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LaVelva WilliamsLaVelva Amos-Williams
Funeral Service for LaVelva E. Amos-Williams, 83, of Peever, SD, was held on Monday, July 7, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. at the Ascension Presbyterian Church, Big Coulee, with the Rev. Vern Donnell and Jr. Heminger CLP officiating. Pianists were Mary Beth Kirk and Billy Kohl, with special music by Big Coulee Choir and Episcopal Singers. Pallbearers were D.J. Amos, Mike Wiggins, Micah Amos, Caleb Amos, Gerald Amos, Ronnie Neilan. Honorary Pallbearers were Mary Beth Kirk, Alta German, Barb Anderson, Norma Perko, Audrey German, Jane Gillmore, Veronica Kuehn, Elaine German, Doris Bursheim, Esther Halbert, Caril Amos, Billy Kohl, Lynn Dubois, LuAnn Emmick, Paula Armstrong, Kathy White, Kathy Oien, Rosella Heminger, Marlene Iron Heart, Rose Chase, Diane Flannery, Patricia Oceguera, Betty Amos, Joann Spider and all Fellow Presbyterian Women. Interment was in the Ascension Presbyterian Cemetery, Big Coulee. Wake Services were held at the Tribal Community Center, Agency Village, at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday and an all-night Wake on Sunday. The Cahill Funeral Chapel, Sisseton, SD, was in charge of arrangements.
LaVelva was born on June 23, 1931 at Sisseton, SD to Norby and Flora Phelpes, and raised with many brothers and sisters. LaVelva was a beautiful woman. She was raised by two well-known and respected elders, her parents. Regardless of having grown up in a large family, LaVelva and all her siblings were raised in a way that would teach the next generation to come to know how to work hard and have kind hearts. LaVelva is a name that brings a smile to your face whenever you hear it. She was known for many things. She impressed many with her expertise for making some of the most beautiful star quilts one has ever seen. Her creative mind thought up many different designs over many years. Every quilt was different, and it always seemed as though coming up with so many color combinations was just as natural as breathing to LaVelva. LaVelva was united in marriage to Phillip Williams on January 4, 1963 in Wheaton, MN. She was a member of the Big Coulee Ascension Church, where she served as an elder for many years as well as being a member of ladies aid and always had a helping hand in whatever the church had going on. She was raised in the church, and the knowledge and faith that was gained was evident in her everyday life. Not only was she a faithful member, but she was also a faithful choir member, and there are many that remember her through her voice and dedication in spreading the love of God through praise and worship. LaVelva was also a great cook. She cooked at the Big Coulee School and put in over thirty years working for the local hospital, not to mention all those very large and delicious meals she prepared for her family during all the holidays and special events. LaVelva did a lot to bring a good reputation to her name through her life, whether it was her cooking, quilts, her work and dedication in the church, or her cheerful way of greeting others. All those who had the opportunity to meet her would agree that LaVelva was truly Heaven sent. After all, raising a family of six children on her own was no easy task, but she always showed her children love and provided them with loving nurturing. The upbringing of all six of LaVelva’s children has shown to be great because her children have blessed her with many grandchildren who get that same tender loving care, and it all stemmed from one woman -- one woman who showed so much love and strength and was a true example of God’s love every singe day. LaVelva passed away on July 2, 2014 at the Tekakwitha Living Center, Sisseton, SD.
LaVelva is survived by six children, Tim and Dawn Amos of Rapid City, SD, Darrell and Judy Amos of Sisseton, SD, Richard Williams of Watertown, SD, AdrianWilliams of Peever, SD, Patty Williams of Rosholt, SD, Tom and Jane Gillmore of Yankton, SD, and adopted daughter Alta German of Peever, SD; one sister, Geraldine Kohl of Minneapolis, MN; two brothers, Charles Amos Sr. of Peever, SD and Harlan Amos of Sisseton, SD; nineteen grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren.
LaVelva was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one son, Michael Williams; two brothers, Gaylord and Melvin Amos, and two sisters, Sybina Schaefford and Mabel Amos; and one granddaughter, Rachel Wiggins.
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Elden LawrenceDr. Elden Lawrence
Funeral Service for Dr. Elden Eugene Lawrence, 77, of Peever, SD, was held on Friday, July 11, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Peever Community Center, Peever, SD, with Pastor Don Lykins officiating. Special music was provided by Elden’s Musical Friends. Pallbearers were Jeffrey Anderson, Garrett Lawrence, Sam Lawrence, Caleb Ironheart, Gerald Amos and Philip Lawrence. Honorary Pallbearers were Dr. Charles Woodard, Doug Nelson, Harvey DuMarce, Don Shindlar, Mike Owen, Ken Cameron, Franklin Keeble, Leon Eneboe, Dave Finstad and Don Backman. Interment was in the Paha Wakan Cemetery “Sacred Hill Cemetery,” Peever, SD, with Military Rites by the American Legion Post #314. Wake Service was held on Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Peever Community Center, Peever, SD. The Cahill Funeral Chapel, Sisseton, SD, was in charge of arrangements.
