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Rita PedersonRita Pederson
Funeral Mass for Rita Pederson, 92, of Sisseton, SD, was held on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Sisseton, SD, with Rev. Fr. Jerry Ranek Celebrant. Organist was Colette Hull with special music by Sandi Jaspers and Julie Pederson. Pallbearers were Greg, Jeff, Mark, Tim, Paul, and Ryan Pederson. Honorary pallbearers were all of Rita’s grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. There was visitation on Monday, September 12, 2016 at the Cahill Funeral Chapel from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., then from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church with a Prayer Service at 7:30 p.m. Interment was in the St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery, Sisseton, SD. The Cahill Funeral Chapel, Sisseton, SD, was in charge of funeral arrangements.
Rita was born December 3, 1923, in Newton Grove, NC, to parents Thomas Frederick and Lillian Langston Gregory. Rita grew up with six siblings on a tobacco farm near her hometown. She attended school at St. Mark’s Catholic Church until her graduation in 1944. After high school, Rita lived in Charlotte, NC, and Portsmouth, VA, working at various jobs until she got a full-time civilian job as a file clerk at the Norfolk Naval Base. She loved her job and was very well-liked by all of her coworkers. She had a wonderful view of the docks where the ships would come and go.
On Memorial Day 1946, Rita met her husband, Raymond “Pete” Pederson, whose ship, the USS Idaho, happened to be docked in Portsmouth at the time. They soon married on August 23, 1946, in Charlotte, SC. After a brief stay in Baltimore, MD, Ray and Rita traveled to Sisseton in October 1946, with plans to meet Ray’s family and visit for awhile before returning to North Carolina to make their home near Rita’s family. Rita soon realized how deep her new husband’s roots were in South Dakota, and she couldn’t imagine Ray living anywhere else. They made Sisseton their permanent home where they raised eight children and were very active in various civic, community, and church activities. At the time of her death, Rita had lived in Sisseton for 70 years.
Rita grew up a tomboy and always preferred the outdoors over being inside. She loved tending her vegetable gardens, flower beds, and doing yard work both at home and at the cabin on Clear Lake. Rita was an incredible cook, seamstress, and homemaker, making sure her family was always well fed and dressed nicely. Rita’s family was always her top priority. She always put her husband’s and children’s needs before her own in everything she did.
Rita was an active member of the the Sunshine Girls Extension Club, St. Bernadette’s Altar Society, Sisseton Chapter of Right to Life, VFW and Legion Ladies’ Auxiliaries, and the Red Hat Society. She also faithfully supported Ray when he served as a Sisseton City Council Member, Mayor of Sisseton and Commander of both the American Legion and VFW.
When stuck indoors, Rita loved to read books and newspapers, bake goodies, write her memoir, visit on the phone, play cards, watch the news and scrapbook newspaper articles.
Besides being a full-time homemaker, Rita worked side by side with Ray building several rental homes in Sisseton. She loved every part of the homebuilding process from drawing up the plans on paper to the tiniest finishing touches. She also served as property manager and “chief financial officer” of their successful rental business.
In their retirement, Ray and Rita loved to travel to visit friends and family taking several road trips across the country. The cabin on Clear Lake was their “Heaven on Earth.”
Rita loved to socialize and spend time with others. She especially loved telling stories about her childhood in North Carolina. She was quick-witted and loved to laugh and tell jokes. Her favorite place was anywhere with her family.
Rita is survived by her sons, Greg (Julie) Pederson of Canby, MN; Jeff Pederson of Canby, MN; Mark (Donna) Pederson of Eagan, SD; Tim (Peg) Pederson of Brookings, SD; Paul (Amy) Pederson of Canby, MN; and three daughters, Sandi Mack of Mukilteo, WA; Mary Ann (Todd) Laubach of Lakeville, MN; and Paula (Troy) Erickson of Brookings, SD. Rita is also survived by 19 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
Rita was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Pederson; a daughter, Mary Kay; a son, Ronnie; grandsons, Craig Alan Pederson, Alan Theodore Pederson, and Kristofer William Mack.
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faye AkersonFaye F. Akerson
Faye Frances Akerson (née Ostby) passed away peacefully in the Wheaton, MN, hospital surrounded by her family on September 10, 2016, at the age of 76.
