Frank Walloch Obituary

Frank A. Walloch, age 92, of Yankton, passed away Friday, May 10, 2002, at Avera Yankton Care Center, Yankton.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 13, 2002, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Tabor with the Rev. William Osborn officiating. Burial will be in the St. Wenceslaus Cemetery, Tabor. Pallbearers will be Donald Walloch, Justin Walloch, Nicholas Walloch, Patrick Frady, Wilmer Kuehler and Aaron Kuehler. Visitations will be 1-9 p.m. Sunday, May 12, 2002, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Tabor with a wake service at 7:30 p.m. immediately followed by a rosary. Visitations will resume one hour prior to the service at the church.

He was born Nov. 10, 1909, in rural Lesterville, S.D. to Frank J. and Otillie (Vaith) Walloch. He attended country school at Cedar Grove, school at St. Wenceslaus, Lesterville; and Columbus College, Sioux Falls. He married Agnes Sudrla in Tabor, S.D. in August of 1933. He attended St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Tabor and was very active in the Catholic Sokol. He was a member of the Catholic Workman and the Czech Heritage.

He is survived by four children: James J. (Mary) Walloch, Lesterville, S.D.; Marie Seling, Bremerton, Wash.; Florence A. Walloch, Crofton, Neb.; and Donald (Sandra) Walloch, Fayetteville, Ga.; one sister, Elizabeth Wagner, Tabor, S.D.; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one step-great-great-grandson; and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Agnes.

Allen Sternhagen Obituary

Allen J. Sternhagen, age 65, of Tabor, passed away Friday, January 28, 2005, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton, after a long battle with cancer.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 31, 2005, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Tabor, with Rev. Joseph Puthenkulathil and Deacon David Kostel officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery, Tabor, SD. Visitations will be 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Kostel Funeral Home, Tabor, with a Scripture service followed by a rosary at 7:00 p.m. Sunday evening at St. Wenceslaus Church, Tabor. Visitations will resume one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Robert Sternhagen, Jon J. Sternhagen, Kenny Sayler, Ron Wortman, Paul Filips and Steve Klug.

Allen was born March 23, 1939, to John and Elizabeth (Mudloff) Sternhagen, Sr., in Lesterville, SD. He attended Wysuph School for two years and Wilson School until the 8th grade. He attended Tabor High School. Farming was the love of his life, which he did his entire life near Tabor, SD. He married Mildred Klug on November 27, 1971. Allen was a member of the Springfield National Guard from 1995-1960. He was a Bon Homme County Commissioner from 1972 until the time of his death, and a member of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Tabor. The organizations Allen volunteered for included Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Tabor Building Blocks Daycare, the City of Tabor and St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church. His grandchildren were the light of his life.

Those who will cherish his memory are his wife, Mildred, Tabor, SD; one son, Dean (Teresa) Sternhagen of Tabor, SD; two daughters: Julie (Jason) Koller, Yankton, SD, and Lori Sternhagen of Sioux Falls, SD; grandchildren: Zac Frank, Carly and Katelyn Sternhagen, and Alex and Jeffrey Koller; one brother: Doug (Claudette) Sternhagen of Tabor, SD; one sister-in-law, Ilene Sternhagen of Tabor, SD; and his mother, Elizabeth Sternhagen of Tabor, SD.

He was preceded in death by his father, John Sternhagen, Sr., and one brother John L. Sternhagen, Jr.

Esther Kaul Weisser Obituary

Funeral services for Esther Weisser, 93, of Tripp will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 1 at the Goglin Funeral Home in Tripp with Rev. Greg Way officiating. Interment will follow in Frieden’s Reformed Cemetery, Tripp. There will be one hour of visitation prior to the service at the funeral home.

Esther Weisser was born Sunday, November 23, 1919 in Bon Homme County near Tyndall to Christian and Christina (Hieb) Kaul. She attended the Smith Country School through the 8th grade. Along with her sister Ruth, Esther worked in Kadoka, South Dakota for two years as a waitress. Esther was united in marriage to Albert Weisser on December 23, 1943 at Scotland, South Dakota. They farmed near Kaylor for 11 years, later moving to a farm south of Delmont. Albert died suddenly in 1966 and Esther moved to Delmont. Two years later, the nursing home in Tripp was being built and Esther moved to Tripp to begin working at the Good Samaritan Home. She worked in the laundry department for 17 years. Esther was a member of Frieden’s Reformed Church in Tripp. She was an avid reader and enjoyed quilting and embroidery and had enjoyed gardening during her time on the farm. Esther passed away on Thursday, August 29, 2013 at the Good Samaritan Society of Tripp, having achieved the age of 93 years, 9 months and 6 days.

Esther is survived by three children: Pauline (Dennis) Brandt of Scotland, Roger (Jeanette) Weisser of Cheyenne, Wyoming and Ione (Pete) Petersen of Rapid City. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and a brother, Herman Kaul of Tyndall.

