Grace Kolb died June 23, 2017. She taught business at O’Gorman for over 30 years. She is survived by her children: Chip, Joe, Matt and Mary Clare; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Grace’s mom, Mildred Seubert Vandel (deceased), was a ‘35 Cathedral graduate.
Dorcas Pillar, mother of: Randall Pillar ’68, Thomas Pillar ’70, Julie Curry ’73, Mary Wesnoski ’75, Theresa Standish ’79, and Joe S. Pillar ’83. She taught school at St. Lambert’s for 10 years, and worked for many years as a secretary for the O’Gorman guidance counselors.
’31 William Frederick “Bill” Schlotter passed away on October 22, 2016 in White Lake, MI just three weeks shy of his 103rd birthday. He was born to Frederick William Schlotter and Teresa (Rooth) Schlotter. Bill embodied all the exceptional values of the Greatest Generation: humility, grit, reliability, conviction… faith… hope and love! His legacy will live on forever. On May 13, 1940 in Oakley, Minnesota, Bill married Mary Louise Umhoefer. They were united in marriage for 62 years, before Mary Lou’s death in 2003. Until the Great Depression, Bill attended the South Dakota School of Mines and later received his Aeronautical Degree from Ryan Aircraft. With an early interest in flying, Bill learned to fly before you needed a license later earning his pilot’s license from 1938-1976. During WW II, Bill worked for Stinson Aircraft in Wayne, MI then later with Aeronca Aircraft in Middletown, Ohio as an engineer, contract negotiator and marketing manager for 30 years. He served as president of Aeronca Employee Credit Union for fifteen years and was on the Middletown Chamber of Commerce Industrial Council. He proudly volunteered as a driver for the Red Cross for over 25 years. Scouting was always an interest of Bill’s; he volunteered for 35 years and received scouting’s highest award Silver Beaver in 1963 and St. George Award in 1970. After his retirement from Aeronca in 1976, Bill and Mary Lou took many road trips across the United States mostly on their way to visit family. Bill always had his clubs ready for a game of golf. He received many awards for his pottery. A piece of his pottery was given to each grandchild as a wedding gift. Bill was a devout Catholic being a lifetime member of Knights of Columbus. He is survived by his children: Mary, Josephine, and Fred; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Bill was preceded in death by his beloved wife Mary Louise, and his sister Marie Schlotter Fitzgerald ‘29.
’35 Charles T. Dougherty died peacefully at the Hospice House in Sarasota, FL on Feb. 26, 2016 at the age of 98. He was born in Rock Lake, ND, where he spent his early childhood. His family then moved to Sioux Falls. After Cathedral, he went on to Notre Dame. After college he went to St. Louis, MO where he met a woman named Dolores. They were later married and spent 66 years together. Shortly after they married, he was drafted and served during WWIIl. He was an infantry captain seeing combat in Italy. When he returned home from the service he and his wife went to Toronto where he got his PhD from the University of Toronto. They returned to St. Louis where he began his teaching career in English at St. Louis University for 22 years. He then left for the Univ. of Missouri. (St. Louis), teaching there for 19 years until he retired in 1982. They enjoyed traveling many different places throughout the country. They moved to Sarasota in 1984. He became very active in the church as well as the St. Vincent DePaul Society. He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years. Surviving members of the family include two sons, James and his wife Diana of Sarasota, and Thomas of Chicago. He had six grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
’38 Mary “Esther” Anderson Edwards died Nov. 28 at Heartfelt Manor. She was 96. Esther had been a Roswell, NM resident since 2005, when she and her late husband, David, moved from Sioux Falls to be near their daughter, Renee (Edwards) Swickard ‘64, and to play golf year round. She was born March 10, 1920, in Garretson, S.D., to Hans “Gus” and Mary Martin Andersen. Esther worked at Fenn’s Candy Co. in Sioux Falls for 30 years, starting after graduating from Cathedral. She later worked for the Sioux Falls Argus-Leader. Esther met Joe Edwards at a dance at the Arkota Ballroom in Sioux Falls in 1944. The couple married on Nov. 12, 1945. They continued dancing every Saturday night throughout most of their married life. Besides dancing, they shared a passion for golf, playing almost every day throughout the year in Roswell. Esther regularly played golf until she was 90 years old. Esther and Joe also loved playing cards and hosting parties for their friends. Joe preceded her in death in 2011. From 1981 until 2005, Esther and Joe spent each winter in Roswell, commuting from South Dakota in October and returning each April in time to plant their summer garden. Esther canned produce from the garden and brought it to Roswell. Her daughter and granddaughter coveted her canned tomatoes and returned the empty jars to be refilled the following year. She is survived by one daughter, Renee ’64, and husband Jack; one grandson, Derek Swickard, and his wife, Amber; one granddaughter, Meredith Haws, and husband, Paul, of Albuquerque; and six great-grandchildren, Ceressa Swickard, Machala Swickard, Raquel Swickard, Taylor Laux, Teryn Laux and Torrance Laux. Her sister, Lucille Andersen McGuire ‘36, preceded her in death.
’42 Audrey Hurley Perich passed peacefully into Our Lord’s Arms on April 8, 2017. Her husband of 60 years, John Matich Perich, waited in Heaven for her after his departure on August 27, 2016. Momma was a Christmas baby, born December 25, I924 to M. Irene (Eystad) Hurley and Arthur Hurley. She grew up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and attended parochial school. Audrey had two siblings, brothers: Kay Hurley and Williard Hurley. Both met untimely deaths at young ages: Kay (Age 27 – drowning) Willard (Age 43 – heart attack). Momma moved to Denver in 1952 and roomed with dear friends Marney Hines and Dorothy Alm. She worked for the V.A. Hospital but ultimately retired from the Colorado State Patrol. Audrey met her lifemate and husband, John, at a Cathedral Club Dance in Denver in 1954. They were married at the Catholic stone church in Evergreen, CO in 1956 and honeymooned at Mount Rushmore. Audrey was 92 and had a rich, long life. She loved “fresh” black coffee, cooking fudge, making amazing meatloaf with potato salad, home decorating, crossword puzzles, reading, watching movies at home but, most of all, her FAMILY. She is survived by three daughters: Jami Rose, Meryl MaryKay, and Greta Michelle; seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Audrey adored her in-home caregivers and treated them as cherished daughters.
’44 Helen Lorraine Toomey Walsh, ‘Lorraine’ age 90 of Rosemount passed away July 18, 2017 at the Trinity Memory Suites in Farmington. She is survived by her loving children, Joseph, Constance (Bruce) White, Michael (Mary), Lawrence (Shannon), Mary Ann (Willard) Austin, Karen (George) Crossland, James (Linda), Barbara Walsh, Paul (Mary), John ‘Jack’, and Colleen (Tim) Sullivan; 17 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; siblings, Jerry Toomey ’51, Mike Toomey ’59 and Sheila (Bill) Toomey Olson ’55; nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends. Helen is preceded in death by her husband, Gerald; her sisters, Mary Toomey Strofus ’62 and Sharon Toomey Holerud ’55 and sister-in-law, Chris Toomey.