A Celebration of Faye’s Life was Thursday, September 15, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Lutheran Church, rural Rosholt, SD, with a reception and luncheon following at the Rosholt Community Center. Officiant was Rev. Suzanne Benidt. Music was provided by organist Lana Sand and vocalists Paul and Diane Bartnick and the Anderson Quartet.
Burial was in the St. Joseph Lutheran Cemetery, rural Rosholt. Honorary urn bearers were all of Faye’s friends. Active urn bearers were Faye’s godchildren, Timothy Ostby, Sheila Pohl, Brian Johnson, Nancy Nash, Ann Faldin, Erik Danger, Mitch Ekstrom, and David Johnson.
Visitation was Wednesday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., followed by a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. at the Eggers Funeral Home in Rosholt.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Rosholt Alumni Scholarship Fund or the Rosholt Ambulance Service.
Faye was born on March 13, 1940, in Sisseton, SD, to Peter Ostby and Frances “Fanny” Ostby (née Bisek). She was baptized in Brandvold Lutheran Church, was raised on a farm in Victor Township, and was confirmed in Trondhjem Lutheran Church. She attended Crawford Country School and her first job was working as a cafe waitress with Flossie Larson. She was named the Homecoming Queen in 1958, and she graduated from Rosholt High School the following year.
Faye married her first love and childhood sweetheart Louie Akerson on September 20, 1959, at Trondhjem Lutheran Church, and thereafter they lived on several farms near Rosholt, SD. They welcomed their son Kirk into their family in 1960 and four years later -- on Kirk’s fourth birthday -- they brought their daughter Kimberly home from the hospital to join them. The couple moved into Rosholt in 1966, and in 1968 Faye was among the first of the nurses’ aides hired at the Rosholt Nursing Home where she worked until she and Louie purchased the Osheim Hardware store in 1972. Together they turned it into Akerson’s Hardware store, serving their friends and neighbors until 1986.
Thereafter, Faye and Louie moved to Roseville, MN, to work together as estate managers and caregivers for Mrs. Ruth Johnson. Through a referral in 1996, they moved to Edina, MN, to work for Mr. and Mrs. Carl and Eloise Pohlad in the same capacity. Faye and Louie retired in 2009 to their home in Rosholt where Faye then worked for a time at Vintage Inspired Boutique & Delectable Treats with Melinda Ceroll and Linda Roob.
Faye was “the hostess with the mostest,” and she loved welcoming company, entertaining and cooking for her family. She was a talented homemaker -- she had a place for everything and everything in its place -- and many would have been happy to eat off of her floor without hesitation. She was a talented seamstress and enjoyed making clothes for her children and grandchildren, and she always made sure everything was ironed to crisp perfection. After being diagnosed with a life-threatening illness at age 29, Faye faced the news with determination and a fighting spirit, and she maintained a relentlessly positive attitude throughout the many health challenges in her life. She served as an example of resilience and strength to everyone who knew her. She was a friend to all she met, and to know her was to love her.
Faye was an active and dedicated member of St. Joseph Lutheran Church and a member of the Eastern Star organization. She enjoyed participating in many homemaking activities with the Harmonettes, and she was a good friend of Anne S. and Lois W.. Faye and Louie enjoyed traveling, and over the years they visited Mazatlán, Mexico, the Canary Islands off the coast of Northern Africa, and many places across the United States including Hawaii, Florida, and Palm Springs, CA.
The family would like to thank their extended family, friends, neighbors and community for their love and support. We know that Faye is with Jesus and that Heaven’s pearly gates are now sparkling even better than ever.
Faye, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and sister, is survived by her husband, Byron (Louie) Akerson; her children, Kirk (LaVonne) Akerson and Kimberly (David, “Flip”) Wilson; her grandchildren, Kody (Christi Koehler) Akerson, Hannah Akerson and Alyssa Benson; sister, Bonnie (Darrell) Ekstrom, and sister-in-law Carmen Ostby and several nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, sisters, Beulah (Willard) Braaten and Betty (Lloyd) Pearson, and brother, Dean.

