Mary Louise Paulson

October 23, 1930 ~ October 19, 2021

Mary Lou Paulson, 90, George Iowa, was called to her Heavenly Home, to be with her Lord and Savior, on Tuesday, October 19, 2021.

Funeral plans include a time of visitation with the family present on Friday, October 22, 2021,

at 10:00 am with a service celebrating Mary Lou’s life to follow at 11:00 am, held at the

Tabernacle Baptist Church, 206 East Indiana Avenue, George, IA. Livestreaming link.

Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Sioux Falls, SD.

Mary Lou Synhorst was born October 23, 1930, to Gerrit and Bertha (Buesen) Synhorst, of rural Larchwood, Iowa. Their home was on a farm near the small town of Granite, IA. Later, they moved nearby to the “home place” overlooking the Sioux River on the Iowa, South Dakota border where Mary Lou spent most of her growing up years. She attended country school, and two years of high school in Larchwood before graduating from Washington High School in Sioux Falls, and later from the Christian Workers Institute, in Sioux Falls, SD.

Mary Lou married Leland Paulson of Sioux Falls, on July 27, 1953, celebrating their 68th wedding anniversary this year.

Mary Lou was a versatile musician playing the piano or organ in churches and related gatherings wherever they served. She devoted herself to the Word of God, and prayer for the work of God, and especially for her children and grandchildren.

Mary Lou entered the Good Samaritan Home, in George, on May 28, 2019, a move arranged by her home health care nurse. Mary Lou had been talking about going to the home for some time, possibly thinking more of Leland, than of herself. After she became unable to walk without falling, they agreed that it was time. Leland admired the positive way and courage with which she accepted the change.

Mary Lou will be deeply missed by her husband, Leland; three children, Orlan (Rosa) Paulson, Haltom City, TX, LeAnn Riveness, Mt. Prospect, IL, and John Paulson, Superior, WI; brother-in-law, Larry (Judy) Paulson, Edgerton, MN; seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and many dear friends.

Mary Lou was preceded in death by her parents, Gerrit and Bertha Synhorst; one brother and sister-in-law, Gordon and Elaine Synhorst; two aunts, Em Iverson and Nora Kvale; along with other extended family members.

Debra Marie Von Behren

August 11, 1958 ~ October 17, 2021

Debra M. Wikstrom, 63, Madison, SD, died Sunday, October 17, 2021, at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls.

A Celebration of Life for Debra (Deb) Marie Van Behren will be Saturday, October 23, 2021, 3:00pm, at Sertoma Park, Sioux Falls, SD.

Debra Marie Von Behren was born August 11, 1958, to Gerald and Barbara (Crocker) Wikstrom, and grew up in Minneapolis. She married Brian Van Wagner on May 19, 1977. They were blessed with three boys and one girl. They lived in Luverne, MN, and several towns in South Dakota. Later in 2011, Debra married Alan Von Behren and gained two stepsons and one stepdaughter. They made their home in Madison, SD.

Deb is lovingly remembered by her husband, Alan; two sons Patrick, Springfield, SD, and Matthew (Marie), Hartford, SD; daughter, Jackie (Will) Winegarner, Madison, SD; three stepchildren, Adam, Jalisa, and Riley; father, Gerald Wikstrom, Coon Rapids, MN; siblings Evelyn (Danny) Kephart, Luverne MN, Deanna Gutzmer, Coon Rapids, MN, and Jerry (Nan) Wikstrom; best friend, Brian Van Wagner; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Barbara; son, Brian Jr. (Bubba); grandson, Cameron Michael; granddaughter, Barbara Ann; brother, Bobbie; sister, Patricia; and nephew, Evan Lewis Daubenspeck.

Dorothy May Vanderberg

April 5, 1942 ~ October 15, 2021

Dorothy May Vanderberg, 79, Brandon, died, Friday, October 15, 2021, at her home. 

Memorial Services will be 10:30am, Saturday, October 23, 2021, at Heartland Funeral Home, in Brandon, with a Visitation beginning at 9:30am. Inurnment will follow at the Jasper City Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Diabetes Foundation.

