Video Testimonials

We deeply appreciate all the thoughtful and kind expression of sympathy, cards, calls visits, memorials, food, and flowers on the passing of our husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Leon Maggied.

We want to thank Drs. Pietila, Nielson, Irwin, and Demuth, along with Katie Huff of Avera Palliative Medicine and the staff of Avera Sacred Heart Hospital for their care.  Thank you, too, to Kevin Opsahl and his staff, lay-leader Miltilda Oppenheimer, Ted Powell, and Ken Jones, who all made Leon’s service so meaningful for us.

The Family of Leon Maggied

Thank you to everyone who sent cards, memorials, food and expressed their sympathy in remembrance of our special Jonee.  A special thanks to Rev. Bill  VanGerpen and Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home for all their assistance during this time.

The family of Jonee Dvorak
Vern & Mae Dvorak
Joe & Denice Dvorak
Jeff & Jill Dvorak

The family of Glen Mechtenberg wish to express their deep appreciation to everyone in the Yankton community for providing kindness and comfort in our time of bereavement. Your gifts of food and supplies, personal visits, memorial donations, and messages of sympathy have lifted us up during this very difficult time.   While there are far too many people to thank by name, we would like to publically recognize and thank the Yankton County Emergency Medical Services team for their immediate response and the Sacred Heart Hospital emergency room staff for their expertise and care. We thank Fr. Scott Traynor, St. Benedict Parish, and Fr. Larry Regynski, Sacred Heart Parish, for their pastoral accompaniment; and the Benedictine Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery for their visits and continued prayers. We especially extend our gratitude to Fr. De’Cruz Nicholas of Sacred Heart Parish for the tender care and compassion he shared with our family in both private and public, and for celebrating the memorial mass that was a beautiful tribute to Glen’s life. Thanks also to the Sacred Heart Parish choir and pianist for your uplifting music; to the Sacred Heart Parish funeral lunch committee for your generous hospitality; and to the Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home staff for helping us navigate the process for dealing with the very sudden loss of our husband/father.

The family of Harold Schenkel would like to thank all acts of sympathy in the loss of our husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.  Special thanks for all the mass memorials, cards, phone calls and anyway you extended your sympathy.  Deepest thanks to Father Anthony Urban, Monsignor Carlton Hermann, the clergy staff at Sacred Heart, the pallbearers and the staff at Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home.  Sincere thanks to Home Dialysis in Sioux Falls, Dialysis at Sacred Heart and Dr. Byron Nielsen and staff for all of the care that was given to Harold the past several years.  Our gratitude is extended to all who brought food, helped at the dinner or attended the services in such inclement weather.

God Bless you all,

Mary Schenkel, Jason & Lori Schenkel & Family and Pat and Melanie Maher and family

The family of Don Pavel would like to express our sincerest thanks for the many expressions of sympathy in the loss of our Father and Grandfather. Special thanks to all of those who gave mass, memorials, flowers, cards. Thank you to Father Anthony Urban, Altar Society, pallbearers, the doctors & nurses
of Avera Sacred Heart Hospice Care and Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home.

Special thanks to those who brought food, helped in anyway, attended the funeral and paid their last respects.

God Bless you All
Ron & Pat Pavel & Family
Philip & Charlene Bennett & Family

The family of Joey Bruna would like to thank everyone for the cards, flowers, food and memorials given in Joey’s behalf.  A special thank you to Judy Rueb, Joyce Svanda and Anita Kloucek for all of their care and concern in getting Joey help he needed.  Thank you to the nurses and doctors and St. Michael’s Hospital ER, Avera McKennan Hospital, Matt Cranny ad the Avera Hospice staff and all the staff at the Menno-Olivet Care Center for the excellent care he was given there.  Thank you to Kevin Opsahl and staff at Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home for all of their help.  Thanks also to Ruth Sternhagen, Ann Beran and Sherry Provandra for all of their help preparing and serving the lunch.

Edward and Helen Munkvold & Family

The family of LeRoy Kuestermeyer would like to thank everyone for their kind expressions of sympathy at the loss of our beloved husband, father and grandfather.

Special thanks to the staff at Sister James Care Center, the home care givers from Avera and Heart Print, Rev. Paige Besse-Rankin, Ted and Jennifer Powell, UCC Funeral Committee and Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home. 

Thanks to all who offered prayers, gave donations, cards and flowers for the sudden death of Rita Zavadil.  Thanks to Fr. Hoesing, Fr. Keiter, Fr. Ortmeier, Deacon Rod Wiebelhaus, Christian Mothers and All Saint Choir for your participation in the funeral Mass for mom.  Thank you to St. Boniface Ladies Guild for providing and serving the lunch.  Thank you to the Yankton County EMT and the Emergency Staff at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital.  Thank you to Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home for their care and support to our families.

Rita Zavadil Family

The family of Angela McCloud extend our deepest gratitude to all of our family and friends for their compassionate sympathy on Angie’s passing.  Beautiful flowers, tight hugs, memorials, prayers and calls supported us through a trying time. Thank you to ALL of Angie’s caregivers during this challenging time. You are ANGELS.  A special thank you to Pastor Adam Ansel for a meaningful memorial service. We
greatly appreciate the professional guidance of the Opsahl-Kostel staff.

Thank You
God Bless you,
Dakota McCloud
Darrell and Shirley McCloud

Thank You
Our deepest gratitude goes out to everyone for Mass offerings, prayers, visits, cards, food, flowers, thoughful gestures and attendance at the wake and funeral of Irene Wubben; beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
We want to thank the staff and caregivers of both Majestic Bluffs Assisted Living and the Sister James Nursing Home for all the love and care to Irene over the past years. Thank you to all those who helped in any way with the funeral service, especially Father D’Cruz Nicholas of Sacred Heart Parish at both the wake and the funeral. The excellent meal donated, prepared and served by the men and ladies of Sacred Heart Parish is greatly appreciated.
We’d like to thank the Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home for all the help and compassion while
planning the funeral.

