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Shirley Radke PDF Print E-mail
alt  Shirley K. Radke, age 71, of Huron, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 17, 2016 at home surrounded by her family.


Her funeral service will be at 10:30 am on Friday, July 22, 2016 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Huron with burial at Riverside Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2-7 pm on Thursday, July 21, 2016 with the family present from 5-7 pm at the Welter Funeral Home; or visitation one hour prior to the funeral service at the church.

Shirley Kaye Cloudwas born January 2, 1945 at Flandreau, SD to Ileen (Johanson) and Everett Cloud. She attended Rural Fletcher Grade School and graduated from Flandreau High School in 1963. Shirley received her Associate Arts Degree in Elementary Education from Dakota State College in Madison, SD in 1965. She taught first grade at Wessington Springs public school from 1965-1969. Shirley married Melvin W. Radke on October 25, 1969 at Flandreau, SD. They lived in Wessington Springs until January 1970 when they moved to Huron.

In 1970, Shirley received her Bachelor of Science degree from Dakota State University and was an elementary school teacher at St Martin’s Catholic School, Custer Consolidated School, McKinley Elementary School, and Buchanan Elementary School teaching kindergarten through grade 6. She was awarded Elementary Teacher of the Year in 1998. Shirley retired from her teaching career in 2007. The joy of her life was raising their three children and she assisted in coaching O.M. (Olympics of the Mind) when her children were in elementary school.

Shirley was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church where she served on the Church Council, taught Sunday School, and Vacation Bible School for many years. She was active in midweek Bible Study and enjoyed quilting at the church.

Shirley’s favorite pastimes were spending time with the Grandchildren doing projects in her project room and going for coffee with her friends.

She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Mel of Huron; three children, Sarah Radke of Huron, Mike (Danielle) Radke of Huron, and Sonya (Chris) LaMont of Aberdeen; eight grandchildren Teegan Radke, Will Radke, Katelyn Radke, Sam Radke, Max Radke, Lucy LaMont, Everett LaMont, and Simon LaMont; three sisters Sharon Stordahl of Flandreau, Sandra Cloud of Watertown, and Deborah Cloud of Apple Valley, MN; two sisters-in-law Jeanne (Donavan Pautzke) Cloud of Northfield MN and Verla Schuster of Rapid City; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Shirley is preceded in death by her parents, her brother Darrell Cloud, and two brothers-in-law Roger Dougherty and Arlen Stordahl.

Memorials may be directed to Make a Wish South Dakota and Huron Regional Medical Center Hospice.


Anna Mae Comes PDF Print E-mail

alt Anna Mae Comes, age 79 of Waverly, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, on Friday, July 15, 2016 in Watertown. 

Funeral mass will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Kranzburg, SD. 
Visitation will be 4-8:00 p.m., with a 7:00 p.m. scripture service, Monday, July 18, 2016 at Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel in Watertown.
Interment will be at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Waverly.

Pallbearers will be Anna Mae’s grandchildren, Jaclyn Comes, Austin Comes, Aden Comes, Brock Hanten, Caleb Vogel, Carson Britzman, Jacob Comes and Bailey Comes.

Honorary pallbearers will be Anna Mae’s grandchildren, Jenna (Mark) Moffatt, Aspen Comes, Alexa Comes, Derek (fiancé, Dara) Klatt, Payton Comes, Brittany Hanten, Courtney Vogel, Caitlyn Vogel, Carter Vogel, Chandler Britzman, Sidney Comes, Avery Comes, Hannah Comes, Owen Comes and Evan Comes; and her great-grandchildren, Harper and Nora Moffatt.

Anna Mae was born December 4, 1936 to Raymond and Gertrude (Hulscher) Witt near Kranzburg, South Dakota.  She grew up in the Kranzburg area and attended Holy Rosary Catholic School in Kranzburg through the tenth grade.  She then attended Waverly High School, graduating in 1954.  After graduation, Anna Mae was employed by First Citizens National Bank in Watertown.  On July 5, 1958 she married Robert “Bob” Comes at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Kranzburg.  The couple lived in Watertown for a few years until they made their home on the family farm.