Dorothy May Adams was born April 5, 1942, in Ethan, SD, to Steve and Dora (Gukeisen) Adams. She was raised on a farm just east of Ethan and she attended a one-room schoolhouse through the Eighth Grade, then went on and graduated from Parkston High School in 1960. After graduation, Dorothy moved to Sioux Falls and attended Nettleton Commercial College. Dorothy married Eugene Hoffman and was blessed with three children.  She later married Charles Vanderberg. The couple made their home in Sioux Falls. While raising her own three children, Dorothy also babysat other children and did seamstress work. Dorothy moved to Brandon in 1991. She officially retired from accounting in 2008. In 2012, Dorothy moved from Brandon to Edgerton, MN, to live with her daughter, Stephanie, and husband Ronald. Later, she returned to Brandon.

Dorothy enjoyed needlework and word games. She loved to be in the kitchen and her cooking brought her and others true joy.

Dorothy is survived by her two sons, Robert Hoffmann, San Diego, CA, and Kevin Hoffmann, Brandon, SD; her daughter, Stephanie (Ronald) Van Der Linden, Edgerton, MN; one sister, Joyce (Keith) Loof, Hartford, SD; two brothers, LeRoy (Susan) Adams, Ethan, SD, and William (Dottie) Adams, Ethan, SD.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Charles; her parents; and one sister, Alice Lehrkamp.

Eugene Harold Mathison

November 16, 1937 ~ September 30, 2021

Eugene Mathison, 83, Sioux Falls, died Thursday, September 30, 2021, at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls. 

Eugene “Gene” H Mathison was born November 16, 1937, to Harold and Ethel (Arnott) Mathison. He was the oldest of their four children. Gene married Dorothy Trout. To this union, four children were born; Mark, Matthew, Luke, and Rachelle. Gene later married Judy Stoppleworth. They also had four children; Derrod, Querida, Kacelle, and Cametra. 

Gene enjoyed taking his family camping and fishing. He and Judy enjoyed traveling and were even able to travel abroad a few times with the family.  He enjoyed gardening and was excellent at remodeling homes.  He

could do plumbing, electrical, countertops, tiling, and cabinetry all without asking a professional to come in. But that was just a hobby. He was also an excellent salesman which he spent his livelihood years selling everything from pots and pans, to shoes, and insurance; a true jack-of-all-trades.  

Gene was an avid story and joke teller. He faithfully read his Bible every day. He enjoyed sharing with others the promises that The Bible had taught.  Such as a paradise on Earth, a world without sickness and pain, a time of no more tears. 

Gene is survived by his wife Judy of Sioux Falls; sons, Mark, Great Falls, MT, Matthew, Lamberton, MN, Luke, Wabasso, MN, and Derrod (Megan), Sioux Falls; daughters, Rachelle (Philip) Graff, Sanborn, MN, Querida Johnson, Sioux Falls,  Kacelle (Benjamin) Mathison-Duran, Sioux Falls; one brother, Dale (Geneva) Mathison, Fairhope, AL; eight grandchildren, Jael (Justin) Richardson, Jesse Mathison, Danyette (Fernando) Trevino, Tyler (Jenna) Graff, Shaye (Shannel) Johnson, Gabriel Schroeder, Oliver Duran, and Martin Duran; and six great-grandchildren.

Gene is preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Rebecca; one brother, Robert, and one daughter, Cametra.  

Edward “Ed” Allen Stringer

December 14, 1946 ~ September 26, 2021

Edward “Ed” A. Stringer, 74, Sioux Falls, died Sunday, September 26, 2021, at the Sanford USD Medical Center after a courageous battle with cancer.

Memorial Services will be held 7pm, Friday, October 1, 2021, at Heartland Funeral Home, with visitation beginning at 5pm. A private inurnment will take place at the SD State Veteran’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a Memorial has been established in his honor.

Edward “Ed” Allen Stringer was born December 14, 1946, in Sioux Falls, to Alfred and Hazel (Townsend) Stringer. He was raised and attended school here and graduated from high school before joining the Navy.

Ed’s 21-year Navy career brought him to many countries, including service during the Vietnam conflict.  His many awards included National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Battle and Ribbon with Device, Navy Expeditionary Medal, four (4) Good Conduct Medals, Sea Service Deployment Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, and the Navy Unit Commendation.