God’s Blessings
The family of Irene Wubben spouse Lawrence Wubben and children Geraldine, Robert, Dennis, Deanna, Joan and Joseph

The family of Mervin Guthmiller extends its deepest gratitude for the many prayers, phone calls, visits, food, gifts, flowers, cards, and memorials at the time of Mervin's passing.  Thank you to the Menno-Olivet Care Center for the care they have given Mervin over the past three years.  A special, thanks to Pastor Matthew Resner of Immanuel Lutheran Church for his many visits, spiritual support, and for officiating the service.  We appreciate all those who helped to serve the funeral lunch as well. Finally, thank you to the Aisenbrey-Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home for their excellent service. Memorials are being given as designated and to the Menno Pioneer Power Show, Menno-Olivet Care Center, the Menno American Legion, and to the Main Street Living.

Blessings to all of you.

Betty Guthmiller
Bob, Ana & Heather Guthmiller
Mary & Bruce Handel & Family
Ann & Jerry Clough
Mark, Pam & Megan Guthmiller

Thank you so much for helping us make Mom's services just what she would have wanted.  From the arrangements to the video, it was all perfect.  Thanks for make such a difficult time a little bit easier.


Cindy Lange & Family

The family of Gaynell R. Rouillard thank you so much, Kevin and staff for helping us at our sad time of need.  You made our mother look so nice and natural! 

God bless you all,

Larry & Les

This is a note to express our sincere appreciation for your assistance in preparing arrangements for the funeral of our beloved mother, Helen.  We want to thank you for your kindness, care and concern during this most difficult time to make our mother's service beautiful, dignified and personal.  It takes special people to do what you do and we would like to express our gratitude for the outstanding job you did.

May God bless you,


The Helen Zavadil Family

Our thanks to our family and friends for the kind words, thoughts, prayers, hugs, visits, telephone calls, mails, cards, flowers, plants, gift baskets, and food provided for the luncheon. Thank you for the services

provided by Grace Lutheran Church, Pastor Theresa Jacobson, Pastor Tom Jacobson, Arlene Klaudt, Kristi Diede, Ladies Aid, pallbearers, Flowers and More, Country Girl Floral, Dairy Bar, Total Stop, Aisenbrey-Opsahl- Kostel Funeral Home, Roger Simonsen, Menno Olivet Care Center, Freeman Hospital, and Menno Ambulance.

Thank you for the memorials given in honor of Sally to Grace Lutheran Church, Menno Olivet Care Center, Union Gospel Mission, St. Dysmas of SD, and The Gideons International.

Thinking of you in heaven makes you seem so far away, yet all the ove you left behind is in our hearts to stay. - Author Unknown

The family of Sally Fischer

The family of Josephine Peterka would like to for the memorials, cards, food, phone calls, hugs and kind expressions of sympathy given to us at the passing of our Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother. We would like to thank the staff at the Sr. James Care Center for all they did for Mom during the last 7 years, Sr. Jane Conrad for being with us, soloist Mike McDonald and Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home for their guidance.

Your thoughtfulness is truly appreciated.

Illraye & Duane McDonald and Family

Curt & Iris Peterka and Family

Phyllis & Richard Yeager and family

The family of Martha June Sundleaf wishes a heartfelt and sincere thank you for the many flowers, sympathy cards, food, and memorial gifts given in memory of Martha June.

Special thanks are given to Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home for handling the final arrangements, to Reverend Dave Wildermuth for visiting at the hospital during her final evening and for Reverend Kwen Sanderson for staying with Martha June's husband and family at the bedside until her passing on.

Martha June's family thanks Trinity Lutheran Church and Reverend Wildermuth for her service, Reverend Sanderson for the prior evening visitation service. The music by Trinity's Praise Team Group and the Trinity Funeral Committee for the social after the service and memory gathering.

Thank you to all who attended the services or sent condolences to say good-bye to this wonderful and strong lady of faith. The loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend to many, Martha June was truly our family matriarch.

Martha June said she asked God for family to love and was blessed to receive this grace.

Again, thank you so very much, for as Martha June felt blessed, so we were blessed to have had her and loved her.

The Famil of Martha June Sundleaf

The family of Todd Herrboldt is grateful for all the kindness shown to us during his disappearance and his death.  Your support through visits,
cards, memorials, prayers and food will always be cherished.  Thank you to Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home and Pastor Michael Hecht for the comforting words. Special thanks to Dan Warren and Kelly Johnson for their concern when we realized Todd was missing and for their inspiring eulogies at his service. Our hearts are broken but we are comforted by your acts and words of thoughtfulness shown to our family. 

Lonnie and Connie Herrboldt
Tammy and Jeff DeJong
John and MaryBeth Herrboldt and family
Jessica and Joe Hoffman and family
Travis and Jessica DeJong

The family of Cleopha Schurman would like to extend our deepest gratitude to our family and friends for all you did for us at this difficult time.

We would like to thank the doctors at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital and the UNMC in Omaha for the care they gave Mom. To Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home for the comfort and support to help us through this difficult time.

To Father Mike Schmitz for the visits, prayers and support he showed Mom and her family the last weeks of her life. 

To Father Keiter, Deacon Rod Wiebelhaus, Deacon Marcus Potts, the mass servers and the choir for the beautiful mass. To her sons for being pallbearers and the grandchildren and great-grandchildren for being honorary pallbearers. To the ladies who brought food, served the wonderful lunch and the clean up crew, thank you.

For all the food, cards, flowers, plants, memorials, phone calls, thoughts, prayers and kind words about Mom that were extended to us during and after her illness, especially after her death. It will never be forgotten.

Thank you and God Bless.
The Family of
Cleopha Schurman

Thank you.

