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Wesley SpiderWesley Spider
Funeral Services for Wesley Keith “Chaske” Spider, 43 of Watertown, SD were held on Monday, October 9, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Community Center, Agency Village, SD with Pastor Jerome Renville, John Cloud III and Kyle Kampeska officiating. Pianist was Betty Neilan and Drum Group was Dakota Nation. Pallbearers were Virton Simon, Spencer LaCroix, Craig Spider, Bruce DeMarrias Jr., Dominik Spider, Terry Spider, Alex Groves. Honorary Pallbearers were Travis Groves, Mike Groves, Shawn Spider, Preston Spider, David Williams, Kyliegh Spider, Jayden Spider, Ivin Hill, Irene Wilson-Langdeaux and family, Oliver Wanna, Arlene Spider and family, Donnie Williams, Eddie Blackthunder, Jake Blacksmith, Melanie Finley, Trevor Spider, Josh Redday, David Spider and family, Skyman Redday, Sam Crawford, Barbara and Joe LaCroix Sr., Floyd Hayes, Russell Barse, Ron and Tammy DuMarce and family, Iris Keoke and family. Wake Services were held at the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Community Center on Saturday and Sunday at 7:00 p.m. Interment was at the Ascension Presbyterian Cemetery, Big Coulee, SD. The Cahill Funeral Chapel, Sisseton was in charge of funeral arrangements.
Wesley Keith “Chaske” Spider was born to LaVonne Spider at PHS Hospital, Sisseton, SD on November 28, 1973. Wes started his schooling at the Big Coulee Early Childhood, then attended Wilmot Public, he also attended school at Pierre for a short while, then came back to live with his Grandma Geraldine and Grandpa Alfred. Then he moved to Watertown and attended Watertown his sophomore year playing football with the Watertown Arrows team, and he was involved with the FFA. He graduated from Tiospa Zina Tribal School in 1993. Wes worked many years at Schiltz Foods in Sisseton. Wes traveled with his uncles Maurice and Earl to all the Casinos for enjoyment and seeing his relatives. He also traveled with his Uncle Maurice to the VA Hospital in Sioux Falls, with numerous trips to the Fort Thompson area for all his uncles’ funerals. He always called his Grandpa Alfred’s home, his home, where most recently he stayed with his Auntie Lola and family. Family was important to him, and he loved his Auntie Freda and Craig very much. Wes was a very friendly guy, and he was quiet but his presence and humor always lifted our spirits. He made “bad” times happy times, always making holidays, cook-outs, and birthdays fun. He was never a mean person, and never hurt anyone. He spent a lot of his summers at the family home. Longtime family friend, Donnie Backman would stop and see how things were going and to just sit and visit awhile. He was a big Nebraska Cornhuskers fan, he loved sports and reading. Wesley passed away on October 3, 2017 in Sisseton.
Wesley is survived by his mother, LaVonne Spider of Watertown, SD; brother, Harley Spider and family of Agency Village, SD; sister, Jerlyn Spider of Peever, SD; his nephews Dominik and Trevor Spider of Watertown, SD; his Auntie Lola and family of Wilmot, SD; uncles, Maurice Spider of Agency Village, SD, Earl Spider of Wilmot, SD; Myron and family of Sisseton, SD, Scott Tohocoka of Sisseton, SD; many nieces, nephews to which he gave each a nickname. He had favorite nieces, Kyleigh, and Kellie; nephews, Shawn, Preston, Jayden “Curls” Spider and Dominik, Trevor, “Chubs” Terry; and cousins Dusty, Craig and Bruce.
Wesley was preceded in death by grandparents, Alfred and Geraldine Spider, cousin, Missy Spider, Scott Groves and Shawn Johnson; uncle Skip Spider and Auntie Alfreda Spider.
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Shirley PfeifleShirley Pfeifle
Shirley Deon (Carr) Pfeifle, 87 of St. Cloud, MN, died October 4, 2017 at Quiet Oaks Hospice House of St. Cloud, MN.
