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Thomas A. Long
Funeral Service for Thomas Anthony Long, 50, of Watertown, SD, was held on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Peters Catholic Church, Sisseton, SD, with the Rev. Fr. Joseph Hitpas O.M.I. celebrant. Organist was Cindy Marohl, and song leader was Sherman Hannasch. Pallbearers were Jeff and Jon Long, R.J. and Jeff Hogrefe, Darwin Kratcha, and Patrick Bain. Honorary Pallbearers were all of Tom’s friends and associates. Interment was in the St. Peters Catholic Cemetery, Sisseton, SD. There was visitation on Friday, May 3, 2013 from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Cahill Funeral Chapel. The Cahill Funeral Chapel, Sisseton, SD, was in charge of arrangements.
Thomas was born on February 26, 1963 at Sisseton, SD to Russell and Pearl (Solberg) Long. He grew up and attended school in New Effington, SD. After his education, Tom helped his father on the farm and also worked for neighboring farmers. He then moved to Watertown, SD, where he lived and worked for 20 years doing various jobs. Tom loved to talk about cars, drink pop and visit with his friends.
Thomas is survived by two brothers, Neil and wife Rose Ann Long and James and wife Cheryl Long of Sisseton, SD, and one sister, Joyce and husband Karl Schneider of Wahpeton, ND.
Thomas was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Richard and Jeremiah, and one brother-in-law, Donald Schlitz
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Marjorie M. Ellingson, 79, New Effington, SD, passed away peacefully Saturday, April 27, 2013, at the Rosholt Care Center.
Funeral services were Tuesday, April 30, at 2:00 p.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Sisseton, SD, with Father Joseph Hitpas, OMI, officiating. Music was provided by organist Cindy Marohl.
Burial was in the St. Peter’s Cemetery, Sisseton. Pallbearers were Dustin Bartnick, Michael Bartnick, Zachary Brandenburger, Chad Kreuser, Raymond Schiltz and Kevin Schiltz.
Visitation was Monday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Eggers Funeral Home in Rosholt and continued Tuesday one hour prior to the service at the church.
Marjorie M. (Schiltz) Ellingson was born October 3, 1933, to Joseph and Alvina (Schroeder) Schiltz in rural Hankinson, ND. She attended school at the St. Francis Academy in Hankinson, graduating in 1950. Marjorie also attended NDSCS in Wahpeton, ND, and was later employed at the State Capitol in Bismarck, ND.
On October 17, 1954, Marjorie was united in marriage to Wayne Ellingson at St. Philip’s parsonage in Hankinson. To this union three children were born, Sheree, Dale and Karla. Wayne and Marjorie made their home in Ridgecrest, CA. In 1959, they decided to move back to South Dakota to farm. They enjoyed farming and worked together as a family. During this time, Marjorie worked for 17 years as a dietary aide at Tekakwitha Nursing Center in Sisseton. In 1996, Wayne and Marjorie retired from farming, but continued to reside on the family farm.
In 2004, Wayne and Marjorie celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at the New Effington Community Center.
Marjorie was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Sisseton and taught religious classes. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, and spending time with family. Reading books was also a favorite pastime for her.
Survivors include her husband, Wayne of New Effington; three children, Sheree (Neil) Bartnick of Lidgerwood, ND, Dale (Patty) Ellingson of Eden Prairie, MN, and Karla (Nathan) Brandenburger of Birmingham, AL; six grandchildren, Dustin and Michael Bartnick, Lindsey Kreuser, Brittany Ellingson, and Natasha and Zachary Brandenburger; brother, Allen (Marion) Schiltz of Hankinson; sister-in-law, Janice Schiltz of Hankinson; four great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her parents; and her brother, Maurice Schiltz.
Dorothy “Dolly” Leverson
Dorothy C. “Dolly” Leverson, 91, New Effington, SD, passed away Thursday, April 25, 2013, at the Rosholt Care Center.
Funeral services were Monday, April 29, at 2:00 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in New Effington, SD, with Rev. Harold Watrous officiating. Music was provided by organist Deb Bredvik.
Burial was in the Bethania Cemetery, Rosholt, SD. Honorary pallbearers were her granddaughters, Lori Schiltz, Kristi Schneiderman, Sarah Geffre, Jody Carl and Amy Meyer. Active pallbearers were her grandsons, Scott Bostrom, Steve Bostrom, Randy Bostrom, Tim Leverson, Brian Leverson, Matt Schafte, Josh Keller and Jake Keller.
