Obituaries for April 12, 2007

2007-04-12T23:00:00Z Obituaries for April 12, 2007 Rapid City Journal
April 12, 2007 11:00 pm

Daniel 'Dan' Tadlock

RAPID CITY - Daniel "Dan" Tadlock, 86, of Rapid City, died at Rapid City Regional Hospital on Mon., Apr. 9, 2007.

Daniel Tadlock was born in Aberdeen, SD on Oct. 26, 1920 to John and Rose (Samuelson) Tadlock. He attended school in Aberdeen. He enlisted in the National Guard and then joined the CCC Camp in 1938 at Camp Estes. He joined the Army on July 16, 1942 at Ft. Snelling, MN, then to Basic Training in Texas, next to Greenland and then to Germany. He was wounded in 1944 in Germany and honorably discharged on Dec. 5, 1945 at Sam Houston, TX as a Corporal. He earned the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, the Combat Infantry Badge, the American Campaign Ribbon, EAME Campaign Ribbon with three Bronze Stars, the Good Conduct Medal, the Victory Ribbon, three Overseas Service Bars and one Service Stripe.

He then returned to Aberdeen and enrolled in the Coyne Electrical School in Chicago to become a journeyman electrician. He moved to Rapid City in May of 1948 and worked at Interstate Electric for 17 years. When the company closed, he then worked at other union companies until retiring in 1982.

He was a member of First Congregational Church, member of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, life member of Disabled American Veterans, life member of the Elks Club, life member of the VFW, and a member of the American Legion.

He married Rosella Krueger on Nov. 30, 1946 in Aberdeen.

He is survived by his wife, Rosella Tadlock of Rapid City; and four nephews and one niece, Dewayne Holm and Patti Hauge, both of Aberdeen, Kenneth Holm, Darwin Holm, and Michael Tadlock, all of Rapid City.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters and five brothers. Visitation will be at Kirk Funeral Home in Rapid City on Thursday from 4 pm to 7 pm, and then at the church for one hour before services.

Services are set for 10:30 am Friday, April 13, 2007 at First Congregational Church, 1200 Clark Street in Rapid City, with Dr. Ted Huffman officiating. Interment will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, with military honors by VFW Post 1273 of Rapid City.

A memorial has been established to the First Congregational Church, Storybook Island, and Hospice of the Hills. Friends may sign Dan's guest book online at

Black Bear, Niobert V.

CORN CREEK - Niobert V. Black Bear Jr., 45, died Tuesday, March 27, 2007, at Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls.

Survivors include his wife, Agatha Witt, Corn Creek; one son, Niobert Black Bear III, Corn Creek; three daughters, Rosa Jumping Bull and Sheila Jumping Bull, both of Oregon, and Carol Black Bear, Corn Creek; four brothers, Eddie Black Bear, Pine Ridge, and Monte Black Bear, Luke Black Bear and Avery Black Bear all of Rosebud; and three sisters, Jackie Black Bear and Sherrie Black Bear, both of Pine Ridge, and Jennifer Iron Shell, Rosebud.

A two-night wake begins at 1 p.m. today, April 12, at Corn Creek Community Hall.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at the hall, with the Rev. Abraham Tobacco, the Rev. Pedro Sharpfish and the Rev. Darrell New officiating.

Burial will be at Corn Creek Community Cemetery.

Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge is in charge of arrangements.

Grace Marie Blecha

RAPID CITY - Grace Marie Blecha, 4, of Rapid City, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 10, 2007, at her home. In March of 2006 she was diagnosed with a brain stem tumor.

Gracie was born on November 6, 2002, to Terry and Crissy (Jaderston) Blecha. Grace loved to play with her brother Jacob and her best friend Molly. In December of 2006 she got her wish to meet Cinderella on her Make-A-Wish trip to Disney World. In her four short years with us, she always spoke her mind and was full of life. She loved to go to Storybook Island, feeding the ducks at Canyon Lake, and going to the lake with all her cousins. She's now dancing in Heaven and is our own Angel. We will miss her dearly.

Grateful for sharing in her life are her parents, Terry and Crissy Blecha; her brothers, Jacob (5 yrs.) and Connor (11 mo.); her maternal grandparents, Steve and Jane Jaderston, all of Rapid City; her paternal grandparents, Don and Bernice Blecha, of Osmond, NE; her Uncles and Aunts, Brenda Hartmann, St. Paul, MN; Rick and Sue Joyal, Rapid City; Roger and Laurie Lewis, Hot Springs, SD; Joe and Debbie Blecha, Kansas City, MO; Ray and LaDonna Rowden, Springfield, IL; and her 16 cousins.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thur. April 12, at Serenity Springs Funeral Chapel. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Fri. April 13, at South Canyon Baptist Church with Pastor Paul Lloyd officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. View Cemetery in Rapid City.

Donations can be made to Grace Blecha's donation fund at U.S. Bank.

