Merrik Steven Carlson

Merrik Steven Carlson, age 69, died Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011 at the Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls.  His funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 23, at Shalom Lutheran Church in Harrisburg, with burial at Forest Hill Cemetery near Canton.  Visitation will Thursday from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home in Sioux Falls.  Family will greet visitors from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., with a prayer service beginning at 7:00p.m. 
 Merrik Steven was born Aug. 30, 1942 in Green County, IA.  He grew up on a farm and graduated from Paton High School. 
 He was employed at the Argus Leader for several years and then owned & published the Wells Mirror in Wells, MN.  After returning to Sioux Falls, he was an owner/operator truck driver.  In the last few years he was leased to TeSlaa Trucking, Le Mars, IA.
 He married Cheryl Larson October 27, 1973.  He was a member of the Elks Club & a member of Shalom Lutheran Church, Harrisburg.
 Grateful for having shared his life are: his wife, Cheryl; sons- Todd (Jolene) of Wells, MN, Brett (Tiffany) of Cherokee, IA; daughters- Michelle (David) Warner, of Alcester, SD, Marcia (Clint) Leighty of Persia, IA, and Amy (Dan) Foss of Sioux Falls, SD; grandchildren- Tanya, Derrik, Austin &Kaylee Carlson, Sam & Carmen Borns, Cassie Leighty, Katie & Rylee Gannon, Brielle, Braelin & Brinlie Foss; great-granddaughter, Aliza Neitzel; sister, Sue (Ed) Olson of Yuma, AZ and two brothers- Roger (Marianne) Carlson of Jefferson, IA and David (Ann) Carlson of Manly, IA.
 Steve was preceded in death by his daughter, Angela, and parents Emrik and Ruth Carlson.
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Albert T. Olsen

Albert T. Olsen, age 89, passed away peacefully Thursday, December 15, 2011 at his home in Canton.  Memorial services will begin at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 17 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, SD.  A private family burial will be at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, rural Hudson, SD. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed towards Children’s Care Hospital in Sioux Falls.
    Albert was born August 6, 1922 on a farm near Fairview, SD, the son of Adolph and Randina (Thormodsgaard) Olsen. 
    Albert married Elaine Groon October 4, 1946 at Trinity Lutheran Church.  The couple lived and farmed near Fairview until moving to Canton in 1988.  They have been members of Canton Lutheran Church since 1989.  Albert worked with his sons at OP Trucking and Landscaping for several years.
    Grateful for having shared Albert’s life are: his wife of 65 years, Elaine; six children and their spouses- Linda ( Robert) Kayser, Ankeny, IA, Arlyn (Cheryl) Olsen, Sioux Falls, SD, Daryl (Nancy) Olsen, Audubon, IA, David (Leota) Olsen, Fairview, SD, Keith (Holly) Olsen, Worthing, SD, and Susan(Daryl) Eichacker, Sioux Falls, SD; 16 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother, 2 infant sons, an infant daughter, and an infant granddaughter.
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Michelle Marie Lasley

Michelle Marie Lasley was born on October 7, 1974 to Randy and Pat (Spieker) Halverson in Ivanhoe, MN.  She moved to the Canton area at the age of 6 years, where she lived for the rest of her life.  She graduated from Canton High School in 1993.  She was a four year member of All-State Band, was an honor student, and was National Champion with a project she did with two close friends for National History Day.  She graduated from Western Iowa Tech and received her RN license in 2001.  She was employed by Sanford USD Medical Center for several years in the Intensive Care Nursery until illness forced her to resign. She missed the babies.
 On August 27, 1994, she married Elden Lasley at St. Dominic Church in Canton. They lived the majority of their married life in Canton.  Michelle was active in PATCHES, was a Canton Booster Club Board member and spent many hours the last four years helping with Junior Football equipment distribution and tracking.  She was a strong, ambitious woman who was always there for her family.  She attended many sports and music events in support of her children and was a big C-Hawk fan. She especially enjoyed football and wrestling. She also enjoyed sewing, making blankets and craft items.
 Michelle went to be with her Lord in Heaven on Sunday, December 11, 2011 due to medical complications as she waited for a liver transplant.  Grateful for having shared her life are her husband Elden and their four children Allison, Joshua, Elizabeth and Benjamin, her parents Randy and Pat Halverson, three brothers and their families, Dennis (Audrey), Scott and John Halverson; Robert (Jolene), Tyler, Mackenzie, Emma, Alivia, Lane, Callianna, and Finley Halverson; and James (Jessica), Lyman and Luke Halverson, mother-in-law Sharon Lasley, sister-in-law and family Christi (Dan), Jessica Koistinen, grandmothers Mary Ann Spieker and Norma Groenewold, several aunts, uncles, and many cousins. She was preceded into death by her father-in-law Roy Lasley, grandfathers Cletus Spieker and Conrad Halverson, two uncles and an aunt.
 Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:00 a.m. Friday, Dec. 16, at St Dominic’s Catholic Church in Canton, with burial at Forest Hill Cemetery near Canton.  Visitation will be Thursday, Dec. 15, from noon to 4:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral home in Canton.  Visitation will resume at 6:00 p.m. at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church.  A Scripture Service will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the church.
 In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Michelle Lasley fund at Security Savings Bank in Canton or to your favorite children’s charity.
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Lola Sunde