Esther was preceded in death by her husband, Albert, her parents, Christian and Christina Kaul, three brothers and four sisters.

*Goglin Funeral Home

Marie Kubal Souhrada Obituary

With husband & daughter abt. 1940
Marie Kubal was born in Petrovice District, Budejovice, Bohemia, Czechoslovakia on September 17, 1868 and came to this country with her parents, Vavrinec and Katherina (Mikas) Kubal in the spring of 1869 to the state of Wisconsin. In 1870, they came to this state of South Dakota. Her father took up a homestead two and one-half miles southeast of Tabor and in 1884 they bought a farm seven miles west of Geddes, South Dakota. On May 22, 1893, Marie was united in marriage to Vaclav Souhrada and established their home on his farm four and one-half miles north of Tabor and resided there since. Her death came suddenly of heart failure Saturday, August 19, 1944 at 3:30p.m. At that time she was bringing lunch to the threshing crew on their farm when she collapsed and fell dead to the ground. She had been treated for heart ailment for the past thirteen years by Dr. Blezek, who being called, could only pronounce her dead. The body was taken and prepared for burial by the Kostel Funeral Home of Tabor. She was 76 years and 29 days of age. The funeral was heard from St. Wenceslaus Church of Tabor, Tuesday mroning at 10:00 with burial in adjoining cemetery. Requiem Mass was said by Revered Father Koman, who delivered a sermon of tribute to an old pioneer and also performed the last rites of that grave. The church choir provided the song service. The pallbearers were August, Albert, Peter and John Souhrada, Frank and Joseph Mudolff. Kostel brothers were in charge.

She is survived by her husband and one daughter, Rosalie, at home and a son Adolph, who died in infancy 49 years ago. She is survived by two brothers, Joseph Kubal of Tyndall and James Kubal near Geddes. Her brothers, Frank and John preceded her in death years ago.

Georgia Merkwan Souhrada Obituary

Georgia Souhrada, 82, Tabor, died Tuesday (August 14, 2001) at her home in Tabor.

Funeral services are 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Tabor, with Msgr. Carlton Hermann officiating. Burial will be in St. Wenceslaus Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Tim Souhrada, Aaron Divis, Mark Divis, John Kalblinger, Tim Nold and Chuck Terry. Visitation is from 1-9 p.m. today (Thursday) at the St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Tabor, with a scripture service at 7:30 p.m., followed by a rosary. Visitations will resume one hour prior to the service at the church. Kostel Funeral Home, Tabor, is in charge of arrangements.

Georgia Cyrilla (Merkwan) Souhrada was born to John and Christina (Slaba) Merkwan on April 14, 1919, on a family farm near Scotland. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Tabor. She married Leonard Souhrada December 27, 1943, at Vodnany Country Church west of Scotland. In 1943, they moved to a farm where they lived until 1985. In 1985, they moved to Tabor where they resided until the time of her death.

She was employed at Concord Nursing Home, Gurney's Seed and Nursery and also farmed for many years. She was involved in Altar and Rosary Society and Senior Citizens Center, Tabor.

She is survived by her husband Leonard, Tabor; four sons: Dennis (Jane), Sioux Falls; Dale (Deb), Sioux Falls; Virgil (Renay), Tabor; Bart (Diane), Coleridge, Neb.; two daughters: Ruth (Bill) Kalblinger, North Platte, Neb.; Mary (Rick) Divis, Columbus, Neb.; a sister Pat Bingham, San Antonio, Texas; twelve grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister.

George Pfaltzgraff Obituary

Funeral services for George Pfaltzgraff, 87, will be Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Baptist Church with the Rev. Walter Sukup officiating. Burial will be in the Trinity Presbyterian Cemetery with the Crosby Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Pfaltzgraff was born March 14, 1881 at Dumont, Iowa to Mr. and Mrs. Philip Pfatzgraff and died May 25, 1968 at the Tyndall hospital.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Andrew Van Asperen, Avon, and two grandchildren.

George Sykora Obituary

George Sykora, 93, Tabor, died Tuesday (May 8, 2001) at the Tyndall Good Samaritan Center, Tyndall.

Funeral services are 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Tabor, with the Rev. William Osborn and Msgr. Carlton Hermann officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Pallbearers will be Roger Sykora, David Sykora, Michael Becvar, Richard Becvar, Ken Karolevitz, Mark Karolevitz, Scott Chladek and Ron Chladek. Visitation is from 1-9 p.m. Friday at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, with a scripture service followed by a rosary at 7:30 p.m. Visitations will resume one hour prior to the service at the church. Kostel Funeral Home, Tabor, is in charge of arrangements.

