Martin Jorgensen, 95

Martin Jorgensen Jr., 95, Ideal, died Aug. 9 at the Winner Regional Long Term Care facility.There will be a celebration of life for Jorgensen on Sunday, Aug. 18 at 5 p.m. at St. Mary’s Hall in Winner.

The family would like to invite all to join them for a night of food, fellowship and an opportunity to share stories and honor Martin’s life.Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Oct. 15 at 10 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Winner. Burial will follow in the Winner Cemetery. A visitation will be held on Oct. 14 from 6-7p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with a rosary at 7 p.m.

Maxine Meyer, 90

Funeral services for Maxine Meyer, 90, formerly of Mission, were held on Aug. 10 at Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home in Gregory. Burial followed in the IOOF Cemetery.

Helen Maxine (McCollam) Meyer passed away on Aug. 6, 2019, at 90 years of age. Born to Lela (Lewis) and James McCollam on May 18, 1929, at Dixon, SD, she wasthe middle of three children, older brother, Archie, and younger brother, Wayne.

Following her childhood years on the farm north of Dixon, where she had a pet chicken, the family moved to Gregory, SD. Maxine graduated in 1947 from Gregory High School, forever maintaining a fondnessfor the Gorillas and her alma mater.

Post high school, Maxine attended Black Hills Beauty College and was a professional hair dresser for a period oftime. After meeting at a dance in Carlock, SD, Maxine married William Delvin Meyer on June 10, 1952, making their home in Mission, SD, where they owned and operated Meyer U-Wash Laundromat.

To this union were five children, James William, Mary Jane, Dwight Allan, Laurie Ann and Heather Kay. Maxine was a dedicated and active member of Eastern Star since 1956, truly enjoying the time spent with her Sisters and Brothers. She also attended the United Methodist Church and eagerly took part in preparing meals and making unique decorations for church bazaars.

Becoming somewhat of a historian, Maxine researched her geneology to become a member of Daughters of the American Revolution, an honor that she also shared with her three daughters.

Maxine was proud of her Scottish heritage, sporting her McCollam tartan for many years at the Scottish Highland Festival in Estes Park, CO. Being fearful of flying but wanting to see Scotland, she sent her daughters on a mission to see the beautiful rolling hills of the Caledonian country in her stead.

Maxine enjoyed cooking and baking, gardening, sewing (and teaching her daughters to sew), embroidery, square dancing, Scottish festivals, attending auctions, collecting and refinishing antique furniture, and even learned to paintwith oils.

Maxine was creative and vibrant and a loving, devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, homemaker, and grandmother. Nothing brought her more enjoyment than tohave her entire family home.

She is survived by her son James (Nona) Meyer of Winner, SD; Mary Jane (Alex) Laguna of Longmont, CO; Dwight Meyer of Mission, SD; Laurie (Dave) Dickson of Council, NC; Heather Meyer of Raeford, NC; grandson Geoffrey Meyer of Winner, SD; granddaughters Kayla and Krista Meyer of Suffolk, VA; grandson Xander Valburg of Mission, SD; brother Wayne (Carol) McCollam of Bismarck, ND; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Archie (Darlyne) and Delvin, her husband of 59 years.

Myrtle Toman, 87

Myrtle Toman, 87, of Winner, SD passed away on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019 at the Winner Regional Long-TermCare Facility in Winner, SD.

A funeral service was held on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019 at2 p.m. at the Mason Funeral Home in Winner. Burial followed in the Winner City Cemetery.

Myrtle LaVonne Gurnsey was born on Oct. 22, 1931 to Fredrick and Bessie (Whitford) Gurnsey at the home of herAunt Anne’s on the White River in Lyman County.

Myrtle’s first home was Okaton, SD but at the age of 5, the family moved to White River, SD where she spent her younger years and attended school. On March 22, 1950, Myrtle was united in marriage to James Toman and moved to a small farm 7 miles north of Carter, SD.

To this union 2 girls were born, Audrey Jean and Wanda Kay.While being a farm wife, Myrtle was a member of the Treadle Tripper Extension Club and Witten Women’s Club.But Thursday afternoons were set aside for bowling.

She bowled for 40 years and enjoyed making many friends along the way. Due to Jim’s health, they sold the farm and moved to White River, SD where they managed the Gas N Git for nine years. Once again, pulling up roots, they moved to Winner, SD in 1990 where Myrtle worked at the Coast to Coast store and the Dakota Inn.

Jim passed away in 1995 and in 1999, Myrtle moved to Aberdeen, SD. There she was active with the Senior Center, learned to play Bridge, and went on many bus tours throughout SD, ND, IA and MN.

