Obituaries for Sunday, Feb. 1

2009-02-01T23:00:00Z Obituaries for Sunday, Feb. 1 Rapid City Journal
February 01, 2009 11:00 pm

Robert Charles Evans

RAPID CITY - Robert Charles Evans, 57, Rapid City, died Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009, at Black Hills Golden Living Center in Rapid City.

Survivors include his mother, Myra Evans Quint, and his stepfather Gerald Quint, Belle Fourche; and two brothers, Roger Evans, Rapid City, and Rodney Evans, Belle Fourche.

Arrangements are pending with Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home in Rapid City.

Clara Bangs Lobdell

AUSTIN, Texas - Clara Bangs Lobdell died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009, at her home in Austin.

Clara was born Sept. 21, 1911, the only child of Stein and Eva Hall Bangs, in rural Rapid City, SD. On both sides of her family, she came of pioneer stock that had settled in Dakota Territory before statehood.

When she was less than two years old, the family moved, by horse and wagon, to a ranch in Montana, on Mizpah Creek. As there was no local school, Clara was home schooled until 1924, when the family moved back to Rapid City and she entered the public schools. She graduated from Rapid City High School in 1930. She worked in the public school offices for five years.

On April 4, 1936, she was married to Wray O. Lobdell. He was an electrician and they followed construction, living in several states. In 1942, they settled in Rapid City and then in 1945, they moved to Caputa, SD, where Wray started his own contracting business.

When Clara was a young wife and the mother of two small children, she contracted polio. Over the next three years, with the diligence and perseverance that characterized them, she and Wray largely abated the effects of this disease on her through a program of extensive patterned exercise. Her gait retained a noticeable affect for the next 66 years - but it didn't slow her down. Clara worked for 15 years as a medical assistant, retiring to care for her mother.

Clara was interested in local and western history, served on the board of the Minnilusa Historical Association of which she was a life member and served a term as president as did her mother. She was a life member of the South Dakota State Historical Society, Westerners International and the First Congregational UCC Church of Rapid City. She was also an associate member of the United Christian Church UCC of Austin. She had belonged to numerous other organizations over the years. Clara wrote several articles on western history. She greatly enjoyed her regular class in memoir writing and wrote extensively about her life, especially her childhood. A book of her memoirs was published in 2001 to celebrate her 90th birthday.

In 1991, she moved, with others of her family, to Austin.

She is survived by her children, Donn Lobdell, Sunol, CA, and Gayle Opie and Linda Sikveland, both of Austin; three granddaughters, Diana Madden, Sunol, CA, Paula Baker, Austin, and Shannon Opie, Round Rock; four grandsons, James Bane, Austin, Steven Lobdell, Portland, OR, Torger Sikveland, Manhatten, MT, and Mike Sikveland, Glendive, MT; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1959; her parents; her eldest daughter, Alice Bane; and her stepson, Warren Sinkler.

She chose cremation with ashes to be interred in the family plot in Pine Lawn Cemetery in Rapid City.

Memorials may be given to the United Christian Church, 3500 W. Parmer Lane, Austin, TX 78727 or the Minnilusa Historical Association, 222 New York St., Rapid City, SD 57701.

There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 2, at the First Congregational UCC in Rapid City. A light lunch will be provided after the service.

Diane Strouckel

ROSCOE - Diane Strouckel, 64, Roscoe, died Friday, Jan. 30, 2009, at Avera St. Luke's Hospital in Aberdeen.

Survivors include her husband, Allen; her mother, Irene Fiedler, Selby; four daughters, Teresa Geier, Bowdle, Denise Gross, Sioux Falls, and Cindy Weidenbach and Karin Strouckel, both of Rapid City; three sisters, Glady Gross, Aitkin, Minn., Judy Schnaible, Blaine, Minn., and Kathy Haider, Mandan, N.D.; and two grandchildren.

Visitation will be at 3 p.m. CST today, with a 5 p.m. prayer service, at Lien Funeral Home in Bowdle.

Services will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, Feb. 2, at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bowdle, with the Rev. Winfried Schroeder and the Rev. D.T. Rawerts officiating.

An online guest book is available at

Marie E. Jeitz

HOT SPRINGS - Marie E. Jeitz, 88, went to be with the Lord at her home in Hot Springs, SD on January 31, 2009.

Marie was born in Capa, SD to Max and Augusta (Biermann) Hoeppner on November 27, 1920. She married Edward H. Jeitz on June 26, 1941. To this union four children were born.

Marie is survived by her four children, Norma Fleharty of Hot Springs; Larry Jeitz of Hot Springs; Don (Monica) Jeitz of Youngstown, OH; Marilyn (Gonzalo) Torres of Rapid City, SD; ten grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and a church family that will all miss her.

