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Maurice J. “Pete” Rabenberg
Funeral Mass for Maurice J. “Pete” Rabenberg, 88, of Sisseton, SD, was held on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Sisseton, SD, with the Rev. Fr. Jerome Ranek Celebrant. Organist was Cindy Marohl and song leader Sandi Jaspers. Pallbearers were LeRon Knebel, Louie Johnson, Curtis Bissonette, CeeJay Bissonette, David Rabenberg, Harry Moshier, Jay Tasa and Stan Hippen. Honorary Pallbearers were Former Students and Co-workers from the Sisseton School District and all of Pete’s Friends and Relatives, Members of the Chris and Shirley Johnson and LeRoy and Louella Quinn families. Visitation was on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with a 7:00 p.m. Prayer Service at the Cahill Funeral Chapel, Sisseton, SD. Military Rites by Otto-Quande-Renville American Legion Post #50 and Fort Sisseton Veteran of Foreign Wars Post #3342. Interment was in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Artesian, SD. The Cahill Funeral Chapel, Sisseton, SD was in charge of funeral arrangements.
Maurice Jerome “Pete” Rabenberg was born on April 4, 1929 in Lennox, SD. He passed away on April 9, 2017 following a lengthy battle with dementia. Pete graduated from Lennox High School, received a Bachelor of Science degree from Sioux Falls College, and a Master’s degree in Education from South Dakota State University. Pete was a Sergeant in the U.S. Army from 1951-1953 during the Korean Conflict. He married Elizabeth McKillop from Artesian, SD on June 23, 1955, and together they raised five sons.
Educating young people was a driving force in Pete’s life. He began his career teaching in Baltic, Rutland, and Colton, SD. He was school superintendent at Chester, SD from 1961-67, and at Sisseton from 1967 until his retirement in 1989. Governor Nels Boe appointed him to the 1st Human Relations Board in South Dakota. Following Pete’s retirement, Governor Bill Janklow appointed him to two terms on the State Board of Education. He chaired the South Dakota Administrators Association in 1972. He served as Commander of American Legion posts in Rutland and Sisseton, SD.
Pete loved the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and trapping with his sons and friends in northeast South Dakota. Some of Pete’s favorite times were spent at the family cabin on Red Iron Lake and at his son Pat’s farm during calving time. He loved bowling, and spending time and playing with his grandkids.
Maurice was preceded in death by his parents Jerry and Tressa (Neeman) Rabenberg, and his brother Victor Rabenberg.
He is survived by his wife Elizabeth; sons Michael (Jane) from Bismarck, ND, Patrick from Sisseton, SD, Richard (Shellie) from Cave Creek, AZ, Douglas from Manor, TX and William (Anna) from Manor, TX; a nephew Russell Rabenberg from Parker, SD; brother-in-law Dan (Carol) McKillop from Gillette, WY and their families; six grandchildren Shanda (Curtis) Bissonette from Sisseton, Laura Ericson from Billings, MT, David (Kendra) Rabenberg from Great Falls, MT, Briana Rabenberg from Fargo, ND, Rachael and Henry Rabenberg from Manor, TX; Shanda and Briana’s mother Pam Quinn; and four great grandchildren CeeJay, Kennadee and Kyler Bissonette from Sisseton and baby girl Rabenberg from Great Falls, MT who will arrive in late April.
For Pete’s obituary and on-line registry, please visit www.cahillfuneralchapel.com.
Grace Lewis Melander, 93, died Friday, April 7, 2017 in Denver, CO. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul A. Melander. Grace was born in Roberts County, South Dakota, to Lauris and Martha (Solberg) Lewis on January 21, 1924.
Upon graduating from Sisseton High School, she went to work as Rosie the Riveter at Boeing Aircraft in Tacoma, WA. After the war, she worked as a telephone operator in Seattle, WA and Minneapolis, MN.
Grace was united in marriage to Paul in Watertown, SD in April 1947. She and Paul owned and operated a grocery store and cream station in Ortley, SD until leaving for Colorado in 1953 where they raised and enjoyed their family.
In 1964, Grace went to work in retail management for several years. After Paul’s retirement, they relocated to Mesa, AZ and spent the next 15 years relaxing and enjoying time with friends before returning to Colorado in 2000 to be near family.
Grace enjoyed her family and friends, her church, reading books and puzzles, her walks and volunteering.
Grace will be buried in Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, CO, next to her husband. She is survived by daughter Paulette (John) Schnittgrund, son Terry (Peggy) Melander, son Mark (Susan) Melander, her grandchildren Eric (Tania), Andy (Shauna), Russ (Nina), Matt, Katy, Scott, Kyle and many relatives and friends. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be greatly missed.
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