Dale Elwood Moug

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April 16, 1936 ~ February 15, 2018

Dale E. Moug, 81, Sioux Falls, died Thursday, February 15, 2018, at the Good Sam Village in Sioux Falls.

Private family services will be held at a later time.

Dale will be deeply missed by his wife of 55 years, Audrey; two children, Jason Moug, Grandforks, ND, and Robin (Kevin) Stephens, Sioux Falls, SD; and two grandchildren, Mitchell and Tyler.

Dale was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Martha (Hochhalter) Moug; a twin brother, Gale, and a sister, Maureen.

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Pamela Lenore Anderson

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July 24, 1948 ~ February 12, 2018

If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.
–Meister Eckhart

Pam (Bingham) Anderson of Sioux Falls, SD, died peacefully on February 12, 2018, while under Avera Home Hospice care, after living six years with ovarian cancer. She was 69.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 3:00pm, Monday, February 19, 2018, with family present from 1-3, at Heartland Funeral Home in Brandon.

Pam is survived by her son, Devon (Stacey) Bingham; grandson, Riley Bingham; and her two sisters, Paula Bingham and Penny Bingham, all of Sioux Falls; niece, Kelly (Ian) Abbott, Santa Clara, CA; nephew, Mike (Jackie) Bingham and their daughters, Cassie and Nikki, Morgan Hill, CA; sisters-in-law, Janet Darling, Pt. Richmond, CA, and Margaret Bingham, San Jose, CA; special cousin, Carolyn Windle, North Andover, MA; and Sharon Drapeau, Lake Andes, SD, who in one of the seven sacred Lakota ceremonies became Pam’s sister/relative in 1988. She is also survived by her husband’s children, David Anderson, Carol Lane, Marla Kenny, and by other relatives and many dear friends.

Memorials may be directed to Feeding South Dakota by Pam’s request.

Pam was preceded in death by her parents Leonard and Rita (Murphy) Bingham, her husband, Joe Anderson, infant sister, Pamela Bingham, and brother, Pete Bingham.

Pam was born on July 24, 1948, in Lawrence, Massachusetts and moved in 1951 with her family to Eielson Air Force Base, near Fairbanks, Alaska, where her dad worked for the US Army Corps of Engineers. Her dad’s work next took the family to Hawaii from 1961 – 63, where they lived on three different islands, before making a final move to Pickstown, SD. Pam graduated from Pickstown High School in 1966. She then earned her Bachelor’s degree in English at Mount Marty College in Yankton, SD, graduating in 1970. She volunteered as a teacher in Highgate, Jamaica for one year before taking the position of Headstart / Homestart Director with the Community Action Program in Lake Andes, SD.

Pam was a lifelong advocate for children. Even as a teenager, she willingly responded to the request of neighborhood youngsters to come out to play with them! She loved children and worked diligently for their welfare in various professional organizations: Headstart in Lake Andes; as developer and Director of the Children’s Center at the Methodist Hospital in Mitchell, SD; Bright Beginnings and the Children’s Legal Clinic in Denver, CO; and the Center for Disabilities in the Autism and Related Disorders Program in Sioux Falls. To strengthen her efforts in advocacy, she earned a Paralegal Certificate in Denver. Her ability to think outside the box and her writing talent – and grammatical expertise! – added to her effectiveness as child advocate. On the home front her love of children was evident in her special love for her son Devon, one of the greatest joys of her life, and later for his son, Riley, the light of her life. With the birth of Devon in 1973, Pam courageously lived as a single mom at a time when this was less socially acceptable.

Pam married Joe Anderson on July 25, 1979 and enjoyed his love and companionship until he passed away in 2011, a few months before she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Joe’s dementia required nursing home care during the last years of his life; Pam faithfully visited him there and decorated his room for each season.

Among family and friends Pam was known as an avid reader, an amazing organizer and chronicle-keeper, a lover of photographs and a master keeper of photo albums, a wonderful weaver of words who wrote beautiful notes and letters; and an appreciator of beauty who designed lovely cards and decorated packages and her home in her unique style. She was a great listener to both family and friends, and a kind and gracious friend and support to many. She was a vegetarian for most of her life, who, ironically, craved a hamburger during her last weeks.