Marie is preceded in death by her husband, parents, one sister four brothers and a son-in-law.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 3, 2009 at McColley's Chapels of the Hills in Hot Springs.

Funeral Services will be held 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 4, 2009 at the Calvary Baptist Church in Hot Springs with Pastor Matt Lim officiating. Interment will follow at the Evergreen Cemetery in Hot Springs.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of McColley's Chapels of the Hills in Hot Springs. Written condolences may be made at

Michael R. 'Mike' Goodrich

RAPID CITY - Michael R. "Mike" Goodrich, 56, Rapid City, died Friday, Jan. 30, 2009, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Survivors include two brothers, Robert Goodrich and Dick Goodrich, both of Rapid City.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, at St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church, with the Rev. David Matzko officiating. Burial will be at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

Osheim & Schmidt Funeral Home of Rapid City is in charge of arrangements.

An online guest book is available at

Pamela Lee Brodine

KEYSTONE - Pamela Lee Brodine (a.k.a. The Queen Mother) of Keystone died Thursday January 29th as a result of a tragic vehicle accident. She was the daughter of Albert V. Brodine, Jr. and Merlie Rose Brodine. She was born in Pasadena Calif. Pam was a successful entrepreneur, involved in many different business's over the years. The Emporium in Keystone has been her passion, for the last 28 years. The latest joy of her life was the Holy Terror Antiques. She wanted to start sharing her lifetime of collecting with others. As she started dispersing her collections her favorite saying was "you can't pull a u-haul with a hearse".

She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her sister, Andrea and husband Jim Boccignone. Niece Lisa Boccignone, and her daughter Bella Donna. Nephew Tony and wife Shannan Boccignone and their son Logan, all of Southern California. Her stepson Scott Sitts and family of Rapid City.

She leaves behind her special friends, to mention a few, Kay Siemonsma, Dennis Kling, Westly Parker, Shanna Harris and her e-bay buddy Fred Francis. Her family of all her past and present employees who she valued dearly.

We would be remiss if we didn't mention her beloved pets, Her Bulldogs Miss Molly, Fifi Trixiebelle, Sweety Pie, Sluggo and cat Oreo.

Pam was known for her generosity and community support. A celebration of her Life will be held at The Keystone Community Center at 1:00 pm Monday Feb. 2nd with lunch following.

Please bring your memories to share. In lieu of flowers, memorials for her favorite charities, Wellsprings Family Services, and the Humane Society of the Black Hills are suggested.

Condolences may be conveyed to the family at

Jewell Constance (Connie) Nuttall-Johnson

RAPID CITY, SD - Jewell Constance (Connie) Nuttall-Johnson, 71, of Rapid City, South Dakota passed way January 28, 2009, at the Rapid City Regional Hospice House, after a long battle with cancer.

Born in Gloucester, VA on November 25, 1937, she was the daughter of the late John and Edith Crewe-Nuttall. Crewe Lane in Gloucester, VA and the town of Nuttall, VA were named after her predecessors. Connie was born in the same house as her mother and grandmother, the house still inhabited on Crewe Lane in Gloucester. Her family was mostly Virginia Watermen, trapping lobster and blue crab. One grandfather served in a Virginia Volunteer regiment of the Confederate States Army (CSA). She grew up and spent most of her life in Williamsburg, VA. Connie worked in retail sales of everything from groceries to tires and made strong friendships wherever she went. Her favorite ways to spend time off were watching NASCAR and visiting Deadwood, SD.

She is survived by her husband of 26 years Don Johnson, SMSgt, USAF, Ret. of Rapid City, SD, and children: William A. Morris and his wife Sheila of Croaker, VA, Jackie Lemon and her husband Gary of Ronceverte, WV, Michael Morris and his wife Angela of Williamsburg, VA, Sharon Buehner and her husband Tom of Franklin, VA, and her sister Linda N. Bull and her husband Bert of Williamsburg, VA. She was blessed with nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, one niece, one nephew and a host of friends.

Connie earned her GED at Castle AFB, CA. She was an employee of the Army/Air Force Exchange Service for 22 years, receiving numerous awards for her excellent service and longevity, both at Castle AFB, CA and Ellsworth AFB, SD. At Langley AFB, VA, Connie was a Red Cross volunteer serving in the dental clinic. Her husband would never have lasted 21 years in the Air Force without her.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Cancer Care Institute, Rapid City Regional Hospital, 353 Fairmont Blvd, Rapid City, SD 57701, or Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Avenue, New York, NY 10065.

A service will be held at 1100, Monday, 02 Feb 2009, at the Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis, SD. Anyone wishing to attend should meet the group at the front entrance to the cemetery at 10:45.

