LaVern Kuper

LaVern Carol Kuper, 81, went with the angels Friday, April 22, 2016 at Avera Dougherty Hospice surrounded by family and love.  LaVern Kuper

LaVern was born September 9, 1934 on a farm south of Fairview, SD, to Andy and Ina (Crawford) Helgeland.  She attended country school through the 5th grade and was excited to “move to town” and finish her education in Canton.

LaVern was united in marriage to Al Kuper April 25, 1954 at Canton Lutheran Church.  They made their home in Sioux Falls all their married life.  LaVern worked at Dornberger Insurance and Crum and Forester Insurance in the early years.  She spent most of her life working alongside her husband, Al, in his many business ventures.  They purchased Perkins in 1968 and LaVern was instrumental in the restaurant remodels and a solid supporter of Al’s ideas.  She and Al spent their winters in Arizona since 1984.  They also spent much time traveling in their motorhome visiting 48 states.  She enjoyed reading, mahjong and never passed up an opportunity to do a little shopping.

LaVern is survived by her husband of almost 62 years, Al; daughter, Debra (Dar) Yeager, Sioux Falls; son Steve (Rebecca) Kuper, Sioux Falls; 3 grandchildren, Cory, Ross, and Alan McMillen; 3 great-grandchildren, Kuper, Lilly, and Marsha; one step-grandson, Caleb; a brother, Lloyd Helgeland, Sioux Falls; and sister-in-law, Kathy Kuper, Sioux Falls.

Charities were dear to LaVern’s heart.  Memorials may be directed to The Children’s Inn or your favorite charity.

Le Ann Rodway Orr

LeAnn Orr             Le Ann Rodway Orr, 75, of Sioux Falls, SD, passed away Friday April 22, 2016 at Dougherty Hospice House, Sioux Falls, SD. Le Ann Marilyn Rodway was born February 22, 1941 to Arthur and Loeda (Sogn) Rodway. She graduated from Canton High School and Sioux Valley Nursing School, earning her nursing degree. She married Eugene Irons in 1962 and obtained her first nursing position at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, MN.

                Le Ann was proud of her professional accomplishments. She worked as a nursing supervisor at Sioux Valley Hospital, owned her own rehabilitation services business in Sioux Falls, and retired from nursing from Avera Hospital in Sioux Falls. She loved to travel and enjoyed sharing that passion with her family. Le Ann was an avid knitter and treasured her grandchildren.

                Le Ann is preceded in death by her parents, grandson Samuel Beachler, husband Jim Orr, stepfather to her daughters, Thomas Stolp, and numerous beloved family pets. She is survived by her daughters Susan Irons Beachler (and husband Keith) and Jeannie Irons (and husband Deron Denton); six grandchildren, Jack, Mary Kate, Christian, Jana and Reece Beachler and Augie Denton. She is also survived by her brothers Loren (Carolyn), Lynn (Charlotte) and Arlo (Merna) Rodway, nieces and nephews, and her close cousin, Janet Knuth.

                The family would like to extend love and appreciation for the many people who helped care for Le Ann, especially Della, Sandy, and Yvonne.

                Please join us at Canton Lutheran Church at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 30 for a memorial service.  Family will be present 1 hour prior to the service to greet visitors.

Luella Olson

Olson0001Hudson, SD- Luella Mae Olson, age 72, died unexpectedly on Saturday, April 9, 2016 in Doon, IA. Services will be held at a later date.

                Luella was born on April 13, 1943 in Canton, SD to James and Eva (Watters) Teeslink.  She married Blaine Olson on February 3, 1960 in Canton, SD.  The couple lived in Belvidere, IL before moving to Hudson, SD in 1999.

                Luella is survived by her sons, Robert (Cassie) Olson, Doon, IA and Brad Olson, Hudson, SD; daughters, Penny Surma, Hudson, SD and Shawn Stewart, Doon, IA; brothers, Danny Teeslink, Sioux Falls, SD and Kevin Teeslink, Simpsonville, SC; sister, Shirley Detmer, Minneapolis, MN; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; along with many other relatives and friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Billy,  grandson J.J., and many pet dogs.


Maxine Crawford

Maxine CrawfordFairview, SD.  Maxine Crawford, 86, passed away Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at Sanford Canton-Inwood Hospital.  Her funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Fairview, SD.  Visitation will be Friday from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton, SD, with family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

          Maxine was born June 25, 1929 at Louisville, KY to Cosby and Levola (Whitehead) Kelly.  She attended school in Louisville and worked at Brown and Williamson for several years.