She was also a member of the Red Hats enjoying many of their activities. Missing family and friends, Myrtle moved back to Winner, SD.Myrtle’s love was the farm, dancing, playing cards or any game, bowling, trips with friends and most of all, her family.

She is survived by her daughters Audrey Nieman of Winner, SD, Wanda (Cliff) Sinkler of Winner, SD, and one sister Shirley Shade of Barstow, CA. 6 grandchildren; Angela Skogen of Aberdeen, SD, Jennifer (Nathan) Thomas of Parkville, MO, Bradley (Kristi) Nieman of Sioux Falls, SD, Crystal (Bruce) VanDerWerff of Dallas, SD, Clinton (Jen) Nieman of Aberdeen, SD, Austin (Laura) Sinkler of Lawrence, KS, 11 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Jim, one brother Donald Eklund, 2 sisters, Dorothy (Eklund) Richter and Melvina (Gurnsey) Ours.

Maye Stout, 99

Maye Alma Stout, 99, of Winner, SD passed away on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at the Winner Regional Long-Term Care Center in Winner, SD.

A memorial service was held on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019 at 2 p.m. at the Mason Funeral Home in Winner, SD. Burial was held on Monday, Aug. 5, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. e at the Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, SD.

Maye Alma Moulton was born March 3, 1920 on a farm east of Reliance, SD. She was the 1st child of Jesse Wilber Moulton and Susie Maye Fletcher.

She attended school at Reliance graduating in the class of 1937. She attended Dakota Wesleyan University for two years and received a teaching certificate. Later she attended Black Hills State University part time and earned a bachelor degree.

She taught in country schools in Gregory and Lyman Counties. She also taught in Reliance, Vivian, Fort Pierre, and Kadoka. In 1942 she left her job at Vivian to travel to Bay City, TX, and on Jan. 6, 1943 married Dennis William “Bill” Stout, who had been drafted into the army. She then traveled to California when his unit was transferred there.

When Bill went over seas she returned to Reliance and went back to teaching. While Bill was overseas, she kept him informed while she wrote to him every day.

After Bill was discharged, they owned and operated a service station store, café, and repair shop in Oacoma. After the business burned, they lived in Reliance for a short time, and moved to Fort Pierre in 1953. After several years they returned to Bill’s home town of Kadoka.

To this union 2 sons were born. Perry Wilber Stout Jan. 3, 1947 and David Jay Stout on May 4, 1953. She always told Carla she would have her girls when the boys brought them home. Bill passed away on March 29, 1984.

Maye Alma was active in her churches, and taught Sunday school for many years, she was active in the American Legion where she served many years as President of the Auxiliary. She provided service to the Easter seals society, cancer society, and American Lung Association.

Later in life she had friends that took turns meeting at each other’s houses and had bible studies.

She loved to crochet and made many items: slippers, mittens, scarves, many doilies and afghans! I swear she didn’t need to watch her crochet needle she just did it automatically she had done it so often.

Maye Alma passed away July 31, 2019 at the age of 99.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jesse and Susie Moulton, her husband Bill, her son Perry, as well as one brother Ralph “Bud” and one sister Isabelle, and a grandson Perry Wayne Stout.

She is survived by her son David and wife Carla, their children Samantha Griffith (Matthew), twin girls Madalynn, Carmen and Kalista Lena Griffith, their son Broc Stout and Dana, and their twins Charlotte Rose and Kinzer Chase Stout.

Perry’s widows, Judy and Pamela. Perry’s children Kathy & Max. Travis (Amber) Trayson, Taynen, Talon Stout, Jessica, Dennis and Cody.
Many great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and her brother Harold W. Moulton.

Maye Alma had a long and productive life.

In addition to teaching school she participated in civic activities in the towns where she lived. After retirement from teaching she spent many hours doing needle work. Many people are kept warm in the cold winters by the afghans she crocheted.

Jack and Clara Bailey

A combined Celebration of Life service will be held for Jack and his wife, Clara Mae (Thietje) Bailey (5/7/28-7/3/19), on Aug. 19, 2019 at 10 a.m. at the Mason Funeral Home in Winner, SD. Following interment at Winner City Cemetery (with military honors for Jack), a luncheon will be served at the Winner American Legion. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in their memories to the charity of your choice.

Rodney Grim, 63

Funeral services for Rodney Grim, 63, Gregory , were held on July 13 at 10:30 a.m. at the Kotrba-Smith funeral home, Gregory. Burial followed at the Hillview Cemetery in Dallas.

Rodney R Grim was born on July 26, 1955 to Leonard “Ray” and Irene (Stahlecker) Grim in Winner SD. He was the fourth born child in a family of ten. He grew up on the family farm six miles south of Gregory.

