Monthly Archives: June 2016

Donna Ware Keating

Donna Ware Keating, 84, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. She is predeceased by her sister: Doris Fulmer; daughters: Theresa Marie and Mary Frances; grandsons: Joseph, Jacob and Caleb.

Donna retired from MUSC, Shahids Uniform Store and volunteered at St. Francis Hospital. She was known as “Munner” to family and friends. A woman of faith, she was devoted to her family. In raising her children, she instilled faith, love, compassion and a solid work ethic. Munner will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her sister: Charlene Hargens of SD; 9 children: Donna Marie Keating, Margaret K. Bull (Mike), M. Monica Keating, Anne K. Ellington (Langdon), Joseph W. Keating (Macarena), Barbara K. Matthews (Dave), Maria K. Gabriele (Wally), Christina “Tina” K. Moore (James) and Abraham “Abe” J. Keating; 18 grandchildren: Meghan, Christopher, Angela, Amy, Ashley, Morgan, Carmen, Encarna, Belan, Maria Joy, Michael, Philnel, Mikey, Leland, Katherine, Stephen, Patrick and Alexander; 14 great grandchildren: Kameron, Abigail, Kaylee, Porter, Jasper, Josh, Nate, Nathaniel, Isa, Keating, Eva, Paloma, Gianna and Rory.

The relatives and friends of Donna W. Keating are invited to attend her Mass of Christian Burial, at 10 AM on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 5 St. Teresa Drive, Charleston. The Rite of Committal will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday between 5 PM and 7 PM at the James A. McAlister Funeral Home, 1620 Savannah Highway. A Vigil Service will begin at 6:45 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fr. McCarthy Catholic Education Fund, C/O Blessed Sacrament, 7 St. Teresa Drive, Charleston, SC 29407.


Lenore Ufen

Lenore Augusta Ufen, 100, of Miller, passed away Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at the Good Samaritan Society in Miller.

Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 25, 2016 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Miller with Pastors Max Miller and Glenn Stewart officiating.  Burial will follow at G.A.R. Cemetery, Miller.  Visitation will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 24, 2016 followed by a 7:30 p.m. prayer service, all at Reck Funeral Home, Miller.

Lenore Danburg was born on a farm southeast of Miller on May 24, 1916, to Eugene and Norma (Shonbrun) Danburg.  She attended Corrin School south of Miller.  Lenore married George Ufen, Jr., on August 10, 1931, which began 49 years of marriage.  To this union, three children were born and raised on their farm south of Miller.

Lenore was a woman of faith, attending Trinity Lutheran Church, where she was active in choir and women’s groups.  In later years, she enjoyed Pleasant Valley Church’s weekly Bible Studies.

Surviving the depression, droughts, and storms proved Lenore to be a woman of courage.  Besides being busy as a farm wife, Lenore began working outside the home in 1950.  She was proud to purchase her own business, the A&W Drive In, which she owned for 15 years.

In 1969, after George retired, they moved to Miller.  Lenore always took time to remember her family and extended family on special occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries.  She was famous for her made-from-scratch angel food cakes.  Family and faith were the most important things in her life.

Grateful for sharing Lenore’s life are her two sons, Jack (Ramona) and Robert (Mardell-deceased) of Miller, and daughter Patricia (Stan) Hansen of Rapid City; eight grandchildren, Brian (Pamela) Ufen of Pleasant View, TN; Bradley (Ashley) Ufen of Miller; Karla (Paul) Fischenich of Dodge Center, MN; Claudine (Nick) Carr of Gilbert, AZ; Jennifer (Bruce) Jones of Sioux Falls; Renae (Harold) Hastings of Colton, SD; Chanley (Missie) Hansen of Hockessin, DE, and Ryan (Holly) Hansen of Sioux Falls; fifteen great grandchildren; one sister, Derla (Dave) Simons of St. Lawrence; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Ufen; parents, Eugene and Norma Danburg; two brothers, Raymond and LeRoy Danburg; two sisters, Dorothy Freimark and Phyllis Losey; one daughter-in-law, Mardell Ufen, and one granddaughter, Kea Ufen Dearing.

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

Kirby Joseph Sprenger

Kirby Joseph Sprenger, 19, passed away Sunday June 19, 2016 at Sanford Children’s Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD in his mother’s arms and with his father by his side, along with many family members telling their favorite Kirby stories.

Funeral Mass will be held at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, June 23, 2016, at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Faulkton, SD with Fr. Christopher Hughes officiating. Burial will be in St. Thomas Catholic Cemetery.  A wake service will be held at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 22, at the church, with visitation one hour prior.

Kirby Joseph Sprenger was born on November 23, 1996 to Joe and Sandy (Bowar) Sprenger in Aberdeen, SD.  At the age of 4 months Kirby was diagnosed with a rare and terminal disease called Miller-Dieker Syndrome; despite the odds he surpassed all expectations and continuously proved his doctors wrong.   Kirby found joy in the simplest of things, such as the sounds heard at the Midway Fairgrounds, the feeling of the wind on his face, the sound of cows moo-ing, or the sharp sound of a squeaking balloon.   Kirby’s infectious laugh and bright smile warmed the hearts of anyone who met him.

Blessed to have been chosen to share Kirby’s life are his parents Joe and Sandy Sprenger; his sister Haley: his maternal grandfather Eugene (Jeanette) Bowar of Faulkton; as well as Kirby’s “2nd Mom” Leasa Ortmeier; his aunts and uncles:  Anne (Mark) Beckstrand of Sioux Falls, SD, Karen (Terry) Dickman of Sioux Falls, SD, Marlene (Mark “Sparky”) Dreesen of Circle, MT, Barry (Shelly) Bowar of Wahpeton, ND, Holly (Todd) Jacobson of Harrisburg, SD, Mike (Carol) Sprenger of Presho, SD, Gary (Peg) Sprenger of Orient, SD,  Kathy (Gary) Sarvis of Brandon, SD, Patty Sprenger and Dave Griffin of North St. Paul, MN, Mary (Jerry) Nelson of Philip, SD,  Karen (Vern) Bult of Wahpeton, ND, Deb (Jim) Peterson of Sioux Falls, SD, Jim Sprenger and Sharon Rons of Sioux Falls, SD, Steve (DeAnn) Sprenger of Pierre, SD, and Carol Sprenger of Brookings, SD; cousins:  Lauren (Zackary) Brinnley and Lincoln Thompson, Josh Dickman, Mandy (Cullen) Pickett, Kayla Dreesen, Brooke Dreesen, Tracer Bowar, Stuart Bowar, Alex Jacobson, Justin Jacobson, John Birgen-Sprenger, Jana Sprenger, Lacy Sprenger, Jamie Sprenger,  Janell (Shanon) Shaylee, Tristen, and Keagen Juhnke, Joelle (Brad) Taborr, Paige and Kaden Ellenbecker, Justin (Krista) Audra and Austin Sarvis, Katie (Merritt) Carpenter, Loni Nelson, Travis Nelson, Jeremy (Candi) Tori and Harper Bult, Danny Bult, Sam Peterson, and Danielle Schroeder.

Kirby was preceded in death by his grandparents: George and Loyola Sprenger and Maurine “Billie” Bowar and his cousins Brian Bult, Laura Peterson and Frances Ellenbecker.

In lieu of flowers, memorials will be forwarded by the family to the Faulkton Area Medical Center Foundation and Make A Wish Foundation.

Luce Funeral Home of Faulkton has been entrusted with Kirby’s arrangements.

Donna Marie Eschenbaum

Donna Marie Eschenbaum, 90, of Miller, went peacefully to be with her Lord as promised in baptism on June 15, 2016 at Avera Health and Rehab in Mitchell, SD where she has lived for 5 years.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, June 20, 2016 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Miller with Father Chester Murtha, celebrant.  Burial will follow at St. Ann’s Cemetery, Miller. Visitation will begin at 5:00 p.m. Sunday, June 19, 2016 followed by a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, all at the church.

Donna Marie Beaner was born April 2, 1926 to Rupert and Mary (Lambertz) Beaner at her grandparent’s farm near Dolton, SD.  She was the oldest of 16 children.  When she was a few months old her parents moved to a farm northeast of St. Lawrence, SD.  She attended school in St. Lawrence and graduated from Miller High School in 1944.

Donna married Robert Lee Eschenbaum on November 28, 1944.  They spent the next 53 years together on the farm south of Miller where they raised their eight children.  After Robert’s passing in 1997, she moved to an apartment in Miller in 2001.  Donna spent her whole life working hard, first on her parents’ farm and then on their own farm.  She saw many days of struggle and worry yet never lost her faith in what the Lord would provide.  She will always be remembered for her great cooking, card parties, sense of humor, and willingness to lend a hand to neighbors or anyone in need.

Donna was a lifelong member of the St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Miller.  She also served on the St. Ann’s Altar Society, funeral committee and taught 4th grade CCD for a number of years.

Thankful to have shared her life are her eight children: Roberta Merxbauer of Tracy, MN; Carol (Wes) Sanborn of Julietta, ID; Janet (Doug) Arneson of Prior Lake, MN; Ann (Jack) Aalbers of Mitchell; Jim (Teresa) Eschenbaum of Miller; Mary (Dan) Hargens of Stevensville, MT; Lori Eschenbaum of Mitchell; and Sally (Tom) Sprigler of Spearfish; 23 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; her siblings: Charlotte Molander, Irene Fanning, Roger (Jodi) Beaner, Jim (Sharon) Beaner, Lloyd (Murial) Beaner, Richard Beaner, Chuck (Judy) Beaner, Sandra (Darwin) Knutson, Ramona (Darrell) Lewis, Dianne Knight, Mary Butler, Ellen (Bruce) Rook, and Rita Tibbetts; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Gary Terbell, Duane (Bobby) Eschenbaum, Mary Ann Clodt, JoDean (Vernon) Joy, Ole Harrell and too many nieces, nephews and cousins to count.

She was proceeded in death by her husband, Robert; her parents, Rupert and Mary Beaner; parents-in-law: Henry and Lena Eschenbaum; brother, Donald Beaner; sister, Linda Terbell; granddaughters, Darci Merxbauer and Jesse Lee Aalbers; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Ray Molander, Jack Fanning, Nina Beaner, Mike Butler, Harrold (Vonnie) Eschenbaum, and Ruth Harrell.

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

Robert L. Blasdell

Robert L. Blasdell, 70, of Miller, passed away Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at the Good Samaritan Society in Miller.

Private services will be held at a later date.

Robert was born December 28, 1945 at Holabird, South Dakota to Henry “Hank” and Rozina “Rose” (Flosom) Blasdell.  He attended school in Holabird before graduating from Highmore High School in 1965.  In September of 1965, he married Leann Fraizer at the Methodist Church in Miller.  To this union, a son and daughter were born: Robert, II and Krissa.  Robert enlisted into the Army National Guard and was honorably discharged.

Throughout Robert’s life, he worked for Thiel’s Body Shop, Roger Hines Construction, Wilbur’s Feed and Seed, and later retiring from Miller Feed and Seed.  In his retirement, he drove semi for various farmers, helped Brad Manning, Kroeplin Ag/Wilbur Ellis, and Dollar General.

In his free time, Robert enjoyed socializing and visit with everyone, fishing, and driving around.  He especially enjoyed spending time with his kids and grandkids; and watching his grandson, Tre, race.

Survivors include his two children; Robert, II (Camie) Blasdell of Miller and Krissa Blasdell of Miller; four grandchildren; Cole, Lucas, Tre (Megan Timm), and Taica; one great grandson, Jase Michael; and siblings: Karen Price of Washington, Donna (Eddie) Burnell of Iowa, and Tommy (Renae) Blasdell of Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and three brothers: James, Darrell, and David Blasdell.

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

Robert “Bob” Neil Duxbury

Robert “Bob” Neil Duxbury was born March 14, 1934, and he found eternal peace on Monday, June 6, 2016. His funeral service will be at 10:30 AM, Saturday, June 11th at the First Presbyterian Church in Wessington. Burial will be in the Wessington Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 to 4 PM, Friday at the Kuhler Funeral Home (please use east door). A prayer service with a time of sharing to follow will be at 7 PM, Friday evening at the church in Wessington.

Wilfred Faust

Wilfred Faust, 95, of Miller, passed away Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at the Good Samaritan Society in Miller.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, June 6, 2016 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Miller with Father Chester Murtha, celebrant.  Burial will follow at St. Ann’s Cemetery, Miller.  Visitation will begin at 5:00 p.m., Sunday, June 5, 2016 with a 6:30 p.m. rosary service followed by a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, all at the church.

Wilfred Joseph Faust, was born July 30, 1920 on a farm northeast of Elgin, Nebraska to Joseph and Katherine (Selting) Faust.  He attended rural school and later attended Saint Boniface Catholic Church in Elgin, Nebraska where he rode a horse to school.  In 1933 his parents moved to Polo, South Dakota. He attended St. Liborius Catholic school and graduated from Fairview High school with the class of 1940. After graduating from school he worked for several farmers shucking grain, and with several threshing crew.

He married Marjorie Marie Cotton on November 17, 1942 at St. Liborius Catholic Church in Polo, South Dakota.  They then moved to Seattle, Washington where he went to work for Seattle and Tacoma Shipbuilding Corporation, building destroyer ships for the U.S. Navy. He moved back to a farm, south of Polo in September 1948 and started to farm and ranch. Marge and Wilfred adopted Mary Kathryn on October 13, 1949. He served on the Fairview High school board and was manager of the Polo baseball team. Then on March 30th, 1961 his daughter arrived naming her Dawn Marie.  They then moved to Miller in March 1967, worked for Ben and Ruby Scherr for 25 years between John Deere Implement business and raising limousine cattle, and farming.  Later he went to work for Kelvin and Carol Grey running machinery and farming, then retired in 2004.

He is survived by his wife, Marjorie (Cotton) Faust of Miller; his daughter, Dawn (Craig) Price of Miller; eight grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents: Joseph and Katherine Faust; his 2 brothers: Florian & LaVern; 3 sisters: Agnes, Freda, Rosemond; daughter, Mary Teller; and great-grandson, Todd Teller.

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