Olav “Ole” Hamran

Olav (Ole) Hamran, 91, passed away on Sunday, October 09, 2011 at Sanford Canton-Inwood Hospital.
Ole was born in Hagebostad, Norway on August 16, 1920 to Oluf and Anna (Birkeland) Hamran.  In 1928, when he was 8 years old, he traveled by ship with his family to America.  They settled near Klondike, IA, and later moved to Inwood, IA.  Ole learned to speak English after he came to America. 
Ole was a talented motorcycle rider and owned 16 motorcycles in his lifetime.  There were many stories and even a picture showing a daring ride from Canton to Inwood while standing on the seat of his Harley.   He bragged about riding up the front steps of the old Canton High School and even laying it sideways in the ditch to avoid authorities. 
Ole was united in marriage to Dorothy Kidd on September 20, 1954 in Jackson, MN.  They made their home in Canton.
He worked various jobs including Western Construction, Larry’s Radiator Shop, Oldsmobile Garage, Dan Cotton Chevy, and police officer for Inwood, IA.  In 1961, he started his own business west of Canton-Ole’s Auto Clinic-which he operated until his retirement in 1989.  He was very inventive and even made equipment to drill several of his own water wells.
Ole enjoyed wood-working, gardening, and playing cards and checkers with family and friends. Most of all he enjoyed his moped rides to Laurie’s Café for coffee.  Later on, he proceeded back to 4 wheels with his golf cart.  He was very proud of his grandchildren and cherished visiting with them.
Ole is survived by his wife of 57 years, Dorothy;  children Julie (Lane) Jervik, Hudson, SD; Diane (Troy) Balk, Sioux Falls, SD; Mark Hamran, Tea, SD; Paul (Jenny) Hamran, Canton, SD; grandchildren Chad Hamran, Nicole (Ben) Westra, Christopher Jervik, Alex Jervik, Jonah Hamran, Alexis Abbott, Brady Abbott, and Kaitlyn Abbott;  sister Asborg Hamran Inwood, IA; numerous relatives in Norway; lifelong friends Chuck and Betty Tanck and daughter Cathy Tanck, Sioux Falls, SD; and countless other friends and family.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Anna Maria Hamran.

Dianne Gause

Dianne Elizabeth Gause, age 61, formerly of Montrose and a former Parker special education teacher, passed away Saturday, October 8, 2011 at Canton Good Samaritan Center, following a lengthy illness. 

Born August 4, 1950, to Delbert and Lily (Olson) Gause in Sioux Falls, SD, Dianne attended schools in Orland and Salem where she graduated from High School in 1968.  She received her Bachelor degree in Education from Dakota State in Madison, SD in 1972.  Her one and only teaching position was in Parker, SD, where she taught for 32 years in Special Education.  After retiring, she moved to the Trail Ridge Community in Sioux Falls where she lived with her mother and later in the assisted living.  She lived a short while in care centers in Salem, SD and Roseau, MN.  In October 2010 Dianne and her mother moved to the Good Samaritan Center in Canton, SD, where Dianne passed away on October 8, 2011, after many years of struggle with Multiple Systems Atrophy.

Having been raised in a Christian home, Dianne had a strong faith in her Lord.  She found great joy in participating in the lives of her family and especially her nieces and nephew.  The joy of giving exemplified her life, even to the point of donating her body to SD School of Medicine for medical research.

Dianne was preceded in death by her parents and an infant brother.  She is survived by her brother, Gerald (Sylvia) Gause, Montrose, SD, and sister Wanda (Jack) Bailey, Shakopee, MN, her nieces and nephew, Rachel, Michelle & Matthew Bailey, Aunt Millie Pearson and Uncle Wallace (Mary) Olson and many caring cousins.  Special friends, Paul and Ann Morehouse.

A memorial service will be held at Ramsey Baptist Church, Montrose, SD on Saturday, October 15th at 2:00 P.M.