Anna Mae raised everything from her kids to flowers and vegetables!  She drove the school bus for Waverly High School for many years and also cooked for the students at school from 1984 to 2010.

Anna Mae’s family was everything to her and as her family grew so did her love for them.  She enjoyed attending her children's and grandchildren's sporting events but most importantly she loved having family gatherings.  She also enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, canning, baking and playing cards. 

She was a member of St. Joseph's Choir and a member of Modern Homemaker's Extension Club.  

Anna Mae is survived by her husband of 58 years, Robert of Waverly, SD; her children, Michael (Barb) Comes of Watertown, SD, Marty (Tami) Comes of Waverly, SD, Mark (Jill) Comes of Waverly, SD, Monica (Todd) Hanten of Bemis, SD, Marlene (Chad) Vogel of Minot, ND, Maxine (Stacy) Britzman of Watertown, SD, Marlyn (Pam) Comes of Farmington, MN and Morrie (Brenda) Comes of Watertown, SD; her brother, LeRoy (Linda) Witt of Spearfish, SD; her sister, Mary (Dan) Minor of Brookings, SD; 23 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 

 She was preceded in death by her parents; and her brother, Joseph Witt.

Eloise G. Snoozy PDF Print E-mail
Eloise G. Snoozy, 90, South Shore, South Dakota, died on June 10, 2016, at Golden Living Care Center in Milbank, South Dakota. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 14, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at Mundwiler Funeral Home. Rev. Ken Nelson will officiate. Visitation will be held Monday evening from 5 – 7 p.m. at the funeral home and continue Tuesday morning for one hour before the service. Casket bearers will be Mark Yanke, Ken Henke, Roger Lunning, Loren Lunning, Derek Rahn, and Casey Stowman. Honorary bearers are all of Eloise's grandchildren. Burial will take place in Riverview Cemetery, Centerville, South Dakota.
Eloise G. Lunning Snoozy was born on October 26, 1925, to Carl and Mabel DuBois Lunning in Centerville, South Dakota. She graduated from Centerville High School in 1943 and on March 15, 1944 she married Everette Snoozy. They had four children – Joyce, Wesley, Keith, and Kevin. They lived in Centerville where they farmed and in 1962 they purchased a ranch near South Shore.
Eloise loved life on the ranch. She enjoyed working with the cattle and feeding them and her time spent outdoors was treasured. She liked to feed the birds and loved flowers. Eloise was a fantastic cook and she loved to share that gift with her family. Most of all, Eloise was selfless and didn't give herself the credit she so deserved.
Left with her loving memory are her sons, Wesley (Marie) Snoozy of Twin Brooks, SD, and Kevin Snoozy of South Shore, SD; daughter-in-law, Jill Snoozy of Thief River Falls, MN; son-in-law Charles Noeldner of South Shore, SD; eight grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; many great-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren; sister-in-law Ardis Lunning of Centerville, SD; and many nieces and nephews.
Eloise was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Everette, in 1983; son Keith; daughter Joyce Noeldner; infant son and infant daughter; four sisters; and one brother.
Milton LeRoy Wass PDF Print E-mail


Milton LeRoy Wass was born March 18, 1918 in Beresford, SD, the only child of parents Lloyd and Rose (Stuessi) Wass, and entered into death on December 18, 2015 at the age of 97 years and nine months. He was baptized in the Methodist faith and graduated from Beresford High School in 1936. His fondest childhood memories include learning to hunt with his grandfather John, and he passed that passion on to his six grandsons. He attended the University of Chicago for two years. He received his Mortuary Degree from the College of Mortuary Science in St. Louis, Missouri in 1943, graduating with honors.

