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Werner Straub PDF Print E-mail

Werner Straub, 100, of Eureka, died Sunday, March 24, 2013 at the Avera Eureka Healthcare Center. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM, Saturday, April 20, 2013 at Zion American Lutheran Church, Eureka, with Pastor Ryan Gage leading the service. Werner’s daughter, Barbara, will be organist; soloists will be granddaughter Leslie Anderson Ajmani and great granddaughter Annalise Ajmani. Violinist will be great grandson Ian Ajmani. Ushers will be Waldemar Beck and Duane Wanner. Visitation will be at Lien-Straub Funeral Chapel, Eureka, from 4:00-7:30 PM Friday, March 29, 2013.


Werner M. Straub, son of Albina (Brandt) and Henry Straub, was born at Eureka on July 14, 1912, the youngest of eight children (4 of which died as young children in the Scarlet Fever epidemic of 1910). He was raised and educated in Eureka, graduating with the EHS Class of 1930. Werner was on Eureka’s first basketball team to qualify for the State Tournament in 1929. He attended college in Brookings for 1 quarter and then returned to Eureka as both banks had closed. In 1931 he earned his Mortuary Science degree at the University of Minnesota, as well as his Minnesota and North Dakota Funeral Director’s License. He then returned to Eureka where he joined his father and brother, Theodore, in the firm H. Straub and Sons, the local family furniture and funeral business. Werner married Sisseton native Gladys M. Torvik at Clark on January 4, 1934. She preceded Werner in death on August 4, 1997. Werner was president of Straubs, Inc. from 1964-2013. The Straub’s sold their funeral business to Scott and Gale Lien of Bowdle on January 1, 2007. Over the years, Werner was active in the Eureka community where he was a volunteer fireman, on the Eureka School Board, was a Zion Lutheran Church board member, and Eureka Chamber member. He was also active in the funeral industry as he served on the South Dakota State Board of Funeral Service from 1963 to 1968, was a member and past president (in 1972) of the South Dakota Funeral Director’s Association, served as vice-chairman of the advisory council for the pre-mortuary program at Northern State College in Aberdeen in 1973, and was longtime McPherson County Coroner. He was licensed to practice funeral service in both North Dakota and South Dakota. His ND License # was 563 and his SD License # was 780 which earn him the distinction as being the oldest license holder in each state. Werner’s hobbies included fishing, hunting, and traveling with close friends.


Werner is survived by one son, Henry W. Straub of Eureka; one daughter Barbara Ann Anderson of McLean, VA; six grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father on June 21, 1952, his mother on March 21, 1973, his wife, one son (Thomas), five brothers (Otto, Oscar, Theodore, Arthur, and Albert), and two sisters (Erna Straub and Emma Graepp).


Honorary bearers will be all funeral directors attending the service.


Casketbearers will be Werner’s grandchildren and great grandchildren.


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Werner’s family prefers memorials to the Organ Stops Fund, C/O Zion American Lutheran Church, PO Box 546, Eureka, SD 57437.


Lien-Straub Funeral Chapel of Eureka is in charge of arrangements.

Henry Tschetter PDF Print E-mail
altThe Kuhler Funeral Home announces the death of Henry Tschetter, former employee of the Kuhler Funeral Home in Huron, and the father of Craig Tschetter, funeral director and former salesman for Batesville Casket Company.

Henry Tschetter, age 89, of Sioux Falls and formerly of Huron, died Wednesday, December 5, 2012, at Bethany Lutheran Home in Sioux Falls. His funeral service will be at 10 AM Monday, December 10th at Bethesda Church with the Rev. Roy Burket officiating. Burial will be in the Ideal Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 to 8 PM Sunday, December 9th, at the Kuhler Funeral Home with his family present from 6 to 8 PM. Memorials may be directed to the Huron Gideons Camp. Visit

Henry Issak Tschetter was born October 8, 1923, on a farm outside of Yale, South Dakota. He attended rural school near Yale and graduated from Wolsey High School in 1941. Following graduation he worked as a farm laborer until enlisting in the US Navy in 1944. Following basic training he married Barbara “Bobbi” Walter on August 6, 1944, at Bethel Church. Within three short days of their marriage he shipped out to the Island of New Caledonia and returned 22 months later when World War II ended.

The couple farmed with his parents for a short time before moving to Huron, South Dakota in 1947 where he began a career with Gold Medal Dairy. In 1949 the dairy was purchased by Fairmont Food Products. His early years were spent in the dairy processing milk and cheese, followed by a commercial delivery route in Huron serving local grocery stores and restaurants. He was promoted to manager of the Huron location and held that position until Fairmont Foods closed operations in South Dakota. The couple relocated to Moorhead, Minnesota for three years to complete his career with the company. After retiring in 1980, they returned to Huron where he worked as the custodian for St. Theresa Catholic School. In 1985, he began working at the Kuhler Funeral Home which he continued until he suffered a stroke in 2002.