Randy Tassler

Randy Alan Tassler, 55, passed away of lung cancer October 7, 2011  at his home surrounded by his loving family. Randy was born March 10, 1956 in Watertown, SD to Forrest and Valesta (Purintun) Tassler. He grew up in Watertown and attended Garfield Elementary and Watertown High School. He married Wendy Jared on April 24, 1976 and celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary this year. From this union, he had three loving children,” Kristin, Eric and Ryan. Randy worked for Mico Oil Co., Harms Oil Co., Dockendorf Equipment and Sanford USD Medical Center until December 2009 when he retired due to illness. He enjoyed trapshooting with his father and brothers and camping with his family, grandson Joshua and good friends Bob and Sue Hill of Sioux Falls, SD.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Wendy, daughter, Kristin and grandson, Joshua (special friends Kevin Larson and his daughter Alexis), sons, Eric and Ryan, sisters, Virginia (James) Burdick, Sandra (Jack) Ward, brothers, William D. (Janet), Eugene (Joyce), Kenneth, mother-in-law, Kaija Jared, sister-in-law, Claire Martin, brothers-in-law, Arthur Jared and Edison (Ann) Jared, numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Forrest and Valesta Tassler and sister Eileen.

A celebration of life will be held Wednesday, October 12th, 2011 from 2 pm to 9 pm with family in attendance from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Anderson, Jones and Corcoran Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg, SD. Private burial services will be held at a later date.

Maynard Lintvedt

Maynard Glen Lintvedt, 97, passed away peacefully on Friday, Oct. 7, 2011 at his home at Waterford Retirement Community in Sioux Falls.  Funeral services will be Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. at Canton Lutheran Church.  Visitation will be Monday 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.   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Bessie Sletto Lintvedt Augustana College Scholarship Fund, the SDSU Scholarship Fund for Engineering, or to Canton Lutheran Church.
    Maynard Lintvedt was born on June 11, 1914 on a homestead near Vivian, SD to Carl and Bessie (Sletto) Lintvedt.  He attended Vivian High School, Augustana College, and graduated from SDSU with an electrical engineering degree.  He married Alice Skyaasen in 1941.  They lived in Barberton, OH where Maynard was employed by the Babcock & Wilcox Boiler Company.  In 1953 they moved to Canton, SD, where Maynard became a partner in Skyaasen Insurance Agency, which later was renamed Lintvedt Insurance and Real Estate.  In 1990 Maynard married Mary Alice Mussler.  In 2010 Mary Alice and Maynard moved to Waterford Retirement Community.
    Maynard was a member of Canton Lutheran Church and served in a variety of volunteer roles, including president of the congregation and superintendant of the Sunday School.  He also served on the school board for Augustana Academy.  He was a member of the Canton Rotary, served as secretary for 20 years, and was honored with a “Lifetime Rotary Membership” last year.  In 1963 he was named “Man of the Year” by the Canton Development Corporation. He also served as Emergency Management Director for the Lincoln County area for number of years. 
    Maynard’s hobbies were many and varied.  He was a member of the Grieg Male Chorus, and enjoyed writing news clips for their publications.  He loved wood-working, inventing things, and his lawn and snow removal business.  He was an avid writer, and enjoyed writing his weekly column “As I See It” for the Sioux Valley News. 
    Maynard is survived by his wife, Mary Alice, his daughters Carol Carlson,(Eldean)  of Fairfield, IA, Marty Johnson (Ray) of Sioux Falls, three grandchildren,  Kristin (Ron) Lucas of Washington, IA, Chris Johnson, of Milford, IA, Rachel (Derrick) Knight of Lakeville, MN, four great granddaughters and one brother, Vernon Lintvedt, of San Diego, CA.
    Maynard was preceded in death by his first wife, Alice, his parents, and five siblings. www.andersonandsonsfh.com

