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James Johnson Obituaries unoa, services for James Allen Edith Van Lith Mrs. Edith Van Lith, age 84 of Big Stone City, SD, died Sept. 4th at the Ortonville Hospital. A mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, Sept. 7th at 10:30 a.m. in the St. Charles Catholic Church in Big Stone City. Father Ray Otto, OSB Lith. Nick passed away Nov. 14, 1983. She was a long time resident of rural Big Stone City. The "Morn" who cared and watched with love her family first and served her community find church as a member of the St. Charles Catholic Church in Big Stone City, the Catholic Daughters and the church altar society. Edie was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, the Big Stone Round Table, Ladies of the Moose and her special Christmas Party for the Grant County ARC. officiated and burial was in the St. Charles Cemetery. Visitation was Friday beginning at 5 p.m. at the St Charles Catholic Church and followed by a scripture and rosary service at 7:30 p.m. Visitation continued Saturday morning at the church, one hour prior to the mass. Music was presented by Paula Rausch, guitarist and the St Charles Choir. Honorary pallbearers were the grandchildren and great grandchildren. Pallbearers were Edith&apos;s children: John, Joe, Nick, Tom, George and Dennis Van Lith, Marcile Seehafer, Theresa Van Lith, and Ann Boikcom. Edith Alice Van Lith was born Feb. 11, 1918, at Clinton; the daughter of Paul and Martha (Vigdal) Schneider. She was united in marriage on Oct. 23, 1940, with Nicholas John Van Edith Van Lith is survived by nine children: John and wife JoAnne Van Lith of Big Stone City, SD; Marcile and husband Harold Seehafer of Las Vegas, NV; Joe and wife Loretta Van Lith of Big Stone City, SD; Nick Van Lith of Stockholm, SD; Tom Van Lith of Big Stone City, SD; George and wife Karla Van Lith of Mankato; Theresa Van Lith of Fridley; Ann and husband Harry Bolkcom of Fridley, and Dennis and wife Rachelle Van Lith of Oxnard, CA. 19 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. Two sisters: Mary Seaton of Ortonville and Martha Sauer of Winona. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, twin grandsons, six sisters and three brothers. The Mundwiler Funeral Home of Milbank is in charge of the arrangements for Mrs. Edith Van Lith. Robert S. Ritter Funeral services for Robert Ritter of Chokio were held Friday, August 30, 2002 at l0 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Chokio. Father Nathan Packard officiated. Visitation was Thursday, with a 7 p.m. Rosary and a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. at the church. Burial was at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, rural Chokio. Robert Sylvester Ritter was born on November 23, 1920 in Stevens Township in Stevens County, Minnesota, to Jerome and Ethel (Nail) Ritter, the second child of seven children. He attended School Districts #30 and #52. Robert farmed with his dad until the fall of 1943. He was united in marriage to Lillian Leuthard on March 3, 1943 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Chokio. They were married for 59 blessed years. During their marriage they farmed north of Chokio before moving to the Leuthard family farm in the fall of 1950. While on the farm Robert did various jobs for other farmers; picking corn, swathing grain, baling hay, blowing snow and was very handy with the saw and hammer. He was always helping family and friends with his carpentry skills. After retiring from the farm in 1984 and moving into Chokio, he continued to work for various farmers, as he loved the soil and driving big farm equipment. He enjoyed the time he spent with his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and his friends. He especially enjoyed his time at the Senior Center, where he passed the time playing cards and visiting with friends. Robert was a lifelong member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Chokio and also a member of the Knights of Columbus. Robert died on Tuesday, August 27, 2002 at the Stevens Community Medical Center in Morris, having lived to reach the age of 81 years. He is survived by his wife, Lillian Ritter of Chokio; nine children, Catherine (Tom) Kieffer of White Bear Lake, Robert (Diane) Ritter of Coon Rapids, Clayton (Nancy) Ritter of Chokio, Mike (Renata) Ritter of Delano, Ann Longtin of Edina, Mary (Mike) Stanton of Lint Lakes, Dorothy (Millard) Raph of Excelsior, Patricia Wetteroff of Stillwater and Tony (Jeri) Ritter of la,okio; 24 