Recent Obituaries of former WHS staff members as reported in the media
Margaret Looby, English WHS 1978-1991
Margaret Looby, longtime resident of Sioux Falls, SD, died July 3, 2020, at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, SD, with her family by her side. She was 79.
Margaret Marie Looby was born December 16, 1940 in Mitchell, SD to Edward and Marjorie Looby of Artesian, SD. She attended school in Artesian and graduated valedictorian in 1958. She attended Mount Marty College her Freshman year, then transferred to Northern State Teachers College and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Secondary Education in 1962. She was hired by the Sioux Falls School District in August of that year and taught at Patrick Henry Junior High for 15 years.
In 1968, she was invited by the Scholastic Publishing Company to serve on their Teacher’s Advisory Board and attended the annual meeting in New York City, NY. She also represented her district at the 1968 National Social Studies Convention in Washington D.C. At that time she was invited to join a professional women’s teacher organization Delta Kappa Gamma, and was an active member for 40 years.
In 1978, she earned her Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from the University of South Dakota.. In 1978, she transferred to Washington High School and spent 14 years as a Reading Specialist and English teacher. In 1991, an opportunity opened to teach at the new Roosevelt High School, where she was the Reading Specialist and taught American Literature and Composition for the next 8 years
Grateful for having shared her life are her sister Kathleen, Hartford, SD and brother John (Patricia), Hartford, SD, niece Teresa Hofer (Mark), Hartford, SD, nephew John Looby (Jen), Rapid City, SD, grand nieces Whitney Flanagan, Jamey Jenkins, Lexy Groeneweg, Rachel Looby, and grand nephews Kelly Hofer and Nick Looby, 9 great-grand nieces and nephews, and several cousins including a close cousin Diane Hall, Sioux Falls, SD. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Marlee Grebin - Office Staff 1931-2020
Marlee “Moo” Grebin, 88, of Sioux Falls, SD passed away Friday, January 24, 2020
Marlee (Gefke) Grebin, daughter of Fred and Madeleine (Thill) Gefke, was born October 9, 1931 in Hawarden, IA. She graduated from Washington High School in 1950. She attended Augustana College for a couple years. Marlee was united in marriage with Donald Grebin on September 2, 1955 in Sioux Falls, SD. They had three children, Kevin, Karlee and Karrie. . In 1974, she began working at Washington High School as a secretary, and in 1978, she began working in the office of Development at Augustana College. She retired in 2000 after 22 years. Marlee was a member of the Sweet Adeline’s for many years. Grateful for having shared her life are her children, Kevin (Deb) Grebin, Karlee Archer, Karrie VandeVoort, all of Sioux Falls, SD; nine grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren, Marlee was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Madeleine Gefke; a brother and a sister-in-law, Norman and Muriel Gefke; a brother; Gary Grefke; a sister -law, Madeleine and her ex-husband Donald Grebin.
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Lucile Webster Ellis- Counselor 1915-1919
Evergreen, CO - Melba Lucile Webster Ellis 104, of Evergreen, CO (formerly of Sioux Falls, SD) died November 25th 2019. She was born on "the farm" in Woonsocket, SD February 2nd, 1915 to Harriet and Lloyd Webster. She graduated from Woonsocket High School, receiving a BS from South Dakota State University in 1936 and MA in Guidance and Counseling from the University of South Dakota in 1961. She married her late husband Raymond Ellis in 1939 and after his early death she raised her 3 young children on her own with great love and courage. She influenced many young people's lives through her teaching and counseling, finishing a successful career as a cherished counselor at Washington High School in Sioux Falls.
She documented how the world had changed during her lifetime in her book "My Century of Living" written for her family, always thinking about the next generation. She also loved gardening and gained some fame with her knitted and crocheted projects.
Melba is survived by her sister Connie Burrill (Wally) and by her three children Richard Ellis (Terry), Carol Johs (Perry), and Nita Ellis (Brandon LaSalle).
Donald L. Edison, 1927-2018 English/Literature
Don passed away on Sunday, December 16, 2018 at The Good
Samaritan Center in Sioux Falls, SD.
Donald L. Edison was born on September 28, 1927 to Peter and Tora (Highland) Edison in Mission Hill, SD. Don received his education from Yankton High School, Yankton College, and the University Of South Dakota where he earned his Masters Degree in Education. In June of 1946, Don enlisted in the United States Army and served honorably until his discharge in December 1947. On May 23, 1954 he married Betty Lou Paulos in Yankton, SD. Don worked for the Sioux Falls School District at Washington High School as an English Literature and History teacher before retiring in 1988. Don was known for his fascinating wit and vast knowledge of literature
Don was a member of various education associations, as well as a Boy Scouts Leader. Don loved to read books; many, many books. He enjoyed doing different volunteer work as well as traveling. Above all, he loved spending time with his beloved children and grandchildren. Don will be missed by all those who knew him.
