Obituaries

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Joe Austin enjoyed ‘cheffin’ in the kitchen

Joseph “Joe” Austin, 53, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, at his home in Sterling, Virginia. Mass of Christian Burial for Joseph was held on Friday, March 5, 2021, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Mobridge. Burial was at Greenwood Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge. Joe was born in Mobridge on Jan. 28, […]

Gladys Fjeldheim owned Kountry Klassic in Herreid

Gladys Fjeldheim, 83, of Herreid, died Wednesday, March 3, 2021, at Herreid Good Samaritan Center. Private family services will be held. A celebration of life service will be held at a later date. Gladys Lucille Rossow was born to Earl and Christine (Deibert) Rossow on Sept. 25, 1937, at their farm home in Campbell County. She attended McKinley Country Grade […]

Elenora Pfitzer sewed the dress for daughter’s wedding el

Funeral services for Elenora Pfitzer, 100, of Mobridge, were held on Monday, March 1, 2021, at Zion Lutheran Church. Burial was in Mobridge City Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge. Elenora passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. Elenora Katie (Landis) Pfitzer was born on Dec. 20, 1920, in Jackson Township (aka Red Top) in Dewey […]

Lou Hawkins was MHS graduate

Louis Wayne Hawkins, 78, passed away on Feb. 22, 2021, in Texas. Louis, also known as Shifty (South Dakota), Buz (family name), and Lou, was born in Mobridge to James Wayne and Lillian Eda (Sperry). As a child, he contracted polio and lived in Hot Springs for three summers, undergoing intensive physical therapy. He played trombone in the marching band, […]

Stella Smith came from Denmark to America as a WWII war bride

Stella B. Smith, 92, of Selby, died on Friday Feb. 19, 2021, at Walworth County Care Center in Selby. Funeral services were held on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, at Selby United Methodist Church led by Pastor Darla Hadrick. Interment followed at Selby Memorial Gardens under the direction of Lien Funeral Home of Bowdle. Stella Blankholm Sorensen, daughter of Nora (Blankholm) […]

Esther Berg was famous in her family for her German dishes

Funeral services for Esther Berg, 93, of Mobridge, were held on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, at Trinity Lutheran Church. Burial was in Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis, under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge. Esther passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, at Walworth County Care Center in Selby. Esther Elenora Berg was born on July 1, 1927, […]

Leon Crowley’s stories could capture a room

Willard Leon Crowley, 72, of Mobridge, died unexpectedly on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, at Mobridge Regional Hospital. Services are pending for later this spring. Cremation has taken place. Leon, son of Elmer and Pauline Crowley, was born on May 20, 1948, in Great Bend, Kansas. He spent his childhood growing up with his brothers and sister in Dighton, Kansas. He […]

Roy Ziegler had career in education

Roy Ziegler, 91, of Mitchell, died on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, at Avera Brady Health and Rehab in Mitchell. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Mitchell. Burial was at Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis, under the direction of Bittner Funeral Chapel of Mitchell. Roy J. Ziegler was born on […]

Wanda Cadotte loved working with youth

Wanda Marie Cadotte, 83, of Flandreau, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, at Ava’s House in Sioux Falls. Wanda was born in Flandreau on Sept. 3, 1937, to Howard L. and Catherine (Cottier) Robertson. She grew up in Flandreau, graduating from FHS in 1955. She married Gilbert “Gib” Cadotte in Pipestone, Minnesota, on Dec. 3, 1958. Wanda worked at […]

Joyce Hamilton loved travel

Joyce A. Hamilton passed away on Jan. 25, 2021, at her home in Sunrise Skypark, Idaho, with her husband of 25 years, Gary, at her bedside. She fought a long and valiant battle with Alzheimer’s disease, but in the end, the disease won. Born Joyce Perman, on April 28, 1941, in Mobridge, to Emil Sr. and Alman Perman. She was […]


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