Anona Thorson

C. Anona Thorson, age 93, died Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012 at Sanford Canton-Inwood Hospital.  Funeral services will be at 2 PM Wednesday, Jan. 18, at Lands Lutheran Church rural Hudson, SD with burial following in the church cemetery.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 2 to 8 PM at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton, with family present from 6 to 8 PM.  A Prayer Service will begin at 7 PM. 
Anona was born May 4, 1918 on a farm in Lincoln County, South Dakota, to Sam K. and Vida P. (Alness) Ulrikson.  She attended country school and graduated from Augustana Academy in Canton in 1935.  She then moved to Chicago, IL where she graduated from Lutheran Deaconess School of Nursing in 1939.
She married Cameron Hall in 1944 and they moved to Canton in 1949.
Anona married Charles Thorson in 1961.  She was a registered nurse at Canton-Inwood Hospital for 37 years and served as director of nursing for 10 years retiring in 1987.  She was an active member at Lands Lutheran Church, serving the church in many capacities.  Anona was a member of Extension Club and South Dakota Nursing Association.  She enjoyed baking, sewing, and gardening.
Those grateful for having shared her life are: her children Cathryn (John) Olson, Johnstown, CO; Cameron A. (MaryAnn) Hall, Sheridan, WY; Robert (Lela) Hall, Canton, SD; Elizabeth Melton, Casper, WY; and William Thorson, Canton, SD and special friend Wendy Hass, Sioux Falls, SD; ten grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; her sister Avonelle Sogn, Beresford, SD; sisters-in-law Vera Gilbertson, Sioux Falls, SD and Alice (John) Evans, Williams, IA; and brother-in-law Norm (Nila) Thorson, Belle Fourche, SD.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Charles, two brothers Homer and Kerwin, sister Lois, and infant brother Lyle.

Paul Ray Sletten

Paul Ray Sletten, age 58, died Tuesday, January 10, 2012 as the result of a hunting accident.  Memorial services will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan.  14 at Bethany Reformed Church in Canton, SD.  Visitation will be Friday from 2-9 p.m., with family present 7-9 p.m., at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.
 Paul was born October 15, 1953 in Sioux Falls, SD, to Wanda Schunneman and later adopted by Samuel Sletten.  He attended country school and graduated from Canton High School in 1971, where he enjoyed playing football for the C-Hawks.   He attended college for a year at Springfield, SD. 
 Paul married Gail Lukes August 25, 1973 in Sioux Falls.  They made their home on a farm in rural Beresford, where they raised two sons.  Paul loved farming and played as hard as he worked.  After working all day, he still had time to play with his boys.  Gail felt like she raised three kids.  He loved hunting, fishing, and building street rods.  He built one of his street rods from start to finish in three months.  He and Gail participated in rod runs all over the country.   Paul was a past president and former member of the Siouxland Street Rodders and a member of Three Rivers Gun Club.
 When Paul’s physical health began to fail in 2000, he became limited in his ability to farm, but that never stopped him from loving to hunt.  He enjoyed playing internet poker and made many friends all over the country participating in hunting forums on the web.  He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
 Grateful for having shared his life are: his wife of 38 years, Gail; sons- Nick and his wife, Halie, Beresford, SD and Adam and his wife, Kelly, Canton, SD; four grandchildren- Jurnie, Jerrica, Kaidyn, and Ava; father, Sam and his wife, Lavonne, Lennox, SD; sisters- Pauline (Neal) Albers, Garretson and Connie Dickinson, Slidell, LA; brother-in-law, Greg (Kathy) Lukes, Sioux Falls, SD; sister-in-law, Sandie (Larry) Wibeto, Mesa, AZ; nieces and nephews- Toby, Casey, Lory, Lonny, Craig, Stacy, Lisa, Donny, Katie, and Cory; and many other extended family members.

Paul’s family requests that you please wear camouflage to the memorial service to honor Paul’s love of hunting.

Barbara A. Wiebers

Barbara A. Wiebers, age 83, formerly of Canton died Friday, Jan. 6, 2012 at Sanford USD Medical Center.  Her memorial service will be held at 7 PM Tuesday, Jan. 10, at Heritage Funeral Home in Sioux Falls. 
Barbara was born October 22, 1928 in Columbus, WI, to Roy and Evelyn (Roob) Eggleston.  She lived in Wisconsin until 1944, when she moved to Sioux Falls.  She worked as a beautician for 10 years and also worked at Red Owl, Zip Feed, and McKennan Hospital.  She moved to Canton in 1994, and returned to Sioux Falls in 2008.  She enjoyed sewing, knitting, reading, baking, gardening, especially caring for her violets. 
She is survived by her son, Bill Baxter, Sioux Falls; 2 grandchildren, Gwen and Owen; brother, James Eggleston, Sturgis, SD; and several nieces and nephews.

Janice Dougherty

Janice Dougherty, age 67, passed away late January 2, 2012 at her home.
Janice was born September 2, 1944 in Lincoln, NE to Dale and Dorothy (Johnson) Fuhs.  She graduated from Watsonville High School in Watsonville, CA.  Janice was united in marriage to Richard Elroy Dougherty on January 25, 1964 in Santa Cruz, CA.  The couple farmed the Spaulding Homestead in the Flandreau, SD area before moving to Canton, SD in 1983.   Besides raising her family, she did the bookkeeping for her husband’s business, Canton Plumbing and Heating.  She also enjoyed reading and crocheting.
Janice is survived by her daughters- Christine (Tony) Pick, Canton, SD, Michele (Michael) Morgan, Canton, SD, Roxanne (Andy) Majka, Lake Forest, IL, Teresa Stansbury, Canton, SD and Barbara (Chad) Rozeboom, Canton, SD; grandchildren- Ashley, Jacalyn, Bryce, Derek, Austin, Melissa, Amber, Carrie, Dylan, Jessica, Jordan, Allison, John, Dalton, Breanna, Shaylee, Dawson, Danica, and Tyler;  great-grandchildren- Maison, Tallen, Jayden, and Martin; and sisters- Janet McMahon and Peggy (Darwin) Ernst.  
She was preceded in death by husband, Richard, daughter, Carrie Lynn, and parents, Dale and Dorothy Fuhs.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.