Marie Valentina (Nespor) Spreckels, 91

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Marie Valentina (Nespor) Spreckels, 91, a longtime resident of Winner went to be with her heavenly Father on April 26, 2016. At the time of her death she resided at Fountain Springs Healthcare in Rapid City.

Services were held on April 30 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church of Winner with Rev. Will Harley officiating. There was a reception and lunch at the church following the service.   Private internment will be at the Winner Cemetery at a later date.

Marie was born February 14, 1925, in Hamill, SD to Joe and Agnes (Klima) Nespor. Marie grew up on the family farm east of Hamill. She attended a country grade school through the eighth grade, then attended high school in Winner, graduating in 1943. Marie lived a short time in Omaha, NE working for an insurance company. Thereafter, she met the love of her life, Norman. They were married on December 27, 1945 at Zion Lutheran Church in Colome, SD and shared 57 years of love and blessings. To this union four children were born: Judy, Sondra, Donald and Dona.

Marie was baptized and confirmed on September 16, 1944 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Omaha, NE. She became a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Winner, SD in 1946 and was dedicated to her Lord and to her church for her whole life.

Marie was a devoted farm and ranch wife working alongside Norman. During those years she raised chickens, grew large gardens and canned anything she could get her hands on to prepare for the winter months. She was a hostess that always had a coffee pot on and a freezer-full of baked goodies in case company would drop by. In her spare time she would spend time at the sewing machine sewing for herself and her three girls, embroidering tea towels and scarves and also enjoyed making her quilts. Dancing nearly every Saturday night, especially at Carlock, and playing cards were Norman and Marie’s best entertainment, but always up on Sunday morning to attend worship at Trinity Lutheran Church until she became a care-giver for Norman the last eighteen years of his life. Due to declining health, Marie moved into Golden Prairie Manor in Winner in October of 2010; Morningstar Assisted Living in Rapid City in May of 2012; and her final home was at Fountain Springs Healthcare, Rapid City on March 11, 2016. Marie was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and will be greatly missed.

Marjorie Dart, 92

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Our loved one went to be with the Lord on April 24, 2016. Marjorie Jean Dart, usually called Jean, was born August 3, 1923 in Winner, South Dakota to Fay and Merrill Kaufman of Wood, S.D. She graduated from Wood High School in 1941 with 6 other seniors. She attended  colleges in S.D. and Nebraska graduating with a BA degree. She was a full-time or substitute teacher for 66 years and loved all of her students. She thoroughly enjoyed going to church in Tipton, CA. and Woodville, CA. where she played the piano and both churches. She also loved reading, bowling, baking with her family, and going to Lemoore Base where she often said, “It’s cheaper at the base!” One of her other goals she attained was traveling in all 50 states.

Betty Beatrice “Bea” Mann, 89

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Betty Beatrice “Bea” Mann a resident of the Michael J. Fitzmaurice SD State Veterans Home, died Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 89 years old. She was born November 3, 1926 in Hamill, SD and married her high school sweetheart Vernon on December 14, 1946 in Valentine NE. They lived on a ranch at Dog Ear Lake in the Winner area until 1957 when they moved to Hot Springs. She enjoyed working at Jack & Jill’s for many years until she retired. Bea loved playing cards, fishing, camping, gardening, chocolate ice cream, and winning at Bingo. Vernon preceded her in death on July 4, 2011 after 64 years of marriage.

Nancy Ann (Kaiser) Kewley, 59

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Nancy Ann (Kaiser) Kewley, 59, passed away unexpectedly on March 9, 2016. Nancy was born May 7, 1956, to Francis and Idalee (Johnson) Showalter in Lincoln, Nebraska. Her mother later remarried and Nancy was adopted by her step-father, Arthur “Bud” Kaiser. She grew up in Winner, South Dakota, and attended Winner High School.

She married Harvey Kewley on July 7, 1974 and gave birth to a daughter, Anne Marie, in 1975. Having grown up in the 60’s and early 70’s, Nancy was a bit of a “hippie.” She loved rock music, with the Beatles, Joni Mitchell and the Rolling Stones among her favorites. She burned incense, wore patchouli and collected vintage velvet tapestries in true bohemian fashion. She was also a bit of a clothes horse and liked to bargain hunt for designer finds. Nancy was disabled by severe mental illness. During her periods of wellness, she loved to sew and enjoy a good novel. She was an excellent cook and once dreamed of becoming a chef.

Gregg Michael Schwartz, 60

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Gregg Michael Schwartz, age 60 of Denver, Colo., formerly of Colome, passed away suddenly on April 24, 2016 at his home in Denver, CO. Gregg was born to the late Richard Lee Schwartz and the late Ruth Marlene Harter Schwartz.

