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



Ron Schallenkamp was born on the family farm near Bridgewater, SD, to Frances and Henry (Shorty) Schallenkamp on April 2, 1934. He grew up loving nature and the outdoors with his three brothers and two sisters on the family farm. At a young age, he took piano lessons, and that set his path for his love of music throughout the rest of his life. Ron continued his love of music by attending DePaul University in Chicago, receiving a degree in Music. He obtained his masters in Music from the University of South Dakota. He married the love of his life, Mary Josephine Warn, on May 18, 1957. Ron and Mary Jo welcomed five children into their family, Mary Beth, Dona, Amy, Josephine and Steve. Ron loved his family, playing the organ and piano, directing his choirs, pheasant hunting, fishing, red plastic glasses filled with orange juice, his grandchildren, ice cream, O’Gorman football, playing cards and Dominos, birds, his yard, writing music, and Blanche Lake in no particular order. He didn’t like squirrels, pink flamingos or dogs in the house. Ron shared his everlasting faith in the Lord with those around him by directing the choirs and playing the organ at St. Joseph’s Cathedral for 50 plus years of his life and attending Mass every Sunday. He worked sharing his love of music with students by teaching at Sioux Falls Public School, O’Gorman, Cathedral, Sioux Falls College and giving piano lessons. He traveled to many wonderful places in the United States and in Europe on trips with Mary Jo and his choirs. His most cherished times were at his home and family lake cabin, creating special bonds and memories with Mary Jo, their children and grandchildren. Those grateful to have shared his incredible life are wife Mary Jo, daughters Mary Beth (Jim) Hommes, Dona (Harlan Krueger) Schallenkamp, Amy Isaacson, Josephine Schallenkamp, and son Steve (Jan) Schallenkamp. Grandchildren Maggie (Matt), Stephanie (Cory), Anthony (Amanda), Michaelin, Jim (Fallon), John, Josh (Jill), Jen (Craig), Luke (Monica), Chris (Kelsey), Ryan (Kaitlyn), Danny, Mike, Agnes, Matt, Abby and James. Fifteen great-grandchildren and his brothers Lloyd (Mary), Bob (Judy) and sisters Eileen and Marge. In-laws Donna Bunkers and Linda (Jim) Feterl and numerous nieces and nephews. He was proceeded in death by his parents, brother Ernie, brothers in-law George Fischette, Ken Byington, Gerry Bunkers and grandson Devin.


Marilyn Opheim passed away peacefully with her family by her side Monday, July 16, 2018 at Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls.  Marilyn Berniece Orcutt was born on October 4, 1946 to Bert and Leona Orcutt in Huron, South Dakota. Marilyn graduated from Washington High School in 1964. Following high school, she studied Education and Psychology at Emporia State Teachers College in Emporia, Kansas and later received her Master’s Degree from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 1970. During her college years, she worked for TWA Airline’s as a stewardess. Marilyn started her teaching career in 1971 at Saint Barnabas School in Bellmore, New York. In 1981, Marilyn moved to Sioux Falls and began working for the Sioux Falls Catholic Schools, teaching at Christ the King and St. Mary School. Marilyn retired in 2014. On July 9, 1995, Marilyn was united in marriage to Roger Opheim in Sioux Falls. Marilyn enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, sightseeing and trips to State National Parks. She loved spending time with family especially playing with her granddaughter. Grateful for having shared her life are her loving husband, Roger; cherished daughter, Leonie Moon; and dear granddaughter, Mia Moon. She is preceded in death by her parents; and baby son, Thomas Edwards.



’40   Kathleen Carroll Pearson has passed away. Survived by her daughter, Victoria; sisters: Donna, Rita, Joan and brothers Thomas and John (Jack). Preceded in death by her husband, Ben; siblings: Mary Averna ‘35, Patricia, Joseph ’37, Donald ‘40 and Richard. 


’41 Rita Grace Flanery passed away peacefully on July 19, 2018. She was born the youngest of seven on May 11, 1923 to John and Louise Honrath in Salem, SD. The Honraths spent some time living in Hartford, SD but eventually moved to Sioux Falls where Rita graduated from Cathedral High School. Rita joined the Civil Service following the bombing of Pearl Harbor and later enlisted in the Navy WAVES. She was extremely patriotic and proud that she was able to be of service to her country until she was honorably discharged in April of 1946. At 28, she met and married Orville Claude Flanery, who was her best friend and husband for 51 years. They always joked about who winked at who first when they initially met at church. Together they raised eight children. Rita stayed at home with the children until the youngest started school. After being out of the workforce for close to 20 years she chose to go back to a government position, first as a secretary at EROS Data Center and then on to the VA Hospital in Sioux Falls as a secretary to the chaplain. Even after becoming a busy working mother of eight, she still made time for others and was always ready to help someone in need. Rita was a long-time member of St. Joseph’s Cathedral Parish and Catholic Daughters. Her faith and trust in God has and always will be an inspiration to all those who crossed her path. Grateful for having shared her life are her children: Mark (Amanda) Flanery, Auburn, WA, Mary (Harry) Madsen, Sioux Falls, SD, Jane Brubaker, Hermosa Beach, CA, Susan (Mike) Hartman, Harrisburg, SD, Michael (Ann) Flanery, Bremerton, WA, Anne Buske, Sioux Falls, SD, Ruth (Ched) Johnson, Sioux Falls, SD; 20 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Rita was preceded in death by her loving husband, Orville; son, Patrick; an infant daughter, Catherine; her parents; and her siblings: Mary Lacey, Leo Honrath, Florence Siemonsma, Joseph Honrath, Francis Honrath and Virginia Kerkvliet. 