Milton married Lillian Marjorie Bondhus on May 21, 1939 in Slayton, Minnesota, and the couple lived in Sioux City, Iowa, and Beresford before moving to Virginia and then to San Francisco, California where he served in the US Navy from 1943-1946 during WWII. They moved to Centerville in 1946 when he joined his father in the Wass Funeral Home business in Beresford, which was started by his grandfather in 1887, when Milton   turned the hospital in Centerville into a funeral home. Milton bought the funeral home in Alcester in 1971. He also provided ambulance services for Centerville for many years. Milton and Lillian worked together at the Wass Furniture Store in Beresford, until it was sold in 1971. While living in Centerville he was active in Scandia Lutheran Church, and later when they moved to Beresford, he was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church. He served on the Centerville Board of Education for nine years, The Centerville City Council for six years, the Centerville American Legion for 62 years,, was a Mason and especially enjoyed golf, (getting a hole in one, not once, but twice) hunting, training his three black lab hunting dogs, fishing, boating, hiking, (even hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon in 1996 at age 78), bicycling (completed The Ride Across Minnesota in 1994 at age 76), which was 285 miles across Minnesota in five days; to prepare, he rode 285 miles around Beresford in five days. Milt enjoyed photography and even had a dark room in his home to develop his own photos. He followed in his Grandfather’s footsteps and learned the craft of woodworking, and each daughter has one of his beautifully crafted end tables to remember his talent. He taught his daughters and grandchildren to water ski, and made wonderful memories with his family at "The Cabin" on Lewis and Clark Lake. Milt believed in exercise and wore out three exercise bikes…riding more than 75,000 miles (or 3 trips around the world). 
After their retirement in 1985 Milton and Lillian loved to travel inside and outside of the US, and made trips to the Caribbean, French Rivera, Norway, Mexico, Alaska, Canada, Jamaica and one of his favorite states to visit was Maine when they went to find the "Great Wass Island". They spent many winters in Mesa, Arizona, where he once received a speeding ticket for riding his bicycle TOO FAST. Milton was so proud of his wife being named Mrs. South Dakota, and going to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida for the Mrs. America contest in 1957. While there, he caught a seven foot, 47 pound sailfish. The perpetual learner, Milt took lessons on how to play the organ in his 80s. As Lillian grew frail, he would play to her every evening and they would sing hymns and say the Lord's Prayer together. His recorded music was played for her at her funeral in 2007.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Lillian, on December 22, 2007. Among those who survive and who gratefully shared his life are his four daughters and their husbands, Patricia and Lyle Brend of Mesa, Arizona, Sandra and James DeSaix of Beresford, Marjorie and Lynn Ellis of Rapid City, and Kathleen and Craig Fransen of Jackson, MN.; ten grandchildren, Clark Nelson, Christopher Nelson, Darren Vik, Regina Larson, Clint Ellis, Daina Austin, Kollin Ellis, Micah Fransen, Bethany Fransen, and Hanna Rossow; four step-grandchildren, Maren DeSaix, Hilary Bertch, Nathan Brend, and Ashley Brend; 21 great-grandchildren, Kirsten, Siri, Kelsey, Britta, Kayla, Mia, Kara, Tanner, Cameron, Alana, Kaitlyn, Kendra, Lily, Anna, Elin, Jack, James, Dylan, Julia, Ava and Cole; and one great-great-grandson Owen.
Funeral services for Milton will be 2PM Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Beresford, SD and burial with military honors at Beresford City Cemetery. Visitation will be 2-8PM Monday at Wass Funeral Home in Beresford with the family present from 5:30-7PM and a prayer service at 7PM.
Josephine Brandriet PDF Print E-mail
Josephine Brandriet
Mass of Christian Burial for Josephine Brandriet, 91, of Waverly will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 2nd at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Kranzburg. Father Ken Koster will officiate. Burial will follow in the Waverly Cemetery under the direction of Paetznick-Garness Funeral Chapel, Groton.

Visitation will be held at the church on Friday from 4-8 p.m. with a wake service at 7:00 p.m. and will continue prior to services on Saturday.

Josephine passed away Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at Jenkins Living Center, Watertown, surrounded by her family.

Josephine Augusta was born on August 9, 1924 to Frank and Mary (Hallauer) Cordell in Codington County. She attended a one room school house in Elmira Township and later went to Kranzburg High School. Jo helped on the family farm for several years before uniting in marriage with Donald Brandriet at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Kranzburg on September 19, 1946. The couple made their home on the Olson farm for a year before moving to the family homestead. In early years, both she and Don worked for Heritage Museum, building and finishing museum cases. Josephine also worked for a time at the Hospital in Watertown in the housekeeping department and later for Dakota Poultry. She was a hard-working lady, helping on the family farm while raising their ten children. Each year, a large garden was grown along with chickens and the family dairy cows. She worked tirelessly using a wringer washer and hanging clothes on the line to dry, while also mending all of the family clothes. In 1991, Josephine suffered a stroke that left her partially paralyzed. Her willpower to overcome the difficulties that came with that was a true show of her character. Following Don’s passing in September of 2007, she became a resident at Jenkins Living Center.

