Janice Marie Haas

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June 25, 1932 ~ December 8, 2017

Janice Marie Haas, 85, Sioux Falls, passed away unexpectedly, Friday, December 8, 2017, at Sanford USD Hospital in Sioux Falls.

Visitation will be 5 to 7pm, Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at Heartland Funeral Home, Brandon, with a Memorial Service at 7pm.

Janice Marie Bale was born June 25, 1932, in Sioux Falls to Robert & Verda (Graber) Bale.  She was raised and attended school in Sioux Falls before graduating.  Janice married Stephen Haas on July 16, 1949, in Sioux Falls where they raised their family for the next 68 years.  When her children left the nest, Janice worked for the Minnehaha Co. Auditors’ Office for several years.

Janice was all about her family and getting together for the holidays.  There was a team effort for all of the girls as they prepared the meals together at her home.  A huge tradition was to take the first Friday in December off and the girls would gather at Janice’s home to make Christmas cookies, candies, and other treats for all of their families.

She will be greatly missed by the love of her life and husband, Stephen Haas; her children, Craig Haas, Davenport, IA, Robin (Doug) Brandhagen, and Nancy Lind, both of Sioux Falls, and one son-in-law, Steven Sharpe; Janice’s pride & joy were her 10 grandchildren, Lisa (Mark) McGuire, Patrick (Brooke) Brandhagen, Cory Brandhagen, Jon (Debra) Laughlin, Jason (Cassie) Krueger, Stephen (Kate), Amy (Travis) Meyers, Ian (Nicky) Haas, Hannah Haas, and Aerie Miller.

Deeply missing their great-grandma will be Arin & Jarrett McGuire, Corbin & Brock Krueger, Kimberlie Kluesner, Gavin & Malena Laughlin, Brayden Haas, Callie Brandhagen, Shyla Lottman, Cameron Lind, Chloe and Blake Lind; her brother, Robert Bale; and many nieces, nephews & cousins.

Janice was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Richard Bale and her sister, Donna Thoms; her daughter, Stephany Sharpe; her granddaughter, Jamie Brandhagen; and great-granddaughter, Kirsten Lind.


Helen (Ma) Budd

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May 28, 1922 ~ December 2, 2017

Helen I. (Ma) Budd, 95, Canistota, passed away Saturday, December 2, 2017, at the Good Samaritan Center in Canistota.

Graveside Services will be 11am, Thursday, December 7, 2017, at the Canistota Cemetery. The family requests casual attire for attendees.

The family requests no flowers, gifts, or food.

Helen Irene Mehlbrech was born May 28, 1922, to Gustave D. and Edith Mae (Collins) Mehlbrech. She married Robert W. (Bob) Budd in Sioux Falls, SD, on March 5, 1943, before Bob was deployed to Europe to fight in World War II. After Bob returned from his military assignment, they lived in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, where Bob worked tirelessly for the Nickel Plate Railroad. After returning to South Dakota, they farmed in the Canistota area before retiring and moving to town (Canistota) in 1982.

Helen (Ma) worked at several cafes in Canistota, as well as the sewing factory. She would not give up. She waited tables at the cafe into her late 80’s. In fact, when she moved into the Good Samaritan Center, she was still waiting tables, serving the patients water. Several of Helen’s great joys were camping with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as finding bargains at garage sales with her buddy Joyce (who Ma affectionately referred to as Joycie) Sampson. Ma was diagnosed with dementia 5 years ago, which was an unfortunate way to spend her last years. Bob (Pa) and Ma were blessed with 2 children. Ma was an only child and didn’t want her children to grow up alone.

Helen is survived by her two children, Sharon Budd, Brandon, and Robert (Judy) Budd, Sioux Falls; four grandchildren, Jeannie (Jim) Luke, Candy (Terry) Northern, Sue Reiff, and Mike Budd; ten great-grandchildren, Lacey Northern, Whitney Kindt, Mike Kindt, Kaci (Troy) Janzen, Jesse Northern, Tyler Smith, Cody Northern, Kylee Northern, Kyle Narum and Trever Budd; and several great-great grandchildren.

Ma was preceded in death by her husband, Bob; and her parents, Gustave D. and Edith Mae (Collins) Mehlbrech.

Mary Denise Dierickx

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November 16, 1961~ December 1, 2017

Denise Dierickx, 56, Brandon, died peacefully on Friday, December 1, 2017, at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, after a courageous 2 year battle with cancer.

Visitation with family present, will be 4:30 – 6pm, Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at Heartland Funeral Home followed by a 6pm Memorial Service with Full Military Honors. A reception will follow at the Brandon VFW. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Denise’s life.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Avera Prairie Center.

