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SOUTH DAKOTA - Yankton County - Miscellaneous Obituaries from Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home - 2

Posted By: GenealogyBuff
Date: Monday, 6 July 2009, at 1:14 p.m.

Max H. Hein, age 74, of Menno, passed away Friday, July 28, 2006 at the Freeman Community Hospital, Freeman, SD. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM, Tuesday, August 1, 2006 at Grace Lutheran Church, Menno, SD with Rev. Brad Danielson officiating. Burial will be in the Menno Cemetery with military graveside rites by the Rames-Bender American Legion Post #152. Visitations will be 4 to 9 PM, Monday at the Aisenbrey-Kostel Funeral Home, Menno, with the family present at 7:00 PM. Visitations will resume one hour prior to the service at the church.
Pallbearers are Heath Thomsen, Zachary Thomsen, Garry Wollenzein, Del Mutchelknaus, Deono Miller and Owen Zanter.
Max H. Hein was born October 25, 1931 in rural Freeman, South Dakota to Herman and Portia (Rademacher) Hein. He attended high school in Menno. Max married Vernet Cox on February 26, 1956 in Olivet, South Dakota. He farmed near Freeman until 2001 when he retired and moved to Menno. Max was an active member of Unity Lutheran Church until its closure. He was currently an active member at Grace Luthern Church in Menno. He was a member and past member of numerous church and community organizations.
Max is survived by his wife, Vernet of Menno, South Dakota; daughters, Skye (Dale) Thomsen of Brandon, South Dakota, Kim (Tim) Flint of Viborg, South Dakota; 4 grandchildren, Heath Thomsen, Zach Thomsen, Jamie Flint, Dakota Flint; mother-in-law, Annabel Cox of Menno, South Dakota; brother, John (Bea) Hein of Ipswich, South Dakota; sisters, Delphine (Leo) Laber of Freeman, South Dakota, Norma Dannenbring of DeSmet, South Dakota, Rita (Milton) Handel of Olivet, South Dakota; sister-in-law, Latitia (Wes) Jordan of Mountlake Terrace, Washington.
Preceding Max in death are his parents, Herman and Portia Hein; a granddaughter; his father-in-law and 3 brothers-in-law.

William "Bill" C. Hlavac, age 93 of David City, NE and formerly of Utica, SD passed away Sunday, August 26, 2007 at the St. Joseph's Villa in David City, NE. Funeral services will be held at 9:30 AM, Thursday, August 30, 2007 at the Kostel Funeral Chapel in Tabor, SD with Rev. Joseph Puthenkulathil officiating. Burial will be in the St. Wenceslaus Cemetery, Tabor. Visitations will be from 5-9 PM, Wednesday, August 29, 2007 at the Kostel Funeral Home, Tabor with a 7:00 PM scripture service followed by a rosary. Visitations will resume one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Pallbearers are Bob Cabalka, Tim Hlavac, Gary Hlavac, Mike Hlavac, David Hlavac and Tony Hlavac.
William was born November 12, 1913 to Charles and Clara (Barkl) Hlavac in Yankton County. He attended rural school while growing up. He married Lillian Manas on May 11, 1936 and through this union they had three children. They farmed until his wife passed away in 1961. He then worked construction and farming until he retired in David City, Nebraska. William enjoyed fishing trips, hunting in his early years and visiting with friends and relatives.
Survivors include his Daughter, Janene (Laddie) Cabalka of Yankton; Son Vern (Gladys) Hlavac of Bemidji, MN; three sisters Elsie VanDriel of Yankton, Tillie Lane of Yankton and Evelyn Parks of Sioux City; seven Grandchildren, thirteen Great-Grandchildren, and two Great-Great-Grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, one son, Duane and three great grandchildren.