’44 Robert E. Forrette, (Bob) passed away peacefully on May 15, 2017 in Albuquerque, NM. He was born on May 6, 1926 in Sioux Falls, SD to Paul and Pearl Forrette. After Cathedral, he entered the V-12 Navy College Training Program, ultimately receiving his baccalaureate degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Iowa State in Ames, IA. He was employed by multiple firms in California, specializing in turbine engines. He enjoyed working on the Stealth Bomber, Saturn V, Boeing 707, F5 Fighter, and the Space Shuttle. He also taught Aerospace Science and Engineering classes at UC (Davis). Bob raised four children with his first wife, Lisa, who passed away in 1981. He married his high school classmate, Theresa Fischer Skelly ’44, in May of 1999, but she passed away the following December. Bob was an avid reader and writer of Old Westerns. He loved jazz, sports, hunting and fishing, and returned to South Dakota when possible to join family and friends for these outings. Bob was interred with Lisa at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, CA, where he received Navy Honors. He is survived by his son, Robert Paul Forrette, daughters Lisa Marie Forrette and Jeanne Bowden; his sister, Marilyn Forrette Barnett ‘49 and many grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
’44 Anna Erger Anderson died June 3, 2017, at the Avera Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls. Anna, daughter of George and Edna (Schlotterbeck) Erger, was born February 4, 1926 in Worthing, SD. Early on the family moved to Sioux Falls where Anna would live the rest of her life. She attended Cathedral High School until the death of her father when she got a job to help support the family. She was united in marriage to Darrel Anderson on July 11, 1949 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Sioux Falls. They were blessed with four children, Thomas, Bradley, Vickie, and Cathy. Some of her hobbies included stamping and card making. She was an amazing cook and was well known by those close to her for her baked goods. She was a loving grandmother and great grandmother who very much enjoyed spending time with her loving family. A selfless individual, she always put others before herself. She was a member of St. Lambert Catholic Church, and a past member of the Cathedral of St. Joseph, and St. Therese Catholic Church all in Sioux Falls. She was a lifetime member of the VFW Auxiliary and the Women of the Moose. She was a member of the TOPS. Left to cherish her memory are her children, Tom (Carol) Anderson, Vickie Peters, and Cathy (special friend Gary Yttreness) Benson; eight grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and many close friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Darrel; son, Bradley; grandson, Tanner Benson; brothers, Lawrence, Richard, Vernon, and George; and sister, Mary Jane.
’46 Thomas Brown died in June. He graduated from Creighton Medical School and then interned at the LA County General Hospital. He later moved to private practice. His wife, Donna (Feyder ’46) preceded him in death. He is survived by his son, Jim, and his brother, Dan “Fritz” Brown, ’51. Tom’s daughter, Janie, also died in June.
’46 LeRoy “Bud” Donahoe, lifelong resident of Sioux Falls, SD, died September 30, 2017, in Sioux Falls. He was 90. LeRoy J. Donahoe was born May 7, 1927, in Sioux Falls, SD, to Roy and Irene (Mundt) Donahoe. LeRoy joined the US Navy on June 5, 1945, and served during WWII in Saipan and Guam. He received his honorable discharge from the Service on May 25, 1946. On April 5, 1948, LeRoy was united in marriage in Sioux Falls, SD, to Mary Lou Hanger. The couple made their home here, where LeRoy worked at Pete’s Texaco. In 1952, he began his decades-long career with the Sioux Falls Water Department. In 1983, LeRoy became the recipient of the V.L. Crusinberry Award for Civil Servant of the Year. He retired in 1987 as superintendent of water distribution. LeRoy enjoyed yardwork, bowling, woodworking, hunting, and was a member of the American Legion Post 15, a lifetime member of the VFW Post 628, and DAV. For twelve years, he and Mary Lou enjoyed wintering in Arizona. LeRoy’s loyalty, dedication, and sense of duty will be forever cherished. Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Mary Lou Donahoe, Sioux Falls SD; son, Jeff (Pam) Donahoe, Arlington, VA; daughter, Debra (Ed) Bornitz, Sioux Falls, SD; grandsons, Joe and Dan Donahoe, Arlington VA. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Marie ‘31, Agnes ‘33, Margie ‘36, Shirley ‘37 and Patty ‘46.
’48 Clarence Josten, age 88, passed away August 18, 2017. Born to Joseph and Marie (Henle) Josten on September 2, 1928, he lived his entire life in Sioux Falls. In the eighth grade he joined his father and brothers working at their family business, Josten Concrete Products. There he earned the nickname “Shorty” since he had to sit on pillows to see over the steering wheel to drive the trucks. He met his wife, Darlene Hustrulid while spending time with friends at the downtown Arkota Ballroom. On November 21, 1959, they were married. They had three children, Linda, Thomas and Sandra. He enjoyed flying his Cessna airplane, hunting pheasant, ducks and deer, fishing, and spending much treasured time traveling with his family, mostly in their motorhome, eventually visiting all fifty states as well as Canada and Mexico. He served three years in the Army National Guard. He was a charter member of St. Mary’s Church and the Westward Ho Country Club. He belonged to the Elks and the American Legion. In 1945, Josten Concrete Products became a licensee with the Wilbert Burial Vault Company, creating Josten Wilbert Vault Company. Clarence served as president of both companies, also serving on the board of the Wilbert Manufacturers Association for one term. He was a dedicated and hard-working role model for Wilbert, loved and respected by fellow licensees nationwide, who quickly became lifelong friends. In August 2015, he moved into Prince of Peace Retirement Center after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. His caretakers loved his smile and playful demeanor. Clarence is survived by his wife, Darlene; two daughters, Linda and Sandra; one son, Thomas (Valerie) Josten; two step-grandsons, Bobby Mitchell and Casey Mitchell; one step-granddaughter, Jyssica Mitchell (Derik) Laddusaw and their children, Bryton and Bryckyn; one niece, Ann Josten; one nephew, Doug (JoAnn) Josten and family, and many cousins and friends. He will be greatly missed! Clarence was preceded in death by two brothers, Arnold ‘38 and Walter ‘40; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy and Bette; and one niece, Pam Kleinbeck.
’48 Jerry Bollinger was listed in the last issue as deceased but his sister’s name was not included among the survivors. Maryalice Bollinger Searl ’53 also survives Jerry.
’50 Thomas Joseph Bakeberg died July 20, 2017. He was born August 16, 1931, in Dupree, SD to August and Josephine (Dowd) Bakeberg. Tom attended Dupree grade school for several years. Due to his father’s death, he later moved to Sioux Falls with his mother. Tom enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1951. He served in the Korean War conflict and was honorably discharged in 1953. Tom married Mary (Mitzi) Preston on April 1, 1954, in Sioux Falls where they raised six children. Tom attended college in Springfield, SD in 1957. In 1958, Tom started out distributing soda pop, snacks and beer with Beal Distributing. His 59-year career started out with Pepsi and later into Budweiser earning him the nickname the “Bud Man”. Tom enjoyed hunting, fishing, and his weekends on Brant Lake. He enjoyed dancing, playingcards and bean bags. He loved his pets and made sure they were well fed. Most of all, he was one to cook, socialize and just to be in the company of friends and family. Tom is survived by six children, Teresa Peterson ’73, Mike ’76 (Sharla) Bakeberg, Kim Bakeberg, Sue (Keith) Pike, Laurie (John) Nagel, Ann (Marty) Kutz; two brothers, Leo, and Bill ’51 (Betty) Bakeberg; a sister, Mary Ann Horton; eight grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife, Mitzi; his parents; a brother, John, a sister, Margaret Isherwood; and a son, Steven.