You may send your condolences to the family at

Donald P. Ausdal

RAPID CITY - Donald Paul Ausdal, 70, died, Saturday, April 7, 2007 at his home. Don was born in Marshalltown, Iowa, on July 18, 1936, the son of Albert and Lulu Ausdal.

He joined the United States Air Force after graduating from high school in Marshalltown, Iowa, in 1954.

The military took him around the world where he met his loving wife of almost 48 years in Wiesbaden, Germany. Don served in the Vietnam War in 1967-1968 as a door gunner for the 20th SOS Green Hornets. He retired from Ellsworth Air Force Base after 22 years and settled his family in Rapid City in 1976.

Don loved to golf and fish and also loved spending time on various projects in the garage, but mostly spending time with his seven grandchildren. Don leaves behind the most special person in his life, Hannelore Ausdal, and his three children, Mike Ausdal, Donna Foss and Teri Ausdal-Ramsdell, all of Rapid City. His sister Nancy Wilson of Marshalltown, Iowa. His seven grandchildren, which he admired so deeply, Mikey, Tawni, Lauren, Kylie, Aaron, Chaz and Joey. Also, nieces and nephews. They will all deeply miss him. A memorial has been set up for the grandchildren's college fund. Condolences may be sent to, 3315 Idlewild Court, R.C. 57702.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, April 12, at Osheim-Catron Funeral Home. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Black Hills National Cemetery with military honors provided by Ellsworth Air Force Base Honor Guard. The funeral procession will depart from Osheim-Catron funeral Home at 10:15 a.m., Friday, April 13.

David Fieroh

DANVILLE, Wash. - David Fieroh, 60, of Danville, WA and formerly of Nemo died Tuesday, April 3, 2007 at his residence in Danville. David was born and raised in Chicago, IL. Upon graduation from high school, David entered the US Navy and served for 6 years. He met and married Mary A. Jungers in Nemo and they had two children; a daughter Erin and two years later a son, Kyle, was born. He worked in various positions at Job Corps in Nemo and Curlew, WA until his death. David was a member of the NRA and Republic Gun Club.

He is survived by one daughter, Erin Andreas; one son, Kyle Fieroh; mother, Elanor Fieroh; two sisters, Christine Gaylord-Wadz and Margaret Kidd; one brother, Robert J. Fieroh.

David was preceded in death by his wife Mary Fieroh and his father Robert Fieroh.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2007 at 10 am at the Nemo Community Church in Nemo with Pastor Nick Rombough officiating.

Interment will be in the Nemo Community Cemetery.

Friends may sign David's online guest book at

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for Erin and Kyle's college fund.

Arrangements are with Kirk Funeral Home in Rapid City.

Helen M. Rousseau

RAPID CITY - Helen M. Rousseau, 100, Rapid City, died Tuesday, April 10, 2007, at a Rapid City nursing home.

Survivors include two nieces, Tracy Parkinson, Rapid City, and Debbie Willis, Tempe, Ariz.; and one nephew, Dan DenBeste, Rapid City.

Osheim-Catron Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Avis Holland Moore

RAPID CITY - Avis Holland Moore, 86, died Monday, April 9, 2007, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Julia Avis Hanson was born October 14, 1920, in Webster, SD, to Arnt and Johanna (Haagenson) Hanson. She grew up near Holmquist, SD, attended country schools and graduated from Pierpont High School in 1938.

Avis was united in marriage to Sherman Holland on October 14, 1941, in Waubay, SD. The couple lived in the Roslyn and Webster areas, where they farmed. Avis taught the 4-H Program in Webster during this time. They continued to farm until 1960, when they moved to Rapid City. Avis was employed at the Floral Shop at Sunshine Gardens until the '72 Flood destroyed the business.

Sherman died in 1991, and Avis was later married to Don Moore, who passed away in 2004.

Avis was a member of the Rapid City Garden Club, VFW Auxiliary, and the Sons of Norway for 32 years. She enjoyed sewing, crafts, card parties and evenings with friends.

Survivors include her daughter, Janet Waters and her husband Jimmy, Macon, GA; four sons, Steve Holland and his wife Mary, Gaylen Holland and Irving Holland, all of Rapid City, and Bryan Holland and his wife Bonnie, Hot Springs; a stepson, David Moore and his wife Mary, Rapid City; a sister, Irene Whitman and her husband Earl, Horn Lake, MS; 10 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husbands; three sisters, Arlene Hanson, Marlys Taylor and a sister Jane in infancy, and a brother Verlyn Hanson.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at Osheim-Catron Funeral Home.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 13, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Brad Abelseth officiating.

Interment will follow at Pine Lawn Memorial Park.

The family suggests memorial contributions to World Mission Feed the Children.

