Full obits from the "In Loving Memory" section of the May 2018 Re-U-KNIGHT-ER
Reverend Aloysius L. “Al” Krzyzopolski, died February 27, 2018 at Avera’s Dougherty House in Sioux Falls where he had been entrusted to hospice care. He was comforted by the presence of loved ones when he passed to eternal life. Father Krzyzopolski was 93. Aloysius Leo Krzyzopolski was born July 13, 1924 on the family farm near Chelsea, SD. The son of Leo and Dora Krzyzopolski, he is the fourth child and first born son in a family of 11 children. He attended Catholic grade school in Aberdeen before enrolling in the minor seminary at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Worthington, Ohio. He remained at the Josephinum through major seminary. On June 3, 1950, he was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Sioux Falls by the Apostolic Delegate in Worthington, OH. Father Krzyzopolski was assigned as an associate pastor at Immaculate Conception Parish in Watertown. He then served as pastor at Annunciation Parish, Revillo (including Wilmot), St. Michael Parish, Mount Vernon (including Emsley & Delmont), St. Nicholas Parish, Tea (including Lennox), Holy Family Parish, Mitchell, St. Therese Parish, Sioux Falls, Sts. Simon & Jude Parish, Flandreau and St. Mary Parish, Sioux Falls. He also served as rector at the Cathedral of St. Joseph. In addition to pastoral ministry assignments, Father Krzyzopolski also completed a graduate degree in education prior to serving as rector of the minor seminary while also teaching theology and Latin at O†Gorman High School. Father Krzyzopolski also served as chaplain to the Presentation Sisters’ Children’s Home. Father Krzyzopolski shared his priestly experience and knowledge with many advisory committees including the Priest Council, the Priest Retirement board and the St. Michael Cemetery Board. Father Krzyzopolski was a regular chaplain to the Engaged and Married Encounter movements of the Church. He was also instrumental in establishing a Retrouvaille Program in the Diocese to assist marriages that were struggling. Upon his retirement from assigned ministry, Father Krzyzopolski remained active by offering substitute coverage in parishes, leading a regular bible study for over 20 years, serving as a judge in the Diocesan Marriage Tribunal, and offering retreats well into his 90’s. He was also known to enjoy a round of a golf with friends and an enjoyable hand of Bridge with card enthusiasts. Perhaps his greatest enthusiasm was shown when rooting for his beloved O†Gorman Knights. All the while, he appreciated the individual students’ improvements over the course of seasons far more than wins or losses. Those who benefitted from Father Krzyzopolski’s priestly ministry have universally shared how it served as an invitation to know, love and serve Jesus. Through Father Krzyzopolski’s invitation, many grew deeper in their relationship with our Lord and, as a result, with their loved ones. Father Krzyzopolski is survived by his sister Patty Barnes of Redding, CA and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and 9 siblings. Father Krzyzopolski requested that memorials be directed to the “Father Al Krzyzopolski Endowment” benefitting teacher salaries at Sioux Falls Catholic Schools Foundation, 3100 W. 41st St, Sioux Falls, SD 57105
Louis Weber died Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 at the Lennox Good Samaritan Center. He was born in 1922 at Hague, ND. He served in the US Navy during WWII. He graduated from Northern State with a degree in education and industrial arts. He taught and coached in several schools including Estelline, SD, Wishek, ND, Bradley, SD, O’Gorman High, Sioux Falls and Redfield until retiring in 1987.
’42 BettyJo Tanck Hufnagle (actual name was Loretta Katherine), age 94, passed away peacefully at her home in North Syracuse on October 15, 2017. She lived in Syracuse since 1945. BettyJo was predeceased by her husbands Norbert Muhl and Robert Hufnagle; daughter, Judith Duke; 4 brothers and 3 sisters. Survivors are son John Muhl (Nikki) of California; daughters Anita Simmons of N. Syracuse; Kathy Hiller (Rick) of Cazenovia; and Mary Therese Bailey (Paul) of E. Syracuse; 16 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren. BettyJo was a member of Life Church and Greater Victory Fellowship in the summer. She will be remembered as a loving vibrant person who cherished times with her family, friends, summers at Greene Point on Sandy Pond for 58 years, playing cards and bridge, singing with friends or solo at events, and traveling.