Denise Hatcher was born on November 16, 1961, in Ocala, FL, to Jim and Georgia (Wilbur) Hatcher. After meeting her future husband, Bob, in Germany, while serving in the US Army, they settled down to raise their family in Brandon, SD.

Denise was good natured, easy going and a loving, gentle woman, who was adored my many. She enjoyed camping, loved the beach, and spending time with family and friends. Denise was a die-hard Florida Gators fan and she married into being a strong Vikings fan.

Denise is survived by her loving husband, Bob Dierickx; two children, Cindy (Jake) Jass, Hartford, SD, and Josh (Jackie) Dierickx, New Castle, PA; four grandchildren, Braden, Laney, Noah, and Callie; her mother, Georgia Hatcher, DeLeon Springs, FL; one sister, Beth (Bruce) Gold, Deland, FL; and many nieces and nephews.

Laura Anne Merkwan

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August 15, 1972 ~ November 30, 2017

Laura Anne Merkwan, 45, Geddes, SD, died Thursday, November 30, 2017, at the Palisade Healthcare Community in Garretson, SD, from complications of Multiple Sclerosis.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, December 9, 2017, at 3:00pm, with Visitation from 1:30pm – 3:00pm at Oakwood Park Christian Church (811 S. Gordon Ave.) in Sioux Falls. The family requests that the attendees wear purple or black to the Memorial Service.

Laura Anne Merkwan was born August 15, 1972, in Portland, OR, to Joseph A. Sr. and Mari Ellen (Gates) Merkwan. Laura was a homemaker and enjoyed taking care of her children, which were all raised in Geddes, SD.

Laura had a love for music, especially by the late Tom Petty. She also loved her Pepsi. Laura had a very optimistic attitude and had a way of brightening everyone’s day and making them smile.

Laura will be deeply missed by her four children, Joseph Powell, Curtis Powell, Roberta (Jonathon) Jandera, all of Sioux Falls, and Amy (Alan) Brott, Tyndall, SD; nine grandchildren, Emma, Angelina, Aaron, Colton, Andrew, Michael, Edward, Danielle, and Jordan; mother, Mari Ellen (Keith) Poole, Granite City, IL; two siblings, Dawn Light, Granite City, IL, and Joe Merkwan, Jr., Portland, OR; and several nieces and nephews.

Laura was preceded in death by her father, Joe Merkwan, Sr.

Mary Anne Zoelle

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December 4, 1942 ~ November 27, 2017

Mary Anne Zoelle, 74, Sioux Falls, formerly Brandon, died Monday, November 27, 2017, at the Dougherty Hospice Home in Sioux Falls.

A Celebration of Life for her family and friends is Friday, December 1, 2017, from, 5-7pm, with a short public prayer service at 7pm, at Heartland Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Dougherty Hospice Home in Sioux Falls.

Mary Anne Schulz was born December 4, 1942, in Farmington, MN, to Roland and Dorothy (Kunz) Schulz. She was raised in Farmington and graduated from High School there before attending St. Mary’s in Rochester. On October 10, 1964, Mary Anne married Frank Zoelle. The couple moved to Sioux Falls and then to Brandon, to raise their four children. Mary Anne worked at the VA Hospital in Sioux Falls for over 30 years as a nurse, before retiring in 2001. She also studied at USD for her Masters and then for her PHD.

Mary Anne and Frank loved to spend their summers in Park Rapids at their lake cabin and then a month in the winters in Aspen, CO. Occasionally, they would make their way to Kona, HI, for a short stay as well. Mary Anne was an advocate for activity. She loved to exercise, kayak, windsurfing, snow skiing (even as a ski instructor), gardening, and cooking for any occasion for her family. Mary Anne adored her family and spending time at her pool with the kids and their friends, made for many wonderful memories. She had a caring and giving heart and was always teaching or educating those around her whether they were support group friends, students, or her Bridge Club group.

Mary Anne was a long time member of Risen Savior Catholic Church, Brandon, attended St. Therese Church, Sioux Falls, and the Parkinson’s Support Group at Avera Fitness Center, Sioux Falls.

Mary Anne will be deeply missed by her four children, Tony (Sara), Sheldon, IA, Kelly, Nathan, and Heather (Chaun) Brison, all of Sioux Falls; six grandchildren, Taylor (Emily), Kelsey, Alex, Maddison, Rogan, and Rylie; one great-grandchild, Savannah; one brother, Jerry (Sandy) Schulz, St. Paul, MN; a brother-in law, David Zoelle; and one niece, Dana Zoelle.

Mary Anne was preceded in death by her husband, Frank; and her parents.