Hilda Martha (Kaaz) Bunde (1915-2013)

Hilda (Kaaz) Bunde 2013


Hilda M. Bunde, age 97, of Watertown, SD passed away on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at Golden Living Center in Watertown. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 5, 2013 at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church in Watertown with Pastor Keith Petersen officiating. Bev Ewy will be the organist with congregational singing.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at the Wight, Comes & Sogn Funeral Chapel in Watertown, and on Friday prior to the services at the church.

Interment will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Watertown.

Honorary pallbearers will be grandsons, Rodney Bunde, Jay Prouty, Alan Bistodeau, Darin Noeldner, Scott Gusso, Kip Bunde, Joe Thronson and Chad Noeldner.

Pallbearers will be Hilda’s grandsons, Luke Prouty, Gregg Noeldner, Ryan Gusso, Kerry Gusso, Kelly Bunde and Michael Thronson.

Hilda Martha Augusta Bunde was born on a farm in Germantown Township, Codington County, South Dakota on September 19, 1915 to Karl August and Ida Ernestine (Lentz) Kaaz. She attended Country School District 61 in Germantown Township. After her 8th grade graduation she helped her parents on the farm.

On October 15, 1933 she married Ernest William Gustav Bunde. The couple lived in Watertown for two years before moving to a farm in Rauville Township in 1935. In the fall of 1940 they moved to Ernest’s parents’ farm in Germantown Township where Hilda was a housewife and mother. Hilda worked at Jenkins for two years. Ernest passed away on September 27, 1997 at Jenkins Nursing Home in Watertown.
Hilda enjoyed spending time with her family, quilting, sewing, crocheting, and working outside.

She was an active member of the Bethlehem Church in Watertown, a charter Member of the Bethlehem Ladies Circle, choir member and Sunday School teacher for many years with the Bethlehem Church. Hilda was a Charter Member of the 3-Way Extension Club since 1955.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ernest; a grandson, Douglas Bistodeau; her sister; six brothers; and two sons-in-law, Duane Noeldner and Lester Prouty.

Hilda is survived by her two sons, Harold (Marjorie) Bunde and Kenneth (Alaine) Bunde all of Florence, SD, her six daughters, Eleanor Prouty of Hayti, SD, Elaine Bistodeau of Webster, SD, Edith Noeldner, Marilyn (Shorty) Anderson, Kay (Jeff) Thronson all of Watertown, SD and Joyce (Larry) Gusso of Florence, SD; 22 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; and 10 great great-grandchildren.


Friday July 5, 2013, 10:30 a.m. at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church
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Wednesday July 3, 2013, 4-7 p.m. at Wight, Comes & Sogn Funeral Chapel

~ Obituary courtesy of Wight, Comes & Sogn Funeral Chapel & Watertown Public Opinion, 01 Jul 2013

Margaret Clara (Ashbaugh) Erichsen (1913-2013)


Margaret Erichsen, age 99, of Clear Lake, SD died Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at the Deuel County Good Samaritan Center, Clear Lake.

Funeral service will be 2:30 pm on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church, Clear Lake, SD. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery, Clear Lake. Visitation will be Saturday one hour prior to the service at the church. Houseman Funeral Home in Clear Lake is entrusted with the arrangements.

Margaret Clara (Ashbaugh) Erichsen was born to George and Elizabeth (Schmitt) Ashbaugh on December 5, 1913 in Killarney, Manitoba, Canada. In 1914, her family moved to Ocheydan, Iowa, where the family farmed. Two years later, they moved to rural Clear Lake, SD where she was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church. Margaret attended school in Clear Lake graduating in 1931. She continued her education at Northern State Teachers College in Aberdeen where she received a teaching degree. She taught in rural schools in Deuel County for five years.

On June 5, 1935, she married Louis Walter Erichsen. Following their marriage, they lived on a farm north of Altamont. To this union, eight children were born. She joined St. John’s Lutheran Church in Altamont where she taught Sunday school and served as Sunday school superintendant. Margaret also taught two years at rural Clover Hill School District #72.

After the death of her husband Louis in 1969, she moved to Clear Lake. She again joined Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church, where she also taught Sunday school and was an active member of the Ladies Aid. She worked as a teacher’s aide and substitute teacher in the Clear Lake school system for 13 years.

Margaret entered the Deuel County Good Samaritan Center in Clear Lake in 2002, where she remained until she passed away on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at the age of 99 years, 2 months and 8 days.

She was a member of Clear Lake Extension Club, Altamont Senior Citizens, Clear Lake Senior Citizens and several card clubs. She was a talented seamstress and enjoyed sewing and altering clothes. Margaret also enjoyed spending time in her flower garden.

She is survived by her eight children: Lowell (M. Joan) Erichsen, Joyce Ulven, Vivian (Arthur Keith) Shaver, Bernice (Dean) Kjelden and LaVonne Kjelden, all of Sioux Falls, SD, Linda (Harold) Berkland, Brookings, SD, June McKillip, Sioux Falls, SD and Wayne Erichsen, Tempe, AZ; 17 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren and 7 great great-grandchildren.

Margaret was preceded in death by her husband; infant granddaughter Jill Christina Hintz; brothers: Leonard, George and Louis Ashbaugh and sisters: Myrtle Ashbaugh and Marian Gunsalus.