grandchildren, nine great grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Eileen (Don) Rilley of Morris, Edward (Alberta) Ritter of Eagan, Vincent (Virginia) Ritter of Chokio, Joann (Herbert) Karpinsky of Mankato; sister-in-law, Liz Ritter of Chokio; brother-in-law Peter Golombiecki of Chokio and many, many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jerome and Ethel Ritter; one granddaughter, Angel Ritter; one brother, Fabian Ritter and one sister, Veronica Golombiecki. Serving as pallbearers were Tim Keiffer, Charlie Ritter, Andy Ritter, Brian Ritter, Nick Longtin and Frank Stanton. Honorary pallbearers were All Who Called Him Friend. Amy Blackwelder was organist and Wayne Summer and the St. Mary's Choir provided special music. Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris was in charge of arrangements. HUGE DISCOUNTS ON NIKE - OLD NAVY - CALVIN KLEIN - FUBU - TOMMY - [ "1 AMBERCROMBIE & FITCH - AND MORE! 1 All Sizes - Youth thru Adult - Jeans - Jackets - Shirts - Caps - Hooded Sweatshirts Sunglasses - Watches - Sweatshirts - Fleece - Other Items Order your Little Caesar's Pizza Ktts at the sale! In a community effort to Memory Walk 2002 is co-sponsored by Ortonville Area Health Services, Beverly Healthcare/Park Place and St. William's Nursing Home ";COME WALK WITH US" TO REGISTER, OBTAIN A PLEDGE FORM, MAKE A PLEDGE OR FOR MORE INFO, PLEASE CALL: Saturday, Sept. 28 I0:00 AM Lake Farley's Walking Path Milbank, SD 10:00 AM - Registration 10:30 AM - Walk Begins 11:15 AM - Picnic, Prizes and Entertainment fight Alzheimer's... Ortonville Area Health Services Kiln McCrea 320-839-4112 Beverly Healthcare/Park Place Jeanne Ward 605-432-4556 St. William's Nursing Home Gloria Crist 605-432-3156 Pledge forms also available at various local stores! A IME Johnson, 58, of Ortonville were held Saturday, Sept. 7th, 2002, at Zion Lutheran Church in Ortonville. Officiating was Rev. Shalom Kropfl and organist was Andrena McEwen. brother, Ronald and his wife, Jesse Todnem. The Larson Funeral Home of Ortonville was in charge of the arrangements for Ellen Eifealdt. Youth waterfowl, Honorary pallbearers were Bodie arP_harv deer Johnson and Ran Beckman. Active "'== ,,,1= =v= pallbearers were Willie Johnson, l_i/n .00aturdav Brian Seabolt, Karl Backstrand, Bob vv,, .... v !11 lJl i Johnson, Alex Johnson and Daryl Carlson. Interment was at Mound Cemetery Ortonville. James Allen Johnson was born April 3, 1944 at Eveleth to parents Walfred and Kathryn (Kapaun) Johnson. The family moved to Ortonville when James was a small child. He grew up and attended country school in a one-room schoolhouse in Big Stone County and proceeded on to secondary public school in Ortonville. Jim spent most of his life three miles north of Ortonviile. As a young man, Jim farmed and worked for Big Stone County Highway Dept. He attended Zion Lutheran Church. Jim enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening and farming He also enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Jim passed away Tuesday evening,. Sept. 3, 2002 reaching the age of 58 years and five months. Survivors include his mother Kathryn Johnson of Graceville; one brother Bill (Panda) Johnson of Dubois, WY; one niece Katie; and two nephews Bodie and Willie. Jim was preceded in death by his father. The Larson Funeral Home of Ortonville was in charge of the arrangements. Conservation officer, Bruce Nelsen, reminds duck hunting enthusi- asts that Saturday, Sept. 14 is Youth Waterfowl Day. It begins one-half hour before sunrise and ends at 4 p.m. This special hunt is for children under 16 who are accompanied by a non- hunting adult. Youth cannot hunt alone. Hunters ages 13-15 must carry their firearm safety certificate. Rules and limits of the regular duck hunting season apply to this special day. No canvasbacks and only one pintail may be taken in the total of six ducks. No motorized spinning wing decoys may be used. Early goose season ends Sept. 22. Hunters may take five birds per day and have l0 in their possession. Small game season begins Saturday also. Rabbits and squirrels may be taken until Feb. 28, while Hungarian partridge can only be hunt- ed until Dec. 31. Archer deer season commences on Sept. 14 and continues through Dec. 31. Hunters may shoot from one-half hour before sunrise until one-half hour after sunset. Nelsen reminds all hunters that "without safety, nothing else matters. No animal or bird is worth getting hurt over. Be sure of your target before you pull the trigger." He also urges every- one interested