South Dakota American Legion Auxiliary


With Thoughts and Prayer

From Department Chaplain

Shelley Dragoo 


Please keep the family of past Department President Betty Nesby in your thoughts and prayers. Betty's brother Roy Crisman Jr has passed away. I will keep you all posted as more information becomes available.

Betty's address is 1010 S Roosevelt St Apt #2 Aberdeen, SD 57401


Please keep Roberta Olsen in your thoughts and prayers. Her sister Millie passed away from complications of heart surgery. Cards of sympathy may be sent to her at:

                                              PO Box 647     Mt. Vernon, SD 57363-0167


Vickie Koutz, 2016 2017 National Chairman for Constitution and Bylaws, Mother Germaine Fortune Has Passed

 Vickie’s mother Germaine Fortune 88, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Saturday, September 10, 2016 in Boonville, Indiana.  She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Boonville Unit 200 in Indiana. Calling will be from 2 to 8pm Tuesday and from 8:30am until service time at 10:30am Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at Koehler Funeral Home Boonville Chapel. Condolences and special remembrances may be made online at



Department of Alaska Secretary Linda Schmitt’s mother passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Saturday, September 10th after being ill for a while.  She will be cremated then a graveside service will be held sometime in the future in Lewiston, Idaho. Cards and letters of condolence can be mailed to Linda at PO Box 670694, Chugiak, AK 99567. 



Please keep Micheline Nelson, Legionette Editor, and her family in your prayers. Micheline's mom in Belgium is not doing very well. 


Please keep PDP Lila Speckels and her family in your thoughts and prayers. Lila's mother passed away on 10/11/16

Family/ friends visitation/ wake is Sunday October 16 at Miller Funeral Home- 507 S Main Sioux Falls, SD.

Funeral Services are Monday October 17, 2016- 10 AM- First Lutheran Church- 327 S. Dakota Ave Sioux Falls SD. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery Sioux Falls SD.

Lila's address is:  34464 249th St. Chamberlain SD 57325-6326 


The email below was received from Carol Baumberger, daugter-in-law of the late Annabelle Baumberger - Chester Unit 136. 

Extending thoughts and prayers to the Baumberger family

We have just returned from South Dakota to bury my husband's dear sweet mother, Annabelle Baumberger. She was an active volunteer and leader of the Chester Post 136 over fifty years.  

If you have already received notice of her passing on Oct. 6th, 2016 from others in that Post my apology, If not, we would be thankful to see a tribute posted for her to honor her long term work and dedication to your cause.

We also need an address for our friends to send donations to the Chester Post 136 and did not find one while we were there for the funeral.

Kind Regards,

Carol and Vern Baumberger

Austin, Tx



 Notified today, that Janet Hurlburt's husband Roger was airlifted to Sioux Falls last night and is in Sanford Hospital --let's keep our PDP and her family in our prayers.


Also, the Nebraska State Leadership Chair, Patricia Wiseman's husband was killed suddenly in a farming accident in Homer, NE.  Please keep their family in our thoughts and prayers

(PO Box 58, Homer, NE 68030)


Please keep PDP Luella Lehr in your thoughts and prayers.

Luella is currently in the hospital.



Please keep the family of Molly Stensaas in your thoughts and prayers. Marlynn "Molly" Stensaas, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 5th. Molly was a member of  the Humboldt Auxiliary Unit 62. 

Friday, Nov. 11, 2016
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Miller Westside Funeral Chapel
6200 West 41st Street
Sioux Falls, SD

Funeral service
Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016
1:00 PM
West Wall Lake Zion Lutheran Church
26313 462nd Avenue
Hartford, SD


Good afternoon,  I was talking to Mary Ellen Reints from Willow Lake and her mother is Margaret Demery.  She told me that her mother had a stroke in October and is now in the nursing home in Aberdeen.  She is in Avera Mother Joseph Manor, 1002 N. Jay Street, Aberdeen, SD  57401.  Her room number is C12     



Please keep Sharon Teunissen, SD Juniors Chairman, and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

She has shared the sad news below:

"Please remember my brother’s family in your prayers as he passed away early Sunday morning
He had been in nursing home in Mitchell He was a lifetime member of Mitchell American Legion and also VFW. He was in nursing home with Demitia and diabetis Thank you"


Please keep PDC Ron Tolrud in your thoughts and prayers, as he is currently battling Lymphoma in a gland on the side of his face. He will be receiving chemotherapy once every three weeks to begin with. His wife Deanna states that they have a positive outlook on everything .....but requests that everyone say a prayer for Ron. 



Please keep Michelin Nelson, the Legionette editor, and her family in your thoughts and prayers. Her mother has passed. 

Micheline has provided the information below regarding funeral dates/location and contact address. 

