Aleida Marie Meyerhoff

January 18, 1940 ~ October 8, 2020

Aleida Marie Meyerhoff, 80, Sioux Falls, was received into the embrace of our Lord on Thursday, October 8, 2020, after a brief stay at Dougherty Hospice House.

Visitation with family present will be 5-7pm, Monday, October 12, 2020, at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Sioux Falls, SD.  Funerals Services will begin at 10:30am, Tuesday, October 13, 2020, also at Westminster Presbyterian Church.  Burial will follow (12:45pm), at Evergreen Cemetery, George, IA.

Here is the link for the Live Stream of Aleida’s funeral on Tuesday.

https://youtube/FQk9hGD0VF1

Aleida Marie Dreesen was born in Pipestone County, Minnesota, on January 18, 1940, to Ralph and Aalke (Groen) Dreesen. She and six of her cousins were all named Aleida after their grandmother. The family of 7 lived on a farm outside of town where her parents instilled a strong belief that she needed to “lead, follow, or get out of the way”! Aleida chose to lead. She graduated from Luverne High School in 1958 and embarked on a life of serving others as an example of her strong faith in Jesus Christ. 

    Aleida married Harry Lee Meyerhoff on November 28, 1961. This union was blessed with three children; Brenda, Keith, and Arla. The family made their home in George while Harry was employed with DGR.  In 1987, DGR opened a facility in Sioux Falls, SD that prompted a move for Harry & Aleida. Aleida was always straight to the point and a leader. She was employed as a CNA in various departments of the Sioux Valley Health System. Quite often she was known to be an advocate for those she cared for. She wasn’t known for her political correctness, but she ALWAYS went the extra step to ensure people had what they needed. When Aleida worked in the oncology unit she and Harry were known to visit people who had no family. She was truly a caretaker in all aspects of her life. She would ask people to keep her in the loop of what was going on just so she could know how best to serve their needs.

    Sometimes, after they visited the hospital, she and Harry would use their coupon book to find a new restaurant to try.  Although they loved to eat out, they didn’t have a favorite place. The favorite part was the people (and ice cream), not the place. After Harry died in 2000 Aleida continued to serve others.  She was part of many groups of ladies; the 12-pack, the 6-pack, Coffee Party ladies, Active Generation friends, Bible Study ladies and she made lasting friendships from her time at Sanford. She made sure to check in with her group of ladies daily.  

    Aleida loved to play card and board games. She loved the conversations she and the ladies had on the phone. In her early days surrounding the holidays were busy with cookie making! She and her crews would produce 1000s of cookies. If you were lucky enough to make cookies with her the only requirement was to bring an empty ice cream pail so you could take some home. She always provided the ingredients and space. Aleida had it down to a science after a short time. The table was raised on coffee cans for the next 40 years or so to make it easier to frost her legendary cut-out cookies. There were all kinds of cookies, but they were all a gift for someone.  

   Aleida will be remembered for her kindness to others, her dedication to family, and her devotion to serve others. In the days close to her death her greatest desire was to let everyone she cared for know they are important and they are loved.

    Sadly, Aleida, 80, Sioux Falls, was received into the embrace of our Lord on Thursday, October 8, 2020, after a brief stay at Dougherty Hospice House.  

She is survived by her children, Brenda (Doug) Medalen Sioux Falls, SD; Arla Schultz, Luverne, MN; daughter-in-law, Carol Meyerhoff, Sheldon IA, eight grandchildren, Lee (Amanda) Medalen, Sioux Falls, SD, Heather (Justin) Hanson, Sioux Falls, SD, Aaron (Mya) Van Der Stoep, Parker, SD, Adam (Shaelee) Van Der Stoep, Hamilton, MI, Amanda Schultz, Luverne, MN, Katie (Pat) Berger, Dakota Dunes, SD, Christie (Seth) Lloyd, Moville, IA, Karrie (Josh Rogers) Meyerhoff, Sioux City, IA; 17 great-grandchildren, one brother, Orvel (Karen) Dreesen, Ellsworth, MN; and a host of other family and friends.

