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Joel W. Klusmann PDF Print E-mail


Joel Klusmann, 75, died Friday, January 9, 2015 at his home in Lennox, South Dakota. Joel Wilbur Klusmann was born at New Salem, North Dakota on December 3, 1939, the son of Wilbur H. and Golde (Stayton) Klusmann. He grew up there and graduated from New Salem High School in 1957. He lived in Bismarck, North Dakota and graduated from Bismarck State University with an Associate Degree in Pre-Mortuary Science. He then graduated from the Dallas Institute-Gupton Jones, College of Mortuary Science in 1962.

On September 2, 1961, he was united in marriage to Delphi Gill at Wilton, North Dakota. Following their marriage they lived in Dallas, Texas, Kenmare, North Dakota, and Rapid City, South Dakota before moving to Lennox, South Dakota in August of 1965. He was employed at Dindot & Son Funeral Home and on September 1, 1983, purchased the business and re-named it Dindot-Klusmann Funeral Home.

Joel was a member of Lennox Ebenezer Presbyterian Church where he served as an Elder, a Deacon, a Sunday school teacher and camp nurse. He and wife Delphi served on a church planting team, that helped start Living Hope Community Church in Tea, South Dakota.

Joel was an active member of the Lennox community. He helped organize the Lennox Area Ambulance Service, of which he became a lifetime member. He was a charter member of the Lennox Lions and had served as a Cub Scout Master for Pack 109 and an Assistant Boy Scout Master for Troop 109 from 1976 to 1990. In earlier years he had been a member of the Development Corporation and the Lennox Jaycees. In 1997 at age 57, he completed his EMT Basic course and rejoined the Lennox Ambulance as a Certified Emergency Medical Technician, retiring in 2008. Joel’s hobbies were feeding and watching birds and volunteering.

He was preceded in death by his father, on November 26, 1991, his mother, on November 30, 1996, his daughter, Jodi Klusmann on February 9, 1997 and one grandson Zachary Klusmann on January 26, 2002.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife of over 50 years, Delphi; son Jay (Julie) Klusmann, Lennox; five grandchildren: Kelsi Klusmann (fiancée Jordan Stricherz), Brookings, SD, Tyler Klusmann, Sioux Falls, Benjamin Klusmann, Eygpt, Stanley and Wyden Klusmann; three sisters: JoAnn Petich, Denver, JerryLou (Edward) Landis, San Jose, CA and Penny Golden, Denver as well as other relatives and many friends.

MaryAnn Polasky PDF Print E-mail

MaryAnn Polasky, 74, of Winner, SD, was received into the loving arms of our Lord, Jesus Christ, on Sunday, November 2, 2014, after a long and courageous fight with cancer.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 am Friday, November 7, 2014, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Winner, with Fr. Andrzej Wyrastek as Celebrant.  Private burial will be at St. Michael Catholic Cemetery in Sioux Falls, SD.   A Liturgical Wake and Rosary will be at the church at 7:00 pm Thursday, with the family present to greet friends from 5:00 to 7:00 Thursday evening. Arrangements will be under direction of Miller Funeral Home of Sioux Falls and Mason Funeral Home of Winner.

MaryAnn Albright was born April 13, 1940, at Odessa, MN, to August and Lucy (Rudnick) Albright.  She was raised and attended school in Appleton, MN.  After graduating from school, she moved to Minneapolis and was employed in bookkeeping at First National Bank.  Later, she moved back to Appleton where she worked for the Farmers and Merchants Bank.

She was married to Louis Polasky on July 11, 1964, in Appleton, MN.  They made their home for a short time in Holloway, MN.  They then moved to Miller, SD, where Louis was manager for Peavey Elevator.  His job allowed for them to live in several towns in South Dakota including Winner, Huron, Gettysburg and Chamberlain.

They eventually made their permanent home with their family in Winner where she and her husband owned and operated Polasky Feed and Seed.  MaryAnn was employed as office manager for Brown Oil Company in Winner.  She continued her career with Brown Oil until her retirement.

MaryAnn and Louis loved to go on trips and greatly enjoyed their time in Hawaii and Alaska.  In her retirement years, she volunteered at the Thrift Center with her “Tuesday Girls.”  She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Winner.  She enjoyed sewing and playing Whist in her early part of life, collecting salt and pepper shakers and bells, watching the Price is Right and Wheel of Fortune.  She and Louis enjoyed time with their many friends on casino bus trips.  They liked to go camping with their children and grandchildren.  She has an amazing collection of 1950’s 45 rpm records.  She and Louis loved to go dancing and attended every wedding that they could so they could dance to her favorite song, Unchained Melody.  They shared their last dance to that song only a few months ago and her health had since prevented her mobility.