’44   Ardyce Sullivan passed away on June 7, 2018 at the age of 91 years. She lived independently until almost age 90, and spent the last 14 months at Dow Rummel Nursing Home after sustaining serious fractures from a fall. She was born in Sioux Falls SD on February 27, 1927 to William and Lillian Ament, the second oldest of six children. She attended St. Joseph’s Cathedral Grade School and High School, graduating in 1944. She married Robert Sullivan in 1949 and they raised four children. They had 46 happy years together until Bob passed away in 1995. Besides being an excellent wife, homemaker, and daughter who did much to help her own parents, Ardy was the head underwriter for Crum and Forster Insurance Company in Sioux Falls for over 27 years. The most difficult policies to rate were always given to her, and the head office in Minneapolis even sent their policies to her when no one else could figure them out. Ardy was a wonderful mother and grandmother. She was very intelligent and capable, hard-working, industrious, kind, generous, thoughtful, a good friend, and quick to do something nice for someone. She was progressive and liberal in her beliefs which stemmed from the knowledge that we are ALL God’s children. She loved to dance, email her kids and grandkids, and play bridge. She was a very good cook and an excellent baker, and no one could make a better pie, no one. Her Catholic faith was very important in her life. Ardy strongly encouraged her children and grandchildren to further their education, an opportunity that she had to forego even though the pharmacist she worked for during high school offered to pay her way through college if she would come back and run the pharmacy after she got her degree. Her parents needed the money she earned, so she was unable to go. Ardy is survived by her four children: Susan (Jim) Bohlman of Madison WI, Jim (Karen) of Norman OK, Mary (Charlie) Weatherwax of Sioux Falls, and Patty (Paul) Holler (Sioux Falls), and their spouses; her 11 grandchildren, and 22 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; sister: Suzanne Connelly, and brother: Tom Ament. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob Sullivan, and infant son, Stephen.


’44   Mary Kathleen (Cas) Bly was born November 23, 1926 in Mitchell, SD to Henry and Katherine (Welbes) VanDanacker. She was raised in nearby Farmer until age 16, when she and her mother moved to Sioux Falls following the death of her father. Cas graduated from Cathedral High School in 1944 and earned a degree in cosmetology from the South Dakota Beauty Academy. On July 3, 1947 she married Loren Dale Bly in Mankato, MN, where they lived until returning to the family farm near Brandon. It is there where they lived, worked and raised their family. In 1997 Cas moved to Garretson, where she remained until the time of her death. Following a long illness, Cas passed away on September 27, 2018 at Ava’s House. She is survived by Jerry (Ricke) Bly and their children Eric and Megan; Leala Bly and her children Lynn, Laura and Emily; Sue (James) Tupper and their children, Emma and Zachary; Dan Bly and his daughter, Betsy; Scott (Darla) Bly and their children Jase and Cole; Lisa (Mark) Johnson and their children Luke, Sam and Maddie. She is also survived by 16 great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. Cas was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Gerald and Raymond Tierney, sister Elsie Doyle, husband Loren, daughter Cheryl and son Timothy.


’45   Frank Gerard Caffrey age 91, passed away on July 26, 2018 at Sanford Hospice Centennial Cottage in Sioux Falls, SD with his family by his side. He was survived by his wife of 53 years, Barbara, his 3 sons, Patrick Caffrey (Jacquie Newhall) Boulder, CO, Peter Caffrey (Yolany) Scottsdale, AZ, Joe Caffrey (Krystal) Sioux Falls, SD and daughter Amy Caffrey Bruns (John) Dallas, TX, 6 grandchildren Jackson, Lauren, Drew, Ryenn, Lucas, and Grace, his brother Roy Caffrey (Nora) in Irvine, CA, sisters Berd Snyder (Don) and Mil Demars (Don) Spirit Lake, IA. Frank was preceded in death by his parents, Gabriel and Margaret (Sather) Caffrey; and his brother-in-law, Don Snyder.


’47   Marilyn D. Granum 89, passed away on August 25, 2018 at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls. Marilyn was born on April 27, 1929, in Sioux Falls to Florence and Erving O. Eastman. She attended Cathedral School and graduated from Cathedral High School in 1947.  She worked for many years as an office manager at the Dakota Iron Store in Sioux Falls, where she met her second husband, Melvin “Bud” Granum. They were married on February 19, 1972, and shared many wonderful years together until Bud passed away in 1985. As a devout Catholic, Marilyn was involved in many parish activities at St. Joseph’s Cathedral and Our Lady of Guadalupe churches. She had a caring nature and took great joy in helping and serving others. She was a dynamic volunteer to several organizations including Catholic Daughters of America, St. Francis House and the Good Samaritan Nursing Home, where she volunteered for over thirty years. Civic-minded as well, she was also an active member of the Extension Homemakers Club and served as an election poll worker for many years. Marilyn’s greatest joys in later life were spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and tending to her garden. Grateful for having shared her life are: her sons, Terry Mikkelson of Sioux Falls, Tony (Elizabeth) Mikkelson of Summerville, SC; step-son Roy (Karla) Granum, Minneapolis and step-daughter, Leslie (Dennis) Torres, El Dorado, CA; grandsons, Stephen (Tresa) Thill, Chancellor, SD and Scott (Tia) Thill, Watertown; granddaughters, Kristen (Gary) Bunt, Sioux Falls and Sarah (Mark) Peterson, Sioux Falls, Emily Mikkelson, Daniel Island, SC; step-grandsons Nathan (Anna) Granum, Waverly, Minnesota; step-granddaughters Natalie (Kevin) Richards, Madras, OR, Elizabeth (Adam) Phillips and Sydney Torres, both of El Dorado Hills, CA; and five great-grandchildren and eight step-great-grandchildren. Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin “Bud” Granum, daughter Joan Thill, son-in-law Dan Thill, step-daughter Susan Eastman, step-son Mark Granum, her parents, and siblings Dorothy, Margaret, Gordon, Robert and Ronald.


