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May 21. 2013 3:40PM
Gilbert 'Gil' Avery, 79
Funeral services for Gilbert “Gil” Avery, 79, of Madison, were held Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at St. John Lutheran Church. Burial with military honors was in the St. John Cemetery, Ramona.
Mr. Avery died at his daughter’s residence under the care of Madison Hospice on Wednesday, May 15, 2013.
He was born Jan. 16, 1934, at Cody, Wyo., to Berton and Elise (Windsor) Avery. He married Mavis Lembcke on March 2, 1967, at Ramona. She preceded him in death in 1999.
He grew up in Wyoming living in Cody and Casper. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He also lived in Las Vegas and Sioux Falls before moving to Madison in 1972 where he worked as a truck driver.
He was a member of St John Lutheran Church.
He is survived by two sons, Steve (Lori) of Wayne, Neb., and Bob of Brandon; two daughters, Michelle (Glen) Geditz of Madison and Sheri Avery of Phoenix, Ariz.;. eight grandchildren; three sisters, Clara Turner of Shoshoni, Wyo., Florene Cox of Bonita Springs, Fla., and Netta David of Riverton, Wyo.
He was also preceded in death by his parents and one sister.
Weiland Funeral Chapel, Madison, was in charge of arrangements.
Geneva Hoff, 87
Funeral Mass for Geneva Hoff, 87, of Madison, was held Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at St Williams Church in Ramona. Burial was in the St. Ann Cemetery, Badus.
Mrs. Hof died Sunday, May 12, 2013, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.
Geneva Alice Monette was born Jan. 31, 1926, in Ramona to Melbourne “Slim” and Tena (Rensch) Monette. She grew up in Ramona and graduated from Ramona High School. She moved to California for a year where she worked as a telephone operator.
She married Henry Hoff at Ramona on Jan. 20, 1948, and the couple farmed between Arlington and Ramona. He died in 2008. She was a member of St. William Altar Society and Ramona American Legion Auxiliary.
Mrs. Hoff is survived by four sons, Marvin (Linda) of Sioux Falls, Frank (Renee) of Oldham, Clayton (Sharon) of Bennett, Colo., and David (Sharon) of Brookings; five daughters, Sandra (Jerry) Engdahl of Ames, Iowa, Sheila (Steve) Rowbotham of Brookings, Diane (Darrel) Woolery of Kranzberg, Valerie (Randy) Carlson and Shelly (Bruce) Mutschler, all of Brandon; 20 grandchildren;19 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; siblings, David Monette, and Jackie and Beverly Riedel, all of Madison.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, one sister and one great-grand daughter.
Weiland Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Ruth Juranek, 77
Celebration of life services for Ruth Ann Juranek, 77, of Sioux Falls, wer held Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at Oakwood Park Christian Church in Sioux Falls.
Mrs. Juranek died Friday, May 10, 2013 at Avera McKennan Hospital surrounded by her family.
Ruth was born Dec. 22, 1935, in Canby, Minn., to John and Anna (Hradecka) Moravetz. She attended rural country school in Frontier Township and graduated from Canby High School in 1953. She then worked on the family farm. She married Dale Juranek on Dec. 27, 1953. In 1963, Ruth and Dale were baptized together in Christ in Lake Benton, Minn. Following Dale’s death in 1969, Ruth and family moved to Canby, and later made their home in Valley Springs. She eventually moved to Sioux Falls.
Ruth enjoyed cooking, sewing, embroidering, knitting, crocheting and gardening.
Survivors include her children, Mary (Paul) Stenholtz, Dale (Kathy) Juranek, Tom (Patty) Juranek, Ted (Connie) Juranek, Todd (Lisa Gritters) Juranek, Sarah (Preston) Olmstead; eight grandchildren; andfive5 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale; brother, Roy; sisters, Emily and Helen; and two grandchildren, Megan and Christian.
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Frances Risting, 78
Memorial services for Frances M. Risting, 78, of Sioux Falls, were held Friday, May 17, 2013, at Peace Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls.
Mrs. Risting died Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at the Sanford Health following a short illness.