’52 Ron Fleming died May 24, 2017. Survived by his children, Mary Pat, Ted, Jeff, Ron and Barb; 19 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren; brothers: Pat ‘57, Jerry ‘57 and Mike ‘71; his sister, Shar Fleming Lamberty ‘54; many nieces, nephews and good friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy Morgan Fleming ’53; infant son, Benny; and his siblings: Joe ‘48, Jim ‘50 and Kathy ‘67.
’53 Mary Ann “Mickey” Leitheiser Henry died October of 2016. She was a retired data processor/systems analyst. Her husband Douglas preceded her in death.
’55 Kathleen Kirby McKenzie passed away at her home in Henderson, NV, on May 24, 2017, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was born on November 18, 1936 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She married the love of her life, Larry McKenzie, in 1959 in Sioux Falls where they began their married life. They moved to Atherton, CA, Las Vegas, NV, Eagle Point, OR, and back to Henderson, NV throughout their years together. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. Kathleen also claimed to have worked as a “Hooters Girl”, a claim that has never been substantiated. She was preceded in death by her husband Larry, her parents, Dan and Josephine Kirby, her brother Joe Kirby, and her grandson Zachary McKenzie. She is survived by her children: Jeanne (Dave) Freel, Julie and John McKenzie Mary Carbonar; eight grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren, and a cousin, Josephine Brown Pedersen.
’55 Joan O’Hora Wiering, age 78 of Larchwood, IA, died on September 21, 2016. Joan Marie Wiering was born September 30, 1937 John and Veronica O’Hora and grew up in Hartford, SD. On August 10, 1957 she married James Wiering at St. Joseph’s Cathedral. She and Jim farmed near Larchwood for 39 years. Joan had a very strong work ethic and was always Jim’s right hand “man”. She will be remembered as a wonderful cook and baker. She had an extensive recipe book collection and her family was treated to many delicious meals and desserts over the years. The Christmas season was extra special to Joan and she always had the house and Christmas trees decorated beautifully. Cookie and candy making, especially pecan nut roll and caramels, were her specialty and she generously shared with family and friends. Joan loved the music of Daniel O’Donnell and they were able to see him in concert several times. She and Jim enjoyed dancing with the Shirts and Skirts square dancing group for many years. Joan and Jim also enjoyed taking trips over the years, especially to Disney World and the Alaskan cruise for their 50th wedding anniversary. But mostly, Joan loved her family. She loved family gatherings, attending her grandchildren’s sporting events, and following the Minnesota Twins, when they were winning. Her family will remember her as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Jim Wiering of Larchwood; daughters, Tami (Joe) Darst of Sioux Falls, SD, Miki (Kevin) Snyders of Larchwood, IA, and Sandra (Randy) Welbig of Colton, SD; son, Douglas (Tracey) Wiering of Cedar Falls, IA; seven grandchildren, Erin (Kelly) Harrer and their children, Zachary and Kaeden all of Lisbon, IA; Andrea (Dustin) Reutter and their children Corben, Hailey and Aubrey all of Marion, SD; Dustin (Lisa) Snyders of Chandler, AZ and their son, Tyson; Abby and Brady Welbig of Colton, SD; and Henry and Charles Wiering of Cedar Falls, IA; sisters, Joyce Olson of Omaha, NE and Jean (Don) Mischel of Barstow, CA; brother, Jim (Vicki Sportelli) O’Hora of Sioux Falls, SD; nieces, nephews and other extended family members.
’55 Denis Bruggeman, age 79, died on Sunday October 1, 2017 at his home. Denis Edward Bruggeman was born on October 7, 1937 in Sioux Falls, SD to John and Veronica (Quinlivan) Bruggeman. Following high school Denis honorably served in the United States Marine Corps. He then returned to South Dakota and continued his education at Augustana and USD. Denis was united in marriage with Sharon Kay Lemke, in June of 1960. From this union Denis and Sharon were blessed with four children: Denise, Stephen, Elise and Peter. Denis was united in marriage with Diane Swanson on February 2, 1978 in Sioux Falls, SD. From this union, Denis was blessed with a step son, Kyle Brunick. Denis first began working at John Morrell and Company in Sioux Falls in their graphic arts department. He then moved to Des Moines, IA and then the Twin Cities in MN selling bus advertisements. In 1969 Denis returned to Sioux Falls, SD and began working in sales with Modern Press (now CCL Label.) Denis retired in 2009 following over 43 years in the industry. Denis was a loving kind man with a charismatic personality. Above all he cherished spending time with his family and friends. Denis was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin and friend who will be greatly missed. Grateful for having shared his life are his wife Diane Bruggeman of Colton, SD; five children: Denise (Steve) Sundet, Sioux Falls, SD, Stephen (Krista) Bruggeman, Sioux Falls, SD, Elise (Casey) McGlaun, Palo Pinto, TX, Peter (Rhonda) Bruggeman, Harrisburg, SD and Kyle (Kristie) Brunick, Sioux Falls, SD; 13 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; sister, Mary (Ron) Plucker, Sioux Falls, SD; and a host of other relatives and friends. Denis is preceded in death by his parents, John & Veronica Bruggeman; three brothers, Clem ‘40, Clete ‘44 and Tom Bruggeman; and one granddaughter, Taylor Grace Brunick.
’55 Norma Eischen Hedin passed away at her home in Beverly Hills, Florida, on September 13th, 2017, during the power outages that occurred in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Norma Jean Eischen was born on November 17, 1937 in Cherokee, IA, the daughter of George and Harriet Gordon Eischen. She attended grade school in Cleghorn, IA. The family moved to a farm near Sioux Falls, SD, in 1948. Norma graduated from Cathedral High School in Sioux Falls in 1955, then attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls, followed by Mount Marty College in Yankton, SD. She earned an associate degree in education, and began teaching elementary school in Castlewood, SD. Norma was united in marriage to Leroy S. Hedin on June 24th, 1958, at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Sioux Falls. The couple moved to Chicago where she began a career as a secretary, first at Torres Import-Export Company, then at Stepan Chemical Company, where she served as an executive secretary for several years. While at Stepan, she obtained certification as a paralegal, contributing to her advancement. The Hedins moved to Beverly Hills, Florida, in 1985. Norma worked for the Citrus County Sheriff’s Department from 1989 to 1999, in the Emergency Operations Center. The Eischen-Gordon family was a musical one, inspired by a talented matriarch. Norma played accordion and taught lessons in her pre-college days, and met her future husband while on a weekly trip to Centerville, SD, to teach. Church involvement was an important value. At Our Lady of Grace parish, Norma was active in study groups, fundraising events, and the Council of Catholic Women. She was an avid golfer, loved to travel and read, and enjoyed membership in book clubs. Norma is survived by her husband, Roy, her brother Paul (Sharon) in Sioux Falls, her brother Donald in Mexico, her sister Patti Eischen Voigt ’64 in Sioux Falls, four nieces, five nephews, and her precious cat, Abby. She was a beloved spouse, sister, aunt, and friend. She left a legacy of devotion to others, unwavering support of family and friends, and commitment to the highest principles, formed by her religious beliefs and Midwestern upbringing. The lives of all those who knew Norma were enriched by her compassionate integrity and dignity.
