Thelma Lien



Sioux Falls.  Thelma Lien, 97, formerly of Canton, passed away Monday, June 16, 2014 at Luther Manor in Sioux Falls.  Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 19, at Grand Valley Lutheran Church.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 2 to 9:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home, Canton, with family present from 7 to 9:00 p.m.

Thelma was born December 15, 1916 in Lincoln County, SD to Otto and Thora (Ensrud) Thorsheim.  She attended country school and graduated from Canton High School in 1936.

Thelma married her life partner, Kenneth Lien, August 12, 1939.  He preceded her in death, March 11, 1998.

She was active in her church and did much volunteer work.  Thelma enjoyed playing cards, especially with her ladies group.  Thelma was a wonderful mother and grandmother.

Grateful for having shared her life are her daughters, Virgene (Bill) Gast and Janet Austin; three grandchildren, Scott Enebo, Lori Dorchy, and Tom Austin; and seven great-grandchildren.


Michael Wood

            Michael Dennis Wood, the son of Frederick J and Twyla “Jeane” (Porter) Wood, was born on May 24, 1962 in Omaha, NE.  Following his graduation from Lincoln High School in Sioux Falls, SD, Mike furthered his education at South Dakota State University where he met the love of his life and future wife, Jodell “Jodi” Bjerum.  Shortly after graduation, with a BS in May 1984, Mike and Jodi were married on May 12, 1984, in Brookings, SD.  Mike served his Country for many years with the 14th Infantry Division, 503rd Infantry Brigade, 75th Infantry Regiment.  He first enlisted as a Forward Observer in November 1981.  In May 1984, Mike was commissioned as a 2LT.  He served on active duty until 1987 when he finished his time as the Commander of the C Battery 3/14th Field Artillery Reserve unit in Cherokee, IA in 1992.

            Mike and Jodi moved to Hudson, SD in 1989, where they raised their family and served the community.  Mike was a long-time employee of Avera Health in Sioux Falls, and was the Capital Buyer at the time of his death.  He was on the Hudson Vol Fire and Rescue Department for 20 years, an EMT-I for the Hudson Ambulance and Alcester EMS for 15 years, was a member of the Bergstrom Bodeen American Legion Post 128, and a member of Lands Lutheran Church in rural Hudson.

            Mike was an avid ball player, beginning with baseball at age 6, at age 11 he played on the Kansas City All Star Team, and he continued playing softball later in life.  He coached baseball and softball in Hudson and Alcester for all four of his children’s teams.  Fishing was more than a way of life for him.  It was not about the fish he caught but the time he spent fishing.  Mike instilled his love of outdoors and water in all 4 of his children and his 11 grandchildren.  Mike was known to have reeled in his limit of walleye from shore before anyone in the camper was awake or the first boats were in the water – This was always the rule and not the exception.  Mike grew up duck and pheasant hunting, and he continued this with all his children.  When the dog was not available, the children were his retrievers.  He never spent time on any hobby that was not family friendly.

            Mike died on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at the Dougherty Hospice Cottage in Sioux Falls following a five year battle with Bladder Cancer.

            Mike is survived by his wife Jodi Wood of Hudson; 4 children, Rebecca (Grant) Kooima of Rock Valley, IA, Jennifer (Nathan) Boer Vis of Hudson, Megan (Brett) Blankespoor of Inwood, IA, and Baernt Wood of Hudson; 11 grandchildren, Kaden, Shaylei, Mikayla, Katelyn, Abigail and Lydia Kooima, Ezra, Elijah, Nathaneal and Grace Boer Vis, and Jakson Blankespoor; a sister, Michelle (Robert) Lambert of Yankton, SD; mother-in-law, Kathleen Bjerum of Bemidji, MN; brother-in-law, Michael (Audrey) Bjerum of Mountain Lake, MN; sister-in-law, Debra (Ed) Risberg of Bemidji; and many other relatives and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Jeane; and his father-in-law, Douglas “Wayne” Bjerum.

            His funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 14, at Lands Lutheran Church, rural Hudson.  Visitation with family present will be Friday from 6 to 8:00 p.m. at Lands Lutheran Church. 

Dixie Lea Lauritzen

Dixie Lea Lauritzen, 66 years of age, passed away Sunday, June 8, 2014 at Dougherty Hospice after a courageous battle with cancer.  A memorial service will be held at 11a.m. Wednesday, June 11, at Redeemer Free Lutheran Church in Canton.  Family will greet visitors Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home, Canton.

Dixie was born to Earl and Beatrice (Sturgis) Bumstead on February 15, 1948.  She graduated from Maple Valley Community High School in 1966.  She was united to Roger Ewoldt.  From this union, three daughters were born.  Dixie married Evert “Fluff” Lauritzen on December 7, 1985.  They made their home in Canton where Dixie operated a daycare and worked as a cook at many establishments.

