Obituaries for October 30

2003-10-29T23:00:00Z Obituaries for October 30 Rapid City Journal
October 29, 2003 11:00 pm

Elizabeth 'Betty' C. Bradsky

RAPID CITY - Elizabeth "Betty" C. Bradsky, 69, Rapid City, a wonderful wife and mother, died Tuesday, October 28, 2003 at Rapid City Regional Hospital from complications related to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma of the brain.

She was born February 19, 1934 in Milwaukee, WI, daughter of the late Arnold and Elizabeth Bodenbach Martens. While attending Marquette University in Milwaukee, she met the love of her life, Walter J. Bradsky. On August 20, 1955 she married Walter at Holy Family Catholic Church in Whitefish Bay, WI. The newlyweds returned to Walter's hometown, Rapid City. To this union were born 7 children, John, Thomas, David, Elizabeth, Richard, Paul, and Sandra.

Above all else, Elizabeth's husband and family were her life. From cloth diapers to swimming lessons, from sick kids to school functions, from camping trips to fishing trips to countless motor home adventures, from graduations to weddings, from tears of joy to tears of sorrow, Elizabeth was always there - a true rock upon which she helped build her family's foundation. Even after all her children were on their own, she continued to keep her refrigerator and "candy drawer" full, welcoming her children and grandchildren into her home at any time. Elizabeth loved to laugh and loved wildlife, especially bluebirds.

Along with instilling strong family values, Elizabeth instilled a strong work ethic in each of her children, being one of the owner/operators of a local hotel for 22 years. Each of her children worked with her and learned numerous lessons from her.

She was enthusiastic about bowling, Catholic Daughters, One Club, and, of course, her ever-so-loving husband. She was a long-time member of Cathedral Parish in Rapid City. Elizabeth will be most remembered as a loving wife "Schatz," doting mother, and caring "Nana" to her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Charles B. Martens of Port Washington, WI.

Elizabeth is survived by her husband, Walter, Rapid City; 2 daughters, Elizabeth (Donnie) Patton, and Sandra (Shane) Boyum; 5 sons, John Bradsky, Thomas (Nancy) Bradsky, David (Tracy) Bradsky, Richard (Kimberly) Bradsky and Paul (Kirsten) Bradsky, all of Rapid City; 24 grandchildren; extended family including Shirley Martens, Port Washington, Albina and Chuck Kulpaca, Wilma Kurylas, Florence and Don Skinner and Nancy Bradsky, all of Rapid City; numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, with a vigil service at 7 p.m., at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Rapid City.

Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, 2003 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Rapid City.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorials be made to St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic School.

Services are under the direction of the Osheim-Catron Funeral Home.

Francis X. Big Crow

ALLEN - Francis X. Big Crow, 77, Allen, died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2003, at Bennett County Nursing Home in Martin.

He served in the U.S. Army.

Survivors include his wife, Pauline Big Crow, Allen; four sons, Donroy Big Crow, Pine Ridge, Steve Comes, Sioux Falls, Victor Comes, Aberdeen, and Raymond Big Crow, Allen; three daughters, Francine Big Crow and Nicole Big Crow, both of Pine Ridge, and Tracy Big Crow, Allen; two sisters, Thelma Bettelyoun, Pine Ridge, and Leatrice Mills, Rapid City; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

First-night wake will begin at noon Saturday, Nov. 1, at American Horse School in Allen. Second-night wake will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, at Billy Mills Hall in Pine Ridge.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 3, at Billy Mills Hall, with the Rev. Frank Schmitt and the Rev. Steve Sanford officiating. Burial will be at St. Anne's Catholic Cemetery in Wolf Creek.

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

Darlene Meyers

WINNER - Darlene Meyers, 76, Winner, died Sunday, Oct. 26, 2003, at Heart Hospital of South Dakota in Sioux Falls.

Survivors include her husband, Mike Meyers, Winner; one son, Terry Meyers, Winner; one grandson; one great-grandson; and one sister, Norma Porth, Valentine, Neb.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. CST Friday, Oct. 31, with a 7 p.m. prayer service, at Mason Funeral Home in Winner.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at United Methodist Church in Winner. Burial will be at Winner Cemetery.