’43 Dolores Schindler Dunlap died peacefully at the age of 92 on March 6, 2018 at Hendricks Nursing Home in Hendricks, MN. She was born in St. Paul, MN, on December 26, 1925. Dolores married Richard (Dick) Dunlap, September 25, 1945. Richard passed away 1984. Dolores was an outgoing person and liked by whomever she met. She was an avid sports fan with a special interest in the Boston Celtics and New York Yankees. She is survived by a brother, Bernie and his wife Nita who live in Concord, California. Four children, Ken (Sandy), Nancy (Scott), Mike (Karen), Rick (Julie), ten grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren. Dolores received a nursing certificate in 1975 and worked at Sanford until retirement. Because of her love of the health field she donated her body to the University Medical School.
’42 Phyllis Kirk Westbrook died Dec 5, 2015. Her husband of almost 60 years preceded her death 8 years prior. She leaves 5 children, 6 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. She was going strong–playing golf, bowling and active in her parish and women’s club–until her sudden death.
’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.
’53 Janet Barron Pletka died last October according to her husband, John. They had five children: John III, Jamie, Sam, Vicki and Maggie.
’54 Beth Ignacia McGlone Karjala died February 17, 2018. Survived by sister, Venencia (Ed) Sunderman ‘50; nieces and nephews; Michael (Connie) Sunderman, Elizabeth (Bill) Fisher, Katherine (Ron) Curr, William (Karen) Sunderman, Judy (Ted) Haley and Thomas Sunderman; many great nieces and nephews; and faithful companion, Kissa. Beth was born in Sioux Falls, SD on February 1, 1936. She attended Cathedral High School and then South Dakota State in Brookings SD. She began her teaching career in Milaca, MN in 1958. She taught many places, including air force bases in Germany, France and Turkey. After 28 years of teaching she retired to pursue other interests. These interests included working professionally as a fiber artist. She traveled around the country lecturing and conducting workshops for weavers’ quilts at conferences. Her interests turned to quilting and machine embroidering. She taught these techniques at various guilds worldwide. At the International Quilt Festival in Houston one of her garments was in the Farfield Show. In her later years her interests turned to mosaics and ceramics. The highlight of this was a solo exhibit of her work at the Wellington Gallery in 2016. During her 45 year marriage to Gene they traveled the world and experienced many things. But what she enjoyed the most was spending time with her friends, sister and her family. She will be remembered for her Irish humor, her fashion sense and her love of entertaining. Preceded in death by her loving husband of 45 years, Gene Karjala; and brother-in-law, Edward Sunderman
’58 Dr. Dennis Chalus died March 5, 2018, at home entrusted to hospice care and being comforted by the presence of his loving family when he passed. Dennis Michael Chalus was born in Lincoln, Nebraska. He was raised in Sioux Falls, SD and graduated from Cathedral High School in 1958. After graduation, he attended McKennan School of Radiologic Technology and became an X-ray Tech which was not only a livelihood but the stepping stone to medical school with encouragement from the people he worked with. He enrolled in pre-medicine study at the University of South Dakota and USD’s Graduate Medical School, transferring to the University of Kansas for his final two years of Med school with his graduation in 1967. After graduation from KU, Denny was commissioned a Captain in the Army and began his medical career at Brooke Army Medical Center in Houston, TX. He continued residency completion in Radiology in Tacoma, WA at Madigan Army Medical Center. He married Sugar (Jane) Schmidt of Marysville, KS in 1968 after meeting her at KU while in medical school. He served at Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii before being transferred to Denver and Fitzsimmons for two years before resigning his commission to go into private practice. He joined colleague friends with Metropolitan Radiologists retiring from Diversified Radiology in 2006. Following his retirement, he joined Kaiser Permanente on a part-time basis until 2016. Denny had a distinguished career in Radiology. His expertise in bone Radiology led to a Clinical Associate Professorship at CU Medical School where he enjoyed teaching many residents. He consulted on several complex cases while on the staff of Mercy Hospital, North Suburban Hospital, and Avista Hospital. Following practice mergers, he was also on staff at PSL, St. Joseph’s, Rose, Parker, and Platte Valley Hospitals. He was very active in the medical community, serving as a representative for the Colorado Radiology Society and the Colorado Medical Society. He was instrumental in formulating and helping the Colorado Legislature pass malpractice reform and defeat the Corporate Practice of Medicine Act which preserved private practice for hospital’ based physicians. Denny’s personal interests included his children’s activities, travel, golf, hunting, running, tennis, and the Broncos. He had fond memories of Hawaii and loved to return as often as possible. He cherished his friendships with partners, associates, neighbors, and classmates, from all walks of life, and was always providing amazing historical facts of each relationship. He enjoyed being with them and helping them personally and professionally in whatever way he could. His generosity didn’t stop with just relationships but included funding medical school scholarships for O’Gorman High School (Cathedral HS, O+G’s predecessor) graduates to attend the University of South Dakota. Denny was preceded in death by his parents, Mark and Bertha Chalus, and by his first wife, Sugar. He is survived by their three children, daughters, Renee Fichtl, Aimee Fitzhugh and son, Mark Chalus, and four grandchildren, Mallory and Juliana Fichtl, and Connor and Camryn Fitzhugh, his siblings, Margaret Vossler ‘55, Ed Chalus ‘62, Nancy Jewel ‘70, and Mary Beth Thoen ‘65. He is also survived by his second wife, Carolyn Brotzman, her children, Pamela Holloway, Benjamin Brotzman, and Martin Brotzman, and three grandchildren, Rylee, and Grant Holloway, and Preston Brotzman. The family requests that memorials be directed to O’Gorman High School, C/O SFCS Foundation, 3100 W 41st St, Sioux Falls, SD, 57105.