’50   Venencia A. (VA) Sunderman age 86, of Huron, passed away August 29, 2018 at SunQuest Healthcare Center in Huron. Venencia Ann McGlone was born on May 18, 1932 in Sioux Falls to Bill and Vera (McCullion). VA attended and graduated from Cathedral High School in 1950. After graduation, VA went to work as a buyer for Shriver Clothing. VA married Edward Sunderman on September 8, 1951 in Sioux Falls.  They made their homes in Sioux Falls, Aberdeen, and then finally in Huron in 1959. Along with raising her family, VA worked for the Huron School District in different capacities including being a lunch lady, serving malts in the high school lunchroom, working in the snack bar in the high school lounge, and also as para educator in both special education and title. Faith, family, and friends were important to VA. She was a strong believer in the Irish Catholic faith, a regular churchgoer, but most of all a true Christian. She was always putting everyone first and never had a harsh word to say about anyone. VA was always finding the good in people.  She was very proud of her Irish heritage.  With her fiery red hair, and quick wit, everyone loved her and she loved them.  Everyone she met, she treated with kindness and respect. She made you feel like you were a part of her family.  VA treasured her time with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, especially weekends at the lake, holiday gatherings, or anytime they were able to be together.  Wherever VA was, laughter could be heard. She is survived by her three sons: Mike (Connie) Sunderman of Sioux City, IA, Bill (Karen) Sunderman of Huron, and Tom Sunderman of Huron; three daughters: Liz (Bill) Fisher of Huron, Kathy (Ron) Curr of Huron, Judy (Ted) Haley of Lilydale, MN; twelve grandchildren: Jill (Brad) Jurgens, Tim (Sarah) Sunderman, Tyler (Terra) Fisher, Amy (Justin) Lindquist, Brian Curr, Christy (Josh) Vangsness, Laura (Jim) Allen, Jeff Sunderman, Sam (AJ Tischleder) Haley, Abby Haley, Josh Haley, and Erin Haley; and eleven great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Edward in 1997, her parents, infant daughter, Mary, and sister and brother-in-law, Beth (Gene) Karjala.


‘50   Ann Naughton Schaefle passed away peacefully in her sleep October 3, 2018. She was 86. Ann was born in Sioux Falls, SD, to Ed and Nellie Naughton. She and her 9 siblings were raised in the North End of Sioux Falls where the family were members of St. Joseph Cathedral parish and Ann and her siblings attended Cathedral school. As a child, Ann enjoyed helping her father in his large vegetable garden, organizing games with her siblings and neighborhood friends, and was an avid reader. Her mother taught her to bake, sew, and knit, hobbies that continued throughout her life. A talented seamstress, Ann often designed and made her own clothes as a young woman. After graduating from Cathedral High School in 1950, Ann’s adventurous and independent nature led her to Washington, DC, where she worked as a ticket reservation clerk for Braniff Airlines at National Airport. While working for Braniff Airlines, Ann met her future husband, John “Buck” Schaefle, also an airline employee. While living in Washington, DC, Ann and her friends from the airline would travel to explore many cities in the US, and once visited Havana, Cuba. Ann and Buck were married at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Sioux Falls in July 1956. In the early years of their marriage, Buck’s career as an air traffic controller took them around the Midwest. They lived in Elyria, OH, Huron, SD, Lafayette, IN, Bloomington, MN, Aberdeen, SD, and eventually back to Ann’s hometown of Sioux Falls. Together, Ann and Buck dedicated their lives to caring for children. Ann and Buck had nine kids, cared for three foster children, and Ann provided day care for friends’ and neighbors’ children. Ann also worked as a school librarian and aide in the Sioux Falls schools where she shared her love of reading. Ann loved to watch her children, those in her care, and other kids explore the world around them, express themselves, and discover creative outlets—singing and playing musical instruments, school plays and impromptu backyard and basement productions, writing stories, art, playing soccer, softball or baseball, and many, many other activities. Ann and Buck were fixtures at school events for the 30+ years their children attended elementary through high school, and even after their own children finished school they would attend events for friends’ and neighbors’ children. Ann and Buck were both active in their parish and community wherever they lived throughout their life together. Ann was involved in the National Organization of Women and the League of Women Voters, and often campaigned for issues and causes to improve women’s and children’s lives. After Buck passed, Ann moved to the Twin Cities to be closer to her children. For the last eight years of her life, Ann was a resident of St. Therese Care Center of New Hope. The Schaefle family would like to express their gratitude to the wonderful staff at St. Therese for the excellent and loving care they gave to Ann, and the support they provided to the rest of the family, as Ann coped with the effects of Alzheimer’s and other health issues. Ann is survived by her children Ed and Karen Schaefle (Anoka, MN), Mary Schaefle and Steve Baranski (Mounds View, MN), Nellie and Jeff Aghbashian (Cheyenne, WY), Nat Schaefle (Hyattsville, MD), Mayken and Joe Cox (Lauderdale, MN), Delia and Dean Coleman (Ankeny, IA), and Margie Schaefle (Coon Rapids, MN), and her grandchildren and great-grandchild Amanda, Jeremy, and Murphy, Colleen and Ian, Tara, Sophie, Ainsley, Sawyer, Michaela, and Grayson, as well as seven of her younger siblings, in-laws, and dozens of nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband Buck, her son Jim and daughter Sarah, her parents Ed and Nellie, and her sister Margo and brother Mike.


