Monthly Archives: July 2014

Dorothy Grunewaldt

(March 4, 1927 – July 26, 2014)
Dorothy Grunewaldt, 87, of Faulkton passed away Saturday, July 26, 2014 at the Faulkton Healthcare Center.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday July 30, 2014 at St. Thomas Catholic Church, Faulkton with Fr. John Helmueller officiating. Burial will follow in St. Thomas Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 29, 2014 with a 7:00 p.m. wake service at the church.
Dorothy was born on March 4, 1927 to Joseph and Susan (Barthelemy) Wieseler. She was raised north east of Polo. In her early years of education she attended country school, Zell Boarding School, Orient and graduated high school from St. Liborius in Polo. Dorothy continued her education at Notre Dame in Mitchell for her teaching degree. While teaching at a Country School, she met the love of her life at a dance in Orient, Lawrence Grunewaldt. They were united in marriage on June 10, 1947 and were blessed with five children as they lived on the Cold Spring Ranch west of Orient. Dorothy was a busy farmwife milking cows, growing large vegetable/flower gardens, butchering chickens, sewing and helping where ever needed. She was also very active as a 4-H leader, a member of Jolly Wrens extension club, alters society and Catholic Daughters in Orient and eventually Faulkton Catholic Church. Pies were her specialty and her canned dill pickles were treasured and savored by the family. Among her many passions she loved to dance, play cards and travel. Grandma was known to give her grandkids one of their first driving lessons.
In 1981, Lawrence and Dorothy moved to Faulkton where she became active in two card clubs, delivering Meals on Wheels, Election Superintendent, and a member of Autumn Leaves Senior Center. Dorothy liked to keep very busy and had the saying “We’re Creating Memories”. Hopefully you shared a few with her.
Those left to treasure her memories are her husband, Lawrence of Faulkton; three sons: Paul (Jan) Grunewaldt of Sioux Falls; Ken Grunewaldt of Hayti and John (Nancy) Grunewaldt of Pierre; a daughter, Joyce Grunewaldt of Eagle Butte; grandchildren: Kevin, Brian (Amy), Chad, Kim, Brett, Aaron and Ashley Grunewaldt; great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; brothers: Dominic (Josephine), Richard, and Robert Wieseler; sister, Catherine (Carl) Nuhsbaumer; and daughter, Cecelia (John Murphy) Grunewaldt.
Luce Funeral Home of Faulkton has been entrusted with Dorothy’s arrangements.


DeWayne Emret Sivertsen

August 9, 1920 – July 11, 2014

DeWayne Emret Sivertsen, 93, of Ree Heights, died peacefully on July 11, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Center of Miller. Visitation will be Thursday, July 17 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. with an 8:00 p.m. prayer service all at First Presbyterian Church of Miller. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 18 at the First Presbyterian Church in Miller. Burial will be at the Morningside Cemetery in Ree Heights.

DeWayne was born on August 9, 1920 in Hand County to Edwin and Jesse (Lott) Sivertsen. He was the oldest of five siblings and grew up on the family place in Como Township where he attended school.

DeWayne lived with his Uncle Fred and Aunt Minnie Sivertsen in the sheriff’s house while attending high school in Miller. After graduating from high school in 1939, he worked for neighboring farmers and the Triple A Farm Service.

DeWayne was drafted into the U.S. Army in the fall of 1942 and was in the 12th Armored Division. He was a proud veteran of World War II moving into Germany just after the storming of Normandy. DeWayne enjoyed visiting the World War II Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC in 2007.

After returning home from the war in 1946, he returned to rural Hand County and worked for Vern King. He married the love of his life, Annie Ruth Lobban, on February 21, 1948. After they were married they moved to a ranch in southern Hand County. In 1954, they moved south of Ree Heights and took over the Lobban family farm. He and Ruth worked side by side for many years on the ranch. He loved raising cattle and horses, and spent many years buying newly weaned calves and selling them the next fall. In 2008, they moved into Ree Heights. Together for 66 loving years, they raised six children.

DeWayne was an active member of the Ree Heights American Legion up until his death. He served in many capacities within the Legion including Commander. He was a member of the Cedar Congregational Church and the First Presbyterian Church. In his younger years, he was a member of the local Grange. DeWayne had a love for baseball. He spent many years on the baseball field as a pitcher with many stories to tell. He was an avid Minnesota Twins fan and even in his last days you would hear him rooting “Go Twins”. In his earlier days, DeWayne was a member of the Highmore Roundup Club where he enjoyed taking his kids to various Play Day Events. In Garner’s race car days he enjoyed helping work on the car and going to the races. He loved playing cards at card parties and at the neighbors. DeWayne loved to attend sporting or other events of his grandchildren. Up until the last 2 ½ months DeWayne didn’t let any grass grow beneath his feet. He and Ruth spent much time going for drives, visiting people, or going out to eat.