Aleida was preceded in death by her husband, Harry; her son, Keith; her sister, Anna Mae (Bill) Green; two brothers, Dick (Dolores) Dreesen; Ben (Grace, Norma, Thelma) Dreesen; her parents, Ralph and Aalke Dreesen; and her parents-in-law, Ted and Ursula Meyerhoff.

“I Love You.  That’s It. Bye Bye!”

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David Arthur Wommack

February 2, 1941 ~ September 30, 2020

David A. Wommack, 79, Sioux Falls, died Tuesday, September 30, 2020, at home, surrounded by his family.

A Celebration of Life is being planned so please check back for more information.

A burial service will be scheduled for the SD Veterans Cemetery in Sioux Falls, next summer.

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Noah “Bubbles” Allen Kimball

January 4, 2006 ~ September 22, 2020

Noah “Bubbles” A. Kimball, 14, Brandon, died Tuesday, September 22, 2020, from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident in Sioux Falls.

Private Family services will be held and a public Candle Light Vigil will be at 7pm, Sunday, September 27, 2020, at Celebrate Community Church in Brandon.

Noah “Bubbles” A. Kimball was born in Vermillion, SD. He was the first baby born in Vermillion in 2006. Noah and his family moved to Brandon, SD shortly after his birth, before he was even crawling. Noah attended school at Brandon elementary and middle schools. He was currently a freshman at BVHS. Although Noah was a brilliant young man and was taking advanced classes, he was not thrilled at the challenge Spanish class presented. Noah spent many years attending Taekwondo classes at Hoover’s in Brandon. His hard work and dedication earned him a Second-Degree Black Belt. He was both proud yet humble of his accomplishment. The coaches at Hoover’s helped teach him things like; courtesy, respect, honesty, integrity, self-discipline, and self-control. He loved to read and because of his giving heart, he would donate his books to low-income area schools when he was done reading them. He had recently decided he was ready to get rid of his Legos. He didn’t want to sell them, he wanted to give them away.

   Noah loved to solve the “Rubik’s Cube” and learn crazy weird facts from YouTube. Hanging out and playing play-station with Brandon, Keegan, and Caiden was a favorite pastime for Noah. If they were not together, they were planning on what time they could all get online and play together.

   Noah attended Celebrate Church for the last 13-14years and didn’t seem to mind the idea of having to stay at home and watch service on TV from the comfort of the recliner.

   He had taken a great interest in helping his dad and brothers work on motorcycles and various vehicles. He was so excited and proud of himself for getting a job and paying for his own old 86′ Chevy truck he called “Sally”. He was always so excited to go work on his truck with his brothers and his dad. He loved to convince mom it was a good idea to go get Chinese food for dinner. His brother Jordan always supported his idea. He was the best brother that anyone could ever ask for. He was the kind of brother that always had your back and wasn’t going to throw you under the bus for anything!

   Noah was a leader and not a follower. He had little regard for what people thought and was always true to himself. Noah was the most kind-hearted person. He would do anything he could to make someone else’s day better. Noah demonstrated his kindness and compassion to new students regularly. Parents would always comment on how he was the first to befriend their child. He was the kind of person everyone got along with and who wanted to be around. If someone was being bullied, Noah would step in to intervene.

   Noah was such a sweet young man with a heart of gold. He was an incredibly positive person who never stressed the small stuff.  He was patient and compassionate.  He had a special compassion for all animals, but especially dogs.

   Noah ALWAYS had a smile on his face. No matter how bad a day someone was having Noah could put a smile on their face. Being kind to one another will keep his legacy alive.   So, if you see someone without a smile give them one of yours in Noah’s honor. This world is definitely a better place because of him.    

