Janice Edna (Strassburg) Hanson

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March 19, 1927 ~ August 15, 2017

Janice Edna (Strassburg) Hanson, 90, Brandon, died Tuesday, August 15, 2017, at the Tuff Memorial Home in Hills, MN.

Visitation with family will be 1-3pm, Sunday, August 20, 2017, at Heartland Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be 11am, Monday, August 21, at Palisades Lutheran Church. Interment will follow at the church cemetery.

Janice Edna Strassburg was born March 19, 1927 at Valley City, ND, to James and Edna (Lorenzen) Strassburg. She moved with her family to Minnesota in 1936, and graduated from high school at Luverne, MN. Janice married Robert Hanson in 1945. They lived in California during World War II. While Robert served in the Navy, she worked in a department store. The couple returned to South Dakota and lived in the Valley Springs area where they farmed the same place for 45 years. Upon retirement, both Janice and Robert managed apartments for 13 years in Brandon.

Janice loved to cook and sew, making many quilts for the family, church and World Relief. She enjoyed camping, fishing and playing cards. Janice was an Elvis Presley fan. She was a member of the Palisades Lutheran Church, life member of the ELCW Hannah Circle, and the Valley Springs American Legion Auxiliary. She served as President of Lutheran Brotherhood Branch 8607 for 17 years, serving nine area churches. She was State Fraternalist of the Year in 1992, and was a delegate to the Lutheran Brotherhood National Convention in 1990.

Janice will be deeply missed by her two sons, Jim Hanson, Valley Springs, and Joel (Linda) Hanson, Valley Springs; three granddaughters that were very special to her, Shauna (Jason) Allmon, Brandon, Kylie (Rick) Murray, Brandon, and Heather (Aaron Andrea) Hanson, Corsica, SD; three great-grandchildren, Max, Ian, and Storey; one sister, Viola Lafrenz, Minneapolis, MN; one sister-in-law, Delores Strassburg, Luverne, MN; and many nieces and nephews.

Janice was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Hanson; two infant daughters, two granddaughters; Missy Jo Hanson and Nicole Howlett; her parents, James and Edna (Lorenzen) Strassburg; four siblings, Al Strassburg, Bill Strassburg, Lucille Claussen, and Gladys Scott.


Lucille (Lucy) Knutson

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April 12, 1951 ~ August 11, 2017

Lucy Knutson, 66, Beresford, passed away peacefully at her home, on Friday, August 11, 2017.

Visitation with family present, will be Tuesday, August 15, 2017, from 5-7pm. There will be a Prayer Service at 7pm following the visitation, at Skrefsrud Lutheran Church, rural Beresford. Funeral Services will be Wednesday, August 16th, at 10:30am, also at Skrefsrud Lutheran Church. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Skrefsrud Lutheran Church building project in her honor.

Lucille Ustad was born in the back of a 1949 Packard on April 12, 1951, to Bernt and Anna Louisa (Bratt) Ustad. Lucy was raised on a farm north of Beresford.

On August 10, 1969, Lucy married Dean Knutson at Skrefsrud Lutheran Church. The couple was blessed with four children. Lucy worked for the Alcester and Beresford nursing homes as a Certified Nurse’s Aid. She enjoyed taking care of the residents and sharing stories with them. She retired in 2015 due to poor health.

Lucy was especially proud of her family. She loved being with her children and her grandchildren. She will be remembered for her giving heart and was “Grandma Lucy” to many. She enjoyed people and was always willing to help where needed. Lucy enjoyed making quilts and made one for every one of her children and grandchildren. She was also known for her delicious cakes. If there was an occasion to have a cake, she was usually involved with baking and decorating it. Lucy was also a loyal Twins fan and enjoyed watching their games.

Lucy will be deeply missed by her husband, Dean; four children, Shellie (Mike) Sveeggen, Beresford, David (Katie) Knutson, Tea, Becky (Brandon) Peterson, Alcester, and Kristy (Stuart) Sveeggen, Beresford; eleven grandchildren, Timothy, Hailey, Sarah, Ryan, Corey, Jordan, Kara, Blake, Brady, Carter, and Kindra; two sisters, Bea (Cliff) Dvoracek, Sioux Falls, and Eleanor (Gary) Knutson, Centerville; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Lucy was preceded in death by her parents, Bernt and Anna Louisa (Bratt) Ustad.

Lynnae Dorene Clark

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February 27, 1961 ~ August 2, 2017

Lynnae D. Clark, 56, Sioux Falls, died Wednesday, August 2, 2017, at Avera McKennan Hospital after a lengthy illness.

Family visitation will be 1-3pm, Sunday, August 6, 2017, at Heartland Funeral Home.

Lynnae Dorene Thompson was born February 27, 1961 in Sioux Falls to Charles Sr. and Irene (Neve) Thompson. She was raised and attended school in Sioux Falls before she went to work for several different business throughout her life, including Taco Johns, Lewis Drug, and Bonanza. On December 11, 1981, Lynnae married Sheldon Clark in Sioux Falls and to this union three children were born.