Wilma C. Hornstra, age 89, of Yankton passed away early Thursday, August 16, 2007 at Avera Yankton Care Center, Yankton, SD. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM, Monday, August 20, 2007 at the United Church of Christ (Congregational), Yankton, with Rev. Joseph Schulte officiating. Burial will be in the Pioneer Cemetery, rural Springfield, SD, at approximately 1:30 PM, Monday afternoon. Visitations will be 5 to 9 PM, Sunday, at the Kostel Funeral Home and Crematory, Yankton, with the family present and memorial tribute at 7:00 PM. Visitations will resume one-hour prior the service at the church. Pallbearers will be Ronnie Hornstra, Robert Hornstra, Kenneth Foley, Fred Hornstra, Don Cook, Roger Bartscher, and Duane Chladek.
Wilma (Chladek) Hornstra was born November 2, 1917 in Lesterville to William and Mary (Verner) Chladek. She attended school in Lesterville graduating in 1935. She then attended Southern Normal College in Springfield receiving a teaching certificate.
Wilma started teaching in a rural school near Springfield and still corresponded with two of her students. On March 5, 1938 she married Ray Hornstra at the United Church of Christ Church. In 1941, they went to Amarillo, Texas for a visit and ended up living and working there for two years. In 1943, they left again to California were they worked in defense plants. In 1945, they returned to Texas. Wilma taught Senior High School there for two years while Ray went back to his previous job. In 1948, they returned to Lesterville and then started foster parenting. They took care of various ages of children and Wilma taught school near Lesterville. In 1948, they adopted a baby boy, Herbert Raymond whom is named after a nephew that had just died. In 1951, they moved to Crofton, Nebraska and Ray drove to Yankton. Wilma was the church pianist and taught there for two years. They then built a new home and Wilma started her teaching career in Crofton that lasted fifteen years. Herb joined the Navy after his graduation and then moved to Yankton in 1971. Wilma also moved to Yankton in 1969 and taught until her retirement in 1993. She remained very active in the community continuing to help out at school when needed. She was also a volunteer tutor at Sacred Heart School, teaching ERTH, working in the hospital gift shop and craft committee until 2004. She was employed at the reception desk at the hospital, and also taught at Mount Marty for two years in the Government Special Education program. She had been a volunteer in the church office since 1928.
Wilma received many well-deserved awards including the Mother Gertrude award and the Sertoma Service to Mankind award, both in 1995. In 1999, she received Volunteer of the Year Award and Volunteer of the Year Award from the association of Volunteer Leaders.
She was active in Home Extensions for nine years and was president of one group of Home Makers for eight years.
Wilma's memory is cherished by her son Herb (Jane) Hornstra of Yankton, SD; one sister Louise Raker of Madison, WI; one sister-in-law Leola Hornstra of Springfield, SD; granddaughter Jamie Eldred and great grandchildren Christopher, Grace, and Caleb all of Yankton, SD; and special friends Larry and Kathy Bartscher of Norfolk, NE; and numerous nieces and nephews. Her parents, husband Ray in 1985, one brother Joe, and two infant sisters preceded her in death.

Wesley E. Hoxeng, age 84, of Yankton passed away on Saturday, July 22, 2006 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, SD. A Memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, August 5, 2006 at the Kostel Funeral Chapel in Yankton, SD with Rev. Rodney Veldhuisen officiating with military rites by the Ernest-Bowyer VFW Post #791, Yankton. Visitations will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will take place at a later date. Anyone who knew Wesley is invited to attend the memorial service.
Wesley E. Hoxeng was born on May 24, 1922 in Yankton, SD to Oscar and Lucille (Cowman) Hoxeng. He was baptized and confirmed at the Zion Lutheran Church in Volin, SD. He served in the Army Air Force A.T.C from January 1942 to the summer of 1946. On November 29, 1947, he was united in marriage to Betty Bradley in Arizona. Wesley worked in the aerospace industry for 10 years then as a manufacturing representative selling aerospace hardware until retiring in 1987. He was active in the YMCA Indian Guides and Little League with his three sons-Steve, Greg, and Larry for several years. Wesley and Betty celebrated 58 1/2 years of marriage. Wes had a great sense of humor and was very well liked by all who knew him. He will be sorely missed.
Those who will cherish his memory are his wife, Betty L. Hoxeng of Yankton, SD; sons: Steven (Becky) of Missouri, Gregory (Gloria) of Buena Park, CA, and Larry (Sherry) of Vancouver, WA; daughter, Linda Brandon of Vernon, TX; two brothers: Gordon Hoxeng of Yankton, SD and Keith Hoxeng of Sebastopol, CA; eight grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents Oscar and Lucille Hoxeng and grandparents, Tore and Ingebord (Aune) Hoxeng and William and Carrie (Vognild) Cowman. The family wishes for memorials to be directed to: Avera Heart Hospital of South Dakota, 4500 W. 69th St., Sioux Falls, SD, 57108.