Our hearts are full of gratitude when we say many thanks to family members, friends and neighbors for all acts of kindness and sympathy: food, flowers, cards, visits and kind words spoken to our family regarding the recent passing of a wonderful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great, great grandmother, Martha List. We want to express special appreciation to Father Larry for the beautiful service and fitting tribute. All the staff of Autumn Winds, Avera Hospice and Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home for their care and kindness.

Eugene, Joyce List and family
Gloria Pibal and family
Dale, Eileen List family

The family of Louise Kuchta would like to thank our family, friends and co-workers for the outpouring of support and compassion that was shown to us on the passing of our Mother.  We appreciate all of the phone calls, visits, food, flowers and memorials that were sent. Thank
you to the staff of “Country” at Majestic Bluffs for the wonderful care that she was given in her final days. To Fr. Larry Regynski, Msgr. Carlton Hermann, Fr. Steven Jones, Tami Keller, and the Staff at Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home, the organist, choir, altar server, pallbearers, gift carriers and Sacred Heart Funeral Committee, we thank you for all you did to make her funeral service so beautiful. She
left us a legacy of memories in her 98 years on this earth. Your immense generosity and kindness will be remembered.

Chris O’Brien, Tom & Patti Kuchta, Lou & Ron Nenaber,
Jim & Pat Kuchta, Edna & Steve Shirk, Ted & Peggie
O’Neill Kuchta, Angie & Harold Schramm, Joe Kuchta
and Jolene & Jeff Pravecek and families.

The family of Roy Munkvold wants to thank everyone that brought food, flowers, cards and memorials for Roy’s funeral. Thank you to Rev. Shifley for his inspiring service and also for his many visits to the nursing home. Thank you to Patty Holzwarth for the music, the pallbearers and the honorary pallbearers. Thank you to the ladies of Our Redeemer Church for preparing and serving the lunch. Thank you to the Rames-Bender American Legion and the SDARNG Honor Guard for their Military Service. Thank you to the Scotland Good Samaritan Home for all their great care while he was at the home. Also thank you to Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Landmann Jungman Memorial Hospital and Dr. Grow for their care. Thank you to Ospahl-Kostel Funeral Home for their fine services. Your thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated.

God Bless Everyone. The Roy Munkvold Family

The family of Edna Schoppert would like to extend our sincere thanks to those who reached out to us with your condolences and sympathies at her passing on May 12, 2017.  A special thank you to Dawn Henseler, RN at Walnut Village in Yankton and to Theresa Jacobson, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Menno, for coming by to visit during her stay at Avera Sister James. Our thanks to Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home for the arrangements.  Most of all, our deepest and sincerest thank you to Lillian Georgeson for her time, help and devotion to visit Edna, get her to appointments, run errands, and being a great family friend for many years.

Mel Flattum and family
Rich & Debbie Flattum & family

The Family of Dan Wallbaum would like to extend our sincere appreciation for the kindness and support that we received after the loss of our husband, father and grandfather. We are especially grateful for family members, friends and neighbors for their prayers, phone calls, cards, visits, food, flowers, memorials and kind expressions of sympathy shown to us following his passing.  We would especially like to thank the staffs of Avera at Home and Hospice House for their care, compassion and friendship shown to Dan and our entire family during his illness. Also, a special appreciation to Father Ken Lulf, the choir and Andy Henrickson for the beautiful service/music at St. Benedicts Church as well as Jolene Kralicek and committee for the wonderful reception following the service. Thank you to Ospahl-Kostel Funeral Home and Crematory for their professional arrangements and to the many Yankton Sertomans for honoring his memory through their attendance.  Dan was always very proud of the Yankton community and would have appreciated the care and respect extended to his family.

Thank you
The Wallbaum Family

The family of Leonard J. Cimpl would like to thank everyone for the love and support shown to us after the loss of our father and grandfather.
The family appreciated and will always remember the personal visits, calls, cards, food, flowers, plants, memorials, prayers, and caring words provided during this difficult time.  We would especially like to thank our friends and neighbors in Tabor and the staff at Avera Sister James Nursing Home for looking out for Leonard. The care and compassion shown to Leonard and our entire family was wonderful.  Also thanks to all who assisted with Leonard’s services including Fr. Steven Jones and the parishioners of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church; Florence Sutera and the St. Wenceslaus Choir; the Altar Society Circle who served the funeral; Mike and Anita Kloucek who prepared a delicious meal; Kathy Kortan,
Deb Caba, Ruth and Alvin Sternhagen who assisted with the social on Thursday evening; and the staff of Opsahl Kostel Funeral Home and Crematory who assisted with funeral preparations.  Leonard lived a full, long life and will be missed.

Fr. Chuck Cimpl • Joe Cimpl Family
Sue & Mike Stoll Family

Thank you

We wish to say thank you to all our friends and neighbors for the flowers, cards and memorials in memory of our Mother. A big thank you to the staff on the Dakota Unit at Avera Majestic Bluffs for all their care and the love shown to Mom. A special thank you to the staff at the Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home.  Finally we would like to express our appreciation to Father Larry Regynski and Monsignor Carlton Hermann for the mass.

Thank you

The family of Dorothy List

Dear Tami, Alex, Somer, Keven & Ted

Thank you all for your amazing work to help us with so much following the death of our father.  I said over and over again how impressed I was with all of your work.  The small details made it so personal.  We always felt as if we were the only family for whom you were caring for, although we know you were extremely busy.

Forever grateful,

Mary & Mike Ferwerda

The family of Leo Dangel wishes to thank friends and family for the kind words, support and memorials given after the loss of our brother. Thank you to Sister James Nursing Home for their loving care, Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home for their help with arrangements, Fr. Ken Luft and St. Benedict Church for the beautiful service, Jan Wiersma for the eulogy, and the funeral committee for serving the lunch.