Pam was a lifelong pursuer of peace and non-violence; she was a person who valued silence and reflection. Though she did not pretend to know what lies beyond death, she believed intently that love lasts forever. One of the books she had most recently been reading was The Taste of Silence: How I Came to Be at Home with Myself by BiekeVandekerckhove. A few passages she had marked as significant are these.

If you really love someone, you cannot and you do not want to die, just
as you do not want the other to die. Love wants to be a house that spans
beyond death. Love hurts terribly. (p. 4)

[on a monk’s reflection on tumbling into God – “not the God beyond or above us but
the God who lives–wonder of wonders—in our deepest self”] ‘Toppling over into
inwardness’…is the opportunity to discover that inner balm. Even more so, it’s how
we become truly human. In that toppling over we land on a point of unexpected
freedom—a universal interconnectedness opens up. (p. 20)

Maybe happiness does not consist so much in what is interesting in people and
things. Happiness has to do with taking an interest in people and things. Interest
as inter-esse, from the Latin verb “to be among” people and things. (p. 36)

Pam was also a woman of faith, although not a member of organized religion. Included in her collection of wisdom quotes for her grandson Riley are these pertinent words of Pope Francis:

True faith is one that makes us more charitable, more merciful, more honest
and humane…it makes us see the other not as enemy to be overcome but
a brother or sister to be loved, served, and helped.

Most memorably, she was a woman of thanks, a woman grateful to the end – using her last store of energy to write notes of gratitude. To her last day, she never missed an opportunity to say “thank you” for each simple kindness, whether it was the visit of a friend or the offer of ice chips.
A special support to Pam these last six years, and for whom she was most thankful, was her sister Paula. In light of Pam’s diagnosis and treatment, they decided it would be good if Pam moved in to share Paula’s apartment. With different styles of organi-zation, this “odd couple” arrangement has been successful and mutually supportive.

Other people for whom Pam was especially grateful these last six years are Dr. Rojas and all the people who are part of his practice. From them, Pam received expert and compassionate care, loving support, and genuine interest and friendship. To them Pam extended her heartfelt thanks.

Thank you to all of her family members and friends who have been part of Pam’s life and shared her journey.

For all that has been, thanks!
For all that will be, yes!
–Dag Hammarskjöld

Sharon Kay Swenson

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October 15, 1961 ~ February 1, 2018

Sharon K. Swenson 56, Corson, died Thursday, February 1, 2018, at the Dougherty Hospice House as result of a stroke.

A Celebration of Life will be 5-7pm, Thursday, February 8, 2018, at Heartland Funeral Home, with a private burial at a later date.

Sharon Kay Swenson was born October 15, 1961, in Corson, SD, to Rosalie Swenson. At a young age, she moved to Hartford, SD, where she attended West Central School. Later, she moved with her parents to Sioux Falls, SD, and she attended Washington High School.

In 1977, Sharon met her better half, Lonnie Banghart, and to this union, two daughters were born; Angela and Jennifer. They moved their family back to Sharon’s original home in Corson, SD. Sharon worked a variety of jobs but most recently at Pace Manufacturing in Brandon.

Sharon loved traveling, whether it was riding along in the truck with Lonnie or driving with her daughters to Texas and Las Vegas. She loved fishing and camping anytime she could. She was the first in line (or close to it) when any country concert came to town but her all time favorite was Alan Jackson. Sharon enjoyed spending every moment she could spoiling her 6 grandchildren. Every visit she brought something for the kids. Sharon could be found sharing all snacks with her dog, Sam. Sharon played many years on various dart teams in the area. She enjoyed going to the State Dart Tourney each year and made fond memories with all her teammates.

Sharon received a life saving kidney transplant on January 11, 2012, from her daughter Jennifer’s childhood friend, Misty Hunter.

