Evelyn Hockett, 81

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Evelyn Hockett, age 81, of Winner, passed away at her home on Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

Funeral service was held on Saturday April 18,  at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Winner. Burial  followed in the Winner City Cemetery.

Evelyn Mae Carpenter was born at home to parents Ernest and Hazel (Sylvester) Carpenter, on October 26, 1933, in Rosewell, SD.

Evie attended grade school at Burbank Consolidated Schools. Her early high school years were spent at Canova High School. It was during her high school years that she met and married the love of her life, Robert Cecil (Bud) Hockett, Sr. To this union ten children were born.

Bud and Evie shared thirty one years together. It was during the time she tenderly cared for Bud in their home when he was suffering with cancer, that he encouraged her to pursue her new found interest in nursing care. At the age of fifty, Evie chose a future career as a nurse. Following the death of her husband, she would enter the Pierre School of Nursing in 1983, graduating suma cum laude. Evie retired from the nursing profession in 2011, caring for many and touching lives with compassion, concern and great sense of humor all grounded in her rock solid faith.

Evie loved life and having a good time and was such fun to spend time with. Her incredible sense of humor and frequent tendency to devise ways to tease and prank people, could keep others on their toes and not quite sure what she might be up to next! She loved to laugh, whether at herself or the situation, and sometimes she created that laughable situation! Many a time there was quite the mischievous sparkle in those pretty blue eyes of her’s and you didn’t know what was about to take place.

Evie was a grandma to more than her own “grands” and ”greats” as she often referred to the huge bunch of next generations she never lost count of, or grew tired of bragging on. She often said it was an honor to be called “Grandma” by all her grandchildren as well as their friends. This loving Grandma understood the concept of Jesus’ open arms to the children. She gladly welcomed hosts of adopted grandchildren over the years. And you didn’t need to be related to call her “Grandma”, she invited it and she was very good in that role. How blessed they all are that this grandma’s prayers for each of them will be remembered by God for years to come.

Evelyn was a fantastic cook and the most amazing baker.  Her breads and cinnamon rolls were treats that were known worldwide over the years. Memories of walking into her home and taking in the delicious aroma of something wonderful about to come out of the oven are precious. She would always welcome her guests with a big smile, invite them to sit at her table, then she would put coffee on and tempt you with quite the assortment of gooey and frosted delights. Or how about those chocolate chip cookies? One bite from Evie’s bakery shop and you were hooked!

Evie loved to go camping. She was always up for the adventure of roughing it, planning tasty picnic menus, sitting by campfires, and going on hikes. She just loved the outdoors and visiting new places. She also enjoyed going to retreats and church camps. For several years she was known as the camp cook. She could whip up quite the banquet for just a few or a few hundred people, and of course it always tasted so good to those hungry campers! Evie’s spent many years attending youth and teen camps as cook and camp nurse, roles she truly enjoyed.

Patricia Nelson, 76

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Patricia Nelson, 76 of Sioux Falls, SD formerly of Winner, passed away on Tuesday, April 7th, 2015 at the Avera Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, April 11,  at  2 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Winner.  Burial will follow at a later date.

Patricia L. Nelson (nee Ogle) known to her family and friends as Pat or Patsy of Sioux Falls,  arrived August 14, 1938 on her mother’s 27th birthday in Ashland, WI and departed peacefully April 7, 2015 with her family by her side at Dougherty Hospice in Sioux Falls, aged 76 years.

Pat was born and raised on the shores of Chequamegon Bay in Ashland, WI, the daughter of Richard and Mary (Kovachevich) Ogle where she spent the long summers days of an idyllic youth on the beaches of Lake Superior with her siblings and friends.

After graduating from DePadua High School she was employed by Wisconsin Bell for 11 years.  She married Tom Falencik of Ashland and they started their family before moving from Ashland to Winner, SD, where they owned and operated restaurants for many years. Although Pat adopted South Dakota as her home she traveled often to Wisconsin to visit family and friends. She was employed at Fullerton Lumber in Winner until marrying Wayne Nelson, then her focus became Nelson Farms.  Wayne’s many leadership positions and their great sense of adventure took them to Washington, DC and around the world.  Always grateful to have traveled to many cities and places on six continents and meeting interesting people, she especially cherished time with family and friends, tending her gardens, baking and canning and summers at the lake house in Minnesota.

