Fryda Johnson

Fryda Gudmundson Johnson, age 98, life-long resident of Sioux Falls, passed away peacefully on July 20, 2012, in Plano, TX. Preceded in death by her parents Olai and Annie, her four brothers Arthur, Gerhard, Oliver, and Milton in earlier years, an infant son, her beloved husband, Lawrence, in 2006, and her grand­daughter Carly Johnson in 2009.   Fryda is survived by her daughter Karen Noll of Plano, TX, and her sons Dr. David and Maribel Johnson of Carrollton, TX, and Dennis and Lisa Johnson of Mountain Brook, AL. Grandchildren include MSgt John and SrA Erin Noll (USAF)of Sanford, NC, Sara and Scott Brow of McKinney, TX, Dr. Gon and Tiffany Sanchez of Pierre, SD, Jed and Nici Johnson of Sidney, NE, Chloie and Chelsey Johnson of Mountain Brook, AL, Jon and Laurie Hoffman of Corpus Christi, TX, and Matthew Johnson of Taiwan. Great-grandchildren include Rachel Klaassen, Morgan Noll, Cougar, Peter, Riggs, and Lily Sanchez, Jack, Jonas, and Joel Johnson, and Elijah Johnson.

Born on January 29, 1914 on the Gudmundson farm, Fryda attended rural county school, Augustana Academy, and Augustana College, where she received her State Teaching Certificate. Fryda received her B.A. Degree in Education from Sioux Falls College. Throughout her years in the classroom, her first 6 in the Lincoln County Schools and the last 20 years in the Sioux Falls public schools, Fryda touched the lives of many of her students.

Fryda and Lawrence were married for 65 years and had been members of Our Saviors Lutheran Church for 50 years. Due to Lawrence’s failing health, in 2003, Lawrence and Fryda moved to Plano, TX, to live with their daughter Karen. Both were forever grateful for the loving care and support they received from family and friends, near and far, during this time.

In honor of Fryda’s wishes to be cremated, a graveside service will be held at 10 am Saturday, October 6, 2012 at Woodlawn Cemetery in Sioux Falls.

Joyce Wiebe

Canton.  Joyce Ardis Wiebe, 81, passed away Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls.  Funeral services will begin at 10:00am Wednesday, October 3, at Canton Lutheran Church.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 2-8pm, family present 6-8pm, at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.

            Joyce was born April 26, 1931 in Volga, SD to Oluf & Ingrid (Rognan) Hammer.  She married Ozzie Wiebe on January 23, 1950 in Luverne, MN.  Prior to her marriage she worked as an telephone operator.  After marriage, she worked for Otis Radio, Canton Good Samaritan Center, and Canton-Inwood Hospital.   She was a great cook, especially meatloaf and goulash.  She also enjoyed crocheting, cross stitching, reading, painting, and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  In addition, she made baptism napkins for her son Darin’s parish for 13 years. 

            Joyce is survived by her sons: Vic (Dawn), Rowena, SD, Duane (Mary), Canton, SD, and Darin (Joy), West Bend, WI; daughters: Gail (Mark) Jones, Burnsville, MN and Darla (James) Vennard, Beresford, SD; daughter-in-law, Jane Demeter, Laguna, CA; brother, Carl (Fern) Hammer, Canton, SD; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; along with numerous extended family and friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ozzie; sons, Dennis and Curtis; brothers, Roy and Ole; and sister, Edna.

Vera Orstad

Vera G. Orstad, age 87, passed away Monday, September 24, 2012 at Good Samaritan Society Canton.  Funeral services will begin at 2 pm on Thursday, September 27 at Redeemer Free Lutheran Church in Canton, SD.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 2-8 p.m., with family present from 6-8pm, at Anderson Funeral Home. 

          Vera was born November 16, 1924 in Mobridge, SD to Archie and Clara (Van Etten) Fogle.  She graduated from East High School in Sioux City, IA.  She married Lyle Orstad in Sioux City, IA on February 4, 1956. 

