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Ione Wirth

Born: August 31, 1925
Died: August 5, 2018

Ione S. (Tillema) Wirth, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend died Sunday, August 5, 2018, at Touchmark at All Saints. Memorial Services will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, August 10, 2018, at Hope Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. Per Ione’s wishes immediate family and close friends will meet Friday at George Boom Funeral Home at 9:30 a.m. to process to Woodlawn Cemetery for a 10:00 a.m. Graveside Service, prior to the Memorial Service at Hope Lutheran Church. Visitation with family present to greet friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Thursday, August 9, 2018, at George Boom Funeral Home & Crematory, Sioux Falls. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Hope Lutheran Church, the Saint Francis House, or to a charity of your choice.

Ione was born in Willmar, Minnesota, on August 31, 1925, to Ellen (Skaalrud) and Christ Christensen. She moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, when she was in elementary school and stayed throughout her life, graduating from Washington High School in 1943. 
Ione was passionate about Sioux Falls and was a one-woman “Chamber of Commerce,” reminding people that Sioux Falls was not just a great place to live … it was the best place. 

She campaigned to keep neighborhood pools when she was in her 80’s, completing a task that began in the early 60’s when she tried valiantly to keep our city pools free. And throughout her life she could be found at the forefront of ‘whatever needed to be done’—driving for “Meals on Wheels”, chairing the Hope Lutheran Church Bazaar, and serving meals at the St. Francis House. 

Ione loved to travel and in recent years was able to visit England, Denmark (birthplace of her father) and Norway. She still held out hopes of a trip to Italy and Egypt but alas, that was not to be. Perhaps her favorite trips were to see her children, who were scattered everywhere, to her cousins in Minnesota and to wherever the “girls’ weekends” would take her with her daughters, granddaughters, and great-granddaughter. 

Ione enjoyed life and found it all to be an adventure, whether walking in a snowstorm in New York City, flying to Las Vegas for a Michael Buble concert, or playing cards with long-time friends. Ione loved to dance and was the belle of the ball at her grandchildren’s and nieces’ and nephews’ weddings. Her birthdays were celebrations of life but not of age … because Ione didn’t recognize age. When her children had long sat out the dance, Ione was still dancing the night away. 

Ione was preceded in death by her husband, Donald C. Tillema, who died in 1970, after sharing 26 years of marriage. She then married Lyle Wirth, who preceded her in death in 2001, after 29 years of marriage. She was blessed in marriage by two loving and caring men. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Vida Christensen Burbank and Dorothy Christensen Emmons, and her beloved brother Steven, who shared the Denmark adventure with her. She was also preceded in death by her daughter-in-law Debra Tillema, her stepson, Michael Wirth, and her stepdaughter, Diane Woodke. 

Ione will be missed by all who met her because everyone who met her became her friend. She will particularly be missed by her children, whom she taught how to laugh at adversity, how to help those who need it the most, how to treasure friendship, and how to find joy in life. Her children include: Christine (Robert) Denicola, Scott Tillema, Suzanne (Mike) Evans, Mark (Jayne) Tillema, Catherine (John) Allan; and her stepchildren, John (Gail) Wirth, Nancy (Dick) Walker, and Marie (Rick) Kivela. 

She will also be missed by her grandchildren: Rebecca (Brian) Graber Tolrud; Nathan (Kristen) Graber; Camille Walker; Courtney (Jon) White Prebish; Alex Seddon; Ian (Jenny) Boe; Ashley Walker; Sean Boe; Hannah (Geoff) Wirth Worrell; Samuel Felton; Sarah Tillema; Logan Tillema; Bonnie (Joao Da Rosa) Wirth; Lucy Felton; and, Rachel Tillema. She kept pictures of her great-grandchildren, Rory , Sabrina, Aaron, Jacob, Ava, Sean, and Hunter close to her so she could greet them each day. In addition, she will be mourned by her sister-in-law Mary Christensen, her many cousins, especially Diane and Sheldon Hovda; her nieces and nephews, and her countless friends who were like family to her, including Betty and Willie Jernigan, Nancy Coleman, Joe and Val Fee, and Shirley Hawks. 