DeWayne was a devoted husband and father. He loved spending time and visiting with his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth and six children; Judy (Galan) Wallman of Miller, Garner (Sally) Sivertsen of Ree Heights, Joan Sivertsen of Miller, Janice (Keith) Volek of Highmore, Robert Sivertsen of Olivet, and Joyce (Lynn) Swaney of Farmington, NM; 15 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; one brother Marlow “Eddie” of Minnesota; one sister, LaVonne Kusser of Highmore; sisters-in-law Mary Ann Sivertsen and Nellie Jager; brothers-in-law James (Irene) Lobban, Alex (Leona) Lobban; and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Edwin and Jesse (Lott) Sivertsen, infant sister Shirley Ann Sivertsen, brothers Vernon Sivertsen, Wilmer Sivertsen and Leland Sivertsen.

Joyce J. Simpson

Joyce J. Simpson, 73, of Miller, died Saturday, July 12 at the Avera Hand County Memorial Hospital in Miller. Memorial services will be 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 16 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Miller. Inurnment will be at G.A.R. Cemetery in Miller.

Joyce Simpson was born Joyce Joan Hoffman, daughter of Samuel and Ida (Aman) Hoffman, on March 11, 1941 in Ashley, ND. The family moved to Braddock, ND where Joyce was raised, graduating from high school in 1958.

Joyce married Donald Simpson on November 8, 1958 in Braddock, ND and lived in San Diego, CA for two years while Don served in the U.S. Navy. They then moved to Aberdeen, SD until 1962 when they moved to their present home in Miller, SD.
Joyce worked many years as the Deputy Clerk of Courts in the Hand County Courthouse where she had many friends.

Joyce enjoyed gardening, reading, visiting, playing cards, feeding birds, and her pets. She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant brother, Delmar Hoffman.

Joyce is survived by her husband of 56 years, Don of Miller and 3 sons: David (Michelle) Simpson of Federal Way, WA and their children: Ben (Nancy) and April (Parker). Dale (Jill) Simpson of St. Lawrence, SD and their children: Kevin (Liz), Chris (Jess), Lucas and Joseph. Robert (Lisa) Simpson of Huron, SD and their children: Justin and Jennifer. 1 brother: Donald (Vicky) Hoffmann of Pahrump, NV and their children: Darren and Michael (Laura). 2 great-grandchildren: Harley Nelson and Elli Wendt.

Maurice Schlechter

Maurice Schlechter, 86, of Polo, passed away Friday, July 11, 2014 at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at St. Liborius Catholic Church, Polo with Father John Helmueller and Father Chester Murtha, celebrants. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Polo. Visitation will begin at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 15, 2014 followed by a 7:00 p.m. wake service, all at the church.

Maurice Anton was born to Conrad and Mary (Venjohn) Schlechter on June 11, 1928 at their home near Polo, South Dakota in Hand County. He received his education at St. Liborius School at Polo. He helped his father on the farm until June 12, 1951 when he married Kathryn Wernsmann at St. Liborius Church. They moved to a farm southwest of Polo where they farmed and raised nine children: Doris, Mike, Ted, Mary, Jean, Carol, Robert, Cindy, and Kathryn.

Maurice was a member of St. Liborius Church and the Catholic Order of Foresters. He served many years on the Polo School Board and was also on the Fairview Township board. In his youth, he enjoyed playing amateur baseball and hunting. Later years, he enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren’s sporting events.

His legacy will be cherished by his wife, Kathryn of Polo; nine children: Doris (Randy) Juhnke of Chamberlain, Mike Schlechter of Miller, Ted (JoEllen) Schlechter of Huron, Mary (Kevin) Neuhauser of Midland, Jean (Kevin) Engen of Brookings, Carol (Mike) Goodrich of Crooks, Robert (Sheila) Schlechter of Miller, Cindy (Gaylon) Gerber of Pierre, and Kathryn (Jeff) Schulz of Aberdeen; nine grandsons; 13 granddaughters; nine great grandchildren; two brothers: Lornie Schlechter of Polo and Paul (Pearl) Schlechter of Polo; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Conrad and Mary Schlechter; and a grandson, Jack Schulz.

Reck Funeral Home of Miller has been entrusted with Maurice’s arrangements.