Elden Eugene Lawrence was born on August 31, 1936 to Melvin and Marie (Ironheart) Lawrence on the Sisseton Wahpeton Indian Reservation in Northeastern South Dakota. He was one of ten children, of whom nine were boys. In his early years Elden learned to hunt wild game and fish in the small creeks for food. Elden first attended a small township school near Peever, SD, and then Watertown Public, then spent one year at Flandreau Indian School before enlisting in the United States Army on September 1,flag 1953, when he was 17. He served until August 31, 1956 and reenlisted and served from July 14, 1958 until July 14, 1961. He received the National Defense Service Medal, Army Occupation Medal (Germany) and Expert (Rifle). While in the service he received his GED. After his military service, he moved about the country doing many types of jobs and eventually ended up in Minneapolis where he met his wife, Kim Johnson, and they were married on October 17, 1969. At the age of 44, Elden decided to go back to school in order to provide a better, more secure life for his family. He applied his work ethic to study and became the first 4.0 graduate in 1984 with his AA from the Sisseton Wahpeton Community College.He went on to Moorhead State University where he earned his bachelor degree in Human Services and then to the University of South Dakota for a Masters in Public Administration. In 1999, he became only the second Native American to receive a Ph.D from South Dakota State University. Dr. Lawrence became the President of the Sisseton Wahpeton Community College and a Professor of Sociology, providing leadership through some very difficult years. He served as a Professor of Ethnic Studies at the Minnesota State University, Mankato for two years and received the Dean’s Diversity Award. Dr. Lawrence wrote four books, The Peace Seekers: The Indian Christians and the Dakota Conflict (2005), Stories and Reflections From an Indian Perspective (2008), Stepping Off the Keelboat (2013), and Stories and Reflections From an Indian Perspective, Volume 2. He was a contributing author in four other books and has written several journal articles of a scholarly nature. He served two terms as a tribal council member and was appointed to a partial term as Tribal Secretary of the Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe. Dr. Lawrence’s personal mission was the bridging of the gap between mainstream American and American Indian cultures. In the final analysis, according to Dr. Lawrence, history must tell its own story. “We can’t create history in our own image, according to how we would like it to be. The truth in history is for those who are willing to spend the time and make the effort to find it.” Dr. Elden Eugene Lawrence passed away at his home on July 4, 2014.
Elden is survived by his wife, Kim Lawrence of Peever, SD; one son, Derrick Lawrence of Peever, SD; one daughter, Debbie and husband, Joey Anderson of Peever, SD; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews.
Elden was preceded in death by his parents, one grandson, Benjamin Anderson, eight brothers and one sister.
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Doris VigDoris B. Vig
Funeral Service for Doris B. Vig, 85, of Sisseton, SD, was held on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at the Cahill Funeral Chapel, Sisseton, SD, with the Rev. Vern Donnell officiating. Pianist was June Evenson, with special music by Krystal Williams. Pallbearers were Joel Vig, John VanBrocklin, Billy Rice, and Irv Slaamot. Interment was in the Goodwill Cemetery, Sisseton, SD. There was visitation one hour prior to services at the chapel. The Cahill Funeral Chapel, Sisseton, SD, was in charge of arrangements.
We lost our beloved wife, mother, sister, and friend on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at the age of 85. Doris was born to Knute and Kate Knudtson on May 15, 1929 near Sisseton, SD. Doris is survived by her loving husband, LeRoy Vig of Sisseton, SD (currently residing at the Golden Living Center in Groton, SD); her son, Joel Vig of Cocoa, FL; her daughter, Carrie Mowry of Pittsburgh, PA; and her brothers Marvin Knudtson of Rapid City, SD, and Gilbert Knudtston of Arizona.
Doris graduated from Sisseton High School in 1947. She was approached by a school board member and offered a teaching position. Becoming an educator was Doris’s special hope and dream. She attended college in Aberdeen to fulfill this dream. She married her childhood sweetheart, LeRoy, on December 9, 1950, and their love story has persevered for 64 years. Early in their marriage, LeRoy was drafted to serve in the Korean War and they packed up their car and moved to California. Doris went on to receive her Master’s degree in 1965 and by 1982 was just shy of her Doctorate of Education. She taught elementary school for almost 50 years while at the same time teaching English as a Second Language to adult students in the evenings. LeRoy and Doris moved back to Sisseton, SD in 2003, returning to their hometown after 50 years of living in near Los Angeles, CA.
Doris was a generous philanthropist throughout her life, donating to several Christian and humanitarian causes around the world. Doris will be remembered for her lifetime commitment to teaching thousands of children and adults, her wisdom brought on by extensive education and a highly inquisitive intellect, her love of reading, and an enduring love for her family, friends, and most of all, her Lord, Jesus Christ.
In memory of Doris, the family asks that any donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Care Unit at the Golden Living Center in Groton, SD, where her beloved husband resides.
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Wendell WestfieldWendell E. Westfield
Wendell E. Westfield, age 92, of Moorhead, MN, died October 18, 2013, in Lake Ridge Health Care Center, Roseville, MN.