’56 Ken Gullickson, son of Kenneth and Alice (Krall) Gullickson, was born December 11, 1938 in Pipestone, MN and departed this life on May 17, 2017 at the age of 78. Ken was a member of Our Lady of the Cove Catholic Church of Kimberling City, MO and the American Legion. He had worked in sales for NCR Corp. He enjoyed fishing, pheasant hunting, a good game of cards, and of course playing golf. He also enjoyed black licorice, homemade jerky and an occasional cold beer. He had a heart of gold and a wickedly dry sense of humor. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Joan (Fischenich ‘56) Gullickson of Branson West, MO; two sons, Jeffery Gullickson and wife Mary Beth, and Robert Gullickson and wife, Cynthia; daughters, Julie Gullickson and husband Robert Bradshaw, and Rebecca Todd and husband, Trou; his brother, William Gullickson and wife, Kathy; his sister, Judith Gullickson ‘66; many grandchildren and a host of other family and friends. Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, James Gullickson ‘58.
’57 Virginia Staudenmaier Lovett passed away July 1, 2017. Virginia was born to Ambrose and Inez (Christopherson) Staudenmaier in Sioux Falls, on August 19, 1939. She grew up in Dell Rapids, SD, and on Sioux Falls’ North End. She studied at Nettleton College. She married Jack Lovett on February 13th, 1960. With Jack, she was a 55-year member of Christ the King Parish in Sioux Falls. They celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary in February of this year and epitomized for their children, grandchildren, and friends the holy sacrament of marriage. Virginia worked at Sunshine Grocery store, her dad’s cafe (Stogie’s), and Equitable of Iowa Insurance Company (continuing to help out at her dad’s restaurant over her lunch breaks) before devoting her full attention to raising her and Jack’s four children and to leading a life of service to her church, family, and community. Later in life, she worked for Gibson greeting card company in Sioux Falls, a fitting job as she was well known for sending greeting cards to mark significant occasions in the lives of many friends and family. Virginia’s caring for others did not stop with sending greeting cards. She volunteered extensively at her children’s schools, as a Cathedral Alum, and as a member of La Sertoma. Virginia was inducted into the O’Gorman/Cathedral Alumni Hall of Fame for Excellence in Service in 1987 and earned the International La Sertoman of the year award for 1989-90. When something needed to be done, Virginia took on coordinating and organizing roles for everything from her daughters’ brownie troops, her son’s softball team (BIX), and her class and all-school reunions, to O’Gorman fundraisers (the Extravaganza), the “Silver Bullets” team of envelope stuffers for U.S. representative Kristi Noem, and the Sioux Falls Catholic Schools Certificate Program. She was especially fulfilled by her service to Christ the King Church, serving as a Eucharistic Minister and volunteering to prepare countless bowls of soup, pies, and other dishes. Virginia was passionate about all of her grandchildren’s athletic, musical, and extracurricular activities, as well as gardening, feeding birds, fishing, Minnesota Twins baseball, music, and food. She was a wonderful cook (especially of tacos) and a great lover of cake and anything that would be served at a picnic. Virginia was accommodating in everything she did, following in the footsteps of Christ and His mother Mary, putting the needs of others before her own, a genuine sweetheart. Grateful for having shared her life are her husband: Jack; her children: Jackie (Larry A.) Kasten ‘80; Laura Aasen ‘81; and Jeannette (Mike) Coleman ‘83; son: Steven (Shannon) Lovett ‘92; eleven grandchildren, many of who are O’Gorman graduates; a great-granddaughter, Avery Ataiyan; four siblings: Charles (Brigitte) Staudenmaier ‘55, Bill (Beth) Staudenmaier, Tom (Barb) Staudenmaier, and Charlotte (Roland) Schwab; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Herb Staudenmaier; and sister, Margaret Pickart. Memorials may be directed in Virginia’s name to the Sioux Falls Catholic Schools, 3100 W. 41st Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57105.
’57 Jeanine Lucille Boos toasted with her final highball on July 17 in San Diego, California. Jeanine was born and raised in Sioux Falls and attended the Cathedral of Saint Joseph and its schools. Determined to make her own way, at 19 years old she boarded a bus for Los Angeles, where she worked as a nurse’s aide at Saint Francis Hospital and met Tommy King, whom she married. She was a devoted mother to their children, James, Debra and Brett, and was known by everyone she met as open-hearted and irreverent – often bawdy – and wholly generous. She endowed her children with good character and taught them to value hard work, strength, and the pursuit of a better world. She also gave them the invaluable gifts of heart and humor. She will be missed by them and by her grandchildren, Jacob, Baxter, Arlo James, Tad Maxwell, Bailey and Isabel, as well as her daughters-in-law, Britt and Lori; her surviving sister, Judy Boos Carrillo ’59; nieces, nephews and friends. She now dances with the angels and with her beloved David.
’63 Jane Paa Griffith, 71, of Elkader, Iowa passed away suddenly on January 20, 2017 at her home in Elkader, IA. Jane Elizabeth (Paa) Griffith was born March 23, 1945, to Joseph and Catherine Paa. Jane completed degrees in Child Development and Family Relations and Home Economics Education from SD State University in 1968. She married Robert Griffith in 1967. Jane and Bob lived in Elkader the first three years after college. During those years Jane began her teaching career, teaching first kindergarten and later high school home economics at Central Community Schools. The couple then moved to DeWitt, IA for six years where Jane continued to teach home economics and began raising their children. Jane and Bob returned to Elkader in 1978 to purchase the Clayton County Register which they continued to publish for over 20 years. She was quietly generous with her time and resources and remained a teacher her entire life. Whether volunteering at church, Elkader preschool, PEO, the Opera House, or one of the many other organizations with which she was involved, she taught by example. Jane was willing to take charge and ensure a project was completed correctly. Jane was a dedicated member of St. Joseph Catholic Church with roles within the church included: guild president and later guild purchasing agent, chair of the annual church dinner, CCD teacher, organizing and serving meals at CEW retreats, lector, Eucharistic minister and Eucharistic minister coordinator. In addition to Jane’s active work within the St. Joseph community, she served on the Elkader City Council, the Elkader Zoning Board of Adjustment, and Elkader Pre-school Board. She was an active Main Street Elkader promoter and was once named Volunteer of the Year. For many years Jane was a member of PEO chapter BZ and held multiple offices and responsibilities within the sisterhood. One of her favorite ways to share her sewing skills was through the Opera House Players; she never turned down the challenge of turning a costume ‘vision’ into reality. Jane’s many friendships developed through her civic and church involvement. Some of her favorite activities were shopping trips, birthday breakfasts, and Fit-N-Flex exercise class at the Elkader Fitness Center. If you asked her, Jane would probably say the best part of exercise class was the coffee afterward. After her grandchildren joined the family they became the focus of Jane’s life. Sewing Halloween costumes, baking cookies and shopping for Christmas gifts evolved into some of her favorite Grandma ‘jobs’. She loved spending time with them and being an active part of their lives through cheering at sporting events, prom dress shopping, and – once she got an iPhone – sending many, many text messages full of grandmotherly love and wisdom. Survivors include her husband, Robert; children, Mary, Joseph and Katherine; 10 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother and sister-in-law, James ’55 and Kay Paa. Jane touched many lives during her time with us. While we will miss her terribly her legacy lives on through the lessons she taught us all. It’s now our responsibility to show her spirit in our words and deeds.