Myrna Jensen, age 71 of Yankton, South Dakota passed away November 18, 2006 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital. Funeral services will be 3:00 pm, Friday, November 24, 2006 at Kostel Funeral Chapel with Rev. David Lund, officiating. Visitation will be held Friday, November 24, 2006 from 10:00 am until the time of the service. Burial will follow in the Yankton City Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Aaron Kruse, Brandon Kruse, Mark Jensen, Doug Jensen Jr., Ronnie Andersen and Wayne Brunke.
Myrna Jean Jensen was born January 6, 1935 to Oscar and Eva (Sumner) Brunke in Bloomfield, NE. Myrna graduated from Bloomfield High School in 1953. She married Lyle Jensen on April 15, 1954 in Yankton. Myrna worked at the Human Health Service Center for 37 years and held many positions during her time there. Lyle passed away September 25, 1990. She was a member of the Women of the Moose, Elks and VFW Auxiliary as well as Trinity Lutheran Church in Yankton. Myrna will be remembered for her love of knitting, shopping, jewelry and her collection of purses and shoes.
She will be dearly missed by her sons, Douglas (Marge) Jensen of Yankton, Robert (Bob) Jensen of Yankton; daughter, Janet (John) Kruse of Kansas City, MO; 5 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; sisters, Lana (Elden) Olson of Sioux City, IA and Marilyn Andersen of Sioux Falls, SD.
Myrna is preceded in death by her husband, Lyle; parents, Oscar and Eva Brunke; daughter, Jolene Jensen and brothers, Keith Brunke and Duane Brunke.
Contributions may be made in Myrna's honor to Trinity Lutheran Church, 403 Broadway Ave., Yankton, SD 57078.

Richard Jerome Karolevitz, age 76 of Tabor passed away on Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at St. Michael's Hospital in Tyndall, SD. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 AM, Friday, May 18, 2007 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Tabor, SD with Rev. Joe Puthenkulathil officiating. Burial will be in the St. Wenceslaus Cemetery with military graveside rites by Kortan-Hatwan American Legion Post #183, Tabor. Visitations will be from 3-9 PM, Thursday, May 17, 2007 at the Kostel Funeral Home, Tabor with a 7:00 PM scripture service followed by a rosary. Visitations will resume one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Jamie, Justin and Jesse Hajek, Jennifer Blalark, and Ryan, Angela, Amanda and Andrea Iwansky.
Richard was born November 12, 1930 to Leo and Lorraine (Gardner) Karolevitz in Tabor, SD. He graduated from Tabor High School. He served in the United States Army in the Korean War from 1952-1954. After his honorable discharge, he farmed with his father in the Tabor area. On May 17, 1954, he was united in marriage to Ione Sternhagen at St. Leo's Catholic Church in Tyndall, SD. Together they farmed and operated a livestock and grain farm until retiring and moving into Tabor in 1999. He served on the Rural Fire District Board, was a member of the Kortan-Hatwan American Legion Post #183, and was a lifetime member of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Tabor where he served as an usher. He enjoyed spending time with his family and attending his children and grandchildren's activities. He also enjoyed his collection of toy tractors.
Thankful for having shared his life are his wife, Ione of Tabor, SD; daughters: Kris (Wayne) Hajek of Tyndall, SD and Karen (Roger) Iwansky of Columbus, NE; sons; Jim (Lori) and Jeff all of Tabor, SD; 8 grandchildren: Jamie Hajek and special friend Nikki Evenson, Jennifer and Cory Blalark, Justin Hajek, Jesse Hajek, and Ryan, Angela, Amanda, and Andrea Iwansky; his siblings: Carmen (Romaine) Pesicka of Shelby, NE, Shirley (Lee) Hroza of Columbus, NE, Maxine Karolevitz of Rapid City, SD, Allen (Agnes) Karolevitz of Lesterville, SD, and Leona Taylor of Mt. Clemens, MI and many nieces and nephews.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, James, and a nephew, Michael Hroza.