He was born near Tabor to Joseph and Mary (Pibal) Sykora April 14, 1908. He was baptized at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church April 30, 1908. He married Helen Rada on Feb. 11, 1930, in Tabor. He farmed his entire life in the Tabor area until his retirement in 1970. They then moved to Tabor where he enjoyed gardening, part-time farming, raising livestock and visiting his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Helen, Tyndall; one son, Ed (Janet) Tabor; three daughters: Marian (John) Becvar, Yankton; Agnes (Allen) Karolevitz, Lesterville; Helen (Duane) Chladek, Sioux Falls; 13 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; one brother, Thomas Sykora, Tyndall; three sisters: Clara Sedlacek, Tyndall; Mamie Carda, Tyndall; and Helen Rezac, Norfolk, Neb.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and two sisters.

Helen Rada Sykora Obituary

Helen Sykora, 93, Tabor, died Monday (Sept. 24, 2001) at the Tyndall Good Samaritan Center.

Funeral services are at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Tabor, with Rev. William Osborn and Msgr. Carlton Hermann officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Pallbearers are Roger Sykora, David Sykora, Michael Becvar, Richard Becvar, Ken Karolevitz, Mark Karolevitz, Scott Chladek and Ron Chladek. Visitation is from 3-9 p.m. Thursday at the church with a 7:30 p.m. scripture service followed by a rosary. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the service at the church. Kostel Funeral Home, Tabor, is in charge of arrangements.

She was born to Matt and Katie (Caba) Rada, near Tabor. She married George Sykora on February 11, 1930, at Tabor. Her husband died May 8, 2001.

She was a 38-year member of the Tabor American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed baking, gardening and cooking for her family and friends.

She is survived by one son: Ed (Janet), Tabor; three daughters: Marian (John) Becvar, Yankton; Agnes (Allen) Karolevitz, Lesterville; and Helen (Duane) Chladek, Sioux Falls; 13 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, a brother and a sister.

Steve Povondra Obituary

Steve Povondra, of Tabor, SD passed away Sunday, November 27, 2005 at the Tyndall Good Samaritan Center having reached the age of 86 years, 11 months, and 5 days.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, December 2, 2005 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Tabor, SD with Rev. Joe Puthenkulathil and Msgr. Carlton Hermann officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.Visitations will be from 1:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday, December 1, 2005 at the Kostel Funeral Home, Tabor with an 7:00 p.m. wake service. A gathering for family and friends will be held in Beseda Hall following the wake service. Visitations will resume one hour prior to the service at the funeral home in Tabor. Pallbearers will be Darrell and Brian Beran, Bob Hill, Mark Nelson, Bill and Brian Povandra, and Tony and Scott Souhrada. Honorary pallbearers will be FCSLA/Catholic Workman members and Czech Heritage Preservation Society Members. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Steve Povondra was born December 22, 1918 on the family farm in rural Tabor at old Bon Homme the seventh and youngest child of Charles and Mary (Plavec) Povondra where he grew to manhood. He attended grade school at the Highland country school through the eighth grade. He farmed all of his life, taking over the family farm at the age of 18 with his mother in 1936 when his father passed away.

On January 19, 1943 he married Gladys Slavik at St. Leo's Catholic Church in Tyndall. They moved to the Dewey Thompson farm at old Bon Homme in 1944, which was only 3/4 mile east of the Povondra home place. To this union, Dennis the couples only child was born in 1948. In 1953 they moved to the Albert Kortan farm five miles south of Tabor where they resided until 1989 when Gladys passed away. Steve remained on the farm until 1992 when he married Violet "Vi" Vlcek Zdenek on January 28, 1992 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Tabor and the couple moved to Vi's farm which was only 1/2 mile north of the Thompson farm. Vi passed away on June 16, 2000.

After Vi passed away Steve lived with his son Dennis and his wife Sherry and their son Mark until October of 2000 when he moved into North Point Apartments in Tyndall and lived there until December 2001 when he became a resident of the Tyndall Good Samaritan Home where he had resided since.

Steve was a member of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church of Tabor all of his life and served on the Parish Council. He served on the school board of the Breezy Hill #63 country school district. He was also a FCSLA/Catholic Workman member and Czech Heritage Preservation Society, Inc. member. He also enjoyed playing baseball in his younger years. He played center field with the Tabor Bluebirds until the early 1950's. His favorite pastimes were playing pinochle and euchre, fishing, hunting, and hunting mushrooms.

Survivors include one son Dennis and daughter-in-law Sherry and grandson Mark Povondra all of Tabor. One step-daughter Ann (Greg) Kronaizl of Omaha, three step-grandchildren, Dawn Kronaizl, Matt (Jamie) Kronaizl of Omaha and Jackie (Jason) Silvernail and one step-great grandson, Payton Jay Silvernail all of Yankton. Also surviving are sisters-in-law, Letha Povandra of Wyoming and Mable Povandra of Spearfish. Also surviving are eight nieces and three nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wives, Gladys in 1989 and Vi in 2000; his brothers: Joseph in 1982; Frank in 1979; Michael in 1988 and Charlie in 1996 a sister, Clara Cuka Hellmann in 1979 and a sister, Anna Schwartz Harrison in 2000. Two nieces and two nephews also preceded him in death. His father died in 1936 and his mother died in 1951.

