October 2020

Just 13 months after Woonsocket’s student body lost three young students in a fatal car accident, another young life was lost in a vehicular accident just northeast of Woonsocket over the weekend. 

Sutton Senska, 13, and a friend of his were riding in a utility terrain vehicle (UTV) Saturday afternoon. Senska was driving the vehicle in a snow-packed field north of his family’s farm when the vehicle slid and rolled. Senska was partially ejected as the UTV rolled, and he ended up pinned under the vehicle. His friend ran for help, and the Alpena Fire Department, Woonsocket Fire and Rescue, Sanborn County Sheriff’s Department and Huron Ambulance were all called to the scene. Senska was extracted from the accident and was taken to the Huron Hospital. He was pronounced dead at the Emergency Room in Huron.

    Senska was an eighth grader at Woonsocket School, and he is the son of Scott and Sarah Senska of rural Woonsocket.

Sutton Senska


Sutton S. Senska, 13, of rural Woonsocket, died unexpectedly on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, due to a UTV accident on their family farm. 

His funeral service will be on Friday, Oct. 30, at 1 p.m. at St. Wilfrid Catholic Church in Woonsocket with burial at Restlawn Memory Gardens Cemetery in Huron. Visitation will be on Thursday, Oct. 29, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the church with a prayer service to begin at 6:30 p.m. The funeral service and prayer service will be live streamed on Fr. Kevin Doyle’s YouTube channel.

In lieu of flowers, Sutton’s family will be establishing a memorial fund in Sutton’s name for Sanborn County 4-H.

Sutton Scott Senska was born on June 18, 2007, to parents Scott and Sarah (Woodruff) Senska in Huron. He attended Holy Trinity Catholic School until second grade and then attended Woonsocket School where he was an eighth grader.

Sutton was a great big brother, always looking to keep his siblings in line. He thought he was an adult at a very young age and kept those around him busy with his plans. He was a dreamer who wanted to try and learn anything new and then moved on quickly to the next project. He was always bartering with his mom, dad and others for something. He loved the outdoors, cruising around on “his farm” and working on anything motorized. He was a farm kid that loved animals and wanted to have one of every kind. He made friends everywhere he went and loved talking to everyone of all ages, never speaking bad about anyone.  From a young age, he was a girl-crazy boy and was concerned about smelling good.

His favorite things this last year were cruising with the Ranger while hunting and chatting on his phone with his friends, especially his girlfriend. The thing he was most proud of lately was his mullet.  His main hobbies were hunting, fishing, archery, listening to music, playing piano and trumpet, band and pep-band, soccer and basketball, 4-H and shooting sports. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Huron and was currently attending confirmation classes. He always loved going to church.

He is survived by his loving parents, Scott and Sarah of Woonsocket; siblings, Shiloh and Summer; grandparents, Barb and Keith Senska and Charles “Woody” and Lori Woodruff; aunts and uncles; and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his great-grandpas and grandmas.

Ann Jensen


Ann Jensen, 91, of Huron, died on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, at Avantara Huron. 

Her visitation, with no family present, will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29, at Welter Funeral Home in Huron with burial to follow at Riverside Cemetery. A Celebration of Life Service with family present will be held in Spring 2021.

Ann Zarifis was born on May 23, 1929, in Redfield to parents Alex and Helen (Humberia) Zarifis. She grew up in Huron, attending Washington and Jefferson grade schools, and graduating from Huron High School.

Ann married Willis Jensen in March of 1952 in Sioux City, Iowa. To this union, three children were born, Ron, Richard and Diana. Ann worked at Wagners in Huron for three years before becoming a housewife for 30 years. After moving to Sioux Falls, she was in the jewelry business for two years.

In her early years, she enjoyed gardening and planting flowers on the farm. In her later years, she enjoyed her computer and seeing friends and grandkids. She was a member of the Warren PIA and Sow Club in Woonsocket.

Grateful for having shared in her life are her children, Ron (Karen) Jensen of Oelrich, Dr. Richard (Marjorie) Jensen of Sioux Falls, and Diana (Paul) Heidgend of Dallas, Texas; five grandchildren; one great-grandson; two brothers, Cleo Zarifis of Minneapolis, Minn., and Tony (Veta) Zarifis of California.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Alex and Helen, and her oldest brother, George.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hope Lutheran Church in Huron.

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