Lynnae was a very caring and generous soul. She loved to volunteer at her kids’ school and played “Mrs. Claus” at several seasonal gatherings. She also started the Santa Claus Lane in Sioux Falls by gathering the neighbors to make the designs, paint and then place them in the front lawns of E First St in Leaders Edition. Lynnae also loved to sew and embroidery and made many clothes for herself and her children as well as several blankets. Her favorite hobby was to collect angels of all types which becomes fitting as now she is an angel watching over her family today.

Lynnae will be deeply missed by her children, Kailyn (Jeremy) Clark, Stacie Clark, and Abigail (Joshua) Mindeman; eight grandchildren, Dylan, Hunter, Alexis, Allyn, Anthony, Austyn, Andrew, and Zachary; her mother, Irene (Hank) Ishida; three siblings, Mark (Paula) Thompson, Chuck (Michele) Thompson, and Jodie (Mark) Lundy; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and her best friend, Angie Langley.

Lynnae was preceded in death by her father, Charles Thompson Sr., and one brother, Charles Thompson Jr.

Rene Lorraine (Van Beek) Swanson

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July 26, 1950 ~ July 21, 2017

Rene L. Swanson, 66, Valley Springs, died Friday, July 21, 2017, at her home.

Memorial Services will be 1pm, Friday, July 28, 2017, at Heartland Funeral Home.

Rene Lorraine Van Beek was born July 26, 1950, in Hendricks, MN, to Jake and Louise (Fountain) Van Beek. The family moved to Sioux Falls where she was raised. Rene graduated from St. Joseph’s Academy, Omaha, NE, in 1968. Rene married Gene Swanson in 1970 and eventually moved to Valley Springs, SD. The couple had three children. Rene worked at John Morrell for a few years and then became a sterilization tech at Sioux Valley Hospital for over 25 years, before she retired. In 1998, Rene married Tim Den Herder, and they merged their families to include two more children; Sadie and Nate.

Rene loved her morning TV game shows and her animals; especially her cat. Camping at Oakwood Lakes and hanging out with her children and grandchildren were her favorite pass-times. She also could usually be found at the “C.B.” in Valley Springs with her friends.

Rene will be deeply missed by her two children, Zach (Tia) Swanson, Valley Springs, and Sony (Nate Den Herder) Swanson, Garretson; seven grandchildren, Max Reyna, Dominik, Savannah, Danny, Gavin, and Owen; four siblings, Roger Van Beek, Rebecca Anderson, Rachel Brower, and Rhonda Censky; and special nieces and nephews that Rene and Gene chose to take in as their children also at some point in their lives, Scott, Mark, Sage, and Tessa.

Rene was preceded in death by her parents and one son, Owen.

Douglas “Dugan” Wayne Suss

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March 31, 1955 ~ June 26, 2017

Douglas W. Suss, 62, of Sioux Falls, SD died unexpectedly at his home on Monday June 26, 2017.

Visitation with family will be Sunday, July 2, beginning at 1:00 pm with a short time of sharing at 2:30 pm, at Heartland Funeral Home in Brandon, SD.

Douglas Wayne Suss was born March 31, 1955 in Windom, MN, to Paul and Louella (Bailey) Suss. After high school, Dugan graduated from St. Cloud State with a degree in marketing. On May 31, 1980 Dugan married JoAnn Heitkamp in Adrian, MN. To this union, two children were born; Nick and Holly. Dugan worked many years in radio, television and print media advertising, and was most recently employed by the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Sioux Empire.

Dugan truly enjoyed playing golf and watching sporting events. He looked forward to March Madness and the Final Four basketball tournaments, making many trips to attend the games. Dugan was gifted with a wicked sense of humor and was a wisecracker; he had a nickname for everyone. He was loyal to his friends, loved old cars, working on his lawn and gardening. But most of all he adored his family. Watching Holly run track and attending car shows with Nick were some of his most favorite times with his children. Dugan was excited to become a Grandpa in a few weeks to Nick and Emily’s son, Jaxton. Having the kids over for his famous homemade pizza created many of the memories that will be cherished by his family.

Grateful for having shared his life are his two children, Nick (Emily) Suss, Brandon, SD and Holly Suss, Sioux Falls, SD; his mother, Louella Suss, Waterford, WI; seven siblings, Roger, Beaverton, OR, Charlie (Crista) Brookfield, WI, Stanley, Sioux Falls, Frank (Nancy), Jacksonville, FL, Jeff (Mary), Luling, LA, Sharon (Verlin) Ailts, Yankton, and Michelle (Phil) Glembin, Waterford, WI; and many nieces and nephews.

Dugan was preceded in death by his father, Paul Suss; two siblings, Joan and Craig; and his sister-in-law, Christie.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Dugan Suss family.