Grateful for sharing his life are his children, Nancy Feinstein and her husband, Marc of Sioux Falls, SD, Erik Edison and his wife, Kristi of Costa Mesa, CA, Susanne Harris and her husband, Gary of Harrisburg, SD; six grandchildren, Alissa, Zachary, Danielle, Evan, Marisa, and Spencer; 3 great grandchildren, Stella, Tess, and Greta; sister-in-law, Kay Byrne; and a host of additional relatives and friends.
Donald was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Betty Lou Edison on May 2, 2018; sisters, Evelyn Gerdau and Mary Slowey; brother, Robert Edison; grandson, Julian Paul Harri
Lyle Lee Farrand October 27, 1943 - November 11, 2018
Lyle Lee Farrand was born October 27, 1943 in Watertown, SD to Henry and Doris (Kugler) Farrand. He attended Sioux Falls public schools and graduated from Washington High School in 1961. Following high school he attended South Dakota State University for his Bachelor's degree and then completed his Master's degree USD.
On July 23, 1966, Lyle was united in marriage with Vikki Buttz in Sioux Falls. Residing in Sioux Falls, Lyle worked for the Sioux Falls School District as a teacher and elementary school principal for 34 years before retiring from administration, only to return to work with the Washington High School DECA students for an additional 7 years. Lyle began and ended his career at Washington High School.
While working many years in special education, Lyle was instrumental in starting Special Olympics in the state of South Dakota in 1968. For over 40 years, he served in many capacities as a volunteer, St. Patrick's Day Parade button-seller, coach for seven sports, board member for 39 years, and president of the board. His legacy will live on through the annual Lyle Farrand Volunteer of the Year Award presented annually to the individual who has exhibited the best example of voluntary action to improve the quality of Special Olympics.
Lyle was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church, the Moose Lodge, the Elks, Sertoma and received many volunteer and service awards including the Cosmopolitan Club's 2005 Distinguished Service Award for his tireless effort, energy, and giving of his time to the continued success of the Sioux Falls community. In 2015, he was inducted into the Washington High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
Lyle enjoyed traveling with Vikki, golfing every day he could, time with daughters, Tamee and Shelie, and granddaughter Jada. Lyle was a diehard fan of Washington High School and South Dakota State University sports teams
Those who remember Lyle best will recall his ability to provide detailed sports facts and statistics from most any sport or team, for any given time-frame.
Grateful for having shared his life are wife Vikki, daughters Tamee Sandvall (Keith), of Sioux Falls, SD, and Shelie Vacek (Travis), of Tea, SD, granddaughter Jada Sandvall of Sioux Falls, SD, brother Harold (Grace) Farrand of Billings, MT, sisters Linda Charles of New Brighton, MN, and Lori Dawson-Feucht of Sioux Falls, SD, 4 nephews, 2 nieces, and multiple cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, mother and father-in-law, brothers Gary (Jan) Farrand, and Larry (Betty) Farrand, and brother in-law, Douglas Dawson.
Memorials may be directed to Special Olympics South Dakota, 800 E. I-90 Lane, Sioux Falls, SD 57104, or a non-profit organization of choice.
David J. Fitz- , Industrial Arts
At the age of 81, Dave died Friday,
August 3, 2018, at the VA Medical Center in Sioux Falls.
David J. Fitz, son of Howard and Anna (Groth) Fitz was born August 9, 1936, in Fairmont, Minnesota. He spent his early life in Fairmont, and graduated with the class of 1954. Following high school, he served his country in the United States Army until earning his honorable discharge in 1956. Dave was united in marriage to Carol Hurlbert in February of 1958 and they were blessed with 4 boys, Tim, Tom, Troy, and Todd. Following his service in the Army he earned his Bachelors Degree at Mankato State College. He dedicated the next 35 years of his life teaching students vocational printing and art in the Sioux Falls School District. Dave was honored with the Sioux Falls Outstanding Teacher Award in 1968. He spent years teaching at Washington, Roosevelt, Lincoln, and SE Technical Institute. In 1981 he completed his Master of Arts Degree from SDSU.
Dave was united in marriage to Vicki (Krouse) Starnes on March 27, 1982 in Sioux Falls. One of his favorite hobbies was his lifetime membership in the Experimental Aircraft Association. Dave’s creativeness in the classroom translated to him spending countless hours in his workshop planning, designing and working with various types of wood. He also loved to work crossword puzzles and was an avid reader.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Vicki of Sioux Falls; sons, Tim (Kathy) Fitz, Tom (Kim) Fitz, and Troy (JoEllen) Fitz all of Sioux Falls; step son, Craig Starnes of San Antonio, TX; 10 grandchildren; sister, Doris Shennum of St. Paul, MN; and half sister, Finette (Al) Walker of Illinois.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Todd Fitz; half brothers, Owen Fitz and Zane Fitz; and half sister, Bettye Watson.
Jim Carlson, Debate October 26, 1943 - April 28, 2018
James Roger Carlson was born on October 26, 1943 in Los
Angeles, CA. He was the oldest son of Roger and Kathleene (Dvoracek) Carlson.