Richard Theodore Stoll

PIEDMONT - Richard Theodore Stoll, 67, lifelong resident of Piedmont, died Tuesday October 28, 2003 at Rapid City Regional Hospital following a courageous struggle with cancer. He was born December 2, 1935 at his parents' ranch in Little Elk Creek Canyon, Piedmont, SD, to Rudolph C. and Marion (Cooper) Stoll. He attended school in Piedmont, graduating from Piedmont High School in 1953. He taught dancing for Arthur Murray in Rapid City and Billings, MT for numerous years and also operated Stage Barn Crystal Cave in the summertime, which he remained doing until the time of his death. He attended Black Hills State College from 1965 until graduating Cum Laude in 1968, with a degree in English and education. He put himself through college by playing the piano at Kelly's Lounge, Spearfish. He taught in Stockton, CA for 5 years and earned his Master's Degree, graduating with honors from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. He returned to SD in 1972 and taught at Black Hills State College for a year; he then began teaching at National College of Business in Rapid City, where he remained for 14 years. He later attended college at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks for a year. After that, he taught 1 year at St. Francis Indian School on the Rosebud Indian Reservation, SD until moving to El Paso, TX, where he taught English and Literature for 12 years, retiring in May 2002. The great loves of his life were dancing, music, poetry and his beloved beautiful scenery in Stage Barn Canyon. He was an active member of Black Hills Grotto of Black Hills Spelunkers Assoc., Black Hills Badlands and Lakes, Chamber of Commerce in Rapid City and Sturgis and various other tourist organizations. Richard is survived by a brother, Rudolph Stoll, Piedmont; 4 sisters, Darlene Mudland, Cheryl Williamson, Rapid City; Merrillyn Smith, Piedmont; Delores Brown, Kingman, AZ; lifetime partner, Jack Smith, Piedmont; his beloved dog Heidi and numerous other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents and 4 brothers, Duane, Ardell, Daren and Randy. A memorial has been established. Visitation will be 1-2 p.m. Saturday, November 1, 2003 at Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home, followed by the Funeral Service at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 1, 2003 at Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home. Pastor Bruce Baum will officiate, and burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home is in care of arrangements.

Tony J. Farella Sr.

NEWCASTLE, Wyo. - Funeral services for Tony Farella, Sr., 73, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, October 31st, at First United Methodist Church in Newcastle, with Rev. Leslie Barnett and Pastor Wayne Wilson officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery under direction of Worden Funeral Directors. The family prefers memorial contributions to the Weston County Junior Rodeo. Contributions may be mailed to First State Bank of Newcastle, PO Box 910, Newcastle, WY 82701.

Tony died Tuesday, October 28th, at Weston County Health Services following a short illness.

He leaves behind his wife Darla, and his children Carol (Randy) Rossman, Tony (Laurie) Farella, Jr., Tyrone Farella, and Katie Farella; grandchildren Quentin Rossman, Rachel (Andy) Brust, Tyler Farella, Jerod Farella, Travis Farella, and Taylor Farella; great-granddaughter Alexandra Brust; four sisters, Annette (Dale) Newlin, Theresa Harper, Toots (Buzz) Farnsworth, Joan Miller; and a host of nieces and nephews and their children.

He joins the following members of his family preceding him in death: his father, Baptista Farella; his mother, Olive Phillips; siblings August and Leno Farella, Marie McIntosh; brother- and sister-in-law Marcus McIntosh and Pat Farella; and nephew Joe Farella.

As a father, Tony encouraged his children to participate in sports and especially rodeoing. He instilled the same pride for the Sweetwater homestead in his children as his father instilled in him. As a grandfather he supported his grandchildren in their many endeavors. This brought great joy and pride to him, and also brought much happiness to the kids and their parents.

As a young man, Tony enjoyed rodeoing and breaking horses. His early jobs ranged from bartending to being an award-winning car salesman. In 1968 he began his final career with the LAK, True Ranches as a cattle foreman. He has been a loyal employee to them for the past 35 years, working into the week he was last admitted to the hospital. He won many service awards throughout the years and was proud to work for the True family and to call them his friends.

Marilyn G. Myers Zink

HERMISTON, Ore. - Marilyn G. Myers Zink, 70, Hermiston, died Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2003, at Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane, Wash.

Survivors include four daughters, Lynn Westphal, Agar, S.D., Becky Naden, McKinney, Texas, Jan Schweikert, Appleton, Wis., and Helen Blaustein, Plantation, Fla.; two sons, Randall Sarvis, Fort Pierre, S.D., and Jerry Stertz, Winneconne, Wis.; one brother, Bub Myers, Pierre, S.D.; two sisters, Denice Stertz, Rapid City, and Joyce Curtis, Mobridge, S.D.; and 16 grandchildren.

Memorial services will be at 7 p.m. today at Feigum Funeral Home in Pierre. Inurnment will be at Riverside Cemetery in Pierre.

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