Lola Sunde, age 92, of Sioux Falls, SD, passed away on Wednesday, December 07, 2011 in Sioux Falls at Ward Assisted Living.  Her memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Heritage Funeral Home in Sioux Falls.  Inurnment will be at Forest Hill Cemetery at Canton, SD.
Lola Mushrush was born April 11, 1919 at Lake Park, IA to James and Bessie (Higley) Mushrush. She received her elementary education in Lake Park and graduated from Excelsior High School near Lake Park.
Lola married Rudolph Sunde of Larchwood, Iowa in 1939. They were blessed with two daughters, Judith Marie and Barbara Kay. Judith died in a car accident in 1959. Rudy and Lola moved to the family farm in Canton in 1943 and then moved to Sioux Fans in 1958. Lola was a wonderful and caring wife and mother. She enjoyed cooking for her family, dancing, reading, sewing and fishing. She always made things fun when you were with her. Lola was a member of the Eastside Lutheran Church, the Moose Lodge and the VFW. She worked for 18 years at the Valley National Bank and then other various jobs and later at the Court House Museum in Sioux Falls. Lola’s bright smile and fun attitude will be missed by many.
Lola was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Rudy, in 1972; her daughter, Judith, in 1959; six brothers: Raymond, Edward, Lloyd, Don, Gordon and Bill; and three sisters: Faye Klesoth, Georgia Dyhrkoop and Margie Sylvester.Left to cherish her memory is her daughter, Barbara (Dave) Sherron of Sioux Falls and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Donna Stalheim

Donna Stalheim, age 76, passed away Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls.  Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Bethany Reformed Church in Canton, with burial at Romsdal Lutheran Cemetery, rural Hudson, SD.  Visitation will be Friday from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton, with family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
 Donna Janet Stalheim was born on October 5, 1935 to Nels and Agnes (Undahl) Romereim in rural Beresford, SD.  Donna attended Sundy Grade School and both Beresford and Canton High School.  She graduated from Beresford High School in 1953.  She graduated Nettleton Business College in 1954.
 On June 25, 1955 she was united in marriage to Garry Marshall Stalheim at Romsdal Lutheran Church in rural Hudson, SD.  Following their marriage, Donna was a homemaker while Gary worked the Romereim family farm in rural Hudson, SD.  The family then moved to Canton, SD where Donna began her career for the State Of South Dakota in the Dept. of  Social Services.  Donna fulfilled various roles within this department over the next 30+ years.  Upon retirement,  she pursued various avenues of servicing her community through the local grade schools, head start programs, church administration, and transportation for special needs children. 
 Donna was a member of the Canton Redeemer Free Lutheran and was active in the Stephen Ministries, women’s church circle, bible study fellowship, Sons of Norway, and various community organizations. 
 Her retirement years were spent golfing, traveling, and sharing precious time in developing priceless memories with her children, grandchildren, and beloved husband. 
 She was preceded in death by her mother in 1941, her father in 1980, brother Ralph Romereim in 2006, brother Lloyd Romereim in 2007, and her beloved husband Garry Stalheim in 2005.
 Grateful for having shared her life are her 4 children and their spouses: Mark Stalheim of Tulsa, Ok, Marshall & Marian Stalheim of Sioux City, IA, Mick & Kathy Stalheim of Oviedo, FL, and Melinda & Keith Duclau of Phoenix, AZ; 14 grandchildren: Chad, Jacob, Benjamin, Laura, Nicholas, Dylan, Carley, Lindsey, and Jordan Stalheim, Sarah & Josh Gorczynski, Rachelle & Ed McGill, Beau & Leigha Boback,  Brooke Boback, and Edlund Jr. & Tawney Ellis; 10 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Glenyta Hanson and Arlyce Stalheim, brothers-in-law Gayle & Joyce Stalheim, Glenn & Mary Jane Stalheim, brother-in-law Kenneth Voegeli;  and numerous nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.
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Dennis Gardner