The family of
Leo Dangel
Thank You

Thank You
~ From the Family of Dr. Brooks Ranney ~

“The day you were born, you cried, and the world rejoiced. The day you died, the world cried, and you rejoiced.”
Author unknown
The word ‘thank you’ seems inadequate to express our gratitude…

•     To the staff at Autumn Winds and Hospice for the loving care Brooks received these past two years.
•     To Rev. Molly Carlson, Ted Powell-organist, Jennifer Powell and the UCC Choir, Terry Winter, Steve
       Thum-eulogist, and Emma Kratz for her WWII medley, Doctors who served as pallbearers, the brass quartet and cellist, who together made          for a beautiful memorial service for an extraordinary man.
•     Special thanks to Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home & Crematory for their professional and gracious service.
•     To all who sent flowers, memorials and other acts of kindness, whether you attended the service or just remembered us in your silence.
•     To the VFW Post Honor Guard and SDARNG Honor Guard who provided the Military rites and Dean Rettedal, trumpet.
•     To the Women’s Fellowship who served the reception.
•     And a special thanks to my family, Marvin & Agnes Thum, Marilyn & Bud Kratz, Donna Mouser, and my nieces and nephews…who have        been such a tremendous support to me during this time.

Brooks radiated a life force that was strong and all encompassing; a life force that will live on in all of us who knew him. He sailed through life with ears and eyes wide open, paying no attention to age. He loved traveling and showing others the world. He always said he practiced medicine in the best of times. Perhaps this quote sums it up best:

“Live life so completely that when Death comes to you like a thief in the night, there will be nothing left to steal.”

Author unknown

The family of David Fitch would like to thank their friends and family for all the kind words, support, food, and memorials given after the loss of our loved one. We would also like to thank Ospahl-Kostel Funeral Home for their help with the funeral arrangements and Boller Printing for the printing of the memorial flyers. A special thanks to Pastor Dave Wildermuth and Trinity Lutheran Church for the beautiful service and meal following. David is greatly missed, he will live in our hearts forever.

The Fitch Family

The family of Mary Barger-Huber wish to express their deep appreciation to all who have offered their support through flowers, memorials, cards and visits following the sad loss of our wonderful Mary.
We want to express our appreciation and thanks to Rev. Steven Jones for the services at St. Agnes (Sigel) Catholic Church, special music, pallbearers, Sigel Alter Society for preparing the meals, and Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home for the arrangements.  A special thank you to Mary’s classmates and friends for the coffee and treats after the committal in Bloomfield.  She will be remembered for her positive attitude in life, beautiful smile and a willingness to help. Her passions were baking, a colorful garden, and canning. We miss her dearly.

Art Huber • Todd & Colleen Barger & family •
Troy & Sheila Barger & family • Duane Huber & family • Gene & Connie Huber & family

Our family would like to extend a deep appreciation to the friends and family who offered support, kindness, memorials and sympathy following the recent loss of our mom, grandma, and great-grandma, Irene Herman. A deep appreciation goes out to the staff of the Tyndall Good Samaritan Center for the care and support given to Irene during her stay. A special thanks to Lorney Van Gerpen for the beautiful tribute of Irene’s life, the Presbyterian Ladies for serving lunch and the United Methodist Church of Tyndall for the use of the gathering place following her
funeral. Finally a sincere thank you to Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home for the respect and dignity shown to the family at this most difficult time. It comforts us knowing how many lives she truly touched.

Ken and Gail Herman and family
Sandi Kreber and family
Lori and Jim Karolevitz

The Flattum families and Lillian Georgeson would like to express our sincere thanks for the outpouring of sympathy and condolences after the passing of Bill Flattum on October 4th. You will never know the impact someone has on other people until it is expressed as it was this past week.  A special thank you to Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home, soloist: Ashley Austin, organist: Arlene Klaudt, all friends and family who were able to attend and Reverand Theresa Jacobson for officiating. We thank you for your support and sharing your feelings,
which, for us, helps the healing process.

Edna Schoppert, Lillian Georgeson, Mel Flattum,
Rich & Debbie Flattum
Thank you

The family of Kathleen Slowey Ekeren would like to sincerely thank all the friends and family who offered memorials, food, flowers, cards and words of sympathy. A special thank you to the doctors and nursing staff at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital and to the wonderful staff at Sister James Nursing Home for the great care Kay received during her stay. We want to express appreciation to Rev. Jeff Otterman for his many words of comfort and to Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home for their professional arrangements and caring service.

The family of Edwin Stibral would like to thank everyone for the food, cards, memorials, flowers, prayers and words of comfort during the time following his death on August 2nd. We also wish to thank the staff at Walnut Village and Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home for their services, as well as Pastor Veldhuizen and the funeral lunch committee of Riverview Reformed for providing a beautiful celebration of our dad’s life. Thank you also for the support of SD Army National Guard Honor Guard, Tabor American Legion and Yankton’s VFW in honoring dad’s service to our country.

The family of Edwin Stibral

Heartfelt “thank you” to the Yankton community and surrounding areas - for your kindness, thoughtfulness, cards, memorials, prayers, and hugs in the loss of my husband, Daryl Stephenson.  We include Fr. Larry @ Sacred Heart Parish for a beautiful service, Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home, Yankton Medical Clinic, especially Dr. Villanouva, Dr. Tyler Hansen, and Dr. Fornier for the care and comfort they provided. We also thank his former patients in their kind remembrances, his staff at Norfolk Regional Center as well as former staff members at Sacred Heart Hospital and Lewis & Clark Behavioral Health - the responses have been overwhelming and helpful. We must include my own personal friends and customers at Linda’s Angel Crossing who keep on giving! Memorials will be directed to Yankton Public School and Sacred Heart School as requested by Daryl. Thank you.

Thank You
Linda Stephenson and families of
Rustin, Maureen, Anne, Robert, Colleen,
Dan, Joe and Dave.