James Kohles, age 67, of Yankton died as a result of an automobile accident Monday, January 29, 2007. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM, Saturday, February 17th, 2007 at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Yankton, SD. Burial will be in the St. Rose of Lima Cemetery in Crofton, NE with military rites by the American Legion Post # 128 of Crofton, NE. A lunch will follow the committal service at the St. Rose of Lima Parish Hall in Crofton. Visitations will be from 4-9 PM, Friday, February 16th, 2007 at the Kostel Funeral Home in Yankton with a 7:00 PM rosary followed by a 7:30 PM scripture service. Visitations will resume one hour prior to the service at the church.

Kathleen Mary Loecker, age 60, of Yankton, SD passed away on Friday, January 26, 2007 at her home after a courageous fight with cancer. Funeral services will be at 10:30 AM, Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Yankton, with Rev. Mark Lichter officiating. The burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Yankton. Visitations will be 3:00 to 9:00 PM, Tuesday at the Kostel Funeral Home and Crematory, Yankton, with a rosary at 7:00 PM followed by a scripture service and DVD tribute at 7:30 PM. Pallbearers will be her nephews Nick Becker, Jess Becker, Mark Loecker, Jeff Loecker, Adam Loecker, and Mike Berg. Honorary pallbearers will be the members of her volleyball team.
Kathy was born February 11, 1946 in Sleepy Eye, MN to Edgar and Margaret (Lattimer) Becker. Kathy graduated from Worthington Senior High School of Worthington, MN and later graduated from Mount Marty College with a BS in Nursing in 1968. Kathy married Romain (Red) Loecker on September 6, 1969 in Yankton, SD. She worked at the Human Services Center and more recently at Impact capping off 38 years of nursing service to the Yankton area. She enjoyed reading, bowling, playing volleyball, golfing, and spending time with those she loved.
Kathy's memory will be cherished forever by her husband "Red" of Yankton, SD; sons, Todd (Cynthia) Loecker of Aberdeen, SD and Lance (Deanna) Loecker of Yankton, SD; daughter Stacey (Rob) Kramer of Sacramento, CA; 4 grandchildren, Jared, Landen, Gavin, Gabe, and a granddaughter is expected; father Edgar Becker of Yankton, SD, one brother Patrick (Annette) Becker of Colorado Springs, CO; and sister Cecilia (John) Rongstad of Beulah, WY. She was preceded in death by her mother, Margaret Becker.
Memorials are directed to Avera Sacred Heart Hospice; 501 Summit Street; Yankton, SD 57078.

Helen V. Lubbers, age 91, of Yankton, passed away Wednesday, November 28, 2007, at Avera Sister James Care Center, Yankton, SD. Funeral services will be 10:00 AM, Saturday, December 1, 2007 at the Kostel Funeral Chapel, Yankton, with Rev. David Garza officiating. Burial will be in the Yankton Cemetery. Visitations will be 5 to 8 PM, Friday, (today) November 30, 2007 at the Kostel Funeral Home & Crematory, Yankton, and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Brad, Bryan, Charles, and Curtis Lubbers, Kenneth Kaiser, and Terry Foxhoven.
Helen was born November 12, 1916 at Mission Hill, SD to William W. and Anna Mary (Thompson) Brown. She grew up in Yankton attended grade school and then three years of Yankton High School. She married Ray M. Lubbers on June 8, 1937 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Yankton, SD. She worked many years at the Stuelpnagels Egg Processing Plant, Yankton. She was a member of Sacred Heart Church.
Helen is survived by Donna Rae (daughter) Lyle Segelberg of Omaha, NE and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one brother, one sister, and a niece. Memorials are directed to the Country Retreat Wing of Avera Sister James Care Center; 2111 West 11th Street; Yankton, SD 57078.