          Maxine married Wendell Peterson April 3, 1954, who she met while Wendell was stationed at Ft. Knox, KY.  They farmed south of Fairview from 1954 until Wendell’s death in 1967.

          Maxine married Nelmar Crawford December 21, 1971in Fairview.  They made their home in Fairview until Nelmar’s death in 2015, when Maxine moved to Sioux Falls to be near her son.  She was employed at Canton-Inwood Hospital for over 40 years.  Maxine was named employee of the year in 1980.  She loved reading her Bible and spending time with Nelmar and her family.  She also enjoyed walking and going to McDonalds for coffee.

          Maxine is survived by her son, Dan (Dorothy) Peterson, Sioux Falls; daughter, Sue (Richard) Nagelstad, Louisville, KY; step-daughters- Lois (Chuck) Mullinix, Canton,SD,  Rochelle (Terry) Helget, Sioux Falls, and Sylvia (Jim) Stillman, Tea, SD; 11 grandchildren- Kilee Peterson, Nate, Peterson, Chris Crawford, Lynn Waite, Cari Andera, Corey Anson, Micah Anson, Nick Anson, Shannon Thompson, Michelle Thompson, and Shane Mullinix; one great-grandson, Trenton Peterson; 17 step-great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; and 2 sisters-in-law- Ila Torkleson, Canton and Luella Huckfeldt, Spencer, IA.  She was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, Wendell and Nelmar, and a step-son Craig Crawford.

Stella A. Sundling

Stella Sundling - Crop      Stella A. Sundling, age 102, died Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at Sanford Canton-Inwood Hospital. Funeral Services will begin at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 19 at Redeemer Free Lutheran Church, Canton, SD. Visitation will be Friday from 2-8 p.m., family present from 6-8 p.m., at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton. In lieu of flowers, memorial may be directed to Canton Transit.
Stella was born on February 2, 1914 in Vermillion, SD to Charles and Ada (Ballard) Matz. She grew up in Vermillion, graduating from Vermillion High School in 1932. She attended USD for 1 year. She eloped with Harris Sundling on October 19, 1940 in South Sioux City, NE. The couple lived in Vermillion, Yankton, and moved to Canton in 1949, where she remained until her death. Harris died in 1991.
In addition to raising her family, Stella worked was a Lincoln County Deputy Auditor and spent 21 years at IPS. Stella was a member of Eastern Star, Whist, BPW, and the Art Club. She enjoyed crochet, bingo, & mahjong. She was also a skilled card player and enjoyed playing with family and friends.
Grateful for sharing her life are her daughter, Julie (Kip) Crawford, Canton, SD; son-in-law, Ray Prince, Custer, SD; daughter-in-law, Lois Sundling, San Benito, Texas; granddaughters, Laura Cornell, Susan Tsiones, and Sarah Van Egdom; 7 great-grandchildren; 3 step grandchildren; 4 step great-grandchildren; 4 step great-great- grandchildren; along with numerous other friends and relatives. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harris; son, Charles; daughter, Nancy Prince; and sister, Bernice Morse.