The family of Betty Huber would like to thank all of the staff at Sister James who cared for our mother during her stay.
Thanks to everyone for your visits, phone calls, memorials and sympathy cards.
Our thanks to Tami Keller for all her help; Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home for their assistance with the prayer service and funeral.
Also thanks to Pastor Dani Jo for a wonderful service; the orgainst, Jan Mettes and Shari Strong for the special music and the funeral committee of Christ the King for serving lunch.

Thank you again.
The Family of Betty Huber

Thank you from the family of Dale John Kulhavy
We would like to thank everyone for the cards, food, flowers and kind words of sympathy during this most difficult time. A special thanks to Jeff Steppat, JoDeans Steakhouse & Lounge, and Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home.

Barbara Kulhavy
Kevin, Renae, and Ciara Kulhavy
Kenny and Jeremy Kulhavy
Kelly Kulhavy

The family of Josephine Barger extends sincere appreciation for the many acts of kindess shown our family on the loss of our dear mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Thanks to everyone who sent flowers, plants, cards, memorials and for the food, visits to our homes, telephone calls and prayers on our behalf. Thank you, Pastor Sanderson, for the prayers and music at the prayer service and to Pastor Wildermuth for the beauti-ful funeral service. Thank you to the organist, pallbearers and to the ladies of Trinity Lutheran Church who served the lunch. Thank you to Tami Keller, Kevin Opsahl and Opsahl-Kostel Fu-neral Home staff for their guidance and support. Special thanks to the nurses and staff of ASJNH, Cabin, for the kind and loving care of our dear “Grandma Shorty”. Your kindness and thought-fulness will never be forgotten.
James & Gloria Barger & Family
Chuck & Janice Dahlman & Family

Thank You
Our deepest thanks to all who touched our family with caring thoughts, kindness and prayers.

Special thanks to Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home for their support during this difficult time.  Thank you to Pastor Kwen & Dave Martin for the inspirational
service, to Mike McDonald & Brooke Martin for the beautiful music. Also, to my daughters & sisters who helped me get through this. And a special thanks to James’ 10 wonderful children who were so good to me during this time. Family & friends, your words of comfort, visitation, cards & memorials were greatly appreciated.

Sharon Adam & Family

The family of Lance D. Sundleaf wishes a heartfelt and sincere thank you for the many flowers, sympathy cards, food and memorial gifts given in Lance’s memory.

Special thank you’s are to go to Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home in handling of arrangements, Rev. Dave Wildermuth and Trinity Lutheran Church for the service, the wonderful group of Lance’s Lewis and Clark BASSLanders Fishing Club and the Large Contingency of Scotland, SD and schoolmates and friends of Lance’s children Kyra and Carson who attended the funeral showing their support.

Enough cannot be said of the many family, friends, and acquaintances that were with us during this sad time with their thoughts, prayers and love.

Again, thank you so
very much from all of us.
The Family of Lance D. Sundleaf

Our hearts are full of love and comfort thanks to so many special friends and family. Your cards, calls, food, and memorial donations have overwhelmed us! The family of Alvin Vanecek wishes to thank the staff of the Good Samaritan Center and St. Michael’s Hospital for the wonderful care Dad received. We were always at peace knowing the doctors, nurses, and caregivers were providing the best of care. We also want to thank mom’s and dad’s church family. A special thank you to Father Steven Jones for his time with us learning about Dad. He made the Scripture service and Mass of Christian burial personal and meaningful to all of us. We want to thank Bob and Loretta Kortan for leading the Rosary, Rianna and Brock Kotalik for serving at the Mass, Marlene Kostal, the St. Wenceslaus choir, and Florence Sutera for the beautiful music. The ladies of Circle Two of the Altar and Rosary Society hosted a delicious lunch!

Finally, we thank Kevin Opsahl and his staff from Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home for their sensitive, kind, and caring guidance as we said “goodbye” to dad.

With Sincere Gratitude,
Mary Ann Vanecek
Jeannette & Dennis Hisek & Family
Dianne Vanecek & Family
Ken Vanecek & Eve Kloucek & Family
Jim & Wendy Vanecek & Family

The family of David W. Starr would like to thank all our friends and family for all the cards, calls and offers of sympathy. We thank Father Larry and Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home for the special service they provided.

James and Karen Starr,
Pat and Emily Starr & family,
Ken Starr, Tim & Bev Starr

The family of LeRoy Kirschenman extends our heartfelt thanks to families, friends & neighbors for cards, flowers, food, memorials, comforting words expressed during this difficult time. Thank you also to Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home for all your care, professional assistance, and compassion shown to our family.

The family LeRoy Kirschenman
Brenda & Dean Grussing & Family
Darwin & Carol Kirschenman & Family
Belva & Roger Heckenlaible & Family

The family of John Lane would like to thank all of the people that came forward with their words of support and condolences. To all of the friends, neighbors and relatives that brought food and supplies; thank you.
Thanks to all of John’s past and present coworkers at KDLT and Red River Broadcasting, his classmates and associates for showing us a side of John that has positively affected many people. What a wonderful community we have where there is such an outpouring of support at a moment’s notice! Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home and Sacred Heart Catholic Church combined to give John a wonderful sendoff. The funeral committee did an excellent job, as they always do. To everyone that attended the services in hunting/camo age attire, you don’t know how much John would have appreciated that. John lived life, John loved life and he loved what he did. We loved the time we had with him and will always miss him.
P. S. A word of advice: Hug your family often, while you can.

Tracy Lane & Molly
Larry & Judy Lane
Zachary & Vicki &
Thomas Lane
Donovan & Nancy Pick
Tonya & Quenton Mortensen

During my travel back home there was plenty of time to consider the events we had all experience after our Dad's passing. Our wish to provide our father with a respectful and dignified burial was granted as a result of your compassion and professionalism. We will forever have a void in our lives but our Dad will live on in memories.  I could never thank you enough for making the process as smooth and seamless as it was.

