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July 30. 2013 9:59AM
Helen Like, 89
Funeral services for Helen Lois Like, 89, of Luverne, Minn., were held Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at Split Rock Lutheran Church, rural Brandon.
Mrs. Like died Thursday, July 11, 2013 at Mary Jane Brown Good Samaritan Center in Luverne.
Helen Lois Tommeraas was born in Northfield, Minn., on Jan. 13, 1924, to Gustav and Ida Tommeraas. She graduated from Cannon Falls High School, and married Jim Like on June 14, 1959. They lived in Mitchell and Lake Stevens, Wash., before returning to South Dakota in 1970.
She is survived by her husband, Jim; children, Tom (Deb) Like of Hillsboro, Ore., Diane Roberson of Spokane, Wash., Tim (Jeni) Like of Brandon, and Joan (Richard) Braaten of Sioux Falls; eight grandchildren, Jim Roberson, Mandy (Adam) Thacker, Joshua (Natalya) Roberson, Alicia Like, Jacob Roberson, Kimberly Like, Steven Like and Nathan Like; two great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents, Gustav and Ida Tommeraas; and sister, Madelyn Olson.
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Dennis D. 'Mac' McDonald, 78
Funeral Mass for Dennis D. ‘Mac’ McDonald, 78, of Sioux Falls, was held Saturday, July 20, 2013, at St. Therese Catholic Church.
Mr. McDonald died Tuesday, July 16, 2013.
Dennis Dean “Mac” McDonald was born May 20, 1935, to Frank R. and Helen K. (Litterick) McDonald at Winfred, S.D. He graduated from Brookings High School in 1954 and then served in the U.S. Army with the 606th Ordinance stationed in Baumholder, Germany. Following his discharge from the Army he served with the Navy Seabees Reserves for 20 years. Reunions with his military friends were always something Mac looked forward to.
He was united in marriage with Marilynn Yvonne Wodtke on June 4, 1960 at Lake Benton, Minn. She preceded him in death on May 26, 2013. Mac worked for John Morrell & Co. in various departments including smoked meat, sheep and beef kill, canning, the dock, and as a roustabout. He retired in 1999. He then worked with his son Tom and grandson Logan at McDonald Property Maintenance doing lawn care and snow removal.
He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed pheasant, deer, antelope, and turkey hunting. Mac followed all sports teams but especially the Minnesota Twins, Vikings, and Timberwolves, as well as the St. Louis Cardinals. He enjoyed traveling with Marilynn to the San Francisco Bay area to visit their California family, sightseeing and trying out various golf courses with Dave and Eric, his grandchildren. He also loved attending his son’s softball games and grandchildren’s sporting events, band concerts and parades. In his retirement years Mac looked forward having coffee and breakfast with the guys.
Mr. McDonald is survived by his children, Denise (Dave) Dotson, Hercules Calif., Tom (Andrea) McDonald, Sioux Falls; four grandchildren, Eric (Lisa) McGuire, Concord, Calif., Melissa McGuire (Dave Lopez), Richmond, Calif., Morgan McDonald and Logan McDonald, Sioux Falls; brother, Maynard (Marleen) McDonald, Katy Texas; brother and sister in law, Earl and Joan Klitzke, Lake Benton, Minn.; sister-in-law, Sharon Wodtke, Belle Plaine, Minn.; step-grandchildren, Sean (Alise Perez) Dotson, San Rafael, Calif., Stephen Dotson, Windsor, Calif., Ronny (Jamie) Dotson, Rohnert Park, Calif.; step-great-grandchildren, Levi and Jonah Dotson; and a host of other friends and relatives.
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Dorothy D. Pudwill, 87
Funeral services for Dorothy D. Pudwill, 87, of Avon, were held Monday, July 22, 2013 at the First Presbyterian Church in Avon, with burial in the Trinity Presbyterian Cemetery, rural Avon.
Mrs. Pudwill died Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at the Wagner Community Memorial Hospital in Wagner.
Dorothy Delores Pudwill was born Dec. 30, 1925, to John J. and Caroline (Binder) Kocmich on a farm near Dante, S.D. She attended school for 10 years and then worked for Gelfand’s Store and the Newberry Dime Store before marrying Allan Albert Pudwill on Nov. 26, 1946 at the Assumption Catholic Church parsonage in Dante. They farmed north of Avon until the summer of 1978, at which time they moved south of Avon and farmed until retiring in 1988. Dorothy also worked for the Avon Livestock, Avon Enterprize and Mensch’s Greenhouse.
Dorothy was a member of the Catholic Church before her marriage. She joined the First Presbyterian Church in April of 1952, where she remained a faithful member. Dorothy served as a Sunday school teacher, Sunday school superintendent, world service chairman of Ladies Aid and church trustee. She and Allan were janitors for the church for five years. Dorothy also was a member of the Avon Flower Club and the Avon Senior Citizens.
She enjoyed embroidering quilt blocks and putting them together for her children, grandchildren and other organizations. She made numerous pieced quilts for The Banquet and St. Francis Home in Sioux Falls and the Women’s Shelter and Homeless Shelter in Yankton. Dorothy will also be remembered for her flower gardens, her delicious poppy seed rolls, dumplings and kuchen. She enjoyed polka dancing with her husband and playing pinochle.