‘52   Blair J. Dravis, formerly of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, died at 85 years of age in Alabama. Blair was born on September 27, 1933. Blair attended St. Joseph Cathedral for 12 years and Graduated in 1952. He attended St. Thomas College, St. Paul and subsequently entered the U.S. Army in October of 1953 during the Korean conflict. After army service Blair attended the University of South Dakota, completing his bachelors studies in 1959. He worked in agri-business manufacturing operations for the next 34 years. The last 19 years of work were out of New York offices until retirement; while living in Fairfield and Westport, CT. After 10 years retired in Sun Lakes, Arizona, he returned to Alabama. Blair was born to Les and Bernice Dravis, both now deceased. Survivors include sister: Sandi Rausch (husband Vic); nephews: Jason(wife Lexi) and Chad of Columbus, OH; five children: Annette Woodward (husband Craig), Mark, Stuart (wife Pam) Dravis of Guntersville, AL, Dan Dravis (wife Cyndi) of Hampton Cove, AL, and Sheila Dravis-Cosgrove (husband Jay) of Fairfield, CT; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Blair had been married to the former Carol LeDuc in Sioux Falls, S.D. in October 1955. Carol had been a resident of Guntersville, AL, now deceased since April 2017.


’54   James P. “Pat” Rogers passed away September 4, 2018 after several years challenged by Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) at Avera Dougherty Hospice House. Pat was born in Sioux Falls, SD, August 1, 1936 to Si and Clara (Bunkers) Rogers. He was devoted to his faith, family, friends and his career in real estate and land development and the University of Notre Dame. He was a graduate of St. Joseph’s Cathedral High School in 1954. In the 1940’s and 1950’s when he and his brothers Tom and Emmet were brought up in the north end of Sioux Falls they had an entrepreneurial spirit selling garden vegetables, popcorn and delivering newspapers. Pat was very involved in church and school activities and as President of his senior class soon discovered he also inherited with high school friends the coordination of many class of 1954 high school reunions. In the 1950’s and 1960’s his dad kept him very involved in the Democratic party and the political life of Ralph Herseth and George McGovern. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1958. While there he was very involved in university activities and held some leadership roles in the social life of the campus. After graduation he returned to Sioux Falls to help his dad in the family real estate company for three years. He was invited in 1961 to be Executive Director of the Sioux Falls Development Foundation and eventually, to gain more experience in real estate business development he went with the Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan and then General Growth Properties of Des Moines, Iowa as Vice President of Commercial Property Management. In 1972 he returned to Sioux Falls to buy Rogers Realty with his brother Charles “Emmet” Rogers when their dad wanted to retire. In 1983 the company partnered with Mick McDowell to become McDowell Rogers Realty. In 1985 to 2003 Pat and Emmet also partnered with Phil Helland, Dick Sweetman, Merle Davis, Dick Sayre and John Van De Walle (now deceased) to form Prairie Green Golf Course development in south Sioux Falls. They gave land from this project to the City of Sioux Falls for the Prairie Green golf course. During over 50 years in real estate Pat gave extensively of time and leadership to the Real Estate Association at the city, state, and national level which also earned him recognition as Realtor of the Year in 1981. He retired in 2012. In 1964 he married Judy Nelson of Sioux Falls and they had three children, Paul, John, and Colleen. In 1978 he married Margot Stephen Hood and became a bonus dad to Brittany and Kari Hood. He was an hands-on dad to the five children and cheerleader for all their activities and accomplishments. Pat and Margot spent several years traveling abroad plus fun times with friends and family in California, Florida, Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, New York, and Boston and especially a trip to Ireland to see Notre Dame play Navy in Dublin in 1996. Game days at Notre Dame and reunions were always a good time with family and friends. Pat is survived by his wife of 39 years, Margot Hood-Rogers and children Paul Rogers of Minneapolis, Mn.; Brittany (Gary) Schmidt and Kelly, Maggie, Erin of Sioux Falls and Renner, SD; John Rogers and daughter Emma Lyon-Rogers of Los Angeles, Calif.; Colleen Rogers (Gregg Eyman) and LouLou and Quin Eyman of Eden Prairie, Mn; D.P. Eyman, Boca Raton, FL, and Kari (Jeremy) Schmidt and Alex, Carter and Kate of Saline, Michigan; brother Charles “Emmet” (Mary Gayle) Rogers of Sioux Falls, sister Susan Reedy Pier (Wayne Pier) of Chicago, Ill; and Gail Rogers, Sioux Falls; brother-in-law Art Stephen of Augusta, Ga; and Deborah Green of Boston and Florida; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Si and Clara Rogers, his brother Tom Rogers, a baby brother Michael, and brother-in-law Jerry Reedy.


’56   Theresa Frankman Hall died Aug. 26, 2018. Survived by children: Kim, Tim and Mike; two grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; her sister Mary Frankman Nygaard ‘44. Preceded in death by her husband, Dick; siblings Donna Frankman Wold ‘46, Roy Frankman ‘53, Wayne Frankman and Bill Frankman Sr ‘39.