          During WWII, Vera worked at Alfs Baker in Sioux City, IA sewing uniforms for the troops.  She then worked and volunteered at Good Samaritan Society Canton for over 35 years.  She was a member of Lands Lutheran Church until moving to town in 1980 and joining Redeemer Free Lutheran Church.  She was active in the choir, taught Sunday School, and was a member of Ladies Aid for both parishes.   She was also active in the Canton VFW Auxiliary, Al-Anon, and bible study groups.  She enjoyed singing and collecting music, sewing, embroidery, painting, and gardening. 

          Words cannot express how hard she worked, how much she sacrificed, how passionately she lived, how dearly she loved.

          Grateful for having shared Vera’s life are her husband, Lyle; children, Robert (Marilyn) Orstad, Denver, CO, Cindy (Nancy Williams) Orstad, Minneapolis, MN, Kirk Orstad, Canton, SD and Linda (Jon) Brings, Sioux Falls, SD; sister, Lois Donaldson, Sioux City, IA; 8 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by 4 brothers and 6 sisters. 

Duke Van Bockern

Alvin “Duke” Van Bockern, age 90, died Monday, Sept. 24, 2012 at Good Samaritan Society Canton.  Funeral services will begin at 10 am Thurs., Sept. 27 at Canton United Methodist Church.  Visitation will be Wednesday at Anderson Home from 1-4:30pm and will resume at the church at 6pm.  A prayer service will begin at 7pm.

        Duke was born October 3, 1921 near Rock Rapids, Iowa to Fred and Lena (Hassebroek) Van Bockern.  Duke attended school in Canton and later worked on a farm near Inwood, IA for many years.  He returned to Canton in 1950 and worked for Van’s Rubbish Removal owned by his brother-in-law Marty Skaien and later his nephew Craig Van Bockern.  Following his retirement in 1992, he mowed several lawns in town and enjoyed repairing lawn mowers and bicycles.  Duke was an avid bowler for many years.  He moved into assisted living at Good Samaritan Society in 2006 and later became a resident of the nursing home.  While at Good Sam, Duke enjoyed the company of his room-mate and good friend, John Lems.

        Duke is survived by his sister, Helen Severson, Canton, SD; brother, Donald, Sioux Falls, SD; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Van Bockern, Canton, SD and Dee Van Bockern, Sioux Falls, SD; and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by five sisters- Lois Van Bockern, Mabel Skaien, Ruth Anderson, June Wallin, and Dorothy (Stewart) Layton and five brothers- Art, Leo, Earl, Dale, and Dick. 

Seth Kroger

Seth Joseph Kroger, age 20, died Saturday, August 25, 2012 the result of a motor vehicle accident.  Visitation will be Tuesday, August 28th from 12-5 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.  Visitation will resume with family present at 6 p.m. at Canton Lutheran Church with a 7 p.m. prayer service.  Funeral services will begin at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 29th at Canton Lutheran Church with burial to follow at Forest Hill Cemetery. 

            Seth was born June 23, 1992 in Sioux Falls, SD to Mark and Patty (Coplan) Kroger.  He grew up in Canton, graduating from Canton High School in 2011.  He was active in football, basketball, track, band, and baseball in his high school years.   After high school he attended SMSU and SDSU.

        Seth enjoyed farming with his dad, hunting, beefing up his Nova and truck, and lifting weights.  During sweet corn season, he could often be found with his Grandpa Burdell selling the year’s crop. 

        Seth is survived by his parents, Mark and Patty; sister, Madeline, Canton, SD; grandparents, Jim and Enola Kroger, Inwood, IA and Burdell and Betty Coplan, Canton, SD; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins; and many special friends.

Sylvia “Mickey” Johnson

Canton.  Sylvia K. ‘Mickey” Johnson, age 88, died Sunday, July 29, 2012 at her home in Canton.  Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 3, 2012 at Canton Lutheran Church, with burial at Forest Hill Cemetery near Canton.  Visitation will be Thursday from 2 to 8:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton, with family present from 6 to 8:00 p.m.  A Prayer Service will begin at 7:00 p.m. 

                Mickey was born April 17, 1924 at Belvidere, SD, to James and Mary (Ded) Kejsar.  She graduated from high school at Hastings, NE.  She was united in marriage to Orville Johnson July 21, 1951 in Brookings, SD.  They made their home in Canton, where they raised their four children.    Her husband died in 1981.

