Karen Anne Debnar-Brunsch
RAPID CITY - Karen Anne Debnar-Brunsch, 40, Rapid City, died at her residence Friday, July 13, 2007.
Karen Anne Debnar-Brunsch was born on March 21st, 1967 in Chicago, Illinois at St. Joseph's hospital.
Karen grew up in Chicago's north side with her 6 brothers and sisters. Karen was a very caring and loving girl who excelled in scholastics, softball, and volleyball. In 1985 Karen graduated from Roosevelt High and joined the U.S. Navy where she received training as a dental assistant. Karen's first duty station was Glenview Naval Air Station, near her home in Chicago. Karen then extended her Naval service and was stationed in Hawaii at Pearl Harbor Naval Station and Barbers Point Naval Air Station, where she met James P. Brunsch Jr. Karen and James were married at Diamond Head Beach Park on December 7th, 1991. After completion of her active duty Karen and James moved back to Illinois where she attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and received her dental hygiene degree. In 1996 Karen and James moved to San Diego where their first child Kalena was born in 1997. After moving to Rapid City in 2000 Karen gave birth to Logan followed by Zachary in 2003. Karen was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004 and fought with everything she had, traveling for experimental treatments and doing anything to stay with her family. In the end Karen remained strong through the loving support of many many friends and family. She and her family thanks each and every person who helped through her final days. Karen, who had cared for others and gave so much to others throughout her life, received so much love and care from family and friends in the end.
Karen was a deeply caring and emotionally generous person who cared very deeply for her children, husband, extended family and friends. Karen was the type of person to always put everyone else first. Karen enjoyed living in the Black Hills and the occasional family hike, camping trip or visit to family member's ranches. Karen embraced life and had a sincere sense of knowing what was truly important; family and simple moments of happiness spent together. Although her time here was cut short Karen lived from her heart continuously giving, caring and loving those around her. As she will continue to shine in all that knew her.
Survivors include her husband, James P. Brunsch, Jr.; a daughter Kalena Brunsch, Rapid City; two sons, Logan and Zachary Brunsch; three brothers, Michael Debnar and his wife Josephine, Chicago, Larry Debnar and his wife, Clara, Chicago and Wayne Debnar, Chicago and three sisters, Margaret VerVers and her husband, Leonard, Chicago, Caroline Debnar-Cram, Chicago and Laura Schmick and her husband Joe, San Diego, CA. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation will be from 5 PM until 7 PM Monday at the Osheim-Catron Funeral Home.
Services will be at 1:00 PM Tuesday at the Canyon Lake United Methodist Church with Rev. Bob Ruesebusch officiating.
Interment, with military honors will be at the Black Hills National Cemetery.
Friends may sign the online guest register and offer condolences at www.osheimcatron.com.
A memorial has been established to breast cancer research.
David E. Dove
RAPID CITY - David E. Dove, 72, died Saturday, July 14, 2007, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Arrangements are pending with Serenity Springs Funeral Chapel of Rapid City.
EAGLE BUTTE - Grant Marshall, 36, Eagle Butte, died Thursday, July 12, 2007, in Rapid City.
Arrangements are pending with Oster Funeral Home of Mobridge.
PIERRE - Margaret Cassell, 91, of Pierre, died Friday, July 13, 2007 at Parkwood.
Visitation will be 5-7 pm CDT Monday, July16 at Isburg Funeral Chapel. Services will be 10am Tuesday, July 17 at Congregational United Church of Christ, Pierre, SD, with Pastor Susan Carr and Father John Tarrant officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Steele City, Nebraska.
Margaret Cassell was born April 28, 1916 at Steele City, NE to Ila Mae (Stewart) and Lewis Bugbee. She graduated from high school in Steele City. She attended college at Peru Teacher's College and taught school in Jefferson and Gage counties in Nebraska.
Margaret married Edward Cassell on May 4, 1940 and they lived in various places in Nebraska while her husband worked as a game warden and land manager. Two children were born to this union, a daughter, Diane Kay and a son, Stewart Edward (Bud).
The family moved to Pierre in 1956. Margaret resumed her teaching career, teaching at the elementary level in Washington, Lincoln and Jefferson schools. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1962 from the University of South Dakota at Springfield. She was a faithful member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Pierre and spent many hours in volunteer work at the church having taught Sunday School, Bible School and served in various capacities in church offices. She was a former member of Pierre Education Association, SD Education Association and National Education Association until her death.
