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DOROTHY VAN LAECKEN

Sioux Falls

Dorothy Louise (Henjum) Van Laecken, 79, of Sioux Falls, S.D., passed away on Sunday, June 14, 2020, at her residence surrounded by family.

A funeral Service will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, June 19, at Miller Southside Chapel, 7400 S. Minnesota Ave., Sioux Falls, S.D. There will be a graveside service at 3:00 p.m. on Friday at the Butler Cemetery, Letcher, S.D.

Visitation with the family present to greet friends will be from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, June 18, with a Prayer Service at 6:30 p.m. at Miller Southside Chapel, 7400 S. Minnesota Ave., Sioux Falls.  For online obituary and guest register go to the website at www.millerfh.com.

Dorothy Louise (Henjum) Van Laecken was born October 24, 1940, in Chester, S.D., to her parents, Melvin and Mildred (Kapaun) Henjum.  She attended grade school at St. Anne’s Catholic School in Humbolt, S.D.  She graduated from Humbolt High School in 1958. Dorothy’s nickname in High School was “Thud” because she was always running late for class and made a thud sound when sitting down quickly at her desk.

After high school she moved to Sioux Falls, S.D., to attend Augustana College on a full paid scholarship.  After two years studying to become a concert pianist, she decided that being a mother took priority for her. While living in Sioux Falls over the years, she had various jobs from shoes sales and waitressing, to modeling for a local clothing store. She also lived in Sioux City, Iowa, and Kansas City, Mo. for periods of time in her younger years.

After many years of being a single mother, she was united in marriage on December 17th, 1980 to LeRoy “Red” Van Laecken of Letcher, S.D. They resided in Letcher for many years on a farm south of town.  When her husband decided to retire in 1999 from farming, they moved to an assisted living place in Mitchell, S.D. After her husband’s passing in 2001, she moved in with her youngest daughter and her family, who she lived with until her death.

Dorothy was a very resilient person with the life’s challenges that were presented to her.  She was the most giving person. She would give you her last dollar if you needed it. She would radiate positivity and when people would meet her they instantly loved her. Some of her family even thought of creating the Dorothy APP that was full of her positive sayings.

Some of Dorothy’s favorite things were eating ice cream, going out to eat, spending time with family, parties, camping at Lake Vermillion, feeding the ducks at Arrowhead park, going to the zoo, but most of all she loved the Lord.  She loved going to church or watching church on TV on Sundays. She constantly listened to 96.5. She had a strong faith, and enjoyed her life even though a lot of her life was not easy. 

Grateful for having shared her life are her children, Mary Hallickson, Travis (Missy) Henjum, Martha (Eric) Lang, Greg (Lana) Hallickson; her grandchildren, Aubrie, Alayna, and Ava Lang, Paul and Amber Heeren, Jerzy and Jacy Henjum, and Justin Hallickson; her great grandchildren, Nathan, Eve, and Ben Hallickson; her sister, Patty (Larry) Bjurstorm, numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy; brothers, Jim, Larry Henjum, Jerry Howard; parents, Melvin and Mildred; grandson, Paul; grandparents, Elizabeth and Fred Kapaun, and Nels and Jonetta Henjum.

Joanne Hofwolt

Mitchell

Joanne Hofwolt, 72, of Mitchell, died Saturday, June 6, 2020, at her home in Mitchell.

Funeral services were held Thursday, June 11, at Mitchell Wesleyan Church. Burial was in Servicemen’s Memorial Cemetery in Mitchell. Visitation was Wednesday, June 10, with a prayer service at Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Joanne was born Oct. 15, 1947, to Ray E. and Anna N. (Wranek) Adams of Alexandria at the Methodist Hospital in Mitchell.

In her early years Joanne started school at Letcher Public School. She completed the rest of her education in the Mitchell Public Schools when her parents had moved to Mitchell in April 1954. She graduated from Mitchell Public School in 1965.

Joanne began employment at St. Joseph Hospital in Mitchell. She also worked with the Adjustment Training Center (LifeQuest). Joanne attended Dakota Wesleyan University and graduated in 1978 with a BA in social work. She was a licensed social worker in the state of South Dakota. In later years, she was a dietician at Bethel Lutheran Nursing Home when she moved to Madison.

On Oct. 15, 1988, Joanne Adams married Stanley Hofwolt. The Hofwolts moved back to Mitchell where Joanne used her BA in social work to gain employment at Firesteel Healthcare Center for the next 15 years. After her employment ended there, she took employment with Home Instead. She retired in June 2019.

Joanne and her husband Stanley Hofwolt were also foster parents for many kids over the last 25 years, and eventually adopted four of the children as their own over the years. Joanne was an active member of the Mitchell Wesleyan Church where she volunteered in the Arms of Love program and in the nursery on Sundays.  She volunteered as a lunch lady occasionally at Mitchell Christian School. Joanne was active in her community and involved in organizations such as Red Hatters, MACPD, and a few others. Joanne enjoyed family vacations, Bingo, cooking, planning, and setting up and hosting family events. She was kind, hardworking and cheerful.

Joanne is survived by her husband, Stanley Hofwolt of Mitchell; daughters, Anna (Steven) Nussbaum of Plankinton and Sara Hofwolt of Sioux Falls; sons, Anthony and Alexander Bear Robe – Hofwolt of Mitchell, and William Hofwolt of Sioux Falls; three grandchildren; sisters, Betty Christensen, Nancy Kirchmeirer, and Diana Wick, all of Mitchell; brothers, David Adams of Everett, Wash. and Gary Adams of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives grateful to have shared her life.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Ray E. and Anna N. (Wranek) Adams; brothers, Clarence, Arthur and Kenneth Adams; sisters, Alta (Melvin) Gering and Esther (Donald) Underwood.

Lloyd Steichen

Sioux Falls

Lloyd Steichen, 74, passed away on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, at his residence in Sioux Falls. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Lloyd was born Sept. 10, 1945, in Woonsocket to Elmer and Dorothy (Hinker) Steichen.

Lloyd graduated from Woonsocket High School. He then attended college at Dakota Wesleyan University from 1965-1966, following, he pursued a bachelor’s at the National College in Business and graduated with an accounting degree in 1969. Lloyd was also a member of the South Dakota National Guard from 1963 to 1980.

Lloyd was married to Ruth Skells on June 17, 1978, in Woonsocket. Lloyd worked as an auditor for Sioux Falls, a state auditor for South Dakota, and was a night auditor for various hotels throughout his life. Besides work he loved watching sports, and his various cats he had throughout the years.

Lloyd is survived by his daughter, Anne (Robert) Peterson of Sioux Falls; one granddaughter; brother, Dean (Marilyn) Steichen of San Francisco, Calif.; sisters, Connie (Willis) Hill of Gillette, Wyo. and Linda Hoff of Los Angeles, Calf.

Lloyd was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Steichen; parents, Elmer and Dorothy Steichen; and sisters, Elaine Steichen and Carol Luna.

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