Frances M. Line was born to R.Q. “Pete” and Mildred (Moore) Line on July 29, 1934, in Sioux City, Iowa. She grew up in Sioux Falls and graduated from Washington High School in 1951. She attended college at the University of Colorado. Frances lived in many states working as an administrative assistant until returning to Sioux Falls in 1975.
Frances was united in marriage with Mel Risting on Aug. 29, 1975, in Sioux Falls. After the couple retired, they moved to Arizona for 10 years until returning to Sioux Falls.
She is survived by her husband Mel, Sioux Falls; son Jay Raveling (Yazmina), Corpus Cristi, Texas; daughter, Terri (Rich) Dahm, Spokane, Wash.; step-children, Debra Roth, Bridgewater, Kathy (Ron) Rick, Brandon, Michael Risting, Forest Lake, Minn., and Vicki Hughes, Arvada, Colo.; brothers, Mark (Janet) Line, Orlando, Fla., Thomas (Donna) Line, Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.; 16 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.
Frances was preceded in death by her parents, R.Q. and Mildred Line; grandparents, Worth and Helen Moore; and an infant son, Todd.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be directed to the Union Gospel Mission of Sioux Falls.
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James W. Spieker, 68
James William Spieker, 68, of Niceville, Fla., died Monday, May 13, 2013, after a valiant 5 ˝ year battle with cancer.
James William was born in Minneapolis, Minn., to Charles and Marian Spieker. He was united in marriage to Mary Arning in April, 1969. They had one daughter, Ann and son-in-law, Chris Laughrey of Sioux Falls.
He worked several years for Elmen Rental in Sioux Falls, Augustana College and the Sioux Falls School District. In 2000, he retired for the first time, and then piloted his sailboat “Freedom” down the Mississippi River. After moving to Niceville, he drove school bus for the Okaloosa County School District in Niceville.
Other survivors include his wife, Kathryn, of Niceville, Flsa; a step-son, Paul Cressman of Brandon; siblings, Paul (Val) Spieker, of Custer, Karlene (Frank) Solie of Burnsville, Minn., and John of Minneapolis; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Mary.
Heritage Gardens Funeral Home, Niceville, was in charge of arrangements.
Clair Swenson, 95
Memorial services for Clair Swenson, 95, of Brandon, were held Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at Heritage Lutheran Church, Brandon.
Mr. Swenson died Saturday, May 11, 2013 at Bethany Home - Brandon.
Clair Kenneth Magnus Swenson was born Nov. 9, 1917, to Emil and Olena (Danielson) Swenson in Valley Springs. He attended District #55 grade school, Garretson High School for three years and graduated from Valley Springs High School in 1936.
Clair was united in marriage with Gladys M. McPherson on Oct. 25, 1941 at Long Beach, Calif. He worked at a solar aircraft plant in California for six months before they returned to the Midwest and farmed near Beaver Creek, Minn., from 1942 until moving to the Corson and Brandon area in 1960. Clair was the manager of the Corson Co-op Elevator, retirin in 1982. In retirement, he enjoyed woodworking, traveling and spending time with his family. Clair and Gladys were charter members at Bethany Meadows, Brandon.
He is survived by six children, Judy (Burnie) Burkman, Valley Springs, Ron Swenson, Worthington, Minn., Jennifer (Roger) Olson, Hudson, Wis., Richard (Deanna) Swenson, Brandon, Mary (Will) Lingo, New Philadelphia, Ohio, Todd (Diva) Swenson, Rochester, Minn.; 12 grandchildren, Dan (Heather) Burkman, Chris (Mary Jo) Burkman, Erik (Stephanie) Burkman, Laura (Pete) Foster, Michael (Neera) Olson, Sara Swenson and her significant other, Dave Duszynski, Ryan (Jennifer) Swenson, Sean (Erin) Swenson, Ben Korns, Rachel Korns, Joe Korns, Isabella Nascimento; 13 great-grandchildren, Ashley and Morgan Burkman, Austin and Tanner Burkman, Keegan, Francis, Brennan and Clair Foster, Otis Olson, Addison and Nolan Swenson, Kiera and Kaelyn Swenson; a brother, Robert Swenson, Corson; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Clair was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys, on April 5, 2008; his parents; four brothers, Delmar, Oliver, Elert and Orval; and four sisters, Mavis Cossel, Pearl Tanner and two in infancy.
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