Nick TchidaNicholas L. Tchida
Funeral Service for Nicholas Lee Tchida, 25, of Sisseton, SD, was held on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at Augustana Lutheran Church, Langford, SD, with Lay Leader Diane Hoines officiating and organist Vicky Hoines, with special music by Cody Swanson. Pallbearers were Josh Cunningham, Aaron Henning, Diego Nelson, Jay Knight, Curt Desjarlait, and Anthony Huntington. Honorary Pallbearers were all of Nicholas’ friends, family, nieces, and nephews. Interment was in the Goodwill Lutheran Cemetery, Sisseton, SD. There was visitation at the Cahill Funeral Chapel on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. Prayer Service. The Cahill Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Nicholas Lee Tchida was born on October 30, 1990 in Graceville, MN to Richard “Rick” and Sharon (Arbach) Tchida. Nick grew up in Sisseton and attended Sisseton School and Sisseton High School. Nick enjoyed spending time with his son Noah. He was the love of his life. They spent time playing X-Box, PS4 and play station games. They enjoyed watching movies together and listening to music. They spent hours on the couch watching cartoons together. Noah’s favorite cartoon is Sponge Bob. Nick would take Noah to the park and the swimming pool. Noah got a new bike and Nick taught him how to ride it. Nick loved to cook a variety of foods for him and Noah. They would bake cakes, and Noah was in charge of the frosting. He enjoyed having cookouts and spending the day at the lake. He had many friends that he spent his time driving around and visiting in the neighborhood. Nick stayed with his dad in Langford and helped him with construction. He also helped his brother, John, with contract work. He was a seasonal worker at Schiltz Foods in Sisseton. When he was younger he helped Leo Hull cut trees and helped Dan Brown with part-time work. Nicholas passed away on September 6, 2016 in Sioux Falls, SD.
Nicholas is survived by his father, Richard Tchida of Langford, SD; his mother, Sharon Tchida of Sisseton, SD; one son, Noah Tchida of Sisseton, SD; special friend Lori Owen of Sisseton, SD; seven brothers, John Tchida of Sisseton, SD, Mike and Kristi Tchida of Sisseton, SD, Chad Tchida of Sisseton, SD, Jamie Tchida of Sisseton, SD, Robin and Kermittee Tchida of Huron, SD, Austin Tchida and Cody Tchida of Sisseton, SD; five sisters, Monique Duarte of Lakewood, CA, Kelly Tchida of Veblen, SD, Kari and Jorge Soto of Veblen, SD, Carissa Tchida of Sisseton, SD, and Kayla Tchida and husband Frank of Veblen, SD; his grandmother, Ardelle Arbach of Sisseton, SD; and twenty-three nieces and nephews.
Nicholas was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, John and Olga Tchida, and maternal grandfather, Howard Arbach, and two brothers, Nathan and Christopher Tchida.
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Harold EllingsonHarold H. Ellingson
Harold H. Ellingson, 91, New Effington, SD, passed away Friday, September 9, 2016, at the Northeast Care and Rehabilitation Center in Rosholt, SD.
Funeral services were Monday, September 12, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in New Effington, with Rev. Cheryl Rondeau-Bassett officiating. Music was provided by organist Debra Bredvik and the Anderson Quartet.
Burial was in the Garden of Rest Cemetery, New Effington. Honorary pallbearers were Harold’s granddaughters and great-grandchildren, the Coffee Crew at Mikey’s, and Harold’s “family” at the Countryside Inn, residents and staff. Active pallbearers were Scott Miller, Tim Miller, Craig Stoskopf, Ryan Ellingson, Dale Knudsen, Rod Brandenburger, Brad Eggers, and the late Blain Brandenburger.
Visitation was Sunday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. followed by a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. at the Eggers Funeral Home in Rosholt. Visitation continued Monday one hour prior to the service at the church.
Harold “Harry” Ellingson was born August 11, 1925, in Fergus Falls, MN, to Henry and Vlasta (Novak) Ellingson. Harry had one brother, Howard.
He attended grades 1-8 at Lien 4 Township grade school in rural New Effington. He graduated in 1944 after which time he began his farming career in the New Effington area.
In June of 1949, Harry went out to Seattle to bring home the love of his life and high school sweetheart, Inez Veflin. On September 10, 1949, they were married at Zion Lutheran Church, New Effington. They were blessed with two children, Greg and Diana. In 1963, the family moved to his family farm north of New Effington. He took great pride in keeping his farm well groomed.