Donna Paul

Donna Paul- Paper pic2     Donna Paul, age 81, died Wednesday, March 09, 2016 at the Canton Good Samaritan Society. Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. Monday, March 14 at First United Methodist Church in Mitchell, SD. Family will be present at the church for visitation two hours prior to the service. A visitation in Canton, SD will be Sunday from 2-8 p.m., family present from 6-8 p.m., at Anderson Funeral Home.
Donna DeVonne was born on July 8, 1934 in Minot, ND to Archie and Rose (Geyer) Dennis. She graduated from Minot High School in 1951 and met her future husband, Howard Paul, that same year after his family moved in next door to the Dennis family. Donna and Howard were married on July 25, 1954 in Minot, ND. Donna began her career as a secretary in 1951 and continued when the couple moved to Fargo, ND after their marriage, where Howard attended college. Donna became the Medical Records Librarian at St. Joseph Hospital in Fargo, a position she excelled at despite having no specific medical terminology training. Following Howard’s graduation in 1956, the couple moved to Watertown, SD where she worked as a secretary for Midland National Life.
In 1957 the couple moved to Bismarck, ND where Donna briefly worked as a secretary until the birth of their first child, Stephen. The family moved to Huron, SD in 1961 following Howard’s appointment as City Engineer, where their daughter, Deborah was born. In 1962 the family moved to Mitchell, SD where Howard became a partner in an engineering firm (now Schmucker, Paul, Nohr, & Associates) and Donna became a full time homemaker, famous for her chocolate chip cookies.
After Steve and Debbie entered high school, Donna worked as an assistant librarian in the Mitchell Public Library, a position she really enjoyed. In 1981, Donna and Howard moved to Grand Junction, CO where Howard managed an affiliated engineering firm. Donna was employed as a secretary in a real estate office and was selected as one on the top five secretaries in the Grand Junction area. In 1985 the couple returned to the Mitchell engineering office and Donna worked as a secretary in the regional office of the SD Extension Service, a position she held until that office closed. She then worked at SPN until she and Howard retired in 2000. Following retirement, they moved to Canton, SD.
Donna was preceded in death by her parents and daughter, Deborah. She is survived by her husband, Howard; son, Stephen, Mitchell, SD; son-in-law, Randy Woods, Canton, SD; grandsons, Casey Paul (Katti & great-granddaughter, Alli Marie), Cameron Paul, and Tanan Woods; granddaughter, Holly Rosenbaum; brothers, Hillis and Archie, both of Oakridge, OR, sister, Darlene, Bismarck, ND; nephew, Lanny Verner, Redondo, CA; a very special friend, Inez Orthmeyer, Sioux Falls, SD; along with many other friends and relatives.

Olive Edwards

Olive Edwards0001Canton.  Olive Margaret (Schultz) Edwards, 93 entered into eternal life on February 25, 2016.  Olive was born on April 2, 1922, at Estherville, IA, to Hobart and Margaret (Gombos) Schultz.  She was raised in Eastern Iowa, graduating from Tipton High School in 1939.

On June 19, 1945, Olive was united in marriage to John “Bud” Edwards in Montgomery, AL.  Because of Bud’s military service, theirs was a courtship based on the U.S. mail that lasted 56 years until Bud died in 2002.  They returned to Canton permanently in the spring of 1947.

Olive’s secretarial career encompassed service to the city of Tipton, the Lincoln County Extension office and the Lincoln County Soil Conservation.  Through the years she volunteered for 4-H, Cub Scouts, Meals on Wheels, RSVP, Good Samaritan, and her church.  Olive was a staunch supporter of our youth, and thoroughly enjoyed attending her grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s activities.

Bud and Olive operated the Edwards Popcorn Stand in the Courthouse Square from 1963 – 2003.  One of her greatest joys was having kids bring their kids to enjoy her popcorn.  Olive loved to bake and was known for her caramel rolls and caramel corn, which she generously shared with all.  She was also an excellent seamstress.

Olive was an active member of the Canton Senior Citizen’s Center and the Canton United Methodist Church.

Grateful for having shared her life are daughters: Terri Nolet and Kathy (Don) Munk; son, Jon (Paula) Edwards; grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Lezlie (Joe) Larsen, Kathy Jo Anderson- Karlie (Tye) VanderVorst, Alaina Hammer (Nathan Dick), and Merrick Anderson, Bill (Kirsten Backes) Eide- Ozzie Eide and Maddie Backus, Andrew Eide- Brodie Eide, Abigail Peterson- Kinley Carroll and Jacob Peterson and numerous nieces and nephews.

Going home before Olive were her husband, parents, son-in-law, Jim Nolet, two sisters/spouses- Ellen (Hank) Stille and Lucille (Don) Marion, and sister-in-law/ spouse- Bea (Virgil) Glenn.

She was our rock and her faith ran deep.  We joked the “Grandma has a direct line to God.  When she asks, He listens.”

Please join us for a celebration of Olive’s life on Tuesday, March 1, at 3:00 p.m. at the Canton United Methodist Church.  A private family burial will be held prior to the service.  Visitation will be Monday from 2 to 7:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton with family present from 5 to 7:00 p.m.

Mildred Fossum

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Canton.  Mildred Julia Fossum died Thursday, February 11, 2016 at the age of 95 at Canton Good Samaritan Society. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at Canton Lutheran Church.  Visitation will be Monday from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral home in Canton, with family present from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Mildred was born on June 17, 1920 at the farm home of her parents, Engebret and Clara (Hilmen) Hovrud, southwest of Worthing, SD.  She was born into a family of ten children.  She was baptized and confirmed at West Prairie Lutheran Church.  She attended Nelson School District #34.