in hunting to read the "2002 Hunting and Trapping Regulations," since there are a lot of rule changes this year. Letters to the editor To whom it may concern, You know who you are. Yod are the one that made the choice to provide alcohol for an underage teen. Is this about blame? No, because Heaven knows, no one FORCES TEENS to drink, that is their choice, as is their choice to drive after drinking. This is an invitation: 1. Think of the terror and &orror of finding someone injured in a car accident and no one will stop as you stand by the road begging for someone to help 2. Think about being a member of the ambulance crew trying to figure what is wrong and how to move th person, fighting to save a life. 3. Think about being the one that has to make that dreaded call to a parent 4. Think about being the Doctors and Nurses working and fighting to save a life 5. Think about being the Air Ambulance crew entrusted to keep a life alive till another team of Doctors and Nurses can take over 6. Think about being e team of doctors trying to repair a cut, broken body and all the Nurses assisting them 7. Sit with and watch the anguish of a Mother and Father, sisters and brothers, Grandparents, aunts uncles, cousins and friends 8. Think about being the Minister or Priest trying to console all these people. 9. Sit with a person that is cut and stitched, broken and casted and wrapped, full of breathing and IV tubes and out of their head with pain, day after day in the hospital 10. Wonder how much of these expenses will be covered - :: 11. Not be able to spend time with your loved one because you have a job to be at and not time off 12. Have the expenses of motel and food, gas and phone calls 13. Sit through a funeral for a teen. 14. Counsel a teen who has injured or killed a friend in the vehicle with them or someone in another vehicle My plea to you is this: The next time an underage teen asks you to provide them withalcohol, you will have the Love for them and the Courage to say NO, because the ramifications affect more lives than you could ever imagine. Just as strongly, I pray no one will Ellen Eifealdt 25%" Memorial services for Ellen Eifealdt, 83, of Ortonville, were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 4, 2002 at First English Lutheran Church, Ortonville. Officiating was Rev. Marlene Eimstrom with Jerome Goddard serving as organist and Diane Goddard serving as soloist. Honorary pallbearers were Ellen's many students and the staff and residents of the Clinton Providence Center. Private interment will be held at a later date. Ellen Eifealdt was born December 3, 1918 at Huron, SD, to parents, Otto and Sara (Hixon) Todnem. She attended rural (country) school in the Broadland Township and graduated salutatorian of her high hool class of 1937 from Bonilla High School. After graduation she attended the Huron Teachers' College and then started her teaching career in the same township school she had atmndeM. When WWII broke out she moved to California where she worked in an aircraft plant and with a teacher shortage, because of the war, she took up teaching again. She also attended the University of Minnesota and after graduation she returned to the teaching profession. Ellen married Fredric Eifealdt on July 27, 1947 in Winona, MN. To this union a son was born, Theodore. The family moved to Wisconsin where a second son, Chris, was born. The family once again moved, this time to a small town in western Minnesota by the name of Ortonville. Ellen entered the Ortonville school system in 1960 and taught sixth grade. She not only taught the sixth grade but also taught the gifted classes and some art classes. She retired from the Ortonville School system in 1985 but still kept her hand in the education system by being a judge at different events at school and she taught in the continuing education program helping adults expand their education. Ellen's favorite hobbies were reading and working with children and adults to broaden their learning and to continue their education. Survivors include two sons, Theodore (Jan) Eifealdt of Ortonville and Chris (Sandra) Eifealdt of Las Vegas, NV; three grandchildren, Tawanna, Mark and Keri and nieces and nephews. She is also survived by all of her special students during her teaching career. These are each and everyone that she came in "contact with through her long association with the teaching profession. This is Ellen Eifealdt's legacy; she will be greatly missed by her family and friends. 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