’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
’58 Jean Comstock Cockerill died March 7, 2018 in Hawaii. Preceded in death by brother Ev ’56 and sister Carol ’55. Survived by brothers David ’66, Kevin ’67, Byron and Terry.
’58 Loretta Bangasser Karsten took a nap in her home Feb 14th 2018 and woke up in Heaven. We now have another Angel watching over us. Loretta was born May 23rd, 1940 in Sioux Falls, SD where she was raised on a farm with 6 brothers and 2 sisters. This is where she learned how to Love and Care for others unconditionally. She continued that path by being an Inspiration and a testimony for God in all that she did. She attended the Country school and graduated from Cathedral High School in Sioux Falls in 1958. She was the Secretary of the Solid Rock Church of God in La Prairie, MN for well over 30 years. She was the “Go To” and “Do it all” person and she taught many Ministers a thing or two along the way. She Lived and Prayed for Family daily. There were many families that she gave to, even when she had nothing to give, always knowing God would supply in her time of need. She was one of the leaders for the Christian Women’s club in Grand Rapids. Making it possible for generations of women of all faiths to come together in fellowship. Loretta is preceded in death by her parents Edward and Mary Bangasser. Brothers and Sisters-In-Law: Bernard Bangasser, Joseph and Edna Bangasser , Donald and Mary Ann Bangasser. She is survived by her children: Mark Karsten, Karla (Peter) Carlson, Mary Karsten. Grandchildren: Elizabeth Karsten, Anthony Carlson and Danielle Carlson. Adoptive family: Pat and Ron McBride, Rachel Duell and her daughters Brenna, Emma and Molly. Siblings: Eugene (Marilyn) Bangasser ‘52, Paul (Vonnie) Bangasser ‘56, Elmer (Mary Beth) Bangasser ‘60, Rita (Harlan) Temple ‘61 and Ruth (Pat) Marks ‘61. Sister-in-law: Pat (Bernard) Bangasser along with “Many” Nieces and Nephews
’58 Judy Sheridan Bailey died March 27, 2018 in Texas. A local memorial service will be held in Sioux Falls on June 9th at 4pm
’59 Gary Glenn Robinson, 75, died March 30, 2017, in Boise at the VA Community Living Center / Hospice Facility. Gary was born November 2, 1941, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and was a veteran of the US Marine Corps. After college, Gary was a Game and Fish Biologist for the State of Wyoming. Prior to retirement Gary worked with troubled teens in the Mountain Home School District. Gary was an avid outdoorsman and ornithologist who worked as a volunteer with the Intermountain Bird Observatory, Boise State University for the past 13 years. Besides his love of birds, Gary was very artistic and loved painting, weaving pine needle baskets, and decorating gourds. Gary is survived by his Idaho family which includes his fiancée Sandra Herrboldt of Mountain Home, her children and their spouses; Nathan (Amy) Herrboldt, Kristen (Aric) Lolo and Melissa Kast and Idaho “grandchildren” – Mackenzie, Jacob, Mikayla, Kylar, Nickolaus, and Kasdan. He is survived by the rest of his family which includes his mother Fidelis Haviland, Sioux Falls, SD, and siblings: Mark (Bonnie) Robinson of Carson City, NV, Kent (Martha) Robinsonof Flagstaff, AZ, Diane (Jim) Nebel, Yuma, AZ, Candace (Jerry) Scott, of Mitchell, SD and Kathleen (Guy) Dirkson of Sioux Falls, SD, his daughter Beth Nicklas of Dragoon, AZ and his grandchildren; Maryssa Nicklas of Elbert, CO and Jimmy Nicklas of Bella Vista, AR and many nieces and nephews. Gary was preceded in death by his father Glenn Robinson, stepfather Ermal Haviland, daughter Mary Delaney and granddaughter Kyla Delaney.