It is with tremendous gratitude we thank you for your services. 



Sons of Howard James Relf

Ronald H. Relf
Randal J. Relf
Paul D. Relf

The family of Margaret Dvoracek would like to extend our thanks to all who sent food, flowers, plants, memorial gifts, masses and cards. A special thank you for the support and comforting words shown to us at this difficult time. Thank you to the staff at Majestic Bluffs, Avera Sister James, Dr. Frank, Dr. Irwin, Dr. Nielson and Staff of Avera Sacred Heart Hospital and Yankton Medical Clinic and pastoral staff for the excellent and compassionate care Margaret received these last 4 years. Also thank you to Fr. Jones for the wake service, funeral mass, pallbearers and the Altar Rosary Society for serving the meal. If anyone was missed, we say a big thank you! Thank you Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home for all you did to make this difficult time easier.

Ruth & Alvin Sternhagen
& Family
Roger & Sandy Dvoracek

Thank You

We would like to thank our family and friends friends for your love and support during our time of sorrow after Jack’s death. Your kind words, the cards and flowers you sent, the memories you shared and all the hugs meant so much to all of us. Special thanks to Pastor Velma Larson for her comfort and for the beautiful service, and to WELCA for serving lunch after the funeral. We also thank Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home for their help with the arrangements. To Dr. Mary Lee Villanueva, we wish to say thank you for your long-time care and support, and we truly appreciate the Avera Sacred Heart Hospital ICU and Medical Floor staff for all they did when Jack was under their care. We are blessed with so many friends and family whose acts of kindness and sympathy continue to comfort us.

With warm regards, The Gunderson Family

The family of Ruth Wuebben would like to say thank you to the many folks that offered their condolences and support upon her passing. Special thanks to the many folks at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital that took care of her over the years. Also to the employees at Majestic Bluffs that treated Mom so well.  Mom truly enjoyed the many visits, well wishes and cards while at Majestic Bluffs. Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home did a great job. A special thank you to Dr. Lori Hanson who was not only a great doctor to Mom over the years, but also a friend. Thank you for making a differences in her life. Also want to recognize Carol Sue Roozen and the crew of ladies that helped out with refreshments after Mom’s funeral. Mom loved you, Carol Sue, truly one of her special go-to friends over the years. Fr. Larry and Fr. Dan gave her a beautiful service. Thank you. Also, a special thank you to Karen Olson. You were there for Mom all the time and were an incredible help and support for Mom and this family. A true sister. The outpouring of support in words, cards, food, and encouragement was incredible.  It meant a lot to our family during this difficult time. Mom would not have wanted all the fuss, but we know it made her soul proud to see all of it. The hard, difficult times only reinforce our belief in what a great community we have. Thank you.

Thank You
Jerry Wuebben, Doug and Milissa, Brooke and
Madison Wuebben, Steve and DelRae Wuebben,
Tyler and Val, Hunter, Kaylee, Riley Wuebben,
Adam and Stephanie, Emma Severson, Greg and
Lynne, Natalie, Anna, Jon Shoberg

In this most difficult time of heartache and sadness we will be forever grateful for the love and support we have received from everyone, as we mourn the loss of our son, grandson, nephew and cousin, Sam Garrity. Though our hearts are heavy with grief, we are truly blessed by the acts of kindness and comfort from family, friends, and everyone else who shared in Sam's life. Our thanks go out to all who sent flowers and cards, brought food and contributed memorials. To Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home, we extend our deepest appreciation and to Sam's classmates from Sacred Heart School and the University of South Dakota School of Law, thank you, for your kind words and deeds. Father Larry and Father Jim, we cannot thank you enough for your spiritual guidance. Mike McDonald, your melodic voice expressed our Irish lament - thank you. Many thanks for the thoughtful and caring emails and texts and sharing memorable stories on Facebook. And finally, thank you to everyone who came to our home, the visitation and the funeral - your hugs, prayers and love have kept us going as we cherish our memories of Sam and remember how loved and special he was.
With sincerity,
Pat & Jan Garrity,
Phyllis Karolevitz, Jill (Karolevitz) & Pete Peterson,
Tom Garrity family, Pat Boehmer family and Ted Garrity family 

The family of Rita Peterka would like to express our heartfelt and sincere gratitude to family, friends, and neighbors for all acts of kindess and sympathy throughout Rita's illness and following her passing. For the flowers, food, cards, donations, visits and kind words spoken; we were so touched. A special thanks to L&M Radiator and coworkers who assisted our family and Rita in so many ways. Your thoughtfulness was above and beyond. Also, thanks to the hospice team, especially Peg and Megan. Thank you also to Opsahl Kostel Funeral Home. Your guidance and support was so comforting. We will be forever grateful. 
God bless you all, 
Don and Melissa Cuka and family; Brad and Carla Kopp and family

There were no strangers to Edna Dendinger. Only friends she hadn't met yet. Mom loved her "Utica Roots" and Yankton home and they loved her back. We want to thank the many who shared their love with us and most especially Mom over the years. Special thank to Michele Linder who helped Mom the last 4 years, the staff and her friends at Majestic Bluffs, the Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home, the Catholic daughters for the rosary, Fr. Tim Lange for the prayer service, Fr. Ken Lulf, Fr. Rod Farke, Fr. Jim Bream, Fr. Don Imming, Fr. Mark Lichter, Msgr. Carlton Hermann and Msgr. Richard Mahowald for concelebrating the funeral mass. Thanks to Alli Zens, Marilyn Kathol and St. Benedicts Choir for the beautiful music. We would also like to thank St. Benedict's Funeral lunch committee for providing food and fellowship. 
To say Mom will be missed is an understatement. She will live on in all of us as we recall the loving, fun memories and the shining lady asking, "Now what was your name?" 
God bless you all for all of your love and support. 
From the family of Edna Dendinger Mary Pat, Jeanne, Bill, Kaye, Margaret, Joan, Susan, Alice and Barb