Harry was a very devoted, patient and loving husband, dad and grandpa. Spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren brought him great joy. Playing sale barn, riding and driving his prized Allis Chalmers WD-45, giving them foot treatments and back massages and endless other fun adventures warmed his heart.
Harry was a director of the New Effington Development Corporation for twenty years, member and council member and Luther League Advisor at Faith Lutheran Church, and for twenty years he was a director on the Sisseton/New Effington Farmer’s Coop Elevator Board.
In 2009, he retired from farming. He could then be seen each morning enjoying his friends and “shaking” for coffee at Mikey’s. In 2015, he and Inez moved to the Countryside Inn in Rosholt, SD, where they acquired their “second family.” With his health failing, Harry entered the Northeast Care Center in August of 2016. On September 9, 2016, the Lord called Harry home.
Grateful to have shared in his life are his wife of 67 years, Inez of Rosholt, SD; son, Greg Ellingson of New Effington, SD; daughter and son-in-law, Diana and Ron Mittleider of Herreid, SD; six grandchildren, Ryan (Liz) Ellingson, Holly (Josh) Roark, Katie Ellingson, all of Fargo, ND, and Laci (Matt) Aberle, Courtney (Chad) Neff, Kayley (Andy) Cartmill, all of Bismarck, ND; six great-grandchildren, Emry and Amden Roark, Cambree and Bridger Neff, William Cartmill and Bennett Aberle.
Harold was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Vlasta Ellingson; brother, Howard Ellingson; father and mother-in-law, Christ and Clara Veflin; and two brothers-in-law, Bill Stoskopf and Don Miller.
See you later at the coffee shop in heaven!!

Audrey KnudtsonAudrey Knudtson
Audrey Knudtson was born in Sisseton, SD, on June 10, 1933 and moved on to heaven from her assisted living home that she shared with her husband on September 9, 2016. Her parents were Carl and Nellie Johnson who raised ten children in Sisseton.
Those who preceded her in death were her parents, Carl and Nellie Johnson; two baby brothers, Carl Jr. and Jimmy; sister, Laverna Aadland; and brother, Galen Johnson.
She is survived by her husband, Marvin Knudtson; son, Timothy Knudtson; daughter, Natalie Knudtson; grandsons, Philip and Sean Norman; great grandson, Jonathan Norman; three sisters, Verla Smith, Marilyn Bakke, and Colleen Davey; and two brothers, Pastor Gary Johnson and Wendell Johnson.
She met Marvin Knudtson at age 16 whom she married on June 22, 1956. They were married 60 years! They lived briefly in Washington and settled in Rapid City, SD, for the rest of her life.
After she stayed home to raise her children she worked at a retail store for a while, then worked in the Central Sterilization Department at Rapid City Regional Hospital for more than 25 years. She volunteered visiting Hospice patients. Her most important role in life was her dedication to the Lord and leading people to Jesus. She dedicated her life to counseling those in need and helping them find strength in Jesus. She had a prayer room at the top floor of Dove Christian Center where she was an intercessory prayer warrior for all those she loved. Her study of the Word of God gave her wisdom which she used to benefit all those who came to her.
Her biggest hobby was riding motorcycle with her husband. They took numerous day rides and long trips to many beautiful places. Two of their travel couples were Gary and Evelyn Johnson along with Arvin and Verla Smith. They enjoyed traveling the country together. It was not unusual to see her on the back of the motorcycle reading her Bible placed on the back of her husband. She also was known to fall asleep behind him!
Visitation was Thursday, September 15, 2016, at Kirk Funeral Home, Rapid City, SD, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., and for one hour before her funeral service. Funeral service was at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 16, 2016, at Dove Christian Center, followed by a luncheon in the church basement at noon. The procession to Pine Lawn Memorial Park gathered at 1:00 p.m. and left at 1:15 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund will be given to a local women’s shelter. Friends may sign Audrey’s online guest book at the funeral home’s website.

Mary HabeckMary L. Habeck
Mary Lorena Habeck, 66, Jamestown, ND, died Wednesday, September 7, 2016, at Essentia Health in Fargo, ND.
A Memorial Service was held on Sunday, September 11, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. at Haut Funeral Chapel, Jamestown, ND, with Pastor Suzi Orlopp officiating. Haut Funeral Homes, Jamestown, ND, was in charge of arrangements.
