Obituaries

Mary Thompson

Mitchell

Mary Thompson obit pic 47    Mary Thompson, 81, of Mitchell, died Sunday, July 2, 2017, at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell.
Funeral services were Saturday, July 8, at Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell, with burial at Milltown Cemetery. Visitation was Friday, July 7, at Bittner Funeral Chapel with a 7 p.m. prayer service.
Mary Ellen Thompson was born Feb. 18, 1936, to Edwin and Anne (Enloe) Hanson in Mitchell, and grew up in Artesian.
On July 5, 1956, she married Donald (Tommy) Thompson in Parkston. The couple made their home in Mitchell, where they raised five children.
Mary worked for the Methodist Hospital in Mitchell until her retirement. After retiring, she enjoyed camping, family time, and going to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s various activities.
She was a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Mitchell.
Mary is survived by her children, Donald A. Thompson of Mitchell, Steve (Carmen) Thompson of Harrisburg, Edwin (Patti) Thompson of Mitchell, and Lori (Dan) Allen of Mitchell; 16 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband; son, Michael; parents; three brothers; and a sister.

JOYCE FREDRIKSON

Inver Grove Heights, Minn.

Joyce Carol Fredrikson, 84, of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., passed away Monday, June 26, 2017, at Brookdale Assisted Living Center in Inver Grove Heights.
Funeral services were Saturday, July 1 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion, with burial to follow in Bluffview Cemetery in Vermillion. Visitation began at 9 a.m., prior to the funeral services.
Joyce was born Feb. 20, 1933, on a farm north of Lake Wilson, Minn. She was the youngest of five children with three older sisters: Margaret, Lois and Shirley and brother, Wayne.
Joyce and Bob Beach were married, Jan. 11, 1952, in Hadley, Minn. While Bob was in the military, the couple lived in Georgia, New Jersey and Germany. After his discharge from the military, the couple settled into their life at Chandler, Minn., where they began raising their family. They lived in Miller, Woonsocket and Vermillion. Bob died in November of 1986, and Joyce remained in Vermillion, where she did secretarial work for the Luther Center and Prison Congreation.
In May of 1992, Joyce married Burt Fredrikson.
Joyce’s children, grandchildren and her faith were very important to her. She also enjoyed assisting with the church activities, having coffee with friends, fishing, playing cards and Scrabble.
Joyce is survived by one son, Randy (Becky) Beach of Baudette, Minn.; two daughters, Kim Beach of Mitchell and Susan (David) Jacky of Vermillion, Minn.; three grandsons; one granddaughter; three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Shirley (Len) Claxton.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bob; sisters, Margaret and Lois; and brother, Wayne.
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Jerome Grohs

Huron

Grohs obit pic 46    Jerome M. Grohs, 88, of Huron, passed away on Thursday, June 29, 2017, at the Huron Regional Medical Center. His Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 3, at Holy Trinity Catholic Parish with burial and military honors by the Huron Veterans Council at the St. Martin’s Cemetery. Visitation with the family present was on Sunday afternoon, July 2, followed by a scripture prayer service at 4 p.m. at the Welter Funeral Home in Huron; and one hour prior to the funeral Mass at the church.
Jerome was born on July 21, 1928, in Dimock, to Fred and Rose (Weber) Grohs. They moved to Wessington Springs in 1936. Jerome graduated from the eighth grade and “joined the working class”. He was drafted into the US Army and entered service on March 28, 1951. After training, he served in Korea during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged in 1953 when he returned to South Dakota to work with his father on the farm.
Jerome was united in marriage to Avis Yegge on April 26, 1958 in Wessington Springs. He continued to farm while his parents, Fred and Rose moved to town that same year. Several years later, Jerome developed Meniere’s disease and was not able to continue farming. They sold the farm in the fall of 1968 and moved the family to Watertown in the spring of 1969, where Jerome enrolled at Lake Area Vo-Tech. While attended Vo-Tech, Jerome obtained his GED and graduated in 1970 as a TV technician. After graduation, Jerome and family moved to Huron where he worked for the Music Center until his retirement at age 62.
On Dec. 29, 1981, his wife, Avis, passed away. He later remarried Shirley Brown on Jan. 20, 1984. Jerome and Shirley moved to SunQuest Village in 2007. Shirley passed away in 2012. Jerome moved to Violet Tschetter Memorial Home in 2015, where he resided until his passing.
Jerome is survived by his two sons, Steven (Silvia) Grohs of Huron and Darrel (Holly) Grohs of Watertown; one step-son, Dana (Kristin) Brown of Sioux Falls; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Marie Reindle and Deloris Feugen; and three brothers, Ralph Grohs, Donald Grohs, and LeRoy Grohs.
Jerome was preceded in death by his parents, wives, Avis and Shirley, brothers, Herb Grohs, Victor Grohs Wilfred Grohs, Paul Grohs, and grandchild, Mick Grohs.
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