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February 2010

Myrtle Thormodsgaard
Myrtle Thormodsgaard, 92, of Yankton, formerly of Alcester, died Tuesday, February 2, 2010, at Avera Yankton Care Center in Yankton. Funeral services were held February 6 at Nathanael Lutheran Church in Alcester.
Myrtle Ihlene Peterson was born August 21, 1917 in Clay County, near Centerville, to Amund and Ida (Mellem) Peterson.
Myrtle attended Ash Creek rural school and was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Scandia Lutheran Church. She worked at Norway Center Store, where she met her future husband, Albert Thormodsgaard. They were united in marriage on August 22, 1941 in Canton. Myrtle was a member of Nathanael Lutheran Church and enjoyed her circle and sewing quilt tops with the other quilters.
The couple farmed south of Alcester until 1977 when they moved into an apartment in Alcester. Albert died on October 14, 1994 in Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton. In March of 2001, Myrtle moved to Sunrise Apartments in Yankton to be closer to her daughter and son-in-law. On July 18, 2009 she fell in her apartment and has resided in the nursing home until her death.
Her parents, three brothers, five sisters, her husband and a daughter preceded her in death.
Those who survive and gratefully shared her life are her daughter, Janet Neibergall (Bob) of Yankton; son-in-law, David Braastad (Ann) of Westhampton, MA; six grandchildren, Lisa Swartz of Pierre, SD, Dr. Corey Braastad of Southampton, MA, Jared Belkey of Houlton, WI, Ryan, Dane and Andrew Braastad of MA; five great-grandchildren, Logan and Easton Swartz of Pierre and Lauren, Aiden and Ethen Braastad of Southampton.

Beverley Holmdal
Beverley Holmdal, 89, of Alcester, died Thursday, February 4, 2010 at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls. Funeral services were held February 9 at the United Methodist Church in Hawarden, IA, with Rev. Barb Joy officiating. Burial followed in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Alcester.
Beverley Holmdal was born August 23, 1920 in Hawarden, the daughter of Harold and Lula (Nelson) Smith. She graduated from Hawarden High School in 1938. She married Henry Holmdal on April 10, 1948 in Sergeant Bluff, IA. Together they farmed near Alcester. Beverley taught in a country school for several years. She was the bookkeeper for Smith Electric in Hawarden since it’s beginning. Henry died October 10, 1978.
Beverley was a member of the United Methodist Church in Hawarden where she taught Sunday school and was a member of the UMW. She was also a member of the Extension Club in South Dakota. She enjoyed bowling, traveling, gardening, and playing bridge.
She is survived by two sons, Jon Holmdal of Lead, and Jay Holmdal and wife Marie of Woodbury, NJ; a granddaughter, Alexis Holmdal; her brother, Bernard Smith and wife Sheila of Hawarden; and a sister, Margaret Lundeen of Alcester.
Beverley was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Henry; brother-in-law, Lloyd Lundeen; and a grandson, Michael Holmdal.

Bruce A. Larson
Bruce A. Larson, 79, of Brandon, died Saturday, February 06, 2010 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD. Funeral services were held February 9 at the George Boom Funeral Chapel in Brandon.
Bruce Allen Larson, the son of Vernie and Ellen (Olson) Larson was born December 3, 1930 in Alcester. He attended high school in Alcester. Bruce entered the U.S. Army in 1952 and served until his honorable discharge in 1953. In 1958, Bruce enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving until 1962.
On February 28, 1964, Bruce was united in marriage with Lilas Huebner in Sioux Falls. That same year, the couple moved to Colorado. Bruce was a carpenter, and worked for American Builder’s Company framing houses. He later worked for Hugh M. Woods Lumberyard, before the couple moved back to Sioux Falls.
Bruce was a member of the VFW in Colorado. He liked to work with wood, work on old cars, and tinker with things in the garage. Bruce enjoyed swimming, and was on a bowling league for a short time.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Lilas; two daughters, Laurie (Vern) Kaler; Shelly (Dale) Trigg; two grandchildren, Vanessa Kaler and Ryan Kaler, all of Brandon; two sisters, Berniece Sandvall of Alcester, Clarice (Milton) Skancke of Sioux Falls; and a brother, Wendell Larson of Dayton, OH.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Donald “Bud” and Dale.

Daryle McVay
Daryle was born at Hudson, SD on September 13, 1930 to Wayne and Dora (Anderson) McVay. He attended Millbrook rural school and graduated from Beresford High School in 1948. He joined the US Air Force during the Korean War in 1949 and was honorably discharged in 1953. He became a member of the American Legion in 1975.
Daryle was baptized at Congregational Church in Hudson; he reaffirmed his faith at Romsdal and later joined Emmanuel. Daryle married Shirley Hartman on November 3, 1953. They had five children, Darla (Dana) Wilson of Hudson, Kelly McVay of Yankton, Tami (Joe) Zerr of Aberdeen, Lori (Robert) Padmore of Sioux City, IA and Amy (Bryan) Kauchich of Lehi, UT. Also surviving are six grandchildren, Annie (Michael) Crist, Cody and Jesse Wilson, Michael and Haley Zerr and Jack Padmore; one great-granddaughter, Carley Crist; sister, Nona Breen and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial services were held Wednesday, February 10, 2010 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Beresford.

