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October 15. 2013 2:19PM
Bettye R. Cooper, 74
Funeral services for Bettye R. Cooper, 74, of Sioux Falls, were held Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, at Faith United Methodist Church in Brandon. Burial was in the Hills of Rest Memorial Park in Sioux Falls.
Mrs. Cooper died Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, surrounded by her family.
Survivors include her husband, James F. Cooper III, Hartford; sons, Robert (Nancy) Smithback, Sioux Falls, Thomas (Donna) Smithback, Hartford, Edward (Lonnie) Smithback, Sibley, Iowa, Ted (Cindy) Smithback, Tea; 14 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; sister, Sandra (Guy) Rhoades, Ft. Myers, Fla.; and brother, Thomas (Laurie) Roper, Minneapolis, Minn.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bronson Kesterson; and stepmother, Opal Roper.
The family has requested that memorials be directed to the Faith United Church Christian Education Fund.
Robert 'Bud' Danielson, 85
Funeral services for Robert “Bud” Danielson, 85, of Garretson, were held Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, at the Zion Lutheran Church, Garretson. Interment was in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Sioux Falls.
Mr. Danielson died Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, at the Palisade Healthcare Community in Garretson.
Bud was born Nov. 3, 1927, in Garretson to Victor and Florence (De Rue) Danielson and, graduated from Garretson High School. On Feb. 7, 1948, he married Rachel Edmundson in Garretson. Bud farmed west of Garretson for many years and also worked at the Sioux Falls Stockyards.
After becoming practically disabled, Bud worked part-time at Midway Service, and Sioux Falls Park and Recreation. In 2008, the Danielsons moved from the farm into Garretson. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Garretson, and especially enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, and spending time with family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Rachel, Garretson; children, Michael (Linda) Danielson, Sioux Falls, Peggy (Jeff) Stoterau, Sioux Falls, and Tom Danielson, Garretson; grandchildren, Lance (Janet) Danielson, Kim (John) Massey, Jessie (Vonnie) Hariri, Austin (Jill) Danielson, and Andy Stoterau; great-grandchildren, Justin Danielson, Kyle Danielson, and Mac Massey; and sisters: Deloris Lamb, Riverside, Calif/, Beverly (Frank) Ames, Hot Springs Village, Ark., and Annette (Harlow) Lundquist, Garretson.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother-in-law, Herb Lamb.
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Delores K. 'Dee' Dawley, 79
Funeral services for Delores K. “Dee” Dawley, 79, of Sioux Falls, were held Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, at First United Methodist Church in Sioux Falls. Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery, also in Sioux Falls.
Mrs. Dawley died Tuesday, Oct.1, 2013.
Dee was born Nov. 13, 1933 to Fred and Freda Dawley and grew up on what is currently the Dawley Farm Village. She graduated from Linwood grade school on Sycamore Drive in Sioux Falls and Washington High School in 1951. In 1955 she attended nursing class at Sioux Valley Hospital. She earned a bachelors of science in nursing with high honors. She graduated in 1956 from South Dakota State University with a B.S. in nursing education. She was an instructor of nursing at SDSU for seven years. In 1965 Dee went to the University of Michigan School of Anesthesia, where she was awarded a Certificate in Anesthesia on June 18, 1965. She became a board certified CRNA in October of 1965, and then went to work at two hospitals in Michigan as a CRNA until 1998. In 1999, Dee returned to Sioux Falls.
Dee was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges (1955-1956), and the Sylvan Circle Certificate of Membership at SDSU. Dee was presented with the Campanile Society Membership from the SDSU Foundation in recognition of special generosity in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. She was also awarded the President’s Call to Service Medal in 2007.
In 1999, she moved to Sioux Falls, where se was a member of Westward Ho Country Club.
Mrs. Dawley is survived by siblings, F. William (Donna) Dawley of Brandon, and Joel (Vicki) Dawley of Sioux Falls, and Carol; nine nieces and nephews, Todd (Linda) Dawley, Troy Dawley and Trevor (Barbara) Dawley, all of Valley Springs, Thad Dawley of New Haven, Conn., Trent Dawley of Garretson, Michelle (Jakob) Dawley-Harrison of Snohomish, Wash., Michael Dawley and Debra Dawley, both of Sioux Falls, and Diana Dawley of Britton.
Dee was preceded in death by her father, Fred, her mother, Freda and her brother, Darryl.
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Joann Keller-Klitzke, 72
Funeral services for Joann M. Keller-Klitzke 72, of Brandon, formerly Waseca, Minn., were held Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at Heartland Funeral Home. Inurnment will be held at a later date at Maplewood Cemetery in Luverne, Minn.
Joann Keller-Klitzke died peacefully in her sleep, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, at home.