~ Obituary Courtesy of Houseman Family Funeral Home & Watertown Public Opinion, 14  Feb 2013

Bruce MacDonald (1938-2013)


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Bruce MacDonald 2013


Funeral services for Bruce MacDonald, 74, Sioux Falls and formerly of Aberdeen will be 10:30 am, Saturday, January 26 at Faith United Methodist Church, Aberdeen. Pastor Jack Erickson officiating. Burial in Riverside Memorial Park with military honors by Sidney L. Smith Post #24. Bruce died Monday, January 21 at the Sanford Medical Center, Sioux Falls after a courageous two year battle with cancer.

Visitation will be from 1:00-7:00 pm, Friday, January 25 with a prayer service at 7:00 pm at Spitzer-Miller Funeral Home, 1111 S. Main St.

Bruce MacDonald was born on July 29, 1938 in Minneapolis, MN and was adopted by Grant and Mattie (Pabst) MacDonald. He graduated from Aberdeen Central High School. He held a master plumbers license and electrical license in the state of South Dakota. On December 31, 1960 he married Olivia Weber at Aberdeen, SD. This is the area where they made their home and he owned and operated his own Plumbing and Heating company for twenty-five years. In November of 1980 he began working for the US Postal Service until he retired in 2004. In March of 2012 they moved to Sioux Falls, SD. Bruce was a member of the SD National Guard for nine years, having completed his training in Fort Leonardwood Missouri.

He was member of the Sioux Falls chapter of the Harley Owners Group, Moose Lodge, Elks Lodge and the Experimental Airlcraft Association. He loved flying his own plane and they loved touring on their Harley’s. He served eight years on the SD State Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Association Board, serving in all offices including President. He also was instrumental in helping to develop a licensing law for plumbing in the state, he served ten years on the advisory of the Mitchell Vo-Tec school and two years on the advisory board of the Aberdeen Central High Vo-Tec School. Bruce was one of the first facilitators in the QWL/EI process serving for over four years. He was elected to the SD Association of Rural Letter Carriers Board in 1987, serving all offices but secretary from 1987-1998.

Grateful for having shared Bruce’s life are his wife, Olivia MacDonald, Sioux Falls, children, Brenda (Dan) Geier, Chanhassen, MN, Lori (Merlyn) Brockhouse, Sioux Falls, Ryan (Laurie) MacDonald, Olathe, KS, grandchildren, Brandon, Jerimiah, Lindsey, Stephen, Bailee and Brooklyn, mother, Beulah Barnes, Stockon, CA, in-laws, Eddie Weber, Dolores Kolbeck, Etta Tripp and David (Betty) Weber.

Bruce is preceded in death by his infant son, Mark MacDonald, parents, Grant and Mattie MacDonald, foster sister, Jean Bartel, in-laws, Viola (Joe) Schmidt, Barbara (John) Voller, Morrie Boelter, Leonard Tripp and Darlene Weber.

The family prefers memorials to St. Jude’s Research Hospital.

~ Obituary courtesy of Spitzer-Miller Funeral Home, 21 Jan 2013

Gilbert Lester Walford (1927-2012)


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It was a privilege to meet you this summer at the family reunion… you will be truly missed.

Gilbert “Gil” Walford, 85, of Watertown, SD passed away Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at Prairie Lakes Hospital.

Funeral mass will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, September 10, 2012 at Holy Name Catholic Church in Watertown. Father John Lantsberger will be the celebrant with Donna Williams as organist and Blaine Martian as song leader.

Visitation will be from 4-7:00 p.m. with a scripture service at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 9, 2012 at Wight, Comes & Sogn Funeral Chapel in Watertown.

Military Honors conducted by American Legion Codington Post 17, SD Army National Guard Military Honors in Watertown, and Patriot Guard Riders.

Interment will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Watertown.

Pallbearers will be Chance Walford, Tyler Walford, Jason Goette, Mike Lawrence, Rick Kloos and Chris Murray.

Gilbert Lester Walford was born May 7, 1927 to Harry and Edna (Klos) Walford on a farm near Bemis, South Dakota. He attended country schools in the Bemis and Dempster area. He helped on the family farm until entering the United States Army in September of 1945. He served overseas in Germany before his discharge in 1947. He returned to help on the family farm until he married Marylis Jean Trenholm on June 8, 1954 at Immaculate Conception Church in Watertown. Gil became involved in the building trade and was employed at Gray Construction and helped build the Watertown Senior High School. He also worked at the high school as a janitor for ten years before starting Walford Construction with his son Terry. Gil retired in 2005 and on June 20, 2006 his wife, Marylis passed away. The couple had celebrated 50 years together.

Gil enjoyed spending time with his family. He was a Twins fan and enjoyed bowling.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; one sister, Gladys; one brother, Bud; his grandson, Jeremy; and his son-in-law, Marlon.

Gil is survived by his son, Terry (Simie) Walford of Watertown, SD, his daughters, Jan (Casey) Lawrence of Watertown, SD and Colleen Thompson (special friend, Rocky Schreurs) of Baltic, SD; his brother, Ben (Carole) Walford of Big Stone City, SD; his sister Alvina (Merv) Johnson of Watertown, SD; his sister-in-law, LuEtta Walford of Watertown, SD; his brother-in-law, Gerald (Bev) Willis of Madison, MN; 7 grandchildren; and 7 great grandchildren.

~Obituary courtesy of Wight, Comes & Sogn Funeral Chapel, Inc.’s website.