Wendell Eugene was born on February 8, 1921 in Canby, MN, to Alfred and Sylvia (Buchanan) Westfield. He grew up on a farm North of Canby, MN, and graduated from Madison High School. After graduating, Wendell attendeFlagd sheet metal school in Omaha, NE, built planes in Buffalo NY, then served in the United States Navy. Upon returning from his service, he returned to farming on the family farm. On October 20, 1949, he married Ruth Medhaug in Veblen, SD. After marriage, they farmed in the Canby area until they moved to Moorhead in 1959, where they have resided since. Throughout life, Wendell enjoyed the outdoors whether it was farming, gardening, or outdoor sports. Wendell was also known as the local handyman by family, friends and neighbors.
He is survived by his daughter, Carmen (Kenneth) Bengtsson of Karlstad, Sweden; sons, Brian (Trudy) of Summerville, OR, Lee (Candyce) of Walker, MN and Aaron (Barbara) of St. Paul, MN; sisters, Beverly (Dennis) Frederickson, Porter, MN and Marcella Oellien, Canby, MN; brother, Merlin Westfield, Pipestone, MN; nine grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Beulah Friis and Marilyn Frederickson; brothers, Russell, Lowell and Gerald Westfield.
Funeral Service will be Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Canby, MN. Visitation will be one hour before the service.
Interment will be at Canby City Cemetery, Canby, MN.
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Irene NelsonIrene (Enkers) Nelson
Irene Ethel Lois (Enkers) Nelson, 91, Rosholt, SD, formerly of Sisseton, SD, passed away peacefully Sunday, July 6, 2014, at the Rosholt Care Center.
Funeral services were Wednesday, July 9, at 11:00 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Sisseton with Rev. William J. Schruba officiating. Music was provided by organist Mona Greseth.
Burial was in the Bethania Cemetery, Rosholt, SD. Honorary pallbearers were the VFW Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary, the Meadowlarks and all of her friends. Active pallbearers were Randy Lee, Dale Lee, Peter Nelson, Jason Trower, Bill Schrader, Mark Campbell, Sean Nelson and Andrew Kostick.
Visitation was Tuesday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Eggers Funeral Home in Rosholt and continued Wednesday one hour prior to the service at the church.
Irene was born April 2, 1923, at Hankinson, ND, to Erick and Annie (Rustan) Enkers. She was baptized at United Church of Christ in Hankinson and confirmed at the Lutheran church in Fairmount, ND. They moved to Rosholt in 1930, and she attended school at Victor No. 1 Country School.
On July 20, 1941, Irene married Ralph Emanuel Nelson at the Bethania Lutheran parsonage in Rosholt. Ralph and Irene lived north of Rosholt, south of Rosholt in Bryant Township, then moved to Beardsley, MN, and finally to Sisseton October 1, 1959.
Through the years Irene worked for Lloyd Lee’s Resort, Landsbergers Creamery, Sisseton Public School, Tekakwitha Nursing Home, A & W Restaurant, Schiltz Foods, I-29 Motel, and Johnson’s Funeral Home of Rosholt. Irene did volunteer work for 33 years at Tekakwitha Nursing Home, Greenleaf, and also sang with the Meadowlarks. She was a lifetime member of the VFW and the American Legion Auxiliaries. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Sisseton.
Irene, M&M Grandma or Grandma No No, enjoyed traveling when Ralph was still here, especially going to California to babysit. Fishing, tending her garden and flowers, going to rummage sales, dancing and a good screwdriver always made her happy. Irene liked to play cards and board games with friends and family sometimes leading to a good argument which she thoroughly enjoyed as well!
Irene was always busy and on the go but always had time to make her famous mints for confirmations, graduations and weddings. She always had Spaghettios, cheese, mandarin oranges, cranberries and M&Ms on hand.
Irene is survived by three children, Ralph Jr. (Denise) Nelson of Visalia, CA, Shirley (Larry) Lee of Rosholt, SD, and Beverley (Ray) Trower of Breckenridge, MN; a sister, Lucille Larsen of California; two sisters-in-law, Lorraine Enkers of Wisconsin and Bernice Nelson of Minneapolis, MN; grandchildren, Randy (Gina) Lee, Dale (Betty) Lee, Cheryl (Peter) Nelson, Wendy (Mark) Campbell, Jason Trower, Tasha (Andrew) Kostick and Sean Nelson; great-grandchildren, Jami and Jason Bird, Chad (friend Kea) Lee, Bryan (Julia) Lee, Logan Schrader, Burgandy Schrader, Travis (Katie) Campbell, Justin (friend Shannon) Campbell, Ashley Campbell, Emma Kostick, and Drew Kostick; great-great-grandchildren, Katelyn Watson, Justin Bird, Hunter Lee, Aubrey Lee, Riley Lee, Parker Schrader, Carson Campbell, Caleb Campbell and one due in December; and many nieces and nephews.
Irene was preceded in death by her parents; husband Ralph; brothers, Edward, Arthur and Warren (Eileen) Enkers; and brother-in-law, Alvin (Sonny) Larsen.

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