Dennis Gardner, age 64, lost his life in a farming accident Friday, November 25, 2011 in Beloit, IA.  Funeral services will begin at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 29 at Grand Valley Lutheran Church with burial to follow at Fairview Cemetery.  Visitation will be Monday from 2-8 p.m., with family present from 6-8 p.m., at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton. 
 Dennis LeRoy Gardner was born to Merril & Esther (Miller) Gardner on October 4, 1947 in Canton, SD.  He graduated from Canton High School.  He attended SDSU for 2 ½ years.
 Dennis enjoyed farming and raising horses with his sons.  He was a member of the Canton Optimist Club.  He was united in marriage to Susan Robish in 1967.  Out of this marriage he had three children-Michelle, Daniel, and David.  He was divorced in 1995. 
 He is survived by a special friend, Barb Elcock; daughter, Michelle (Jaysun Younger) Gardner, Sioux Falls, SD; sons, Daniel Gardner, Beloit, IA and David (Elycia) Gardner, Canton, SD; many grandchildren, and numerous other family and friends. 
 He was preceded in death by his parents and granddaughter, Makayla. 
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Darrell Wayne Johnson

Darrell Wayne Johnson, 80, died  Monday, November 21, 2011 at Hudson Health Care in Hudson, S.D.  Memorial services will be held Friday, November 25th at 2 p.m. at Brule Creek Lutheran Church, rural Elk Point, SD.
 Darrell was born February 24th, 1931 to Carl and Sophie Johnson in Le Mars, IA. He married Marlene Marilyn Nelson on June 1st, 1957.  He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served during the Korean war.  During his working years Mr. Johnson was a member of the Iron Workers and Carpenters unions.  He was also a VFW member.  Darrel enjoyed politics, country music and traveling with his wife Marlene after retirement.
 Survivors include his daughter Teri of Colorado and her daughter Aubrey; his son Steve and wife Lori and their two sons Steven and Michael of Elk Point and a sister Darlene and family.  He is preceded in death by his wife Marlene and parents Carl and Sophie Johnson.
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Hazel Aasheim

Hazel (Markle) Aasheim passed away Monday, November 21, 2011 at the Canton Good Samaritan Center at the age of 98 years. 
 Born March 4, 1913 in Webb City, MO, Hazel was part of a large family, which made its way to South Dakota in 1921.  In 1934 she married Lloyd Aasheim of rural Canton, and made her home on the farm, which was a way of life that she enjoyed.  She was an excellent homemaker, gardener, and cook, with a knack for making lefse, which she handed down to her family.  
 Grateful for having shared her life are sisters Betty Severson, Maxine Bresee, Lucille Eliason, and brother Don Markle.  Preceding her in death were her husband Lloyd in 1982, sisters Gertrude McFarlane, Dorothy Eliason, Mabel Eidsheim, Lura Jones, and brothers Cecil and Guy Markle. 
 Hazel’s son Dennis and daughter-in-law Rae, gave her three grandchildren, Rod (Ann) of Sioux Falls, Eric (Rachel), of Beresford, and Emily (Steve) Plucker, of Canton.  She was blessed with a number of great-grandchildren, as well.
 Hazel was a member of Lands Lutheran Church, rural Hudson, where services will be held on Wednesday, November 23 at 2:00 p.m.  Burial will follow at the Lands Lutheran Cemetery.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 2-8 p.m., with family present from 6-8 p.m., at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.
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Joseph Coad

Joseph Coad, 3 months 23 days old, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 in the NICU at Sanford USD Medical Center.  Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:00 a.m. Friday, November 18 at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in Canton, SD with burial to follow at Forest Hill Cemetery.  Visitation will be Thursday from 2-8 p.m., with family present from 6-8 p.m., at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.