   Sadly, “Bubbles”, 14, Brandon, SD, died Tuesday, September 22, 2020, from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident in Sioux Falls, SD.

   Noah will be deeply missed by his parents, Kerry (Adam) Hirsch, and Brian (Alicia) Kimball, three brothers; Chris (Abby) Schmidt, David Kimball and Jordan Kimball, six step siblings; Shelby (Brandon), Layne (Sarah), Ryker, Destiny, Arianna and Navaya; two nephews; Renner and Deegan. His aunts and uncles; Tara (Rick) Hinzman, Dan (Ann) Schmidt, Patrick (Deanna) Schmidt, Paul (Renae) Kimball, Brad Kimball, Karen (Cody) Hall, his twelve cousins; Katie, Bella, Daniell, Tyler, Michael, Andrew, Harper, Karrah, Kyelah, Justin, Bryce, and Kaitlyn, grandmother Ranae Kimball.

   Noah was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Ken Schmidt and David Kimball; and grandmother, Mary K. Boggs.

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James Alan Rabenberg

June 19, 1965 ~ September 22, 2020

James, Alan Rabenberg, 55, Sioux Falls, SD, died Tuesday, September 22, 2020, surrounded by family at Ava’s House, Sioux Falls, SD.

Visitation will be held at 12:00 Noon, Saturday, September 26, 2020, at Abiding Savior Free Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls, SD.  Funeral Services will follow at 1:30 pm. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Sioux Falls, SD.

James Alan Rabenberg was born June 19, 1965, in Sioux Falls, SD, to Larry and Bobbie (Ymker) Rabenberg.  James graduated from Washington High School, Sioux Falls, SD in 1983 and continued his education at South Dakota State University where he graduated in 1988. James began working for the Argus Leader in the bundling and distribution department. It was not long after he began working for the Argus that he met Leesa Shotley.  On March 29, 1996, James and Leesa were united in marriage in Sioux Falls, SD. The couple was blessed with one daughter whom they named Esther. She was James’ pride and joy! He worked for 20 years at Grand Prairie Foods before poor health forced him to retire due to health reasons.

James loved being a supportive father. He attended all of Esther’s performances. He could always be found at her musical events or with her enjoying a theatrical play. He loved being a member of Abiding Savior Free Lutheran Church. James especially loved the Wednesday Night Bible Studies and the multiple musical church groups that would perform. James was a fan of sports, especially football.  His favorite team was the San Francisco 49ers. Above all, he loved spending time with his family. Playing cards and other games was always a good time. Traveling together as a family gave him great joy.

Sadly, James, 55, Sioux Falls, SD, died Tuesday, September 22, 2020, surrounded by family at Ava’s House.

James will be deeply missed by his wife, Leesa; one daughter, Esther; James’ parents, Larry (May) Rabenberg, Sioux Falls, SD, and Bobbie (Roy) Toole, Gillette, WY; two brothers, Clifford (Carmen) Toole, Gillette, WY, and Robert Rabenberg, Sioux Falls, SD; and two sisters, Lisa (Chris) Amundson, Sioux Falls, SD, and Glenda (Tony Brandt) Rabenberg, Sioux Falls, SD; sister-in-law, Leea (Bob) Ryan, Bridgewater, NJ; several nieces and nephews and his mother-in-law, Eilene Shotley, Sioux Falls, SD.

James was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Leon Shotley.

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Lynn Alan Paulson

September 21, 1964 ~ September 21, 2020

Lynn A. Paulson, 56, Mount Vernon, SD, died Monday, September 21, 2020, surrounded by family at his home after a long battle fighting liver disease.

Visitation will be held 5 – 7 p.m., Thursday, September 24, 2020, at Salem Lutheran Church, (200 East 4th Ave.) Mount Vernon, SD.  Funeral Services will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, September 25, at Salem Lutheran Church. Burial will follow in Hauges Cemetery, Bergen, MN, at 3:30pm. 

