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November 23, 1942 – May 31, 2024

George Henry Jepson (known as “Geo” to some especially his grandchildren)

Born November 23, 1942 in East Orange, NJ

Died May 31, 2024 at age 81

Survived by his wife Betty (Elizabeth Ann Remer Jepson), sons Nick (wife Marina) and Nate, grandchildren Sadie Revier (husband Chance), Luna Jepson and Lily Jepson, great-grandchildren Aurora and Ollie Revier, sister Betty Ann Jepson who resides in Florida, nieces and nephews Jack Cooper, Ted Cooper (wife Janice), Pat Cooper, Tom Cooper (wife Mary), David Cooper, and Diane Landry (husband Rick), and brother-in-law Tony Remer (wife Shirley).

Preceded in death by parents George and Florence Jepson, sister Lois Cooper, in-laws Tony and Rosella Remer, brother-in-law Dan Remer.

George was born and grew up in Pittstown, NJ. As a schoolboy, his pig, Curly, and dog, “St”. Pal, would often follow him to the school bus each morning, although his favorite Guernsey cow, Hyacinth, could not. He served in the Air Force for 4 years. Later, he attended the University of Kentucky in Lexington where he earned a degree in Journalism. During his time at university, he made a couple visits to Winsted, MN. On his second visit he attended the wedding of an Air Force friend. The reception was held at the Blue Note Ballroom, which he later dubbed “the cultural center of McLeod County”, and there he met Betty. They were married on May 25, 1968. They moved to St Petersburgh, FL where George was a news editor at the St Pete Times and later a sports editor at the Clearwater Sun. On August 24, 1971 they welcomed twin boys to their surprise. George and Betty lived in St Pete until 1977 when they moved to Winsted. Their boys went to Holy Trinity and graduated in 1989. In 1990 they moved to St Augustine, FL and George started a career as an over-the-road trucker. In 2001 they moved once more back to Winsted, MN. In the last 23 years they have been active members of the community. George enjoyed reading and was seen frequently at the local library. He loved to watch old movies, particularly the Marx Brothers, the Pink Panther movies (at which point Betty would start reading), Humphrey Bogart films, and classics like The Princess Bride. George and Betty had a Saturday night card game they played with their friends, Doug and Diane Remer. And a couple times each year they would host a Gin card game tournament. Those of us who were lucky enough to be included in these events will remember the laughs we all shared. George was a very witty man with many great stories. He believed that “a day without ice cream could’ve been better”.

Diane said it best, “George, you have been an anchor in our life for so long we can’t remember what it was like before that. A mentor, a voice of reason, a friend. Our world is definitely better with you in it”. To which, in typical George fashion, he replied “Aw shucks, I’m just a poor farm kid from New Jersey”. Though granddaughter Lily would later counter “He was one of the best Dudes”. Those of us who knew George would certainly agree with both these fine young women. George will be missed but would want us to take more time to appreciate and enjoy the daily things. Just imagine him channeling his inner Miracle Max (Billy Crystal from the Princess Bride) and telling us all, “Have fun storming the castle”. We sure will.

Family is requesting in lieu of flowers donations can be made to charity of your choice, including the capital campaign for the restoration of Holy Trinity Catholic Church.


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January 23, 1937 – May 31, 2024

Leo Bruce Aisenbrey, age 87, of Winsted, Minnesota passed away on Friday, May 31, 2024 at his residence.

He was born on January 23, 1937 in Aberdeen, South Dakota the son of Calvin J. & Blanche (Evans) Aisenbrey.

He graduated from High School in 1955.

On December 30th, 1956 Leo B. Aisenbrey and JoAnn L. Ellingson were joined in holy marriage.   God blessed their marriage with two children.   Leo was married to his loving wife Jo Ann until her untimely passing on August 1995.   She was the love of his life!

In 1957, Leo & JoAnn moved to Minneapolis.   After Bryan was born, the family moved to Coon Rapids, Minnesota in 1960 where he lived until May of 2002 when he moved to Winsted, Minnesota to be near his daughter Jane and her husband Brian Diers.

He began his professional career in the Printing Industry in 1959, working mainly at John Roberts Printing from 1959 thru 1982.   Leo became a Journeyman Pressman in 1968 after serving three apprenticeships.   He was ultimately the leadman on a 5 color printing press.   He ended his career as the night foreman at University of Minnesota Print Shop.  He retired on April 1st, 1996.

Leo was a devoted family man raising his two children Bryan and Jane.

He enjoyed his hobbies, especially reading and relaxing with his various collections over the years.   He spent many weekends at the cabin with his family, where there were always projects to take care of.  In his later years, he concentrated on the things he loved, mainly his family and hobbies.

He was a long- time member of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winsted.

He was a patriot who loved his Country, his family and friends.    We will miss him greatly!

Leo is survived by his son Bryan Aisenbrey; a daughter: Jane (Brian) Diers; his sisters: Marilyn Hedblom of Mitchell, South Dakota and Annette Swanberg of Dell Rapids, South Dakota; other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife JoAnn, his parents Calvin and Blanche Aisenbrey, a brother Cal, sister Marge Walding, a brother Robert, a brother Paul and by a brother Gene.

