Full obits from the "In Loving Memory" section of the Winter 2019 Re-U-KNIGHT-ER



Edward McGuire, former Dean of Men and history teacher at O’Gorman, died Jan. 7th at the age of 96. Ed was born on July 1, 1922 in Corson County, South Dakota to Laura and James McGuire.  Ed grew up near Timber Lake, S.D. He graduated from St. John’s University and served in the military during WWIIin the Philippines. After the war, Ed owned a cafe in Gettysburg, S.D. where he met Jane Agnes Coyle. They married September 12th 1949 and had six children: Daniel, Timothy, Laurie, Mark, Joel and Lisa. Ed spent most of his working years as a teacher and school administrator in both public and parochial schools followed by a second career in business communications equipment, and then a third in insurance. He possessed a very strong faith in Catholicism. He loved to read and tell stories. He enjoyed pheasant hunting and fishing – the size and amount of fish were never important. Ed was a lifetime baseball fan.  Ed was preceded in death by his father, James McGuire and mother Laura, brother Merlin, brother Tom, sister Margaret, sister Katherine. He is survived by his wife, Jane; children: Dan ‘69, Tim ‘70, Laurie Pittman ‘73, Mark ‘75, Joel ‘78, and Lisa Lee ‘80; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren, and a brother, Bob.  

Memorials are being directed to Sioux Falls Catholic Schools, 3100 W. 41st St, Sioux Falls, SD 57105.   


Yvonne Doss, 98, longtime teacher at Christ the King School, passed away peacefully on January 31, 2019, surrounded by her loved ones. Yvonne was born on June 9, 1920 in Montrose, SD. She pursued a career in education, starting off teaching in a one room country schoolhouse. She married John Doss on May 15, 1943, settling in Sioux Falls to raise seven children. Yvonne earned her Master’s degree and continued her teaching career at Christ the King for the next 20 years. Grateful for having shared Yvonne’s life are her brother, Denny (Marvia) O’Dea and sister, Donna O’Dea; sons, John (Diane), Daniel ‘74 (Leslie), David ‘80 (Colleen) and daughters, Cynthia ‘69, Janet ‘70 (Phil Gumbert), Patty ‘78 (Tom Schliesman); 19 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her son Larry ‘65, infant daughter Jean Marie, and husband John. 

Memorials are being directed to tuition assistance at Sioux Falls Catholic Schools, 3100 W. 41st St, Sioux Falls, SD 57105. 



‘40 Mary Elizabeth Martin Cypher, 95, of Hazel, SD, passed away on October 7, 2018, at the Estelline Nursing & Care Center. Mary Elizabeth Cypher was born on January 16, 1923, to Charles and Margaret (O’Connor) Martin at home on the family farm north of Crocker, SD. She attended country school near home and in 1940 she graduated from Cathedral. In 1941, she received her one year teaching degree and taught for four years. Mary married Lloyd M. Cypher on June 5, 1945, at the Catholic church in Crocker. Mary enjoyed being around children. After 10 years she continued her education, receiving her two year degree, her four year degree and then her Master’s degree with counseling. Mary was the Elementary Principal at Willow Lake, Toronto and Florence. She had taught for 43 years. 

Mary is survived by her six daughters, Mary Jane (John) Rich, Margaret (David) Langenfeld, Dorothy (Jerry) Stewart, Rita (Charles) Marotz, Christine (Larry) Cain, and Jean (Timothy) Novak; five sons, Michael (Eileen), Thomas, James (Brenda), John (Kimerly) and Timothy; a daughter-in-law, Melanie Opitz; one sister, Gertrude Mangan; 31 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband Lloyd, one son Patrick, one grandson Benjamin, three great-granddaughters Harlie, Hunter, and Erikka, three brothers Thomas, Paul, and Charles, and one sister Catherine Bell. 


’42 Lois Natz Zerfas, 94, of Madison, SD, passed away November 14, 2018 at The Neighborhoods at Brookview, in Brookings, SD.  Lois Jean Natz was born to Christian Bonaventure and Martha Henrietta (Meyer) Natz in Sioux Falls, SD on March 14, 1924. Lois grew up and attended school in Sioux Falls, graduating from St. Joseph’s Cathedral High School in 1942. After high school, she worked at Koplow’s in Sioux Falls with her sister Zita Brandenburg. Lois was united in marriage to Robert Leo Zerfas on March 17th, 1945 while Robert was on leave from the U.S. Navy during World War II. Lois and Bob made their home in Watertown, where they raised thirteen children: seven boys and six girls. In 1968, Lois and Bob moved their family to Madison, SD where Lois was a stay at home mom. In 1972, Lois went to work for Spies Super Value when her husband had to medically retire. She worked for them before retiring in 1992 after twenty years of employment. Upon retirement, Lois helped out at Splash and Dash Car Wash where she was their bookkeeper. She was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Church. Bob and her children, along with grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren were the most important part of her life. Lois showed her children how to love unconditionally and how to be your very best in all you do. She gave her all to God and her family, never once stopping to think about herself. Her children could always find Lois reading her Bible or saying prayers from her favorite prayer book. Every moment she could spend with her children and grandchildren were precious times.  

Lois’s family includes her children: Collette Broveleit of Howard, SD, Gregory (LouAnn) Zerfas of Sioux Falls, SD, Daniel (Terry) Zerfas of Sioux Falls, SD, Thomas (Stephanie) Zerfas of Aberdeen, SD, Colleen (Ralph) Janssen of Ripon, WI, Michelle (Ken) Workowski of Viola, WI, Douglas (Noi) Zerfas of Baltimore, MD, David (Ann) Zerfas of Madison, SD, Francine (Royston) Zerfas-Coppenger of Brooklyn, NY, Annette (Craig) Miller of Madison, SD, Paulette (Mike) Janssen of Princeton, WI, Mark (Lisa) Zerfas of Sioux Falls, SD, Andrew (Laura) Zerfas of Brookings, SD; her three brothers, Bill Natz (Joan) ‘49 of Sun City, AZ, Bob Natz ‘51 of Sioux Falls, SD and Kit Natz ‘52 (Marilyn) of St. Paul, MN; her 26 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild along with several nieces and nephews.  Lois was preceded in death by her parents, Christian and Martha; her step-mother, Orpha Natz; her husband, Robert; three sisters, Vivian Butolph and her husband Earl, Eunice Zerfas and her husband Emmett and Zita Brandenburg and her husband Paul; one brother, Cletus Natz ‘26 and his wife Marge; one son-in-law, Jerry Broveleit, and one sister-in-law, Betty Natz.  Survived by her children: Collette Broveleit, former principal at Christ the King, St. Mary’s and OGJH, Gregory, Daniel, Thomas, Colleen, Michelle, Douglas, David, Francine, Annette, Paulette, Mark, Andrew; three brothers, Bill Natz ‘49, Bob Natz ‘51 and Kit Natz ‘52; 26 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandchild. Preceded in death by siblings: Vivian, Eunice ’24, Zita ’32, and Clete ’26. 