Visitation was Sunday, April 28, 2013 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.
Dorothy Christine was born September 2, 1921, in Browns Valley, MN, to Harry and Clara (Hanson) Miller. She was baptized in Browns Valley and confirmed at Trondhjem Lutheran Church, rural Rosholt. Dolly walked three miles to country school every day and attended high school in Rosholt. She worked for room and board for Rev. James Falk her freshman year, Rudy Sparby her sophomore year, Mable Losinger her junior year and Pearl Glasner her senior year. She was a member of the original LDR and was later district secretary. Dolly graduated from Rosholt High School in 1939. After graduation, she worked for a mattress company in New Effington.
On December 7, 1941, Dolly married Gordon Leverson in the church parsonage in Wheaton, MN. They started farming with Albin Hokanson in 1945 and purchased their own farm north of Sisseton in 1954. In addition to raising four children, Dolly helped milk cows for 35 years, raised chickens, sewed all of her kids’ clothes, and did lots of canning and baking. She was also the neighborhood barber and hairdresser. Gordon and Dolly moved to Rosholt in 1993 and to Sisseton in 1995. Gordon passed away April 24, 1998. In 2009, Dolly moved in with her daughter Shirley.
Dolly was a member of Nidaros Church, Hammer; Grace Lutheran Church, Sisseton; and Faith Lutheran Church in New Effington. She was a Circle and WELCA member and taught Bible School and Sunday School. Dolly organized and was the leader of the Enterprise 4-H Club for many years. She also belonged to the Hammer Hustlers Extension Club.
Dolly loved to paint old barns and farm scenes. She enjoyed writing poetry, sewing, doing crafts and quilting. She also loved watching NASCAR, especially Jimmie Johnson.
Survivors include her children, Shirley (Eugene) Bostrom of New Effington, SD; Konnie (Allan) Schafte of Moorhead, MN; Tom (Bonnie) Leverson of Sisseton, SD and Jeanne Keller (fiancé Rick Ewalt) of Webster, SD; 13 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Joyce Kaufman of Breckenridge, MN; Mona Schueller of St. Maries, ID and Marion Saide of Hayward, CA; and brother, Dean (Dot) Miller of Beardsley, MN.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon; brothers, Willis and Eli Miller; sisters, Ardyce McKee and Helen Weeks; and two infant siblings.
Rodney Allen Ermish, age 61, of Conifer, CO died Sunday, April 21, 2013, at Sky Ridge Medical Center, Lone Tree, CO.
Rodney was born July 13, 1951, in Rapid City, SD to Jack and Delores (McGregor) Ermish. He grew up in Rapid City and Sioux Falls, SD. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1969. Rodney married Lois Schaunaman on May 29, 1971. He followed in his father’s footsteps and worked for Northwestern Bell in 1971. He moved to Spearfish, SD with his family in 1974. He went on to be a computer engineer in 1989 for US West and moved to Papillion, NE. He continued his career with QWEST in Denver and retired in 2003. Following retirement, he worked for Fiserv in Charlotte, NC and Denver, CO.
Rodney enjoyed woodworking, fishing, hunting, and traveling. He especially loved children and volunteered at Tiny Town in Colorado as a train engineer. Rodney very much adored his grandchildren: Alyssa, Jack, Misha, Esperanza, Kayla, Braden, Adan, Sutasanie, Chachykon, and Sawyer.
He is preceded in death by his father, Jack Ermish.
Rodney is survived by his wife, Amnuaykarn (Amy) Chetanananda, Conifer, CO; his mother, Delores Ermish, Rapid City, SD; his brothers and sisters-in-law, James and Ronnie Ermish, Jacksonville, FL; Robert and Sherry Ermish, Rapid City, SD; his sister, Marilyn Ermish, Rapid City, SD; his two sons and daughters-in-law, David and Kay Ermish, Wall, SD; Danial and Shawna Ermish, Holcomb, KS; his step-children, Nkin and Jennifer Suwannakorn, Highlands Ranch, CO and Butri Suwannakorn and Joey Cohen, Highlands Ranch, CO.
Rodney will always be remembered as a patient and giving person. Rodney chose to have his organs donated upon his death.
A Memorial Service with Holy Eucharist was offered at 1:30 p.m., Monday, April 29, 2013 at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Rapid City, SD with Fr. Rich Ressler presiding.
A memorial has been established by the family.
Friends may sign his online guest register and offer condolences at www.serenityspringsfuneralchapel.com.
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