Rose E. Massey, age 96, of Yankton, passed away Monday, July 31, 2006 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton, SD. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM, Saturday, August 5, 2006 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Yankton, with Rev. Mark Lichter officiating. Burial will be in the St. Boniface Catholic Church Parish Cemetery, Idylwilde at approximately 12:45 PM. Visitations will be 6 to 9 PM, Friday, at the Kostel Funeral Home and Crematory, Yankton, with a rosary at 7:00 PM followed by a scripture service at 7:30 PM.
Pallbearers are David Martin, Davin (Dave) Hubbs, Dan Massey, Larry Massey, Frank Massey and Tony Renaz.
Rose was born to Louis and Anna (Bauer) Dangel Sr on August 16, 1909 in Freeman, South Dakota. She grew up and attended rural school. On August 16, 1927 Rose married William C. Massey Jr. at St. Boniface Catholic Church. They farmed in Hutchinson County for 41 years and then moved to Menno, South Dakota in 1968. Rose worked at cafés for 12 years and babysat for sometime. When her husband's health began to fail, they moved to Yankton where Rose did some house cleaning. William passed away in 1984. Rose was a member of Sacred Heart Catholich Church. She belonged to the Catholic Daughters, Minister of Praise and Catholic Mothers. Rose loved to garden, plant flowers and bake cookies for friends and neighbor's.
Rose is survived by one daughter, Phyllis Olesen of Yankton, South Dakota; 3 sons, Robert (Janice) Massey of Yankton, South Dakota, Edward (Kristie) Massey of Freeman, South Dakota, Tom (Anita) Massey of Las Vegas, Nedvada; sister, Magdaline Christensen of Viborg, South Dakota; brother, Jim Dangel of Freeman, South Dakota; 27 grandchildren; 54 great grandchildren, 12 great great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Rose was preceded in death by her parents, husband, 5 sisters, 2 brothers and one great grandchild.

Marian G. Schiedel, age 97, of Yankton, passed away Tuesday, November 27, 2007 at Avera Sister James Care Center, Yankton, SD. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM, Friday, November 30, 2007 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Yankton, SD with Rev. Mark Lichter officiating. Burial will be in the St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery, Fordyce, NE. Visitations will be 7 to 9 PM, Thursday, at the Kostel Funeral Home and Crematory, Yankton, with a scripture services at 7:30 PM. Pallbearers will be Barry Schiedel, Don Schiedel, Steve Schiedel, Ed Lammers, and Steve Frick.
Marian was born March 12, 1910 at New York, NY and with her mother unable to provide for her, she found herself a passenger on the Orphan Train headed west. She was adopted by her new, very loving parents, John and Anna Lammers of Fordyce, NE. She grew up in the Fordyce area and graduated from Cedar High School at Hartington, NE. She attended Mount Marty College in Yankton, SD. Marian married Harry Schiedel on March 10, 1934 and they made their home in the Fordyce area. She worked for a number of years at Gurneys, Newberrys and Tastee Treat. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
She is survived by two sons; Gerald (Arlys) of Longwood, FL and Roger (Maija) of Colorado Springs, CO; 4 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

Richard A. Stemper, age 63, of Yankton, SD passed away at his home in his sleep from an unexpected heart attack. Sunday, November 25, 2007. Funeral service will be 10:30 AM, Friday, November 30, 2007 at the Kostel Funeral Home and Crematory, Yankton, with Rev. Bill Van Gerpen officiating. Burial will be in the Tyndall Cemetery, Tyndall, SD, at approximately 11:45 AM Friday morning. Lunch to follow the committal service at the Corral Restaurant, Tyndall, SD. Visitations will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Trevor Grimme, Bill Conkling, Jr., Ron Zimmerman, Kevin Stepka, James Torsney, and Jim Kostal.
Richard was born April 16, 1944 at Yankton, SD to Andrew and Viola (Schmoll) Stemper. He grew up in the Tabor and Tyndall area attending country school through the eighth grade and then attended both Tyndall and Tabor High Schools. Richard was employed at Muller Industries in Yankton for the past nine years. Some of his previous employers include John Morrell's, Wilson Trailer, Cimpls, and Gurney's. Richard farmed near Tyndall from 1968 - 1991. He loved farming, fishing, and driving around to look at the countryside. He also enjoyed reading magazines about fishing and nature.
Richard is survived by two sons; Doug (Suzanne) of Tabor, SD and Brian of Winona, MN; one daughter Jodi Stemper of Vermillion, SD; one granddaughter; Emily Stemper; three step-grandchildren; Josh, Zach, and Madison Schwartz; his mother Viola Stemper of Tyndall, SD; one sister Pam (Jim) Grimme of Yankton, SD; one niece, two nephews and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father Andrew Stemper, sister Sharon Stemper (in infancy) and grandparents.