She was a very loving and caring wife and mother.  Mostly, she loved and adored her grandchildren, spoiling them in every way a grandma should. 

Ever thankful to God for having her in our lives, her memory lives in the hearts of her husband, Louis Polasky, of Winner, SD; her children, Michael and Penny (Kara, Kirstyn and Kenzie) Polasky of Brandon, SD, Patricia and Ron (Zachary, Madisyn and Jordan) Waltman of Sioux Falls, SD, Robert and Cindy (Garett Whipple and Jaymason Bramblee) Polasky of Pierre, SD; and many of her brothers-in-law,  sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death are her parents, three sisters and two brothers.

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William Peter "Pete" Hansen PDF Print E-mail

altWilliam Peter Hansen, 75, of Irene, SD passed away Thursday, October 16, 2014 at the Sanford Vermillion Care Center.

     Funeral services will be 10:30 am, Monday, October 20, 2014 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Irene, with Pastor Mark Ostrem officiating.   Burial will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery at Irene.

     Visitation will be from 5 to 7 pm, Sunday, October 19, 2014 at the Hansen Funeral Home in Irene.

     Pete was born September 17, 1939 to Clyde C. and Alice M. (Thompson) Hansen. He grew up and attended school in Irene and graduated from Irene High School in 1957. 

    In 1958 he married Paige Falck and they lived in Springfield, SD where Pete attended college.   In 1959 they returned to Irene and Pete went to Chicago, IL where he attended his final year of college at Worsham College of Mortuary Science. Following college, the couple moved to Wakonda, SD and operated Hansen Funeral Chapel and Ambulance Service. Pete also managed the Wakonda CO-OP gas station for four years. They moved back to Irene in 1983 to manage Hansen Funeral Home.   In 1991, Pete and his father along with his two sons established Hansen Funeral Home of Vermillion, SD. He retired in 1999 and moved to LaFeria, TX.   Pete had been active in funeral service for over 50 years and had recently been recognized for his years of service.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant son and a daughter Brenda Hansen.

     Pete is survived by two sons; Bill (Debbie) Hansen of Irene, Bob (Beth) Hansen of Vermillion, a daughter Bonnie Simonsen of Tea, SD, grandsons; Eric and Evan Hansen, Trevor and Jacob Simonsen, granddaughters; Laura and Sarah Hansen, Alli (Joey Gleich) Simonsen and Taylor Hansen, great grandchildren; Malachy Hansen, Paige and Paisley Gleich, also one brother James (Gwen) Hansen of Lake Whales, FL, special friend Irene Keener of LaFeria, TX, also cousin Ken (Marylou) Hofmiester of Parker, SD, three nephews and one niece.

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George Loomer PDF Print E-mail
altGeorge F. Loomer, age 91, of Madison, SD, formerly of Alexandria, died on May 29, 2014 at Bethel Lutheran Home in Madison, South Dakota. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Sunday, June 1, 2014 at the Will Funeral Chapel in Mitchell with a Masonic Service at 7:00 PM. Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM Monday, June 2, 2014 at the Alexandria United Methodist Church. Burial will be at Greenhill Cemetery with military rites.
George was born on December 30, 1922 to Gilbert and Marian (Montgomery) Loomer. He graduated from Alexandria High School in 1940. After graduation he enrolled in college at SDSU. He was drafted into the service 1943 and served in the Navy for 3 ½ years. He returned to SDSU and completed college.
George married Helen Pommer in September of 1950. He graduated U of M Mortuary Science in 1950. After graduation he returned to Alexandria where he joined his father and uncle in the family business, Montgomery's Furniture and Funeral Home. After his father and uncle retired, he and his brother took over the business.
George was an active member of the American Legion Post #0041 for 66 years. He received his 50 year membership pin from the South Dakota Funeral Directors Association. He was a member of the Alexandria Masonic Lodge #37 for 67 years; the Royal Arch Masons; and the El Raid Shrine of Sioux Falls. He was a member of the Methodist and Presbyterian Church.
In 1986, George moved to Madison, SD. There he opened the Furniture Factory where he worked until retirement. He supported the DSU booster club. He was instrumental in forming the DSU pep and concert band. He was a member of the Madison Elks Club for 17 years.
George is survived by 4 daughter; Sandra (Mike) Durick of Ft. Pierre, Diane (Jeff) Rausch of Pierre, Connie (Clark) Sinclair of Madison, and Vickie (Arlie) Loomer Gill of Sioux Falls. His grandchildren include; Kara (Tim) Johnson, Damon (Steph) Durick, Brett (Jenny) Durick, Kristin (Scott) Hangebrauck, Kyle (Jesyna) Rausch, Matt (Lindsay) Sinclair, Eric (Neala) Sinclair, and Katelyn Gill. He has 13 great-grandchildren. He is survived by one brother, Jim Loomer.

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