Lynn Alan Paulson was born September 21, 1964, in Jackson, MN, to Dallas and Sandra (Hunt) Paulson.  Lynn graduated from Lakefield High School in 1982 and continued his education at Southwestern Vocational Technical Institute earning a diploma in Auto Body Mechanics in 1987. He began his career at the Elseth Egg Plant in Lakefield. On September 22, 1990, Lynn was united in marriage to Kallan Marie Baas in Mount Vernon, SD, where the couple settled. He worked for 31 years at the Cretex company, now known as Forterra Pipe & Precast as a quality control engineer.

Lynn loved hunting, fishing, and helping Cowboy Todd on the ranch fixing rundown, impossible to fix farm equipment. He also enjoyed experimenting with new ways to cook and smoke meats and game. He was known as “Papa” to all the daycare kids and snuck them treats when Kallan was not looking. Lynn was also a friend of Bill W.

Lynn will be deeply missed by his wife of one day short of 30 years, Kallan; two sons, Tyson (Erin) Paulson, Aberdeen, SD, Nick (Miranda) Paulson, North Sioux City, SD, and his daughter, Delayna (fiancée, Charlie Stellpflug) Paulson, Rochester, MN; and 6-month-old grandson, Graham;  Lynn’s mother, Sandra Paulson, Lakefield, MN; two brothers, Corey (Sheila) Paulson, St. Peter, MN, Chris (fiancée, Alicia Jensen) Paulson, Lakefield, MN, and two sisters, Angie (Brad) Rossow, Lakefield, MN, and Robin (Dan) Steffek, Fridley, MN.

Lynn was preceded in death by his father, Dallas D. Paulson.

 

 

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William “Bill” Vander Brink

December 5, 1938 ~ September 12, 2020

William “Bill” Vander Brink, 81, Sioux Falls, died Saturday, September 12, 2020, at the Sanford Centennial Cottage in Sioux Falls.

There are no services planned at this time.

William Vander Brink, son of Heiman and Everdena Vander Brink, was born on December 5, 1938, in Chandler, Minnesota.  As the 10th of 13 children, William was raised in Chandler, Minnesota where he completed his education through 8th grade.  William went on to lend his helpful hands-on farmlands. 

     On April 21, 1960, William married the love of his life, Ramona DeKing, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Marshall, Minnesota.  After their marriage, William continued to work for various farmers in the area.  They joyfully welcomed their only child, Douglas Vander Brink, on May 29, 1961.  The couple longed for California’s climate and made the major move from Minnesota in 1966.

     Once in California, William cultivated his career in the oil industry as a production welder on drill bits through various companies including Smith Tool.  However, when Smith Tool relocated to Oklahoma, William took the opportunity to fully enjoy the California sun by spending his final working days at the famous Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Cypress, California.

     Shortly after retirement, the couple said goodbye to the great weather in California to be closer to their son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

No matter where William was, he happily had fun with his hobbies of fishing, camping, and motorcycling.  He especially enjoyed expeditions on ocean charter fishing boats in hopes of reeling in his favorite fish – the rock cod.  He also sweetly shared his passions and skills with his grandchildren who fondly remember practicing casting on the school playground.  He was elated to be there when the grandchildren caught their first bucket full of bullheads. 

    Clean chrome and classic cars were also cherished throughout his life.  In the 60’s and 70’s, he could usually be found at the dragstrip.  He would never allow eating in his cars, but his cars were so clean you could eat off the engine.

     Bill will be deeply missed by his wife, Ramona, Sioux Falls; one son, Doug (Lori) Vander Brink, Sioux Falls; two granddaughters, Samantha (Adam) Small, Sioux Falls, and Jennifer (Dustin) Hanisch, Worthing; and three great-grandchildren, Veronica, Keaton, and Brooke; one brother, John (Darlene) Vander Brink, Downey, California; four sisters, Sarah Gieselman, Dubuque, Iowa, Dena Kokot, Tuscan, Arizona, Audrey Vander Sluice, Banning, California, and Bertha (Eusebio) Carranza, Dover, Delaware.