Khrista wrote this in a letter to us, which not only expresses the love of daughter for her parents but truly transcends the bonds of family to include Yankton and the surrounding communtiies. We realize there are no words of consolation as we face a life without Khrista. We listen for her voice. We long for her music. We miss her smile. We expect her to pop into the room or call the phone and then we are slammed into the reality of her permanent absence. 
We humbly thank you for your generosity to the "In Khrista's Memory" memorial fund. We will embrace her animated and concrete spirit of giving to those who share her passion for music, art and nature by designing opportunities to allow those who have a passion to also have the means. We cannot begin to express how grateful we are for the hundreds of prayers, texts, cards, out pouring of love, hugs and generosity of food, help and quiet servitude of kindness shown to us since we received the tragic news. 
And in her spirit, we encourage everyone to do a "Kindness for Khrista." Do something unexpected and thoughtful for someone else. Rescue a dog. Pick up litter. Walk someone home so they do not have to walk home alone. Wear a flower in your hair. Twirl in the sunshine. Thank God for this awesome world He gave us. Our lives are forever changed but we are lifted up in gratitude and prayer by all of you who laid down your cross to help us carry ours. Hug your children like it is going to be the last time... 
We simply say 'God Bless and Know "your impression (is) on our spirit forever..."' 
Wayne & Lori Ibarolle, Jerod, Ashley & Paisley Ibarolle, Shanna &l Joshua Koenig, Leslie, Jesse & Dominic Mead

The family of Rowena Meredith would like to express our deepest appreciation for the outpouring of sympathy and comfort we received during our loss. Thank you to all those who visited, called, sent prayers, cards, memorials, food, flowers, or helped in any way. A special thank you goes out to the staff at Yankton Care Center for the loving care they gave to Rowena throughout her later years, and thanks to Kevin and Tami at the Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home for everything they have done for our family. God bless all of you. 
The family of Rowena Meredith

Kevin ministered to our family in a healing, comforting, and loving way... Kevin allowed us our emotions, our space, our sadness...He was a gift. The staff was over the top! We were struck by the caring gentleness that Tami showed when modifying some make-up we asked for. Everyone grieved with us and did everything to help that was in their power. They were selfless in service to our family. Kevin allowed us complete latitude on planning - his experience and kindness guided our hearts when our minds were unclear. Kevin continues to minister to our family with prayer, visits, insight, guidance and love where we know God is present.

The family of Margaret Harts would like to express our deepest appreciation to everyone who blessed us with prayers, visits, food, flowers and help in the passing of our mother, grandmother, and great-grandmoter. Thanks to all her friends that made her later years so special, and thanks to Kevin and the Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home for all you have done for our family. You are all so appreciated.
The Margaret Harts Family

The family of Anna Kuehn would like to thank and express our deepest appreciation to our family and friends for all the support and comfort that we received at the time of her death. Thank you to Fr. Jim Keiter and Deacon Clarence Jansen for all you did at the visitation and funeral. Thanks to Peggy Mummel for providing the beautiful music and to all the ladies who organized and served the luncheon. All of you made things so much easier. Thanks to Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home for your support and guidance. What you do is a blessing to those you work with. Thanks to Avera Sister James Care Center for taking such good care of her while she was there. All of your prayers, visits and hugs, food, memorials, flowers and cards were deeply appreciated during this difficult time.
Jerry and Donna Kuehn and family. Norma and Dean Sime and family. Cheryl and Art Bottolfson and family.

The family of Shirley Juracek wishes to express their gratitude to relatives and friends for their acts of kindness at the time of her death. A special Thank You to Rev. David Wildermuth for officiating at her funeral and to Rev. David Lund for his visits to her. Thank you to organist Marilyn Nyberg, soloist Kevin Opsahl and reader Lyle Malone. Thank you to Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home, the pallbearers and honorary pallbearers, the ladies of Trinity Lutheran for serving the lunch and to all who gave cards, flowers and memorials. Thank you to Dr. Leona Cammock and to Stephanie and the staff in Cabin at Sister James Nursing Home for the care given Shirley these past years. 
God Bless Each of You, 
S. List & Family, J. Spratte & Family, J. Rowley & Family

The Family of Clarence Hejna wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to our family and friends for all your love and support at this difficult time. Thank you to everyone for all your thoughts, prayers, cards, memorials, plants, flowers, food and words of sympathy. We extend our gratitude to Mgsr. Hermann and Father Joe for the memorable funeral service and a thank you to the St. Wenceslaus Church organist and choir. Also, thank you to Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home for your care, concern and professional help. It made our difficult situation a little easier. 
In Loving Memory of Clarence Hejna

The Family of Gordon Hoxeng would like to thank everyone who sent flowers, memorials, cards, and brought in food. Thank you to Dr. Max Farver, Dr. Michael Peterson, and Dr. John Frank for the care and kindness they showed Gordon. Thanks to the wonderful staff at Hospice who helped care for Gordon; especially Mary Ellen, Tami, and Chaplain Mary. Also, a great thanks to our Pastor Velma Larson for all her visits to our home and for conducting the services. Thank you to the pallbearers and all the friends and family that attended the visitation and funeral services. Thank you to Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home for their care and concern. Also, a big thanks to the Rudolph Christensen American Legion Post #237 of Gayville. Thanks to the ladies of Faith United Church for the noon lunch they served. All of this was greatly appreciated by our family. 
D.H. - S.H.K. - G & S H. - B.H - B.H - and B.H.