Friends may sign her online guest register and leave condolence wishes at

Ada B. Rioux

HERMOSA - Ada B. Rioux, 92, of Hermosa passed away on Tuesday, April 10, 2007, at a Rapid City nursing home. Ada was born on November 28, 1914, in Oakford, IL to George and Anna (Boyle) England. They moved to Rapid City when Ada was a young child. Ada graduated from high school in Rapid City in 1932. She married Dave Gilmore in 1933, and from this union, they had 4 children. She later married Jasper Rioux in 1951; he passed away in July 1996. Ada enjoyed reading and bowling. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and National Guard Auxiliary.

Ada is survived by one daughter, Betty Bowers of Rapid City; 3 sons, Bob (Jean) Gilmore of Rapid City, David (Mary) Gilmore of Midwest City, OK, and Larry (Mary Ann) Gilmore of Hermosa, SD; 12 grandchildren, Lance, Lindsey, Bobby, David, Alan, Cindy, Pat, Shanon, Treasa, Dale, Candy and Ralph; several great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.

Per Ada's request, no services will be held.

A memorial has been established to the Humane Society of the Black Hills, 1820 E. St. Patrick St., Rapid City, SD 57701

Friends may sign Ada's online guest book at

Arrangements are with Kirk Funeral Home in Rapid City.

Margaret A. 'MarGee' Walker Fine

RAPID CITY - Margaret A. "MarGee" Walker Fine, 73, Rapid City, died Tuesday, April 10, 2007, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Survivors include her husband, Larry Fine, Rapid City; one daughter, Shari Keffeler, Sturgis; one son, Steve Walker, San Francisco; one brother, Jerry Sylvis, Sioux Falls; two sisters, Betty Lakeman, Rapid City, and June Mihelich, Seattle, three grandchildren; and three step-grandchildren.

Osheim-Catron Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Iris Benware

ALBANY, N.Y. - Iris Benware, 83, Albany, N.Y., died Monday, April 9, 2007, at her home.

Survivors include two daughters, Barbara Burt, Glenmont, and Elisabeth O'Brien, Albany; two sisters, Elizabeth Erikson, Rapid City, S.D., and Sylvia Fuoss, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. today, Thursday, April 12, at Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 13, at Bloomingdale United Methodist Church.

Memorials may be sent to an animal-rights group or shelter of choice.

Ewald E. Mattheis

PIERRE - Ewald E. Mattheis, 93, died Monday, April 9, 2007, at his home in Evergreen Manor.

Survivors include his wife, Thelma Sherwood, Pierre; and four children, Kenton Mattheis, Colorado Springs, Colo., Marlene Marso, Harrold, Linda Mattheis, Lehi, Utah, and LaVonne Harkless, Fountain Valley, Calif.; one sister, Loretta Goehring, Fort Pierre; 14 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today, Thursday, April 12, at Isburg Funeral Chapel.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, April 13, at the funeral chapel.

Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery.

Renee Marie Janis

KYLE - Renee Marie Janis, 72, died Tuesday, April 10, 2007, at the hospital in Pine Ridge.

Funeral arrangements are pending with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge.

Melvin Blotsky

ABERDEEN - Melvin Blotsky, 88, Aberdeen and formerly of McIntosh, died Tuesday, April 10, 2007, at Avera St. Luke's Hospital.

Survivors include six brothers, Leo Blotsky, Beulah, N.D., Charlie Blotsky, Sturgis, Gerald Blotsky, Bismarck, N.D., William Blotsky, Vale, David Blotsky, Williston, N.D., Jeff Blotsky, Deadwood; eight sisters, Irene Bachmeier, Rapid City, Marlene Jaszkowiak, Bismarck, Darlene Sieler, Sioux Falls, Betty Kraft, New Salem, N.D., Clara Goodmanson, Lemmon, Vernetta Kraft, Belle Fourche, Anette Gehring, McIntosh, and Cecelia Tishmack, Shields, N.D.

Visitation will be one hour before services at St. Bonaventure's Catholic Church in McIntosh.

Services will be at 7 p.m. Friday, April 13, at the church.

Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 14, at St Bonaventure's Catholic Cemetery with the Rev. Tony Grossenburg officiating.

Evanson-Jensen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Evan Arthur Tessier

MITCHELL - Evan Arthur Tessier, 86, Mitchell, died Saturday, April 7, 2007, at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

Survivors include his children, Susan Mollison, Pierre, Christine Buche, Mitchell, and John Tessier, St. Louis, Mo.; two sisters, Carol Culhane, Oswego, Ore., and Lois Bisenius, Fallbrook, Calif.; and eight grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and 10 stepgreat-grandchildren.

His wife, Chris, preceded him in death.

Visitation will be from

6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, April 13, with a scripture service at 7 p.m. at Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 14, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Mitchell.

Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Mitchell with military rites.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Wellness Center at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital, 525 N. Foster, Mitchell, SD 5730l; Friends of South Dakota Public Broadcasting, 555 N. Dakota St., Vermillion, SD 57069; Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 43775 Deep Canyon Road, Palm Desert, CA 92260; or Nurses for Newborns Foundation, 7259 Lansdowne, St. Louis, MO 63119.

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