His devotion to church and family were vitally important to his Christian faith. As a family, they faithfully attended Mt. Olivet Mennonite Church during which time he served as a deacon and afterwards as the superintended of Sunday school. They later became members of Bethesda Church where he taught Sunday school and actively attended until moving to an assisted living center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Henry was active in Huron’s Kiwanis Club, the Huron Gideon Camp and sang with the Silvertones men’s ensemble.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Bobbi of Sioux Falls; four children, Marlis (Herb) Klaassen of Omaha, Nebraska, Craig (Della) Tschetter of Brookings, and Douglas (Susie) Tschetter and Steven (Bev) Tschetter, all of Huron; nine grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; one sister, Edna (Kenneth) Dolliver of Sioux Falls; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Harold and Donald; a sister, Dorothy; and one great-granddaughter, Kelsey Tschetter.

James L. Crosby PDF Print E-mail
james l. crosbyJames L. Crosby, 86, formerly of Wagner and Avon, funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at the United Methodist Church in Wagner. Burial will be in the ZCBJ Cemetery, rural Wagner, with military honors. Visitation will be at the Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Home in Wagner from 3 to 7, with the family present from 5:30 to 7.

James Lowell Crosby, son of Clayton "Pat" and Lillian (Tilburg) Crosby, was born October 25, 1925 in Avon, SD, during an early winter blizzard. He passed from this world to his eternal home on Friday, August 17, 2012 at his home in Sun City, AZ. Jim attained the age of 86 years, nine months and 19 days.
Jim attended grade school and high school in Avon, where he enjoyed sports and played baseball and basketball throughout his schooling. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served until the war ended. Jim then joined the Naval Reserves and served for many more years. Jim graduated from Southern State Teachers' College in Springfield and then taught and coached at Ravinia High School.

In 1956, Jim purchased Kostel Funeral Home in Wagner and eventually took over the family funeral homes in Avon and Springfield. Jim was a funeral director for over 50 years, retiring in 1985 from active funeral service.
Robert Crosby and David Crosby are Jim's sons from his first marriage. In 1975, Jim and Jean Ann were married and they enjoyed 37 years of golf, travel, living in Wagner and Rapid City and being Arizona snowbirds.

Jim is survived by his wife Jean Ann of Sun City, AZ; his sons, Robert and David and their children and grandchildren; step son, Jim and wife Julie of Wagner and their daughters; step daughter, Linda and companion Gary of Phoenix, AZ and her children and grandchildren; and brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Elaine Sellers of Pickstown and their family. Jim was preceded in death by his parents. For all who knew and loved Jim, he truly will be unforgettable.....
Sheila Garness PDF Print E-mail
Services for Sheila Garness, 76, of Enemy Swim Lake and Sun City West, Arizona will be 2:00 p.m., Friday, May 18th at the Presbyterian Church, Groton.   Monsignor Marvin McPhee will officiate.   Burial will follow in Union Cemetery under the direction of Paetznick-Garness Funeral Chapel, Groton. Visitation will be held at the chapel on Thursday from 4-8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. Reverend Bill Duncan will officiate.

Sheila passed away May 11, 2012 at Del Webb Memorial Hospital in Sun City West following a brief illness. 

Sheila Ann was born in Groton, SD on March 26, 1936 to Alfred and Luree (Taylor) Paetznick. She attended and graduated from Groton High School continuing her education at Northern State Teacher’s College. After receiving her degree, she taught English and directed plays in Claremont and Groton. Sheila was instrumental in starting the Groton High School debate program. 

She was united in marriage with Leonard Garness on June 15, 1959 and the couple made their home in Groton. Sheila taught for several years before devoting her time to her family and the funeral home. They retired to their home on Enemy Swim Lake in 1999 and eventually began wintering in Sun City West.   

Sheila was an active member of the Presbyterian Church serving for many years as Sunday School superintendent and teacher, and participated in Presbyterian Women. She was involved in Eastern Star, PEO and several bridge clubs. Sheila enjoyed her time at Enemy Swim Lake, visiting and entertaining family and friends.

Celebrating her life are her husband of 52 years, her children, Leigh Ann (Randy) Giedt of Sioux Falls; Patty Garness of Forest Lake, Minnesota; Dr. Charlie (Ken) Klauer of Blacksburg, Virginia; Thor (Emily) Garness of Omaha, Nebraska, and five grandchildren: Dr. Jim Giedt, Nicholas Giedt, Garreth Klauer, Samantha and Allie Garness. Sheila is also survived by her brother-in-laws, Dr. Winston Odland of Ipswich, Roger (Jesse) Garness of Mitchell, and Dennis (Alice) Garness of Evansville, Indiana, sister-in-law Carolyn Garness of Dassel, Minnesota, several nieces and nephews, and many close friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents and her sister, Sondra Odland.

Honorary Casketbearers will be all of Sheila’s friends. Casketbearers will be Jim Giedt, Nicholas Giedt, Gary Petersen, Robb Roettele, Bryant Odland and Richard Kolker.

Paetznick-Garness Funeral Chapel
112 North 3rd St.
Groton, SD 57445
605 397-2341
605 397-2405 fax


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