’60 Stan Koch, Sioux Falls, SD, died January 8, 2018, at Good Samaritan Village. He was 75. Stanley John Koch was born November 16, 1942, in Sioux Falls, SD, to Byron and Esther (Schweitzer) Koch. He attended Sioux Falls Catholic schools, graduating from Cathedral High School in 1960. Immediately following high school, Stan joined the US Air Force. For a period of time, Stan served in Spain. It was there that he met the love of his life, Alicia. On February 8, 1964, Stan married Alicia Corsino in Madrid, Spain. The couple returned to the US and eventually made Sioux Falls their home following his discharge in 1967. Stan then began working for the US Postal Service. While working for the Post Office, Stan earned his Bachelor Degree from the University of Sioux Falls. He later retired from management in the area of quality control. Stan enjoyed fishing and particularly enjoyed fishing trips to Minnesota and the Boundary Waters. In later years, he also took up fly-fishing. For years Stan looked forward to spring when he could plant his extensive vegetable gardens. In his free time, he enjoyed woodworking and following the Minnesota Vikings and Twins. Stan cherished his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and loved spending time with them. He was a loyal and dedicated husband, dad, and grandpa. Blessed with a kind, caring and loving spirit, Stan was always willing to help others in need. Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Alicia Koch, Sioux Falls, SD; sons, Greg (Teresa) Koch, Brandon, SD, Richard (Carol) Koch, Sioux Falls, SD; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; siblings: Barbara (John) Corbel ’57, Janice Frisk ’68, Roger (Sunni) Koch ’60, Mel (Val) Koch ’64, Mark (Karen) Koch ’72, Bill (Carol) Koch ’73, Doug (Lori) Koch ’75; sisters-in-law, Sandy Koch and Deb Koch, Mary Carmen (Elisio) Dorado, and Olga (Jesus) Dorado; and brothers-in-law, Eduardo, Romon, and Angel. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Chad Gates; his parents; and brothers, J.B. ’64, Greg ‘?? and Gene ’67, and sister-in-law, Pat Koch.
’62 Hal Wick Hal Wick, 73, peacefully passed away with his family present on March 8 at Sanford Hospital after a well-fought battle with cancer. He was born on October 31, 1944 to Roland T. and Esther (LaFontaine) Wick in New Ulm, MN. His family moved to the Cathedral District of Sioux Falls where he attended St. Joseph Cathedral School and then graduated with the first senior class at O’Gorman High School in 1962. While attending SDSU, he fell in love with flying. Hal served in the Air National Guard for 24 years, where he trained as a Fighter Pilot in the F-100, and A7 planes, was a C-131 and C-12 flight instructor and Chief of Command Intelligence Division. Hal retired in 1994 as a Lt. Colonel. In addition to serving with the SDANG, Hal lived out his career dream as a commercial airline pilot, beginning with North Central Airlines in 1972, and retiring in 2004 with Northwest Airlines. Passionate about our country, he served the people of South Dakota as a State Representative for 20 years, spanning five decades. He was an active member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Hal spent many years working on a Balanced Budget Amendment for the United States. This is work of which he was incredibly proud. Hal was active at Christ the King Catholic Church, the Sioux Falls Catholic Schools, and with the Knights of Columbus. He was also a member of several organizations throughout his life, including Hartford Lions, Sioux Falls Downtown Lions, National Guard Association of the United States, American Legion Post 15, and the Sioux Falls Regional Airport Board. His faith and family were truly his greatest passions. Hal married Jane Rance on September 4, 1965. He and his wife of 52 years were blessed with four children: Daughters Anne Nelson ‘84, Paula (Dan) Hagen ‘88, and Betsey Wick ‘97 (significant other, Dave Carlson) all of Sioux Falls, and son, Ross Wick ‘01 (fiancé, Aja Jackson) of New Haven, CT. He dearly loved his grandchildren: Karin (Kyle) Brashler ‘09, Sioux Falls, Ellen Nelson ‘12, Minneapolis, MN, Hannah Valentine, James Nelson ‘17, and Samuel Hagen, Sioux Falls, and great-grandson, Benny Brashler, Sioux Falls, SD; two brothers, Roland “Ted” (Linda) Wick ‘61, Hot Springs, SD, Terry Wick, Augusta, GA; a sister, Beth (Dan) Jennings ‘73, Sioux Falls, SD; a brother-in-law, Bill (Pat) Fatland, Sioux Falls, SD; and several nieces and nephews.. Hal was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Mary Kaye Fatland ‘65, and nephew Todd Fatland. Hal’s family encourages memorials to be directed to the Sioux Falls Catholic Schools or Christ the King School Building Projects.