Kostel Funeral Home and Crematory of Tabor is in charge of arrangements.

Daniel Pibal Obituary

Daniel Pibal, age 91, of Yankton died Friday, June 30, 2006 at Cherokee Regional Medical Center, Cherokee, IA.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 3, 2006 at St. Benedict Catholic Church with Msgr. Carlton Hermann officiating. Burial will be in the St. Wenceslaus Catholic Cemetery, Tabor. Visitations will be 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Kostel Funeral Home and Crematory, Yankton, with a rosary at 7:00 p.m. followed by a Scripture service at 7:30 p.m. Visitations will resume one hour prior to the service at the church. Pallbearers will be grandsons and granddaughters' spouses: Jeff Pibal, Steve Pibal, Andy Pibal, Christopher Pibal, Kent Kleinsasser, John Eischeid, Rob Kloewer, Chad Tramp, and Shawn Althaus.

Dan was born July 20, 1914 on the family farm near Tabor, SD to John and Anna (Stsa) Pibal. He began school at the Blachnik Grade School near Tabor and finished his last year of school at St. Wenceslaus School in Tabor, SD. He married his beloved wife Adeline Walloch on November 17, 1936 and together farmed near Lesterville, SD. He farmed until 1973 when they retired and moved to Yankton, SD. Adeline died in 1978. After moving to Yankton, he worked at the Human Services Center until 1980. He was again blessed with his marriage to Mildred Bails on August 20, 1984 and together made their home in Yankton, SD. Mildred died June 23, 2006. Dan was a member of St. Benedict Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, and the Yankton Senior Citizens Center.

Dan's memory is cherished by his family. He was blessed with 3 children and their spouses: David and Marie Pibal of Cherokee, IA; Betty Jo and Al Royal of Omaha, NE; and John and special friend Patty Greer of Sioux Falls, SD; 9 grandchildren: Jeff Pibal of Sioux Falls, SD; Patty (Kent) Kleinsasser of Crooks, SD; Steve (Tina) Pibal of Antelope, CA; Andy (Melanie) Pibal of Portland, OR; Tatia (John) Eischeid of West Des Moines, IA; Tami (Rob) Kloewer of Elkhorn, NE; Tricia (Chad) Tramp of Ankeny, IA; Tonya (Shawn) Althaus of Ankeny, IA; and Christopher Pibal of Maryland; one brother Eugene (Darlene) Pibal of Omaha, NE.; Stepson Dale (Marcia) Bails of Memphis, TN, and two step-grandchildren; Juloy (Phillip) Raymer and Dalene (Steven) Wilson both of Memphis, TN; and 20 great-grandchildren and one step great-grandchild.

Dan was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wives, Adeline and Mildred; one son Larry and his wife Margie Pibal; brothers Charlie and Adolph Pibal; and sister Irene (Pibal) Lane.

Virgil Petrik Obituary

Mass of Christian burial for Virgil D. Petrik, 66, of Springfield, was held Friday, May 22, 1998 at St. Vincent's Catholic Church in Springfield with Fr. Jerry Kopel officiating, assisted by Deacon David Kostel. Burial was in the St. Wenceslaus Catholic Cemetery in Tabor with military honors by Dwight Wood American Legion Post 132 of Springfield. Casketbearers were Lawrence Namminga, Jr., Tony Cacek, Charles McDonnell, Dr. Herbert Saloum, Dennis Herman, Lenny Koupal, John McNeill, and Jack Lyons. Honorary casketbearers were all students whose lives Virgil touched. He died May 18 at St. Michael's Hospital in Tyndall.

Virgil was born August 12, 1931 at Tabor to Edward and Lillian (Faltin) Petrik. He graduated from Tabor High School in 1949 and received his BS degree from Southern State Teachers College in Springfield in 1958, and his masters degree from USD in Vermillion in 1964. He also completed two years of post-masters graduate work at USD in 1971.

He served four years as a Russian interpreter in the US Air Force Intelligence during the Korean War from 1951-1954 and was a charter member and served six years in the Springfield unit of the SD National Guard.

Virgil married Alice Humpal at Tyndall June 6, 1959 and he taught rural elementary school in Bon Homme County from 1949-1950. He was a teacher of English and speech at Avon High School from 1958-1964 and superintendent at Irene from 1964-1966. He served as director of humanities and associate professor of speech and theater at Southern State College - USD/Springfield from 1966-1984. He was an associate professor of speech and theater from 1988-1995 at Mount Marty College in Yankton. He retired in December of 1995.