Grateful for having shared her life is her better half, Lonnie Banghart, Corson, SD; daughters, Angela Sandholm, Brandon, SD, and Jennifer Swenson-Ackerman (Mark), Valley Springs, SD; sister, Connie Gschwind, Flandreau, SD; brother, Eugene (Angela) Peterson, Brandon, SD; six grandchildren, Casey Ackerman, Kayleah Ackerman, Hailey Aulner, Isaac Sandholm, Brooklyn Ackerman and Lilly Sandholm; two great-grandchildren, Hayden and Russell Ackerman; two uncles, Harold Swenson, Brandon, SD, and Ordell (Vi) Swenson, Sioux Falls, SD; her beloved dog, Sam; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Sharon was preceded in death by her parents, Robert (Bob) and Rosalie Peterson; grandparents, Alvin and Hazel Swenson; son-in-law, Jon Sandholm; and mother-in-law, Betty Banghart.

Alvira “Vi” (Bleeker) Foiles

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October 19, 1925 ~ January 18, 2018

Alvira (Vi) Annabelle (Bleeker) Foiles, 92, Stevens Point, WI and formerly Raymond, SD, went home to be with the Lord in the early hours of Thursday, January 18, 2018, at The Lodge in Plover WI.

Visitation with family present will be 5-7pm, Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at Furness Funeral Home, in Clark. Funeral Services will be 10:30am, Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at Emmanuel Church of Doland, SD, with interment to follow at Clark, SD.

Alvira (Vi) Annabelle Bleeker was born October 19, 1925, to Hiram T. and Grace (Burfeindt) Bleeker on their farm near Chancellor SD. She was the 2nd of 6 children. She lived there until she was 13 when the farm was lost during the Depression. Alvira graduated in 1943 from Rock Rapids (IA) High School. She accepted Christ as her personal Savior at an early age, and became committed to pursuing a career in medical missions work overseas. After high school she attended Northwestern Bible College (now University of Northwestern, St. Paul) in Minneapolis where she received a Bachelors’ Degree in Biblical Studies. She then obtained her R.N. from Bartron School of Nursing at Watertown, SD. It was while a nursing student that she first became acquainted with John Foiles.

Committed to going to India, she was delayed for several years due to the unrest in the region. During this time, she worked as a surgical nurse in Worthington, MN. Vi finally realized her dream and went to (West) Pakistan in 1952, with TEAM to establish a hospital in the foothills of the Himalayas. In 1958, she was forced to return to the United States due to health issues. She returned to nursing in Worthington.

On December 3, 1960, Vi married John Foiles (nearly 10 years after meeting) and settled on the Foiles family farm in Logan Township, near Raymond, SD. They had two children, Norma and Dale. She was very involved in the farming operation, caring for stock animals and keeping the books. She worked for several years at the Clark Nursing Home. She was also very involved in her community, working with American Cancer Society, AFS, FNA and Farm Bureau. She was a member of Emmanuel Church and taught adult Sunday School for many years. She frequently spoke to church groups and other organizations of her adventures overseas.

In 2010, John and Alvira left the farm and moved to Stevens Point WI to be closer to their daughter. There, Vi’s primary title was Grandma as she watched her grandson Daniel before and after school.

Known for her strong faith, hospitality, compassion to neighbors needing medical assistance and advocacy for cancer patients, her first priority was always her family. She went home to be with the Lord due to complications from heart problems.

She is survived by her husband of 57 years, John, Stevens Point, WI; daughter, Norma (Lloyd) Roach, Stevens Point, WI, and son, Dale (Dawn) Foiles, Raymond, SD; six grandchildren, Laura Lola, Katherine, Rob, Jacob, & Emily Foiles and Daniel Roach; also, her ‘adopted’ son, David (Elizabeth) Jenni, Redmond, WA; two brothers, Lemoyne Bleeker, Sheldon, IA, and Melvin (Jan) Bleeker, Minneapolis, MN; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Vi is preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Elton (Florence), and Ivan Bleeker; and one sister, Celesta Bleeker.

Patricia W. Daw

 

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Memorial Services and Celebration for Pat’s life will be 1pm on Saturday, February 3, 2018, at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 300 S. Minnesota Ave., Sioux Falls, SD. The family will be present to greet friends and relatives following the service until 3:30pm. Please wear something colorful or bright, in honor of Pat’s joyful life. A light lunch will be provided.

Patricia W. Daw, was born Patricia Ann White on May 7, 1931, in Moline, Illinois, to Clifford and Borghild White. Pat graduated from MHS where she played the clarinet and bassoon, loved to sing and ice skate, as well as swim in the Mississippi River when the family spent summers on Campbell’s Island.