’42 Alice Maxine or “Mickey” Skaff as most knew her, passed away in her sleep on July 31, 2018, in Virginia, at the age of 93. Maxine was born in Sioux Falls, SD on Sept. 13, 1924. She was one of 8 children.  Mickey met her husband, Andy, while he was stationed at an Army recruiting office in Sioux Falls during WWII and they were married in 1942. After the War, their son, Andy, was born and they moved to Toledo, OH. There, they started a restaurant business, the Willows. In 1955, after many years of hard work, and just as the business was going strong, sadly, her husband passed away at the age of 33, just 2 months before the birth of their second child, Andrea. Maxine stayed in Toledo for many years and worked for her brother-in-law, Fred, at the Charcoal House Restaurant. Then, in 1969, having remembered the beauty of California, from when she and Andy was stationed there during the War, she moved to Sacramento. She remained there until 2002, when she moved to Virginia to live with her daughter and son in law.Maxine never did remarry and became known for her incredible hard work and strong will. Though tough in those days for a young widow to make it on her own, she did the best she could, and accomplished much, as both of her children went on to earn college degrees. Until the age of 90, Maxine was in excellent health, and even at death, not much was physically wrong, except for dementia. She will be remembered for her beauty, her hard work, and her strong will, as she was a unique individual, and will be missed by those close to her.  

Mickey is survived by her son, Andy, and wife, Lois, and by her daughter, Andrea, and husband, Pete. She has four granddaughters, Amy, Julie, Kristen & Hanna. Her great grandchildren include Nate, Alex and Whitney. She is also survived by siblings Maureen ’38, Barbara ‘48, Tommy ’49 and Mary Jo ‘55. Preceded in death by her husband, Andy, and siblings: Bud ’40, Rita, and Audrey ’44. 


’44 Sr. Julianne Josten, OP was called to eternal life by the Lord and Giver of life on December 10, 2018, in the 72nd year of her profession.  Julianne Josten was born in Sioux Falls, SD on November 21, 1926. Her parents were Nicholas Jacob Josten and Marie Julia (Marx) Josten. She attended Cathedral Grade School and High School in Sioux Falls, graduating in 1944. Sr. Julianne applied to enter the congregation of Dominican Sisters at Sinsinawa, WI a few days after her graduation from high school, and was received as Sister Mary Leonard on August 4, 1945. After her first profession the following year, she was sent as a primary teacher to St. Mary School, Evanston, IL where she ministered from 1946 to 1949. She taught in subsequent years at the following schools: Immaculate Conception, Chicago, IL; St. Robert, Shorewood, IL; St. Joseph, Dubuque, IA; All Saints, Los Angeles, CA; and St. Leo, Oakland, CA. She received her Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Dominican College, San Rafael, CA, in 1970.  From 1972 to 1975, Sr. Julianne served as Activities Director at St. Dominic Villa in Dubuque, IA. In 1975 she returned to teaching at Annunciation School in Minneapolis, MN, and then, in 1979, she was appointed principal at St. John Vianney School in Spokane, WA. She ministered there until her sabbatical year (1984-1985) of study at Rosary College in River Forest, IL. From 1985 to 1988 Sr. Julianne served as the administrator at Trinity Convent, River Forest, IL. In August of 1988, she went to the Dominican Motherhouse at Sinsinawa and assisted in the convent finance office until 2003. From Sinsinawa, she joined the community at St. Dominic Villa in December 2014. She died there on December 10, 2018.  

Sr. Julianne was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Bernard (Adele) ‘33, Joseph ‘39, Frank (Irene) ‘43, William ‘50, and Nick ‘50; and her sisters Katherine, Madonna (Bill Willard) ‘36, Rose (Ray Norman) ‘47, and Helen ‘40. Survivors include three sisters-in-law: Barb (Joseph) Josten and Paulette (William) Josten Fischer from Sioux Falls; and Dorothy (Nick) Josten from Schaumburg, IL; many nieces and nephews, and her Dominican Sisters.

On her application to become a Sinsinawa Dominican, she wrote, “I believe it is God’s will.” Her steady dedication to responding to God’s will was evident in her long and fruitful life of ministry. She was a lot of fun to be around and full of love. 


’47 Donna Rea Fechner, 89, passed away December 10th at Bethany Home in Sioux Falls. Donna Marie Rea was born to Earl and Armetha (Even) Rea on October 22, 1929 at Sioux Falls, SD. She grew up in Sioux Falls. On May 1, 1949, she was united in marriage with Norris Fechner at Sioux Falls, SD. Following their marriage, the couple lived in Sioux Falls for several years before moving to Hill City, SD in the late 1970’s. They moved from there in the late 1980’s to Tripp, SD. They later moved back to Sioux Falls where they were living at the time of Norris’ death on March 9, 2008. Donna continued to live in Sioux Falls until the time of her death. Throughout her life, Donna worked in a number of careers. She managed the “King Korn” Stamp Redemption Center in Sioux Falls, and had also worked for several years as a real estate broker in Sioux Falls. Donna worked as a patient admitting person for Avera McKennan Hospital. She retired at the age of 62.  For hobbies, Donna loved fishing and growing roses for which she won several awards at the Sioux Empire Fair in Sioux Falls. She dearly loved feeding the birds and squirrels. Donna was a past “Cook of the Month” in the Sioux Falls Argus Leader and was an exceptional cook.

She is survived by her daughter, Margaret Konrad of Springfield, SD; three grandsons, Robert (Cathy) Konrad of Pierre, SD, Daniel Konrad, also of Pierre, SD and Michael (Angela) Konrad of Bennington, NE; her great grandchildren, Addison and Isabel and a great grandchild due at the end of December; and her nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her brother, Carlyle “Bud” (Valerie) Rea of Sioux Falls, SD; and two sisters, Faye (Bud) Hill ‘51 of Las Vegas, NV and Kathleen (Gary) Conradi ‘58 of Sioux Falls, SD. Donna was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Norris in March of 2008; and a grandson, baby Thomas Matthew Konrad.