A Memorial service for Leo B. Aisenbrey will be held on Thursday, June 20th, 2024 at 11:00 A.M. at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winsted.   Pastor Dave Hormann will officiate.   Sheryl Menden will be the organist and Bruce Gatz will be the soloist.

Inurnment will be held at a later date at The Scandinavian Lutheran Church Cemetery in Stratford, South Dakota.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, June 20th AT THE CHURCH one hour prior to services.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted is serving the family.   Online condolences may be made to www.chilsonfuneralhome.com




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January 19, 1940 – May 24, 2024

Annette L. Heminger, 84, was born on January 19, 1940 in Sisseton, SD to Albert Jones Jr. and Violet R. Heminger.

She was the granddaughter of TaOyateDuta “Chief Little Crow”.

Annette attended Big Coulee Day school, Wahpeton Indian School and graduated from the  Flandreau Indian School in 1958.

She always told her children that attending FIS were the best years of her life. She also attended school of nursing but moved before she could finish.

Annette was fond of her time working at Greenacres Nursing Home in South Sioux City, NE, Town Hall Estates in Sayer, Oklahoma and for the Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribal Police Department. After several years living and working in Texas and Oklahoma she returned back to Flandreau in 1979. She began her career at Flandreau Indian School in the Solo Parent Program taking care of children so young mothers could attend school. After Solo closed in 1995, she then moved over to the residential program in the girl’s dorm as a dorm parent. Unfortunately, due to a genetic eye disease, she had to retire in December 2008 after 28 years of service. Even in her 80s she often said she would still be working if not for her eyesight.

Annette enjoyed socializing, dancing, gardening, cooking, baking, beading, shawl making, babysitting her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and listening to country western music on her faithful Bose stereo.  She was a loyal George Jones fan. She had her morning routine of calling family and friends to check in on them. Her maternal spirit made everyone feel welcomed and loved by her, whether they were a stranger or relative.

Survived by siblings: Michael Greeley (Wilmot, SD), Carrietta Greeley (Sisseton, SD), Clarence Greeley Jr. (Hammon, OK), Connie Crocker-Miller (Peever, SD) and her love Joel Kotan (Flandreau, SD);  children:  son: Louis (Christine) Payer, Sr.(Flandreau, SD), son: Willis Todd Whiteskunk (Flandreau, SD),  a daughter: Shawn Dahmen (Brookings, SD) and a son: Shane Whiteskunk (Flandreau, SD);  grandchildren: Louis Payer Jr., Mercedes Payer-Red Bear, Rick Blue, Kevin Dudley, Marissa, Tala, Elijah, and Jasmine Whiteskunk, Destiny (Gordon) Bird and Dylan Dahmen; great-grandchildren: Wambdi and Tasunka Starlin, LaVaura and Louis Payer III, Rianna, Saige, Sacred, and Heaven Red Bear, Dakota and Annette Yellow Cloud, Melanie, Saphfire and Rick Jr. Blue, Crystal, Olivia, Abigail & Ophelia Dudley, Lincoln Rusk, Jelina Bird and a grandson due in June;  Taken as her sons: Jesse (Terri) Larsen & Kyle Kempeska; Taken as a daughter: Kaye Renville all of Sisseton, SD.

Preceded in death by her parents Albert Jones Jr. and Violet Heminger, son Jeffrey Payer, daughter Dierdra Payer, maternal grandparents Albert and Ruth Heminger, brother Robert Greeley, sister Francine Greeley-Hill, great-grandsons Bradley Louis Red Bear and Royal David blue and “Grandpa George”.

A wake will be held on Tuesday, May 28th beginning at 6:00 P.M. at The Eastman Hall in Flandreau, South Dakota.

Funeral Services for Annette Heminger will be held on Wednesday, May 29th at 11:00 A.M. at The Eastman Hall in Flandreau, South Dakota.   Gerald Heminger Jr. and J.C. Crawford will officiate.  Billy Kohl will be the pianist.

Interment First Presbyterian Cemetery in Flandreau, South Dakota.

Honorary Pallbearers: Faith Erickson, LaVonne “Bunny” Allen, Leona Kitto, Mary Lou McGhee, Glenda Hansen, Nancy Dahmen and the late Kim DeCoteau and all her nieces, nephews, family and friends

Pallbearers: Louis Payer II, Jay Larose, Kenny Walker, Dylan Dahmen, Elijah Whiteskunk, Chris Greeley, Joel Herman, Daniel LaBate, Kenny Weston, and Harlan Bellonger.




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Evelyn Mary Marcil, age 98 of Minneapolis, Minnesota Journeyed to the Spirit World on Monday, May 13, 2024 at her residence.  She was born on September 16, 1925 in Grahams Island, North Dakota, the daughter of Alfred Lewis and Mary Rose Dubois.

 Mashkawiziimagad imaa anishinaaabe bimaadiziwin.