                Mickey was an active member of Canton Lutheran Church and WELCA since 1954.  Her faith and family were very important to her.  She and her husband owned and operated the Music Box Roller Rink for many years.  She worked for the Argus Leader as a District Manager in Canton and as a security guard for McCord’s Manufacturing in Canton.    She was a long time member of the Canton VFW and American Legion Auxiliaries.  She enjoyed volunteering, delivering meals for Meals on Wheels, and was treasurer at the Canton Senior Citizen’s Center for several years.  Her hobbies included: gardening, crafts, reading, bird watching, and crocheting afghans for family and friends.

                Grateful for having shared her life are: her children- LeRoy (Cynthia) Johnson, Lakeview, OR, Douglas (Carla) Johnson Sioux Falls, SD, and Laurie (Don) Cole, Canton, SD; seven grandchildren- Cody (Jamie)  and Jessy (Deidra) Johnson, Michele (Rusty) McNair, Elizabeth Johnson, Brandi (Kelvin) Tifft and Jay and Alexis Cole; and 8 great-grandchildren- Cameron, Orin, Ian, Riley, Lilla, Austyn, Jaiden and Zoey; and four sisters- Alice Thatcher, Woodburn, OR, Frances Atwater, Sacramento, CA, Irene Chambers and Mary Wilkinson both of Klamath Falls, OR.   She was preceded in death by her husband, Orville; her son, Orville, Jr., and one brother, James.

Jerry Van De Stroet

Fairview.  Jerry Dean Van De Stroet, 51, passed away Friday, July 20, 2012 surrounded by his family at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls.  Funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, at Bethany Reformed Church in Canton, with burial at Forest Hill Cemetery near Canton.  Visitation will be Monday from noon to 4:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton and will resume at 5:30 p.m. at Bethany Reformed Church.  A prayer service and family sharing time will begin at 8:00 p.m.

 Jerry was born May 21, 1961in Canton, SD to Case and Alice (Van De Kieft) Van De Stroet.  He attended Fairview Country School and graduated from Canton High School in 1979.  He worked at the Fairview Elevator, Canton Sale Barn, and Excel Machine before returning to the family farm.

Jerry was united in marriage to Sharon Van Veldhuizen September 14, 1985 at Bethany Reformed Church in Canton.  They farmed and raised two children on their farm south Fairview.

Jerry was an active member of Bethany Reformed Church, where he taught Sunday school, Vacation Bible school and enjoyed mentoring the youth.  He was a dedicated husband and father.  He and his family looked forward to their family game night every Saturday.  He liked helping his friends and neighbors, especially in the busy seasons of the spring and fall. He loved his black cows and kept busy fixing corn and bean heads in his spare time.  He was actively involved in The Three Rivers Wildlife and Gun Club where he taught gun safety and trap shooting to the youth.  He also taught many teens how to drive a stick shift.  His favorite outdoor activities included: hunting, fishing, trapping, camping, riding snowmobiles, dirt bikes,  ATVs, and participating and attending demolition derbies, tractor pulls, and enduro races.  He loved to pull pranks on his family and friends.

Those grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Sharon; his son,  Cody and his fiancé, Britney Bott and daughter, Shana; his father, Case Van De Stroet, Canton; sister, Cindy (Paul) Garbers, Canton and their children, Becky (Austin) Parks and Cory Garbers (Bre Meins); and many other family and friends.  He was preceded in death by his mother Alice, brother Gene, and good friends, Vince Beck and Tom Petry.

Marie Fait

            Florence Olive Marie Baty Fait, 95, recently of Henderson, NV, passed away June 21, 2012.  She was born November 20, 1916 on a farm near Canton, SD to Irwin and Mary Baty.  She attended the Grand Valley School.  Later, her folks moved five miles west of Canton and she attended Kersley School. 