Thomas J. Sykora, age 92, of Yuma, AZ died Friday, January 26, 2007. Funeral services will be at 10:30 AM on Thursday, February 1, 2007 at St. George's Catholic Church in Scotland, SD with Rev. Mathew Vazhappilly officiating. Burial will be in the St. George Cemetery, Scotland, SD. Visitations will be held from 5 to 7 PM on Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at Kostel Funeral Home in Tabor, SD with a prayer service and rosary at 7 PM and will resume one hour prior to the funeral at the church on Wednesday. Arrangements have been entrusted to Kostel Funeral Home and Crematory, Tabor, SD.
Tom was born November 8, 1914 to Tom J. Sykora I and Agnes Zitka in Tabor, SD. As a young man he worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps in the Black Hills of South Dakota. He later married Albina Kozel in August of 1941 at St. George's Catholic Church in Scotland, SD. After their marriage they lived on a farm near Tabor. Albina later chose to reside in Sotland and Yankton. On July 5, 1998, his daughter, Sandra passed away. Tom continued to farm near Tabor until late 2002. Before Tom's death, he lived with his sons Thomas in Eagan, MN and Terry in Calexico, CA until the time of his death.
Tom's memory is cherished by his two sons, Terry Sykora and Milly Tham of Calexico, CA, Thomas Sykora of Eagan, MN; 7 grandchildren, Jackie Sykora, Tom (Kari) Sykora, Michael (Beth) Sykora, Sacha Sykora, Alex Sykora, Tina (Tim) Jensen, Bill Jensen; 6 great grandchildren, Craig Jensen, Dillion Logue, Justin Logue, Kassandra Jensen, Isabella Jensen and Diamond Aragon.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Sandra Jensen; a great granddaughter, Dominque Miranda and his former wife, Albina Sykora.

Sylvester M Venteicher, 88, went to his eternal rest on Saturday May 6, 2006 at the Avera Sr. James Care Center in Yankton, SD. Visitation will be at Kostel Funeral Home in Yankton from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday with a rosary at 7:00 p.m. Mass will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Norfolk, NE on Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 10:00 am with burial at Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery, in Norfolk. Visitation will continue one hour prior to mass in Norfolk.
Sylvester was born on May 20, 1917 to Ben and Elizabeth (Kallhoff) Venteicher on a farm near Elgin, NE. He attended country school through the 8th grade. He married Margaret Sauser in 1948 and farmed and milked cows near Elgin, Norfolk and Meadow Grove until retiring in 1984 when he moved to Norfolk. Margaret passed away in 1987 and he married Marian Kimbell in 1988. He moved to Majestic Bluffs in 2001.
Sylvester was a member of Sacred Heart/St. Mary's Church in Norfolk and was active in the Norfolk Senior Citizen's Center. He enjoyed dancing, playing cards and growing flowers. He was known and loved for his sense of humor, hard work and dedication, and love for his family.
Those who are blessed by having him in their life include his wife, Marian of Yankton and eleven children, Mary (Duane) Steffen of New London, MN; Gerald (Trish) of Bossier City, LA; Loretta Freudenburg of Loveland, CO; Margaret Ann Johnson of Firestone, CO; Carol (Bruce) Mordhorst of Ukiah, CA; Dale of Red Feather, CO; Alice (Steve) Rokahr of Yankton, SD; Roger (Jackie) of Christiansburg, VA; Marlene (Jack) Konsel of Columbus, NE; Nita (Dan) Meyer of Randolph, NE and Nancy (Chuck) Dunivan of Meadow Grove, NE. Sylvester had 29 grandchildren and 23 great- grandchildren. He is also survived by one brother, Ferdinand and two sisters, Bernadine (Harry) Leas and Lillian Wittler. He was preceded in death by his first wife, one brother, two sons-in-law and one grandson.