Mrs. Pudwill is survived by her children, Sandra (Dave) Brandt and Carol (Dave) Eggers, all of Avon, Rick (Mary Beth) of Brandon, and Jean (Keith) Janssen of Yankton; 11 grandchildren: Kelly (Lisa) Brandt, Scott (Vanessa) Brandt, Matthew Eggers, Carrie (Pat) Mikkonen, Andrew Pudwill, Allan (Andrea) Pudwill, Elizabeth (Jeff) Frerichs, Emily (Aaron) Carroll, and Stephanie, Travis and Tyler Janssen; 18 great grandchildren; two sisters, Harriett Pudwill of Yankton and Mildred Roth of Avon; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband on March 14, 1995; one grandson, Nicholas Eggers; her parents; two brothers, Edward (Esther) and John (Leona); three sisters, Laura (Charles) Streeter, Adeline (Al) Garcia and Alvina (George) Krcil; and two brothers-in-law, Elmer Pudwill and Albert Roth.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be given in Dorothy’s honor to a charity of your choice. Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Chapel of Avon was in charge of the arrangements.
Timothy R. Shriver, 53
A celebration of life service for Timothy R. Shriver, 53, Brandon, was held Thursday, July 18, 2013, at Heartland Funeral Home, Brandon.
Mr. Shriver died Sunday, July 14, 2013, at home and surrounded by his family, following a courageous battle with pulmonary fibrosis.
Timothy Roy Shriver was born Dec. 21, 1959, to Gerald and Ruth Shriver in Princeton, Minn. He was the fifth of six children. His father worked in the lumberyard industry and the family moved around quite frequently throughout Minnesota, Iowa and South Dakota. Tim was a graduate of Washington High School in Sioux Falls. He immediately began a career in home building and construction.
On Oct. 15, 1983, Tim married Mary Buckley in Sioux Falls. He was working as a shoe salesman at this time. He later took a job at Diamond Vogel Paints and also tried PPG Glass Co. as well as several other variations of these jobs. Eventually, Tim started his own business with his brother Greg of flipping houses before it gained popularity on television shows. This became a family business with the kids helping out after school and during summers. Tim and Mary and the family moved to Rowena in 1998 so the kids could attend school in Brandon.
Tim is survived by his wife, Mary; five children, Adam Shriver, Valley Springs, Matthew (Abbey) Shriver, Mandy Shriver, Alexander Shriver and Brooke Shriver, all of Brandon; one grandchild, Lynn; his mother, Ruth (Stangeland) Shriver, Sioux Falls; four brothers, Brian (Deb) Shriver, Ft. Dodge, Iowa, Mark (Sharon) Shriver, Sioux Falls, Scott (Kelly) Shriver, Holman, Wis., and Greg (Melody) Shriver, Sioux Falls; one sister, Terri (Tom) Bartholomew, Erie, Kan.; and many nieces and nephews.
Tim was preceded in death by his father, Gerald.
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Janice E. Tarras, 75
Janice E. Tarras, 75, of Rapid City, died Saturday, July 13, 2013 at Sturgis Senior Care.
She is survived by two daughters, Jeanyne (Kent) Gomez of Little Falls, Minn., and Sandra (John) Enger of Rapid City; two sons, Jay (Julie) Thiesse of Marshall, Minn., and Scott (Karen) Thiesse of Jackson, Mich; three sisters, Darlene Schuler of Marshall, Minn., Gloria Berding of Louisville, Ky., and Leona Berndson of Lacey, Wash.; eight grandchildren, Tia, Chase, Kaisha, Lydia, Benjamin, Chad, Adam and Olivia; and one great-grandchild, Jackson.
Private family services will be held at a later date.
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James R. Zoellner, 68
Memorial services for James R. Zoellner, 69, of Brandon, were held Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at Risen Savior Catholic Church in Brandon.
Mr. Zoellener died Sunday, July 14, 2013, at his home in Brandon with his family near him.
He was born Dec. 14, 1944 to Charles and Ceceila Zoellner. He graduated from Magnolia (Minn.) High School in 1962. He was united in marriage to Dianne Remme on July 2, 1965. He worked on the family farm and then in sales of truck parts for many years. He retired in 2007 and then worked part-time at the Brandon Car Wash.
Mr. Zoellner is survived by his wife Dianne; children, Sara (Joe) Hyser of Sioux Falls, Angela (Brian) Wrightsman of Brandon, Jason (Teresa) Zoellner of Ogallala, Neb., and Rebecca (Timothy) Smith of Brandon; 11 grandchildren, Megan (Derek) Johnson, Cody Taggart, Spencer, Brady and Jennika Wrightsman, Zachary, Tyler, Abigayle and Lilliana Zoellner, Madysne and Jack Smith; a brother, Dennis Zoellner of Sioux Falls; sister-in-law, Carla (Doug) Ennenga of Kanaranzi, Minn.; brother-in-law, Dennis (Norma) Remme of Magnolia, Minn.; mother-in-law, Arlene Remme of Luverne, Minn.; cousin, Richard (Donna) Zoellner, Valley Springs; and other cousins in the area.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Ceceila Zoellner; and father- in-law, Walter Remme.
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