He was an actor and director in numerous productions of the Lewis and Clark Playhouse in Yankton and was adjudicator in 1991 for the Nebraska Association of Community Theaters festival. He was a judge for over 80 state, regional, or district one-act plays and judged over 100 state, regional or district high school oral interpretation contests, over 100 miscellaneous elementary, secondary and college speech contests and organized or hosted over 100 high school speech and theater contests. He also judged over 12,000 individual high school speech contestants.

Virgil was active in the community, serving as a member of the school board of Bon Homme School District for over 15 years, six as president. He served several years in leadership and advisory roles to Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts. He co-hosted a weekly television show, the Mount Marty Quiz Bowl on KSFY for four years and was a speaker at many banquets, service organizations and high school commencements in South Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa.

He received many honors during his career, some of which are: Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities in 1958; Outstanding Young Men in America 1966; the state "Distinguished Service Award" from Speech Communication Association of South Dakota in 1979; "Outstanding School Board Member" by Associated School Boards of South Dakota in 1980; "Community Service Award" from Mount Marty College in 1987; was chosen to present "Mother Jerome Schmitt Annual Lecture" in 1991; state "Distinguished Service Award" from SD High School Activities Association in 1994; South Dakota's "Outstanding Speech Teacher Award" from the National Federation of Interscholastic Speech and Debate Associations in 1995; "Teacher of the Year Award" from Mount Marty College in 1995; Faculty Emeritus Award from Mount Marty College in 1996; Who's Who Amoung America's Teachers in 1996; and was elected to the Pointer Hall of Fame in 1997.

He is survived by his wife, Alice of Springfield: two sons, Tony of Laughlin, Nev. and Greg and his wife Barb and their two children Nicole and Steven of Clarksville, Tenn.; two daughters, Jane and husband Brian Anderson and their two children, Jordan and Jakob of Poulsbo, Wash., and Amy of Wichita, Kan.; two brothers, Edward and his wife Wilma of Springfield and Ralph and his wife Judy of Sioux City, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two grandchildren.

Katherine Petrik Obituary

Katherine Petrik, age 87 of Lesterville passed away Monday, September 19, 2005 at Avera Sister James Care Center, Yankton.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 22, 2005 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Lesterville, SD with Rev. Joe Puthenkulathil and Msgr. Carlton Hermann officiating. Lunch will be served immediately following the service at the Lesterville Community Center. Burial will be approximately at 1:00 p.m. in St. Wenceslaus Cemetery, Tabor, SD. Visitations will be from 3-9 p.m. Wednesday, September 21, 2005 at the Kostel Funeral Home, Yankton with a 7:00 p.m. rosary followed by a 7:30 p.m. Scripture service. Visitations will resume one hour prior to the service at the church. Pallbearers will be Ken Vaith, Art Vaith, Jim Ryan, Nelda Werkneimeister, Kevin Devine, and Mark Kocer.

Katherine was born on September 24, 1917 at Tabor, South Dakota to Charles and Mary (Kocer) Petrik. She grew up in Tabor and attended St. Wenceslaus Catholic School. She graduated from Tabor High School. After graduation, she cared for her ailing mother and later her two uncles whose health was also failing. She then began her employment with the United States Post Office in Lesterville and Utica. She was a lifetime member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and was very devoted to her faith. As a member and past president of the Ladies Altar Society, she was honored to have been able to care for the altar cloths and plants in the church. She was also a member of the Ernie Pecanka American Legion Auxiliary Post #219, Lesterville, Czech Heritage Society and the Red Hat Ladies. Her enjoyments were playing cards and watching Lawrence Welk and golf on TV. Katherine and her sister, Dorothy traveled extensively through Czechoslovakia, Rome, Portugal, and France. They also took many bus tours throughout the United States.

Katherine is survived by her aunt, Verna Fischbach and many cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Raymond Petrik and one sister, Dorothy Petrik.

Joseph "Gene" Sestak Obituary

Joseph “Gene” E Sestak, age 74, of Columbia, Mo, passed away February 4, 2009, after a battle with Pancreatic cancer.

Joe was born to Robert and Lillian (Petrik) Sestak on November 28, 1934 in Tabor, SD. He attended St. Wenceslaus Catholic grade school and graduated from Tabor High School. Joe joined U.S. Army’s 10th division on January 4, 1955 and was assigned to the 41st Combat Engineers. Joe proudly served most of his time in Germany, and was honorably discharged December 20, 1957. He received his Bachelor of Science degree and attended graduate studies at South Dakota State University, Brookings SD. October 1962 he began his career in Seattle WA as an Agricultural Statistician with the National Agricultural Statistical Service, USDA, later transferring to Washington DC. June 1969, attended North Carolina State where he continued his education in statistics. After two years in R&D he transferred to Portland OR, before settling in Columbia MO. While in Oregon he was active in Scouts as Cub Master and Scout Master and was a charter member of the Tualatin Lions Club. In Missouri he continued with Scouts, Downtown Optimist, and investment clubs. Joe earned the Silver Beaver award in 1994 for his nearly 35 years of service with the Boy Scouts. He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes church.