’57   Patrick Dennis Fleming passed from this life peacefully at 4:40 am September 22, 2018 in his home of forty-six years in Portland, Oregon at the age of 80. Patrick is survived by his wife of fifty-four years, Marilyn Frances Mack*; his daughters Maria (husband John Kelly) and Andree Cannon-Fleming (husband Luke); his grandchildren Coeli Fleming-Kelly (21) and Ellis Cannon-Fleming (14) his sister Sharlene Lamberty, brothers Jerry and Michael, siblings-in-law Thea, Rick Lamberty, Loretta, Jerry Wurtz, and Ginger, cousins Don and Lassie Colebourn, and all of Marilyn’s siblings. In addition to his wife, he is also survived by the other seven community members of his generation (Paul and Janet Olson, Susan Kelly, Anne and Tom Caruso, and Ann and Steve Schneider), all the children and grandchildren of the beloved five-family-community, and life-long friends Toni and Jo Bechtold, long-time friends Bill and Marie Langenes. Patrick is preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Norma, older brothers Joe, Jim and wife Martha, and Ron and wife Peggy, and younger sister Kate Wurtz. Patrick was born on March 23, 1938 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He graduated from Cathedral high school in 1957, and Carroll College in 1964 with a B.A. in English and Social Studies. He earned his M.Ed. from Eastern Oregon in 1968. He married Marilyn Frances Mack in August 1964. Maria was born in 1965; Andree in 1967. Marilyn and Patrick moved from Helena, Montana to Wallowa, Oregon in 1964 where they taught high school, managed an apartment/ motel, and coached year-round. His Wallowa high school football team won the state championship in 1967. They moved to Gladstone, Oregon to continue their careers as high school teachers, and Patrick continued year-round coaching at Rex Putnam high school. No one can fully and accurately recreate Patrick’s colorful school and work records. Frankly, he found his passion in non-traditional educational settings. Patrick left secondary teaching to coordinate a latch key program for the YMCA in 1971. At St. Andrew Catholic Church, he spent a couple years teaching adult basic education as a volunteer while accompanying Maria and Andree’s school field trips, making weekly twelve loaves of bread, and pounds of granola for the so-named Big House community. By 1975 he found himself riding his bike from Baloney Joes to Rocky Butte Jail to Urban Indian League, and Portland Opportunity Industrial Center teaching literacy and numeracy to adults without high school diplomas. For the seven years of his daughters’ college tuition payments which coincided with Patrick’s 40s, he moved into a new profession, vocational rehabilitation, connecting people with training and work in fields new to them.  At age fifty he went back to school to become accredited as a teacher for students with learning differences. He spent his last years before retirement at Edison high school teaching English. St. Andrew Catholic Church received the majority of his volunteer attention, as a server and choir member during mass, as a CCD instructor, Bible Camp coordinator, Sunday mass ministry schedule-er, Dignity USA advocate, youth minister, pre-marriage prep participant, and counting the collections weekly in recent years. Notably in his retirement years, he walked from home to Emanuel hospital weekly to visit patients and distribute communion. His most beloved service was delivering food for St. Vincent de Paul to the neighborhood families surrounding the church. After his dementia diagnosis Patrick developed new skills in drawing, mixing colors, and painting. He spent several years creating art at MIM Alzheimer’s Association weekly program, and later Mondays at the Portland Art Museum with the docents who not only brought art history to life but guided him in discovering his own talents. His artwork decorates the families’ homes. His well-remembered trip to Paris in fall 2013 showed a new level of art appreciation that motivated him for miles of walking to reach museums and art galleries. Less surprising was his participation in the Alzheimer Association and Marie Smith choirs


‘58   Sharon Marie Meirose, age 78, died on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at her home with her loving husband at her side after a year’s long battle with a rapid form of dementia.  Sharon Marie was born to James & Opal (Smith) Maher in Brookings, SD on February 20, 1940.  She married Paul Edwin Meirose on October 4th, 1958 after graduating from Cathedral High School. Sharon spent her career as a mother and working in the auditing office for Sears Roebuck & Co, for more than 30 years.  She was an avid camper, outdoor enthusiast, and a lifelong walker until she graduated to a “super hiker,” scaling the desert mountains of Arizona with friends. Grateful for having shared her life are her loyal husband, Paul Meirose, Sioux Falls, SD; her children: Lisa Stellinga and her husband, Brian, Brandon, SD and Todd Meirose, Sioux Falls, SD.  Sharon was a proud grandmother to Sadie (& Eric) Meirose, Sioux Falls, SD, Todd Meirose (& Lauren), Jacob Sirio, Cody Hanson (& his wife, McKenzie) Sioux Falls, SD, Amanda Walters (& Corey), Sioux Falls, SD, Garret Stellinga and Hannah Stellinga, both of Brandon, SD; her great grandchildren: Sophia, Jeremiah, Bostyn, Todd III and Connor; her brother, Terry Maher and his wife, Jean, Sioux Falls, SD; her sister, Patty Bader and her brother-in-law, Glen Dean. Sharon was preceded in death by her parents, James & Opal Maher; siblings: Pauline Schneiderhan, Rose Kruse, Alice Hoier, Margaret “Honey” Dean, Ellen Baete and Jim Maher; and her grandson, Seth Sagness. Sharon will be remembered for the hundreds of notes/cards of encouragement she wrote to many as well as her generous hospitality.