’64 David A. Wagner died September 5, 2017, in Sioux Falls, after a brief battle with cancer. He was born on November 16, 1946 in Lemmon, SD to Russell and Arlys Wagner. Dave attended school in Clear Lake, SD and his family moved to Sioux Falls following his junior year. Dave attended Sioux Falls College for two years, then enlisted in the US Air Force in 1966. He served in Vietnam and earned an Air Force Commendation Medal for his service. He was honorably discharged from the Air Force Reserve in 1972. He was later a member of the American Legion and the VFW. Dave married Valerie Forst in 1974. He was a truck driver for most of his career, driving for MCT, Dan Dugan, T&R Electric and retired from Ruan. He earned many safe driving awards over the years. Dave had eclectic interest through his lifetime. He enjoyed cooking, technology, travel, target shooting, Tae Kwon Do, and wood working, but perhaps most of all, he enjoyed learning. He took classes in cooking and most recently was experimenting with a new bread machine. Dave completed computer courses at Southeast Area Technical Institute in the 1990’s and was an earlier adopter of most new technologies. From Go Pros to Apple TV he enjoyed new gadgets and in many ways lived a truly digital life. He traveled to Europe, Central America and enjoyed various trips to Mexico. He chronicled his travels with wonderful photo albums. He rode motorcycle and took many trips around the area and to New Mexico. Dave was recently taking classes in wood working and made beautiful wooden pens and bowls. He studied Spanish for many years and had an appreciation for foreign language and culture. Dave completed a “Conversational Vietnamese” course while he was in the Air Force. At times, Dave would discuss the diminished level on service he encountered at businesses and stores over the years and offer suggestions on improvements, usually with the conclusion of “but what do I know, I’m just a trucker.” To those of us who knew and loved him he was much more, a friend, a neighbor, a brother and an all-around good guy. Survivors include his brothers, Timothy ’67, Brad ‘77, and Neal ‘78; nieces, Stacy and Kelly; and nephew, Phillip. He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Arlys.
’66 Steven Donahue passed away Friday August 11, 2017. Steven R. Donahue was born in Sioux Falls, SD on June 19, 1948 to Wayne and Maurine Donahue. Steve attended the University of South Dakota, graduating in 1969 with a B.A. in Art Education. Steve married his high-school sweetheart, LaJean Cero in June of 1969. In the fall of 1969, Steve joined the family business, Donahue Furniture Company, where he worked and managed Donahue’s Furniture in downtown Sioux Falls. Upon his retirement, Steve enjoyed spending time sailing, golf and traveling. He spent his summers in Sioux Falls and winters in St. Augustine, FL. Grateful for having shared his life are his daughters, Laurie (Kevin) Lienhard ‘89, Sioux Falls, Nicole (Jason) Pangle ‘95, Orlando, FL; his grandson William; step-children, Kelli Clemetson ‘95, and Nicolle Clemetson ‘00, of Portland, OR; his siblings, John P. (Judy) Donahue ‘67, Valerie (Doug) Weinzetl ‘73, Sioux Falls, and Leanne Adams, Columbia, MO; along with several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. His parents, brother Wayne and sister Sherrie Sturm preceded him in death.
’66 Sara Sall Rikansrud died July 6, 2017. She wrote her own beautiful obituary. “Hi, Sara here. I just wanted to tell a little about my life as it is not made up of just dates, but experiences, loves, failures and hope. I was born the third child of Erden Aldrich and Dale Sall on February 7, 1948. Growing up I never lacked for love and friendship. There was always something to do and childhood rushed by. On to school at Cathedral, O’Gorman, SDSU, USD and graduating in 1971 with majors in English and history, and minors in art, Spanish and anthropology…and all in four years! On to traveling with best friends Sharon Dolittle and Connie Wong, first to west coast, California, Oregon and Washington, working our way across the country waitressing, field work picking raspberries and cherries. So many adventures to share, so much fun! Next on to east coast via Toronto finally ending up in Burlington, Vermont. Sharon and I worked at a Travel Lodge and Connie played guitar and sang at our favorite pub. This adventure lasted about 9 months, we were homesick so Sharon and I packed our bags and headed home in a 1961 Ford with no first gear or reverse and a hole in the back floor, but we made it! Back in Sioux Falls I met and married my husband of 22 years, Doug Rikansrud. We farmed near Canton for 7 years starting our family and having two beautiful children, Nathan and Leah. What joy they were to us. When the kids left for college, I moved to Sioux Falls where I found a career at SVH for 31 years in cardiovascular and medical records. Still keep those friendships today. Meanwhile, grand kids on the way with twin girls to Leah, Olivia and Ella, and a beautiful grandson Colbin to Nathan. More grand kids on the way with Tavin and Hudson and soon to be Beau. Remember to try and keep these kids grounded but ready for all the adventures life has for them. I know they come from a secure base. I feel I’ve always been blessed during my life with wonderful family and friends. I’ve always trusted in the Lord to see me though, so for now I say goodbye and I love you all so much! We will meet again. Don’t be sad when you think of me, but rather celebrate all the good times, shared memories and lift a glass now and again to our love and friendship. Remember, when you stop and look around, this life is pretty amazing! I am survived by my two wonderful brothers, Doug (Mary) Sall, and Steve (Lisa) Sall and my beautiful sister Joan Monka and my dear brother in law Jim Nelson. Also surviving me are my children Nathan (Katie) Rikansrud and Leah Rikansrud and my 6 grandchildren Olivia, Ella, Colbin, Tavin, Hudson and Beau. My two beloved sisters, Nicky Nelson ‘63 and Mary (Bob) Chermela ‘67 preceded me and are waiting for me. So for now, I love you all!” After a courageous, determined battle with cancer, Sara passed peacefully on Thursday July 6, 2017. Heaven’s gates were wide open for our beautiful Angel!
’67 Patricia Turco McEntee passed away July 16, 2017. Patricia was born February 16th, 1949 to Carl and Bernice (Turgeon) Turco in Sioux Falls, SD. She was the beloved wife of Michael McEntee since March 13th, 1995. Patricia grew up on the North End of Sioux Falls. She was a proud graduate of O’Gorman High School and studied at Sioux Falls College and the University of Iowa. Patricia served at NorthWestern Bell for twenty eight years before retiring in 1993. After retiring, Patricia looked for work in the area she truly enjoyed-the kitchen. Patricia worked as the kitchen manager and cook for O+Gorman High School for several years, followed by working as the cook for Bishop Paul Swain as well as catering for groups and meetings within the Diocese of Sioux Falls. Since the onset of fibromyalgia in the early 1980’s, Patricia’s abilities to garden, camp, hunt, and swim have been limited. She has enjoyed being able to fish, play games, and take care of her beloved family. She has worn many hats as wife, mother, grandmother, friend, chauffer, laundress, chef, and dishwasher. She will be remembered for her careful attention to the wants, needs and well-being of others. If you needed a friend in your corner, you could always count on Patricia to be there for you. She was a loving daughter, sister, friend, aunt, godmother, mother, wife and grandmother and was committed to remembering details of the lives of her family and friends. She was passionate about food of all varieties, a passion shared with her loved ones. Grateful to have shared her life are her loving spouse Michael A. McEntee; her daughter Méshael K. Herriges-Davis ’87; her grandchildren, Jessica Davis-Heard and Josiah Davis; her family, and friends. Patricia was predeceased by her parents and her sister Sandra Ann Turco-VanderWoude ‘58.
’67 Paul Gubbels passed away peacefully December 13, 2015, in Appleton, WI, surrounded by his family. He was born on November 2, 1948, in Sittard, the Netherlands. His family immigrated to the United States in 1955, entering through Ellis Island and arriving in Larchwood, IA, before settling in Sioux Falls, SD, several years later, where Paul attended O’Gorman High School. Although he didn’t technically graduate from O’Gorman, he always considered himself a part of the O’G Class of 1967. When his family returned to Europe in 1964 and moved to Bamberg, Germany, Paul struck out on his own at age 16. Highlights of his time in Germany included starring as guitarist and singer for The Henchmen (a band popular with American GIs) and first cultivating his lifelong love for German beer and cuisine. Upon returning to the United States, Paul settled in Appleton, WI, where he enrolled at Lawrence University under the guidance of friends Bill & Martha Siekman. His academic career was interrupted by the Vietnam War draft, he served honorably in the United States Army for 2 years. While stationed near Seoul, South Korea, Paul became interested in photography and Tae Kwon Do, where he earned a black belt. Following his discharge, Paul resumed his studies at Lawrence, completing a Bachelor’s degree in psychology (Class of 1975). Paul married Sandra Wagner on September 11, 1976, in a lovely ceremony held in Doty Park. He was the first employee hired at Neenah-based Plexus Corp., then a small startup company, where he led the sales division for 25 years. He recently retired from Appleton’s Surface Mount Technology Corporation (SMT). Paul was a committed family man who loved watching his children grow and enjoyed doting on his little grandson, Mingus. He and Sandy began homeschooling their 4 sons in 1984, an adventure that allowed the entire family to enjoy extended educational travels across the country. In his free time, Paul enjoyed exploring the outdoors, tending to his impeccably manicured lawn, and spending his summers swimming and waterskiing at the lakeside family cottage in Vilas County. He coached his sons in intramural soccer and basketball, and was an active participant in local theater, enjoying turns as a cast member for such Riverside Players productions as The Music Man, Oliver, The King & I, and Auntie Mame. His interest in photography eventually led him to assemble his own darkroom, while a love for music spanned his entire life, whether he was expressing himself on the guitar, piano, and accordion, or singing in community choirs and in front of local congregations. Paul will be especially remembered by his family as a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend. Paul is survived by his wife of 40 years, Sandra; 4 sons, Jason (Jane), Michael (Shawna), Richard (Adina), and Benjamin; a grandson, Mingus; mother, Mary; 2 brothers, Peter (Shelly) and Anthony (Vicki); his sister, Elizabeth (Larry); and Paul’s many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Paul was preceded in death by his daughter, Julie Marie; a niece, Vicky; and his father, Steven.
’68 Connie Myers Presley died in June. No services were held.
’68 Nancy Wallner Anderson of Windsor, CO, passed away July 15, 2017. Nancy graduated from the University of Minnesota – Duluth with a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Development. She worked at the Duluth School district for the Lincoln Park K-6 HeadStart program. On Oct. 14, 1972, she married Loren Anderson in Sioux Falls. She was a member of the Fort Collins Unitarian Church. Nancy loved gardening, cooking, and visiting family. She is survived by her husband, Loren Edward Anderson; daughters Megan Anderson and Kristan Anderson-Dow; one grandson, Elijah Dow; her siblings Michael ‘63, David, and Becky. Her parents, June and Jim (’40)Wallner, preceded her in death.
’70 Jane Ellen Schafer Walczak of Buffalo City, WI passed away August 24, 2017. She received a BS degree in English Literature from Northern State College, and a Master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Iowa. Jane’s lifelong love of books and libraries led her to find a niche as a medical librarian. Jane worked at St. Vincent Health Care in Billings, MT, and then as a member of the Medical College of Wisconsin worked at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, in Wauwatosa, WI. She also worked as the Clerk Treasurer of Buffalo City, WI, and as Copyright Compliance Coordinator at the St. Mary’s Press, in Winona, MN. She met and married Pete Walczak, and lived in the Town of Waukesha, WI, with their three labs. They moved to Buffalo City and welcomed another lab, Boone. Jane loved books, puzzles, camping, fishing and boating on the BIG River, the small town hospitality, the beautiful bluffs surrounding them, and the Packers. Jane was preceded in death by her parents, and sister, Sandy Achenbach ‘69. Jane will be sadly missed by Pete, her brother Larry Schafer ’66, his family, other relatives, many great friends, and their beloved lab, Boone.
’71 Daniel Vincent Bade, age 64, died May 13, 2017. Dan was born on November 17, 1952 in Casper, WY to Cecil and Sophie Bade. Dan earned his Heating and Air Conditioning Technical Degree in Mitchell, SD. He married Linda Geppert on May 27, 1978 at the Cathedral and they were happily married for over 38 years. Dan worked in the heating and air conditioning industry for over 40 years, including starting his own business – Bade Sheet Metal – in 1995. Dan was an active member of the Cathedral his entire life. He had a passion and love for collecting and restoring older models of cars and motorcycles, and enjoyed and cherished family traditions, including celebrating holidays and going to the family farm for pheasant hunting. He looked forward to annual travels with his beloved wife and dear friends. Wednesday nights were especially important as that was “Safety Meeting” night at Dan’s shop. Dan took great interest in history and you could often find him watching the History Channel or reading a history book. Dan had great pride in being a handyman. He enjoyed fixing things around the house and helping his daughter with her new house. Dan was the definition of a family man, husband and friend. He wasn’t the most outgoing guy, but in his quiet way he accumulated many friends throughout the years. You could always find him nodding his head, chuckling, and smiling. Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Linda; his daughter, Jennifer Bade ‘04; two brothers: Brian (Sandy) Bade ‘60, and Greg Bade; two brothers-in-law: Tom (Renee) Geppert and Dan (Dawn) Geppert; three sisters-in-law: Brenda (Ron) Dominiack, Jackie (Kent) Anderson and Nancy (Bryan) Knock; 15 nieces and nephews; honorary daughter, Amy (Brett) Andersen and their son, Augie. Dan is preceded in death by his parents: Cecil and Sophie Bade; two brothers: Robert and Bruce; two sisters-in-law: Kay Bade and Lori Bade; father-in-law and mother in-law, Ernest and Elna Geppert.