Joe is survived by his wife Marilyn (Wagner) of Columbia MO, their son Dean of Plano TX, daughter Lynn of Columbia MO, brothers Robert (Lou Anne) in Renton WA, Ronald (Joyce) of Tabor SD and many nieces and nephews.

Per Joe’s wishes cremation has taken place and a Christian burial will be in Tabor South Dakota at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joe’s memory to the Downtown Optimist Club attn Treasurer Steve Klein PO Box 1959, Columbia MO 65205 or Boy Scouts of America Administrative Office 1203 Fay St, Columbia MO 65201.

*Heartland Cremation & Burial Society

Shirley Sutera Sawatzke Obituary

Shirley A. Sawatzke, age 73 of Crofton, NE, died on Saturday, March 21, 2009 at her residence while working in her yard.

Funeral Services will be on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Church of Christ (Congregational) in Crofton with the Rev. Les Parmenter officiating. Burial will be at the Crofton City Cemetery. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 4-8:00 p.m. with a prayer service and video tribute at 7:00 p.m. at the Wintz Funeral Home in Crofton. Pallbearers will be Jim Sawatzke, Jack Buschelman, Steve Sutera, David Sutera, Glenn Winningham, and Ken Winningham. Honorary Pallbearers will be Shirley’s former teaching associates from Crofton High School.

Shirley Arden Sawatzke was born on February 8, 1936 in Tabor, SD to Frank and Emma (Vavruska) Sutera. She grew up in the Tyndall and Tabor area where she attended rural elementary school prior to graduating from Tyndall High School. She graduated from Yankton College with a two year teaching degree in 1956. Shirley then received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Southern State Teachers College in 1960. She received her Masters Degree in 1971 from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. Her first teaching assignment was at Platte, SD for three years, then she taught at Crofton High School for 36 years. She married Loren Lee Sawatzke on November 24, 1961 in Tyndall, SD. Shirley retired from teaching in 1996.

Shirley was a member of the UCC Church and its Ladies Aide, she received an award from her church for service and leadership at the Nebraska Conference of United Church of Christ on May 31, 2003 and in July of 2003. Shirley was the recipient of the Modern Woodman award. She was a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma (Woman’s Education Society), past Grand Marshall of the Crofton Homecoming Parade, she was the secretary for the Senior Center and very active in both civic and church activities in Crofton. Shirley enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s school activities and functions.

Shirley is survived by her daughter, Julie and husband Jeff Lentz of Hartington; two grandchildren, Kelsey and Kyle Lentz of Hartington; two sisters, Ruth Pinkley of Porter, TX, Mabel Winningham of Tyndall, SD; three brothers, Eugene and his wife Melva Sutera of Tyndall, SD, Wayne and Shirley Sutera of Tyndall, Dan and Helen Sutera of Onida, SD; special friend, Rolly Burkett of Crofton; brother-in-law, Frank Ogan of Tyndall; sister-in-law, Florence Sutera of Tyndall; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Loren L. on January 21, 1989 at the age of 68; three brothers, Jim and Wilbur Sutera, and infant Clarence; one sister, Esther Ogan.

Leonard 'Wayne' Sutera Obituary

Funeral services for Leonard Wayne Sutera, 77, of Tyndall, will be held Saturday, October 17, 2009 at 1:30 p.m. at the Tyndall Presbyterian Church with Pastor Lorney Van Gerpen officiating. Burial will be at the Presbyterian Cemetery, rural Tabor with military honors by Kortan-Hatwan American Legion Post of Tabor and honors by the Tyndall Fire Department. Visitation will be held at Goglin Funeral Home, Tyndall from 2-6 p.m. on Friday, October 16 with a prayer service at the Presbyterian Church at 7:30 p.m. Friday evening. Online condolences may be sent at www.goglinfh.com. Pallbearers will be Christopher Sutera, Kyle Sutera, Zane Kremer, Larry Hovorka, Bob Hille, Jr., and Bryan Hille. Honorary pallbearers will be the Tyndall Fire Department and the Tabor Bluebirds baseball team.