’63 Mary Anderson Breit died February 23, 2017. Survived by her husband, James F.; her children, James A. ’90, Lance ’91 and Virginia ’97, SD; nine grandchildren; two brothers, Tom ’67 and Mark ‘77; five sisters, Jeanie ’58, Joanie, Virginia, Colleen ‘69 and Lian ’72; brothers-in-law, Don and Rick. Preceded in death by brother, Marlin ‘65; and a brother-in-law, Jerry Ralston. (corrected from last issue)
’64 Roger Soukup passed away January 22, 2018 in California, according to classmates.
’65 Marilynn L. “Lynn” Freimuth, age 70, of Madison, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, at Aster Assisted Living. She was born on Aug. 11, 1947, in Sioux Falls, S.D., the daughter of Leo and Arlouine “Arlie” (Mahoney) Navin. She married Bill Freimuth on June 1, 1968, in Sioux Falls. Lynn was active in the Madison Christian Women’s Group, serving as a prayer advisor and later guiding Bible studies. This is where she grew in her faith and love of God. Lynn had a personal relationship with God through His son, Jesus Christ, and her love of God and others was apparent to all who knew her. She loved being with her family and friends, spending time at the lake house and celebrating her Irish heritage. She loved dogs and shopping, and her children and grandchildren were her ultimate joy. Lynn lived her life with joy, laughter, and an unending sweetness. She had a warm and loving smile and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Lynn is survived by her husband, Bill; daughters, Shauna (Bobby) Fischer and Kerri Ann Knight; son, Troy (Beth) Freimuth; her grandchildren, Kaitlin, Ashley, Anna, Will, Cecilia, Micah, Bodhi, and Gabe; her precious dog, Savannah; nine siblings; and many other dear relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents
’68 Marilyn Lammers Zawistoski died January 24, 2018. Survived by her husband, Ted; two sons and their families. Siblings are: Kay ’65 (deceased), Joan ’66, Karen ’69, Kevin ’71, Pam ’75 and Joe ’78.
’68 Patricia Gallagher Melrose died Dec. 11, 2017 in Colorado after a prolonged battle with severe medical problems.
’68 Gene F. Katzenberger died February 3, 2018 in Coon Rapids with his family at his side. Survived by his wife, Jan Katzenberger; children, Sara (Tom) Scholtens, Tracy (Shawn) Beaufeaux, Mark (Krystal) Katzenberger; Papa to: Nathaniel, Josiah, Annika and Ezra Scholtens, Lena Beaufeaux, Caleb, Lilyanna and Joyanna Katzenberger; siblings, Theresa Sempek ‘70, Bob (Nancy) Katzenberger ‘72; further survived by, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, and many special nieces and nephews. Gene loved the Lord, fishing and cookies.
’70 Joseph (Joe) R. Flicek, age 65, passed away in New York City on January 25, 2018. He was born in Sioux Falls, SD at McKennan Hospital. He graduated from O’Gorman High School in 1970 and then attended University of South Dakota, graduating with a BS in Chemistry & Mathematics. After graduation, he entered the Peace Corps and served as a High School Teacher at Jiama Sewafe High School in Kono District of Sierra Leone where among other subjects, he taught English in a classroom where up to 15 languages were spoken. During this time, he lived with the Jalloh family and met his lifelong friend Musa Jalloh. He returned to his native South Dakota where he received an MA in Chemistry and an MBA from the University of South Dakota. Joe then moved to New York City, where he met his wife Melinda Camber Porter while working for Amnesty International. Joe worked in a broad range of roles in the technology industry and also taught business and entrepreneurship at Columbia University. Under his dynamic leadership, Columbia participated in the formation of over 30 new portfolio companies. Following the passing of his wife Melinda, the family moved to Sag Harbor, NY, and Joe began publicizing and archiving the creative works of his late wife. During this time, he met his close companion, Cathy Suter, with whom he spent many happy days. Joe is survived by two sons, Robert and James; four brothers: Mike ’71, Thomas ’73, Jim ’76, Dave ‘81; two sisters Colleen ’75 and Theresa ’88; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He is preceded in death by his wife Melinda Camber Porter and his parents Robert and Virginia Flicek.