Kathleen “Kay” Lois Nelson

Kay Nelson, 97, of Miller, passed away Thursday, July 10, 2014 at the Avera Hand County Memorial Hospital, Miller.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 12, 2014 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Miller with Father Chester Murtha, celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Ann’s Catholic Cemetery, Miller. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

Kathleen Lois Corcoran was born on January 5, 1917 in Miller, South Dakota to Charles and Ida (Clarin) Corcoran. She attended Miller schools except for two years that she attended grade school in Watertown. She graduated from Miller High School in 1935 and then attended Northern State College in Aberdeen.

Kay worked at the Federal Land Bank office in Miller and later moved to Huron where she worked at the State Employment Office. In 1941 she moved to California and worked as a secretary at Douglas Aircraft Company in Santa Monica, California.

On May 3, 1942, she married Leonard Nelson, of St. Lawrence, SD, in Los Angeles, CA. They later moved back to South Dakota where they raised their five children. Over the years, Kay was a volunteer for the Miller Schools, the American Red Cross and worked part-time at the Miller Livestock Auction and Cal-Fay Fashions. She also often was a poll worker at election times. Kay was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church. She enjoyed doing ceramics, playing cards and traveling. She was the last active founding member of a Miller bridge club that began in 1935. In the later years of their marriage, Leonard and Kay spent 31 years wintering in Mesa, Arizona.
Kathleen is survived by her five children: Gary (Lynn) of Johns Creek, GA; Robert (Toni) of Las Vegas, NV, Thomas (Russ) of Colorado Springs, CO, Suzanne (Greg Klinkel) of Boulder, CO and Dianne (Tom Lookabaugh) of Denver, CO; eighteen grandchildren; twenty-one great grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews, including Rich and Dave Nelson of Miller and Patty Spicer of Sioux Falls.
She was preceded in death by her husband: Leonard Hemming Nelson, who passed away in 1998; her parents: Charles and Ida Corcoran; and sisters: Marion Wakeman and Bernice Cross.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any memoriam be directed to the Miller Community Center in care of On-Hand Development.
Reck Funeral Home of Miller has been entrusted with Kay’s arrangements.

Lorraine B. Schneider

Lorraine B. Schneider, 96, of Redfield, SD, died Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at Community Memorial Hospital in Redfield.

Her funeral will be Monday, June 23, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at Messiah Lutheran Church in Redfield. Reverend Peter M. Utecht will officiate.

Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery in Redfield. Visitation will be Sunday from 2-5:00 p.m. at Thelen Funeral Home in Redfield

Lorraine was born March 15, 1918, in Rockham, SD to Walter and Lydia (Schultz) Huber. She lived at Rockham and then moved to Garden City, SD, with her family. She attended Teacher’s College in Wessington Springs, SD, and taught school near Rockham. She married Armin Schneider on October 26, 1941. Armin and Lorraine farmed near Rockham for many years. They attended Zion Lutheran Church at Rockham and Lorraine taught Sunday School for many years. In 1976 they moved to Redfield and attended Messiah Lutheran Church.

Lorraine enjoyed baking, gardening and word puzzles.

Loraine is survived by two sons, Alfred (Pam), Schneider of Hopewell, VA, and Donald Schneider (Barbara) of Onida, SD; one daughter, Helen (Curwood) Seefeldt of LaMoure, ND; and daughter-in-law, Penney Schneider of Brooklyn Park, MN and her twin brother, LuVerne Huber, White Care Center, White, SD, and brother, Charles (Mary) Huber, Tillamook, Oregon. She is also survived by grandson, Alan Joachim, Agar, SD; seven step grandchildren, 14 step great-grandchildren, sister-in-law Violet Schneider and several nieces and nephews.

She was proceeded in death by her husband Armin, son, Carl, her parents, brother Gordon Huber, sisters Lucille Larson and Alta Sundquist.

Lorraine’s family would like Memorials to be directed to Messiah Lutheran LCMS or to Concordia Seminary.

Richard Lee “Dick” Major

Richard “Dick” Major, 85, of Wessington, died Wednesday, June 25 at the Avera St. Luke Hospital in Aberdeen. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 30 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Wessington. Visitation will be Sunday, June 29 from 6:00-7:00 with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service all at Rembold Funeral Home in St. Lawrence. Burial will be at the Wessington Cemetery.

Richard Lee Major was born on the Major farm, to Guy and Gladys (Keller) Major, December 6, 1928. He graduated from Wessington High School in 1946. He met Mary Kieffer in Carthage, while working construction hauling gravel, and married her on December 12, 1951 while he was home on leave. Dick served in the Army from 1951-1953.

After the service, he farmed for himself until 1958 when he went to work farming for his best friend Dale Johnsen. Dick then went to work as a rural mail carrier in 1963, which he did until his retirement in 1990.