Rod attended the Gordan School District to the 7th grade. He then attended Gregory Junior high and high school where he graduated in 1973.
Rod worked all kinds of agriculture related jobs throughout his life.

He enjoyed working on the family farm and working with all kinds of animals. He loved to go fishing and hunting and enjoyed sitting down and telling stories to all his family and friends. Rod was always willing to lend a helping hand to family, friends and neighbors.

Rod passed away in Gregory on July 9, 2019 at the age of 63.

Rod is survived by his siblings; Pat (Delbert) Klein, Rich (Sarah) Grim, Nola Grim (Harland), Danny Grim, Randy Grim, Jan Schrader, Tina Grim -Schmaltz, Darwin (Kerri) Grim, sister-in-law Nancy Grim and many nieces and nephews.

Rod is preceded in death by his parents Leonard “Ray” and Irene, his grandparents, his brother Larry, and infant siblings; Dennis, Cheryl.

Rita Stroschine, 97

Rita Stroschine, 97, of Winner, SD passed away on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at the Winner Regional Long-Term Care Facility in Winner, SD.

Funeral service will be held on Friday, July 26, 2019 at 1 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Winner. Burial will follow in the Colome City Cemetery. A visitation will be held on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at the Trinity Lutheran Church from 6-7 pm with a prayer service beginning at 7 p.m.
Rita Erna (Amick) Stroschine was born on March 5, 1922 to Charles and Jennie Amick. She had 3 brothers; Lynne, Ivan and Carroll. Rita attended Kansas Flats country school through the 8th grade.

On June 4, 1938 Rita was united in marriage to Carl Stroschine. To this union 3 daughters were born; Gaye, Jeanne and Connie, as well as a son who died at birth.

Rita was baptized in the fall of 1938, and began confirmation at Zion Lutheran Church in Colome with Pastor Sabrosky in 1938.

Then Carl and Rita moved to Nebraska and Pastor Sabrosky moved to Sioux City, so he mailed her catechism studies and she was confirmed “through the mail”. Since pastor was serving in the Sioux City area, she was a confirmed member of the Sioux City Church.

Carl and Rita lived in Nebraska until 1946, when they moved back to Tripp County, they purchased some land and farmed with her parents. She remained on the farm until 1992 when she moved to Winner, eventually moving to the nursing home in January of 2018.

Rita was a member of Zion Lutheran and Trinity Lutheran Churches. Rita’s faith was exactly as the Apostle Paul recorded in Ephesians chapter 2 vs 8&9. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, not by any works, it is a free gift from God, so that no one can boast. Rita believed that God loved her so much that He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to seal her eternal salvation through his death on Calvary’s cross and His resurrection on the third day. Rita’s faith was as simple as this, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit did everything, and she did nothing to earn her eternal Life in Heaven.

Rita entered into her eternal home early Saturday morning, July 20, 2019 at the age of 97, at the WRHCC Long-Term Care.

Rita is survived by daughters Jeanne (Roger) Pochop and Connie (Stan) Bicek, 10 grandchildren; Brian Hambek, Pam & Terry Anderson, Don & Naomi Hambek, Tony & Tina Bicek, Sandy & Doug Beck, Karey & Craig Thieman, Jamey & Lisa Stroschine, Myra & Dan Stoney, Mike & Tami Pochop and Sandra Gillispie. Also, surviving are 27 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her parents, husband Carl, three brothers, infant son, and daughter Gaye and son-in-law Lyle Hambek.

Rita leaves a legacy of strong faith and unconditional love of her family and will be dearly missed by us all.

Mary Pechota, 95

Mary Leona Dubray Pechota was welcomed into the loving arms of her heavenly father Tuesday, July 16 in Custer, SD. Visitation was held Monday, July 22, 5-6 p.m. at St. Isidore’s Catholic Church in Colome, SD with rosary to follow.

Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Tuesday, July 23, 10 a.m. at St. Isidore’s followed by burial in the Colome Cemetery.

Born Jan. 12, 1924 at their home in Greenwood Township, Mary Leona was the fifth of ten children to Peter and Lillian (nee Rice) Dubray. She attended North Greenwood School as a child, arriving each day by horseback, accompanied by her brothers Kenny and Delbert.

Leona loved to tell stories about her childhood at the home place. She told tales of Turvy, her horse that refused riders and once trotted into Senkel’s Dam, little Leona still riding bareback. She forever blamed that incident for her fear of water that wasn’t in a cup. She and her siblings tormented each other with bullsnakes in the chicken coop. Leona worked hard beside Peter and her siblings, doing chores, putting up hay, planting huge gardens, picking all kinds of berries and listening each Saturday night to the Major Bowes Amateur Hour.