Shortly after his birth, his family moved to Tyndall where he resided
throughout his childhood until he entered college. Jim was involved in several
high school activities that included football, basketball, track, band, and
debate. He was also the last 75 yard dash record holder at Tyndall High School.
Local colleges were recruiting him during his freshman year to play football.
Due to an unfortunate knee injury his athletic aspirations took a different
direction. Jim attended the University of South Dakota (Springfield) where he
majored in English and became student body president his senior year (1965).
He married Kay Francis Pudwill and together they had four children: Brad, Bryan, Christine, and Clayton. Jim was hired as head debate coach at Sioux Falls Washington High School where he won several state high school debate championships. His multiple state championship teams rivaled competition coaches Carl Swanson (Sioux Falls Lincoln HS) and Don Roberts (Watertown HS). They became close friends outside the coaching world. Jim later coached debate successfully at Rapid City Central HS, Brookings HS, and Vermillion HS. Jim earned his Master’s in English from The University of South Dakota (Springfield). He finished out his debate/teaching career at Sioux City Heelan HS with another state championship title. His success as a high school debate coach was undeniable. He knew how to win. Some of Jim’s hobbies included bowling, fishing, horseshoes, and pool…plus he was a die-hard Vikings and Nebraska Cornhusker fan. Jim passed away on Saturday, April 28th 2018 at Accura Healthcare Center in Sioux City, IA.
Jim is survived by 3 sons: Brad Carlson of Kansas City, KS, Bryan Carlson (Kelley) of Rapid City, SD, and Clayton Carlson (Mary) of Spokane, WA; fifteen grandchildren; ten greatgrandchildren; and sister Charlene (Matt) Gassen of Sioux Falls.
In addition to his parents, Jim is preceded in death by his daughter Christine Carlson and his brother Ron Carlson.
Ronald E. “Ron” Lembcke, Industrial Arts
Ron, 78, of Sioux Falls, SD died
Sunday, June 3, 2018 at Ava’s House Hospice in Sioux Falls. Ronald Elmer
Lembcke, son of Elmer and Mildred (Conn) Lembcke, was born January 20, 1940, in
Madison, SD. The family lived in Ramona, SD, where Ron attended school
and participated in football, basketball, and track, graduating from Ramona
High School in 1958. He then attended General Beadle College in Madison,
SD, graduating in 1962.
Ron married Simone Kay Jensen on January 26, 1962, in Ramona, SD. Ron and Simone had three daughters: Terri, Toni, and Traci.
Ron was a science and industrial arts teacher and coach at Ramona High School from 1962-1970, at which time the family moved to Sioux Falls. Ron was an industrial arts, drafting, and carpentry teacher in Sioux Falls at Edison Junior High, Washington High School, and Roosevelt High School, retiring in 2002. Ron continued his education throughout his career, obtaining Master’s degrees in science and industrial arts as well as Plus 30 in industrial arts.
Ron loved spending time with his family and friends. He was an avid Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Twins fan. He was a lifelong member of St. John Lutheran Church, first in Ramona and then in Sioux Falls. Ron worked in construction during the summers, as well as coaching his daughters’ softball and basketball teams while they were growing up. He touched many lives as a teacher and coach, but his greatest joy was his family. Ron especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren: Jack, Katie, and Sam.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Simone; three daughters, Terri Schildhauer and her husband, Steve, Sioux Falls, SD, Toni Lembcke and Dean Theisen, Sioux Falls, SD, Traci Swanson and her husband, Shawn, Sioux Falls, SD; three grandchildren, Jack Lembcke, Sioux Falls, SD, Kathryn Lembcke, Sioux Falls, SD, Samuel Swanson, Sioux Falls, SD; and many other relatives and friends.
Dennis A. Thompson, Physical education/trainer
Born: September 24, 1934
Death: May 5, 2018
Dennis was born on September 24, 1934 to Eugene and Hilda Thompson in Hancock MN. After graduating from Hancock High School in 1952, Dennis served three years in the United States Marine Corps, including one year in Korea. After serving his country, Dennis returned to Minnesota and married his High school sweetheart, Dorothy Heil, in July 1957.
Dennis attended St. Cloud State, graduating in 1960 with a Physical Education degree. Following graduation, the couple headed to North Dakota where Dennis began his teaching career in Regan where he compiled a 44-4 record as head basketball coach; ending with a third-place finish in the North Dakota Class C Basketball Tournament. After a two year stay in Regan, Dennis accepted a teaching opportunity in Sioux Falls, eventually accepting the position of athletic trainer with the Washington Warriors in 1966, where he became fondly known as “Doc” to students, colleagues and friends. “Doc” was often the only trainer at events, serving both visiting and home teams. His humor and professionalism endeared him to the countless lives that he touched throughout the 30 years of his career. He was active in athletics right up until his retirement in 1996. His retirement did not end his devotion to Washington High where he continued actively subbing in many capacities.