’47 Rose “Peg” Marie Driscoll Balk passed away peacefully on October 11th, 2018 at the age of 89 in Rochester, MN. She was born in Emery, SD to William and Hilda (Knorr) Driscoll on March 4th 1929. She attended grammar school in Emery and during the early years of WWII her family moved to Long Beach, CA. After the death of her father the family moved to Sioux Falls.  Later that year she was employed as a secretary for a Stockyard’s office in Sioux Falls. On August 7th , 1948 she married Max Balk at St. Joseph’s Cathedral. In 1955 they moved to Brandon, SD and then in 1969 the family relocated to Red Wing, MN. After Max died in 2006 she lived in Red Wing until her need for assisted living and hospice. Peg loved the City of Red Wing, as in the song her mother used to play on the piano, ‘Pretty Red Wing’. She also had many other passions and enjoyments. Duplicate bridge was a great favorite and she almost earned enough points for a rank of Life Master. Another card game and atmosphere she considered fun, whether it be in Las Vegas or at Treasure Island in Red Wing, was Black Jack. Peg just had an affinity for card games. In addition she liked to visit new places like England, Germany, Italy and even Aruba. Other interests that intrigued her were painting (especially flowers), bowling, interior decorating, antiques, crocheting, movies, music, fashion, dining, good friends and most importantly life.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 58 years Max Joseph Balk, her son Joseph Balk, who died in 1999; four brothers and two sisters. Peg is survived by two daughters: Sandra (Donald) Hormel, Terry Jean (Timothy) Jacobs, one son James Balk, three grandsons: Jeremiah Hormel, Rhett and Beau Jacobs, favorite niece: Barbara (Driscoll) Nugent, sister-in-law: Bonnie (Harold) Driscoll. A heart felt thank you goes out to special friends Rich and Mavis Flack, Jane Baker, and Brenda Jablonski for all of their caring support.


’48 Donald J. Dougherty, 88, passed away with his family by his side on Jan. 3rd, 2019, at Dougherty Hospice. Donald Joseph, son of Thomas and Rachel (Chicoine) Dougherty, was born on October 3, 1930, in Sioux Falls, SD. He grew up in Sioux Falls and after graduating from Cathedral High School, attended Creighton University and graduated from Marquette University with a degree in Business Administration before enlisting with the US Army. After he was honorably discharged, Don returned to Sioux Falls.

Donald was united in marriage with Josephine Driscoll on July 20, 1957, in Santa Monica, CA. The couple lived in Sioux Falls and began to raise a loving family. Don worked in the insurance business with his father and brother at the Dougherty Agency. He later branched out and began Insurance Facilities Inc. and maintained many other business adventures over the years. Don retired at age 63, and traveled extensively with his wife, family, and friends. He was a lifelong member of the Church of St. Mary, the Downtown Rotary Club, and is a past Faithful Navigator of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus. He served on the board of directors of the Catholic Foundation for Eastern South Dakota and the Sioux Falls Catholic Schools Foundation.  He was active on the McKennan Hospital Advisory Board, Catholic Foundation, President of DakotAbilities, Board President of the Minnehaha Country Club and numerous other boards. He enjoyed cooking, golfing, woodworking, hunting, and took pride in being the National Pork Cookout King of 1970. Family was at the core of his being and he cherished every moment spent with friends and family.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife Josephine, Sioux Falls, SD; children Jane Machado ‘77 and her husband Tata, Omaha, NE, Mary McMullen ‘78 and her husband Jim, Milwaukee, WI, Tom Dougherty ‘81 and his wife Kareen, Sioux Falls, SD, Katy Billion ‘83 and her husband John, Sioux Falls, SD, Bobby Dougherty ‘86 and his wife Kara, Sioux Falls, SD, David Dougherty ‘88, Green Bay, WI; 18 grandchildren, Joey Machado, Jess McMullen, Mark McMullen and his wife Caitlin, Maggie McMullen, Joie McMullen, Clare McMullen, Shannon Mollet and her husband Jeremy, Sarah Dougherty, Tommy Dougherty, Jack Billion, Molly Billion, Matthew Billion, Sam Billion, Kathryn Dougherty, Natalie Dougherty, Addison Dougherty, Abby Beelen and her husband Bobby, David Dougherty; sisters Kate Gasman ‘53 and her husband David, Redding, CA, Rosemary Priester ‘45, Denver, CO; brother-in-law Frank Mullin, Rapid City, SD.

Preceded in death by siblings Julienne, Annette Mullin ‘43 and Dick ‘44.  Memorials are being directed to Sioux Falls Catholic Schools, 3100 W. 41st St, Sioux Falls, SD 57105.


‘48 James “Jim” Grace was born June 23, 1930, on a farm near Sioux Falls, SD. He was the sixth son of a family of six boys and one girl. Surrounded by his children, on February 5, 2019, he died of a broken heart perpetuated by the loss of his beloved wife and first-born granddaughter in 2018.  Jim completed 8th grade in a one-room schoolhouse and high school at Cathedral High in Sioux Falls. He started working at a very early age on a potato farm and crop co-op. In addition, as a younger student, he did work for area farmers during World War Two, as well as Muller and Rourke Ice and Coal Company during high school. As a young adult, Jim was employed by Milwaukee Railroad as a switchman in 1948. In 1957, Jim graduated from the University of South Dakota with a BA degree.  Jim proudly served in the United States Army. He was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant following officer candidate school at Fort Benning, GA, in 1951. He served two years with the 82nd Airborne Division in Ft. Bragg, NC. He retired as a major with the Iowa National Guard in 1990. Jim had many important jobs throughout his career in management and retired from the working world as general manager of Parker Industries in Jefferson in 1993. He served on the board of Genesis Development and Sheltered Workshop in Jefferson, as well as an advisory board at Iowa State University, and was a member of the Elks Lodge for 47 years. On Nov. 1, 1952, Jim married Mary Ann Fischer at Ft Bragg. From this beautiful union came six children; Nancy Walker, Sharon (Chuck) Dunlop, James (Jim) Daniel (Lisa) Grace, Carol (David Moore) Grace, Colleen Grace, and Connie (Terry) Skinner. Jim was the absolute best grandfather to Tyler (Kara), Michael (Cassie), Melissa (Mike), Sheana, Sarah, Karim, Cole, Daniel, Carson, KeAnna, and Cooper and great-grandfather to Kya, Jude, Paige, Josie, Kylie, Autumn, Lilly and Walker. Jim and Mary Ann had a love that was beautiful and they were married for 65 years before Mary Ann’s death in January 2018. They had many adventures and trips throughout their marriage, visiting friends and family with their children. Some of the most memorable excursions were spent in his home town of Sioux Falls, visiting family. Those were some of the best times with loads of laughter, love and reminiscing.  Loyal, Committed, Caring and Christ-loving; he was the perfect picture of loyalty. Beautiful, long and loving marriage to his girl. He was absolutely committed to his wife, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, church, and employer. He attended many sporting events for his children and grandchildren with words of encouragement and loads of support. He served the Lord in many ways; altar boy, lector and longtime parish member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. He was committed to the Lord and did all he could in the way of prayer and kindness to help pave his way to see the Lord’s face. Jim was one of the gentlest, caring men you would ever meet and made all feel like family. He still had his best friends from Cathedral High and made every effort to meet annually to re-live the good ole’ days with his pals Pooch, Bosco and many others.

