Monthly Archives: April 2016

Margaret Mary “Maggie” Mallett

Margaret Mary Mallett, 80, of Brookings died Wednesday, April 20, 2016.

Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Brookings. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Rude’s Funeral Home with the Liturgical Wake Service beginning at 6:30 p.m. and a Rosary to follow. Interment will be in the St. Thomas More Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be given to the Brookings County Food Pantry, located at 217 4th Street, Brookings.

Margaret ‘Maggie’ Marx was born Jan. 29, 1936 to Edward and Elizabeth (Dohman) Marx on a farm west of Bristol, SD. She attended Country school to the eighth grade and graduated from Bristol High School. She married Robert Mallett on May 20, 1954 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Bristol.

They had seven children, Debbie (Lonnie) Winker, Karen (Dean) Stahl, Edward (Kathy) Mallett, Robert (Tammy) Mallett, Brenda (Don) Swartos, Kay (Tim) Trooien, and Bryan (Heather) Mallett. Maggie was blessed to have 25 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren.

Maggie attended St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Brookings, where she was very active. She was on the Core Building Committee, Finance Committee, served as Eucharistic Minister, Usher, and helped with various other things.

Maggie retired from Hy-Vee in October of 2001. She also was a postal employee at Bruce and helped care for several elderly people.

Maggie loved visiting her children, enjoyed having her friends for coffee parties, and loved traveling with family and friends as well.

Maggie is survived by her seven children; three brothers, James (Pat) Marx, Duane Marx, and William (Beth) Marx; and two sisters, Patricia (Larry Wein) and Janice Kruse.

Maggie is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Mallett; two brothers, John and Denny Marx; parents-in-law, Harold and Julianne Mallett; two sisters-in-law, Charlene and Betty Marx; and grandson, Paul Michael Mallett.

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Leo “Lee” Joseph Lammers

Leo “Lee” Joseph Lammers, 93, of Miller, passed away on April 10, 2016 at the Good Samaritan Society in Miller surrounded by family.

Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 16, 2016 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Miller with Father Chester Murtha, celebrant.  Burial will follow at St. Ann’s Cemetery, Miller.  Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Friday, April 15, 2016 with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, all at the church.

Lee was born the second of ten children to Joseph and Anna (Hardes) Lammers on October 24, 1922 on the home place in Hand County in Florence township. Lee attended school in Polo and spent his entire life ranching in Hand County. When his family moved to Sioux Falls in the late 1940’s and formed Lammers Beverage Company, Lee stayed in the Polo area and worked for area ranchers as a hired hand, knowing city life was not for him.

On January 16, 1952, Lee married Patricia Ann Weise and the two were able to return to Lee’s home ranch and raise their family of seven children there. After many happy years of marriage Pat passed away on May 19, 1996. Lee moved to the “city” (Miller), but still made sure he was available any time cows were worked.

After several years alone, Lee met Magdalen “Mac” Dailey and the two were married on December 9, 1999. They had four happy years together before Mac passed away in 2003.

Lee had many fond memories of his family, friends, and neighbors and on a good Sunday, his kids would try to pry stories of his childhood out of him. He was passionate about improving his cattle bloodlines, breaking horses, and sitting many hours in the early mornings listening to the news and markets with pages and pages of figures to try to make the best better. Lee loved dancing, spending time with his family, and especially his grandchildren. The grandchildren reciprocated this love and constantly fought over who got to ride along with grandpa when moving cows.

Lee is survived by his children: Duane (Rose) Lammers, Manitoba, Canada; Dan (Laurel) Lammers, Miller; Dave (Barb) Lammers, Jordan, MT; Ken (Sue) Lammers, Miller; Suzy (Luke) Wernsmann, Miller; Pam (Chuck) Hamlin, Highmore; and Jackie (Andy) Clemen, Aberdeen; step-children: Jean (Aaron) Dailey Jacobs, Joan (Lynn) Harvel, Janice Dailey, Pat (Mary) Dailey, Mike (Suzanne) Dailey, and Tim (Vicki) Dailey; siblings: Agnes Kolda, Mary McDermott, Betty Matthews, Jane Van Hove, Ellie Sabers, and Ed Lammers; grandchildren: Austin (Kimberly), Devin (Laura), and Alex Lammers; Libby (Ken) Jones, Emily Lammers; Amy (Mark) Zehms, Troy (Nikki), Bart, and Clay (Amanda) Lammers; Brady (Jaimi), Monty (Erin), and Kristi Lammers; Rusty and Kyle Wernsmann; Holly, Tierny, Tyann, and Hadley Hamlin; Levi and Amanda Clemen; 10 great-grandchildren; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Lee was preceded in death by: his parents; first wife, Patricia Lammers; second wife, Magadalen Dailey Lammers; and brothers: Paul Lammers, Mel Lammers, and Cal Lammers.