Dennis was a devoted Minnesota Vikings fan, who was loyal no matter what. His love for fishing had him heading to the boat at the crack of dawn with his nightcrawler container in one hand and his fishing pole in the other. He never had a bad day on the lake. While giving the walleyes a break you could find him chasing after his golf ball on the course. He loved playing cards into the wee hours of the night, hunting, coffee, crossword puzzles, and reading, but most of all he loved spending time with his family and friends.
So very grateful for having shared Den’s life are his loving wife of 60 years, Dorothy; his son Scott (Ashley Pickering), Kalispell, MT, and Shelley (Mark Kasperek) Shorewood, MN; his 5 grandchildren: Gage and Julia Thompson, Katie, Kyle and Cortney Kasperek. His extended family, and many friends.
Marianne Riedel 12/26, 1957 - 10/11, 2017 Special Ed
Marianne Riedel, age 59, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on October 11, 2017. Marianne Whitcomb was born December 26, 1957. She graduated from Washington High School and Augustana College, where she majored in Elementary and Special Education. Marianne earned her Masters of Reading Education from the University of Sioux Falls. She dedicated her career to students with special needs for 32 years before her retirement in 2011. Marianne married Brian Riedel in 1985 and together they raised two children in the faith of God. She was an animal lover and had a lifelong passion for Arabian horses. After retirement, Marianne spent many happy days blazing new trails with her horse, Axxl Rose. Marianne is survived by husband Brian; daughter Leah Janssen (Mitch), granddaughter McKenna Janssen; son Dustin (girlfriend Rachael Larson and daughter Berkley). She is also survived by her mother Donna; siblings Karen, Jim (Deb), Ellen Cortes (Dan); and many nieces and nephews. Marianne was recently preceded in death by her father, Dean Whitcomb.
Joe Bosley Lockwood, age 84, died on Thursday April 6, 2017.
A memorial visitation celebrating Joeâ€™s life will be held on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at George Boom Funeral Home in Sioux Falls from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.Â Joe was born on January 9, 1933 in Huron, SD to Norman and Frances (Bosley) Lockwood. He was raised, received his education and excelled in sports in Doland, SD. Following high school Joe attended Huron College where he earned his teaching certificate. In 1956, Joe was teaching and coaching in Wessington, SD when he and some friends attended a basketball game at Huron College. It was at that game that Joe noticed a young cheerleader, Sondra Jean Howard. Joe and Sondra were united in marriage on January 26, 1957 in Sioux Falls, SD. Following their wedding Joe began earning his Masterâ€™s Degree in Physical Education at SDSU in Brookings. Joe and Sondra made their home in Sioux Falls, SD in 1959 and were blessed with three sons, David, Bruce and Mark.
Joe spent most of his teaching and coaching career at Washington High School in Sioux Falls, retiring in 1995. He loved being an assistant coach for track and football, but his greatest joy was coaching girlsâ€™ basketball.
Â Â Â Joe in addition to sports loved spending time in the great-outdoors. He was an avid hunter, golfer and fisherman. He enjoyed keeping a meticulous yard and tending to his flower gardens. Joe also made it his â€œmission in lifeâ€ to make sure the local birds, squirrels and rabbits to never went hungry. He also enjoyed watching the MN Twins, working on puzzles, and having coffee with his friends. Above all he loved spending time with his family. Joe was a loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, uncle, cousin and friend who will be greatly missed. Grateful for having shared Joeâ€™s life are his wife of 60-years, Sondra Lockwood, Sioux Falls, SD; three sons: David (Jane) Lockwood, Spearfish, SD, Bruce (Jody) Lockwood, Ft. Collins, CO and Mark Lockwood, Thornton, CO; seven grandchildren: Abbie, Joe, Samantha (fiancÃ©, Dakota Bauman), Alex, Jonathan, Trevor and Nicholas Lockwood; siblings: Marjorie Devine of California, Donald (Cleo) Lockwood of Brookings, SD, Corinne Hanson of Minneapolis, MN, and Tal (Fey) Lockwood of Rapid City, SD; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Joe is preceded in death by his parents: Norman and Frances Lockwood; sister, Norma Nelson; and two brothers-in-laws: Harland Nelson and Al Hanson.
Richard Dean Hanson, 81,
of Sioux Falls, SD, passed on peacefully March 9th surrounded by loving family and friends.
Richard, son of Clarence and Ruby (Wendt) Hanson, was born on February 13th, 1936 in Aberdeen, SD. He grew up in Aberdeen and attended Aberdeen Central High School graduating in 1954. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Northern State College in 1958, in addition to an M. A. in Counseling.
Rich married JoAnne St.
John, a widow and mother of Elizabeth and Robert, on June 18th, 1966 in Sioux
Falls, SD. Rich's career began in physical education and evolved through guidance
counseling at area high schools.
As a longtime referee, supervisor of officials, and sports volunteer, he devoted most of his adult life to enriching youth development through sport. He was honored for his many years of service by being inducted into the 2016 South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame. Rich was recognized for his 50+ years of dedication to the Howard Wood Relays.