Jim had a loving childhood and was blessed to share his life with five brothers and one sister. Grateful for having shared his life with his remaining sibling,Mary and her husband Cecil Provence of Victoria, MN, sisters-in-law Pat Wehrkamp, Beverly Fischer and Terry Fischer, and brother-in-law Don Fischer and wife Janice; many nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.  Jim was preceded in death by his parents George and Josephine (Clennon) Grace; brothers George, Gerald, Eugene (Gene), John (Jack), and Francis; his loving wife Mary Ann; granddaughter Sheana; grandsons Todd, Michael and Matthew; great-grandson Brently; many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; and nieces and one nephew.


‘49 Sally Cronk Wiche passed away January 31, 2019. Sally was born on February 18, 1931 in Sioux Falls. Sally was a proud lifelong resident of the North End. She graduated from Cathedral High School and worked for many years for the Bell System in Sioux Falls. She loved shopping and dressing in style. She was always energized by a good bargain. She also loved being with her grandkids, buying them gifts, and making them treats. Her grandkids were the source of her greatest joy – Rachel, Mark, Madeline, Benjamin, Sofia, Katie, Grace and Joe. Her new little great- granddaughter Olive really made her smile. Ironically, the decline in her health began with a fall on the ice shopping for Valentines gifts for them in 2016. Sally was sassy to the very end. She enjoyed an occasional beer and always had a bowl of chocolates close at hand. Even through her pain, she joked with the staff at Prince of Peace describing herself as a “tough old bird”. Special thanks to the entire Dellman family who supported Mom over the years when her kids could not always be there for her. You guys are true angels. We thank all the staff at Prince of Peace for the kind and loving care they extended to mom. 

Sally was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years Paul, and her parents Grace Cronk and Harry Cronk. She is survived by her sisters: Mary Dellman ‘54 and Donna Retzlaff ‘50, who she loved dearly but also frequently teased that she was the oldest of the family. She is survived also by her children: Gregg (Sandra), Mary Kay (Pete), Pam (Tami) and Joe (Melanie) who were blessed to have such a wonderful mother.


’51 Carol “Koky” Barnett Risner died Dec. 30, 2018 in Poway, CA. She is survived by her children, Bobby, Barbara and Richie; three grandchildren; one great granddaughter; siblings: Mary Lue Daniels ’49, Fr. Jim ’56, Vicki Gero ’62, Bill ’63 and Pat ’65. Preceded in death by her sister Jannie Shapiro ’53.


‘53 Charles “Chick” Barnett Jr. died Feb. 5, 2019 in Escondido, CA. was born on August 12, 1935 in Wheeling, WV, the eldest of 11 children born to Charles and Margaret Barnett. Chuck, better known as “Chick” to his family and close friends, grew up in Sioux Falls, SD. He graduated from Cathedral HS and attended South Dakota State University. He served in the US Navy, enlisting during the Korean War. Because of his strong math skills, he was trained as an E2 Seaman, serving on the USS HAMUL tender where he provided maintenance support for radio and sonar equipment on submarines and other vessels. In 1958 he married Lenore Small and together they raised 10 children. Chuck became an insurance adjuster for the Saint Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Co. in the South Dakota area and was later transferred to San Diego as a claims manager. After 10 years with St. Paul Companies, he became a partner in the Ross-Barnett Insurance Agency in Escondido. Chuck was known for not only for his business sense, but also his integrity. Anyone who worked with him would tell you that it was not just business or personal insurance he offered to his clients. Those who came through his door often left with much more, as they turned to him for advice and support with personal, marriage, family or financial troubles.

Chuck’s service extended far beyond the walls of his office into the community and beyond. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus for over 50 years, a past Grand Knight and a past Faithful Navigator of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus. He was a member of the Escondido East Rotary Club for over 40 years and past President. Chuck was active with the Fr. Serra Club of San Diego, served as its president, and later helped found the Fr. Serra Club of North County, where he served as its first President. He served on the Education Committee for the Escondido Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the Business Breakfast Club for many years. He was also the first president of the Independent Insurance Agents Association of North County.  As a devout Catholic, his faith and his family were always at the center of his life. He was appointed as one of the first Ministers of the Eucharist in the Diocese of San Diego, when laypersons first entered this ministry. For many years, he also took Holy Communion to the sick and dying, He was a devoted member of Resurrection Catholic Church, serving on its first parish council and later on its finance committee.  Exemplifying his value of lifelong learning to his children and grandchildren, he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Science from National University at the age of 58. This accomplishment also finally gave him credibility with his younger 10 siblings, who were taught early on by their mother that, “Chickie says more than his prayers,” for he had now officially earned a B.A. in B.S.

He will be remembered for sharing his love of sports and the outdoors with his family, close friends and business associates. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping. Highlights in his retirement were trips to Italy, Ireland, and Scotland, which included a memorable visit to St. Andrews. He engaged in competitive sports for fun, likely for the bragging rights, winning the Navy’s “U.S.N.T.C. SMOKER” Middle Weight Division Boxing Title in 1954, and moving steps up a ladder or two at racquetball tournaments at the Courtyard Athletic Club midlife. He was an avid golfer for decades, often part of a regular foursome at San Luis Rey. He had a decent golf swing too, though nobody really knows just how good he was, as he was also known to pad his handicap from time to time. With 10 children and 11 grandchildren, he attended countless sporting events over the years as a spectator, but it was never enough to show how proud he was of each of them. In his early years of fatherhood, Chuck was an assistant coach in Pop-Warner Football, a Webelos Leader and a Den Master with the Boy Scouts of America. After retirement, Chuck signed on to work as an usher for the SAN DIEGO PADRES for 10 years, where he continued to share his love of baseball with spectators young and old, until he physically could no longer do so. 