Funeral services were held April 30 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Isidore Catholic Church in Colome. Burial followed in the Colome City Cemetery.

Gregg’s childhood was a busy one spent with his dog Brownie. Greg and lifelong friend, Dave Cahoy went hunting and fishing every chance they would get. He had an old pickup that was referred to as Mergatroid and he put a lot of miles on it as a teenager. He played ball on the Colome baseball team. He attended eight years of grade school in a country school northeast of their farm. Gregg graduated from Colome High School in 1974. After high school he went to Gillette, WY and pursued work for a short time and then enlisted in the United States Navy. While stationed at Moffet Field in California, Gregg was involved in an auto accident that left him a paraplegic for life. He spent time in the Minneapolis VA Center prior to his mother taking care of him on the family farm. He moved to Sioux Falls, SD where he worked as a volunteer at the Sioux Falls VA Hospital. Gregg moved to Denver, CO March 30, 2001 where he met Marilina on August 22, 2001. They were married October 13, 2005 and purchased a home in Denver where they resided for the last five years. Gregg enjoyed the backyard filled with beautiful flowers tended by Marilina. During those five years Gregg was in the hospital only two days.

Gregg won the National Volunteer of the year award multiple years. Gregg enjoyed attending concerts, collecting baseball memorabilia and clocks, watching movies, and playing pitch. He also enjoyed watching his favorite football team the Kansas City Chiefs. Joe Montana was Gregg’s favorite football player.

Lois Sachtjen, 89

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Lois was born August 31, 1926 in Winner, SD to Percy and Mabel (Walton) Bromwich. She was the eldest of 8 children.

She attended grade school near Wewella, SD. She graduated from high school in Winner, SD. She received her teaching certificate from Springfield, SD. She taught at country grade school for two years.

She married Ralph Sachtjen on March 3, 1945 in Winner, SD. From this union 4 children were born: Velma Jane, Gail, Cecil, and Donna. After they were married the lived on a farm SW of Winner until February 1951. They then moved to the farm where they lived for 63 years.
After Ralph returned from the service, Lois devoted her life to her husband, children, and the farm. She enjoyed taking care of her chickens, cows, pigs, and the garden. She enjoyed fishing, Hunting, and camping.

She was an active member of the Winner VFW.

In later years she took up quilting, embroidering, and crocheting. She made quilts for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
She made numerous doilies to give away to family and friends.

Louis Papousek, 91

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Louis Francis Papousek was born October 28, 1924 near Gregory, South Dakota to Joseph B. and Frances (Musilek) Papousek and went to his eternal home on April 11, 2016, at the home of his daughter, Margo Dunn, in Malibu, California. Many people knew him as Louie or Lou. Louis grew up on the family farm near Gregory with his parents and siblings: Agnes, Joe (Joseph C), Bob (Robert), and Donna. Louis lived a full and diverse life filled with adventure and many rewarding experiences. He attended a one-room county schoolhouse which was later moved to Gregory and is now known as the Gregory Historical Schoolhouse. He was a smart student so was able to skip a grade. He left school during the 9th grade, but never stopped learning and trying new things. His parents eventually sold the farm and moved to Burke and opened up a café. His father passed away in 1948 and his mother passed away in 1965, both in Burke.

Louis was a mechanic extraordinaire and could fix anything! He proudly enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served his country during WWII from March 1944 – May 1946 in the Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign as a Motor Machinist’s Mate Second Class. A highlight in Louis’s life was traveling to Washington, D.C. on the Honor Flight in September, 2010 to view the WWII Memorial. Over the years, Louis was a member of the American Legion and Elks Club. Louis and Vera Luree Willuweit started dating after meeting at a dance. In 1948, they made their first trip to California along with his mother, Frances Papousek and future step-father Anton Nikodym. Louis was baptized and confirmed on February 21, 1949 at the Grace Lutheran Church in Burke. He was united in marriage to Vera at the same church on April 17, 1949. To this union, one daughter, Margo, was born one year later. The family continued to embrace the Lutheran faith throughout their years together.

In the early years of their marriage, Louis had numerous jobs including working in the oil fields of Wyoming, as a carpenter, delivering Storz beer in Burke, and working in auto shops in Martin and Winner. In 1959 Louis and Vera sold their house in Winner and followed his brother Bob to Tucson, Arizona. The next summer, Louis took a job at the San Manuel, Arizona copper smelter. In 1962 the family moved to California where Louis became an owner/operator of a Caterpillar tractor, often working for Gary Inglett and with many former South Dakotans. Vera served as his office manager and bookkeeper. Later he invested in a dendrite rock business with Bob Stober. Louis fondly remembered the time that he spent up in the mountains in Beaver, Utah living the life of a “mountain man”, drinking the spring water, breathing in the fresh air, and growing a beard. He enjoyed creating belt buckles, clocks, and other art pieces with the picturesque dendrite rock giving them to family and friends as presents.