On June 29, 1940, Mildred was united in marriage to Ernest Fossum at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church Parsonage, Inwood, Iowa by Reverend Habel.  They farmed their entire married life in Lincoln County, SD.  Her husband passed away on December 5, 1987.  Mildred was a long-time member of Canton Lutheran Church.

Those grateful for having shared her life are: two sons, Charles and his wife Lorene and Arlyn and his wife Joann of Canton; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; sisters, Emma Rodvold and Vida Hitterdal both of Sioux Falls; sisters-in-law, Nila Olson of Centerville, Clarice (Fred) Haan of Chancellor, Ida Fossum of Lennox, and Erma Fossum of Canton; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, sister, Mary Hill, two brothers, Clarence and LeRoy, and also two brothers and two sisters in infancy.

Larry Niebuhr

Larry Niebuhr argus picture   Canton, SD- Larry Niebuhr, age 67, died Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at Sanford Canton-Inwood Medical Center. Funeral services will begin at 3 p.m. Tuesday, February 9 at Bethany Reformed Church in Canton, SD. Private family burial will take place prior to the service. Visitation will be Monday from 2-8 p.m., family present from 6-8 p.m., at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.
Larry was born July 20, 1948 at Primghar, Iowa to Wesley and LaVerne (Meyer) Niebuhr. He graduated from Paullina (Iowa) High School in 1967. Larry served in the US Army from 1968 to 1973. He was a helicopter pilot in Vietnam for a year.
Larry married Elaine Simunek August 15, 1970 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Fairview, SD. They moved from Clarksville, TN to Canton in 1974, when Larry started a custom hay stacking business. He joined the Nebraska Army National Guard Medivac in 1981. He was employed by Omniflight and was instrumental in setting up Careflight program at Avera Hospital. His guard unit was deployed to Saudi Arabia during Desert Storm. In 1994 he left the Nebraska Guard and was designated to inactive Ready Reserve. He then worked for Eastern Farmers and Nordlie Organ Builders. In 2002 he joined the South Dakota Army Reserves and was activated during Iraqi Freedom training troops to go overseas in 2003. He retired in 2005 after 20 years of service. He then drove semi for Paul Evanson and retired in 2011. After retirement, he enjoyed helping friends with their harvesting of crops.
Larry was an active member of Redeemer Free Lutheran Church, Canton VFW, Hudson American Legion, and the Sky Hawks Flying Club. He enjoyed getting to know people, tending to his farm ground, hunting with his brother and son, working on his home, and camping and spending time with friends. He especially enjoyed spending time with his granddaughter, Zoe.
Larry is survived by his wife of 45 years, Elaine; his son, Corey; granddaughter, Zoe; mother, LaVerne Niebuhr; sister, Linda (Dan) Mickalowski; brother-in-law, Rich (Jan) Fonder; sister-in-law, Lea Niebuhr, along with numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Wesley, brother, David, and sister, Diane Fonder.
Memorials will be directed to Corey Briest of Yankton, a Veteran wounded while serving in Iraq.

Carol Schuttloffel

Schuttloffel Crop 2   Carol Schuttloffel, age 82, died Sunday, January 31, 2016 at Good Samaritan Society Sioux Falls Village. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 5 at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church, Canton, SD. Visitation at the church will be Thursday from 5-8 p.m., with family present from 6-8 p.m. A scripture service will begin at 7:00 p.m.
Carol was born on August 17, 1933 to Nick and Nellie (Souvignier) Hanson in Sioux Falls, SD. She grew up in the Canton area and graduated from Canton High School. She married Cletus Schuttloffel on August 20, 1951 in Canton, SD. The couple lived in the Canton area before moving to Sioux Falls 7 years ago, the last two years at the Primrose Retirement Community.
Carol was a talented interior designer. She owned Carol’s Custom Interiors of Canton, SD and Design Source of Lennox, SD. She also worked as an Interior Designer for Mulhair’s for many years. She retired in 1999. She had been a member of Canton’s Catholic Churches since 1940 where she was a past choir director, taught Sunday School, and was a member of the Altar Society. After moving to Sioux Falls, she attended St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church. She was a member of A.S.I.D. and the Sweet Adeline’s singing group. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, decorating, designing, singing, and attending her grandchildren’s activities. In her younger years, she enjoyed horses and horseback riding.
Grateful for sharing her life are her husband, Cletus; children, Mike (Darla) Schuttloffel, Gilbert, AZ, Kim Winters, Tea, SD, Cheryl (Scott) Rust, Centerville, SD, Mark (Deb) Schuttloffel, Sioux Falls, SD, and Kris (Scott) Schemmel, Harrisburg, SD; 14 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; along with numerous other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter, Cindy, brothers, Donald and Selmer, sister, LaDonna Olson, and 3 infant siblings.