’72 Joseph Victor Huff died August 19, 2017 in Sioux City after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Joe was born in Vallejo, CA to Joseph and Mary Huff. Joe graduated the University of Sioux Falls in 1976. On June 13, 1987 he married the love of his life, Carol Tiede in Parkston. Joe had a multi-faceted career in transportation working for several companies in Texas and then in Sioux City from 1983 to 2003. He then worked in customer service for Suter Services from 2003 to 2011. He then moved to residential install coordinator with Suter from 2011 to 2012. Joe’s final job was his favorite – driving a bus for Siouxland Regional Transit System where he loved the opportunity to serve all who had needs from the very young to old. For Joe this was a ministry. His motto was: If his clients were not smiling when they got on his bus they would be smiling when they got off! Joe “Raised Heaven” wherever he went! Joe was a long time member of Morningside Lutheran Church where he was a prayer warrior, part of the audio/visual team, leader of worship and creative arts and Care Core Ministry. Joe was so grateful for his pastors Darrin, Tom & Paul and his Morningside Lutheran Church family for their constant prayers, love and support. Joe would also want to thank all of his special neighbors, friends, co-workers and family for their love and care. And Joe would want to give a special thanks Dr. Wender and all the staff at June E. Nylen Cancer Center and Mercy Hospital who served him. Joe loved to hunt, fish, golf with his friends from church and attend car races with his buddies. He also had a love for classic cars where he was able to fulfill his dream of owning a 1964 Chevelle SS. But what Joe loved most was just spending time with his beloved Carol! In February 2017 Joe celebrated 19 years of sobriety. In his final 9 weeks at Mercy hospital Joe ministered to everyone he came in contact with. Joe never met a stranger and never forgot a name. Joe had great joy in serving others. He will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him. Death did not have the final word. Jesus did when he said “I am the resurrection and the life, he who believes in me though he shall die, yet shall he live.” Joe was preceded to heaven by his mother Mary Huff and his brother in law Patrick Hayes. Joe is survived by his wife Carol, his father Joseph Huff, Sioux Falls, SD; his sisters Marilee Kontz ‘74, Sioux Falls¸SD; Vicki Hayes ‘83, Sioux Falls, SD; Michele (Ken) Rausch ‘84, Fargo, ND; His brother and sister in law Robert and Sherry Tiede, Plano, TX and numerous nieces and nephews.
’72 Elizabeth Walsh Payson passed away on July 22, 2017 in Scottsdale, AZ after a heroic battle with cancer. Beth was the fifth child of Alice and G. F. Walsh of Sioux Falls, S.D. born on Jan. 18, 1954 in Fargo, ND. She attended the University of South Dakota. She later met Cliff Payson, who became her husband on July 17th, 1976. The Paysons lived in Sioux Falls and Centerville, S.D. where they were involved in business and banking. Their children were born during those busy years – Christina, Bill and Dan. Opportunities in Scottsdale made relocation to Arizona a reality in 1985. Beth had great energy and enthusiasm for any activity that their family was involved in, whether school and church activities or sporting events. Her career also included managing retail, sales and dental offices. One of her greatest abilities was how to be a good friend to so many people who came into her life–and stayed year after year. Beth’s annual Christmas coffee grew every year! The most important new people that Beth celebrated were her grandchildren – Brogan, Cal and Avery. She was preceded in death by her parents Alice and G.F. Walsh, a sister Mary Jo Walsh, step mother Dolores Walsh and step-brother Bill Graham. Survivors include Cliff Payson, her husband of 41 years and children Christina Payson, Dan Payson (Mallory & Avery), and Bill Payson (Melissa, Cal & Brogan); also family members: Tom (Kathy) Walsh ’66, Pam (Tom) Fritz ’68, Debbie (Steve) Purtell ’69, Cindy Walsh ’70, Sister Meg Walsh ’76, John (Eileen) Walsh ’78, Sandy Graham, and Carol (Harlan) Knutson. There are also numerous nieces and nephews who will also miss the ‘Chosen One’!
’74 Blythe Donahue Smith passed away on August 1, 2017. She will be deeply missed by many. Blythe was born on May 15, 1956 to Wayne and Sallie Donahue. She received her bachelor degree in social work from Montana State University in 1978. She met the love of her life Roger Smith. They were married on May 25, 1979. She went back to school and got her bachelor degree in special education. She taught for several years at the Children’s Home Society. She started and ran Your House for Coffee. She was an artist and helped raise money for several charities. Her talents also extended into many other areas. She was a longtime member of AA and helped countless people gain their sobriety. She is survived by her husband, Roger Smith; one brother, Wayne Donahue (Peggy), her sister, Shelley Donahue Johnson ‘77 (Mark), her sister, Faith Donahue Mills ‘82 (Rob); mother-in-law, Louise Smith, brother-in-law, Richard Smith, sister-in-law Karen Cross (Ray), sister-in-law, Nancy Giere (David), sister-in-law, Linda Smith, along with many nieces and nephews.
’80 Jeffry Reetz died unexpectedly on June 24, 2017 in Hemet, CA. He was preceded in death by his father and mother Robert and Betty Reetz, his sister Vickie Reetz ’65. He is survived by his sisters Barbara (Tom) Staudenmaier ‘64, of Rogers, Arkansas; Catherine Reetz ’68 of California, and Nancy (Bill) Winness ’73 of Sioux Falls. Jeff devoted most of his adult life taking care of his mother. He enjoyed writing poetry and short stories. He loved to visit friends at Starbucks in Hemet. He was a very modest individual who loved his family. He will certainly be missed by his sisters
’81 Dean Stich passed away peacefully at home on September 23rd in Mesa AZ at the age of 54. Dean had a zest for life. In his youth he loved jet skiing and motorcycles. He worked at the family business Stichs Cycle & Marine. Dean enjoyed music and cooking gourmet meals for his friends and family. He was an avid dog lover and owned many dogs throughout his life. He loved spending time with kind and caring friends and we know they will all miss him dearly. No doubt Dean had a wit about him especially with his comebacks when having a conversation with him. Nothing was ever drab when it came to Dean. Left to cherish his memories are his mother Sharon Stich; father Dick Stich (Nonnie) and family, brother Tim Stich ‘79 (Colleen), sister Sandy Elrod ’83 (Steven); many nieces, nephews, uncles and cousins.
