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July 01. 2014 10:55AM
Arend Doppenberg, 84
Funeral services for Arend Doppenberg, 84, of Brandon, were held Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at Brandon Lutheran Church in Brandon. Interment was in the Brandon Cemetery.
Mr. Doppenberg died Friday, June 13, 2014 at Dougherty Hospice after a lengthy illness.
Arend “Art” Doppenberg was born Sept. 21, 1929 in Ermelo, Netherlands to Arend and Grietje Doppenberg. He moved to the United States with his brother, Gerrit in 1949.
On Oct. 25, 1953, he was united in marriage with Leona Matthies of Hartford. The couple farmed near Hardwick, Minn., for seven years before moving to Brandon in 1960.
Arend was a member of Brandon Lutheran Church and had served as chairman of the congregation for a year. He was active in 4-H and extension work. He had served six years on the Brandon School Board.
He is survived by his wife, Leona, of Brandon; children, Arend Dean (Nena) Doppenberg of Orange, Calif., John (Marilyn) Doppenberg of Yankton, Marjorie (Andy) Oberg of Renner, Linda (Pastor James) Spanjers of Papillion, Neb., Pastor David (Mary) Doppenberg of Andover, Minn., and Jeanette Doppenberg of Brandon; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Gerie Tensen, Bernice Kass, and Gre Doppenberg.
He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers.
The family requests that memorials be directed to Brandon Lutheran Church.
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Bertha P. Johnson, 96
Bertha P. Johnson, 96, a resident of Bethany Home in Brandon, died, Friday, June 13, 2014.
Funeral services will begin at 1:30 pm, Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at Augustana Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. The family will be present one hour prior to the services to greet friends.
She was born July 23, 1917 in Crooks, S.D.
She is survived by her children, Jeanette (Marlin) Clendening, Esmond, S.D., Marilyn (Vernon) Halverson, Garretson, Irene (Lee) Vanderbush, Rapid City, Jerold (Donna) Johnson, Cheshire, Ore., and Harlan Johnson, Minneapolis, Minn.; 11 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
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Verna Headrick, 84
Funeral services for Verna Headrick, 84, of Sioux Falls, were held Monday, June 9, 2014, at First Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. Burial was in the Hills of Rest Memorial Park.
Mrs. Headrick died Friday June 6, 2014 at Avera Prince of Peace Nursing Home.
Verna Lucille Burras was born Nov. 9, 1929 to Carl and Berthilde (Anderson) Burras on the family farm south of Kanawha, Iowa. Verna attended country schools in Norway Township and graduated from Eagle Grove High School.
On Aug. 20, 1950, Verna was united in marriage with Junior Davis “Bud” Headrick. In the early 50’s, Verna took a job as a waitress at Chris’ Cafe working for Chris Christopoulis. One New Year’s Eve, Joe Floyd of KELO called Chris and asked if they could put together some food for the television staff and drop it off. Verna said no. Chris said yes. They put it together and dropped it off and Chris’ Catering was born. It was the beginning of a long and memorable career. Verna’s food has graced the tables of at least six U.S. Presidents, numerous musicians and performers ranging from Wayne Newton to Nine Inch Nails. Her knowledge and expertise was instrumental in helping Great Bear Ski Area become a thriving event center for the City of Sioux Falls.
After her retirement in 2000, Verna turned her talents toward her church home of First Lutheran where she became active in Ruth Circle. Verna and her friends spent countless hours serving food at The Banquet, assembling baby layette kits to ship overseas, preparing for the annual church bazaar, and sharing God's word and fellowship at Southridge Nursing Home. She treasured her time spent with the First Lutheran quilters and the men who work in the basement workshop. She loved participating in many activities offered at church such as Senior Ministries, Altar Guild, and Bible Study. Her family lovingly referred to her as “The Church Lady.”
She is survived by daughters, Georgia (Jim) Tirrel, Jill (Peter) Lerdal, Jane “Lucy” (Calvin) Welbig, Joan Headrick (Greg Steele), and Jennifer (Cal) Morse; grandchildren, Jessica Tirrel (Ryan Bauer), Josh (Sara) Tirrel, Marta Lerdal, Candace (Josh) Lydic, Matthew Welbig, Nate Steele, Christopher Surdez (Candyce Styles), Anthony Surdez (Lydia Williams), Jacob Steele, Rebecca Surdez (Vegas Vance), Jenika (Justin) Stamer, Ashley (Scott) Wallin, Megan (Joe) Kissner, and Emily Morse; great-grandchildren, Aubrey, Finnley, Kennedy, Grace, Quentin, Malia, Jazmine, Deni, Camden, Owen, Keegan, Kailyn, Liliana, Janelle, Talon, Ayva, Olivia, Brock, Brendon, McKenna, Jaelyn, Conner, Grace, Aisley and Maura; siblings: Cora Spangler, Opal Neese and Roger (Dorothy) Burras; numerous nieces and nephews, and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bud; their firstborn daughter, Cynthia; siblings, Arlene Burras, Stanley Burras, Irving Burras, Carroll Burras, and Raymond Burras.
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