Dick was a loving, nurturing Christian. He loved spending time with his family and friends and always seemed to have a houseful around. Dick enjoyed remodeling his house only using the blueprint in his head. He worked with his kids and grandkids on various projects around the house and his homestead family farm. He loved music and collected record albums. He enjoyed dancing, including calling and teaching square dancing. He liked hunting, especially deer and pheasant, fishing, refinishing furniture, farming, gardening, playing cards, reading, watching Twins and Vikings games, and making ice cream.

He was very active in the Watson Krauter Post 110, American Legion, and was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. He was a member of 40/8, and the monthly Sunday Pitch club. At one time, he was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Rural Letter Carriers Association, Wessington’s Volunteer Fire Department, Wessington City Board, Mr. and Mrs. Dance Club, and mixed doubles and men’s bowling league.

Blessed to have shared his life were his wife, Mary, of Wessington; and his children, Teresa (Merle) Harvey, of Miller, SD, Gary (Phyllis) Major, of Lithia Springs, GA, and Loren (Nancy) Major, of Miller, SD; eight grandchildren, Michelle, Lisa, and Dustin Harvey, Derek (Cindy) Major, Beckah (Brian) Brooks, Adam Major, and David and Chris Major; four great grandchildren, Payten, Brayden, Samantha and Kelsey Jo; three sisters, Neree Lowenstein, Mardelle (Lyle) Brown and Nadine Matthews; brothers and sisters in law, John Kieffer, Betty Ferguson, Virginia Nagelhout, Veronica and Calvin Jones; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Guy and Gladys Major, father and mother in law John and Josephine Kieffer; brothers and sisters in law, Joe Lowenstein, Don (Moose) Matthews, Dean Ferguson, Delores Kieffer, Nick and Sally Kieffer.

Loren Fredrick Rosemore

Loren F. Rosemore, 73, of Miller, SD, passed away Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at Avera Hand County Memorial Hospital, Miller.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, June 16, 2014 at the First Presbyterian Church, Miller, with Pastor Brian Jones officiating. Burial followed at Hillcrest Cemetery, Miller. Visitation ws held from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., Sunday, June 15, 2014 with a 4:00 p.m. prayer service at the First United Methodist Church in Miller, with Pastor Mark Johnsen officiating.

Loren Fredrick Rosemore was born February 25, 1941 to Clarence and Margie (Stonefield) Rosemore in Miller, South Dakota. In 1964, he moved to Nevada and worked at the magnesium mine, Woody’s Chevrolet, and the Nevada Department of Highways. Then, in 1984, he moved back to Miller, and worked for his brother Vince and for Evans Construction. He married Angie Knecht Hibbinson on June 11, 1988 at the First Presbyterian Church in Miller, South Dakota. Once Loren retired, he worked as needed for Miller Concrete, Resel Construction, Foreman Bus, and Charlie Haberling.
Loren loved to work on his parents 1962 Chrysler. He would spend a majority of his time washing and shining his pickup, even though there was rarely a speck of dirt on it or any of our vehicles. He was also a member of the First United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife; Angie of Miller; beloved pet, Emily “Blackie”; two daughters, Dion Hight of Rapid City, and Dawnell (Duane) Miller of Nampa, ID; grandchildren: Joshua (Brianna) Ingersoll of Gillette, WY, Kyle (Jessica) Ingersoll of Wright, WY, Zackery Gustin of Virginia Beach, VA, Dannea (Josh) Reams, and Darenda, Dreaya, and Draden Miller all of Nampa, ID; great grandsons: Dustin, Ian, Daniel and Garrett Ingersoll; sister, Loretta (Erv) Diede of Hastings, MN; twin sister, Leila (Marlin) Jerpseth of Burnsville, MN; sisters-in-law: Angie, Micki, and Bobbi Rosemore; nieces and nephews; great nieces and nephews; and a very special friend, Shirley Elder.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Margie Rosemore and brothers: Orville (Bud), Larry, Vince, and Gus Rosemore.
Reck Funeral Home of Miller has been entrusted with Loren’s arrangements.

Hand Happenings

This is to announce the creation of Hand Happenings, a free web site for news from Hand County , South Dakota.  The internet address for reading is  Please send any news items that you would like to appear here to  Do not send anything copied from The Miller Press since that material is copyrighted and this website is intended to replace the free Miller Press website that The Miller Press does not seem to support anymore as they have not made any changes there for several weeks.  Hopefully there will be different classifications of news such as News News except sports, Obituaries, Family News for starters.  Please be sure that anyone mentioned by name is okay with their name being used here.  Eventually there may be a Facebook page, but not right now.