participating and watching many different sports. Over the years, Brian was a member of golfing and bowling leagues in Sioux Falls and then enjoyed bowling in New Smyrna Beach where he made many friends. Brian will always be remembered by family and friends for as a gentle soul with his unfailing kindness and willingness to help anyone, anytime. Brian and Mary Jo moved to New Smyrna Beach in December 2014. Brian loved living in Florida, calling New Smyrna Beach his paradise and stated that the last two years were the best years of his life. Brian is survived by his wife, Mary Jo and his daughter, Melissa of Vadnais Heights, MN. He is also survived by his sister, Linda Behrmann ‘68 (John), Chattanooga, TN, Maureen Curtin ‘75, Sioux Falls, SD, Sharon Hoiland ‘78 (Mark), Sioux Falls, SD and Paul Curtin ‘81 (Juanita), Sioux Falls, SD. Brian will be missed by all of his nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. Brian was preceded in death by his parents Raymond and Maxine Curtin, and his brothers, Rex ’74 and Bruce Curtin ‘71.


’69    Janine Ball Welsh, 66, of Bloomington, IL, passed away peacefully October 22, 2017, at home surrounded by family. Janine was born May 20, 1951, in Sioux Falls, SD. The daughter of Byron Jay and Evelyn Pearl Wolf Ball, she married Michael L. Welsh on January 15, 1972, in Sioux Falls. Janine was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church of Merna. She received her Bachelor Degree in English from Benedictine College Atchison, Kansas, and taught English at Atchison Middle School. Janine was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and loyal friend. She was a witty and funny conversationalist who loved to laugh with family and friends. She created beautiful needlepoints, was an avid reader, and enjoyed playing bridge. Janine was a staunch Democrat and a fighter for the underdogs in life. Despite her illness, nevertheless she persisted. We hold her in our hearts and will forever be grateful for all the love, support, and guidance she shared with us. She will be dearly missed by all. She is survived by her husband, Michael; children: Sarah (Derek) Ladgenski, Deirdre (Eric) Noshay, and Nate (Megan) Welsh; six grandchildren, Grace, Vivian, Foster, Emma, Quinn and Evelyn; one sister, Chloe Ball ’58 Schneider (Robert); one sister-in-law Sue (John) Malcom; and several nieces and nephews. Janine is preceded in death by her parents and one brother, James Ball ’63.


’71     Thomas J. Kiley died peacefully on September 11, 2017 at Ryan House Hospice in Phoenix, AZ after a short illness. Thomas was born to James and Peg (Weir) Kiley in Madison, SD on April 16, 1953. Having spent the majority of his life in Sioux Falls, SD, he moved to Phoenix, AZ in 2011. His incredible wit and intelligence will be remembered by his three daughters, Kate Kiley (Sam Pope), of Boston, MA, Mary Benson (Corey), of Sioux Falls, SD, Lucy Evans, Iowa City, IA; sisters Kathleen Caldwell ’67 (Bob) of Sioux Falls, SD, Nancy Hess ‘72 (who died less than two months later); a brother, Jon C. Kiley of San Antonio, TX; several nieces and nephews and one grandchild, Max Benson. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Peg Kiley and his nephew, Alex Hess.


’72       Nancy Kiley Hess died November 5, 2017 in Traverse City, Michigan after a yearlong battle with cancer. Nancy Anne Kiley was born on July 23, 1954 in Madison, SD to James and Margaret (Weir) Kiley. Shortly thereafter her family moved to Sioux Falls where she graduated from O’Gorman High School. Nancy married Denny Hess in 1976. The family moved from Sioux Falls to Traverse City, MI in 1987 where she worked at TV 7&4 until 2016. She is survived by her husband Dennis, three children-Benjamin, Josef and Anna as well as two grandchildren Harper Belle and Frankie Danger Hoxie, who all reside in Traverse City. Her sister Kathleen Caldwell ’67 (Bob) of Sioux Falls, SD, her brother Jon C. Kiley of San Antonio, TX, niece Mia Renville, grandnieces Monique Renville, Mary (Corey) Benson and Max of Sioux Falls, SD and Katie Kiley of Boston, MA; and grandnephews Zachaeus Shaw and Elliott Renville of Sioux Falls, SD. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Tom Kiley ’71 (died two months prior to Nancy), and infant son Alexander in 1985.


’73       Viola Crowell Carroll of Sioux Falls, died peacefully on October 12th while surrounded by her family. Vi was born on May 5, 1955 to Edward and Betty Crowell. She began working at Sioux Valley Hospital as a surgery technician. Within a few years Vi knew she wanted to be a nurse. Vi then went back to school and became a licensed Practical Nurse and resumed her career at Sioux Valley Hospital. In 1986, Vi again went back to school while working full time to work on her Registered Nurse degree. She graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1989. Vik retired from Sanford Health in 2007 due to health reasons. Viola married Jon Carroll in 1978 and had two children, Melissa (Chris) Breen and James Carroll. Preceding Vi in death were her parents, sister Amelia Rose ‘76 and brother Robert. Vi is survived by her husband, two children and one sister Cathy (Bruce) Finn ‘74 and several nieces and nephews. The family also recognizes Vi’s very good friend and caretaker, Connie Grassel. In her free time, Vi loved to spend time on the family’s boat on the Missouri River, where she enjoyed boating, swimming, tubing and fishing. Vi’s family was the utmost importance to her and seemed to create a special relationship with her niece, Angie and great nieces, Paige and Kaelie. Vi was a dedicated wife and mother who would do anything to support her husband, daughter, son and extended family.