’71 Cynthia “Cindy” Ann Hayes passed away peacefully in her home due to diabetes complications on February 26, 2018. Cindy was born March 11, 1953 in Sioux Falls to Everett and Maxine (Repp) Hayes. She graduated from O’Gorman High School in 1971. She attended St. Mary’s Catholic College in Leavenworth, Kansas. Cindy was a coding specialist at Midland National Life Insurance Company from 1979-1998. She was known for her giving spirit and volunteered at numerous places including Crippled Children’s Hospital, The Good Shepard Center, Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota State Penitentiary and was a life-long member of St. Lambert’s Catholic Church. Cindy was a fun loving spiritual soul and a champion for the disadvantaged. Cindy is survived by her soulmate: Benjamin Contreras-Elias; two brothers: Tom ‘72 (Peggy) and Joe ‘75 (Sheree) all of Sioux Falls; two sisters: Bridget (Mike) Beck ‘76, Onawa, Iowa and Jackie Hayes ‘79 of Brandon, SD. She is also survived by a sister-in-law: Vicky Hayes of Sioux Falls; and ten nieces and nephews: Kerry (Barry) Maeschen, Maggie (Josh) Leighton, Jim Hayes, Molly (Koln) Fink, Bill (Katie), John and Mike Hayes, Mary Hayes, Katie (Brian) Hansen and Tony Hayes; five great-nieces and nephews: Maddie, Harper, Elliott, Carter and Maxine; and one cousin: Gladys (Paul) Rohrer. Cindy is reunited in death with her parents Everett and Maxine; and two brothers: Jim ‘83 and Pat ‘82.
’76 Michael D. Bruhn, 59, of Minnetonka passed away in March after a long, courageous battle with prostate cancer. Owner of Inntech in Golden Valley. He was born and raised in Sioux Falls, SD as one of seven children. A lifelong sports fan with a passion for golf and a great sense of humor. Preceded in death by parents, Jean and Gerald; and brothers-in-law Greg and Mike. Survived by wife, Kristin (Bormes); daughter, Lilly; siblings, Kristi Gamache ’74; Sheri Bruns ’75; Susan (Levi) Levasseur ’78; Pat (Barb) Bruhn ’79, Shelly Bengsten ’81, David (Michelle) Bruhn ’85; nieces and nephews, Tony (Steph), Zach, Colin (Janae), Lindsay, Sean, Nick, Grace, Libby, Anne, Bergen, Matthew and Cole; parents-in-law Connie Kashmark & Hank Bendixen; sisters-in-law Kate McPherson & Jennifer (Larry) Palm.
’80 Sheila DeVaney Holwell, age 56, passed away March 12, 2018. Grateful for having shared her life are her sons, Seth (Elizabeth) Holwell, and Sean (Abbey) Holwell, both of Sioux Falls; 4 grandchildren, Alyssa, Jayda, Jaxon and Nash; her parents, Dick ‘58 and Janet DeVaney, Sioux Falls, her siblings, Steve (JoDee) DeVaney ‘85, West Fargo, ND, Colleen (Troy) Farmer ‘83, Dell Rapids, Barb (Brian) Schelhaas ‘89, Sioux Falls, and Midge DeVaney ‘82, Eden Prairie, MN.
’81 Paul Curtin, owner of Raymond’s Jewellers, passed away suddenly of natural causes on March 30, 2018 while vacationing in San Francisco. Paul, the seventh and youngest child of Raymond and Maxine (Holcomb) Curtin, was born January 22, 1963, in Sioux Falls. During his last year at O’Gorman, Paul showed his principal a woodworking project that he created for his mother. The principal was very impressed with Paul’s handiwork and a few weeks later called Paul and told him about a person who was looking for someone who was handy and had artistic ability. Paul ended up applying for a goldsmith position and was hired. Paul went from doing jewelry repair to managing a jewelry store for seven years. After saving money and selling his motorcycle, he opened Raymond’s Jewellers in 1991. He named the store after his beloved dad. He was passionate about his work and was a talented jeweler and goldsmith. After 23 years downtown, in June 2014, Raymond’s Jewellers moved to the present location on 41st Street. Paul was united in marriage to Juanita Tschetter on May 14, 2014. Paul loved life and always had a smile on his face. His wife, friends and family meant the world to him and he would drop everything to help out anyone or for a chance to get together. Paul and Juanita enjoyed traveling, including trips to the motorcycle rally in Sturgis, relaxing beach vacations and annual jewelry shows. They also enjoyed hosting poolside parties at their home for their many friends and family. Time spent with his children and grandchildren this past Thanksgiving and Christmas, as well as on his birthday this January, were especially meaningful to Paul. Paul was very active in the community and played an instrumental role in the rebirth of Downtown Sioux Falls. He was also an active member of the Sioux Falls Catholic Community. In addition, Paul and Raymond’s Jewellers sponsored several area baseball teams and helped many charities and benefits throughout the years. Paul served four terms on the Board of Directors and was a past president of Downtown Sioux Falls (DTSF), a member of Holy Spirit Parish, and a member of Independent Jewelers Organization (IJO).Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Juanita; his children, Abbigail, Harrison ‘16, and Houston Curtin; two grandchildren, Madaline and Hudson; and his sisters, Linda (John Behrmann) Rath ‘68, Chattanooga, TN, Maureen Curtin ‘75, and Sharon (Mark) Hoiland ‘78, both of Sioux Falls; as well as a host of other relatives and friends. His parents, Raymond and Maxine, and brothers, Brian ‘67, Bruce ‘71 and Rex ‘74, preceded him in death. Lovingly called Pooh Bear by friends and family or as Papa Pooh by his grandchildren, we are thankful for the lifetime of memories, laughter, and smiles Paul gave to all of us. He enriched our lives and will forever be in our hearts. Pooh Bear was truly an invaluable gem.