His most cherished gift was awarded while he was stationed in Chicago in the form of his daughter, Adrian.

October 8, 1988, Ed married his love, Laurel, in Hartford, where they made their home.  On that day, Ed also welcomed his bonus children, Robert, Christine, and Terry.

Following his military career, Ed was a long-distance semi-truck driver.  He earned one million miles ticket-free and accident-free.

Retirement from the road did not slow our Ed down one bit! His passion for Veterans causes lit a fire in him to serve with the American Legion as a member, Post Commander (Post 15), and District Commander (District 7).  He actively served on the board and as a counselor for Boy’s State.  Ed was also State Membership Chairman and had earned five (5) Gold Brigade jackets for the recruitment of new Legion members.  He was reported to have even recruited a new member directly in front of the National American Legion Headquarters in Indianapolis, IN.  Anyone who has known Ed has surely heard his bellowing invitation… “Are you a member of the American Legion? No? Talk to me and let’s fix that!”

The jewel in Ed’s crown (and we know he’d love hearing the ‘crown’ part) was as a founding member and driving force behind the new American Legion Post 911.

Some of Ed’s favorite pastimes were hunting with ‘his boys and fishing near Chamberlain, SD from his pontoon boat. 

He was the un-official Grandpa of all the players and family members of the Fusion Heat softball team and could be seen and heard cheering from the stands at most of their games.

Hartford, SD, was the only long-time permanent home for Ed. He was a neighborhood fixture helping and bringing laughter to all that were lucky enough to cross his path both in this, his adopted hometown, and all the places he travelled.

Ed is survived by his loving wife, Laurel; his bonus children, Rob (Gail) Dickerson, Christine (Jeff) DeYoung, and Terry (Michelle) Dickerson; Ed also leaves seven adored grandchildren and five great-grandchildren who always made him smile.  He’d say… ‘’that’s why they are called grand, and great!”

Preceding Ed were his grandparents, parents, two brothers, one sister, and his beloved daughter, Adrian.

Gerald “Gerry” Brazones

May 10, 1929 ~ November 25, 2019

Gerald “Gerry” Brazones, aka “Mr. Wonderful”, 90, Sioux Falls, SD, passed away November 25, 2019. His burial and Celebration of Life was postponed due to the COVID pandemic. His Funeral Service was held July 31, 2021, with his family.

Condolences can be sent to the family at PO Box 91123, Sioux Falls, SD, 57109.

Gerry was born on May 10, 1929, to Marie “Mary” and Peter Brazdzons in Racine, Wisconsin, and grew up there with his seven brothers and sisters. His family changed the spelling of the last name to Brazones at a later date.  He married the love of his life, Suzette Yvonne LaFrance, on June 29, 1957. Together, they raised six children. For those of you that didn’t know our dad, we want to share some bits and pieces that made him the man we knew and loved.

Gerry was a master story and joke teller with a polished comedian’s sense of timing. He knew exactly the right place to embellish a tale and when to deliver a punchline. He had a great sense of humor and his belly laugh was contagious. He gave the best hugs and had a smile that could light up any room. When you got a hug from Gerry, it was memorable.

Gerry grew up in the Great Depression and could never throw things away because he might need them some day. No matter what you needed, he would venture into the basement or garage and somehow miraculously find exactly what you needed from his collection of odds and ends. We never had to send a search party to the garage or basement to find him, but came close a few times. When he didn’t have what you needed, he was a master at “Jerry Rigging” almost anything to extend the useful life until a more permanent solution was found. It was seldom elegant, but it always worked. We learned a lot from him.

Our dad loved listening to his wife, Suzette and her piano students play the piano. He had a repertoire of funny songs from his childhood. When an appropriate situation arose, he would sing a ditty which made people smile. He is the one that taught us most of the campfire songs we sang as children. At family gatherings and holidays, we all circled around the piano and sang songs together or went Christmas caroling to the neighbors’ houses. We love these memories.