Shirley Deon Carr was born on December 26, 1929 in Belle Fourche, SD to James A. and Fae Marie Carr. A graduate from Spearfish, SD high school at the age of 16, Shirley attended college in Powell, WY and graduated magna cum laude from Yankton College, Yankton, SD in 1950. Her first teaching position brought her to Bennett County High School in Martin, SD, where she met and married her future husband, Albert H. Pfeifle on April 8, 1951 at St. Katharine’s Episcopal Church. To this union was born four children: Katherine, who was born in Trieste, Italy while Shirley lived there with Al during his Army service in the Korean War, Karen, Albert James (Jim), and JoEllen. They lived on their farm in southwestern South Dakota until moving to Sisseton, SD in 1965. Shirley resumed teaching business/office skills courses in 1966-1973 at Sisseton High School. Al’s career in federal service led them to Aberdeen, SD in 1973, to Crystal, MN in 1974, and to Salt Lake City, UT in 1979. When Al retired in 1985 they returned to the Midwest to be near family, first to Elk River, MN, then to St. Cloud, MN in 2006. Shirley made the most of their moves by making new friends, volunteering at church, joining poetry and newcomers groups, reading voraciously about current events, learning calligraphy, helping Al with family genealogy research, and keeping in touch with family and old friends. Al and Shirley’s return to Europe in 1987 was a highlight. Shirley was a quiet person, gentle, loving and kind, with never a complaint. Despite her shyness, she had a boldness of spirit. Shirley passed from this life on October 4, 2017 at Quiet Oaks Hospice House with her family at her side.
She leaves the following family to mourn her passing: husband of 66 years, Al, Waite Park, MN; daughter, Kathy, St. Cloud, MN; daughter, Karen, St. Paul, MN; son, Jim (Jackie), Lincoln, NE; and JoEllen (Belvin) Doebbert, Glenwood, MN. Surviving grandchildren include: Shawn (Cody) Hanson, Sisseton, SD; Connor Doebbert, Minneapolis, MN and Gavin Doebbert, Glenwood, MN. Surviving great-grandchildren include Reece, Parker, Kennedy Grace, and Scarlett Jo Hanson of Sisseton, SD.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Fae Carr; and sister, LaVaughn Thornberry.
Arrangements are being handled by the Cremation Society of MN. A memorial service will be held at a later date yet this fall. Donations may be made to Quiet Oaks Hospice House at PO Box 1241, St. Cloud, MN 56302.

teresa battTeresa Batt
Teresa M. (Tchida) Batt passed away at age 60 in her Spearfish, SD home on Wednesday, October 12, 2017 after an inspiring battle with Breast Cancer.
Visitation was from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Monday, October 16, 2017 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Spearfish with vigil services starting at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial took place at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Teresa was born on November 22, 1956 in Sisseton, SD to Lois and Norman Tchida.
She attended grade school and high school in Sisseton where she excelled as a student and participated in numerous school and community activities. She enjoyed spending time with her parents, sisters, and extended family. She loved attending family gatherings and outdoor activities especially camping and fishing.
Teresa was born to be a Registered Nurse and prepared for her career by earning degrees from Presentation College and South Dakota State University in Aberdeen and Brookings, SD. She worked at nursing homes in Pullman, WA; Moscow, ID; and Belle Fourche, SD. She most recently worked at the Spearfish Hospital for 36 years where she eventually performed almost every nursing job in the facility touching countless lives in a very positive way.
Teresa married John Batt at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Sisseton on June 11, 1977. They enjoyed a long and wonderful life which they happily shared with their sons, Ryan, Tyler, and Alex and their grandchildren, Tate and Taylor.
As an adult Teresa enjoyed golf, fishing, camping, hiking, snow-shoeing, cross country skiing, kayaking, garage sales, ice skating, and any activity she could share with her family and friends.
Teresa is survived by her husband John; her sons: Ryan of Idaho Falls, ID; Tyler (Christina) of Casper, WY and Alex of Spearfish, SD; her grandchildren: Taylor of Casper, WY and Tate of Spearfish, SD; her parents, Lois and Norman Tchida of Sisseton, SD and her sisters, Janet Fryer (Harold) of Peever, SD and Tammy Gunderson (Jeff) of Seattle, WA.
Teresa was preceded in death by her grandparents, Jack and Mildred George and Steve and Viola Tchida, all of Sisseton, SD and by her infant brother, John Paul Tchida, who she is likely holding in her arms at this moment.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in Teresa’s memory to the Northern Hills Relay for Life.
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