     William was preceded in death by his parents, Heiman and Everdena Vander Brink, and five brothers, Leo Vander Brink, Henry Vander Brink, Herman Vander Brink, Chris Vander Brink, and Cornie Vander Brink, and one sister, Gertrude Vander Brink.

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Amy Rose VanWagner

October 22, 1970 ~ September 10, 2020

Amy Rose VanWagner, 49, Brandon, died Thursday, September 10, 2020, after a courageous battle with cancer, at Dougherty Hospice Home in Sioux Falls.

A visitation with family and open house will be 5-7pm, Thursday, September 17, 2020, at Heartland Funeral Home, Brandon.  Funeral services will be 1:30pm, Friday, September 18, 2020, at Celebrate Community Church, Brandon.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the Avera Prairie Center in Amy’s memory.

     Amy Rose Williamson was born in Sioux Falls to Arlen and Betty (Hill) Williamson on October 22, 1970. She was raised and attended school in Sioux Falls, graduating from Washington High School. Shortly after, she had her only daughter, Brittany. She married Jerod Brazee in 1992 and they resided in Valley Springs. Amy worked at various jobs and moved to Brandon in 2006. Amy married the love of her life, Brian VanWagner on August 13, 2011. She worked as a manager of Tailgators for 8 years. Most recently, she worked at Hardscapes until her death.

     Amy had many hobbies that she enjoyed doing. She recently had started doing crafts and had a room filled with a mountain of craft supplies. She enjoyed purchasing cook books and kitchen supplies she’d never use, but insisted that she did. She made some of the best casseroles for dinner and had a spectacular fudge recipe she only made at Christmas time. Her dog Tucker, was her favorite topic of conversation and she also enjoyed taking him to the vet regularly and spending her hard-earned money. She could take a joke like none other and every so often could give it right back with some sass. Spending time with her family and friends was also a huge part of her life. She was one of the sweetest people and everyone enjoyed being around her. She was like a mom to so many people. Even through a tough battle with cancer, she never lost her smile and happy attitude.

     Amy will be deeply missed by her husband, Brian, Brandon; daughter, Brittany (Billy Keizer) Brazee, Sioux Falls; mother, Betty (Marlo) Winter, Gregory; three siblings, Randy (Lori) Williamson, Lennox, Ginger (Todd) Ageton, Brandon, and Rick (Amy) Williamson, Kaufman, TX; three step-children, Matt Van Wagner, Ft. Collins, CO, Jackie Winegar, Madison, SD, and Patrick Van Wagner, Springfield, SD; seven nieces and nephews, Chris, Megan, Mallory, Marissa, Voilet, Lindsey and Jeb; four great-nieces and nephews; six step-grandchildren, Kiarra, Cole, Zane, Jeridan, Madison, and Jacob; fur babies, Tucker, Pebbles; Grand fur babies, Josie and Piper.

     Amy was preceded in death by her father.

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Kathleen Mae Viereck

May 26, 1933 ~ August 31, 2020

Kathleen M. (Mattern-Lemmon) Viereck, 87, Sioux Falls, died Monday, August 31, 2020, at the Dougherty Hospice Home in Sioux Falls.

Visitation with family will be 5-7pm, Friday, September 4, 2020, at Heartland Funeral Home, with a Prayer Service at 7pm.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:30am, Saturday, September 5, 2020, at St Therese Catholic Church, (901 N. Tahoe Trail) Sioux Falls. Burial will be at a later date, at Homer Cemetery, Pierpont, SD.

Memorials can be made to Avera Dougherty House, Sioux Falls, SD, or St. Therese Catholic Church.