Leonard Wayne Sutera was born December 26, 1931 at the Sutera farm west of Tabor. His parents were Frank and Emma (Vavruska) Sutera. Wayne was baptized and confirmed at the Presbyterian Church, rural Tabor. He served as an elder at the Tyndall Presbyterian Church and sang in the church choir and men’s quartet for many years. He attended Vlasak School just east of the farm where he grew up and graduated from Tyndall High School in 1949. He enlisted in the United States Navy on January 5, 1951 and was honorably discharged November 2, 1954. He was proud to have served his country during the Korean War and was a life member of the Simek-Ptak Post VFW, Tyndall, and Kortan-Hatwan Post American Legion, Tabor. Upon his return from the Navy, Wayne farmed. He married Shirley Hille on October 8, 1958 at the United Church of Christ, Scotland. In 1959, he went to work for Mueller’s Hatchery running the mobile mill and grinding feed for area farmers. Wayne bought the Tyndall Hatchery in 1961 and ran the Hatchery grinding feed for area farmers, hatching chickens, and was a Zip feed dealer until 1991 when he retired. Wayne also served on the Tyndall Fire Department and retired in 1989 after 27 years of dedicated service. After he retired, Wayne spent several summers mowing for the City of Tyndall and took great pride in how the city park and ball fields looked after he mowed them.

Wayne enjoyed hunting, fishing, his daily drives along the river and especially attending all of his grandchildren’s school and sporting events. Hunting trips to Harding County and fishing at the river just won’t be the same without him. The grandkids always knew that Grandpa wouldn’t miss a soccer, baseball, football or basketball game, track or cross-country meet, volleyball match or band or vocal concert. They also knew they could always rely on “Grandpa’s taxi service” for rides to games and to and from school or wherever they needed to go. In his younger years, Wayne played amateur baseball for the Tabor Bluebirds and the Tyndall Arrows and didn’t miss a Bluebirds game unless the grandkids had a game the same night. Although health problems slowed him down this past summer, he still attended every ball game he could and thoroughly enjoyed fishing at the river with Becky and Katy, watching Kyle play slow-pitch softball, getting to see Zane and his team win the State VFW 12 & under baseball championship, watching Raquel and Kelsey play in the State Softball tournament and watching Christopher pitch for the Tabor Bluebirds in the State Amateur baseball tournament. Wayne died at St. Michael’s Hospital, Tyndall October 14, 2009.

Thankful for sharing his life are his wife, Shirley, Tyndall; daughter: Sheila Kremer (Larry Hovorka), Tyndall; son, Richard and wife, Krista Sutera, Tabor; seven grandchildren: Rebecca, Kaitlin, Christopher, Kyle, Raquel, Kelsey and Zane; two sisters: Mabel Winningham, Tyndall and Ruth Pinkley, Porter, Texas; two brothers: Eugene (Melva) Sutera, Tyndall and Dan (Helen) Sutera, Onida; brother-in-law, Frank Ogan, Tyndall; sister-in-law, Florence Sutera, Tyndall, as well as twenty-three nieces and nephews and numerous cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Clarence, Wilbur and Jim; sisters Esther Ogan and Shirley Sawatzke; and son-in-law, Dick Kremer.

*Goglin Funeral Homes

Wilbur Sutera Obituary

Wilbur F. Sutera, 75, Tyndall, died Thursday (Jan. 3, 2002) at St. Michael's Hospital, Tyndall, after a brief illness with cancer.

Funeral services are at 10:30 a.m. today (Saturday) at the Tyndall Presbyterian Church, Tyndall, with the Rev. Theodore Bader and Lorney Van Gerpen officiating. Interment is in the Country Presbyterian Cemetery, rural Tabor, with military honors by the Tabor American Legion. Pallbearers are Jerry Kostal, Rich Sutera, Ken Winningham, Dave Sutera, Randy Sutera and Jim Kokes. The Petrik-Kelley Funeral Home, Tyndall, is in charge of arrangements.

He was born March 17, 1926, at Tabor, to Frank and Emma (Vavruska) Sutera. He attended Vlasak Country School and graduated from Tyndall High School. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1945-1946. He married Florence Kostal Oct. 3, 1951, at Tabor. They farmed southeast of Tyndall until retirement in 1994.

He was a member of the Tyndall Presbyterian Church and sang in the church choir. He was a life member of the Tabor American Legion. He was a 4-H leader, a Bon Homme County Pork Producers director, and served on the boards of the Independent No. 2 and Bon Homme 4-2 school districts, the Rural Tabor Fire District and the Tyndall Cenex Cooperative.

Survivors include his wife, Florence, Tyndall; four sons: John, Moscow, Idaho; Steve, Springfield; Pat, Tabor; and Don, Volga; two daughters: Elaine (Gary) Fellows, Apex, N.C.; and Janice, Sioux Falls; two granddaughters; three brothers: Eugene and Wayne, both of Tyndall; and Dan, Onida; and four sisters: Mabel Winningham, Tyndall; Esther Ogan, Santa Maria, Calif.; Ruth Pinkley, Porter, Texas; and Shirley Sawatzke, Crofton, Neb.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and an infant brother.