Gerry helped us build legendary snow forts in the winter and taught us to use metal garbage can lids as shields during snowball fights. The man was a genius. Our side of the street always won the snowball challenges in the snow fortress he helped us build.  He taught us how to fish with bamboo poles and took us camping, often to explore new state parks and nature.  We loved these adventures.

Gerry loved horticulture and experimenting in his garden. Our dad was naturally curious about many things from horticulture experiments in his garden, history, and learning how things worked. He loved the continuing education classes he took at SDSU, well into his late 80’s.

Gerry loved the culinary arts and tinkering around in the kitchen exploring new recipies. He is most remembered for the great entrees he prepared and the largest number of dirty dishes left behind. He loved making bread and experimenting with new sauces. He loved cooking with wine and sometines he even put it in the food.

Our dad enjoyed lap swimming at the Sanford Fitness Center. What he loved the most was the people he met and saw everyday. He started a numbers racket when he picked up the study of Numerolgy as a way to exercise his mind and keep it sharp. If you told him your first and middle name, he’d tell you your lucky number and life profile. He never did figure out the Powerball numbers, but it wasn’t for a lack of trying. Our dad would sing a song he wrote called “The Wonderful” to family and friends on their Birthday. As a result, his Sanford friends and others started calling him “Mr. Wonderful”.

Gerald served in the Air Force in 1952 for the 78th Air Base Squadron in Madison, WI. He was a Territory Manager for Will Ross Inc. Later in his life, he became an insurance agent with Dick Dougherty & Associates until he retired. His greatest accomplishment was being a great husband and father. Lucky us.

Gerald is survived by five wonderful children; Marie, Annette, Mark, Erik, and Steven.

Gerald is preceded in death by his wife, Suzette; son, Karl; his parents, Marie “Mary” and Peter Brazones; brothers, Carl, Dick, and Don Brazones; and sisters, Marie Benner, Evie Foster, and Sally Knapp.

We are so grateful that God choose him to be our dad. We love and miss you.

Carolyn Helen Jackson

May 22, 1942 ~ September 4, 2021

Carolyn H Jackson, 79, of both Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Raritan, New Jersey, died Saturday, September 4, 2021, at the home of her daughter, and son-in-law.

Memorial Services will be held at 12 Noon on Saturday, October 16, 2021, at The Reformed Church at Finderne (581 Bridgewater Ave. Bridgewater, NJ, 08807)

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Carolyn’s name to San Alfonso’s. (755 Ocean Ave, PO Box 3098, Long Branch NJ 07740)

Carolyn Helen Jackson was born on May 22, 1942, to Charles and Ann (Adamski) Walrod and she spent her youth in Bayonne, NJ. As a graduate of the Jersey City State College Education program, Carolyn moved out of the city with her college sweetheart, Paul T Jackson, and eventually settling in Raritan, NJ. Carolyn taught elementary and special education while raising two children. Additionally, she had a second career at AT&T using many of her teaching skills.

Carolyn radiated compassion, joy, and a serious Jersey attitude. She loved the Shore, murder mysteries, sewing, enjoying her garden and her many friends and family, all of whom will miss her sense of humor, her contagious laughter, and most of all, her guidance and wisdom.

Carolyn is survived by her daughter, Karen (James) Tvedt, and her son, Eric (Emilia Agrafojo) Jackson.

Carolyn is preceded by her husband, Paul; and her parents, Charles and Ann (Adamski) Walrod.

Carolyn lives on in the hearts and minds of all who were blessed to know her.

Barbara Louise Ward

June 15, 1938 ~ August 20, 2021

Barbara L. Ward, 83, Chancellor, SD, died Friday, August 20, 2021, unexpectedly
at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD, with her family around her.

A private family service will be held Saturday, September 11th, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm
with Pastor Jeff Hayes officiating. A Visitation will be from 3:00 to 4:00 pm; both will take place at 46256 270 St., Chancellor, SD, 57015.

Barbara Louise Ward was born June 15, 1938, in Norway, Maine, to Albert and Ruth Roy. Barbara graduated from Norway High School in 1956, which is also the year she married the love of her life, Franklin Ward, on October 19, 1956.