            On November 10, 1936, she married Millard H. Fait and on November 10, 2006, they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary!  During the first 4 years of their marriage, they lived in Beresford, SD and then moved to Pewaukee, WI for 3 years, returning to the Canton area in 1943.  Marie helped as a bookkeeper for the Fait Brothers Auto Body Shop and was a busy homemaker.  When Millard purchased the Fait Chevrolet Pontiac dealership in 1955, Marie became the full-time bookkeeper until they retired on May 1, 1983.

             She was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Canton, SD, a member of the Senior Citizens in Canton and a member of the Sons of Norway.  She was also a past member of the local Business and Professional Women of Canton. 

            Millard & Marie moved to Henderson, NV in August, 2005 to be close to their two sons.  Marie was a wonderful woman of honesty and integrity and was gifted with a great sense of humor. 

            She was preceeded in death by her husband, Millard on October 7, 2007, two brothers, Durward Baty of WI, and Willard Baty of Denver; three sisters, Ruth Stefan of Canton, Ethel Mullinex of Canton and Leota Swanson of AR; and a granddaughter, Karlynda Most of Canton. 

            She is survived by their two sons, Richard A. Fait and Stephen M. Fait, both living in Henderson, NV.  Marie had 9 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.  This was a woman who loved life and will be missed by all who knew her. 

            A visitation will be held on Friday, June 29 from 2-8 pm, with the family being present from 6-8 pm, at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton, SD.  Funeral services will begin at 10:00 am Saturday, June 30 at Anderson Funeral Home with burial immediately following at Forest Hills Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the “LV Sertoma Deaf Scholarship Foundation”.

Harriette Corrine Scott

Harriette C. Scott, age 88, passed away Sunday, May 27, 2012 at Bethany Lutheran Home in Sioux Falls.  Harriette is the mother of Donna Kuehn of Minneapolis, MN, Linda (Chip) Joyslin of Harrisburg,SD, and Russell (Gail) Scott of Cambridge, IA.  Her funeral service will be at 10:30 AM Friday, June 1, at Farragut United Methodist Church in Farragut, IA.  Her visitation with family present will be from 6 to 8:00 PM Thursday, May 31,  at Kirsch Funeral Chapel in Shenandoah, IA.  Anderson Funeral Home in Canton is handling local arrangements.

Arthur Fritzhof Behring

Arthur Fritzhof Behring, 84, passed away on May 25, 2012, at Covington Heights in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 30, 2012, from 2:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Heritage Funeral Home, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  The family will be present from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM.  There will be a Masonic Funeral Rites Ceremony at 7:00 PM.        

A celebration of life ceremony for Art will be held on Thursday, May 31st, at 2:00 PM at Canton Lutheran Church in Canton, South Dakota.  Interment will be at Forest Hills immediately following the service.  A luncheon will be served at the church following burial.    

Arthur Fritzhof Behring was born on May 19, 1928, in Canton, South Dakota, to Fritz and Dora Behring.  He attended school in Canton, South Dakota.  Before graduating from high school, Art served a year in the Merchant Marines.  He returned home to finish his education, graduating in 1947.  From 1948 to 1952, he served for four years in the army in Germany.  After returning from his army service, he attended the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology in Rapid City, South Dakota.  He was recruited from college by John Morrell & Company to work as an Industrial Engineer.  He married Harriet Lavonne Wold on July 12, 1957, at Renner Lutheran Church in Renner, South Dakota.  He worked at Morrell’s for 35 years until he retired in 1990.  

He was a member of the Silver Star Lodge #4 in Canton, South Dakota.  He was a member of the El Riad Shrine Director’s Staff unit where he served as President for one year.  He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and was also a Mason at the Masonic Lodge in Sioux Falls.

Throughout his life he enjoyed working on cars, building computers, internet research on medical issues, photography, hunting and genealogy.