She was a member of Riggs Guild, Delta Kappa Gamma, Senior Citizens center, Retired Teachers and Hospital Auxiliary. She gave freely of her time to the hospital gift shop and served many years as a telephone reassurance worker for the hospital. She attended a Bible study group each week for many years, and was a faithful servant to friends.
Her husband preceded her in death in 1974. She remained in Pierre and continued to teach until she retired in 1981.
She is survived by her children, Stewart (Darby) Cassell of Davis, CA and Diane (Larry) Hines of Sturgis, SD; 6 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren; 1 brother, Richard Bugbee of Steele City, NE; 1 sister, Bonnie Edwards of Kansas City, MO; many nieces nephews, cousins and a host of friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, grandparents and her brother, Virgil Bugbee in 1993.
Isburg Funeral Chapel of Pierre has been placed in care of the arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent at www.isburgfuneralchapels.com
Karlene Marie Cooper
MILFORD, Kan. - Karlene Marie Cooper, 59, Milford, died Wednesday, July 11, 2007, at Geary Community Hospital.
Survivors include her husband, Ardie Cooper, Milford; two sons, Chad Peterschick, Yakima, Wash., and Bart Peterschick, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; three stepchildren, Gaylan Cooper, Cathy Hamann, and Ardie Cooper Jr.; her mother, Doris Mowry, Princeton, Texas; a sister, Shirley Toppenberg, Cheyenne, Wyo.; a brother Darel Mowry, McKinney, Texas; three grandchildren; and four stepgrandchildren.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. CDT today at Penwell-Gabel Mass-Hinett Funeral Home in Junction City, Kan..
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, July 16, at the Milford Cemetery.
Memorials be be sent to the American Cancer Society or the charity of your choice.
George T. Greene Sr.
RAPID CITY - George T. Greene, Sr., 79, of Rapid City, passed away on Wed., July 11, 2007 at Westhills Village Health Care in Rapid City.
George was born May 27, 1928 at Sheffield, Alabama to Thomas and Beatrice (Stults) Green. After his schooling, he enlisted in the Air Force on Nov. 16, 1945 at Florence, Alabama. He married Arvilla Lang on Oct. 4, 1947 in Rapid City. He served during WWII, Korea and Vietnam, receiving his honorable discharge on June 1, 1967 at Shaw Field, South Carolina. They made their home in Rapid City where he worked in maintenance and heavy equipment for the State of South Dakota for 15 years.
George's faith was his first priority. He enjoyed reading the scriptures and helping his wife around their home. He enjoyed cooking, fishing and hunting.
He is survived by his wife, Arvilla Greene of Rapid City; his mother, Beatrice Green of Florence, Ala.; three children, Vera (John) Henderson of Pierre, George T. (Lesa) Greene Jr. of Rapid City, Robert G. (Jan) Greene of Vancouver, Wash.; two brothers, Jay (Ora) Green and Roy Green, both of Florence, Ala.; one sister, Loraine Blevins of Florence, Ala.; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, two brothers, Ray and Charles Green, and one sister, Marie Corbin.
Visitation will be at Kirk Funeral Home in Rapid City on Sunday from 2pm to 5pm and then at the church on Monday for one hour before services.
Services are set for 10:00am Mon., July 16, 2007 at First Christian Church in Rapid City with the Rev. Scott Hultgren officiating. Interment will follow at Pine Lawn Memorial Park in Rapid City, with military honors by TREA of Rapid City.
A memorial has been established to the American Cancer Society for cancer research or to First Christian Church. Friends may sign George's guestbook online at www.kirkfuneralhome.com
Mynna Boodhoo Kightlinger
PIERRE - Mynna Boodhoo Kightlinger passed away 11 July 2007 in Pierre surrounded by her loving family and friends. Funeral service will be held at Lutheran Memorial Church in Pierre on Tuesday, 17 July 2007 at 11:00 AM. On Monday evening, 16 July 2007, Visitation and Remembrance will be from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM followed by a prayer service also at Lutheran Memorial Church. Online register book can be found at www.feigumvanlith.com.