Kathleen Mae Viereck was born in Aberdeen, SD, on May 26, 1933, to Lambert and Esther (Underwood) Mattern.  She attended school in Aberdeen.  Upon graduation, she attended Northern State College and majored in education. She was a teacher at Groton Public School for four years while married to Loyal Spilloway, who was killed in an auto accident in 1959. They had one son, Mark, and also had another, son, Mitchell that died at birth.

She married Milton Lemmon, on April 6, 1961, and had four wonderful children: Chuck, Mary, Jim, and John. They lived on the farm near Pierpont until retiring from farming in 1991, when they moved to Sioux Falls, SD. Milton passed away in 1996. She later married John Viereck until he passed in 2002. She lived out her years in Sioux Falls where she spent her time with her family and many friends.

Kathleen will be deeply missed by her five children, Mark (Bonnie) Lemmon, Caldwell, ID, Chuck (Nettie) Lemmon, Pierpont, SD, Mary (Tim) Scherb, Valley Springs, SD, Jim (Lynette) Lemmon, Claremore, OK, and John (Debra) Lemmon, Indian Trail, NC; eight grandchildren, Dylan, Ethan, Kelsie, Jacob, Carly, Sami, Jessie and Josh; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Kathleen was preceded in death by her parents, Lambert and Esther Mattern; two brothers, Gene and Jim Mattern; three husbands, Loyal Spilloway, Milton Lemmon, and John Viereck. 

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Marilyn Ann Bruning

May 19, 1950 ~ August 28, 2020

Marilyn A. Bruning, 70, Sioux Falls, formerly Brandon, died Friday, August 28, 2020, at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Visitation with family, will be 5-7pm, Monday, September 14, 2020, with a Prayer Service at 7pm, at Heartland Funeral Home in Brandon, SD.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30am, Wednesday, September 16, 2020, at St. Therese Catholic Church, Deephaven, MN, (18323 Minnetonka Blvd., Deephaven, MN) with a visitation beginning at 9:30am. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, an Online Memorial may be donated to either the Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN. www.philanthropy.mayoclinic.org. Choose “other” and specify “Bone Marrow Transplant”. Or Avera Health, Sioux Falls, SD. www.avera.org/donate . Select McKennan Hospital and specify Bone Marrow Transplant Fund.

 

Marilyn Ann Oppegard was born on May 19, 1950, in Grand Island, NE, to Paul and Florence (Graca) Oppegard. Marilyn grew up in Bloomington, MN, where she graduated from Lincoln High School. She went on to study Home Economics at the University of Minnesota where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree.

   Her studies, along with her humor, and God-given gift of traditional class and grace gave her the ability to exhibit and display respect. In 1973, Marilyn went with her mother to purchase a car. The salesman turned out to be the love of her life, Bob Bruning. Two years later, on April 11, 1975, Marilyn and Bob were married at St. Therese Catholic Church in Deephaven, MN. This union was blessed with three boys. Brian, Jeff, and J.R.

    Marilyn loved watching her boys play Hockey and Baseball. Marilyn made many friends during the years her boys played sports. Many of these friends were lifelong friends. She was the best chauffer because she played their kind of music loudly! Everyone thought of her as “Mom”.

Friends of the boys would always be welcomed at their house. The boys loved to tease her and she loved it when they did. As the boys grew into men, she created provided the most wonderful parties, elegant cards, and invitations. When the boys were married, she was instrumental in giving them the wedding of their dreams. Complete with incredible invitations and decorations. Marilyn began working as a Graphic Designer for Morgan Williams in the mid-90s, until she and Bob founded Bruning Marking and Promotions in 2006. She was a very talented graphic designer and was the creative genius behind the business. In June, 2011, Marilyn was diagnosed with cancer. She continued to work as long as she could but eventually, her illness demanded that she retire.