Brandi Grib

Brandi Kaye Grib, age 32, died suddenly Monday, Oct. 3, 2011 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.  Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, at Canton United Methodist Church, with burial at Forest Hill Cemetery near Canton.  Visitation will be Thursday from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.  Family will be present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Brandi was born June 26, 1979 in Sioux Falls to Russell and Dawn (Weiland) Tiemann.  She grew up in Canton and graduated from Canton high School in 1997.  Brandi worked in customer service at First Premier Bank and Starmark in Sioux Falls.  She also was employed at CNA Security.
Brandi married Viktor Grib March 14, 2005 at Las Vegas, NV.  They lived in Dell Rapids before moving to Baltic. 
She was a very kind, caring, fun-loving and happy person.  Her greatest accomplishment in her short life was being a very strong mother, loving wife, daughter and sister.  Her passion in life was her family and friends.  Her love for them was indescribable.
Grateful for having shared her life are: her husband, Viktor, children- Danilo, Zina, Van, and Zoie; her parents, Russell and Dawn Tiemann, Sioux Falls; her sister, Brenda Tiemann, Canton; her brother, Brent (Betsy) Tiemann, Canton; grandparents- Gordon (Pat) Weiland and Dean Olson, mother and father-in-law, Daniel and Zina Grib; brothers-in-law- Paul (Jessica) Grib, Andre (Laura) Grib, Sergey (Ludmilla) Grib, Roman Grib, Joe (Beth) Grib, Mikey (Allison) Grib, Tim Grib, and David Grib; sister-in-law, Nellie (Yure) Tormozov; 8 nieces and 11 nephews; many other special family and friends, including neighbors, Josh and Kiri Sells.  Brandi was preceded in death by her grandmothers, Grace McChristy and Dorothy Olson and great-grandmother, Mildred Sanderson.

Geraldine “Geri” Golden

Geraldine Golden joined our Heavenly Father on Friday, September 30, 2011.  She passed away at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls surrounded by her family.  Her funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, October 3, at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.  Visitation will be Sunday from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home, with family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  Burial of her cremains will be next Saturday, Oct. 8, at Forest Hill Cemetery near Canton.
Geri was born on February 28, 1924 in Hudson, SD, to Richard and Jenny (Bonnema) VanGronigen.  She grew up and attended school in Sioux Falls, and met Sylvan when her family moved next door to the Golden family.  During WWII while Sylvan was in the Army, Geri and her family supported the war effort in the shipyards of Portland, OR where Geri worked as a burner.  After the war she came back to Sioux Falls and worked at Shipley’s Laundry.
After Sylvan was mustered out of the Army in December of 1945, he and Geri were married January 18, 1946.  The couple moved to a farm northwest of Canton in February 1948 where they farmed.  Geri worked in the fields, planted a large vegetable garden and canned the produce, raised chickens and broilers, raised four children, sewed clothes for the kids, polka danced with a Couples Club, and was an active member of Beaver Creek Lutheran Church and VFW Auxiliary.
Sylvan and Geri moved from the farm to Canton in 1968 and Geri worked at Canton-Inwood Hospital as a housekeeper.  In 1973 they moved to Phoenix, AZ, where Geri worked in drapery shops and she and Sylvan participated in dance performances with a German-American Club.  In 2000 they moved back to Canton where they bought a house on South Main Street.
Geri enjoyed spending time with her family, quilting, music, reading, working with the VFW Auxiliary, where she was lifetime member, and of course, polka dancing.  She and Sylvan followed the polka dance circuit and met many friends through their dancing.  Geri was quiet and an exceptional listener, laughed easily, and was very supportive and encouraging.  In 2009 Geri achieved a life-long dream of visiting Hawaii with her family and especially enjoyed standing in the ocean.  She said that if she had a chance, she would definitely do it again.  In the last month of her life Geri went polka dancing in Humboldt, IA attended several music performances on a trip to Branson, MO, visited her sisters, each of her children and several of her grandchildren.
Grateful for being allowed to share her life are her husband of 65 years, Sylvan; four children- Connie (Don) Arp, Sioux Falls, Charlotte (Steve) Espeland, Canton, Charles Golden and Connie Taylor, Sioux Falls, and John (Penny) Golden, Sioux Falls; 16 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; 3 sisters- Betty Barone, Carterville, IL, Genevieve Carstensen, LeMars, IA, and Marilyn Kolker, Sioux City, IA; one brother, Everett Jaus, Baltic; and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Richard VanGronigen.