’82       Joseph “Joe” McGuire, age 53, of Mitchell, SD, died Tuesday December 12, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.  Joseph Patrick McGuire was born in Baudette, MN on April 5, 1964 to Francis and Donna (Summers) McGuire. Almost from that day on, Joe was a man on the move. At six weeks, he left Baudette and lived in Colorado Springs and Denver, Colorado, as well as Sacramento and Riverside, California and Satellite Beach, Florida before moving to Sioux Falls, SD at the age of eleven.  He attended St. Mary’s grade school and graduated from O’Gorman High School in 1982.  He attended SDSU and served honorably in the United States Air Force.  His working life after his military service was chiefly in the trucking industry in Phoenix, AZ, Redfield, SD, Billings, MT, and Dallas, SD.  His generous spirit will help live on through the Iowa Donor Program. Grateful for sharing Joe’s life are his two sons, Matt (Brita) McGuire of Madison, SD, Andrew McGuire of Minneapolis, MN; his mother, Donna McGuire of Sioux Falls; special friend, Kay Urbigkit of Mitchell, SD; six grandchildren, Benjamin McGuire, Thomas McGuire, Nora McGuire (children of Matthew), Hallie McGuire, Lucas McGuire, Caius McGuire (children of Andrew); siblings, Timothy McGuire of Dublin, TX, Teresa Zuraff, and her husband, Tom, of Garretson, SD, Michael McGuire and his wife, Carina, of Lauderhill, FL, Kathleen (Rob Ahrens) Godfrey ‘87, of Sioux Falls, SD, Patricia Huizenga ’88 and her husband, Toby, of Harrisburg, SD and Mark McGuire, and his wife, Lisa, of Broken Arrow, OK; numerous nieces, nephews, additional relatives, and friends.


’86       Eugenie “Genie” Heller Krull, 49, passed away on October 18, 2017 in Sacramento, CA. She is survived by her son Tyler Krull, Sacramento, CA, father Eugene Heller, sister Laura (Terry) Larson ‘84, nieces Kathryn and Elisabeth, and nephew Nicholas all of Sioux Falls.  She is preceded in death by her mother Vivian Vaudreuil, and maternal grandparents Wilfrid and Aurore Vaudreuil, paternal grandmother Helen Washington Day. Genie was born in Philadelphia, PA and moved around until settling in Sioux Falls in 1980. Genie went on to college at the University of Minnesota, Morris and Mankato State University. Genie has spent the later part of her life in California. She loved it there, especially in San Diego, a favorite place of hers. She spent a lot of time being a “baseball” mom to Tyler. Tyler was the most important thing in her life. During this last year, Genie finally completed a dream of hers since high school, by writing her first novel. The production of her novel has not been completed as it was still in the editing stages, but nonetheless, she reached her dream. Genie was a wonderful mother, sister, aunt and friend. She will be missed by so many.



Maggie Barnett, wife of Lou ’42 (who died a week later); mother of: ten children: John ’67, Jim ’67, Margaret Hooton ‘68, Mary Catherine Zahller ‘69, Bob ‘70, Joe ‘71, Richard ‘73, Bill ‘75, Francis ’77 and Martha Lyons ‘81. Memorials in Maggie and Lou’s names may be directed to tuition assistance at Sioux Falls Catholic Schools, 3100 West 41st Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57105.

Myrna Headrick, mother of: Kenneth ‘65, Charles ‘67, Randall ‘72, and Dawn Headrick Quast, ’80.

Ed Simmons, husband of Colleen (Tracey) ’47; father of: James, Brian, Sheila and Monica; grandfather of 11; great-grandfather of 11; great-great grandfather of 1.

Fairy Bentz, wife of Gene, mother of Jay ’78, Gina ’80 and Nancy ’82.

Marilyn “Maxine” Hagan, mother of: Kathy Schultz ‘70, Maureen Sather ’75, Sheila Waring ‘80, Mike Hagan ‘69 and Pat Hagan, ‘73.

Geneva Hauck, mother of:  Denny Hauck ‘74, David Hauck ‘78, Judy Hauck ‘67, Bonnie Hauck ‘69, and Bernie Hauck Lyle ’76.

Gerry Bunkers, husband of Donna Bunkers; father of John Bunkers ‘82, Kelly Bunkers Thien ’83, Mike Bunkers ‘91 and Jeremy Bunkers ’99.

Vickie Marnach, wife of Michael; mother of Nicholas Marnach ’00 and Joseph Marnach ’02, and Rebecca Marnach Lundgren.

Fred Hendrickson, husband of Beverly, stepfather of Emerson Nordmark ’84.

Brian Edwin Connor, (former Cathedral and O’Gorman student), son of Sandra (Schwartzle) Connor ‘63 and the late Thomas Connor ’63, brother of: Erin Szabo ‘89, Wendy Harty, and Dan Connor.

Mark Crowley, husband of Kathleen (Dargen) Crowley ’67; father of Jay, Kim and Patty.

Pat Daw, mother of: Cynthia, ’73, Elizabeth, David, John, Sarah, and Jessica.



In the last issue of the R-U-KNIGHT-ER, we listed Patrice Banbury Tunge (sister of Annie Banbury, who passed away) as being from the Class of 1973. She is actually from the Class of 1967.  Our apologies.