The Dubray and Rice families were large, loyal and full of fun and laughter. They didn’t have much but they had love. During hard times, the family received help from neighbors, especially from special friends the Frantzs. Leona told countless stories about visiting with Julia Wright, Flora Driving Hawk, Robert Dubray, Earl and Adelle Boyd, Josephine Price, Louie Moran, Spec and Connie Dillon and many others.

Always proud of her heritage, Leona was quick to remind people that her mother went to Carlisle Indian School with Jim Thorpe. When the kids experienced prejudice due to their native heritage, Peter would hear nothing of it, telling Leona if that was the worst she ever experienced, she should count herself lucky.

As the kids aged, Leona and siblings attended high school at St. Francis Indian Mission, in those days, a boarding school. Peter would drop Leona off in September and she would return to the home place in the spring. The Mission, its teachers, nuns and priests, had an enduring influence on her faith, molding her into a devout Catholic; she wouldn’t have a bad word uttered about the Church in her presence. Later, she would serve as sacristan, Eucharistic minister and Catholic Daughters officer at her home parish and, for decades, took immense pride in cleaning and laundering the vestments and linens for St. Isidore’s.

Before graduation, Leona left St. Francis to earn money to help out the family. She worked at Omaha Cold Storage in Winner. At age seventeen, she boarded the train with friend June Houston to Hanford, Washington, where Leona worked for two years (1942-44) on the atomic bomb at the full-scale plutonium production plant. Leona made lifelong friends and sent much of her paycheck back to South Dakota to her family, who used the money to purchase a house, which still stands on the home place today.

During World War II, Leona joined the US Armed Forces as a proud member of the Women’s Army Corps. She trained at Fort Hood and was discharged at Fort Sam Houston.

In 1946, she met Frank Pechota, Jr. at a Bohemian Hall Dance. They were married that same year. She told great stories about the unlikely pair, an Indian gal with a bunch of Bohemians. She got along famously with the whole Pechota clan. She and Junior welcomed baby Terry to the family then made a move to California in 1948, where son Gary was born.

When it became apparent, as she said, that neither Frank nor she were destined to become movie stars, they moved back to Tripp County and lived on the Pechota farm. When baby Tonna joined the family, they moved to Colome, where they raised their children and lived for most of their lives.

Later, Leona moved to Rapid City, SD, for several years and Minneapolis for a few, before coming back to Colome to live out her golden years. She was proud to be from Colome and had many friends, church family and dear friends at the Rose Manor Assisted Living.

Leona worked many jobs in her ninety-five years, among them, she was a waitress at Manzer’s Café and the Colome Municipal Bar, and did washing and ironing for the teachers of Colome School. She worked well into her 80s, volunteering at the Colome American Legion Thursday steak night.

Leona went on to earn her GED and, at age 54, she earned her Licensed Practical Nurse certification, her proudest personal achievement. Wonderful memories were made with the night shift at Winner Baptist Hospital, and Leona made friendships that lasted her until the end of her days. Leona meticulously wrote her final wishes down twenty years ago and, as was her fashion, was very clear about how she wanted to be laid to rest, surrounded by the women she worked alongside in patient care. She worked in various healthcare facilities until her retirement but cherished her days at the Winner hospital. Leona’s final wishes were that she be buried in her uniform; she wrote simply, by way of explanation: “I loved being a nurse.”

The consummate matriarch, Leona ruled the roost in and outside her home. She had a temper but her anger never lasted long. She believed in education, discipline, faith and family. Leona was devoted to the notion that one must care for their children and relatives. She loved all her family fiercely and helped raise Terry’s boys. She was known as a spitfire and the family is grateful for the loving care she received at Rose Manor in Colome and Custer Regional Senior Care in Custer, SD during her last years, even when being a spitfire became a bit of a handful.

Leona was preceded in death by husband Frank, Jr., daughter Tonna and son Gary, siblings Lily, Harry, Emma, Alvina, Myrtle, Winona and Delbert. She was preceded in death by her beloved cocker spaniel Peaches.

She is survived by her son Terry, and daughter-in-law Julie, sister Vi Rocek and brother Kenny Dubray. Leona was dearly loved by her grandchildren, Todd Pechota, Chris Pechota, Dominic Pechota, Tovi Cox Bartels, Alec Pechota, Kati Pechota, Mariah Pokorny, Mackenzie Miller, Gabrielle Morganfield, the housecat gang, and many great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson.

Leona will be missed by all who knew her. The world will miss her famous 4-inch meringue, her signature banana bread care packages and, forever, we will miss her hard-won wisdom, her wonderful laugh, her wit, her compassion for “the pitiful”, her love of the Church and her undying faith. May we all live such a colorful, full and faithful life as Mary Leona Pechota.
In lieu of flowers, Leona has requested a memorial for masses to be said for the repose of her soul.