    Marilyn loved to travel and especially enjoyed the Ocean. She had always dreamed of retiring to a beach somewhere in the sun where she could have a casual little place, “M’s Sandbar”. She would be the aging hostess.  Beyond everything else, Marilyn loved her grandchildren. Just being around them gave her pure joy. You could find her baking or making pickles with them or sitting on the patio just talking. She felt the best gift she could give them was family, traditional values and her time. She enjoyed sitting around a bonfire listening to and singing Motown or classic oldies with her family and friends.

   Marilyn will be deeply missed by her husband, Bob; three children, Brian Bruning, Chanhassen, MN, Jeff (Siobhan) Bruning, Chandler, AZ and JR (Nicole) Bruning, Sioux Falls, SD; four grandchildren, Tyson, Chase, Peyten, and Baylor Bruning.; siblings, Kathy (Dean) Speliotes, Sioux Falls, Patty (Gordy)Marquardt, Bethel, MN, Mark (Lisa) Oppegard, Bloomington, MN, Matt (Liz) Oppegard, Savage, MN, Mary Ann (Andy) Gilbert, Sioux Falls, SD, and Nancy Svobodny, Eagan, MN; and many nephews, nieces, cousins, and lifelong friends.

   Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents.

  

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Michael David Rieff

March 22, 1970 ~ August 26, 2020

Michael D. Rieff, 50, Sioux Falls, died Wednesday, August 26, 2020, unexpectedly at his home.

Visitation at 1PM, Service 1:30pm, Wednesday, September 2, 2020, at Heartland Funeral Home.  To Zoom the service, go to… https://jworg.zoom/j/9582713528=bkRHbm9zU1pNTll1NWxKUWhOMWYzUT09 Meeting ID: 95828713528 Passcode: John1125 Join meeting in ZoomBurial will follow at Berg Cemetery, about 2:30pm, rural Sioux Falls. A live stream link will be available.

In lieu of flowers, a Memorial fund has been established in Michael’s honor to help with the cost of funeral arrangements and a fund for his children.

    Michael David Rieff was born March 22, 1970, in Nuremberg, Germany, to James and Linda (Schwab) Rieff. Stateside, Michael spent much of his youth in Minnesota until his family moved to Sioux Falls, SD, where he graduated from O’Gorman High School in 1988. He continued onto Southeast Technical Institute to study horticulture, which became his dream career and ultimately owned his own business. Michael was passionate about his work to design custom landscapes and backyards for his customers. His dedication to hard work began as a young boy taking on his morning paper route and playing in the dirt with his Tonka Trucks. He also enjoyed fishing, camping and watching his sports teams (New Jersey Devils, Oakland Raiders, New York Yankees and Dale Earnhardt Jr team #88). Michael is remembered as a caring and giving person – always lending a helping hand and asking what he can do for others.

    As the oldest child, Michael was often the rock of his family. In 1996, Michael married Jeanna Seubert and in this union had three children. He loved his family and children with all of his heart. Some of the lasting memories created with his children include: Stampede Hockey games, camping, firework shows, four-wheeling and trips to Kansas for NASCAR races. Michael adored his children, creating special moments such as deer hunting with his oldest daughter, Alexus, since the age of six. Michael’s love for his children was felt by anyone who knew him. He will be truly missed.

   Michael is survived by his three children, Alexus, Andrew and Brielle Rieff, Sioux Falls; his parents, James and Linda (Schwab) Rieff, Sioux Falls; three siblings, Jennifer Rieff, Sioux Falls, Chris (Erin) Rieff, Hartford, and Katrina Rieff, Shoreview, MN; five nieces and nephews, Jasmyn, Dominic, Spencer, Gavin and Ava; five aunts and uncles, Barbara Schwab, Madison, WI, Joan (Don) Swenson, Sleepy Eye, MN, Pam Heser, Lake Hughes, CA, Lora (Bob) Woomer, Glenwood, WV, and Kristen Schwab, Grove City, MN; and numerous cousins.  

     Michael was preceded in death by his grandparents, Alfred and Florence Rieff, Joseph and Lorraine Schwab; and his uncle, David Schwab.

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