Otto Ullrich, age 91, of Yankton, SD passed away Monday, May 8, 2006 at the Avera Yankton Care Center, Yankton, SD. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM, Friday, May 12, 2006 at the Kostel Funeral Chapel, Yankton, with Chaplain Mary Buhl officiating. Burial will be in the Yankton Cemetery. Visitations will be 5 to 9 PM, Thursday, at the Kostel Funeral Home and Crematory, Yankton, with the family present at 7:00 PM. Visitations will resume one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Otto was born February 10, 1915 to James and Bessie (Balacek) Ullrich on a farm north of Yankton. He had been a life long resident of Yankton County. His early years was spent on the family farm. Later he was employed by Wilson Farworthy Company, the Yankton Police Department, and for thirty years at the Manhattan Bar and Cafe as a clerk. He retired from the Manhattan in 1978 and worked from 1980 to 1990 at Johnson Appliance.
He was preceded in death by long time friend and companion Marie Davies, his parents, sister Clara Catsrop, brother Henry and sister Genevieve. Otto's memory is cherished by one son Dr. James R. Ullrich and his wife Cathy, of Missoula, MT, sister Louise Valasek of Yankton of Duncan, NE, and special friend Ruth Snay of Yankton.

Mildred G. Wood, age 81 of Yankton passed away Tuesday, May 02, 2006 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM, Friday, May 5, 2006 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Yankton with Msgr. Carlton Hermann officiating. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Yankton. Visitations will be from 2-9 PM, Thursday, May 4, 2006 at the Kostel Funeral Home, Yankton with a 7:00 PM rosary followed by a 7:30 scripture service. Pallbearers will be Ken Becvar, Leland Wiedmeier, Bruce Ulmer, Jeff Dreesen, Steve Fejfar, and Charles Lubbers. Honorary pallbearers will be Barb Healy, Glenna Anderson, Elaine Strunk, Dorothy Nielson, Nadean Auch, Clara Mae Wiedmeier, Maxine Brochmueller, Virginia Cuka, Delores Hauger, Glennys Larsen and all past members of the Up & Go Club.
Mildred was born April 22, 1925 to Mathias and Theresa (Kortan) Becvar on the family farm near Tabor, SD. The third of six children, she attended and graduated from Byrne School District #62 in 1945. After attending Communications College in Minneapolis, MN, Mildred began working for Pacific Airlines in Washington, DC in the Communications Center for one year. She married Leo H. Wood, Jr. on October 3, 1949 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Tabor, SD. Leo and Mildred made their home on the family farm near Midway. Mildred was a member of St. Columba Catholic Church where she taught catechism for many years and was a member of the Mayfield Altar Society. After retiring from farming for nearly 50 years they moved to Yankton in 1997 where they became members of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She was a member of the Yankton Senior Citizens Center, and the Up & Go Club.
Her memory is cherished by four children; Margaret "Peggy" (Gary) Gunderson of Apple Valley, MN, Roger (Teresa) Wood of Sioux Falls, SD, Judy Dreesen (Dan Otteman) of Gayville, SD, and Debbie (Grayson Wayne) Tomlin of Stewartville, MN; 10 grandchildren: Krista Gunderson, Michelle Gunderson, Stacey Wood, Jessica Wood, Ryan Wood, Jeff (Stacey) Dreesen, Megan Dreesen, Emily Tomlin, Jill Tomlin, and Katherine Tomlin. Three brothers; Laddie (Leona) Becvar of Tyndall, SD, John (Marian) Becvar of Yankton, SD, and Lawrence (Karen) Becvar of North Platte, NE. Two sisters-in-law Helen Becvar and Mildred Herman both of Tyndall, SD and close friend Leonard Tacke of Yankton, SD. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Leo in 2004, and two brothers Daniel in 2000 and Andrew in 1972.