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Daniel Petrik Obituary

Daniel F. Petrik, age 92, of Yankton, passed away Tuesday, June 18, 2002, at Avera Sister James Nursing Home in Yankton, S.D.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 21, 2002, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Tabor, S.D. with the Rev. William Osborn officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, June 20, 2002, from 1-5 p.m. at the Kostel Funeral Home in Yankton and will resume at 6:30 p.m. at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Tabor with a scripture service at 7:30 p.m. followed by a rosary. Visitations will resume one hour prior to the service at the church.

Daniel was born on Sept. 21, 1909, to Frank O. and Anna (Carda) Petrik in rural Tabor, S.D. He married Albina Kronaizl on Feb. 8, 1932, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Yankton, S.D. They farmed near Utica until 1976 when they retired and moved to Springfield. Because of Daniel's love of working with the soil and growing things, he then worked for Gurney's Seed & Nursery for about 15 years. He enjoyed helping many local people with their landscaping, planting trees, and shrubs. Daniel maintained a large vegetable garden and generously shared the produce with the Senior Nutrition Center as well as neighbors until May of 1998, when Daniel and Albina moved into the K-Nopf Assisted Living Center in Springfield. In July of 1999, they moved to Avera Sister James Nursing Home in Yankton. Albina passed away on Feb. 7, 2000. Daniel moved to Avera Sister James Majestic Bluffs where he lived until his death. Daniel was a lifetime member of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Tabor, S.D. He and Albina were active members of the Lewis and Clark Gem and Mineral Society and spent many enjoyable hours searching for, collecting, and polishing Gem Stones and Rocks which they set into rings, jewelry, belt buckles, and other items which they sold or gave as gifts.

Daniel is survived by two brother-in-laws: Charles (Helen) Kronaizl, Tacoma, Wash.; and Donald (Dorothy) Kralicek, Yankton, S.D.; five sister-in-laws: Sophie (Bud) Rahn, Yankton; Anna (Frank) Plavec, Springfield, S.D.; Maxine and Arlene Kronaizl, Tabor, S.D.; and Mabel Kronaizl, Scotland, S.D. and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife Albina, and two sisters, Ruby Neely and Grace Thorsen.

Mary Lou Wynia Peterson Obituary

Funeral services for Mary Lou Peterson, 81, of Springfield are 10 a.m. Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at the United Church of Christ in Springfield. Burial is in the Pioneer Cemetery, rural Springfield. Visitation is Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church followed by a 7 p.m. Prayer Service. Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Home in Springfield is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Lou Peterson was born April 23, 1932 on a farm west of Springfield, SD, the daughter of Riemer and Marie (Westra) Wynia. She died Thursday, August 1, 2013 at the Pioneer Memorial Nursing Home in Viborg.

Mary Lou attended Kirkwood School and graduated from Springfield High School in 1950. She spent most of her life in Springfield. After graduation she attended Southern State Teachers College during the summer sessions. Her Bachelor’s Degree from Southern was earned in 1970 after many summer sessions, night classes and workshops. Mary Lou taught rural schools for 11 years and spent 24 years teaching Fifth grade in Springfield Elementary. She spent several years as Head Teacher when the Principal was shared among the Bon Homme County schools within the district. She was selected Teacher of the Year for Bon Homme schools in 1991. Mary Lou retired in 1992. Mary Lou married Harry “Rudy” Peterson on May 22, 1952 in Yankton. Two sons were born to their union, Richard and Larry, of whom she was very proud.

Volunteering in the community was a great pleasure for her. She belonged to and was very active in different organizations, including school organizations. She enjoyed being a member of the State Evaluation Team. She thoroughly enjoyed her teaching career and being a leader. She was proud that she became a teacher. After her retirement, Mary Lou was active in the UCC being Moderator, Treasurer and holding many offices in the various church boards. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Dakota Club and Doctor Search Committee. She also served on the Correctional Facility Board, Coordinator for Community Service projects for high school students, Bon Homme volunteer driver for the elderly, volunteer at the Assisted Living Center, was a Nutrition Center board member, life member of the Springfield Historical Museum, helped establish the Telephone Assistance Program in Springfield and served on the Wellness Center and Housing Development Committees.

 Mary Lou enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, cooking their special foods, playing games and taking them sledding. She also enjoyed reading to them and having them show off all of their talents when they were youngsters.

 She leaves to mourn her sons: Richard (Marjean) of Yankton; Larry (Cindy) of Eagle Butte; six grandchildren: Lance, Jena, Nolan, Jodie, Jade and Savanah; two sisters: Peggy Zech of Springfield and Della (Ed) Stimpson of Wagner; sister-in-law, Rose Wynia of Sacramento, CA; brother, Dean (Liese) Wynia of Avon; and many friends and relatives.

 Mary Lou was preceded in death by her husband, Rudy; parents; brothers: Bill, Jack and an infant brother, Junior Ree Wynia; brother-in-law, Eugene Zech and sister-in-law, Gertrude Wynia.

*Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Homes