Darrell H. French

After 88 wonderful years, Darrell French passed away Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011 with his family at his side at Sanford Canton-Inwood Memorial Hospital.  Funeral services will be at 1:30 Thursday, Sept. 29, at Canton United Methodist Church, followed by burial at the Worthing Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday 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.
Darrell H. French was born July 2, 1923 on a farm near Worthing, SD, to Howard and Hazel (Raver) French.  He attended elementary school in Worthing and graduated from Canton High School in 1941.  Darrell then attended Nettleton Business College for a year.  In his younger years, Darrell loved to play softball with several area teams.
Darrell was united in marriage to Beulah M. Engen September 1, 1944.  They made their home on a farm west of Canton until present.  Darrell farmed his entire life.   He also worked as a carpenter and sold seed corn.
Darrel was a member of Canton United Methodist Church since 1944 and served his church in many capacities.   He served on District 23 school board and was a member of the Farmer’s Union and 4-H.  He and Beulah traveled extensively, going to all 50 states, including Canada and Mexico.  Besides enjoying carpentry and woodworking, he was an avid reader.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife of  67 years, Beulah; his four children- Glenn French of Canton, SD, Darla (Roger) Cronn of Plymouth, MN, Marlys French of Sioux Falls, SD, and Sherrie French of East Dover, VT; two granddaughters, Shannon and Dana Cronn; and nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Gaylon.

Allen L. Fossum

Allen L. Fossum, age 83, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011 at the Canton Good Samaritan Center.  Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Lands Lutheran Church of rural Hudson.  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.
Allen LeRoy Fossum was born December 19, 1927 on a farm near Canton, the son of Paul and Clara (Ulrikson) Fossum.  He attended country school near Canton.
Allen and Erma Tammen were untied in marriage July 12, 1949 in Lennox, SD.  They farmed in the Worthing and Sioux Falls area before moving to a farm near Canton.  Besides farming, Allen also worked as a crop insurance adjustor.
Allen was an active member of Lands Lutheran Church and a former deacon.  Allen and Erma loved to dance and were members of the Arkota Polka Club and Moose Lodge.  He was Boy Scout leader and 4-H leader and was an instrumental leader in starting Peace Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls.   He enjoyed woodworking, refinishing furniture, and restoring tractors.  Allen was a devoted husband, father, and grandpa.
Grateful for having shared his life are: his wife of 62 years, Erma; his children- Lynda (Richard) Rol, Gary, SD, Gary (Lori)Fossum, Lennox, SD, Ardyce Fossum, wife of Dennis, who died in 2010 , Dell Rapids, SD, Douglas (Jodie) Fossum, Canton, SD, Debra (Raymond) Harris, Canton, SD, Carol (Robert) Bucholz, Harrisburg, SD, and Alan (Mary) Fossum, Canton, SD; 21 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; two sisters- Nila Olson, Centerville, SD and Clarice (Fred) Haan, Chancellor, SD; and two sisters-in-law- Ida Fossum, Lennox, SD and Mildred Fossum, Canton, SD.
He was preceded in death by, his son, Dennis, grandson, Douglas Fossum, Jr., great-granddaughter, Lauren Peterson, his parents, and two brothers, Ernest and Paul. 

Carole Hofer

 Carole Gene Belden Hofer passed away on September 20, 2011 at 12:55pm at Sanford Medical Center, Sioux Falls, SD due to complications from diabetes and heart disease. 
Carole was born on August 10, 1944 in Sioux Falls to Albert and Roberta (Smith) Christopherson.  Carole graduated from Washington High School in 1962 and was employed by Globe Machinery & Supply Co. for 37 years.
 Carole married Ron Hofer November 15, 1978 in Sioux Falls, SD.  Grateful for having shared her life are her husband, Ron, Sioux Falls, SD; two son’s, Troy (Lisa) Belden of Sioux Falls, SD and Sean (Emily) Hofer of Miami, FL; grandchildren, Courtney and Cameron Belden of Sioux Falls, SD and Chloe and Jacob Hofer of Miami, FL; two special people, a nephew and niece, Brad and Lois Hofer of Sioux Falls; sister, Judy (ED) Searles of Hartford, SD and brother, Jerry (Donna) Christopherson of Sioux Falls, SD; sister-in-laws, Grace Duerksen, Marion, SD, Susie (Tom) Lokken Flandreau, Sd, Ruth Boehm, Penacook, NH; brother-in-laws, Johnny (Edna) Hofer, Bridgewater, Sd Elmer (Evelyn) Hofer, Bridgewater, SD, Ruben (Marlene) Hofer, Sioux Falls, SD, and Jacob (deceased) (Darlene) Hofer, Dolton, SD and a host of other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Carole was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, SD. 
Carole enjoyed mahjong, reading, cross-stitching, knitting and which she spent hours making things for others.  She enjoyed anything surrounding her grandchildren, who were the focus of her life.
A very special Thank You to the doctors and nurses who cared so deeply for our Carole.  Third Floor ICU, Pulmonary Floor and Doctor Thambi and team and Doctor Burris.  You have made all the difference during this time.  Thank You.