She loved playing Bunco, cards and decorating for Christmas.  She loved having her grandbabies over and spending time with her daughters.

Grateful for having shared her life are her husband, Fluff; her children- Danelle Letscher, Daneen (Jason) Gannon, and Dyan Kumlien, all of  Canton; her siblings- Karen Virgil, Rochester, MN, Connie Riecks, Boca Raton, FL, and Ronald Riecks, Pocatello, ID; and her eight grandchildren- Joseph, Ariana, Dayton, Katee, Grace, Kollin, Jewel, and Cain.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

Lorraine B. Mercer

Lorraine B. Mercer, 87, formerly of Canton, passed away Saturday, June 7, 2014 at Morningside Manor in Alcester, SD.  Her memorial service will be at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, June 12, 2014 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Fairview, SD.  Family will greet visitors Wednesday evening from 6 to 8:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.

Lorraine was born to Victor and Carrie (Amundson) Nelson on June 13, 1926 at Hudson, SD.  She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith.  She attended a one-room country school and graduated from Hudson High School in 1944.  After she received her Elementary Education teaching certificate from Augustana College, she taught at Egan, SD, Rock Valley, IA, and Lawton, IA.

She married Lloyd Mercer on May 27, 1951 at Hudson Lutheran Church.  They were married 62 years.  After living near Lawton and Sanborn, IA, they moved to the Fairview area, where they farmed until 1965 when they moved to Canton.  Lorraine worked at the Canton School Cafeteria for 23 years, retiring in 1991.

She enjoyed reading, crocheting, cooking, painting, several other hobbies, and her friends.  She cherished spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, whom she loved very much.

Lorraine is survived by her son, Vic (Susan) Mercer, Canton; daughters- Jackie (John) Thompson, Beresford, SD and Patty (Tom) Beck, Martin, SD; grandchildren and great-grandchildren- Chad (Stella) Mercer, Tami (Brent) Schimnoski and their children, Madison and Henrik, Meggen (Dusty) Ditmore and their children, Sienna and Beau, Stacy (Andy) Dunaway, Jon (Reinique) Beck and their child, Greylyn, and Justin Thompson.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd, her parents, and sister, Margaret Wennblom.

Cecelia Oliphant

Cecelia Oliphant, 108 years, died June 2, 2014 at Good Samaritan Center, Canton, South Dakota.
Cecelia Anna Bertha, was born the third of five children to Ernest Carl & Magdalena Otelia Fernow on August 12, 1905, in Enderlin, North Dakota.  She attended Enderlin High School; graduated with a teacher’s certificate from Valley City State Teacher’s College, and taught children in one-roomed schools for 9 years.  She married Norman Sterling Oliphant in 1932 and they raised two children, Ronald Arthur and Mary Ann, while farming in Lisbon, Elliot, Sheldon and Enderlin, North Dakota.  After Sterling Oliphant died in 1960 she completed her Bachelor’s degree at Valley City State University and resumed teaching grade school in Fargo and West Fargo, North Dakota until retirement.  In 1992 she moved to Canton, South Dakota, to live with her daughter.
She was an avid gardener, enjoyed sewing, music, painting and travel.
She was an active member of the Lutheran Church and continued to volunteer in elementary school classrooms into her 90’s.
Cecelia Oliphant will be especially remembered for her positive outlook on living.
She was preceded in death by her siblings, husband and son.
Survivors include daughter Mary Ann (Oliphant) Siverson; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Celebration of her life and interment will take place in Lisbon, North Dakota at a later date.

Violet R. Brewer

            Violet R. Brewer, the daughter of Ragna and Berger Tonneson, was born November 19, 1926 in Inwood, Iowa.  She was graduated from Harrisburg High School in 1944 and married Richard A. Brewer in 1946.  She was a military wife and mother and lived in the East and Southern United States and also France.  Richard died in 1958 and Violet moved with her children to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where she worked in the Athletic Department at Augustana College for many years.  The summer of 1974 she moved from Sioux Falls to the Los Angeles area of California, where she worked at Chaffey College until her retirement.   Violet moved to the Minneapolis area where she died on April 6, 2014.  She was preceded in death by husband, Richard, and her son Baron Richard; parents and Sister Sylvia Helgeson and her husband, Earl;  Sister Gerd Olson; and Sister-In-Law Beverly Tonneson.  She is survived by daughters Vickie Reph (Ron), Brainerd, Minnesota; and Denise Bailey (Mike), St. Anthony, Minnesota; brothers Carl Tonneson and Bjarne Tonneson and his wife Patricia and by her grandchildren, great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Her memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, June 6, 2014 at Anderson, Jones, Corcoran Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg, SD.  Burial will be at Pleasant View Cemetery in Harrisburg.