He is survived by Lenore, his loving wife of 60 years, their 10 children: Nick (Rosie) Barnett, Paul Barnett, Ellen (Alan) Grant, Rita (Ed) Krzywicki, Matt (Julie) Barnett, Tony Barnett, Ruth (Roberto) Barajas, Teresa (Jesse) Jacques, Chrissy (Jorge) Torres, Karen Barnett, 11 grandchildren, his siblings Frank (Sheryl) Barnett ‘54, Peter (Donna-Rae) Barnett ‘58, Maxine Barnett ‘60, Msgr. Steve Barnett ‘62, Tim (Sally) Barnett ‘68, Katie (John) Baldwin ‘65, Loretta (Sam) Barada ‘69, and Dennis (Liz) Barnett ‘70; brother-in-law Thomas Barry, and hundreds of nieces, nephews and cousins, who all come from this long line of LOVE and who will miss him dearly. He will be joining his beloved mother, father, sister Peggy Barry ‘55, and brother Fr. Larry ‘63, welcoming him Home into the arms of his Heavenly Father. 

His family will carry on his tradition of Bloody Marys on Thanksgiving morning, and those daring enough will keep his spirit alive as they partake in oyster stuffing, juicy rare steaks, and smelly Limburger cheese (We’ll pass on the buttermilk, thanks anyway, Dad!).


’53 J. Thomas “Tom” Lalley died Oct. 17, 2018. Survived by his wife, Janet; children: Kathy Dewell (Kent), Michelle Lalley Blake, Angela Schnebel (Michael), Theresa Lalley (Deron Breemes), Karen Lalley, and Steve Lalley (Diana); grandchildren: Mitchell (Kristina), Martha, Christian, Callan, Tiernan, Tara, Ryan, Sarah, and Allison; great-granddaughter, Hazel; sister, Mary Ellen Coombs ‘50; brother, Rex P. Lalley ‘56; nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by parents, Rex and Irene.  


’54 Richard Lee ‘Dick’ Kogel, 82, of Albert Lea, MN passed away on October 23, 2018. He was born August 24, 1936 in Huron, SD to Paul and Jean Kogel. Following service in the United States Marine Corps, Dick attended Sioux Falls College. Dick and Joyce were wed in 1959. After a stay in Marshall, MN where Dick worked in sales for Murphy Motor Freight, they settled in Albert Lea in 1963, where Dick for many years owned and operated Kogel Transfer Inc. He subsequently worked for Enderes Tool, Bill Olson Chevrolet, Edwards Manufacturing and in his later years he enjoyed transporting vehicles for Dave Syverson Ford. Dick was very involved in the community, active with Jobs, Inc., the Chamber of Commerce, the Elks, American Legion, the Board of Lea College, the Sparky Charity Golf Tournament amongst others. Dick rarely missed an opportunity to hear or tell a joke, as anyone who knew him can attest. He often said that one of his greatest joys in life was making people laugh. Dick showed his joy of being on stage through his numerous performances in Albert Lea Community theatre productions. Another joy was travel, which he proudly claimed took him to every state but Alaska. Dick loved life and always tried to get the most out of it. He enjoyed golfing and time spent with friends and family at the Albert Lea Country Club. There really weren’t many life experiences Dick didn’t try to participate in. He enjoyed fishing trips, boating/waterskiing, biking, snowmobiling, tennis, bowling, family vacations, golfing, playing gin rummy, wintering in Palm Desert, CA and last but not least he loved playing with his grandchildren, and they in turn adored their fun-loving grandpa. Dick – husband, dad, grandpa, brother, uncle, friend – lived with gusto and is already greatly missed by those who knew him. 

Dick is survived by his wife of 59 years, Joyce, sons Ryan (Gena) Kogel and Randy Kogel of Albert Lea, daughters Stephanie Tafoya of Dana Point, CA and Denise (Mike) Gilbert of Ladera Ranch, CA, brother Robert (Laura) Kogel, sisters Jane Kogel ‘56 and Kathy Christensen ‘66 of Sioux Falls, SD, and Debbie Stoltmann ‘71 of Portland, OR. Also his beloved grandchildren Sabra Kogel, Ashton Kogel, Nicole (Keith) Barrett, Amanda (Spencer) Caldwell, Blake (Danielle) Tafoya, Spencer Gilbert and Madison Gilbert. Dick was preceded in passing by his parents and his brother Paul.


‘57 Jim Fischenich, age 79, passed away on January 25, 2019 at the Dougherty House where is was surrounded by loved ones. 

He was born on February 9, 1939 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota to Ray and Edna Fischenich and was the second oldest of 7 children.  Jim graduated from Cathedral High School and later joined the Navy where he served on the USS Raymond and the USS Bristol between 1956 and 1960 when his father passed, Jim was given a hardship discharge to  come home and take over his father’s milk route.  He later graduated from Nettleton Business College in Rapid City and spent his career working for NCR.  Later in life he drove for School Bus Inc. where he enjoyed driving charter busses to sporting events. Jim was an avid fisherman and loved taking trips with his kids, whether it was as close as the Missouri River or bigger trips to Alaska, as long as the fish were biting, he was in his element.  When he wasn’t out on the boat, you would often find him sitting on his patio watching the squirrels and petting Abby.  

Survived by his wife, Debbie; children: Craig, Troy, Mike, Tricia and Janel; 14 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sisters: Joan Gullickson ‘56, Judith Clemetson ‘62 and Mary Gibbons ‘78. Preceded in death by brothers Joe ‘59 , Mike ‘66 and Tom.  Jim’s mother, Edna, worked at St. Joseph Cathedral School and later O’Gorman from 1968 – 1983.  Jim joins his parents Raymond and Edna Fischenich and his brothers Tom, Mike and Joe Fischenich in peaceful rest.


’60 Karen Gunn Wright passed away November 20, 2018. She was 78.  Karen Jo Gunn was born February 18, 1940 to Joseph and Cora (O’Neal) Gunn in Sioux Falls, SD. On May 14, 1964 Karen was united in marriage to Edward Collins Wright in Sioux Falls. The couple settled in Sioux Falls and become loving parents to their only son, Eddy. Karen worked for the Black Watch Restaurant located in the Best Western Town House Lodge for 30 + years as a waitress. After retiring from the Black Watch Restaurant, Karen began working for Sanford as an Environmental Specialist for 22 + years. Karen has been a devoted member of Celebrate Community Church for many years. Faith and family were truly her greatest passions. Karen enjoyed shopping and spending time with her friends and family.