Brad J. Peterson
Pastor Brad J. Peterson, 58, of Mitchell, formerly of Alcester, died February 16, 2010 at his home. Funeral services were held February 20, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mitchell with burial at Mound Cemetery, Ortonville, MN.
Bradley James Peterson was born January 4, 1952 in Ortonville, MN to Ruben T. Peterson and Lydia Rose Christina Johnson Peterson. He was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Ortonville. He attended and graduated from Ortonville High School in 1970 and then from Southwest State College in Marshall, MN in 1973.
Graduation from college led Brad on a journey to Colorado that summer looking for employment. The journey came full circle and he ended up looking for social work in Minneapolis. He took employment with Holly Stores, working in Kmart. Brad worked throughout the cities and in Chicago, IL and Milwaukee, WI areas. He lived and worked in Kenosha, WI and was to be transferred to Springfield, IL. He followed his heart and went to seminary at Northwestern Lutheran Theological Seminary. He worked all during seminary and learned many things he would use later in the ministry. His internship was held in Grace Lutheran in Franklin, PA. Brad graduated from Northwestern Lutheran Theological Seminary in May of 1979.
May of 1979 was a busy time with graduation and then being married to Joan L. Thompson on May 19, 1979. They journeyed to Alexandria and participated in a wedding on the way to ordination in Moorhead. Brad was ordained at Synod Convention June 8, 1979 in evening worship.
Brad and Jo enjoyed the challenge and blessing of a first parish, Sunne Lutheran, in rural Wilton, ND. Brad had two aunts living in Minot, ND who were the family they could go to. Many friendships were built and enjoyed there. A highlight of living in Wilton was the birth of Aaron Peterson. They ministered until 1986, when he received a call to Webster, SD.
He served at American Lutheran Church in Webster from 1986 to 2000. It was a long-term call that was filled with all types of experiences, including family, community, parish and growing in general relationships. It was a place that included dealing with the floods and stories that came with it. We were able to watch so many families grow.
In 2000, Brad was called to serve Nathanael Lutheran in Alcester from 2000 to 2004. This was a time of learning and leadership. The church went through serious remodeling and was good space for worship and learning. The church was also involved through Pastor Brad in doing extensive leadership training, utilizing the staff from USD.
In 2004 Trinity Lutheran Church in Mitchell called Brad to be pastor. Aaron was married to Lindsey. It was the place that Brad would have bypass surgery and Jo diagnosed with MS. Later Brad found out he had cancer in the brain and this led to our being here today.
Brad was involved always in the community he was serving. He was involved in clubs and organizations such as Lions, Kiwanis, Ministerial Associations, Needs Anonymous, Thrift Store and Synod committees.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Joan of Mitchell; a son, Aaron (Lindsey) Peterson of Highland Ranch, CO; three brothers, Kenneth (Shirley) Peterson of Garrison, MN, Robert Peterson of Columbia Heights, MN, and Charles Peterson of Fridley, MN; four sisters, Delores (Jim) Strege of Ortonville, MN, Carol (Lowell) Gemsey of Burnsville, MN, Joanne (Steve) Carlson of Fridley, MN, and Joyce Peterson of Blaine, MN.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Keith; and a sister, Janet.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred so the family may distribute to as Brad’s requests.

Lois Bultena
Lois Bultena, 63, of Lennox, died Friday, February 19, 2010 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls due to complications from a brain aneurysm that she suffered the day before. Funeral services were held February 23 at the Lennox Ebenezer Presbyterian Church with Rev. Wayne Reed officiating, with interment at the Lennox Cemetery.
Lois Ann Freimuth was born April 6, 1946. She was adopted by her parents, George and Mary (Walsh) Freimuth. She grew up on a farm east of Davis and attended Lennox High School. She was married to Willis DenBoer and they had one daughter, Debby.
On February 25, 1972 she was united in marriage to Larry Bultena at Lennox Ebenezer Presbyterian Church. Two daughters, Shelly and Angella, were born to this union. They made their home in Lennox their entire married life where Lois was a homemaker.
Lois was a member of Lennox Ebenezer Presbyterian Church.
She was preceded in death by her father, George, on March 12, 1969; her mother, Mary, on August 8, 1990; her sister, Mary “Midge” Vos on July 1, 2006; and her father-in-law, Alvin Bultena, on June 1, 2000.
Grateful for having shared her life are her husband, Larry; three daughters and sons-in-law: Debby and Greg Simunek of Hudson, Shelly and Grant Olson of Baltic, and Angela and Kody Larson of Harrisburg; six grandchildren: Chris Simunek, Tera and Andrew Parmeter, Heather Simunek, Kandice Larson, Makayla Olson and Gavya Olson, four great-grandchildren: Torance Simunek, Aurora Solem, Brooklynn Strong and Talynn Parmeter; her mother-in-law, Bernice Bultena of Lennox; plus many other relatives and friends.