Kay Jones

     Kay Jones, age 82, died Monday, May 26, 2014 at Fellowship Village in Inwood, IA. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 30 at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in Canton. Visitation at St. Dominic’s will be Thursday from 2-8 p.m., family present 6-8 p.m. A scripture service will begin at 7 p.m.

     Kay was born June 18, 1931 in Fairview, SD to Clifton & Emma (Wiebesiek) Jones. He moved to Canton in his early youth. He graduated from Canton High School in 1950. After working at a local gas station, he began his 37 year career as a custodian for the Canton public school system. While working at the school, he also drove school bus. During this time he met his wife of 55 years, Monica Souvignier. They were married on April 14, 1959.

     He retired in 1988 to spend more time fishing, hunting, and gardening with his family.He also enjoyed bowling, camping and looking for four leaf clovers.  Kay was a life-long St. Louis Cardinals fan.

     He is survived by his wife, Monica; six children- Dominic (Barb) Jones, Windom, MN, Kathy (Mark) Janus, Springdale, AR, Roxanne (Dennis) Johnson, Jackie (Jeff) Van DeStroet, Michelle (Mike) Ingebrigtson, and Tim Jones, all of Canton, SD; thirteen grandchildren- Derek (Darci Eigenberg) Jones, Carrie (Andrew) Bowman, Justin Jones, Austin Jones, Allan (Megan) Janus, Heather (Michael) Wallace, Kyle (Melissa Martins) Janus, Steven (Shaunna) Johnson, Jennifer (Jason) Nyhus, Kimberly (Jordan) Dykstra, Amanda (Cley Deryke) Roskam, Abby Roskam, and Adam Roskam; six great-grandchildren- Mark, Ashlyn, & Ethan Janus, Chloe Janus, Landen Dykstra, and Wyatt DeRyke; and two step great-grandchildren- Ryan & Tristan McDaniel

     He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Hugh & John Jones; and son-in-law, Daryl Roskam.


Joan Marie (Skinner) Rauscher

Joan Marie (Skinner) Rauscher, 67, died May 15, 2014 at her home in rural Canton.  A private family service will be held at a later date.

Joan was born August 23, 1946 at Alcester, SD to Russell and Mildred (Loger) Skinner.  She married Richard Rauscher October 10, 1964 in Sioux Falls.  They made their home on an acreage near Canton.  Joan was employed at Adam’s Thermal for 30 years.  She enjoyed fishing, hunting, watching and taking care of her birds, and playing bingo and cards.

Survivors include her husband, Richard; son Chad, Sioux Falls; daughters, Traci (Jason) Roseland, Inwood, IA and Tammi (Brian) Van Voorst, Canton; 10 grandchildren- Lance, Mataya, Desi, Dallas, Tate, Maddie, Alayna, Kyra, Tanner, and Jadarrien; sisters- Joyce Jenson and Jean (Jim) Johnson; brothers- Russell Skinner, Dennis Skinner, Ron Skinner, and Tracy Skinner; sister-in-law, Sharon Niemi; and numerous nieces, nephews, and in-laws.  She was preceded in death by her parents, son, Joe, and brother, Robert. 

Theola Parke

Theola Grace Severson Parke, 85, passed away peacefully on February 19, 2014 at the Pleasant Care Living Center in Pleasantville, IA with family at her side.  A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 17, 2014 at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton. 

          Theola was born on December 21, 1928 on the family farm near Canton, SD to Adolph and Thelma (Ugland) Severson.  She attended country school and graduated from Canton High School.   She was united in marriage to George Parke of Canton on October 1, 1949.  The couple made their home and raised four children in Indianola, IA, where her husband practiced optometry.  Theola also worked as an optometric assistant.  Theola had a unique nature to make friends with everyone and everyone enjoyed calling her “T”.  She loved her gardening and she was a natural for loving her grandchildren, nieces and nephews. 

          Theola is preceded in death by her husband, two sisters, and four brothers.  She is survived by her son, Richard of Marshall, MN; three daughters, Patricia of St. Charles, IA, Nancy of Iowa City, IA, and Janice of Goose Creek, SC; sister, Lois Weisenbach of Sioux Falls, SD; eight grandchildren, Ryan Parke, Bobbie Smith, Steven Leigh, Julie Backstom, Jill Sutherland, and Melissa Decker;  and ten great-grandchildren. 