A memorial service will be held 10:30am Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.

Christine E. McVay

Christine E. McVay, age 89, passed away Saturday, September 17, 2011 at Canton Good Samaritan Center.  Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, at Canton Lutheran Church, with burial at the Lutheran Cemetery north of Canton.  Visitation will be an hour prior to the funeral service.
Christine was born August 30, 1922 on a farm near Canton, SD, to Emil and Alma (Ostmoe) Larson.  She attended Brown Country School.  She married Wesley B. McVay August 14, 1949 at Canton United Methodist Church.  Her husband died in 1978.
Christine worked in food services at Canton Public Schools for 20 years, retiring in 1989.  She was a member of Canton Lutheran Church and WELCA, Canton Senior Citizen’s Center, RSVP, Sons of Norway, and VFW Auxiliary.  She also volunteered at Canton Good Samaritan Center and Meals on Wheels.  Christine enjoyed jig-saw puzzles, reading, embroidery and crafts.
Christine is survived by her sister, Ivy Silvis, of Spearfish, SD, 2 sisters-in-law- Dolores Larson, Canton, SD and LeeAnne Narum, Canton, SD; and several nieces and nephews.  She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers- Elmer and Alvin, and an infant sister.

Harry Warne

Harry W. Warne, age 91, passed away Thursday, September 8, 2011 at Hudson Healthcare in Hudson, SD.  His memorial service will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, Sept. 12, at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.  Visitation will be Monday beginning at 9:00 a.m. at Anderson’s.  Harry and his wife, Margaret will both be buried in the Beloit, IA Cemetery.
Harry was born May 19, 1920 at Bryant, SD, to John and Josephine (Josephson) Warne.
Harry was united in marriage to Margaret Kearns in October of 1967.  They resided in numerous locations before moving to Canton in 2004.  His wife died in 2008.  Harry was very musical and enjoyed singing and playing the guitar.  He also enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He is survived by his daughter, Tracy Montgomery (Richard Bartels) Canton, SD; 2 grandsons- Dewy and Josh Montgomery, both of Sioux Falls; 2 great-children- Clayton Schmit and Rian Montgomery; special nephew, Dick (Joann) Jewel; special niece, Betty (Gordon) Wicks; and many other nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Margaret, and 14 brothers and sisters.

Martha Fodness

Martha A. Fodness, passed away Thursday, September 8, 2011 at the Canton Good Samaritan Center.  Funeral services will begin at 2:00 p.m. Monday, Sept.12, 2011 at Canton Lutheran Church, with burial at Forest Hill Cemetery near Canton.  Visitation will be Sunday from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.  Family will greet visitors from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, memorial may be directed to Canton Good Samaritan Society.
Martha Amanda Fodness was born March 7, 1912 at Wakonda, SD, to Carl and Maggie (Shannahan) Larson. 
Martha was united in marriage to Palmer Fodness February 22, 1934.  They lived their entire married life in Canton, where they raised two children, Karen and Marlo.  Palmer died in 1968.
Martha was in the restaurant business for fifty years with her twin sister, Marge Enstad, at Margie’s Coffee Shop.  She also was in food service at the Good Samaritan Center for 25 years.  Martha had a special relationship with her twin sister, Marge, as they were known as the “Larson Twins”.  She was a member of Canton Lutheran Church, Canton Senior Citizen Center, American Legion Auxiliary, and the monthly birthday club.   Martha enjoyed dancing, playing cards, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.
Grateful for having shared her life are her daughter, Karen Rollag, Carmichael, CA; daughter-in-law, Clarice (Tom) Fodness Nystrup, Akron, IA; grandchildren- Rhonda (David) Stotyn, Greg (Kim) Rollag, and Troy (Diane) Fodness; great-grandchildren-  Jacob and Kyle Stotyn, Justin and Alexis Rollag, and Nicholas and Andrew Fodness; and many nieces and nephews.
She was prceded in death by her parents, her husband, Palmer, son, Marlo; grand-daughter, Joni, twin sister, Marge, brothers, Ralph and Clarence Larson, and son-in-law, Glenn Rollag.