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September 26, 1930 – February 23, 2024

Roy Alvin Cleveland, 93, of Sisseton, South Dakota passed away on Friday, February 23, 2024 at his residence.

He was born on September 26, 1930 to Floyd and Hazel (Knapp) Cleveland the oldest of ten children. He grew up on the family farm and attended country school.

At age of 18, Roy joined the Army from January 17, 1949 until January 19, 1950 and then joined the reserves.  On October 2, 1950 he was called to active duty and sent to Korea.   He was discharged on August 20, 1951.  After the service he returned home to the farm and later moved to Huron, South Dakota and worked at Armour Meat Packing Plant.

On November 29, 1953, he was united in marriage to Arlene Huff at Buffalo Lake Lutheran Church.  They were blessed with 5 children Gordon, Floyd, Juanita, Marita and Jackie Roy who passed away shortly after birth on December 15, 1961.

Over the years Roy farmed and was a carpenter. He built his own hay stack mover and moved hay for 30 years. He continued farming and building things until they moved into Sisseton. Roy along with Floyd started Cleveland Metal and Repair. He also helped Gordon build a machine to make survey stakes for his business, and he helped build an adjustable message bed for his granddaughter Ashley.  His last building project was a weed eater attached to his lawn mower so he could do everything at one time.

He enjoyed playing cards, fishing, dancing and helping his family do whatever they needed.

In return, they had to play cards to pay off their bills.  The last game played to pay off the debt was Kings in the Corner.  He always finished the night saying “come on back” and “you can’t do that playing cards.”   The kids would say “I’ll be back and I’ll be the winner.”   They would always say “Grandpa you’re cheating.”  Roy always made the nights fun! Roy and his family, brothers and sisters and in-laws were known to play cards until 4 am and then do chores in the morning.

Roy is survived by his loving wife of seventy years: Arlene; two sons: Gordon (Debbie) of Custer, South Dakota and Floyd of Sisseton, South Dakota; two daughters: Juanita of San Antonio, Texas and Marita  (Bill) of Sisseton, South Dakota; 12 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; 3 adopted great grandchildren and families; 2 step grandchildren and families; three brothers: Dale (Bonnie) Cleveland, Calvin (Linda) Cleveland and Charles (Lorraine) Cleveland; two sisters: Arlene (Sherman) Thovson and Gloria Echols; an aunt: Verna Knapp.

He was preceded in death by a son Jackie Roy, his parents Floyd and Hazel Cleveland, his in-laws Leo and Hulda Huff, four brothers Harlan (Delores) Cleveland, Ervin (Maren) Cleveland, Sgt. James Cleveland and Duane Cleveland, a nephew Bob Cleveland, a step grandson David Petersen, a step great grandson Tanner Bruce, two sons-in-law Alvin Ziebarth and Jimmy Stavick and by two brothers-in-law Melvin and Arlo Huff.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, March 2nd at the church one hour prior to funeral services.

Funeral services for Roy Cleveland will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 11:00 A.M. at Grace Lutheran Church in Sisseton, South Dakota.  Pastor Paul Kosel will officiate. Organist will be Marti Knudsen and Riley Huff will sing “Amazing Grace” and “The Old Rugged Cross”.   Andrew Harrill will read the obituary. Gene Hortness will read a poem and memories from his family.  Usher will be Mark Tasa.

Interment will follow at Buffalo Lake Lutheran Cemetery in Eden, South Dakota, with Military Rites by the Otto-Quande-Renville American Legion Post 50.

Honorary Casket Bearers: Jennifer Harrill, Jessica Endres, Ashley Cleveland and Brittany Dettler.

Casket Bearers will be Robbie Cleveland, Jack Cleveland, Jason Cleveland, Jeremy Ziebarth, Joshua Ziebarth, Jared Ziebarth, Dustin Cleveland and Derek Pond.

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


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February 22, 1940 – February 18, 2024


Elizabeth “Liz” Louise Kosek, age 83, of Winsted passed away on Sunday, February 18, 2024 peacefully at home with loved ones by her side.

She was born on February 22, 1940 in Silver Lake the daughter of Peter & Cecilia (Podlaski) Smykalski.

On October 13, 1962, Elizabeth “Liz” Smykalski and Leonard Kosek were joined in holy marriage at St. Adalbert Catholic Church in Silver Lake.   God blessed their marriage with their daughter Laurie.