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

Ron Siegling

Ron Siegling, 64, passed away unexpectedly April 6, 2016 at his home.

Funeral Services will be 10:30 am, Tuesday April 12 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Miller with Pastor Max Miller officiating.   Burial will be at 1:15 p.m. at Burdette Cemetery, rural St. Lawrence.  Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00, Monday April 11, 2016 at the Reck Funeral Home in Miller.

Ronald Arvy Siegling was born April 12, 1951 to Milo and Eunice (Ravenscroft) Siegling.  Ron grew up and lived his entire life in the Burdette Township.  He graduated from Tulare High School and attended school in Rapid City for welding.  On May 4, 1973 he married Monica Quitsch.  Together they raised their three children: daughter, Jo and sons, Kyle and AJ while working the family farm.  He taught his kids the importance of a strong work ethic and the importance of doing a job right.  Ron enjoyed hunting his land and having others, including his sons, hunt it every fall.  He also loved farm sales, gun shows, and talking about the old days.

Ron will be laid to rest on what would have been his 65th birthday.

Survivors include his wife, Monica of St. Lawrence; and children: Jo (Kosta) Theodosopoulos of Minneapolis, MN, Kyle (Juanita) Siegling of Brush, CO, and AJ Siegling of Gillette, WY; sister, Mary Jane (Melvin) Davis of Phoenix, AZ; brother, Bruce (Bonnie) Siegling of Watertown; two grandchildren: Caleb and Rachel Siegling of Brush, CO; and many friends who will continue to share their stories and memories of Ron.

Preceding him in death were his parents; and a sister, Gail.

Memorials can be sent to the Kyle Siegling, 25625 CR T. 9, Brush, CO 80723.

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

Victor F. Waters

Victor F. Waters, 64, of Miller, passed away Sunday, April 3, 2016 at this home.

Memorial service will be 1:00 p.m., Thursday, April 7, 2016 at Reck Funeral Home, Miller with Rev. Brian Jones officiating.

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

Mildred Davis

Mildred Davis, 101, of Miller and formerly of St. Lawrence, passed away Thursday, March 31, 2016 at the Good Samaritan Society in Miller.

Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 8, 2016 at the St. Lawrence Community Church with Pastor Scot Tutt officiating. Burial will be at the St. Lawrence Cemetery. Visitation will begin one hour prior to the funeral at the church.

Mildred Ellen Weaver was born February 15, 1915, to Orville and Bertha (Fischer) Weaver in Wessington, SD. Mildred was the first born and lived on three different places in the Sand Creek area. Mildred and all of her siblings were born at home. Her earliest memories are of going to school at Sand Creek, which was a large consolidated school, and included a four-year high school. She road to school in a horse drawn wagon chassis. Mildred attended Hand County rural schools, graduating from St. Lawrence High School in 1933.

She married Archie “Brownie” Davis on October 1, 1934. They lived and farmed all their lives in Hand County. Mildred worked for the US Postal Service in St. Lawrence for 30 years, retiring as Postmaster in 1985. Mildred and Brownie bought the St. Lawrence Blacksmith shop in 1945 after moving into town, selling it in 1965 and then farming until Brownie’s death in 1978.

She was a life member of the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary. She loved to read and sew, made many afghans over the years for friends and family members. She was a member of the local library book club.

She is survived by two daughters: Darlene (Glenn) Puncochar, St. Paul, MN and Carol Davis, Newell, SD; four grandsons: Curtis Puncochar, Scott Puncochar, Jon Spomer, and Bradley Spomer; five great-grandchildren; and two sisters: Marie Kemper, Anoka, MN and Mildene Turpin, Rapid City, SD.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; and four brothers: Melvin, Clarence, Mike, and Darrow.

Memorials are preferred to the Hand County Library or charity of your choice.

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