Grateful for having shared her life are her son, Eddy (Kim) Wright; granddaughter, Megan (Austin) Cornelius; great-granddaughter, Nora Cornelius; siblings, Patricia Behrends ‘51, Bill (June) Gunn, Tom (Carol) Gunn and Mary Cupery ‘65; dear friends,  Sharon Beckstrom, JoAnn Baker, Peggy Hill and Peggy’s children, Cherish and Jackson; and many other family and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Cora Gunn; husband, Edward; brothers, Joseph “Larry” ‘51, Michael and James “Jim” Gunn ‘68; and brother-in-law, Edward Behrends.


’63 Fr. Larry Barnett OSB died Jan. 17, 2019 after a long battle with cancer and COPD. He was 73 years old.  After graduating in 1963 from O’Gorman High School in Sioux Falls he entered the Monastery at Blue Cloud in Marvin, SD. He made his Solemn Profession as a Benedictine Monk on Dec.27, 1974 and was ordained a priest at Blue Cloud on May 25,1976. Memorial Mass for Fr. Larry will be April 6  at St. Joseph Cathedral in Sioux Falls, with his cremated remains to be buried later at Abbey of the Hills Cemetery, formerly Blue Cloud Abbey, Marvin, SD.. Survived by his siblings: Frank ’54, Pete ‘58, Maxine ’60, Monsignor Steve ’62, Katie ’65, Tim ’68, Loretta ‘69 and Denny ‘70. Preceded in death by his sister, Peggy ’55.  His brother, Chick Jr ‘53, died just three weeks after Fr. Larry.


’67 Patti Beck Benson passed away Nov. 1, 2018. Patricia Irene Beck was born August 31st 1948, in Atlantic, IA, to Herbert and Viola Beck. Patti moved with her family to Sioux Falls in 1957. After high school, Pattio attended the University of South Dakota. Patti worked at Business Resources, Midwest Office Systems finishing her career at Orbit-Com in Sioux Falls. Patti’s greatest accomplishment was being CEO of the Benson household. Patti was an incredible human being who touched the lives of so many. She had a contagious laugh and beautiful smile that could light up the room. Patti’s love for her family and friends was authentic and undeniable. Patti and her husband Dave loved to travel but her greatest trips were those to the Mountains of Colorado and Wyoming with her parents, siblings, children, nieces and nephews. Patti was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in May 2013. She was a warrior and an example of how to not allow a disease to define you. She never complained and was always more concerned about everyone else. She received care at the Avera Prairie Center where she soon established fast and special relationships with all of the caregivers. After receiving treatments, most patients would go home, but Patti preferred to go shopping and defy the illness. Kohl’s and Pier One will miss her presence. Patti had an amazing faith and was always encouraging the power of prayer and God. She is now in heaven with peace, eternal joy and no pain. Patti will be missed but her light will shine on and never be forgotten.

Grateful for having shared her life are her husband of 37 years, David Benson Sioux Falls SD; daughters, Jennifer (Erick) Gillespie Grossman ‘94, of Lakeville, MN, Elizabeth (Tyler) Neve, Sioux Falls, SD; son, John (Jada) Benson, Sioux Falls, SD; seven grandchildren; Taylor Benson, Christian Yoshino, Riley Grossman, Sam Grossman, Lauren Benson, Emma Neve and Patrick Benson; her sister Carolyn (Larry) Beck Frankman ‘68, and her brother Dennis (Ginny) Beck.


’68 Dr. Daniel Mark Hacking passed away peacefully Oct. 27, 2018 at Dougherty Hospice after being hospitalized on Oct. 4th with an acute stroke. He died two days after his 68th birthday. He attended Lowell Public and St. Joseph Cathedral elementary school in Sioux Falls. His first Communion was May 10, 1958 at St. Joseph Cathedral. At O’Gorman, he was a member of National Honor Society. He spent his teen summers working for the Sioux Falls Packers, which enhanced his love of baseball, especially the Minnesota Twins. 

Dan completed his undergraduate degree at Augustana College, where he was active in the theatrical department. Following basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in1970, Dan joined his father and brother in the SD Air Guard. In 1977 he attended officer candidates school and was awarded the Ltc John J Steele award for SD Outstanding Lieutenant of the year 79-80. He also served as President of the SD Air National Guard Association for 81-82. Dan was instrumental in planning the 1986 air show. He also edited the “History of the Guard 50th Anniversary”  book for which he received a Meritorious Service Award. Dan cherished his many experiences and lifelong friends he made in the guard. He was Honorably Discharged as a Major in 1988. 

Dan married Kathy (Krehbiel) Mehlhaf on September 3,1983. They just celebrated 35 years of marriage with a trip to the Black Hills and Spearfish Canyon. Dan became a loving father and mentor to Karman, adopting her in 1994. Dan loved the Krehbiel family, especially holidays at the homestead family farm. Dan and Kathy enjoyed many evenings golfing and were able to travel together for both business and pleasure. Family trips to Florida were especially memorable. Dan was a music buff and enjoyed all types of music. Dan was a faithful member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church for the last 15 years. 

Education was Dan’s passion. He received his Master’s Degree in Communication from USD where he was named 1992 Outstanding Graduate Student in the Mass Communication Department. He completed his Doctor of Education in 2004. Dan was involved in teaching, advising and training throughout his career either at USD, Avera, or National American University. He completed his career accrediting schools for the North Central Accreditation Association and retired due to poor health in 2012.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Kathy, daughter Karman (Cameron) Vanden Burg, brother-in law Randy (Cindy) Krehbiel, their children Keri (Dale) Flint, Rapid City, SD, Tyler Krehbiel, New Ulm, MN and Cole Krehbiel, nephew Scott Hacking and sister-in-law Faye Krehbiel. Dan was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Richard Hacking, Jr. ‘64; in-laws Ray and Lillian Krehbiel, and brother-in law Kraig Krehbiel.