Elizabeth A. 'Liz' Tofteland

RAPID CITY - Elizabeth "Liz" Tofteland, 64, Rapid City, SD, passed away January 30, 2009 in Worthington, MN at her brother's house, surrounded by the love of her life and welcomed by angels. She was born March 4, 1944 to Gary and Luella Roos in Walla Walla, WA.

Liz earned her teaching degree from the University of Wisconsin. She taught in Maryland, California, and South Dakota. She began teaching in 1985 at Youth and Family Services Head Start. She retired in February 2008. Head Start was her passion; she carried a special place in her heart for all her co-workers and students.

Liz and Donald Tofteland were married October 28, 1968 in Worthington, MN. To this union was born a daughter, Jodi and a son, JD.

Besides teaching her other passion was her grandsons, Zac and Jared. She loved attending as many of their sporting events, plays and other activities as possible.

Liz is survived by Donald Tofteland, Rapid City; daughter, Jodi (Denny) Leibel, Rapid City; son, JD Tofteland, Monterey, CA; grandsons, Zac and Jared Leibel, Rapid City; brothers, Roman (Peggy) Roos, Minneapolis, MN, Gary (Joan) Roos, Worthington, MN; sisters, Yvette (Mike) Roos, Bellingham, WA; Tammy (Lynn) Brunk, Worthington, MN.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation will be held on Monday, February 2, 2009 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Kirk Funeral Home in Rapid City.

Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, February 3, 2009 at 5:00 p.m. at South Park United Church of Christ in Rapid City with Rev. Bruce Herrboldt officiating.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.

Family and friends may sign Liz's online guestbook at

Zane Zieman

MARTIN - Zane Zieman, 85, Martin, lost his battle with cancer and passed away Monday, Jan. 26, 2009, at the Bennett County Hospital in Martin, and now is with the Lord.

Zane, the oldest son of four children, was born to Charles and Winifred Zieman on Sept. 22, 1923, at Done Movin', the Zieman ranch 40 miles north of Hayes. He was baptized at age 10 into the Methodist faith at the "Little Brown Church" in Hayes.

Zane received his early education at home, taught by his mother and later at the Hayes Grade School. Like his mother, he became an avid reader of books. The family moved to Midland where he graduated at age 17 from the Midland High School in 1941. He started college at the State University in Brookings, but his college career was interrupted by World War II. He was inducted into the U.S. Army in April 1943. He served in the Pacific Theater in the Philippines and Occupational Japan. After the war, he returned to college and graduated with a BS in Political Science and a minor in English. He returned to his parental home in Midland and was employed by his Dad at the Zieman Locker Plant.

On Sept. 17, 1950, Zane married Dorene Staley of Howard. To this union five children were born. The family became members of the American Lutheran Church in Midland where the children were all baptized in the Christian faith. The couple lived in Midland and started their own retail store. Zane was active as a volunteer fireman and a southpaw first baseman on the city team. He collected baseball cards the rest of his life, particularly first basemen.

In the fall of 1966, Zane began teaching at Bennett County High School, where he taught for the next 23 years, retiring in 1989. After retirement Zane was able to spend his time at their book and gift store, The Triple Z, where he continued until the time of his death.

Zane was active in the Martin Historical Society and the Martin Commercial Club, serving two terms as president. In his younger years, he was also active and held an office in the American Legion.

Zane and Dorene are proud grandparents to six grandchildren.

To mourn his passing is his wife, Dorene Zieman; his children, Zarene Zieman DeKraai of Colorado Springs, Colo., Lee Zieman of Martin, John Zieman of Newton, IA, Zandra Zieman Foster of Colorado Springs, Colo., Zelma Zieman Scholten of Seattle, Wash.; six grandchildren; and a sister, Enid Roland of Marian, Va.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Winifred and two brothers, Patrick and Edison.

Services were Jan. 30, at the New American Legion in Martin, with military rites by Post #240 Legion Members of Martin.

A memorial has been established for the Bennett County Senior Citizens Center of Martin and may be sent to Security First Bank, P.O. Box 669, Martin, SD 57551.

Margaret Nygaard

HOT SPRINGS - Margaret Nygaard, 64, Hot Springs, died Friday, Jan. 30, 2009, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Survivors include her husband, Melvin, Hot Springs; two daughters, Patricia DeHaai, Bellevue, Neb., and Nina Nygaard, Sioux Falls; her stepmother, Marge Schaffer, Hot Springs; three brothers, Robert Lee, Glendale, Ariz., Richard Lee, Casper, Wyo., and Charles Huddleston, Hot Springs; five sisters, Marsha Steggs, Alliance, Neb., Jean Shupe, Rapid City, Diane Crinklaw, Newcastle, Wyo., Odette Coduto, Orlando, Fla., and Pat Harris, Hot Springs; and one grandchild.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, at McColley's Chapels of the Hills in Hot Springs.

Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Hot Springs, with J. Edwin Coates officiating.

An online guest book is available at

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