I had calls and emails asking details about my mother’s funeral and where to send a card.

Visitation on Friday, December 2 and funeral on Saturday, December 3 in Belgium.

Cards can be mailed to:

Micheline Nelson

19650 Mossing Lane

Spearfish, SD 57783

A memorial is establish to support the Education and Children & Youth Programs of the ALA Spearfish Unit 164



Please  keep Jose Romeu, SD American Legion Assistant Adjutant, and his wife Shelli in our prayers. Shelli had a stroke and is still hospitalized in Sioux Falls at the USD Sanford Center. Say a prayer for Shelli in her continued rehabilitation process.


Please keep Golda Galyen and her family in your thoughts and prayers. Golda's son passed away today at the age of 42.

(no more info available at this time- will update as it arrives)


Jay Youngbluth from Wagner South Dakota posted the following information 

regarding the passing of PDC James "Terry" Anderson (1995-1996)

I assume the State Legion Headquarters are closed for the Holidays and I wanted to get this out to the Legion Family so I am posting here to help get the word out.
James "Terry" Anderson
(February 5, 1926 - December 23, 2016)

James “Terry” Anderson, 90, of Wagner
Funeral Mass will be 11 AM, Monday, December 26, 2016 at St. John Catholic Church in Wagner. Burial will be in St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery, rural Platte, with Military Honors. Visitation will be from 9 AM till 11 AM on Monday at the church. Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Home in Wagner is in charge of arrangements.

Sending prayers and condolences to the Anderson family


Please keep Joanann Goeringer, Ft. Meade Gift Shop Chairman, her husband Rick, and thier

family in your thoughts and prayers. Rick has suffered a small stroke and is currently

in the VA at Ft. Meade.

Praying for a quick recovery.

Update: Rick is home and recovering from his stroke. Thank you for prayers and

expressions of support. 


Miriam Hauge Past Department President passed away 1-2-2017.  Her funeral will be held Saturday January 1-14-2017 at 11:00 Am at American Lutheran Church 155 4th SE,  Huron SD. Burial will be at Restlawn Memory Gardens Cemetery and visitation will be from 1-3 PM on Friday January 13,2017 or visitation one hour prior to the funeral service at the church.

Extending thoughts and prayers to Miriam's family and friends.


Sheron Reagan, Unit 315 - Box Elder, SD posted the following information

on the South Dakota American Legion Auxiliary Facebook page

"Emma Stern passed away Jan 5.

She will be at Kirk Funeral Home Friday Jan 13. Visitation at 12:00. Service at 1:00.

She is a Charter Member from Post 315 and Auxiliary."

Please keep Emma's family and friends in your thoughts and prayers

Please keep Dept. Chaplain Shelley Dragoo and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

Shelley's daughter-in-law has informed the Auxiliary family that Shelley's mother, Joan Forster Brakemen,

has experienced a stroke and has been taken to a hospital in Denver, CO. 

Prayers for a quick recovery for Joan and safe travels for Shelley and family.

Please keep the family of Jean Monnot in your thoughts and prayers. 

Jean passed away on Feb. 1st, 2017. She was a long time Auxiliary member of 

the Box Elder Unit 315. 

Visitation begins at 5 p.m., with 6 p.m. Christian wake services Monday, Feb. 6, at Osheim & Schmidt Funeral Home.

Christian Funeral Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at Blessed Sacrament Church, with the Rev. Brian Lane presiding. A luncheon will follow mass. Interment will be at 1 p.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis. There will be a potluck at 4 p.m. at Post 315 in Box Elder to celebrate Jean’s life.

Please keep Sheron Reagan, Unit 315, Box Elder, SD, and her family in your 

thoughts and prayers. Sheron's husband, Bill Reagan, passed away on Feb. 11th.

Blessed be his memory 

Becky Hawkins posted the following information........

 for those of you that know the Haskell's from Conde - Joyce's husband Darrell was a PDC...

Services for Joyce Haskell, 88, of Conde will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, February 20th at the United Methodist Church, Conde. Rev. Eldon Reich will officiate. Burial will follow in Conde Cemetery under the direction of Paetznick-Garness Funeral Chapel, Groton.

Visitation will be held from 9-11 a.m. on Monday at the church.

Joyce passed away February 17, 2017 at Golden Living Center in Watertown surrounded by her family.

Please keep Ken Teunissen, Sioux Falls Post 15, in your thoughts and prayers. He is home recovering after having a stent put in this week. 

Please keep Rick Goeringer in your thoughts and prayers.  He is Joanann Goeringer's (Ft Meade Gift Shop Chairman) husband.  He had another TIA and is in Ft Meade.  He may be going home soon, but still needs prayers.