Mynna Boodhoo Kightlinger was born in Trinidad and Tobago on 18 April 1948 to Jankee Kanhai and Alexander Ruthven Boodhoo. She received her early education in Trinidad and attended Memorial University in St John's Newfoundland, Canada where she graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Biology and Medical Technology Sciences. During summer breaks she served mission internships with the Grenfell Mission in Labrador, Canada. Following graduation she worked in hospital laboratories in Ontario and Newfoundland. She served for two years as a VSO volunteer in West Gonja Hospital in Damongo, Ghana, West Africa. Mynna returned to Trinidad in1980 where she worked with the Pan American Health Organization Caribbean Epidemiology Center as Parasitology Supervisor.
In 1983 Mynna resumed her formal education at Tulane University, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana where she earned a Master of Science in Public Health degree. On the first day of classes she met Lon Kightlinger, her lab partner, who she married in 1984. From 1984 to 1998 Mynna served in Madagascar as medical missionary with the Lutheran Church. Since 1998 she has lived in Pierre, South Dakota where she served as Cancer Registry Coordinator for the South Dakota Department of Health. Mynna lived and worked in many diverse places including Trinidad; Newfoundland; Red Lake, Ontario; Ghana; Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Antsiranana, Fianarantsoa and Manambaro, Madagascar; and finally in Pierre, South Dakota. During her career Mynna was a champion for public health, especially for children and the disadvantaged.
Mynna is survived by her husband, Lon Kightlinger of Pierre, and son, Andrew Kightlinger a student at Augustana College in Sioux Falls. Mynna is also survived by three sisters: Enachi (Lawrence) Folwell of Hastings, England, UK; Dassie Fey of Schenevus, New York; and Bhamani (Tony) Maycock of Nassau, Bahamas; and three brothers: Alexander Ramchi (Jema) Boodhoo of Toronto, Canada; Ganesh Boodhoo of San Juan, Trinidad and Tobago; and Vijay (Gail) Boodhoo of San Juan, Trinidad and Tobago; her mother-in-law, Lorraine Kightlinger of Selby, South Dakota; two brothers-in law Dale (Colleen) Kightlinger of Onamia, Minnesota; Kim Kightlinger of Hoven, South Dakota, three sisters-in-law Faye Kightlinger of Aberdeen, South Dakota; Lois (Brian) Lux of Webster, South Dakota and Mary (Ronald) Gardner of Othello, Washington; and 20 nephews and nieces. Mynna's parents and a brother, Joseph, preceded her in death.
Mynna worked for many years in the Caribbean, Madagascar and Ghana on malaria control projects. A memorial fund has been established in Mynna's name to provide mosquito bednets for children in Madagascar through Global Health Ministries, 7831 Hickory Street NE, Minneapolis, MN 55432-2500 www.ghm.org/index.html
SPEARFISH - MayJean Wical, 83 of Spearfish, SD, died July 12, 2007, in the arms of her loving family.
MayJean was born June 24, 1924 to Margaret and Pat Behmyer. She grew up in Belle Fourche where she graduated from high school. MayJean married Clare Wical in 1942. Clare was in the 4th Horse Calvary and she saw him in the parade on the 4th of July. That was the start of a relationship that lasted for over 60 years. After Clare returned from fighting in WWII they moved from Belle Fourche to Lead. MayJean loved her family and dedicated her life to that end. She loved Jesus and worked hard to spread her love and faith to family and friends. She taught Sunday school and on occasion was asked to speak on Wednesday night bible studies. After the children were grown MayJean and Clare moved to Spearfish where they retired in 1981.
They loved to fish and camp throughout the Black Hills. They had several campers and traveled all over the United States. MayJean loved to read and visit with friends and family. She loved to make people laugh and bring joy into their lives. She belonged to a Mothers Club, and loved all the people in her Anniversary Club. All through her years she was active in church activities. She loved her Lord and Savior and loved to be with those that shared her faith.
She is survived by her six children; Gay Patmore, Winner, SD, Joy and her husband Paul Carroll of Spearfish, SD, David and his wife Gail of Troy, TX, Sue Branscum and her husband Duane of Big Lake, MN, Timothy and his wife Cecilia of Rapid City, SD and Margaret Peterson and her husband Roy of St. Onge, SD. She has 13 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
MayJean was preceded in death by her husband Clare.
A memorial has been established for Calvary Temple Assembly of God Church for a stained glass window.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, July 17, 2007 at Calvary Temple Assembly of God Church in Spearfish with Rev. Dan Kent officiating. Burial will follow in the Black Hills National Cemetery.
The Aldinger Funeral Home is honored to assist the family with the arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.aldingerfuneralhome.com