Christian Albert Zeeb, age 89 of Parkston and formerly of Menno passed away Monday, May 01, 2006 at the Avera St. Benedict Hospital in Parkston, SD. Funeral service will be at 1:00 PM, Saturday, May 6, 2006 at Grace Lutheran Church in Menno, SD with Rev. Brad Danielson officiating. Burial will be in the Menno Cemetery. Visitations will be from 2-7 PM, Friday, May 5, 2006 at the Aisenbrey-Kostel Funeral Home, Menno with a 7:00 PM family prayer service. Visitations will resume one hour prior to the service at the church. Pallbearers will be Brian Winter, William Zeeb, Craig Zeeb, James Winter, Todd Zeeb, and Kevin Zeeb. Honorary pallbearers will be Jay Winter, Barry Zeeb, Scott Winter, and Jason Zeeb.
Christian Albert Zeeb was born September 18, 1916 to Albert Carl and Emma (Knodel) Zeeb in Menno, SD. He was baptized December 17, 1916 by Rev. Rittershaus and confirmed June 28, 1931 by Rev. Bodenman at Salem Reformed Church in Menno, SD. On March 27, 1938, he was united in marriage to Ida Leah Heinle in Menno, SD. They moved to Scotland, SD and raised a family of 4 children. He worked as a house mover for many years and also had a Cattle Oiler Business. In 1967, they moved to West Bend, WI, where he worked at the West Bend Factory until moving back in 1977. He worked with his brother, Hank, doing salvage work until his stroke in 1999, when he became a resident of the Mogck Home until December 2004, when he moved to Bormann Manor in Parkston. He entered the Avera St. Benedict Hospital on April 30, 2006.
He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Menno since 1977 when he moved back from West Bend, WI.
Those who will cherish his memory are his children: Elizabeth M. (Betty) Winter of Mitchell, SD, Donald A. Zeeb of Sun City, AZ, and Robert A. (Judy) Zeeb of LaCrosse, WI; brother, Elmer (Verna) Zeeb of Menno, SD; sisters: Gertrude Edelman of Yankton, SD, Leona Gall of Sioux Falls, SD, and Edna Fillaus of Menno, SD; 18 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren, 21 nieces and nephews, a daughter-in-law, Helen Zeeb of West Bend, WI, and 2 sister-in-laws: Laverna Zeeb of Sioux Falls, SD and Violet Redner of Grand Rapids, MI.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ida Leah Zeeb, his son, Clifford A. Zeeb, and his brothers: Gideon (Pete), Ewald (Freddie), Eugene (Hankie), Reinhold (Ronnie), Helmuth (Billie), and Rueben.

KeAndre Zephier, 3 month old son of Barry and Mary (Crossman) Zephier of Sioux Falls, SD passed away Friday, July 28, 2006. Funeral service will be 1:00 PM, Friday, August 4, 2006 at Kostel Funeral Chapel, Yankton with Rev. Ken Bain officiating. Burial will be in the Beaver Creek Cemetery, rural Crofton, NE. Visitations will be Friday, August 4, 2006 at 11:30 AM until the time of service at Kostel Funeral Chapel, Yankton. Pallbearers are Derrick Zephier, Nadien Zephier, Austin Zephier, Gregory Crossman, Michael Crossman, Wendy Crossman, Joshua Gratzfeld, and Leah Gratzfeld.
KeAndre was born March 31, 2006 to Barry and Mary (Crossman) Zephier in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Those who will cherish his memory are her parents, Barry and Mary of Sioux Falls; one sister, Kayla Zephier at home in Sioux Falls; maternal grandparents Joe and Joyce Gratzfeld of Yankton, SD; Gregg Crossman of Summerfield, FL; maternal great grandparents, Arnold and Jeanette Tramp of Parkston, SD, Walter and Ann Crossman of Palm Coast, FL; maternal step great grandparents, Joe and Sylvia Gratzfeld of Yankton; and paternal grandmother, Faith Zephier of Yankton, and great great grandmother, Grace Counoyer of Wagner, SD.
She was preceded in death by his sister, Ashley Zephier.

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