 Joseph was born July 22, 2011 along with his brothers Johnathan and Benjamin to Steven & Amy (Braaten) Coad in Sioux Falls, SD.  Although he was on this earth for only a short time, he touched numerous lives and will be remember by many.  He will be greatly missed by his parents, brothers, and extended family.

 Joseph  is survived by his parents; brothers, Nicholas, Christopher, Benjamin, and Johnathan; grandparents, Larry Braaten, Canton, SD, Matthew (Loretta) Coad, Dell Rapids, SD, and Kim Jorgensen, Sioux Falls, SD; great-grandparents, Bernice Braaten, Canton, SD, Doug (Marynell) Jorgensen, Sioux Falls, SD, and Mae Mueller, Plaza, ND; along with numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Nels Braaten, Ione (Melvin) Coad, and Verne Olson. 
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Rebecca Rae ‘Becky’ Thompson

Rebecca Rae ‘Becky’ Thompson, age 54, formerly of Hartford, SD, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011 at Canton Good Samaritan Center , due to a lengthy battle with cancer.  Her funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at Anderson Funeral home in Canton.  Visitation will be Saturday an hour prior to the service.
Becky was born March 30, 1957 in Rapid City, SD, to Richard and Henrietta (Hoff) Thompson.  She moved to England with her family in 1963.  Becky married Anthony Pendleton on November 4, 1977 in England.  She returned to the U.S. in 1981 and has since lived in Hartford, SD.  She was employed at Hartford Sunshine in the Deli/Catering department. 
Becky is survived by her daughter, Consuela Pendleton, Yelm, WA, her sister, Cindy (Chris) Clark, Canton, SD, and 3 nieces and two nephews.

David Alan Larsen

David Alan Larsen passed away November 1, 2011 surrounded by his loving family at Dougherty Hospice House after a long illness.
David was born on October 22, 1960 to Emmett and Bonnie (Smith) Larsen in Sioux Falls, SD.  He was baptized at the Methodist Church in Harrisburg, SD.  He graduated from Children’s Care Hospital and School in 1979.   He was a former member of the Sioux Wheelers basketball team.  He was a loyal and avid fan of the Minnesota Twins, the Minnesota Vikings and the Skyforce.  He enjoyed attending these games with his brother, Jeff.
Survivors include his mother and step-father, Jim and Bonnie Thormodsgard, Beresford, SD; one brother, Jeff of Sioux Falls, SD; two sisters, Linnette (Randy) Albers, Hartford, SD, Sheryl (Dan) Rickett, Canton, SD; two nieces, Kristen (Andy) Carr, Courtney Rickett; and one nephew, Darren (Becky) Albers. David was preceded in death by his father, Emmett Larsen.  David has donated his body to the USD Medical School.
A memorial service will be held 7:00pm Friday, November 4, 2011 at the Anderson-Jones-Corcoran Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg, SD.  Visitation will be 3:00-9:00pm with family present from 6:00-9:00pm.

Susan Toft

Susan Marie Toft, age 46, of Allen, TX and formerly of Canton, SD, passed away Saturday, October 22, 2011 in Dallas, TX while in hospice care.  Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in Canton, with burial at Forest Hill Cemetery near Canton.  Visitation will be Thursday from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton and from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in Canton.  A Scripture Service will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the church.  Memorials may be directed to the Susan Toft Memorial Fund for the care of Mitchell Toft in care of First Bank & Trust Canton, SD.

Susan was born in Sioux Falls, SD to James and Andrea (Jackson) Toft on October 28, 1964.  She attended school in Brandon and Canton, graduating Canton High School in 1983. She attended Black Hills State for one year. She then relocated to the Dallas, TX area where she resided until her death.

          Susan was associated for many years with UBSE Engineering, where she worked as their office manager and project coordinator. 

She is survived by her son, Mitchell; father, Jim Toft, Canton, SD; brother, Andrew (Pam) Canton, SD and their children Devin, Megan, and Hailey; sister, Peggy Severson, Sioux Falls, SD and her children, ShayLee and Brady; special friend, Arlene Baker; along with many friends from the Dallas, TX and Canton, SD area. 

She was preceded in death by her mother and grandparents.