’85 Shawn Kunkel relocated his weekly golf game from the bent grasses of South Dakota, to the immaculately groomed fairways of Heaven on March 29, 2018 at the age of 50. If there isn’t already a Men’s Stag event scheduled in Paradise, rest assured that there will be one in the very near future. Shawn will be paired with other hackers who, like him, also fib about their handicaps; loudly boast about their golf shots; and play for sums of money that they don’t have and as such, are never exchanged. Just like his time on earth, he and his new friends will only be allowed to return because their drink tab outpaces their damage to the course by a 10 to 1 margin. Austad’s Golf and Titelist sales will suffer immensely, but on a positive note, Shawn’s weekly cry to the Lord for help in achieving par might be granted, now that he will be playing in Gods 4:21 tee time. Shawn spent his time on earth doing what he does best – making people smile and feel like they were his singular best friend. And while Shawn did have an abundance of friends, he only had one best friend, and that was the girl that he first saw while she was riding a bike and holding a basketball in the summer of 1984. Captivated by her skills, he proposed, she conceded, and on May 8th , 1993 Shawn and Kathleen Knudtson were happily married. They enjoyed 25 years of marriage, 34 years of being together, and a lifetime of incredible memories. Being together and connected was what Shawn loved most – be it dinners with his girls, weekly golf with the boys, or even a stranger on an airplane. Shawn loved being with people, he loved connecting with people and he was the best at it. Shawn and Kathleen were blessed with 3 incredible daughters – Meghan, Kathryn and Carly. Shawn and Kathleen did an incredible job of raising their 3 girls, although special credit should go to Kathleen for her supplementary work with her husband-child. It takes a village. Family was everything to Shawn and he was spoiled with their love, attention and much deserved gentle teasing. This was a family built on love and laughter, and as good as Shawn was at teasing them, they gave it back three-fold. He wouldn’t have had it any other way. His last days with Kathleen and the girls were some of the best times they had ever spent together. Shawn loved his family more than anything and he never missed a concert, play, musical, or sporting event. His encouraging voice, sage advice and warm words of wisdom were the last thing the girls heard before every event, and the first voice that they heard after. Shawn was fair and firm, wise and witty, a friend to everyone and a defender of all. Shawn was born at McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD on April 21, 1967 to John (Jack) and Jackie Kunkel. He was the 4th of 6 boys, but quickly rose to number 1 in the category of “Gets Away with Anything” – an attribute that apparently has been genetically passed on (See also: Carly). He graduated from O’Gorman High School in 1985 and the University of South Dakota in 1990, where he majored in “Fun” with a minor in “Have More Fun”. Shawn was a successful small business owner, a goal he achieved through hard work, treating people with respect and decency, and a bank loan that he repaid with bags of quarters. He was always the first to help someone in need: the family that couldn’t pay for laundry service; the homeless person who needed an umbrella, or the friend who simply needed a friend. Shawn was a great talker, a better listener, and the absolute best friend to many. Shawn is survived by his wife Kathleen (Knudtson ’86); daughters Meghan ‘14, Kathryn ‘15 and Carly ‘20; his mother Jackie Kunkel Titus ‘56; father-in-law John (Sadie) Knudtson; brothers Kevin ‘81, Mark ’83 (Jen), Mike ‘83 (JoAnn), Joel ‘88 and Tim ‘90 (Steph); brother-in law Ken (Tammy), along with 9 nieces: Chloe, Addie, Lauren, Maddie, Charlie, Sidney, Emma, Bridget and Jenna; and 4 nephews: Tyler, Josh, Jack, and John. He was preceded in death by his father Jack Kunkel and his mother-in-law Judy Knudtson. Shawn lived his life to the fullest; his was truly a life well lived.