Above all he loved his family and friends. His survivors include children, Elizabeth (John) Kilbourne, East Grand Rapids, MI; Robert Hanson, Centennial, CO; Chad (Stephanie) Hanson, Sioux Falls, SD. Grateful to be near his heart are his "Magnificent 7" grandchildren: Zoe' (27), and Parker (21) Kilbourne; Lane (23), and Clay (19) Hanson; Zachary (16), Dylan (15), and Courtney (12) Hanson. Other family members include his sister, Gayle (Ray) Miller, Aberdeen, SD; and many nieces and nephews, relatives, and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and one sister. His spirit lives on in the memories of those who love him.The family would like to thank his friends and many care givers, most importantly, Scott Boyens, M.D., for his loving medical care, guidance, and friendship, especially over these last few years.
Dean Palmer Songstad, U.S. History , Buffalo Ridge, SD. November 19, 1931- December 23, 2016 .
Son of Alfred and Hazel. He was sixth of seven brothers and
sisters. Growing up Dean was active and successful in all sports having
won medals at the Howard Wood Dakota Relays. He was the star kicker for The
WHS champion football team coached by Howard Wood and Bob Burns. Dean said
playing football for a young Coach Bob Burns made military basic training a
breeze later in life.
Dean attended Augustana College during the day and worked night cleanup at John Morell & Co. meatpacking. His college career came to an abrupt halt following his junior year after being drafted into the US Army whereupon he proposed to and married Ruth Elaine Engles on August 22, 1953. Dean served one year in the Army and one year in the Air Force. With the Korean War just ending, Dean was deployed to Saglek Bay, Labrador, 1200 miles north of Boston to build runways for Defense Early Warning or DEW Line, a series of radar sites across the Arctic Circle aimed at the USSR. Dean was made Chaplain's Assistant; he was also responsible for the library, sporting equipment, and running the 35mm movie projector for his comrades - an assignment he loved, as far as being drafted out of college goes.
Dean graduated from Augustana College with Bachelor Degrees in History and English and the University of South Dakota graduating with a Masters Degree in History.
Dean's teaching career began with a year in Emory, SD where he also coached all sports. He then taught at Whittier Junior High School a few years and the remainder of his 35 year teaching career at Washington Senior High School, both in Sioux Falls. Dean taught many subjects during his career, but his specialties were History, Government, and the US Constitution. He retired from teaching in 1991, the same year the old downtown school building was closed and converted into the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science. Dean was honored with the Governor's Award for South Dakota State History Teacher of the Year 1991, awarded by then Governor George Mickelson.
In addition to his teaching career, Dean enjoyed working for his family-owned businesses, South Dakota Fireworks and Buffalo Ridge. In 1971 Dean took his whole family on a four week trip to the Orient where he met with people he imported fireworks from for the fireworks company. . At the Buffalo Ridge Country Store Dean enjoyed meeting new, interesting people every day from all over the country and world who would stop along their journey. Dean carried a small copy of the Bible and the US Constitution with him in his pocket and loved discussing religion and politics.
Dean was preceded in death by his first wife, Ruth Songstad, second wife, Eleanor Ruth Ayers, his parents, his sisters, Anita Vosburg and Mary Bjerke, his brothers, Leonard and David Songstad,. Survivors include three sons, David (Aseema), Brad, Mark (Laurie Der)
Barbara M. White, 95, retired business teacher and lifelong resident of Sioux Falls passed away on Friday, October 14, 2016 at Dougherty Hospice in Sioux Falls, SD. Barb was a member of the WHS Historical Committee.
Her visitation will be Monday, October 17 at Miller Funeral Home, 507 S. Main Ave., Sioux Falls from 5:00 – 6:30 pm. A Prayer Service will begin at 6:30 pm. Her committal service will be at 10:00 am on Tuesday, October 18 at Woodlawn Cemetery, 2001 S. Cliff Ave., Sioux Falls. We will then go to First Congregational Church, 300 S. Minnesota Ave., Sioux Falls for a 11:00 am Memorial Service officiated by Rev. Ryan Otto.
Barbara Ellen Mullen, the only child of Edward and Grace (Patterson) Mullen, was born May 27, 1921. She graduated from Washington High School, received her BA from Grinnell College and MA from the University of South Dakota. Additional graduate work was completed at the Universities of Minnesota, Northwestern, and Texas. After college, she taught in Iowa, Minnesota, and Texas.
Barbara taught in Flandreau High School for seven years, prior to her thirty year teaching career at Washington High School. In addition to teaching, she was faculty chairman of the Coronation Committee for Orange Letter Day and assisted the choral director with productions for the public.
After retirement, she began a second career…volunteering. She was appointed to the Sioux Falls Board of Preservation by Mayor Hanson; served in the cancer and hospice units of Avera McKennan. When the Washington Pavilion opened, she returned there to usher, greet, and later be a member of the Alumni Hall Board. These activities were given special recognition by the Minnehaha Sertoma Club, as well as, at Avera and the Pavilion.