’84 Kevin Michel, 51, of Mandan, ND, died October 1, 2017. Kevin was born August 31, 1966, in Sioux Falls, SD, the son of George and JoAnn (De Kramer) Michel. He graduated from O Gorman High School in Sioux Falls and SD School of Mines and Technology at Rapid City, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering. Kevin married Dawn Schweitzer on June 18, 1994, at the Holy Cross Church in Timber Lake, SD. His passions in life were his children and hunting. The opening pheasant hunting weekend with family has been a yearly tradition, nearly exceeding Christmas. He was a loyal KC Chiefs fan and enjoyed going to the races. During his career he had been employed with the Missouri Department of Transportation, St. Joseph, MO, TranSystems of Kansas City and Omaha, and the Federal Highway Administration in Bismarck. Kevin is survived by his wife, Dawn and their children, Nathan and Lauren; father, George (Irene) Michel, Shell Lake, WI; brothers, Greg (Cindi), Phoenix, AZ, Doug (Sheri), rural WI and Phoenix, AZ, Gary, Spooner, WI, and Paul, Bettendorf, IA; sisters, Karen Anderson, Sioux Falls, SD, Karla Michel, Mountain Home, AR, and Trish Michel, St. Paul, MN; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Joann; and his sister, Julie Michel.
’96 Christina “Tina” Cannon Johnson, 39, died September 25 at her residence as the result of a self-inflicted death. Tina, the daughter of Jim and Donna (Falor) was born on September 30, 1977. Tina was a kind and loving child and made her parents proud every day. Tina began college but decided to postpone because she was more interested in starting a family. Tina married and had one daughter, Caryn Piatt (January 2000) with her first husband. Tina strived to be the best mom she could to Caryn. The two of them often did mother-daughter pajama days and shopping trips. Tina felt it was important to make sure Caryn knew she was special every day. In addition to having the title of “Mom” for Caryn, Tina also was her best friend. After a very brief courtship, Tina knew Tim Johnson was the love of her life. They went to the Bahamas and were married on Freeport Island on April 1st, 2004. The two really enjoyed the joke of “fools rush in”. Tina, Tim and Caryn lived in the central part of Sioux Falls and later moved to the west side. Tina decided to go back and finish her higher education. She graduated magna cum laude from Colorado Technical University in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. Tina held a number of jobs and took great pride in making all of her coworkers feel special. Tina was known for bringing out the best in everybody. She was employed at Unomed as a pharmacy technician, Younkers, Avera McKennan, Lion’s Eye and Tissue Bank, Good Shepherd Center, DocuTap, Volunteers of America, EarthBend then High Point Networks. Tina had countless friendships with coworkers that continued on even after moving on to another job. Volunteering was a significant portion of Tina’s life. Tina encouraged Caryn to join her in her volunteering and would occasionally surprise Tim and sign him up as well. Tina was very proud to assist organizing and selling buttons for the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in downtown Sioux Falls. She was also a Lieutenant for the Civil Air Patrol and was always recruiting everybody she met. Tina’s ultimate passion for volunteering came out through starting Mittens From Moms. Mittens From Moms was a group of moms that collaborated cold weather gear collections for Sioux Empire youth in need. Tina was regularly on the radio doing public service announcements for Mittens From Moms. She was so successful that by the third year, the donations were being sent all over South Dakota! Tina was a deeply faith filled person and would regularly attend daily Mass. Tina also volunteered in the nursery at the St. Michael Parish on Sundays. She had a strong relationship with Christ and would even write her own prayers in with her poetry. Tina encouraged Tim to sign up for RCIA. When he completed the classes, they renewed their wedding vows at St. Michael Parish on their anniversary in 2017. Tina would spend her free time reading, often several books at a time. She enjoyed cooking, wine, dancing, going for walks and making memories with friends. Tina loved taking vacations to new and unique places with Tim, but most importantly she cherished the family vacations with Caryn and Tim. Tina enjoyed a tomboy side and would pick up Tim’s hobbies so they could spend even more time together. Tina would go target shooting with Tim and friends then decided to start trap shooting so she could start hunting pheasants this fall. In addition to camping and smoking the occasional cigar, Tina looked forward to the annual family ATV 4wheeling trip to Edelweiss Mountain near Hill City, SD every October.
Tina was diagnosed with bipolar disorder 20 years ago. She was extremely successful at keeping the condition private; always being positive and upbeat around others. Even in her darkest times she got up and faced the day to be a strong mother, wife, friend and coworker. Many people never knew she was suffering or even had the diagnosis. Tina’s close friends and family knew of her bipolar and made sure to always be strong and supportive whenever needed. Tina became so good at hiding her ups and downs that her support system did not know the struggle she was having. The struggle became too great for her to handle alone and she took her own life. Those grateful for celebrating her life include her husband, Tim; her daughter, Caryn ‘18; her parents, Jim and Donna Cannon; one brother, Patrick; and her parents-in-law, Steve and Chris Johnson, all of Sioux Falls. Aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends as well. She was preceeded in death by her grandparents Merle and Berniece Falor, Francis and Marjorie Cannon, and her uncle John Cannon.
Final entry excerpt from Tina’s Journal dated 9-6-17
“God I give this over to you. Help me to make the right steps. This is not my life, but yours. Show me how to do this and everything in your name. Help to guide my words and action to reflect your will, your kindness and your grace.”
’99 Patrick Lofswold was born in Sioux Falls on December 21, 1980 and died May 6, 2017 doing what he loved to do, riding his motorcycle, near his home in Black Hawk, SD. Patrick earned a degree in electro mechanical engineering from Southeast Tech in Sioux Falls. His passion for motorcycles led him to the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute where he became a certified Harley Davidson mechanic. He had been working at Dakota Business Center for 10 years. He married Lisa Coe on September 22, 2012. Patrick is survived by his beautiful wife, Lisa; a four year old son, Ethan; his parents, Steve and Mary; his sisters: Angela Lofswold Saufley ’95 and Erin Lofswold Eleria ‘97; nieces, nephews and special friends and cousins; mother-in-law, Patti Coe; sisters-in-law, Lauren and Lindsay. He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Ralph and Betty O’Connell and Laverne and Arlene Lofswold; and his father-in-law, Craig Coe. “The love of family is life’s greatest blessing.” – Irish Proverb
’01 Troy Joseph Nichols was born on November 6, 1982. He died on May 7, 2017 from a massive brain bleed. Troy received his bachelor’s degree from the University of South Dakota, working for Nichols Media for over 10 years and was most proud of the marketing work he did for Ashley Furniture retailers nationwide. Troy had an authentic love for Jesus and an authentic love for his family. He adored his nieces and nephew, and loved spending time at the lake with them. He truly had a heart of gold. He was incapable of ending a conversation without telling those he loved how proud they made him and how much he loved them. Troy was a dog lover and enjoyed playing golf, cooking, fishing, watching soccer and March Madness basketball. He loved his country and sincerely treasured living in the land of the free and home of the brave. He attended both Embrace Church and Celebrate Community Church and had a great love for his Savior Jesus Christ. Grateful for having shared his life are his parents, Mike and Peggy (Daniels ’71) Nichols; his brothers Shawn (Gina) Nichols ‘95 and Justin (Kristin Ladwig ‘00) Nichols ‘97; his nephew Noah; his nieces, Jocelyn, Kate, Ellie and Finley; as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins. Troy was preceded in death by his nephew, Jack Nichols, and his grandparents, Iver and Elvina Nichols, and Joseph and Irene Daniels. Though his life was cut short, his family rejoices in the time they had with him.