 Nana’isanishinaam daga Gichididbenjiged

Evelyn was the last surviving member of her family.  She was a hard worker, she had to quit school in the 11th grade to help out on the family farm, when all of her brothers were sent off to war.  Evelyn had a big heart of gold, she did anything for anyone who needed help, she was a very kind and loving mother.  She had 8 kids, three boys and 5 girls.  We don’t know how she did it, but she did.  Evelyn had lots of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, she loved to joke with them and visit with them.  She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.  We couldn’t have asked for a better mother:  we were fortunate to have her for 98 years.  We love you Mom, rest in peace.

She was a member of the Turtle Mountain Tribe in Rolette County, North Dakota.

Survived by her sons: Albert Antoine Marcil and Gordon Lee Marcil; daughters Rose Alita Tiessen, Delima R. McKay, Barbara A. Marcil and Marion H. Marcil-Moose; 23 grandchildren and 45 great grandchildren.

Preceded in death by her husband: Albert Marcil; son: Louis Marcil; daughter: Corrine Marcil; father: Alfred Dubois; mother: Mary Rose Dubois; and all 10 of her siblings.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 22, 2024 from 9:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M. at the Church of Gichitwaa Kateri in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A service for Evelyn Marcil will be held on Wednesday, May 22, 2024 at the Church of Gichitwaa Kateri in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Officiating will be Reverend Mimi Goodwin. The Drum Group will be Little Earth Singers.

Honorary Casket bearers will be Evelyn’s Loving Family and Friends.

Casket bearers will be William Moose, Dana Gardell, Larry Marcil, Lonnie Marcil, Neil McKay, Gerardo Marcil, Al Marcil, and Shawn Phillips

Interment will be held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery at 12:30 P.M., Assembly Area #4 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, Minnesota assisted the family with funeral arrangements. On-line condolences can be directed to www.chilsonfuneralhome.com


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December 2, 1935 – November 19, 2023

William “Bill” Demarais, age 87, of Delano (formerly of Waverly), passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 19, 2023, at home surrounded by his family.

Bill was born on December 2, 1935, in Maple Lake, MN, the son of the late Roy and Anna Demarais.  He was educated at the local Catholic school, and then went on to serve in the United States Airforce.  Upon coming home from the service, he met his future wife and best friend Pat at a dance in Maple Lake.  Bill and Pat were united in marriage on May 11, 1963, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly.  They were blessed with six children, and later even more blessed with 10 grandchildren and then 10 great-grandchildren.  He was fondly known to his family as “Pops” and taught them the tradition of having a nickname for everyone, and always cracking jokes.

Despite Bill’s declining health, he never lost his charismatic sense of humor and kept everyone entertained until the day he passed.  Bill was a storyteller and an occasional embellisher, but everyone loved to listen and laugh at his stories.  He was especially proud of his “Rich Mellow Tones” and graced his family with a song at the end of every visit, always changing the lyrics which always made them laugh.

Left to honor his legacy & cherish his memory are his loving wife Pat of 60 years, children – Dave (Jen) of Buffalo, Steve (DeeDee) of Howard Lake, Dan (Linda) of Howard Lake, Brenda (Dave) LePage of Delano, Kim of Delano, son-in-law Michael of Waverly, “daughter- niece” MaryBeth, and his faithful pup Sam.  Sister Bernie Vadner of Silver Bay.  Grandchildren:  Bryan (Kayla), Dalton (Bethany), Rachel, Jacob (Trisha), Tessa (Jeremy), Ross, Dane, Kenzie (Kaleb), Maddie and Olivia.  Great-grandchildren:  Aleks, Charlie, Luke, Kenna, Anna, Claire, Tate, Kalvin, Kashius, and Natalie.  Many nieces and nephews, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, and honorary children and grandchildren he had acquired through the years.

Preceded in death by his daughter Dawn, parents Roy and Anna, siblings Mary, Shirley, Donna, Donald, Jerry, Peggy, Anna & Katie, many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.




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Emanuel Nicholas James Davila “Tóhiŋni šni enakiya šni”  (Never gave up, Never quit),  age 25, of Sisseton, SD journeyed to the Spirit World on Wednesday, May 1, 2024 in Portland, OR.

He was born on November 18, 1998 in Fargo, North Dakota the son of Marcos Davila and Lorae Lufkins.

While growing up, Emanuel was involved in football and basketball.  He grew to love playing moccasin.  Emanuel was a loving and caring person that enjoyed being with his children, niece, nephew and significant other.  He will be greatly missed.

Survived by his siblings Chastity Lufkins, Alicia Schroeder, Consuelo Schroeder, Charity Davila, Antonio Davila and Marcos Davila Jr.; significant other Serena Flute; children Zazel Davila and Amina Davila; step-children John Cook and Marissa Cook; many other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by his mother Lorae (Lufkins) Mercado, father Marcos Davila Sr., maternal grandparents Naomi (Renville) Lufkins and Kenneth Lufkins; paternal grandfather Marcos Davila; and niece Haven Davila.