Josephine was a woman of great faith. She was an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Waverly where she served on the Altar Society. She enjoyed cooking and baking, and will be fondly remembered for the many loaves of bread, donuts and cookies. She also loved visiting with family, friends and neighbors. As an avid Minnesota Twins fan, she was granted a My Heart’s Desire Wish at Jenkins Living Center, where she met several players and coaches. She will forever be remembered for her strength, generosity and love, witnessed by all of her family.

Celebrating her life are her children: Beverly (Paul) Isom of Clear Lake, Donna Kjornes of Watertown, Jeanette (Bill) Towle of Watertown, Roger (Rose Keen) Brandriet of Watertown, Marjorie (Marlow) Schaffer of Selby, Brian Brandriet (Jolene Hadley) of Watertown, Dale (Shellie) Brandriet of Arlington, Doug (Sandy) Brandriet of Watertown, Russ (Amy) Brandriet of Hurley, 30 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren. Josephine is also survived by her sister, Mary Pester of Lake Norden and her sister-in-law, Leona Cordell of Veneta, Oregon.

Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband of 61 years, Don, her son, Paul Brandriet, son-in-law, Douglas Kjornes, two daughters-in-law, Randene Brandriet and Karen Brandriet, three sisters and six brothers. Honorary Casketbearers will be the Staff at Jenkins Living Center, her sister, Mary Pester and all of her grandchildren.

Casketbearers will be Art Nelson, Scott Snoozy, Mark Kjornes, Tyler Brandriet, Mitchell Brandriet, Logan Brandriet, Justin Brandriet and Braden Brandriet.

Lois Barrett PDF Print E-mail

altLois Barrett, 69, of Watertown, passed away on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at Prairie Lakes Hospital. 

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, April 4, 2016 at Grace Lutheran Church in Watertown with Pastor Janet Miller officiating, Marcia as organist, and Lisa Bruley as soloist.

Visitation will be from 3-5:00 p.m., Sunday, April 3, 2016 at Wight and Comes Funeral Chapel.

Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery in Watertown.

Pallbearers will be Lake VandeZande, Nick Olson, Tom Barrett, JR VandeZande, Bill Weber, and Howard Sogn.

Honorary pallbearers will be Lois’ Prairie Lakes Dialysis Family.

Lois Ramona Barrett, the daughter of Joseph E. and Verne (Shaw) Messer, was born April 9, 1946 in Webster, South Dakota.  She grew up in Watertown and graduated from Watertown High School.  She went on to obtain a degree in Mortuary Science and became a funeral director at Shaw-Messer Funeral Service and later at Sogn-Messer Funeral Home.

Lois loved her family and friends dearly. Horses always held a special place in her heart. Raising her foals and traveling many miles to shows brought her great joy.  She also enjoyed hunting and was very proud of her trophy buck.  Spending time on the lake fishing was also a great passion. She loved sharing the story of her proud walleye angler.  Music moved Lois’ soul.  Lois always valued reading; after she lost her eyesight, she enjoyed listening to books on tape.

Lois had been a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Kiwanis, Legion Auxiliary, AQHA and APHA. 

Blessed to have shared her life with: her children, Kathy (Gordon) VandeZande Little and Pat (Bob) Weber all of Watertown; three grandchildren, Bailley (fiancé, Nick Olson) Mason, Lake VandeZande and Sidney Weber; her siblings, Dr. Joseph (Nancy) V. Messer of Northfield, IL and Mary (David) McAdams of Tucson, AZ; and many nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Dr. James W. Messer; her infant sister, Dora Lou Messer; first husband, Lyle Barrett; and second husband, Dayle Johnson.

Lois was a kind and loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She will be greatly missed by all.


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