She was baptized in the First Congregational Church and remained a member. Over the years, she chaired and served on several boards and committees. Other memberships included American Legion Auxiliary, Jasper Order of Eastern Star, AAUW, and life memberships in NEA and SDEA.
Survivors include her cousins, Tom Lokken, Flandreau, SD, Vivian Radi, West Fargo, ND, and John Regan, Browerville, MN.
George Willis Science Chair
Henderson Willis, age
88, Sioux Falls, South Dakota passed away on April 2, 2015 of natural causes at
his home with his wife by his side. Born in 1927 in Mitchell, South Dakota, to
George and Agnes Higgins Willis, he was the eldest of five children.
George was married to Florence Wermers in Dimock, SD in 1950, and was the father of five children. He enlisted in the Army in 1945 and served in Japan in the occupation following World War II. Upon his return, he attended Dakota Wesleyan University. Later, he received his Master's Degree in chemistry from the University of South Dakota.
George had a love of teaching and worked for 33 years at Washington High School in Sioux Falls. George was noted for his re-naming of students and staff. Names students never forgot. He also sold insurance for and served on the Board of Directors of the Modern Woodmen of America. In his retirement, he was instrumental in the founding of the chemistry department of Southeast Technical Institute. He was a member of the Toastmasters, the Knights of Columbus, fourth degree, and the Legion of Mary. He was also an active member of Christ the King parish for many years.
He also had a love of baseball and played shortstop many years for both Ethan and Dimock in the Sunshine League.
He is survived by his wife, Florence; sister, Dorothy Kaiser of Lincoln, NE; five children, Steven and Ann Willis, Jody Willis, Nancy and Steve McLaughlin, Kathryn and Mark Swanson all of whom live in Sioux Falls, and Teresa Willis of Oletha, KS; fourteen grandchildren; one great-grandson; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents and three brothers.
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Bob Dolan- Science Chair
Robert Henrich Dolan 83, of Beresford, SD died
Friday October 24th with family by his side. Visitation will be Tuesday,
October 28th from 4-7pm with family present at 5pm. A prayer service will
follow at 7pm. Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, October 29th at 2 pm. Both
services will be held at St Teresa’s Catholic Church in Beresford, SD. Burial
will follow at St John’s Cemetery.
Robert Henrich Dolan was born November 12th, 1930 on the Dolan farm in Beresford, SD to Joseph and Mary Ellen (Nellie Henrich) Dolan. He grew up and graduated from Beresford High School in 1949. He graduated from the University of South Dakota with a teaching degree in Biology and Zoology. He earned his Masters of Administration in 1967. He spent his first two years of teaching in Elk Point, SD. On August 2nd, 1958, he married Sally Coddington. He then began his long-time teaching career in the Sioux Falls Public Schools (Whittier Junior High, Washington and Roosevelt High Schools). The majority of his teaching years were spent at WHS. His career in education spanned over 50 years, influencing thousands of students. He officially retired in 2006. Bob was a hands-on teacher. He brought the farm to the city (from hatching pheasant and quail eggs to farrowing a sow). He was the Science Department Chair for many years and was awarded the John W. Harris Teacher of the year in 1998. In addition to teaching, and his love for animals, he continued to farm, raising hogs, cattle, and chickens.
Bob was a lifelong member of St Teresa’s Catholic Church. He was a fourth degree Knight and had served as Grand Knight. He was currently President of St John’s Cemetery board. He was a member of the Beresford Lions for over 50 years and held many offices. He was very involved in the Lion’s Eye Bank. He was a strong advocate for the success and growth of Beresford. His vision of a golf course and housing development became a reality. He enjoyed bowling, golf, bridge club and anything involving family.
Bob had a love for the New York Yankees, listening to them on the radio as a young boy. He also had a love for Notre Dame. Most important to him was his faith and his family. Through the years, he never missed any of his children's numerous activities and so enjoyed watching his grandchildren. He was the best husband, dad, grandpa and great-grandpa a family could ask for.
He is survived by his wife Sally of 56 years and their 6 children: David (Kim), Rapid City; JK (Karen), Beresford; Ann (Darnell) Nelson, Sioux Falls; Ellen (Tom) Manning, Casper, WY; Deb (Dan) Bergland, Beresford; Sarah (Brad) Antonson, Beresford. 18 Grandchildren: Ashley (Josh) Kauffman, Matthew (Cara) Dolan, Stephen Dolan; Justin Dolan, Katelynn Dolan; DJ (Andrea) Nelson, Meghan (Fiancee Reagan Clemensen), Benjamin Nelson; Joe Manning, Mandy (Jeff) Hurley, Catherine Koch, Thomas Manning, Mary Ellen Manning; Hunter Bergland, Alana Bergland; Nick Antonson, Maddie Antonson, Jack Antonson. Six great grand children: Ella and Addison Koch, Jeffrey and Allison Hurley, Mya and Jameson Nelson and two great grandchildren on the way. He is survived by two sisters, Lois Ballard of Vermillion and Eileen O’Connor of Sioux Falls, brother-in -law and sister-in-law Keel and Patty Coddington, 9 nieces, 8 nephews and his canine companion, Cody. He is preceeded in death by his parents, four sisters; Florence Dolan, Marjorie (Jerry) Smit, Eunice (Dick) Beacom, Virginia (Kenneth) Thompson, brothers-in-law George Ballard and Robert O’Connor and grandson Thomas John Manning, nephews- Tom and Phil Thompson.