Pat and her family are grateful for the compassionate care she received at Avera McKennan and Dougherty Hospice in Sioux Falls during the challenges that presented with an AML diagnosis nearly 3 years ago and especially, with heart-felt gratitude,  Dr. Aref Al-Kali of The Mayo Clinic who’s unfailing optimism, compassionate care and accomplished direction he provided during an experimental drug therapy she received at The Mayo Clinic.Patricia Nelson2

Marvin Lee Brandis, 59

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Marvin Lee Brandis, 59, of Winner, passed away on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at his home in Winner.

Funeral services were held on Monday, April 13, 2015 at 2 p.m. at the Winner-Ideal Community Hall.  Burial  followed in the Winner City Cemetery.

Marvin was born at home on June 1, 1955, in Winner, to Melvin, Sr. and Alice (High Rock) Brandis.  He went to school in Winner and Mission.  After completing his GED he attended Sinte Gleska University.  He received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota.  He also received a master of education from Sinte Gleska University.

He enlisted in the Navy and was honorably discharged in 1976. He met and married Arlene in 1980.  They had four children:  Toby Clairmont from a previous marriage, Alicia, Derek, and Wade.

Marvin enjoyed bowling with friends and family at the Winner Bowling Center. He was an avid Minnesota Vikings fan.  His favorite singer was Elvis.  He liked to watch and read ghost stories and SyFy movies.  He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. He enjoyed all holidays, especially Christmas, and birthday celebrations.  He enjoyed selling fireworks during the 4th of July to the surrounding families and children in the area.  He always wanted to make sure that the children had a good holiday.

Marvin worked as a middle school teacher in Winner, Lower Brule, He Dog School and was employed at Sinte Gleska University.

Maynard D. Jensen, 82

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Maynard Duane Jensen was born May 2, 1932 at Egan, SD to Robert W. and Doris I. (Fulton) Jensen.   He attended country school near Egan and Hartford High School at Hartford.  After high school, he began farming with his father and brother.  On September 5, 1953, Maynard was united in marriage to Marcella Wiese at Sioux Falls.  To this union two daughters were born Kae and Kim.  He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1954. In I956 he was discharged and returned to the farm and served in the Army Reserves until 1961.  In 1960, Maynard, Marcella and their family moved to Chamberlain to ranch.  Maynard attended Western College of Auctioneering in Billings, MT graduating in 1965. In 1971 Maynard began work full time as an Auctioneer.  He began auctioneering at the Chamberlain Livestock Auction and also in Pierre and Kimball.  He auctioneered the first cattle sale at the Sioux Falls Stockyards in 1973.

Maynard quit auctioneering at the stockyards and began working in real estate under Burton Anderson while getting his real estate license.  He received his Broker License in 1971 at which time he opened Jensen Auction and Realty.  Later, he took on partner Ed Houska in the business forming Jensen-Houska Auction and Realty. He retired from the real estate business around 2010 but continued to do auctions as this was his childhood dream and he was proud to be an auctioneer.

Maynard was especially proud of his family and loved to have his children and grandchildren come visit.

Maynard enjoyed hunting, collecting tractors, woodworking, reading, and watching western TV shows and movies.  He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church and also served a term as church treasurer.  He was a member of the American Legion and the Winner Elks Club

Maynard passed away on April 6, 2015 at Sanford Medical Center in Chamberlain at the age of 82 years.  Gratefully sharing his life are his wife Marcella of Chamberlain; two daughters Kae Peterson of Seattle, WA and Kim (Clint) Vanneman of Ideal, SD; five grandchildren Kimberly Peterson, Ambur (Mike) Hinrichs, Wayne Peterson, Ashley (Cody) Kartak, Justin (Tasha Hauf) Vanneman; two great grandchildren Claire and Emma Hinrichs.  Preceding him in death were his parents, his brother Bob Jensen, and sister-in-law Gloria Miller.

Mike Sweeney, 83

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Mike was born April 19, 1931 in Presho, South Dakota to Sylvester and Veronica Sweeney. He grew up in Presho where he attended school.

He was united in marriage to Wanda Lee Roberts on February 13, 1954 in Presho, SD. Mike worked as an Auto Mechanic and as Bus Manager. He enjoyed riding ATV and during his retirement years in Arizona he enjoyed collecting cans for charity. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the American Legion and Christ the King Catholic Church in Presho.

