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Virginia (LaPlant) Erickson

May 30, 1922 – December 17, 2014

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Herbert Lesmeister

Died December 29, 2014

Herbert J. Lesmeister, 89, of Belle Fourche and formerly of Ridgeview died Monday, December 29, 2014 at the Belle Fourche Regional Senior Care Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. MT on Monday, January 5, 2014 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Belle Fourche. Visitation with the family present will be held 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, January 4 at Leverington Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche, and one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will take place in Black Hills National Cemetery, with military honors provided by the Belle Fourche Veterans Honor Guard.
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Bobbie Osborne Sage-Chase

February 11, 1934 – December 15, 2014

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Vivian (Traversie) Sampson

March 9, 1936 – December 12, 2014

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Sylvia L. Fisher

Sylvia L. Fisher, 65, of Belle Fourche and formerly of Timber Lake died Thursday, December 11, 2014 at her home in Belle Fourche.Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Mobridge. Funeral arrangements were with Leverington Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche and Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge. Sylvia Lucy O’Donnell was born February 10, 1949 in Mobridge to James and Marcella (Damberger) O’Donnell. She grew up in Mobridge where she graduated from high school in 1967. On December 2, 1968 she was united in marriage to James Fisher in Tigard, OR. To this union two children were born, Michael and Valerie. Following their marriage Jim and Sylvia moved to Shelton, WA and in 1982 they moved to Timber Lake where they owned and operated Fisher Hardware for many years. In 1991, Sylvia began working for the Dewey County Sheriff’s Office and her husband was sheriff.

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Raymond “Ray” Johnson

Funeral services for Raymond “Ray” Johnson, 87, of Mobridge and formerly of Trail City were held Monday, December 15, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mobridge with Rev. Elizabeth Jassman officiating. Burial was in the Greenwood Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge. Ray passed away December 11, 2014 at Mobridge Regional Hospital. Ray Johnson was born on December 6, 1927 to A. E. “Buffalo” and Pearl Johnson on the family homestead located north of Trail City. He was one of 10 children. Ray attended a number of rural schools including Landeau and Spring Lake and finished 8th grade at the Maple Leaf School. He then began his ranching career which over the years grew to 15,000 acres and over 400 cows along with necessary farming to provide feed for those cows. The ranch included A. E. Johnson and sons John, Kenneth, Robert, and Ray, and sister Ramona.

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Fr. Peter Kovarik

Fr. Peter Kovarik, 50, died on November 28, 2014 as the result of an airplane crash in eastern Montana. Christian wake services were Thursday, December 4, 2014 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Rapid City. Funeral Mass  was Friday, Dececember 5, at the Cathedral. Interment was at Pine Lawn Memorial Park. Peter Mark Kovarik was born to Marge and Richard Kovarik on January 7, 1964 in Rapid City. He   ttended Perpetual Help Grade School and graduated from St. Martin’s Academy in 1982. He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America and achieved Eagle Scout status. Peter studied at South Dakota School of  Mines & Technology in Rapid City and transferred to St. Mary’s College minor seminary in Winona, MN. He then attended the major seminary at Mount St. Mary’s in Emmitsburg, MD. Peter was ordained by Archbishop Charles Chaput to the priesthood for the Catholic Diocese of Rapid City on June 6, 1991.

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Lois Johnson

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Andrew “Andy” Voller

Mass of Christian Burial for Andrew “Andy” Voller, 78, of Mobridge and formerly of Timber Lake was held Tuesday,  December 9, 2014 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Timber Lake. Interment was at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery in Mandan, ND under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge. Andy passed away on December 4, 2014, at Mobridge Regional Hospital. Andrew Voller was born to Anton and Ottilia Voller on February 10, 1936 in Strasburg, ND.  He was the youngest of nine children and grew up on the family farm east of Strasburg. He attended rural schools near his home and graduated from Strasburg High School in 1953. After high school Andy taught in a rural school and worked as a painter and then at Yeagan’s Dairy in Bismarck, ND before serving in the U.S. Navy from 1955 to 1957. He was stationed on the USS Cook APD based in San Diego, CA, transporting underwater demolition teams and sonar gear.
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Gladys Ganje Jochim

Gladys Ganje Jochim, 95, of Ft. Pierre and formerly of Eagle Butte passed away Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at Kelly’s Retirement Home in Pierre. Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, December 8, 2014 at All Saints Catholic Church in Eagle Butte. Luce Funeral Home of Eagle Butte was in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of South Dakota are preferred.

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