Monthly Archives: February 2017

Myron Paul Wieseler

Myron Paul Wieseler, 83, of Polo, passed away February 24, 2017 at Avera Hand County Memorial Hospital, Miller surrounded by his loving family listening to his favorite, polka music.

Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 3, 2017 at St. Liborius Catholic Church, Polo. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Polo, with military honors.  Visitation will begin at 6:00 p.m. followed by a 7:00 p.m. rosary and prayer service, Thursday, March 2, 2017, all at the church.

Myron was born June 30, 1933 to Martin and Tillie (Naber) Wieseler. He grew up on his family farm just northeast of Polo, SD and continued to live on his family farm his entire life. Growing up in Polo, he attended St. Liborius Catholic School where he completed up to 8th grade. After his completion of the 8th grade, he stayed on the farm and helped his dad and the neighbors. At 20 years of age, he joined the military where he was stationed in New Jersey. In 1963, he married Joyce Ann Schaefers and together had 3 children, Mary Colleen (Kenneth Ogan), Alan Francis (Michele Cotton), and Kevin Joseph.  Myron was blessed with four grandchildren, Troy Lynn (Cindy Ogan), Evan Gregory, Sylvia Kate, and Joseph Donovan.

Myron was always a supporter in his grandchildren’s various activities. Whether he was watching the races or a football game, Myron always enjoyed watching his grandchildren grow up and become young adults. He remained a fan of the Polo Bears and the Miller Rustlers his whole life.

Myron was a member of Knights of Columbus for numerous years. He was also a part of the National Farmer’s Organization. He was always proud of his community and worked in various ways to improve and strengthen the community of Polo. Myron also was very involved in his church, St. Liborius Catholic Church, his entire life. He was an active member of his church’s choir and participated in many other activities of his church.

He could be found daily grabbing a cup of coffee around the orient area and further drifted in his later years to enjoying a cup of coffee at The Cowboy Country Store in Miller with his son, Kevin. Myron also very much enjoyed a good game of cards. He could very frequently be found playing a game of solitaire at the kitchen table or even a game of sheephead with a group of guys and gals around Orient and Polo area. Myron couldn’t only be found in the kitchen playing a game of solitaire he could also be found in the living room listening to Polka music on the radio. Often times, his grandchildren would jump in and dance along with him. Myron and his wife always enjoyed attending the Friday night dances in their younger married life.

He is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren, his sister, Lorraine (Kenneth) Huss; his sister-in-law, Donine Wieseler; and many cousins.

Myron is preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Ray Wieseler.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials for a tribute in Myron’s honor.

Reck Funeral Home of Miller has been entrusted with Myron’s arrangeme


Dorothy O’Donnell

Dorothy O’Donnell, 90, of Redfield and formerly of Orient, passed away Sunday, February 12, 2017 at the Community Memorial Hospital in Redfield.

Funeral service was held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at the Eastern Star Home in Redfield. Burial followed at St. Thomas Cemetery, Faulkton. Visitation began two hours prior to the funeral service.

Dorothy Marie O’Donnell was born to Louis and Ella (Herring) Schroeder at Lebanon, SD on November 7, 1926. She grew up on a farm near Seneca until the age of 12 when the family moved to a farm southwest of Faulkton. She attended Orient High School through the 12th grade.

Dorothy was united in marriage to John “Leo” O’Donnell on December 1, 1943 in Pierre. Following their marriage, the couple lived and worked at the Lincoln Ranch northeast of Aberdeen until they saved enough money to purchase a farm southwest of Rockham. In 1950 they sold their farm and purchased another farm northeast of Orient where they raised their 4 children: Lyle, Gail, LeAnn and Jim. The couple resided on the farm until 2004 when they moved to Miller.

Leo passed away in 2008 and Dorothy continued to live in Miller until March of 2011 when she became the first resident to move into the new Star Court C Apartments at the Eastern Star Home in Redfield. Dorothy later transitioned to the Court B Assisted Living wing until she entered nursing home in 2016.

Dorothy was a member of the Orient Lutheran Church for 54 years where she was actively involved in the ladies’ aide, church board and served as a Sunday school teacher. She also served as a 4-H leader and was an active member of the Orient American Legion Auxiliary and a neighborhood Extension Club. In her leisure time she enjoyed quilting, crocheting, sewing, baking and gardening.

Dorothy is survived by her sons Lyle (Jamie) of Viborg, Gail (Mary) of Redfield, and Jim of Rapid City; two grandsons; four great-grandchildren; and brothers, Harvey (Elaine) Schroeder of Bowdle and Ed Schroeder of Illinois.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; infant son, Lavern in 1948; and daughter, LeAnn in 1976; two brothers; and two sisters.

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

Marilyn E. Blake

Marilyn E. Blake, 85, of St. Lawrence, SD died Monday, February 13, 2017 peacefully at home.

Funeral Mass will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 18, 2017 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 6:00 p.m. Friday, February 17, 2017 followed by a 6:30 p.m. rosary and 7:00 p.m. prayer service, all at the church.

Marilyn Fritton Blake was born March 25, 1931 to Al and Catherine (Murphy) Fritton in Atkinson, NE. They moved to O’Neill in 1937. She graduated High School at St. Mary’s Academy O’Neill NE in 1949 and St. Catherine’s School of Nursing in Omaha, NE in 1952

She returned to O’Neill where she worked at the O’Neill Clinic and the hospital.

On August 25, 1954, she married Thomas Blake at St. Patrick’s Church in O’Neill. They moved to Ree Heights, SD in 1958 where they farmed and ranched until moving to St. Lawrence in 1990.

She was employed at Highmore Health Care Center from 1972-1976 and the Prairie Good Samaritan Center from 1977-1992. After retiring from nursing she worked at Fairway Grocery, Tuckers Super Valu, and the Miller School District as a foster grandparent.

She was a faithful member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church, choir, and altar society. She loved having her family present for family gatherings, holidays, and for Sunday morning breakfast. Her door was always open for whoever stopped by.

She is survived by five daughters: Nancy (Chuck) Fechner of Sioux Falls, Kathy Crosby of Cheyenne WY, Marsha Blake of St. Lawrence, Sandy Naber of St. Lawrence, and Renee (Todd) Kennedy of Beresford; two sons: Bob (Coly) Blake of Wessington and Brent (Kori) Blake of Miller; 22 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; one sister, Luanne (Gene) Adams; two nephews; two nieces and their spouses; and many cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Tom in 2004; an infant sister, Elaine; a 16 year old son, Brian; infant daughter, Rhonda; and an infant grandson, “little” Tommy Blake.

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

Julie Ione Van Zee Phelps

Julie Ione Phelps, 53, of Centennial, CO and formerly of Miller, SD, lost her battle with melanoma cancer and passed away peacefully on February 2, 2017 with her mother Ginger by her side.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, February 18, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church, Miller with Pastor Matt Richards officiating.  Burial will follow at G.A.R. Cemetery, Miller.  Visitation will begin one hour prior to the service.

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

George Wieseler

George Wieseler, 89, of Polo, passed away Thursday, February 9, 2017 at Faulkton Senior Living.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at St. Liborius Catholic Church, Polo with Father Christopher Hughes presiding. Burial will be at a later date in the Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis. A rosary and prayer service will be 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 14, 2017 all at the church.

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