Mike is survived by his wife Wanda Lee of Presho; his children: Kathy and Jerry Styles, Lynn and Lyle Reynolds, Jim and Donna Sweeney, Mark Sweeney and Mary Jo and Marlon Hopper; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; two brothers: Jerry Sweeney and Leroy Sweeney and sister Marsha Blake.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers: Syl, Paul and Lawrence Sweeney and two sisters: Pat Konzem and Delores Plueger.

Viola M. Eldridge, 78

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Viola Margene Eldridge was born July 9, 1936 at Winner,  to Henry and Dorothy (Schmidt) Holthus.  She was raised in Hamill where she attended grade school and then attended high school in Winner.  On November 18, 1954, Viola was united in marriage to Byron Dale Eldridge at the Lutheran Parsonage in Winner. They made their home on Bull Creek on Byron’s folks yard for a year before moving to a farm northeast of Hamill where they remained for the next 35 years.  In 1990, they moved to Colome and then in December of 2007 moved to Chamberlain to be near family and for health reasons.

Viola was a mother and farm wife first and foremost but would also work as a substitute post master in Hamill and Colome.  At times, she worked at the Colome Cafe’.  Viola was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church serving in the Ladies Aide and as a Sunday School Teacher.  She was a member of the Hamill Horseman’s Club and was a faithful blood donor becoming a member of the “Gallon Club” and was very close to reaching the “Two Gallon Club”.  Viola was a dutiful letter writer and loved to read.

Viola passed away on April 2, 2015 at Sanford Medical Center in Chamberlain at the age of 78 years.

Steven M. Stenwall, 50

Steven M. Stenwall (50) of Millington, Tn. died unexpectedly at his home , March 18th. 2015.

Steve was born March 2nd. 1965 , the son of the late David E. Stenwall and Judy (Elliott) Stenwall , formerly of the Winner, South Dakota , South Sioux City and Ponca, Nebraska  areas. Steve served as a Navy Corpsman attached to Fleet Marine  Forces in Desert Shield and Desert Storm.  He was an EMT first responder  and emergency room tech at the Millington ,Tn. Naval Hospital  and a certified National EMT responder,  and a Physician  Substitute.     The full military Service for Steve was held March 24th. 2015  at the VFW in Millington, Tn. directed by the United  States Navy Chaplin  and  Honor Guards from the Unites States  Marine Corp and United States Navy.   The eulogy was given by Steve’s best  friend, of thirty years, Navy Chief , Rick West .    Steve is survived by his mother, Judy Stenwall ( husband Harold Garfinkel )  David E. Stenwall II ( Marsha ) all of Custer, South Dakota , two sisters, Dyonnie Minier and Shauna Stenwall both of Yakima , Washington. Steve is preceded in death by his father, David E. Stenwall, Sr. , his grandparents , Lee and Elsie Stenwall of Allen, Ne. and Bob and Marian Elliott of Ponca, Ne.  Steve was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Memphis, Tn., a life member of VFW Post 7175 in Millington,Tn. a member of the NRA , a volunteer with the Wounded Warrior Project  .  Steve was a decorated war veteran who served his county with honor and distinction  .   Memorials may be sent to The Wounded Warrior Project in his name.

Howard Sherwood, 93

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Howard Louis Sherwood, age 93, of White River, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Monday, March 30, 2015.  Howard was born on January 20, 1922 to John and Nellie Sherwood on their homestead northeast of Wood, where the family of two girls and five boys grew up.  Howard took to the family business of ranching, and he dedicated his life to becoming a successful rancher.

Howard met the love of his life, Opal Jean (McIver) Sherwood, at a café in White River where she and her twin sister, Ora, worked as waitresses.  He married Opal on April 3, 1951.  Through good and bad times, they raised eight children:  Les, Dave, Lila, Donna, Teresa, Terry, Julie, and Troy.

Howard was dedicated to his wife, his children, and his ranch. His many grandchildren and great grandchildren played a special part in his life.  He worked day in and day out, almost never leaving the ranch for more than a day.  When it came to providing for his family or the maintenance of the ranch, no job was beyond Howard.  His passion was his registered roan quarter horses.  He was an experienced ranch hand, farmer, and mechanic.  He was also a Cody Township Board Member for 31 years.  For many years he worked as a lineman for the Wood Telephone Company.  In his younger days, he enjoyed calling square dances.  Howard’s favorite time of year was branding time.  He was even recognized in the Tri-State Livestock Magazine for celebrating his 50 + years of calf roping.