Memorials will be divided among various charities and foundations.
Maria Ceretti - Librarian
Born: September 19, 1948
Death: November 29, 2013
September 19, 1948 - November 29, 2013
Ceretti, 65 of Sioux Falls, SD, went to be with the Lord on Friday, November
29, 2013, at the Good Samaritan Center.
Maria Lynn Ceretti, daughter of Attilo and Lena (Hartman) Ceretti, was born on September 19, 1948, in Ft. Des Moines, IA. She grew up in Sioux Falls, SD, and graduated from Washington High School in 1967. She then attended at Sioux Falls College and received a Bachelor's Degree in 1971.
Maria then began a career as a school librarian at Washington High School. After many years she transferred to Memorial Middle School until retiring in 2009 after over 28 years of service.
Faith was at the core of Maria's being. A member of the Cathedral of St. Joseph, Maria was a faithful member of the Legion of Mary, saying the rosary every day since 1991. She was an avid and lifetime reader of any and all literature.
Grateful for having shared his life are his brothers Steven Ceretti and his wife Jane, Sioux Falls, SD, Joe Ceretti and his wife Michelle, Rapid City, SD; sister Catherine She and her husband Stephen, Paso Rables, CA; nephews Alan Ceretti, Jacksonville, FL, Peter Ceretti and his wife Trish, Abington, PA, Anthony Muler and his wife Angie, Sioux Falls, SD, Scott Ceretti, Warner Robins, GA; several great nephew and nieces; 2 great great nieces Isabella & Ainsley
And many other relatives and friends.
Maria was preceded in death by her parents, a brother David, and his wife Chris.
Lois Herbert Longest serving substitute at WHS
Lois Herbert, 88, of Sioux Falls, died
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls.
Lois Christianson was born May 26, 1927 to William and Polly (Curnow) Christianson at Lead, SD. She grew up in Lead where she received her education, graduating from Lead High School in 1945. Her senior year, Lois was elected the homecoming queen of Lead High School. While living in Lead, she was an active member of the Bethel Lutheran Church. During her high school years, and in the summers during her college years, Lois was a tour guide for the Homestake Gold Mine in Lead, a job in which she took great pride, leading many surface tours of the mine.
Following high school, Lois enrolled at South Dakota State College in Brookings where she graduated from with a Bachelor’s degree in English and Journalism. She began her teaching career at Howard High School in Howard, SD.
On July 1, 1952, she was united in marriage with Kenneth Herbert in her hometown of Lead, SD. Following their marriage, Lois taught at Brandon High School for 2 years. For over 50 years, Lois was a substitute teacher with the Sioux Falls School District, having taught in both the “old” and the “new” Washington High Schools and at Roosevelt High School.
She was a very devoted grandmother to her 6 grandchildren, and thoroughly enjoyed time spent with them. Lois was a member of First Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls for over 60 years where she served as superintendent of the Sunday School and a Sunday School teacher; and was very active in the Lois Circle. She was also a very active member of AAUW.
Grateful for having shared her life are her children, Jeffrey (Sarah) Herbert and Jill (Chris) Andersen, both of Sioux Falls; her 6 grandchi ldren, Matt, Lindsey and Carson Herbert, and Tryg, Jhett and Max Andersen; and several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by Lois and Duane Nearman; her niece, Deb Leslie; and special friends, Deaune Andersen, John Odney, Tom Sorensen, Loretta Andersen, Colleen and Bill Ausmann and Jan McDowell.
Lois was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth on August 30, 2011; her parents, William and Polly Christianson; her brothers, Ret. Colonel Harold “Casey” Christianson, Clifford Christianson and Dr. William Christianson; her sister, Margaret Palm; her in-laws, Charley and Cena Herbert; and her brothersin- law, Harlan Herbert and Dr. James Herbert.
Vicki Brandland Myers and Ray Schermoe Art
Raymond Shermoe, longtime resident of Sioux Falls died July 29, 2012, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, two months shy of his 90th birthday.
Mr. Shermoe was a World War II veteran. He attended Augustana College, and following graduation accepted a position as head of the Language and Drama Department at Washington High School. In 1960 he joined the incorporators of the Civic Fine Arts Center and two years later became its permanent Director.
During his tenure, The Arts Center became the hub of arts activity for the surrounding five-state region and its singular reputation attracted even worldwide visitors. Monthly exhibits acquainted the local arts public with many nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. Workshops and study groups encouraged talented hobbyists to become serious artists with renowned reputations of their own.
