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Keith J. O’Leary

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Katherine "Kay" Marie Rehfeld

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Roger Majorowicz

Roger Majorowicz was born in western South Dakota during the Great Depression to Roy and Ruby Majorowicz of Timber Lake and grew up on a ranch. It was a childhood of the wild west, doing chores with seven sisters and brothers, travelling by horse to school, and riding bucking bulls in rodeos. Early on, Roger's family recognized his artistic ability which was nurtured by his older sister Betty, who moved to the big city and sent him colored pencils and encouraged his curiosity about the world of art. But Uncle Sam and the Korean War had other ideas. After the war, Roger graduated from the Minneapolis School of Art and was awarded a scholarship to the Skowhegan Schools of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, where he won the school's top award. This experience shifted Roger's direction from cartooning (he worked for Charles Schulz on "Peanuts" in Minneapolis) to sculpture.

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14
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Roger O. Schaeffer

Funeral services for Roger Orson Schaeffer, 74, of Alexandria, LA were held on Saturday, January 10, 2015, in the Air Base Baptist Church of Alexandria with the Reverend Vance Curtis officiating. Full military rites were conducted by the Barksdale Air Force honor guard. Committal service followed in the Merrell Cemetery of Lena under the guidance of White Oaks Funeral Home of Alexandria. Roger entered eternal rest on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 in the Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria. He was born on June 8, 1940 to Arvid Lawrence Schaeffer and Bessie Irene (Berry)Schaeffer. He was a godly man, always willing to help others, loved going to church and Sunday school. Roger retired from the United States Air Force after serving his country for 21 years. He loved traveling to visit his family in South Dakota and helping out on his brother-in-law’s farm.

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Cleo R. Burnette

Cleo Rae LeBeau Burnette, 66, passed away on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at her home in Lakeside, AZ. She was born to Andrew Paul and Emma Adel (Azure) LeBeau on September 26, 1948 in Sisseton. Cleo was a humble person and though well-accomplished, she never liked to be the center of attention. Instead, she showered everyone around her with kind loving attention. Among her siblings, she was considered to be "the strong one." She had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to laugh. Cleo attended Moreau River Day School, Old Cheyenne Agency Boarding School, St. Elizabeth Episcopal School and St. Mary's Episcopal Girls School. She graduated as salutatorian from St. Elizabeth’s, then went on to attend Heald Business College in San Francisco. She became a key punch operator. She received her double bachelors degree in psychology and sociology from the University of California, Berkeley and her RN degree from Sinte Gleska College in Mission/ Rosebud.

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08
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Corrine M. High Elk

Corrine M. High Elk, 81, of Eagle Butte passed away Saturday, December 27, 2014 at Avera St. Mary’s Hospital in Pierre. Funeral services were held Monday, January 5, 2015 at St. John’s Episcopal  Church in Eagle Butte with Mother Margaret Watson presiding. Burial followed at the St. Peter’s Episcopal Cemetery at Thunder Butte. Born to her parents, Jobe High Elk and Estella (Slides Off) High Elk, Corrine was delivered on May 9, 1933 in their home in Thunder Butte. Growing up she learned the Lakota ways of helping her family. In  her childhood, she was taught by her mom how to prepare meat and make bread. Cooking and gardening were also important to her and her family, which included six brothers and three sisters, herself included. She attended Thunder Butte Day School until the 4th grade when the school was closed. Corrine was sent  to the Old Cheyenne Agency boarding school.

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08
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Angeline Keller

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Herbert J. Lesmeister

Herbert J. Lesmeister, 89, of Belle Fourche, died Monday December 29, 2014 at the Belle Fourche Regional Senior Care Center, surrounded by his family. Mass of Christian Burial was Monday, January 5, 2015 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Belle Fourche. Interment took place in Black Hills National Cemetery, with military honors provided by the Belle Fourche Veterans Honor Guard. Herbert Joseph Lesmeister was born March 19, 1925 in Detroit, MI to Pius and Anna (Eberle) Lesmeister. At the age of two, Herbert moved with his family to Ridgeview, where he grew up on a family farm and
ranch. In 1942 he graduated from the Eagle Butte High School. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army from March of 1945 until November of 1946. During this time he was stationed in Okinawa. On December 8, 1951 Herbert
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Corrine M. High Elk

Died December 17, 2014

Corrine M. High Elk, 81, of Eagle Butte passed away Saturday, December 7, 2014 at Avera St. Mary’s Hospital in Pierre. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. MT Monday, January 5, 2015 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Eagle Butte with Mother Margaret Watson presiding. Burial will follow at St. Peter’s Episcopal Cemetery in Thunder Butte. There will be a procession from the 4 mile junction at 8 a.m. Luce Funeral Chapel of Eagle Butte has been entrusted with Corrine’s arrangements.
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Angeline Keller

Died December 28, 2014

Mass of Christian Burial for Angeline Keller, 82, of Trail City will be 10:30 a.m. MT Friday, January 2, 2015 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Timber Lake. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery at Glencross under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge. Visitation will be Thursday, January 1, 2015 starting at 5 p.m. with a rosary at 7 p.m. at the church. Angeline passed away Sunday, December 28, 2014 at the Golden Living Center in Mobridge.

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