Marlene Karstens

Born: March 15, 1932
Died: June 22, 2018

Marlene J. Karstens, 86, of Sioux Falls, SD died Friday, June 22, 2018. Her funeral service will be 11:00 AM Wednesday, June 27 at Hope Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls, with burial at Hills of Rest Cemetery. Visitation begins at 4:00 PM Tuesday, June 26 at George Boom Funeral Home & Crematory, Sioux Falls, where the family will greet friends from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

Marlene J. Van Drew, daughter of Roy C. and Mary Jane (Cole) Van Drew, was born March 15, 1932 in Indianapolis, IN. The family lived in several communities before moving to Riverton, WY. Marlene graduated from Riverton High School. She then furthered her education with several college courses.

Marlene was united in marriage with James Karstens on January 10, 1951 in Riverton, WY. The couple made their home there. They then lived in Huron, SD before settling in Sioux Falls, SD in 1957. After her children were grown, Marlene began work in the Financial Aid Department at Augustana College. She retired in 1994 after 13 years of service.

Marlene was a long-time member of Hope Lutheran Church, where she was active in many areas. She enjoyed playing bridge and doing volunteer work. Marlene and Jim’s lake home at Lake Herman served as a weekly summer getaway where they proudly invited family and friends to visit and relax. Marlene enjoyed traveling, especially to attend family activities. Marlene also cherished her close relationship with her neighbors through the years.

Grateful for having shared her life are her children, Jim Karstens Jr. and his wife, Lana, Elysian, MN, Vicki Olawsky and her husband, Charles, Caledonia, MI, Jan Hailey and her husband, Robert, Papillion, NE; ten grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

Marlene was preceded in death by her husband, Jim, on February 28, 2014; her parents, Roy and Mary Jane Van Drew; and a sister, Charlotte McMillan.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in memory of Marlene to Hope Lutheran Church. 

Nile Best

Born: September 27, 1923
Died: June 16, 2018

Nile C. Best, 94, died on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at the Canton Good Samaritan Center in Canton, SD. Funeral Services for Nile will be 10:00 AM Saturday, June 23, 2018 at George Boom Funeral Home & Crematory in Sioux Falls with visitation starting at 9:00 AM on Saturday. Interment with Military Honors will be at the Arlington City Cemetery.  

Nile Clarence Best was born September 27, 1923 near Henry SD to Clarence and Clara (Jaehn) Best. Nile was a 1941 graduate of Sioux Falls Washington High School. He served in the United States Army (European Theater) during WWII. He earned the Good Conduct and Presidential Unit Citation Award. He married Doris Mae Norgaard on April 30, 1950 on a farm in rural Brookings County, SD.

He worked with his father at Best Electric in and around Kingsbury County. Starting in 1956 he was an electrician for the Bureau of Reclamation and Western Area Power Administration, first working on construction of the Oahe Dam, then at Huron, and ultimately the Sioux Falls substation for many years. He retired in 1984 and lived in Sioux Falls. Nile rode his motorcycle to work every day except during winter (he just complained about the weather then). Nile enjoyed his vegetable garden, playing cards, jigsaw puzzles, bowling, and watching the Minnesota Twins baseball and Vikings.

Nile enjoyed gardening, playing cards, and gathering with family. He was a member of the American Legion (72 years), National Association of Retired Federal Employees, and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (63 years).

Nile is survived by his sons Harlan (Diane) Best of Sioux Falls and Richard (Carol) Best of Rochester, MN; son-in-law Don Julius of Sioux Falls; grandchildren Jennifer, Matt, and Sarah Julius of Topeka, KS and Kim Minter of Rochester MN; great grandchildren Taylor Julius, Chloe and Emma Stone, and Anna Minter; sister Doris (Don) Swanson of Brookings; brothers-in-law Daryl (Phyllis) Norgaard of Badger, SD and Orlan (Gloria) Norgaard of Sioux Falls, as well as many close friends and relatives.  

Nile was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Doris. Also preceding him in death were daughter Sharon, brother and sister-in-law Worth and Mavis Best, brother-in-law Ray Norgaard and wife Eldah, and brother-in-law Leo Norgaard. 

William Polzien

Born: June 16, 1937
Died: April 13, 2018

William “Bill” Polzien, 80, of Sioux Falls, SD, passed away and was reunited with his wife of 50 years, LaVonne on Friday, April 13, 2018, at the Sanford Medical Center.

A memorial service will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at Miller Funeral Home, 507 South Main Avenue.

William Duane Polzien, son of Henry and Leona (Bundt) Polzien, was born on June 16, 1937, in Sac City, IA. At a young age he moved to Sioux Falls and attended Washington High School before graduating from Brandon High School in 1955. Bill enlisted with the United States Army and was honorably discharged in 1958. He returned to South Dakota and attended the University of South Dakota in Vermillion.

William was united in marriage with LaVonne Poulsen on September 8, 1962, at Zion Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. The couple remained in Sioux Falls and began to raise a family. Bill sold shoes with Johnson’s before entering into financial services with Ford Motor Credit Company, National Bank of South Dakota (U.S. Bank), and later with Greentree Financial. Bill retired in 1999 but worked at Stan Houston and made deliveries for HyVee.

Bill had a great sense of humor and was always telling jokes. He enjoyed time spent golfing or boating and camping with his family at Lewis and Clark Lake in Yankton, SD. He was a member of Hope Lutheran Church, a Master Mason, and an active El Riad Shriner in the Motor Corps and driving families to the Shriners Hospital. A dedicated husband, father and grandfather, Bill also maintained many close relationships with friends that he met daily for coffee.

Grateful for having shared his life are his son Thomas (Judi) Polzien, Sioux Falls, SD; daughter Susan Warwick, Omaha, NE; sister LaVon Erdman, Bellaire, MI; grandchildren Alicia (Zach Hagstrom) Hibbison, Ashley (Matt) Blakemore, Amber (Jesse) Hasvold, Andrew (Nichole Stanga) Hibbison; great-grandchildren Braiden Hibbison, Cambree Hibbison, Astrid Hasvold, Edith Hasvold; and many other relatives and friends. Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife LaVonne, and a brother Henry.

Sandra Bradfeldt

Born: August 17, 1945
Died: March 26, 2018

Sandra Bradfeldt, 72, of Sioux Falls, SD, died Monday, March 26, 2018, at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls. Memorial services will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 31, 2018, at Hope Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family for future designation to the Humane Society.

Sandra Rae Bradfeldt, daughter of William and Mabelle (Fields) Bradfeldt was born August 17, 1945, in Sioux Falls. She attended school in Sioux Falls, graduating from Washington High School with the class of 1964. She attended college in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and earned her degree as a Licensed Practical Nurse. While in Milwaukee she served as a Lutheran Deaconess. She was blessed with two daughters who were her everything. Traveling was dear to her, and a trip to Disney World when the girls were young was a highlight. Her grandchildren were the newest bright spots in her life.

Sandra was a member of Hope Lutheran Church. In her free time she loved flowers and decorating. She was a very talented painter who spread her gifts to many loving friends and family throughout the years. She was a devoted LPN at the Sioux Falls VA for many years before her retirement.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Jamie (Jason Crocker) Bradfeldt, and Leslie (Michael) DeLay all of Sioux Falls; 4 grandchildren, Elaina, Samantha, Maxine, and Jessica; brother, Bill (Marilyn) Bradfeldt of Sioux Falls; her loving cats, Willow, Leonard, and Midnight; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; and the father of her girls, Ernest Berna.

Glenn Nelson

Born: September 29, 1937
Died: March 23, 2018

Glenn A. Nelson, 80, of Brandon, SD (formerly of Sioux Falls, SD) died Monday, March 19, 2018 at Bethany Home in Brandon. His funeral service will be 10:00 AM Saturday, March 24 at George Boom Funeral Home & Crematory, Sioux Falls, with burial at Woodlawn Cemetery. Visitation begins at 5:00 PM Friday, March 23 at the funeral home, where the family will greet friends from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

Glenn Arthur Nelson, son of Andrew and Helen (Knudtson) Nelson, was born September 29, 1937 in Vermillion, SD. As a child he moved with his family to Sioux Falls, SD and grew up there. Glenn began work at Red Owl Grocery in 1952. He graduated from Washington High School in 1955.

Glenn entered the U.S. Marine Corps in January of 1956 in Sioux Falls, SD. He served during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Corporal in January of 1962 in Sioux Falls.

Glenn was united in marriage with Loretta Semmler on September 10, 1960 in Parkston, SD. The couple made their home in Sioux Falls. Glenn continued his career with Red Owl until beginning work at Great Plains Vending in 1975. After retiring from Great Plains in 1987, he helped his wife at her business, AAA Collections.

Glenn was a member of Hope Lutheran Church. He was also a member of the American Legion, the VFW, the Elks Club and AARP. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening.

Grateful for having shared his life are two sons, Jeff Nelson and his wife, Chris, Brandon, SD, Randy Nelson and his wife, Kena, Sioux Falls, SD; six grandchildren, Heather Crosby and her husband, Brian, Daniel Nelson and his wife, Amber, Keni Nelson, Kade Nelson, Kylin Nelson, Kayler Nelson; eight great-grandchildren, Jaxon Nelson, Ava Crosby, Ivy Nelson, Braden Crosby, Cora Nelson, Ana Crosby, Emeline Nelson, Bryson Crosby; his brother, Larry Nelson and his wife, Diana, Orange City, FL; and many other relatives and friends.

Glenn was preceded in death by his wife, Loretta, on October 2, 1993; his parents; and a sister-in-law, Joan Nelson.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in memory of Glenn to Make-A-Wish South Dakota, 1400 W. 17th St., Sioux Falls, SD 57104 or www.southdakota.wish.org.

Audrae Bailey

Born: January 26, 1926
Died: January 22, 2018

Audrae Bailey, age 91, of Sioux Falls, formally of Parker, passed away on Monday, January 22, 2018 at her home in Sioux Falls. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Hope Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. Burial will follow the lunch at Rosehill Cemetery in Parker. Visitation will be held from 4:00-6:00 pm Friday, January 26, 2018 at Heritage Funeral Home in Sioux Falls with Prayer Service starting at 6:00 PM.

Our Mom, Audrae Bailey, peacefully passed away at her home in Sioux Falls, SD on January 22, 2018 after a short illness.

She was born on January 26, 1926 in Parker, SD to Leland and Lillian (Stevens) Stoddard. Raised in the Parker area, Mom graduated from Parker High School in 1943 and then attended Drake University in Des Moines, IA. She was a member of Chi Omega Sorority and graduated in 1947 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology.

While a college student during World War II, Audrae worked summers for the United States government in Chicago, IL at Navy Pier in various clerical positions as a member of the “Greatest Generation”. She also worked for 15 years at Sioux Valley Hospital as a Ward Secretary until her retirement in 1991.

Audrae married Robert Almond in June 1947. They lived on a farm between Hurley and Parker, SD. From this union were born 4 sons: Steve, Roger, Jeff, and Greg. Robert passed away in 1975.

Audrae was active in many church activities especially Hope Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. She was also active in the Sioux Falls Prison Ministry and the Union Gospel Mission Auxiliary. She loved music, especially the piano, and enjoyed singing and dancing.

She extensively vacationed during her life in the United States and overseas, including Rome and Jerusalem. Many of her travels were to Chicago with her sons to visit her mother, Lillian, who lived there, and to see the many sites she enjoyed during her summer years in the 1940’s.

Audrae cared deeply about her family, her extended family, and her many friends. She leaves behind her sons Steve (Bonnie) Almond of Morehead, MN, Jeff Almond of Sioux Falls, and Greg (Elaine) Almond of Harvard, NE; daughter-in-law Peggy Almond of Sioux Falls; grandchildren John Almond, Patrick (Carly) Almond, Dale (Lynette) Almond, Laurie Hoverson, James (Melissa) Almond, Brian (Daisy) Almond, and Michael (Katie) Almond; great-grandchildren Lewis Almond, Gabrielle Almond, Adrean LaForge, Gabriel and Alexis Hoverson, Arianna Riet, Makayla, Landon, and Kaden Almond, Christian, Jaden, and Elena Almond and Aria Almond; brothers and sisters Linda (Stan) Harris, Lee (Betty) Stoddard, and William (Calli) Stoddard; and many other relatives among them Ferne Liebsch, Sandra Severson, Shari Haufschild, Barb Strollman, Vera Perry, Bob Perry, Sharon Pasco, Rob Mueller, and Karla Parsons; and special friends Ruth Leverett, Helen Arntz, and Phyllis Rogers.

Audrae was preceded in death by her first and subsequent husbands Robert Almond, Edward Arntz, and Pastor Harold Bailey; her older sister Charlotte, he mother and father, son Roger, her niece Sharon Pasco and grandsons David and Aaron Almond.