Joann Marvel Johnson was born Aug. 11, 1941, to Clifford and Marvel (Myre) Johnson in Waseca, Minn. She graduated from Waseca High School. She married Theodore Keller June 25, 1960. Joann worked at Brown Printing for more than 20 years. In October of 1984, Theodore passed away. However, in 1986, Joann married Robert Klitzke. The couple continued to live in Waseca and later moved to Pipestone, Minn., where she worked for F.E.Y. Industries making calendars and other printed supplies. In 2006 Robert also passed away. In 2008, Joann moved to Brandon, working at HyVee in Sioux Falls and for SMG, the concessions at the Arena.
Joann loved to cook, bake, bowl, attend Stampede Hockey games, go to the casinos and attending Sherwin Linton concerts.
Joann is survived by three children, Glenn (fiancée Sara) Kopperud, Owatonna, Minn., Julie (Tim Osterkamp) Rosa, Brandon, and Jody (Don Gohman) Keller, Brandon; three grandchildren, Shawn Rosa, Amy Henkensiesken, and Tanya (fiancée Brian Steinhoff) Rosa; three great-grandchildren, Joselynn Koppen, Brandon and Nicole Steinhoff; brother, Cifford (Jody) Johnson, Jr., Richland, Minn.
Joann was preceded in death by spouses, Theodore Keller and Robert Klitzke; her parents, and one brother, Clayton Johnson.
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Norma A. Schmid, 81
Memorial services for Norma A. Schmid, 81, of Brandon, were held Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at Memorial Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls.
Mrs. Schmid died Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 at Sanford Centennial Hospice Cottage in Sioux Falls, surrounded by her family.
Norma Agnes Heisler was born Aug. 20, 1932, to Henry and Elisabeth (Wolff) Heisler on a farm near Everly, Iowa. She was united in marriage with Robert L. Schmid on Sept. 18, 1955 in Spencer, Iowa.
Norma and Bob loved to travel. After their retirement, the couple made several trips to Hawaii, Los Cabos, Mexico and Pensacola Beach, Fla., before Parkinson’s disease stopped her traveling. Norma loved to cook, sew and quilt. She especially cherished her grandchildren who were so much a part of her life.
She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Bob; three sons, Rick (Connie) Schmid, Creve Coeur, Mo., Jim (Sarah) Schmid, St. Charles, Mo., Brian (Karen) Taliesin, Seattle, Wash; a daughter, Susan (Glenn) Thacker, Lenexa, Kan.; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; three step-great-grandchildren; a sister, Violet Offutt, Pharr, Texas; niece, Kim Edge, Iowa City, Iowa; mother-in-law, Dorothy Schmid, Spencer, Iowa; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Norma was preceded in death by her parents and two siblings, Darlene and Donald.
In lieu of flowers, Norma’s family requests that memorials be directed to Memorial Lutheran Church or the Parkinson’s Association of South Dakota.
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Brian W. Thompson, 48
Funeral services for Brian W. Thompson, 48, of Spring Creek, Nev., formerly of Brandon, were held Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, at Heritage Lutheran Church, 117 S. Sandstone, Brandon. Interment was in the Midway Lutheran Cemetery, rural Flandreau.
Mr. Thompson died Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at the Sanford Hospice Cottage in Luverne, Minn., following a short battle with cancer.
Brian was born Jan. 27, 1965, in Brookings to Wayne and Lois (St. John) Thompson. He was baptized at the First Lutheran Church in Volga in 1965. Brian graduated from Vermillion High School in 1983. He attended Dakota State University and served in the Army National Guard for six years in Brookings; he was given an Honorable Discharge. Brian met Mary Kay Swanz of Kransburg at DSU and they were married Aug. 8, 1987. The couple lived in Brandon where they started raising their family of five.
Brian worked for LodgeNet in Sioux Falls prior to going to work for HSBC. He later became the vice president of security and fraud of all of HSBC Banks and Credit Operations centers west of the Mississippi River. In 2010, he went to work for Barrick Gold Company as the superintendent of its Safety and security division at Goldstrike Mine, the largest gold nine in North America at Elko, Nev.
Brain had a huge love for his family. Spending time with his kids hiking or exploring was one of his favorite pastimes. He was very musical and loved to write notes to his family. He was a member of the El Raid Shrine in Sioux Falls and was “Dippity Doo,” the happy clown, in the Shriner’s Clown Unit. He also belonged to the American Legion in Sioux Falls and the Masons, and is a former member of Brandon Lutheran Church.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Kay; five children, Matthew, Madison, Samantha, Brittany, Amber and Erika Thompson, all of Spring Creek, Nev.; parents, Wayne and Lois Thompson, Colman; sisters, Katherine (David) Tarrell, Sioux Falls, and Sheri (Doug) Scheerhorn, Hills, Minn.; mother-in-law, Mary Ellen Swanz, Clear Lake; and many loving nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
Brian was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Donald Swanz.
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