Esther Heeren

Esther Heeren0001    Esther Heeren, age 92, of Sioux Falls, formally of Canton, passed away Saturday, January 16, 2016. Funeral service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 22 at Canton Lutheran Church. Visitation will be Thursday from 2-8 p.m., family present 6-8 p.m., at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.
Esther Mae Lavonne Heeren was born on January 29, 1923 to John and Elsie (Aurit) Stengel. She attended rural country school near Canton. As a young woman, she worked for farm families in their homes. During the war, she worked at the Canton Creamery. After the war she worked at the Lew Doc Café where she met the love of her life, Luke Heeren. She married Luke on February 4, 1956 and they enjoyed 51 years together.
The couple worked side by side at the Canton Greenhouse which they owned and operated until their retirement in 1978. During retirement, they enjoyed traveling throughout the United States. The love of her life passed away on March 28, 2007.
Esther was a loving wife, mother, daughter, aunt, grandmother, and friend. She was a member of Canton Lutheran Church. She enjoyed helping others and served as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels. She also enjoyed playing cards, painting angels, baking, and making teddy bears for her daughters and grandchildren. She loved spending time with her daughters and grandchildren.
Grateful for sharing her life are her daughters, Colleen Roberts, Bismarck, ND and Penny (Alan) Thorson, Sioux Falls, SD; grandchildren, Mitch (Amber) Roberts, Mark (Amy) Roberts, Tim (Tracy) Roberts, Jeff Thorson, and Heidi Thorson; great-grandchildren, Crystal (Josh) Ova, Luke Roberts, Lexie Brendel, Elora (Kody) Pebbles, Jake Roberts, Ashlee Roberts, Josh Kindell, Hunter Kindell, Jeremy Kindell, Cadel Roberts, Alex Thorson, Caitlyn Thorson, Delaney Thorson, and Jacen Thorson; great-great-grandson, Asher Ova; brother-in-law, Art Ramse, Sioux Falls, SD; along with numerous other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Luke; her parents; sisters, Hazel Stensland, Helen Torberson, Irene Ness, and Opal Ramse; brothers, Lyle and Pete Stengel; an infant brother, and son-in-law, Kenneth Roberts.

Joyce Richter

Richter Folder front   Canton, SD- Joyce Richter, age 88, died peacefully on December 30, 2015 in Omaha, NE on her 88th birthday surrounded by her children and some of their families. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:00 a.m. Monday, January 4, 2016 at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in Canton. Visitation with family present will be Sunday from 2-5 p.m. at the church. A scripture service will be held at 5:00 p.m.
Joyce Maxine (Fiegen) Richter was born December 30, 1927 in Dell Rapids, SD the eldest daughter of Jennie (Anderson) Fiegen and John Fiegen. Joyce attended school and grew up in the Dell Rapids area on various farms. After high school, Joyce joined the cadet nursing corp and graduated from McKennan School of Nursing.
Joyce was united in marriage to Earl Richter of Madison, SD on June 13, 1950. Joyce was a practicing nurse for a few years before dedicating her time to raising their six children. During their marriage, Earl’s career took them throughout South Dakota, eventually settling in Canton, SD for 40 years. Joyce was an active member of St. Dominic’s Catholic Church and a past Altar Society president. Joyce enjoyed volunteering in the community.
Joyce’s special hobbies were her love for playing bridge and mahjong with her many friends.
Eight years ago Joyce moved to the Prince of Peace retirement community where she continued to play bridge with many new friends. Joyce was preceded in death by her husband, Earl, her parents, brother, Melvin Fiegen of Dell Rapids, and sister, Helen Liester of Garretson.
Joyce is survived by her six children: Diane Houser, Munster, IN, Janice (Randy) Bennett, Jacksonville, FL, Eileen (Ron) Wiebelhaus, Austin, MN, Mary (Bob) Davis, Peoria, IL, Dr. Dan (Sheila) Richter, Omaha, NE, and Joe (Sue Griffith) Richter, Dakota Dunes, SD; sister, Dorothy Baumberger, Colton, SD; brother Virgil (Shirley) Fiegen, Dell Rapids, SD, 20 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren.