Monthly Archives: January 2017

Rick Martinmaas

Rick Martinmaas, 60, of Orient, passed away Thursday, January 5, 2017 at the Deuel County Good Samaritan Society in Clear Lake.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, January 13, 2017 at St. Liborius Catholic Church, Polo. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Polo. Visitation will begin at 6:00 p.m., followed by a 7:00 p.m. rosary and prayer service, Thursday, January 12, 2017, all at the church.

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


Leo Joseph Grunewaldt

Leo Joseph Grunewaldt, 97, of Faulkton, passed away Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at the Faulkton Area Medical Center.

Funeral Mass was held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, January 7, 2017, at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Faulkton, with Fr. Christopher Hughes officiating. A wake service was held at 7:00 p.m., Friday, January 6, 2017 at the church, with visitation one-hour prior.

Leo Joseph Grunewaldt was born April 18, 1919 in Woonsocket, SD to August and Minnie (Zapp) Grunewaldt. He attended schools in Loyalton, SD until graduating from Faulkton High School. He married Mary Brown April 9, 1944.

Leo was a lifelong farmer and rancher who especially enjoyed Hereford cattle, John Deere tractors, and a good corn crop. He was an active member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Orient, SD, serving many years on the Parish Council and as an usher.

Leo’s life will be cherished by his wife, Mary of Faulkton; brother, Lawrence of Faulkton; his  children: Kathy Sarutzki of Sioux Falls, David (Doris) Grunewaldt of Ashton, Michael (Nancy) Grunewaldt of Miranda, Lorraine (Michael) Fernandes of San Ramon, CA, and Lois (Tim) Tankersley of Gordon, NE; seven grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, James; and son in law, Bob Sarutzki.

The family wishes to acknowledge the love and excellent care given to Leo in his last few years by the staff of The Meadows and Faulkton Area Medical Center.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.

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

Terry Sievers

Terry Sievers, 72, of Miller, passed away Tuesday, January 3, 2016 at Avera Hand County Memorial Hospital in Miller.

Memorial service with military honors will be 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Miller with Rev. Max Miller officiating. Burial will be at a later date in G.A.R. Cemetery, Miller.

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

Raymond Leonard Naber

Raymond Leonard Naber, 76, of Miller, passed away in the early morning hours of January 2, 2017 at the Avera Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls with his wife Patricia and other family members close by.

A rosary service will begin at 3:00 p.m. followed by a 3:30 p.m. prayer service, Sunday, January 8, 2017 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Miller.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 3:00 p.m., Monday, January 9, 2017 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Miller with Father Chester Murtha, celebrant. Burial will be at St. Ann’s Cemetery, Miller at a later day.

Ray was born November 8, 1940 in Mitchell, SD to Leonard and Emily (Mullaney) Naber. He was raised on a farm in the Polo area and attended both country and catholic school, graduating from Fairview High School in Polo in 1958. He married Patricia Lakner in October 1962 at St. Joseph’s church in Wessington, SD and they settled on their farmstead north of Miller where he lived until his death. Ray and Pat raised three boys Michael (1963), Jeffrey (1964), and Jason (1970) on the farm where Ray instilled in them a strong work ethic, a dry sense of humor, and an unwavering commitment to family.   He farmed and ranched for over fifty years, a profession which suited his independent nature. Even after retiring from farming his own ground, he enjoyed working with his nephew on his farming operation.

Ray enjoyed several hobbies over his lifetime. He was an excellent pool player, placing in several tournaments in his younger years and had just recently returned to shooting in a pool league. He knew his way around a dart board as well, playing league with Pat for thirteen years. His most-loved hobby, though, was that of supporting his children and grandchildren in their many sporting endeavors, and attended countless football, basketball, baseball, and softball games, along with cross-country and swim meets.

Known as “Gramps” to his grandchildren, he simply loved being home on the farm. One of his favorite places to be was in his chair with one or more of his grandkids draped around him. He enjoyed taking all of his children and grandchildren for rides around the farm and through the pasture, especially over “Thrill Hill” which never failed to make the kids scream and Gramps laugh. He was a classic strong and silent type, but his love for, and his pride in his family and his home was never in doubt.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia; sons, Michael (Amy) Naber of Shakopee, MN and Jeffrey Naber of Miller; daughter-in-law, Michelle Naber of Miller; siblings: David (Tammy) Naber of Richfield, ID, Patricia (Gary) LaFurge of Hoven, and Judy (Bill) Lemmel of Lakewood, CO; and his six beloved grandchildren: Jordan Ray, Cody Thomas, Casey Ray, Luke Augustus, Gabrielle Elizabeth, and Michael Patrick Naber.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Emily Naber; youngest son, Jason; and his wife’s parents, John and Elizabeth (Wernsmann) Lakner.

Carolyn Danburg

Carolyn Danburg, 65, of Miller, passed away Saturday, December 31, 2016 at the Avera Hand County Memorial Hospital in Miller.

Funeral service was held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, January 7, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church, Miller with Rev. Matt Richards officiating. Visitation was held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Friday, January 6, 2017 with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, all at the church.

Carolyn Rae was born August 11, 1951 in Miller, South Dakota to Ralph and Dorothy(Danburg) Freimark. She lived in the Miller area her entire life.  On June 29, 1971, Carolyn married Steve Danburg in Carson City, NV. Together they raised  six children: Staci, Tamie, Sherry, Tania, Shawn, and Tyann.

Throughout Carolyn’s life, she held various jobs which included the Café at the sale barn, Lips Café, bookkeeper for Danburg Plumbing and Heating, Alco/Duckwalls, Good Samaritan Society, lunch room at the Miller Public Schools, and babysitting. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Miller.

In her free time, Carolyn was the secretary for the local bowling league and attended several state and national bowling tournaments. She played softball for many years. A big part of her life included following her children and grandchildren’s activities. She enjoyed doing ceramics, camping, shopping, and decorating her home for all occasions. Carolyn was known as Grandma Carolyn or Mom to many who crossed her path. Many also knew her as Snow White due to her love of her white Ford Mustang convertible.

Blessed to share in her life was her husband, Steve Danburg of Miller; children: Staci (Scott) Saugstad of Marshall, MN, Tamie (Barry) Grogan of Miller, Sherry Speirs of Ashley, ND, Tania (Dana) Ruhnke of Miller, Shawn (Kelly) Fernholz of Miller, and Tyann Baloun (Mark Baxter) of Rockham, SD; 19 grandchildren: Kelsey and Nick Saugstad; Dani Danburg; Allison and Noah Grogan; Chantal Williams; Chasitie Danburg; Chelcie and Jordan Speirs; Whyley, Kallie, and Kael Ruhnke; Steven, Kadye, and Spencer Fernholz; Baylee Blake; and Stetson, Justice, and Riggin Baloun; two great grandchildren: Hayden and Gracelynn Williams; one sister, Sharon Kindle of Olympia, WA; brothers-in-law: Chet (Karen) Danburg of Carson City, NV, Terry (Lori) Danburg of Wessington, and Randy Danburg of Miller; sister-in-law, Becky (Lyle) Resel of Wessington; aunts: Derla (Dave) Simons and Ruth Roeber; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Dorothy Freimark; parents-in-law, LeRoy and Deloris Danburg; brother-in-law, Roger Kindle; and nephews: Chet and Todd Danburg.