’61   Lois Klinkel, 74, of Sioux Falls, SD died Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at the Avera Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls. Lois Klinkel, first born daughter of Edwin and Elsie (Hoeppner) Hey, was born on August 5, 1943 in Sioux Falls, SD.  She grew up in Sioux Falls, except for a short time when the family lived in Hills, MN.  She attended 2nd and 3rd grade in Hills, MN, and the remainder of her school years were completed in Sioux Falls.  Lois graduated from Cathedral High School in 1961, the last graduating class before it became O’Gorman. She was on the A and B Honor Roll most of her high school career.  She was nominated to the National Honor Society.  So intelligent, Lois was always interested in higher learning.  She took many college courses throughout her working years and was enrolled in the OLLI classes since its inception.  She was even signed up for the OLLI classes last fall but was not able to attend many of them. Learning was always important to Lois and she impressed this upon Kory and her grandchildren.  She had a fierce love for Kory, Brittany, Kayley and Jonah. Brittany’s boyfriend, Eddie, also held a special place in her heart. Lois went right to work following graduation. She was employed by the Gas Company for several years and then went on to work for the telephone company as a Sales Representative, retiring after 30 years of service. She even went back and did contract work for the phone company for a time after retiring. Lois was united in marriage with the love of her life, Delbert “Del” Klinkel on November 8, 1969 in Reno, NV. They made their home in Sioux Falls and son, Kory, was born in 1971. Del suffered a heart attack and passed away December 30, 1972. After being widowed, Lois raised Kory on her own while working to support the two of them. Family was always important to Lois. She took great interest in all her nieces and nephews and enjoyed making memories with all of them.  Lois was a devoted mother and took great pride in being “Nana” to Brittany, Kayley and Jonah.  She enjoyed traveling and she especially loved taking cruises.  She took several Caribbean Cruises, Hawaiian Island Cruises, a Panama Canal Cruise and an Alaskan Cruise.  Lois shared her love of traveling with her grandchildren, enjoying a cruise with them as part of their high school graduation celebration. Always a hard worker, Lois did all of her own yard work, lawn mowing and snow blowing up until last year.  She had an amazing flower garden, which she loved devoting time and effort into. Through everything–from assigning her sisters their favorite colors, to dressing up a young Kory for his many photo shoots, to countless birthday ice cream outings–you will live on and stay in our hearts forever.  Grateful for having shared her life are her son, Kory Klinkel, Tea, SD, three grandchildren, Brittany Klinkel, Fargo, ND, Kayley Klinkel, Tea, SD, Jonah Klinkel, Tea, SD; three sisters, Rita Donovan and her husband, Mike, Sioux Falls, SD, Elsie Baye, Humboldt, SD, Mary Lunde and her husband, Lloyd, Sioux Falls, SD; and many other relatives and friends. Lois was preceded in death by her husband, Del; and her parents, Edwin and Elsie Hey: her niece, Ambur Lunde; her nephews, Mike Donovan, Jr. and Robert Gettier, and brother-in-law, Edmund “Sonny“ Baye.


‘61   John Milton Askew, formerly of Pierre, SD passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, January 8, 2018 in Wichita, KS. John was born April 27, 1943 in Sioux Falls, SD to Milton and Eldene Askew. He graduated high school from Sioux Falls Cathedral in 1961. After high school John worked for his father at Askew Music in Sioux Falls until hitting the road with his own band Bluez Beri Jam, playing under the stage name of Johnny Q. John went to work at the Huron Music Center, in Huron, SD where he met Hank Zeigler. In 1973, John moved to Pierre where he and Hank opened A&Z Music, a business they operated successfully for more than 30 years. A&Z Music was inducted into the South Dakota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April of 2017. John married Dawn Riegel, March 20, 1987 in Deadwood, SD. John and Dawn spent their retirement years in Wichita, KS where he continued to play music at a local level. John was a devoted husband, father, uncle, and grandfather, and a very talented musician. He also was an avid Minnesota Vikings fan. Throughout John’s life, he never knew a stranger. John is survived by his wife Dawn, two children, daughter Lynda (Scott) Pruett of Keenesburg, CO, son Tom (Connie) Askew of Olathe, KS, grandsons Nick Askew and Mason Askew, step-daughter Chris (Rick) Jordan of Sturgis, SD, step-son Troy (Christine) Riegel of Rapid City, SD, grandson Dustin Jordan, granddaughter Shannon (Kyle) Brown, grandson Stone Riegel, and great-grandchildren Isaac Jordan, Christine Jordan, Wyatt Brown, Allie Brown, nieces and nephews Pam (Ed) Wilds, Brad Hastings, Brian (Meg) Hastings, Bart (Tammy) Hastings, Barbara (Steve) Kildahl, Beth Bolstad (Tim Johnson), and countless friends. John was preceded in death by his parents Milton and Eldene, and his sister and brother-in-law Donna and Ken Hastings.


’63   Chuck Ralph, was born on September 7, 1944 and passed away on May 20, 2018. Charles was a resident of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas at the time of passing. He earned a Bachelors’ Degree from South Dakota State University. Chuck was a proud Vietnam Era veteran of the United States Army and served in Korea.


’65   Kenneth “Ken” Duerst  passed at the Sioux Falls VA hospital on September 10th at the age of 70. He was born and raised in Sioux Falls, the third of six children of Bob and Claire Duerst. He attended St. Mary’s and Cathedral Grade Schools, and graduated from O’Gorman High School in 1965 – the first class to spend all four years there.  He later attended SDSU and Augustana Universities. Ken joined the Air Force after high school.  He served from 1967–1970 and had combat assignments in Vietnam. He worked as a Mechanical Crew Chief on T-39s, flying high ranking officers and unnamed individuals around the Far East. He attained the rank of SSgt E-5 and earned a Good Conduct medal. Unfortunately, he was exposed to Agent Orange that later contributed to diabetes and earned him a disability retirement. He spent most of his working career as a building contractor.  He and his business partner and friend, Ron Schlegel, built over 50 houses in the greater Sioux Falls area – many for Dunham Construction, and also worked on over 100 other residential and commercial projects.  One of their specialties was building new foundations for historic homes.  His last project was working on rehabbing an historic home in the Cathedral area. Ken also spent approximately 15 years in the Bay Area of California doing remodeling work before returning to Sioux Falls, where he continued that line of work. Ken spent most of his life working and partying hard. He loved to hunt, and that was an important factor in his decision to return to Sioux Falls. His other great passion was his Porsche. He went to great lengths to dress it up, including adding elk interior leather. He won a number of awards showing it. Although he never married, he was the heartthrob of many beautiful ladies. He did have one daughter, Deborah, whom he tried to connect with but never could locate. He is survived by his siblings, Gary, Sharon, Jeanne, Anne and Mary, along with four nephews and two nieces. He is also survived by approximately 30 first cousins and their families, including the Doohens and Lamberts, many of whom reside in the greater Sioux Falls area.