Henry E. Polzer, 92

Henry E. Polzer, 92, of West Point, died Thursday, April 2, 2015 at the West Point Living Center.  Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30am on Monday, April 6 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Rev. Frank Lordemann as celebrant.  Burial will be at St. Michael’s Cemetery immediately following the funeral.  Visitation will be from 2:00pm until 8:00pm on Sunday with Wake Service with Knights of Columbus rosary at 6:30pm at Stokely Funeral Home.  Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Henry Edward Polzer was born on March 23, 1923 to Henry and Rosa (Wrasse) Polzer in Pender.  Henry grew up on a farm near Pender and attended country school.  On February 8, 1947, he married Jeanette Hugo at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in West Point.  The couple lived in several different communities before settling down in Hyde County, SD where they owned and operated a ranch.  During their time in South Dakota, the couple moved to Winner where Henry worked at the coop.  After working in Winner, the couple returned to the ranch before retiring to West Point in 2002.

Henry was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus.  He enjoyed walking his dog, Spot, and working in the yard.

Harvey Glover, 90

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Jonathan Harvey Glover was born February 7, 1925 in Greenfield Township, Brown County, South Dakota to Roy S and Sena Glover, the sixth in a family of eight children. A sister, Grace Caroline, died at birth.

Harvey grew up on the family farm attending his first eight years of school at a country school 2 ½ miles away. He later attended  three years of high school (one year being spent in Frederick his junior year as he wanted to play football) graduating from Hecla in 1943.

Harvey had a life-long love of farming. At the age of 10 he started working in the fields. At the age of 13 he was part of a threshing crew that hauled bundles using six teams of horses. Shortly after graduating from high school, Harvey worked for a neighbor all day in the fields and milking 8 to 10 cows by hand at night for $80.00 a month.

In the fall of 1943 Harvey joined the Navy and started basic training in Farragut, Idaho. Within a month, he became ill with rheumatic fever and was flown to a naval hospital in Corona, Ca where he spent six months recuperating. Harvey was then re-assigned to active duty as Master of Arms, but requested that he have sea duty. His  assignments at sea were trigger man, yeoman, and the relay man at General Quarters. When the war ended, Harvey stayed in the Navy so that he could through the Panama Canal on the ship.

After the Navy, Harvey attended Brookings College, graduating in three years with a masters in ag economics and animal husbandry. On October 24, 1947 Harvey married Lois Alley of Orient and to this union seven children were born.  After college, Harvey worked in the Ag Economics Dept. as an Extension Livestock marketing specialist, then a GI instructor at Brookings High school. Harvey then moved to Orient to work on his father-in-law’s farm, fulfilling his lifelong love of farming. He quit farming when he became ill with sleeping sickness. At the request of a good friend from the Extension service, he came to Burke, SD to take a job as a County Agent in 1955. He had no intention of staying, but liked the area so much he ended up staying 60 years. In 1960 Harvey began work at Burke State Bank as their ag loan officer, where he also was a realtor and prepared income tax. In 1968 Harvey changed his career yet another time and  began working for IDS as a financial representative and continued preparing income tax, selling real estate, and farming on the side.

In 1978, Harvey met Gigi White and to this union four children were born.

Harvey’s years at Burke were filled with public service. He was appointed to the Gregory County Board of Education where he served for a few years. Harvey was also appointed to the West River Conservancy Board and the State Board of Water and Natural Resources. He also served on the board of Community Memorial Hospital for over thirty years, many of those years as the chairman.

In 1992, Harvey again suffered illness, having a stroke. He spent over three months in the hospital and had to learn to walk again. His love of people and life and his love for his family motivated him to get better. Harvey didn’t stop working. He still clerked auction sales, sold real estate, and was a  financial consultant. In the summers he mowed the apartment house, rental house and his own lawn – it was the next best thing to farming. Many times he expressed how much he enjoyed a trip to California in 2002 that his daughter Stephanie planned. He often spoke about the Honor Flight he took in April 2009. Harvey was a tremendous help to his wife Gigi, helping her in whatever capacity that he could, but especially in being a loyal, loving husband.