Obituaries

Thomas Steichen

Albuquerque, N.M.

Thomas Nicholas Steichen, 82, formerly of Woonsocket, died Sept. 22, 2018, due to heart complications.

A memorial service was held on Sept. 29 at Daniel’s Family Funeral Services in the Wyoming Chapel in Albuquerque, N.M. The service was followed by inurnment at Sandia Memory Gardens. A gathering at Papa Felipe’s to celebrate Thomas’ life followed the inurnment.

Thomas was born on June 14, 1936 in Woonsocket to Nicholas and Frances Steichen. He grew up on their family’s farm as the youngest of eight children: Carl, Lucy, Bernard, Leonard, Edward, Harry and Margaret. He attended Woonsocket High School where he fell in love with Betty Vallen.

Upon graduation, in 1955, Thomas joined the army and served in the Korean War as an artillery gunner. After his two years of service, he returned to Woonsocket. He married Betty on Sept. 2 1957. 

Thomas worked in the printing business as an editor and publisher for various newspapers in South Dakota. In 1968, he and his family moved to Farmington, N.M., where he worked at the Farmington Daily Times until he began his career in real estate in 1972. He opened his own business, Steichen Realty, and worked for multiple real estate companies throughout New Mexico until he retired. In retirement, he worked as a crossing guard at Double Eagle Elementary until his death. He was affectionately known as “Mr. Tom” and was famous for bringing candy for every child on the holidays.

He is survived by his wife, Betty; brother, Leonard; three sons, Craig, Brian and Keith; and three grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family would prefer donations to the American Heart Association.

Douglas D. Pullman, 67, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, at the Prairie View Healthcare Community in Woonsocket.

The visitation and memorial service were held on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the Welter Funeral Home in Huron with military honors by the Huron Veteran’s Council. Burial will be at the Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis at a later date.

Douglas Dale Pullman was born on May 8, 1951 in Huron to Ruben and Darlene (Kleindl) Pullman. He grew up in Huron and attended Huron schools. He was in the Army and served during the Vietnam War where he received his GED. Doug worked construction and was a beekeeper for Jim Griffith.

Doug is survived by his parents, Ruben and Darlene Pullman, of Huron; his children, Markus (Cara Davies) Pullman, of Watertown and Lisa Hoffman, of De Smet; seven grandchildren; brother, Wayne Pullman, of Huron; sisters, Carol Tschetter and Jean (Gary Heath) Pullman, of Huron, and May (Tom) McMillan, of Garden City; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents and aunts and uncles.

Guadalupe DeLaRosa

Woonsocket

Guadalupe “Wally” DeLaRosa, 73, of Woonsocket, passed away on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, at the Avera Queen of Peace Emergency Room, Mitchell.

A gathering of family and friends in remembrance was held Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the Basham Funeral Home in Woonsocket. Inurnment will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a memorial is being established.

Wally was born in Runge, Texas to Danial and Manuela (Castenada) DeLaRosa on May 4, 1945.

On Oct. 12, 1974, Wally was united in marriage to Bertha Collins at Deadwood by the Justice of the Peace. To this union, they had seven children. Wally worked in the Homestake Gold Mine for 28 years. He was a dedicated Christian and a member of the Whitewood Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Bertha; his children, Darwin Mraz of Boulder City, Nev., Tom Mraz of Sturgis, Alicia Riley of Belle Fourche, Erica (Tracy) Burkel of Woonsocket, Jason DeLaRosa of Spearfish, Joshua (Susie) DeLaRosa of Dupree and Matthew (Maria) DeLaRosa of Woonsocket; five children from a previous marriage, Jessie, Rosa, Danial, Teresa and Carlos; his sister, Juanita Moreno of Waco, Texas; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.