“A life well lived is a precious gift,
of hope and strength and grace,
from someone who has made our world
a brighter, better place.”
Shawn made our world a brighter, better place and he will be truly be missed. We have lost a great man, but God has now gained an incredible golf colleague. Hopefully the Almighty is aware of the famous Shawn Kunkel foot wedge. If not, He will quickly figure it out during his rounds with Shawn when he plays with him – in God’s 4:21 tee time
’89 Lance Fanning, 47, died Thursday, Mar. 15, 2018 at Sanford USD Medical Center from complications of pneumonia. He was born in 1970 and grew up in Sioux Falls, graduating from O’Gorman High in 1988. He played football and was part of the O’Gorman state championship team. Lance attended USF where he also played football. He had worked in construction management and most recently in sales for Walden Carpet. His father Larry Fanning died in 2001. Survivors: one daughter Olivia; mother, Sharon Fanning, Sioux Falls and brother, Todd Fanning.
’99 Suzanne Valerie Loen Berg, 36, of Wichita, KS, formerly of Sioux Falls, passed away unexpectedly, Tuesday, February 6, 2018, in Wichita. A Celebration of Suzanne’s life will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 17, 2018 in Miller Funeral Home Southside Chapel in Sioux Falls. Visitation will be two hours prior to the start of the service. Suzanne was born February 17, 1981, in Pierre to Douglas and Cindy (Rudy) Loen. She was a much loved and active child. During her early years, the family lived in Vermillion and settled in Sioux Falls. She graduated from O’Gorman High School in 1999, where she was active in many school activities. She obtained her bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Minnesota in Mankato. Suzanne loved the art of communication and its many forms. Suzanne and William (Bill) Berg were married May 20, 2005, at Holy Spirit Church in Sioux Falls. While they lived in the Minneapolis area, Suzanne taught communication at several schools. She went on to earn her PhD in Communications from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Suzanne found the perfect job at Newman University in Wichita, Kan. where she was an Associate Professor of Communications. She embraced the campus, and in turn, they embraced her. She was active at the University and in the Wichita community. She strove to have equality for all people and saw the good in everyone.She is survived by her husband, Bill; children, William and Lorelei; parents, Douglas and Cindy Loen; sister, Elizabeth (Dan) Nelich ‘02; grandparents, James and Marlene Rudy, and Carl Taylor; and her aunts, uncles, cousins and friends whom she loved fiercely.
Bette Battista, mother of Les Battista ‘65, Tanalee Storm ‘65, Renae Turbak ‘73, Cleland Battista ‘74, Michael Battista, and Debbie Colby ’80.
Richard Reynolds, husband of Annelle; stepfather of Pam McGlynn Boyum ’80 and Joseph Brown ’98.
Duane Cox, husband of Karyn; father of: Michelle, Wendy, Jason, Ryan ’90, Darin ’95 and Adam ’00.
Whitney Barnett, daughter of Tom ’69, sister of Brianne and Mallori.
Eugene Nash, husband of Marie (McIlvenna ’53); father of Deb Nash ’73, Becky, Tim, Sam, and Bob; grandfather to four.
William “Philip” Sessions, husband of Londa Ripley Sessions ’74; father of: Catherine, William “Philip” II, Christopher; son-in-law David; one granddaughter.
Robert Rossmeisl, husband of Muriel; father of Barbara Rossmeisl ’78, Susan Rossmeisl ’81, and Ann Rossmeisl Erickson ‘82. Memorials may be directed to O’Gorman High School, C/O SFCS Foundation, 3100 W. 41st St, Sioux Falls, SD 57105.
Alison English, wife of Al ’50; mother of: Thomas, Amy, Mary Vendrell ‘82, Susan Theis ‘84 and Tim.
Dorothy A. Briggs, mother of Ronald Briggs ’77, Richard Briggs ’78, Randy Briggs ‘80 and Renee Briggs- Buffington ’82.
Linda Tarnasky, mother of Aaron ’12 and Adam ’15.
Adam Garry, 17 year old great-grandson of Tom and Pat (Dargen) Garry, both ’48 graduates.
Rosalie Loveland, mother of: Jane Wirth ’69, Tom ’70, Dan ’72, Paul ’74, Jim and Joe.
Joyce Naber, wife of Dave; mother of Teri ’96, Erin ‘98, Liz ’03. Donations may be made to Holy Spirit School, in memory of Joyce, C/O SFCS Foundation, 3100 W. 41st, Sioux Falls, SD 57105.