The Family of Donald Williams wishes to express gratitude to Dr. Neumayr, Dr. Farver and ICU for the compassionate care given to Don. Our thanks to family and friends for cards, flowers, food and memorial gifts. Our special thanks to Frs. Dan and Mark, the staff at Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home and everyone who aided us in any way. 
D.W - M.F & family - B.W & family

The Family of Darlene Kunzweiler would like to thank everyone for the cards, plants, Masses, food, memorials and gifts we received on the death of our mother and grandmother. A special thank you to the staff at Sister James Care Center for the excellent care Darlene received there. A heartfelt thanks to Kevin and Tami and staff at Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home for your compassion and kindness during this difficult time. 
J & D Kunzweiler - J. Kunzweiler - T, R, M. Kunzweiler

The Famiy of Verlin Larsen - would like to extend our heartfelt thanks for the beautiful cards, memorials, food and all the thoughts and prayers sent our way during this difficult time. Thank you to Tammy Keller and the staff at Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home for their compassion and help. Thank you to Mike McDonald, Shirley Jennewein and the choir at Sacred Heart Catholic Church for the beautiful music during the funeral service and to the ladies from the church who brought salads and desserts and assisted with the luncheon. 
Thank you to Verlin's friends and co-workers from the City of Yankton who served as Honorary Pallbearers and to his six best friends who have stood by him throughout his illness and carried him to his final resting place. Your friendships meant the world to Verlin. Thank you to Patty's friends and co-workers from Baldwin Filters who have been so supportive and understanding over the past years. All the help you have shown our family is very much appreciated. Thank you to Colleen and Bill Chase for all the visits, prayers and support you have graciously extended to our family. We especially appreciate Colleen bringing communion to Verlin at home and being a shoulder to cry on when needed. Your kindess will never be forgotten. 
Thank you to Father Dan from Sacred Heart Parish, who also brought communion to Verlin when he was unable to attend mass, and to his church family for remembering him in their prayers. Very special thanks to Father Mark Lichter who has been such a wonderful source of strength and faith during Verlin's illness. It is difficult to express in words our gratitude for the countless hours you spent with Verlin and the family offering comfort and prayers. Verlin thought of you as a friend as well as his priest and that message was reflected by the beautiful words you spoke at the funeral service. We will forever be grateful for your compassion and friendship during this journey. 
May God bless you all, 
P. Larsen - T. & A. - M.A. Larsen - S. and K. Larsen & family - K. Larsen - B. Larsen - J. & D. Sylliaasen - P. & R. Epp & family

The family of Agnes Schanche wishes to express sincere appreciation for those many acts of kindness, messages of sympathy, words of comfort, and visits during the recent loss of our mother. We especially want to thank Avera Sister James Care Center for their excellent care, the Pastors and staff at Trinity Lutheran Church, and the staff at Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home. May God bless you all. 
Elaine - Dave - Dale - Joyce Carol - Dorothy - Kenny and families

Our sincere thanks for the help and support we received at the passing of our husband, father and grandfather, Robert Meyer. Special thanks to Pastor Dave Gunderson for his words of comfort and to Diane Diekman for the beautiful music. We thank Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home for their guidance and care. Thank you to the ambulance crews and Sacred Heart Emergency staff. Many thanks for the flowers, cards, monetary memorials, for the visits to our homes and the food brought to us. God's blessing to all of you. 
Burdette M. - Laura B. - John - Linda L. - Abby L. - Dan & Melissa G.

The family of Larry Sejnoha Sr. would like to thank everyone for their calls, cards, gifts of food and supplies at the time of Larry's death. A special Thank You to the staff at ASH Sister James Care Center for the special care you gave him during his stay. Also to the ASH Hospice team for your weekly visits to Larry and continual contact with Aves for support. To Opsahl Kostel Funeral Home, Kevin, Tami and Caryn for allowing us time we needed to arrange Larry's final resting place. Larry will be missed each day but with the support of friends, co-workers and our employers we know we will have someone to lean on. 
Aves S. - Terri and Lynn B. - Peggy and Kerry J. - Tammy and Doug M. - Melanie and Roger H. - Larry D. S. Jr.

The family of Darlene Kunzweiler would like to thank everyone for the cards, plants, Masses, food, memorials and gifts we received on the death of our mother and grandmother. A special thank you to the staff at Sister James Care Center for the excellent care Darlene received there. A heartfelt thanks to Kevin and Tami and staff at Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home for your compassion and kindness during this difficult time. God Bless All of You. 
Jim and Darlene K. - Jackie K. - Todd - Rhodora - Michael K.

Our sincere thanks to our families and friends for the support we received at the passing of our husband, father, and grandpa Clifford Gall. Thanks to ASH Hospital and ASH Hospice for their care and concern during Clifford's illness. Many thanks for the flowers, cards and memorials. Also for the food brought to the house. Thanks to Rev. Ron Shifley for his visits and words of comfort, to Randy, for the memories he shared, to the organist, the pallbearers, and the women's fellowship for the lunch after the service. Thanks to Opsahl-Kostel funeral home - Kevin, Tami and staff for their guidance and care. And to Pied Piper Flowers for closing the shop during his service. Your kindness will always be remembered. 
May God Bless you all, Doris G. - Brian G. & Family - Julie G. & Family - Laurie (Joe) L. Family - Kelly G. & Family

There has been such a great outpouring of love and support extended to us after the loss of our mom Carol Mayer, that we would like to take the opportunity to express our gratitude to the many who have helped us through this difficult time. Many heartfelt thanks to the doctors and nurses at Avera Sacred Hospital & McKennan Hospital who took such good care of mom and to all who came and visited her before her death. A big thank you to Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home for all their compassion and care. We will never forget all who sent cards, flowers, memorials or just prayed for us. Thank you to close friends Roger and Betty Larsen, Clair and Deanna Sudbeck, and Pat Kruse who continue to call and think of us. We have begun a new chapter in our lives which will never be the same without mom, but it warms our hearts to know that mom and dad are together once again. 
Rhonda & Brad B. Family - Tim & Beth M. Family - Steve & Sue M. Family