’65   Patricia E. Martin, 71, of Marshall, IL passed away Sept. 3, 2018 in St. Vincent Hospital at Indianapolis, IN. Pat retired from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of Union Hospital in Terre Haute in 2013. Her nursing career spanned 45 years of serving others. She was born July 15, 1947 at Grafton, ND, the daughter of Walter and Jean Donnelly Keyes. She married Dennis C. Martin on May 27, 1973 at La Crosse, Wisconsin. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Marshall, Marshall Service League, B.R.I.D.G.E., Belles of St. Mary’s and P.E.O. Service Sorority of Terre Haute. Pat is survived by her husband, Dennis; children, Amy (Brian) Duke of Shelbyville, IL, Jill (Jason) Crowder of Peoria, IL and John (LeEllen) Martin of Terre Haute, IN; grandchildren, Greta, Harrison and Martin Duke, EmmaLe Zimmerman, Piper and Raegyn Martin; her mother, Jean Keyes; siblings, Tom (Connie) Keyes, Dan (Cathie) Keyes, Kathy (Tony) Horn, Bill (Neva) Keyes, Mike Keyes, Carolyn (Dan) Cooper and Kelly (Dave) Hasvold and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father and nephew, Ryan Keyes.


’70   Cathy Bierer Jacobson died May 18th. Survived by her husband, Bill; two sons, Chris and Michael; a brother, Tom Bierer ‘73.


’73   Jacqueline “Jackie” Marie Lamis was called home on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 after a long-fought illness at home surrounded by her family. Jackie was born on November 18, 1954 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota where she lived and attended St. Lambert Grade School and O’Gorman High School, graduating in 1973. After high school, Jackie fulfilled her lifelong dream of becoming a Registered Nurse, attending Presentation College in Aberdeen, South Dakota in the spring of 1975. During that time Jackie met Steve Lamis and married in November 1974 and lived in Aberdeen and started a family. They moved back to Sioux Falls in 1978. Jackie worked at Sioux Valley Hospital in the Same-Day Surgery Department until 1988, where she and Steve took job opportunities at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona. Jackie worked in the GI Department as an assistant supervisor, supervisor and advancing to manager until her retirement in 2013. Grateful for having shared her life is her husband, Steve Lamis, Sons – Chet wife Jenn, Benjamin (BJ) wife Beth and daughter Angela Giannotti husband Joe. Along with grandchildren Julia, Taylor, Madison, Brennan, Isabella, Isaac, Camille and Keeley. Mother Dorothy; sisters – Colleen, Shannon, Maureen and brother Neil. Jackie is preceded in death by her father, R. Keith Kelly along with several aunts and uncles.


’75   Joel Wardell, 61, of Sioux Falls, passed away of declining health on Wednesday, August 22, 2018. Joel Francis Wardell, son of Lyle and Virginia (Herman) Wardell, was born May 16, 1957 in Sioux Falls, SD.  He grew up in Sioux Falls attending catholic schools and graduating from O’Gorman High School in 1975. He immediately began working of Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. as an Operator until his retirement in 2000. Joel was united in marriage with Debra Smith in 1979.  To this union they were blessed with two children, Angela and Adam. He loved spending time with his grandchildren.  He enjoyed collecting different antiques, coins, ball cards, etc. Grateful for having shared his life are his two children and four grandchildren, Angela Christoffels and her children, Madalyn and Blair, Sioux Falls, SD and Adam Wardell and his children, DrakeWardell and Izabella Forseth, Sioux Falls, SD; six brothers, Roque Wardell, Helena, MT, Kim Wardell, Missoula, MT, Jeff (Sandy) Wardell, Sioux Falls, SD, Todd Wardell, Medical Lake, WA, Don Wardell, Mitchell, SD, Jack (Holly) Wardell, Fairberry, NE; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Jacob Christoffels; and a niece Jami Selzler.


’15   Emily Groth: The gifted and beautiful Emily Anne Groth, 21, of Sioux Falls, SD died on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 after a tragic drug overdose. Her official cause of death was fentanyl poisoning. Emilywas born March 23, 1997 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls to Angela (Koehnecke) Rink and Todd Groth. The nurses there told her mother that she was one of the cuddliest newborns ever in their care. Emily was a star student, first at St. Lambert Catholic School for kindergarten and then at Robert Frost elementary.  She was a member of the art club, Girl Scouts, and Power & Grace Gymnastics Team. She attended 6th grade at Edison Middle School and 7th through 12th grade at O’Gorman High School.  She earned nine college credits while in high school.  Emily received a Scholastic art scholarship to the University of South Dakota, where she completed one semester. Emily’s creative genius was reflected in her artwork. She was an original who continued working on her paintings and pottery for art shows and recently sold her work through Etsy online. As a toddler, she would bring her mother amazing works of art she made out of sticks, rocks and leaves. In high school she won first place in the state for her artwork from the South Dakota High School Activities Association. She was also an accomplished seamstress who designed her own clothing and made hats and accessories. Emily was also heavily influenced by music, starting with Kindermusik as a toddler. In second grade, at her insistence, she began taking violin lessons. She switched to cello after a couple of years and also played the French horn. In addition, Emily was a talented athlete. Emily began taking gymnastics lessons while still in preschool and went on to be on the All American Club team, where she excelled and won many medals, mostly in her favorite events: vault and beam. She also competed at State Gymnastic meets several times for the O’Gorman Gymnastics team. Emily’s gymnastics career spanned 11 years. Emily also participated in competitive cheer for Dakota Spirit and was on the cheer team for one year at O’Gorman. She also ran track and in middle school was the hurdle champion at the All City Track meet. She excelled at the hurdles and triple jump in high school. Her love for running continued and she typically ran six to 12 miles several days a week–with her best friend–her Border Collie, Willow. She aspired to run a marathon one day. Emily was always a natural with children and served as a nanny for families. She was a hard worker and held part-time jobs throughout high school, even while participating in extra-curricular activities and taking high-level classes. With a love of the great outdoors, she delighted in hiking and camping adventures.  She spent many summers at Norwegian Camp at Concordia Language Villages. Colorado was one of her favorite places where she mastered snowboarding. Emily often said, the best day of her life was the day she and her mom spent at Disney world, riding Splash Mountain over and over again until the park closed. Emily had a big heart and was thoughtful and kind. Her family was always touched by her homemade, personalized presents. Emily was true to herself and her own individuality. She inspired others to do the same. Our hearts are broken at the loss of this incredibly creative and talented human being. Emily was like a shooting star, bright, beautiful and gone too soon. Grateful for having shared Emily’s life are her mother, Angela Rink, father Todd Groth, and stepfather, Jeff Rink, sister Abigail Groth, brother Adam Groth, stepbrother Jordan Rink, all of Sioux Falls; maternal grandparents, Roger and Dianne Koehnecke of St. Louis, MO; paternal grandparents, Kerry and Galen Groth of Spencer, Iowa; uncle and aunt, John and Kate Koehnecke, cousins, Quinn and Will of Kansas City, KS; uncle and aunt, Chris and Silke Koehnecke of Dallas TX; aunt and uncle, Robin and Rick Newcomb, cousins Katie, Jacob and Hannah, all of Spencer, IA, along with numerous extended family members and friends. Emily was preceded in death by maternal great-grandparents Genevieve and Alf Swenson and Nelly and Erwin (EP) Koehnecke, paternal great-grandparents Betty and Elmer Witt and Artie and Richard Groth, and grandfather figure, Edward Egan. After Emily’s passing, her parents have now started sharing Emily’s story, her family’s personal tragedy, in the hope that it can be a catalyst for change. They have started Emily’s Hope, a fund set up through the Avera McKennan Foundation to help offset the cost of addiction treatment when Avera’s new treatment center opens next fall (2019).