Mr. Shermoe initiated the Sidewalk Arts Sale as well as a rental program for the Art Center's artists. Quarterly classes for children and studio opportunities for adults were regular offerings. During his watch the Arts Center at its Carnegie Building location became a National Historic Landmark and attained status as a Museum.
After his retirement from the Arts Center he joined the local Salvation Army Social Services as a volunteer then as assistant director, where he remained until he was past 80 years old. He later moved to Lansing, Michigan to be close to family.
Lorraine A. Norman, longtime educator in the
English Department of Washington Senior High School in Sioux Falls, died August
21, 2014, at Bethesda Nursing Home, Beresford, SD. She was 91.
Lorraine A. Norman was born June 5, 1923, in Centerville, SD, to Ed and Martha (Hansen) Norman. She graduated from high school at Beresford, SD in 1941, and attended Augustana College where she received her BA degree. Lorraine taught school in Canton, SD for a period of time before beginning her life-long teaching career in the English Department at Washington Senior High School. During the summer months, Lorraine earned her MA degree through the University of Minnesota. For several years, she pursued and taught summer school at many regional colleges and universities.
Lorraine taught English, Journalism, Mass Media, and was the faculty advisor of the WSHS newsletter, The Orange and Black. She was a mentor to many students and adults alike, and enjoyed seeing them succeed. Lorraine retired from teaching in 1984. Gifted at developing a special bond with her students, Lorraine was often honored and humbled to receive visits and words of thanks from her former students.
Active in her community, Lorraine loved to entertain. For years, she enjoyed hosting dinners, coffee parties and having company after special events. She blessed many people with her gift of hospitality, and those attending always came away feeling special. A lifelong member of Brooklyn Evangelical Free Church of Beresford, SD, she was also active with Central Baptist Church, SDEA, NEA, Journalism Education Association, Delta Kappa Gamma, American Association of University Women (AAUW), Phi Delta Kappa, Augustana Fellows, and the Annie Talent Society. Lorraine loved poetry and artwork, and in her free time enjoyed refinishing furniture and spending time compiling the Norman family history. Blessed with a spirit of compassion, Lorraine was a gracious lady with a servant heart who loved the Lord, and served Him her whole life.
Grateful for having shared her life are her sister, Berniece Thissell, Beresford, SD; nieces and nephews, Norman Hovda, Nancy (Ed) Wick, Dan (Carol) Thissell, Lois Fitzgerald, Jane (Wayne) Smith, Peter (Doreen) Fahlberg, John (Sandy) Fahlberg; and a host of friends, grand-nieces and nephews, and great- grand nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; a twin sister who was stillborn; two sisters, Leona and her husband, Thor Hovda, Maurine and her husband Wes Fahlberg; brother-in-law, Donald Thissell; and her dear friend, Signie Johnson.
Lucille Wilson, daughter of William and Hattie (Laird) Schmidt, passed away
peacefully Friday afternoon, December 7th at Dow Rummel Village in Sioux Falls.
Helen was born in Lewistown, Montana on February 6, 1916. She grew up in Sioux
Falls, graduating from Washington High School in 1934, and achieved her
Bachelor of Science degree from South Dakota State in 1938. Helen married Norman
W. (Woody) Wilson June 14, 1941 in Sioux Falls.
Helen began teaching when women could not secure a position if there was a man in competition for the job. Nor could a married woman easily get a job if her husband was employed. Then, World War II began, and many of the men were called into military duty. So suddenly she gained her opportunity to begin her career as a science and home economics teacher. Helen taught just briefly after her marriage, when she took a hiatus from teaching to rear her family. She returned to teaching, and continued teaching science and home economics at Washington High School until retirement. Helen loved to sew, decorate, and garden. Even in recent years former students have sought out Helen to thank her for the inspiration and confidence she gave them through her teaching, mentoring and friendship. In 2011 she was thrilled to be honored by the Institute of Design & Technology of South Dakota, which established a scholarship in her name. . Helen and Woody moved to independent living at Dow Rummel Village in their late 80’s. After her beloved Woody passed away in 2005, In 2006 Helen was featured in Sioux Falls Women magazine. Their article highlighted her remarkable family and professional journey in Sioux Falls, and captured her beauty, intelligence and spirit. People especially remember their wonderful photo sequence showing her as a loving matriarch of four generations of Sioux Falls women.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Marvin, and her beloved Woody. She is survived by her children and their spouses, Tom and Bonnie Wilson Brown, and Bob and Mary (Timmins) Wilson. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Rob (Camy) Wilson, Steve (Lauri) Wilson, Tommy (Heather) Brown, and Terri (Rick) Jensen. She loved and mentored ten great-grandchildren: Ben, Jack, and Bridget Wilson, Josh, Cole, and Claudia Wilson, Tommy and Katie Jensen, and Jake and Elle Brown.
Wally Norum, Jan. 1, 1937-22 May, 2004 Mathematics
Wallace L. Norum passed away in Stillwater Minn. 22 May, 2004. Wally taught Math at WHS, and was an officer of the Sioux Falls Education Association. SDEA recruited Wally to work for them in Pierre.