’68 Gail Ugland Miller, 68, of Yankton, SD died October 19, 2018, at her home in Yankton. Gail Ugland, daughter of Everett and Donna (Sadler) Ugland, was born July 7, 1950, in Sioux Falls. She attended Little Flower Catholic School, and graduated from O’Gorman High School with the class of 1968. Following high school, she attended Mt. Marty College in Yankton where she earned her Bachelors Degree in Education in 1972. She was united in marriage to Daniel Miller on November 23, 1973, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Yankton. The couple was near to celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary. Gail taught at St. Rose of Lima Catholic School in Crofton, NE for more than 30 years. She was a kind and caring person who especially loved her second-grade students. Her love for them was more than reciprocated and every morning she looked forward to “Good Morning Mrs. Miller” that would echo from the class. Gail loved putting on plays and musicals with the students. The parents loved when the children dressed up as Russians and did Russian dances. She retired from teaching in 2010. Her caring soul led her to donate to many causes, and she especially looked after those who were struggling. She and Dan enjoyed traveling and went to Canada, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. She loved getting to see Lake Superior. She also loved the ocean, so a trip to San Diego allowed her to fulfill that wish as well. Of all the good she did in life, loving her family was at the top of the list. She was a wonderful, beautiful wife and took great pride in her children and now grandson, Max. She was a beautiful person inside and out who will deeply be missed. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Yankton.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Dan of Yankton; daughter, Stephanie (Chris) Miller Ciferno of Denver; son, Nick (Karen Stanfield) Miller of Denver; step daughter, Julie (Erik Homer) Miller of Denver; grandson, Max of Denver; and brother, Terry (Sandy) Ugland of Sioux Falls.  She was preceded in death by her parents and step son, Troy.


’69 Carol Ann Gunn Namanny, 67, of Brandon, SD, peacefully joined her Savior on January 3, 2019 after her four year long illness, she passed peacefully at Sanford Hospice Centennial Cottage. Carol was born January 15, 1951, in Sioux Falls, SD, to Eddie and Ann (Javurek) Gunn. After O’Gorman she attended Stewarts Beauty School, later opening her own beauty shop and operated it for thirteen years in Brandon. She was an active member of the VFW Auxiliary and became the president for eleven years. Carol enjoyed her beauty shop tremendously, befriending all who she encountered. She also enjoyed soaking up the sun while camping and fishing all over South Dakota. Carol Ann will be fondly remembered for her positive energy, joyous laughter, smile and her divine warm hugs. Those thankful for sharing her life is her loving husband, Robert Namanny of thirty eight years, daughter, Kim Namanny; grandson, Casper Ammar; step-children, Pam Stewart and Troy Namanny; brother, Jerry Gunn ‘72; sister, Judy Witkowski ‘64; step-grandchildren, Karl Keuser and Jymmi Jo Stewart, several nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Eddie and Ann Gunn.


’74 Maureen Fodness Fitzgibbons, age 62, passed away Dec. 28, 2018. Maureen, daughter of Maurice and Charlene (Clark) Fodness, was born September 26, 1956 in Sioux Falls, SD. She attended St. Mary’s grade school and graduated in 1974 from O’Gorman High School. Maureen then graduated from Northern State College in Aberdeen, SD with a business degree. Maureen worked for IBM for many years living in Irving, TX. She moved back to Sioux Falls to be closer to family where she reconnected with her high school sweetheart Thomas James Fitzgibbons. They were married on May 27, 2006. Together they built a life together that blended very well. TJ was the chef and Maureen loved to entertain. Her Irish Heritage was very special to her and that spirit was always with her in all endeavors. Maureen worked as the assistant to the Dean of the Calvary Episcopal Cathedral in Sioux Falls. She loved her job and felt blessed to be there. As Maureen’s health deteriorated these last several years, her faith became even more important to her.

Grateful for having shared her life are her husband Thomas J. Fitzgibbons ‘74; her Pomeranian fur baby Bailey; her siblings, Cathleen (Mike) Entringer ‘78, and their children, Matt, and Aaron, Michael (Christine) Fodness ‘84, and their children, Brandon, Jordan, Kirby and Emily; her in-laws, Bridget (JP) Peterson, Michael (Sandy), James (Susan), Patrick, John and Ryan Fitzgibbons; and numerous Fitzgibbons nieces and nephews. Her parents Maurice and Charlene Fodness; aunt Madonna Clark, and Pomeranian fur babies Libby and Reilly, preceded her in death. Until we meet again Maureen. God Speed, you were so loved!


’75 Pam Lammers White, 61, of Aberdeen, passed away peacefully on January 9, 2019, at home, surrounded by family and hospice care, following an extended battle with cancer. Pam Lammers was born March 5, 1957, in Sioux Falls, SD, to Paul and Mildred (Miesen) Lammers. She graduated from O’Gorman High School in 1975 and received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Dakota in May of 1979. Following graduation from college, Pam taught at Saint Mary’s Catholic School in Sioux Falls for three years. Pam was united in marriage to Terry White on August 9, 1980. The couple moved to Aberdeen in 1982, where Pam began a 37-year career as a primary and elementary school teacher with the Roncalli Catholic School System. On October 22, 1984, Pam and Terry were blessed with a daughter, Amy. Pam continued to make Aberdeen her home until the time of her death. Blessed to have shared in Pam’s life are her husband of 38 years, Terry White of Aberdeen; their daughter, Amy (Chris) Mithelman and granddaughter, Piper Pamela Mithelman, all of Sioux Falls, SD; Pam’s siblings: Joe (Bridget) Lammers’78, Kevin Lammers ‘71, Joan (Larry) Bourne ‘66, and Karen Wise ‘69; her mother-in-law, Donna White; brothers-in-law, Jim O’Donnell and Ted Zawistowski; and sisters-in-law: Lana White, Sally Dossett, and Stacey Nagel. She will also be fondly remembered by her numerous fellow teachers and students at Roncalli; friends; and aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. Pam was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Kay O’Donnell ‘65, and Marilyn Zawistowski ‘68; and father-in-law, Gene White. Known by many wonderful names – Pam, Pammy, Pamela, Mom, Grammy Pammy, and Mrs. White – she was a kind, loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandma, teacher, and friend. She lived her life as a faithful, prayerful daughter of God, always seeking joy in any situation, especially in the midst of pain and suffering. Her love, enthusiasm, passion, empathy, laughter, and gratitude touched many lives. Her light will shine in our hearts forever. 


’81 Terri K. Bruce, age 55, passed away on December 2, 2018 in Hermosa, SD. Terri was born May 27, 1963 to Thomas and Kathleen Bruce (Peacock) in Flandreau, SD. Following high school, he earned his Associates Degree in Animal Health from the University of Minnesota. Passionate about continuing his education, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology from the University of South Dakota followed by a Masters of Science in Anthropology from the University of Arkansas. Terri worked as a devoted GIS Coordinator at the South Dakota State Archeological Research Center for 13 years. Terri shared his life with his beloved dachshunds. He believed in giving a loving home to animals in need and felt strongly that his pets were family. Terri’s free time was spent working outside, spending countless hours on home projects, reading, and spending time with friends and family. Terri had a gift for connecting with people, and used that gift to make things brighter. 