He was preceded in death by his parents Fritz and Dora Behring and his sister Anna Kroger and an infant baby brother.  He is survived by wife Harriet Behring, daughter Julie (Behring) Wilson, Des Moines, Iowa, daughter Joyce (Behring) Beard and husband Doug, Abilene, Texas, son Fritz Behring, Phoenix, Arizona and daughter Deborah (Behring) Reese and significant other Jeff Johnson, Pierre, South Dakota, seven grandchildren, Nicole Wilson  and fiancé Henry Chavez and Chantelle Wilson and fiancé Matthew Broome of Des Moines, Iowa, Brittany Beard, Brandon Beard, Bethany Beard, Brianna Beard and Nathan Beard all of Abilene, Texas, and two great grand children Micah Wilson and Kiana Chavez of Des Moines, Iowa. He is also survived by his brother Daniel Behring (Bonnie), Mesa, Arizona, his sister Deloris Nelson, Canton, South Dakota, and his sister Frances Winter (Tom), Canton, South Dakota, cousin Delores Anna Counts, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family.

Keith Allan Steier

 Keith Allan Steier, 28, died Friday, May 11, 2012, the result of an auto accident 9 miles east of Rock Valley, Ia.  A celebration of life will be held at 2 PM Thursday, May 17, at Canton United Methodist Church.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 2 to 8 PM at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton, with family present from 6 to 8 PM. 

Keith Allan Steier was born Feb. 18, 1984 in Dickinson, ND to David and Rhonda (Tipton) Steier.  He attended school in Dickinson and graduated in 2002.  He has lived in Canton for 5 years and has been a welder with VH Manufacturing in Rock Valley, IA.  He enjoyed fishing, cars and speed, reading, drawing, cooking, playing guitar, and tattoos.

Keith is survived by his fiancé  Lisa Quick, Hudson, SD and her children, Megan, Tyler, and Daniel; his mother, Rhonda (Richard) Rapp, Dickinson, ND; his father, David Steier, California; brothers- Kevin (Tamara) Tipton, Larchwood, IA and Harley Rapp, Dickinson, ND; sister Crystal Rapp, Dickinson, ND; and grandmother Edith Steier, of North Dakota.

He was preceded in death by grandparents- Joe Steier, Ruby and Adelbert Tipton, uncle, Dennis Tipton, cousin Darnell Tipton, and his best friend in high school, Nathan.

Mary Ann Schmid

Beresford.  Mary Ann Schmid, age 79, died Thursday, May 3, 2012 at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, peacefully with family by her side.  Funeral services will be at 2 PM Monday, May 7, at Beresford Zion United Methodist Church, with burial in the church cemetery.  Visitation will begin at 2 PM Sunday at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.  Family will greet visitors from 4 to 6 PM.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Beresford Zion United Methodist Church or the Zion Cemetery Fund.

Mary Ann was born September 14, 1932 near Ida Grove, IA to Clyde and Maxine Hinrickson.  She attended school in Mapleton and Castana, IA. 

Mary Ann married Rueben Schmid September 14, 1951.  They made their home on a farm north of Beresford, SD.  She was very dedicated in helping her husband with the farm work.  Following her husband’s death in 1977, she made her home at the old Pleasant Valley School house.  Mary Ann enjoyed making crafts, crocheting, playing cards, picking mulberries, gathering wood, putting up hay, gardening, telling memories around the camp fire, fishing, canning, and cooking for other people.

She is survived by her mother, Maxine Hinrickson, Mapleton, IA; her daughter, Isabell ‘Isy’ Larson, Harrisburg, SD; two sons, Lester of Beresford, SD and Joe of Garretson, SD; eight grandchildren- Susan Schmid, Tea, SD, Jason (Traci) Schmid, Harrisburg, SD, Stacy (Donnie) Eichhorn, Canistota, SD, Matthew Schmid, Beresford, SD, Robin (Brandon) Reiter, Vermillion, SD, Levi Schmid, Garretson, SD, Ethan and Luke Larson, Tea, SD  and ; 10 great-grandchildren; and five siblings- Charles (Barb) Hinrickson, Castana, IA, Maxine Shipley, Hastings, IA, Pearl (Richard) Baker, Castana, IA, Ruby (Bob) Frank, and Ronnie Hinrickson, Onawa, IA. Special friends- Ruby and Dave Yanak, Rick and Nancy Bradley, Kirk Orstad, Chris Bair, Elwood Krejci, and Wanda Saugstad.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rueben, son, Earl, grandson, Josh, her father, Clyde, and brothers, Andy and Lester, and special friend Myrtle Tuntland.