Barbara worked hard in life, putting in many years at the Imperial 400 Motel, Eastern Tool Company, and the Shoe Shop, in Norway, Maine, where she worked with her husband, Frank. Barbara lived most of her life in East Hartford, CT., where she raised her family and became a member of every casino, east to west. Later, she moved with her husband, to Sioux Falls SD, to be closer to her children and grandchildren. Barbara would brighten any life she touched. She brought life to the party and love to our hearts.

Barbara will be missed by her three children, Ricky (Gail) Ward, Sioux Falls, Linda (Ken) Letze,
Chancellor, SD, and Jeffrey Ward, Inverness, FL; nine grandchildren, Jason and Justin Ward,
Jennifer (Zach) Benning, Sarah and Jessica Jellema, Miranda (Nick) Fendrich, and Matthew, Nickole and Tim Ward.

Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Franklin Ward; father and mother, Albert and Ruth Roy; and three brothers Albert Jr., Roland, and Arthur Roy.

Merle Bennet Peterson

January 26, 1940 ~ August 27, 2021

Merle B. Peterson, 81, Sioux Falls died Friday, August 27, 2021, at the Ava House following his battle with cancer.

Merle Bennet Peterson was born January 26, 1940, in Wausa, NE, to Harry and Emma (Skelberg) Peterson.  Merle Peterson graduated Brookings High School.  He met Maxine James and married March of 1960, in Brookings. They moved to Council Bluffs for his job at Fairmont Foods and he continued to work for Fairmont Foods when they moved to Storm Lake. They moved to Mitchell, SD, to work for a different company; Harker’s Wholesale Meats. The company transferred them to Sioux Falls, along with their two children. He worked for that company for 27 years. Once retired, Merle went to work for Orion Foods, for 15 years, being a truck driver. Upon retiring again, he did other part-time jobs with US Auto Force, Hy-Vee, and as a Grounds Keeper, at their apartment complex.

Merle was a devoted husband and father. He loved to hunt, fish, many motorcycle trips with his wife, and riding dirt bikes with his son. He also loved to travel, loved going for coffee at different coffee shops with his wife along, and with friends and family Through years of working as a salesman, he developed long-lasting friendships.  Merle was a wonderful loving father and grandfather. He was always there to lend a helping hand when needed; especially to his daughter, and her many projects around her house.

Merle will be deeply missed by two children, Rick (Michelle) Peterson, Sioux Falls, and Kristi (Ryan Putnam) Bassett, Sioux Falls; nine grandchildren, Dalton, Taylor, Drake, McKenzie, Caden, Tara, Jeff, Jaris, and Jordan; eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Florence Doran; and many nieces and nephews.

Merle was preceded in death by his wife, Maxine; his parents, Harry and Emma (Skelberg) Peterson; one son (at birth), Randall; one grandchild, Eric Boyd; one brother, Sterling Peterson; and one sister, Darlene Holmberg.

Steven Garrett Snapper

June 22, 1949 ~ August 19, 2021

Steven G. Snapper, 72, Sioux Falls, died Thursday, August 19, 2021, at the USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD.

A Memorial Visitation will be 5-7pm, Thursday, August 26, 2021, at Heartland Funeral Home.

Steven Garrett Snapper was born June 22, 1949, to Harry and Margaret (Nordlie) Snapper and spent his early years in Sioux Falls. His family moved to Valley Springs and lived there for several years. He graduated from Brandon Valley High School in 1968. After high school, Steven joined the US Coast Guard and was based in Charlevoix, MI. When he was discharged, he returned to Sioux Falls, where he met his wife, Darlene Bialas. Steven and Darlene were married on May 15, 1971.

Steven worked for many years at Elmen Enterprises as a computer programmer. He enjoyed photography, short road trips, walks, time with his granddaughters, and feeding the ducks and geese at Arrowhead Park. Steven and Darlene celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this year by renewing their vows.

Steven is survived by his wife Darlene; sons, Greg and Sean; granddaughters, Trina, Trista, and Trinity, all of Sioux Falls; one sister, Donna Saalborn, Fort Walton Beach, FL; and one brother, Robert (Kris) Snapper, Sioux Falls.

Steven is preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Margaret Snapper.

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