Liz was a cook at Kool-It and employed at Edco Sewing Company.

She took pleasure in spreading her love through her baking and cooking. She also enjoyed walking around the city of Winsted and shopping at various stores and garage sales.  Liz loved beautiful flowers and tending to her gardens.

She was a faithful member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted and belonged to its C.C.W.

Survived by her loving grandson: Dustin A. Diers; son-in-law: Greg (Danielle Shank) Poetz and children Ali, Lili, Lani and Grayson; sister: Florence Hennessey and a sister-in-law: Linda Smykalski; also survived by nieces, nephews, and many other relatives and friends.

Liz is preceded in death by her husband Leonard, and daughter Laurie Poetz, her parents, brothers Raymond, Richard, Leonard, sister Shirley Sterner and by infant siblings Leroy and Mercedes Smykalski.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Elizabeth “Liz” Kosek will be held on Tuesday, February 27th, 2024 at 10:30 A.M. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake.   Father Matthew Wiering will be the Celebrant.

Interment Holy Trinity Cemetery in Winsted.

A visitation will be held on Monday, February 26th from 4-7 P.M. at the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted. A Rosary will be recited at 6:00 P.M. followed by Parish Prayers at 6:30 P.M.   Further visitation will be held on Tuesday morning, February 27th from 9:00 A.M. until 10:00 A.M in at the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted.


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Bradley Allen LaCroix-Cloud (Zitkada) made his journey to the Spirit World on February 17, 2024 at his home in Granite Falls, Minnesota. Brad was born on November 2, 1970 at University Hospital in St. Paul, MN to Fern Cloud and Alvin (Alfie) LaCroix.

Brad loved cars and was an avid Formula One fan, he tried to attend race car driving school, but found out that he was too tall (6’ 3”). Growing up in Rapid City, SD Brad was in his element fishing trout with his uncle, Dave Anderson. Birds were Brad’s family members and he had many over the years, each one had a special name and place in his life. Brad got his mechanic certificate from Western Area Technical School in Rapid City and loved working on cars.

When moving back to the area, he worked at Dakota Sioux Casino as a line cook. Moving to Prior Lake, MN, Brad worked as a Security Guard at Mystic Lake Casino. Returning to SD, he worked as a Blackjack dealer at the Dakota Sioux Casino and then, transferred to Security. Brad signed up with the Tribal Historic Preservation Office for the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate and loved that field of work.

In March 2021, Brad went into a coma for several months. Upon recovering, his health took a drastic toll and he struggled with many disparities. His will to beat his health issues was courageous and his will to live was amazing.

Brad is survived by his mother: Fern Cloud; son: Alexander Cloud-Hansen of Otsego, MN; brothers: Scott (Marsha) LaCroix of Veblen, SD; Alvin (Tina) LaCroix, Jr. of St. Cloud, MN; sisters: Antoinette LaCroix of Rosemont, MN; Yvonne (Patrick) LaCroix of Carver, MN; Yvette LaCroix of Rosemont; Jill LaCroix of Bozeman, MT; Raine Cloud of Sisseton, SD and Anna (Richard) LaRoque of Rosholt, SD; many aunties, uncles,
cousins, nieces and nephews.

Brad is preceded in death by his father: Alvin (Alfie) LaCroix; brother: Seth Enoch Cloud-Chief Eagle; maternal grandparents: Gertrude Enoch-Cloud, Iver V. Cloud I; paternal grandparents: William LaCroix I, Gertrude Wanna LaCroix- Bean; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

An all-night visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 21, 2024 beginning at 7:00 P.M. at the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Community Center in Old Agency Village, SD.

A funeral service for Bradley LaCroix-Cloud will be held on Thursday, February 22, 2024 at 11:00 A.M. at the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Community Center in Old Agency Village, SD

Officiating will be Pastor Vern Donnell, Reverend Paul Kyle, CRE Gereld Hemminger JR.

Special Music: Paul and Hilary Kyle      Organist: Billy Kohl

Honorary Casket Bearers: Alexander Cloud Hansen, Isaiah Guerrero, Shilo Renville, Cody White, Todd Rockwood, Richard LaRoque, Ronald LaBeau, Dan Donnell, All friends of Brads, too many to mention by name, please feel included.