Bob Leiferman, husband of JoAnne; father of Cindy ’80, Steve ’81, Laurie ’83 (dec.) and Jenn ’89. Memorials have been directed to O’Gorman High School, C/O SFCS Foundation, 3100 W. 41st St, Sioux Falls, SD 57105.

Cornelius “C.O.” Powell, husband of Mary; father of Cornelius III ’01, Sean ’04, Will ’09 and Maria ’11.

Barbara Caster, wife of Terry ’49; mother of: Terry Van, Jeff, Craig, Mechele, Brian, Jill, Barbi and Dan; grandmother to 40, great-grandmother to 48.

Joyce Schmidt, wife of Bill ’56. 

Guy Tam, husband of Carolyn; father of Rebecca ’84, Laura ’86 and Paulette ’90.

Dolores Rose Klug, mother of: Ann ’72, Wayne ’77 and Lynn ’78. 

Gale Thomassen, husband of Barbara (Boos) ’64; father of Teresa ’84, Carl ’85, Becky ’86, Dan ’92, Barbara ’94 and Kristen ’99.  

Don Tunender, husband of Margaret; father of Lisa Tunender Irvine ’80, Joan Tunender Hurley ’83 and Matt Tunender ’97.

Alvin “Buzz” Nelson, husband of Lois; father of: Michelle Nelson Bonitto ’76, Mike, Jill, Ann and Linn. 

Colleen Barnett Naughton, wife of Tom ’61; mother of: Erin, Rachel and Brian, grandmother of four.

Cathy Wiese, wife of Chuck; mother of Ryan Wiese ’99, step-mother of Kristen Wiese.

Roger Ferrie, husband of Shirley (Fendrich) ’54; father of Mike, Bruce, Patrick, Jim and Brad. 

Margaret Mairose, mother of: Gordon Mairose ‘66, Robert Mairose ‘68, Mary Mairose Washburn, Jane Mairose ‘73 and John Mairose. 

Bernadine “Birdie” Millette, wife of Chuck; mother of: David ‘68, Robert ’71 (dec.), Karen Millette Reiter ‘76, Janet Millette Studdert ‘78; grandma of eight. 

Bill Vossler, son of Margaret Chalus Vossler ’55 and John “Bud” Vossler ’53 (dec.), brother of John III, Mark, Steven, David and Ann Marie. 

Alice Allington, wife of Gary Allington ‘60; mother of Daniel (dec.) and Anne.

William “Bill” Fisher, brother of  Ann Fisher Aslin ‘54, Mary Fisher Jirschele ‘58, Roy Fisher ‘56 and Regina Fischer ‘56 (dec.).

Mary Wallner Perkins, sister of: Joan Wallner Wray ’55, Tom Wallner ’57, Steve Wallner ’63, Maury Wallner ’64, Rich Wallner ’68, Rob Wallner ’69, Dan Wallner ’75, Joe Wallner ’78 and Frank Wallner ’72 (dec).  

Jim Hines, husband of Joann Kapaun Hines ’52; brother of Patty Hines Hauk ‘52, brother-in-law of Flo Kapaun ’49; father of John (dec.), Jeff, Jana; grandfather to four, great grandfather to two and great-great grandfather to three. 

Phil Kearney, husband of Peggy Jansa Kearney ‘68; father of Christopher and Sean.

Monte Martell, husband of Shirley Fox Martell ‘70; father of: Matt, Andy and Angie; grandfather to three. 

George Michel, father of:  Gregory ‘72, Douglas ‘73, Karen ‘75, Gary ‘76, Karla ‘77, Paul ‘80 and Trish; and two step-children Janet and John.

Velma Sjoberg, mother of Paulette Sjoberg Kinzer ‘65, and Michael Sjoberg ‘69. Velma worked at O’Gorman for a few years.