In 1990 Louis and Vera retired to Wall, SD. In addition to spending the winter months with their daughter and her family in Malibu, they took many exciting vacation trips ranging from the Butchart Gardens in Vancouver, Canada to the Redwood Forest of California to Cape Canaveral and the Epcot Center in Florida. Vera suffered strokes in 1996 and 2000, so they moved to Silver Threads in Gregory in 2001. Four years later Vera entered the Avera Rosebud Country Care Center. Until Vera’s passing in 2010, Louis was a faithful and loving spouse visiting and feeding Vera almost every day when he was in Gregory. He made sure that there was always cake and ice cream served at the nursing home for her birthday and their anniversary.

Louis continued to spend part of the year with Margo. March, 2011, while in Malibu, Louis suffered a heart attack, but he was determined to recover so that he could attend the 4th of July wedding of his only grandchild, Sean Dunn, to Megan Myer in Dayton, Oregon. One week after returning to Malibu in October, Louis suffered the first of a series of major strokes that required him to receive 24/7 care at Margo’s home until his passing. Visits by family members were the highlight of his final years – especially visits by his remaining sibling, Donna Fode, in person, or via Skype. Niece Patti (Papousek) Ciasca worked as a partner with Margo to care for “Uncle Louie” during his final years. Louis enjoyed fresh and salt water fishing, scuba diving, hunting, being outdoors, and eating. He believed in the value of hard work, perseverance, and commitment to his immediate and extended family. Louis’s smile, generosity, unconditional love and support will be missed by all those who knew him.

Nolan Tucker, 76

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Nolan Lee Tucker was born in Murdo, South Dakota to Lonnie and Edna (Stevens) Tucker on January 9, 1940. Nolan grew up and went to school in White River, South Dakota. Nolan did a lot of things in his lifetime, throughout several states. He spent a lot of time in Alaska working on pipelines, carpentry work, and also a lot of painting. Nolan spent the last sixteen years around White River and Wood. “No matter what you do, always do it with Pride,” was a favorite quote of Nolan’s which is evident in the work that he did. Nolan was the ‘Jack of All Trades.’ He not only took pride in his business, but truly relished the friends he made during his time in business. Nolan was quite particular and was not satisfied until his projects looked mighty good. Up until the last year when his health began to fail him, he would take on anything. One of his last jobs was painting the old White River High School. We do not know how he did it, but he got it done. And as always, it looked good!
Nolan will always be remembered by those who knew him as a tough, stubborn guy who had a heart of gold. He was always looking out for the “other” guy and would give you the shirt off his back — if that’s what it took. He was generous with his heart and time. He enjoyed volunteering and sharing his talents with local organizations and Mellette County Museum. Nolan loved his sports, especially football and basketball and continued to follow the teams from White River. Every spring, he looked forward to making the trek to Aberdeen to cheer on the Tigers. Nolan also enjoyed spending time at family events, playing cards, pitching horse shoes, interacting with children and animals. Family gatherings always made Nolan smile and especially when he heard, “I wuv you Uncle Nolan!,” from younger family members.
Everyone who remembers him, is asked to celebrate Nolan’s life in their own way. Enjoying a cup of coffee and a bag of popcorn with the Dollar Daze crew, in his memory would be quite appropriate! And, whoever you meet make sure you say, “Good Morning”- anytime of the day!

John Loren Hofeldt, 76

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John Loren “Sawdust” Hofeldt, age 76, passed away on Saturday, April 23, 2016, at his home in Ainsworth, Nebraska. Loren was born on June 7, 1939, in Winner, South Dakota, to Leonard and Freda (Schmidt) Hofeldt. He was the youngest of 3 children raised on the family farm. Loren served in the US Army from 1956 to 1959. He was married to Helen Carter on October 28, 1959, and to this union three daughters were born, Yvon, Joan and Ruth.

Loren had a great love of the outdoors and many interests. He was an auto mechanic and racecar driver. He served his community as a police officer, an ambulance driver and a SWAT team member. For many years he ran his own business as an arborist. He enjoyed all hunting activities and was especially proud of his 6 X 6 bull elk he bagged while archery hunting in Colorado. He spent many hours calling, chasing and hunting coyotes. Fishing was his passion and his blue bass boat was his pride and joy. He was a proud charter member of the Borderline Bassmasters and a member of the B.A.S.S. Federation.