Jim Orr

Jim Orr passed away after a short illness on Monday, May 5, 2014, at Prince of Peace, Sioux Falls, SD. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 9, 2014 in the chapel at Avera Prince of Peace Nursing Home. 

          Jim was born September 14, 1920 in Little Rock, AR to James and Corrine (McHugh) Orr. He graduated from Miami High School (FL).

          Jim attended Miami University after high school. He enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving 1942-1944, and earning the rank of sergeant. After his time in the Army, Jim worked for the Veterans’ Administration from 1944 to 1956. He completed his degree in industrial engineering at the University of Miami in 1956 and went to work at the Air Force Missile Test Center in Cape Canaveral, FL. When the Kennedy Space Center opened in 1962, he started work there as industrial/systems engineer, and remained there until his retirement in 1986.

          After retirement, Jim moved to Fort Scott, KS and resided there until 2002. He married Le Ann in 2003 and they lived in both Canton and Sioux Falls, SD.

          Jim is survived by his wife Le Ann, Sioux Falls; two stepdaughters – Susan Beachler and husband Keith, Canton, SD, and Jeannie Irons and husband Deron Denton, Prairie Village, KS; and six grandchildren.

Carroll Heath

Carroll Duane Heath went to be with the Lord on May 5th, 2014 at Fellowship Village in Inwood, IA. Funeral services will begin at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, May 8 at Springdale Lutheran Church, rural Harrisburg, SD.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 2-9, family present from 7-9, at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton. 

          Carroll was born May 21st, 1925 in Volga, SD to Fred and Mary Isabelle (Stewart) Heath. Carroll graduated from Rutland High School in 1943.

          Dad served in the Army from June of 1944 till April of 1946, after which he spent 2 years in California where his two sisters lived.

          Dad married his sweetheart Hjordis Lucille Eriksrud his wife of 55 years, February 16, 1950. Together they worked on the family farm near Sinai, SD from 1950 till 1960.

          Dad & Mom moved to Sioux Falls for a short time, where they met many life-long friends. In 1962 they moved to a farm east of Sioux Falls.

          Dad hobby farmed and worked at Kolman/Athey in Sioux Falls for 27 years, retiring in 1990. They continued to live at the farm until they bought a house in Canton in 2003, so they could be closer to their children and grandchildren.

          Dad spent his retirement maintaining his yard, which he took great pride in, working on family history and enjoying his family. He also loved to do woodworking in his shop; there he spent many long hours building knick knacks, furniture and other items for the family. He also built and designed a replica of Springdale Lutheran Church.

          Dad loved to have his family gather at his house so he could enjoy his 13 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great- grandchild.

          Dad is survived by his five children; Steven (Glenda), Grand Island NE, Berdine (Louie) Bowyer, Carol (Jeff) Anderberg, (Mary) Sterling, and Kim De Smet all of Canton, SD.  His many grandchildren, three sister-in-laws Arleen Tillison of Sacramento, CA, Doris Haugen of Flandreau, SD and Betty Eriksrud of Sioux Falls, SD; many wonderful friends and the loving congregation at Springdale Lutheran Church.

          Dad was preceded in death by his parents, his seven siblings, his loving wife Hjordis and one great grandchild Amelia Grace Heath.

Terry Bergerson

   Terry Lee Bergerson, 64, of Canton died on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at the Sanford USD Medical Center. Funeral services begin at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 3 at Canton Lutheran Church. Visitation will be Friday from 2-8 p.m., family present from 6-8 p.m., at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.

   Terry was born on February 8, 1950 to Oscar and Hazel (Vesting) Bergerson in Sisseton, SD. He was an Eagle Scout and a graduate of Sisseton High School and Augustana College. He married Eileen Iverson on October 26, 1974. They lived in Lennox, Colton, and Wilmot before locating in Canton. He was the assistant director of the Sioux Falls Boys’ Club, the business manager for the Wilmot School District, but dedicated 29 years to the Canton School District as their business manager.

   Terry was active in his professional organizations serving many years as a director and officer in the School Administrators of South Dakota and the South Dakota Association of School Business Officials. In 1993 he received an award for the Outstanding School Business Official. He was also active at Canton Lutheran being on the board of parish Education and as a trustee and treasurer. He served on the board of directors for the Hiawatha Golf Course.

   He loved spending time with his family at their cabin on Red Iron Lake and taking numerous family vacations. Terry was an avid fisherman, hunter, and golfer. He had a delightful sense of humor and a caring heart!

Terry will be deeply missed by his wife, Eileen, Canton, and his son, Jared, of Sioux Falls, his sister, Mary (Robert) Sieger of Durango, CO, two brothers, Brian (Marquetta) of Des Moines, IA and Stephen (Lois) of Minnetrista, MN, and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Keith.