Casket Bearers: Scott LaCroix, Alfie LaCroix, Jeff LaCroix, Iver Cloud III, Everette Keeble, Roland Cloud, Robert Campbell

Interment will be held at the Tribal Traditional Burial Grounds in Sisseton, SD

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

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Aaron Ezekiel Pierce, age 18 of Minneapolis, Minnesota Journeyed to the Spirit World on February 3, 2024 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  He was born on February 11, 2005 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Douglas Pierce and Wenona Jensen,

Aaron had one credit left and he was about to graduate high school and he was involved in boxing at the Circle of Discipline.

Aaron is survived by his father: Douglas Pierce; mother: Wenona Jensen-Kuhrman; foster father: Mark Lynch; brother: Malcolm Sandifer; sisters: Allie Pierce, Azaria Sandifer, Zacaria Moeller, Xavienne Kuhrman, Micah Lynch and Anna Pierce.

All – Night visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 7, 2024 beginning at 6:00 P.M. at the Church of Gichitwaa Kateri in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, February 8, 2024 at 11:00 A.M. at the Church of Gichitwaa Kateri in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Honorary Casket Bearers will be Aaron’s Loving Family and Friends.

Casket Bearers will be Malcolm Sandifer, Chris Holm, DeAngelo Pryor, Donnell Pryor, Donald Blackhawk and Brandon Kelley.

Interment will follow at St. Mark’s Catholic Cemetery in Shakopee, Minnesota.

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

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December 5, 1948 – January 27, 2024

Gayle Elaine Kegler passed away just after midnight on January 27th, 2024 at St. Anthony Park Home in St. Paul, Minnesota. She was 75 years old.

Gayle was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to father, Allen, and mother, Evelyn, on December 5th, 1948. She graduated from Bayview High School in 1967. She moved to Minnesota after making several other stops around the country. She enjoyed her work in food service at Bloomington Public Schools while she raised her children. Later she would spend several years employed at Watson Wyatt as a receptionist.

She married her husband, Harlan, on August 1st, 1991 at Bloomington Lutheran Church in Bloomington, Minnesota. They made their home in Chaska, Minnesota until moving to a farm in Winsted later on.

After her husband’s passing in September of 2016, Gayle lived out her golden years at New Perspectives Senior Living in Prior Lake, Minnesota and St. Anthony Park Home in St. Paul under the care of wonderful staff members, whom she adored.

Gayle loved her cats Boots, Spaz and Spazee. They always brought her tremendous joy and many laughs. She was very social with other residents in her nursing home facilities and was quick to make friends at Bingo or other social hours/community dinners. She also enjoyed watching old television shows like ‘Little House on the Prairie’ and ‘Walker, Texas Ranger’.

She is survived by her son Brian (Jessica), daughter Kimberly (Josh), and step-son Travis (Brittany); grandchildren Devin, Brody, Finnegan, Amelia, and Falynn along with other family/friends.

She was preceded in death by father Allen, mother Evelyn, sister Janice, brother James and husband Harlan.

A small memorial service will be scheduled at a future date this spring at Holy Trinity Cemetery in Winsted.

The family would like to thank the staff at both New Perspectives Senior Living in Prior Lake, Minnesota and at St. Anthony Park Home for their wonderful care and kindness in attending to Gayle’s needs.



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May 23, 1950 – January 22, 2024

David Arthur Westrup, age 73, of Dassel passed away on Monday, January 22,2024 at his residence.

He was born on May 23, 1950 in Glencoe, the son of Leonard & Anna (Remer) Westrup.

David was formerly employed at Millerbernd’s for many years.

He enjoyed fishing and going for drives. He also enjoyed listening to classic rock and watching British comedies, Jimmy Buffett and Monty Python in particular.

Survived by his children: Emily (Jeramiah) Pearce of Sartell and Neal (Holly) Westrup of St. Louis, Missouri; a grandchild: Ivy Pearce; sisters: Helen Ekberg, Mona (John) Fillar, Leona (Greg) Irmiter and Kathleen (Louis) Quast; other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by his parents, brothers Linus and Kenneth Westrup, and by a sister Mary Ann Nelson.

A Memorial Service for David Westrup will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2024 at 2:00 P.M. at The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted.

A visitation will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, January 27th one hour prior to the service.

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