Mary Ringsaker was born December 1, 1949 at Sisseton, SD, the daughter of Lewis and Eloise (Kumm) Ringsaker. She attended school and graduated from Sisseton High School in 1968.
She and Randy Habeck were married August 31, 1968 at Sisseton, SD. They started their lives together in Claire City, SD. They moved to Barlow, ND in 1974, and in 1989 she worked as a secretary at the Barlow Grain Elevator. In 2003 they moved to Jamestown where she retired.
She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Carrington.
Mary was a beautiful, creative, independent, capable woman. Her legacy will be remembered through her paintings, pictures, and handiwork.
She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Randy Habeck; four children, twelve grandchildren, and one great grandchild: Kelly and Tom Scott, Kayla and Tess; Kristy and Kyle Hewitt, Tanner and Tanya, Marcus and Karisa and Carson, Morgan, and Haley; Karrie and Kirk Zink, Oakly and Kenzie, Brooklyn, Jensyn and Niko; Randy and Janelle, Ryan and Jade. Her mother, Eloise, and seven siblings: Beverly (Lloyd) Schrader, Bonnie (Guy) Harris, Arley (Diane) Ringsaker, Lewis Ringsaker, Clark (Carol) Ringsaker, David (Rochelle) Ringsaker, Danny (Angie) Ringsaker. She also enjoyed her many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father.
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Chuck TwiteroCharles “Chuck” Twitero
Charles “Chuck” Twitero, 76, passed away at his home on Thursday, September 8, 2016.
Charles Lynn “Chuck” Twitero was born December 23, 1939 at the Tekakwitha Hospital in Sisseton, SD, the first of three sons born to Knute Lloyd Twitero and Ellen Louise (Lind) Twitero. The family lived briefly on the Twitero farm in Enterprise Township before moving into Bossko Township. He began school at the Syverson School in Bossko Township before the family moved to Claire City, SD, where he attended the Claire City Independent School. Following grade school he attended Sisseton High School, graduating in 1958. He enrolled in South Dakota State College, majoring in agronomy, with additional studies in animal husbandry, and ag economics. At college he met Frances Elizabeth “Mikkey” Murphy, and they married August 11, 1962.
Following college he was employed by South Dakota Extension Service in Huron. He then took employment with USDA Farmers Home Administration, and was assigned to the Rapid City office. The family has also lived in the Hermosa area, White River, Bison, Claire City, Sisseton, and back to rural Hermosa, where he retired on his wife’s family ranch. After retiring from FmHA, he was employed with the Bank of New Effington and First State Bank of Sisseton. His wife, Mikkey, continued in the respiratory care field when they moved from Sisseton to rural Hermosa, retiring in 2006 from Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Chuck has enjoyed Mikkey’s family ranch and all the hunters who came for deer, elk, turkeys, prairie dogs, and targets. There have been many visitors, and many friends acquired. Chuck’s hobbies were hunting, fishing, farming, flying and wildlife. He even took a swing at golf, and threw in a little bowling, but mostly he enjoyed people. Through the years Chuck has been a member of 4-H, Jaycees, Kiwanis, the Masonic Lodge, Elks, Lions, Order of the Eastern Star, serving as Worthy Grand Patron in 2002-03, Christian Missionary Alliance Church, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.
Two sons were born to Chuck and Mikkey; Wayne Lloyd, who died in a helicopter crash in 1983, and Clayton Paul, a Doctor of Optometry. Charles is survived by his wife, Mikkey; son, Clayton (Cathi) and granddaughters, Whitney and Elise of Brookings, SD; brothers, Verne Lloyd Twitero (Janice) of Wagner, and David Theodore Twitero (Cindy) of Newport News, VA; and a number of cousins, nieces and nephews spread across the US. He was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Wayne.
Masonic and Eastern Star Service is set for 7:00 p.m. Friday, September 23, 2016, at Kirk Funeral Home. Celebration of Life Service will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 24, 2016, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Hermosa, SD, with Pastor Deb Grismer officiating.
Memorials to the donor’s favorite charity may be sent to P.O. Box 48, Hermosa SD 57744. Friends may sign Chuck’s online guestbook at the funeral home’s website.

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