Grateful for having shared his life are his parents, Thomas and Kathleen Bruce; sister, Carolyn Ribstein ‘83 (Steve) and their children, Jared and Carly; sister, Debbie Heselton ‘85 (Mike) and their children, Kayla Moslander (Ross), Sara, and Jacob; and special friends, Thom and Suzi Brude and family. Terri was preceded in death by his nephew, Andrew Vermillion.  


’82 Chad Steele, age 54, of Holts Summit, Mo., passed away November 17, 2018 at his home, surrounded by his loving family and his fury friend, Jegs. He was born on July 24, 1964 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the son of Eldon W. and Edna M. (Ronk) Steele. In 2004, Chad met his soul mate Kathie Withers and they have been inseparable ever since. Chad grew up in South Dakota and graduated from O’Gorman High School in Sioux Falls in 1982. He went on to earn a Broadcasting and Journalism degree from Phoenix University. Chad’s passion for music led him to be a part of the 94.3 KAT Country family since the station launched in 1995. He worked as a radio disc jockey and was heard daily on KAT Country, known as “Jay Walker”. Through his work at the station, he participated in “Bras for a Cause” and was active with the Children’s Miracle Network. He absolutely loved sharing music with others and being a part of the community in such a special way. He enjoyed playing golf, camping, woodworking, going on family vacations and watching the races. Chad was the biggest Minnesota Vikings fan and never missed watching a game. His grandchildren were his pride and joy – Chad loved attending their sporting events and reading to Kinley. Some of his fondest memories were of holiday celebrations and family dinners. 

Survivors include: his fiancé, Kathie Withers of Holts Summit, Mo.; his son, Nathan Kitchen of Salem, Mo.; his stepdaughters, Amber Jenkins of New Bloomfield, Mo. and Ashley Lentz (Marc) of Wardsville, Mo.; his siblings, Rod Steele (Dona) of South Dakota, Greg Steele ‘64 (Joan) of Ohio, Steve Steele ‘65 (Mary) of South Carolina, Jeff Steele ‘68 (Judy) of South Dakota, Dennis Steele ‘70 (Mary Ann) of Minnesota, Cam Steele Loveland ‘72 (Tom) of South Dakota and Brian Steele ‘79 of South Dakota; five grandchildren, Easton Ambler, Riley Lentz, Gage Cliburn, Cruz Stegemann and Kinley Lentz; and numerous nieces and nephews. Chad was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Monica Larsen ‘77. 


’89 Jennifer DeVaney Woessner passed away October 3, 2018, following a prolonged illness with Multiple Sclerosis. She was 48.  

Jennifer was born August 10, 1970, to Fredrick and Patricia (Schmidt) DeVaney. After O’Gorman, she attended USD for a period of time. Jennifer married Terry Woessner in Sioux Falls. She worked at Sam’s Club and became a homemaker and loving mother to their children. In 1993, Jennifer was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. After the diagnoses, Jennifer was intent on keeping life the same for her family. They stayed the course with vacations and family life. She continued with her career at Sam’s Club until her illness worsened. In 2004, the family moved to Omaha, NE. Jennifer became involved with MS Get-A-Ways with the children, and became active with the MS Society, promoting awareness and education. Jennifer always maintained an open-door policy for family and friends alike. Many of her daughter’s friends grew to think of Jennifer as their “second mom.” As the children became involved with activities of their own, Jennifer never missed an opportunity to attend whatever they had going on. Beaming with a mother’s pride, she was a forever-cheerleader to them.  Jennifer enjoyed collecting angels. In her free time, she was rarely seen without a book in her hands. With a deep foundation in the Catholic faith, she loved spending time with her family and friends, and cherished her grandson.  

Grateful for having shared her life are her daughters, Megan (Jake) Rinish, Melissa (Colby Reynolds) Woessner and grandson, Isaac Rinish, all of Sioux Falls; former husband, Terry Woessner; mother, Patricia DeVaney ‘64; brother, Jeff ‘86 (Stacey) DeVaney; nieces Aleasha (Justin) Snyder, Rebecca (Karsten) Rohlfs; special friend, Mahesh “Sonny” Lohani; and her four-legged little buddy, Charlie. She was preceded in death by her father, Fredrick De Vaney ‘63. 



Jim Boyum, husband of Teresa; father of: Kathleen ‘67, Sue ‘81, Jim ’69 (dec), Tom ‘71, Mark, and Dan ’83.
– Memorials are being directed to Sioux Falls Catholic Schools for tuition assistance. Mail to: 3100 W. 41st St, Sioux Falls, SD 57105.   

Tammi Earley, wife of Nick ’88; mother of: Elizabeth, Rebecca and Nicholas. 

Doug Hagen, husband of Kathy; father of: Christopher ’94, Matthew and Jessica. 

Carol Boehmer, wife of Les; mother of Pam ’88, Stacy ’94 and Vicki.

Dan Artz, brother of: Patrick ’77, Mary, Tom, Steve, Richard, and Annette. 

Benita Hoff, mother of: Edith ’78, Kristi, Francis, Rolf (dec), and Jerome (dec).

J. Keith Connelly, husband of Corinne; father of: Patrick ’80, Timothy ’82, Jill ’83, and Carol ’84. 

Caroline Anawski, sister of Tom ’54 and Stephen ’53 (dec).  

Frances Byrne, mother of: Theresa ’69, Connie ’71, Kathy ’73 and William.  

Janette Ball, mother of Jeff ’77, Mary and Brad. Janette also worked for a time at St. Lambert School.  

Phil Kearney, husband of Peggy (Jansa) ’68; father of Christopher and Sean. 

Janet Carey, wife of Charles; mother of: Marsha ’95, Mary, David, Christine.

Richard “Dick” Erickson, father of: Stephen ‘74, and Susan.  

Arlo Sommervold, father of: Peter ‘82, MaryAnn, Jon and Sara. Preceded in death by his wife, Mary.

Phil Davis, husband of Judy (Schock) ’66; father of Allison.

Tom Biermeier, husband of Peg; father of: Dan ’75, Nancy ’77, Lori ’78 and Nick ’83.

Mary Homan, mother of: Mary Kay ’67, Margaret ‘70, Patricia ‘71, Deborah ‘73, Catherine ‘74, Francis ‘81 and John ’84. 

Stephanie Pham, wife of Scott; mother of: Alex ‘13, Roman ‘17 and Missy ‘19. 

Andrew Mack, husband of Carol; father of: Tina ‘83, Lisa ‘85, Jim ‘86, Paula ‘88, and Luke ‘98.
– Memorials are being directed to tuition assistance at Sioux Falls Catholic Schools, 3100 W. 41st St, Sioux Falls, SD 57105.