Pat attended Grinnell College, and then transferred to the University of Iowa’s nursing school. On a blind date, she met her future husband, Edward Francis Daw. They married in 1953. After graduation, Pat worked in community health nursing in Des Moines while Ed finished medical school. Pat soon gave birth to Cindy, the first of six children. They moved to Herlong, CA, where Ed served as Army general duty medical officer. Pat gave birth to Beth in Herlong, and often spoke about hanging diapers up out on the line, only to immediately take them back down, as they dried quickly in the desert air. The remaining four children, Dave, John, Sarah, and Jessie, were born in Rochester, MN, after Ed had taken a fellowship at the Mayo Clinic. After 5 years, they moved the family to Sioux Falls when Ed took an anesthesiology position at Sioux Valley hospital.

Pat stayed very active throughout her life. She was a competitive figure skater, bringing home several trophies, a master bridge player, and an ardent water and downhill skier. Pat ran A.R. Systems, Inc., a computer billing service, for several years out of the Daw house on East 32nd Street in Sioux Falls. Learning programming language, her first computer was delivered to the house in the mid-70’s and took up almost a whole room. Pat also loved to swim in the backyard pool, inviting her neighborhood friends for laps and socializing in the evenings. Pat also was an avid and skilled knitter, often making sweaters for the family, as well as for the newborns of friends.

Pat cherished her dogs. In 1980, Ed surprised her with their first chow chow, Kuma. That was the beginning of chows becoming a staple in the Daw household. Every day started with dog walks, whatever the weather. Ed and Pat skied many of the Rocky Mountain resorts in Colorado and Utah, but ultimately made Steamboat Springs their permanent home in 1985. Pat continued to stay busy in Steamboat, welcoming family and friends in the winter to ski and enjoy
the beautiful summers.

In 2004, Pat moved to Aberdeen, SD, to live with her daughter, Jessie. In 2009, she was diagnosed with dementia, and showed incredible spirit and a “happy-go-lucky” attitude during her years living with the disease. During this time, her sense of humor only grew and the people around her were continually surprised at her joy and humor. In 2014, Jessie took a new position in Sioux Falls and Pat, Jessie, and Karen (Jessie’s partner) created a new home on the west side of town. Pat loved the Sound of Music and, during the last years of her life, singing and dancing to the Sound of Music was a regular occurrence. Pat also had wonderful recall for other obscure songs and poems from her childhood and adolescence. Some of her favorites included “I Wear My Pink Pajamas,” “There’s the Highland Dutch,” and “What a Wonderful Bird is the Pelican.”

The family is very appreciative for the help and support of community services. In Aberdeen, Pat attended Mother Joseph’s day program, and resided for 5 months at Bethesda Nursing Home. Upon arrival in Sioux Falls, Pat attended Active Generations’ Daybreak program, and then Ceili Cottage. After leaving Ceili, Pat entered hospice services provided by Asera care and the services of Prosperous Home Health. Pat could not have stayed at home without the involvement from these wonderful people. Special thanks go to Robin, Lorelei, and Deb from Active Generations/Ceili; Chelsey, Alyssa, Megan, and the rest of the Asera staff; and Flo, Melissa, Jan, and Mike from Prosperous.
Pat is survived by her sister, Gerry Charvat, of Loveland, CO, and her brother, Charles White and wife Faye, of Moline, IL, as well as by her children Cynthia A. Daw, D.C. (Steamboat Springs, CO), Elizabeth M. Daw, and son Adam (Denver, CO), David C.Daw and sons Michael and Christopher (Anoka, MN), John C. Daw, D.O., wife Jane, sons Patrick and Bradley, and daughters Ellie and Suhani (Longmont, CO), Sarah C. Daw (Stanchfield, MN), and Jessica L. Daw, Ph.D., partner Karen Gerety (Sioux Falls, SD).

Patricia is preceded in death by her husband, Edward; and two sisters, Betty Hansen and Amy Hansen Van Arsdall.

Sympathy cards and/or personal stories may be sent to Jessie Daw at PO Box 88343, Sioux Falls, SD, 57109.