Verlin F. Prostrollo

ProstrolloVVerlin F. Prostrollo, age 89 of Madison, SD passed away on Wed., June 26, 2013 at the Good Samaritan Society, Howard, SD

Memorial service will be at 2:00 pm, Saturday, June 29, 2013 at the Willoughby Funeral Home, Howard. Burial will be at the GracelandCemetery, Howard. Rev. Mary Lee Lint will officiate.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

Verlin Prostrollo was born November 2, 1923, at Ree Heights, SD, to Pasciel and Mary (Patzke) Prostrollo.  He attended school at Fedora, SD and then he worked with his dad at the oil and propane business in Fedora and Howard.  He also farmed in the Fedora area.  Verlin married Dorothy Stevens on January 31, 1948, at Luverne, MN.  They lived in Madison a short time before they moved to Fedora and Vilas where they farmed for 10 years.  They moved to Sheldon, IA in 1966, owning the Sheldon Bowling Lanes.  He was known as “the old man” to many children in the area.   In the 1980’s he worked with his son Jack in South Dakota putting in rural water systems.  They moved to Madison in 1984 where he worked for Prostrollo Motors and built his own house.  He retired and became active in buying and remodeling homes in Howard.

Verlin attended a national bowling tournament in Las Vegas and enjoyed playing cards at McDonald’s Restaurant in Madison.

Preceded in death by his parents, his step-mother Grace; one son Jack, and three brothers, Donovan, Warren and Jerry.

Survivors include his wife Dorothy of Madison; three sons, Verlin Jr. (Beth) of Hartford, SD, and Ron and Leon of Sheldon, IA; one daughter, Susan (Kelly) Philiph of Archer, IA; nine grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and two sisters, Lenore Ostrander of Madison and Patsy (Darrell) Schultz of Sioux Falls.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Joyce Brower

Mrs. Joyce Brower, age 79 of Sanborn, passed away at the Prairie View Nursing Home in Sanborn on Wednesday, June 26th.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 29th at 10:30 a.m. at the First Reformed Church in Sanborn. Pastor Gary Hegstad will be officiating. Burial will be at Roseland Cemetery in Sanborn at 9:45 a.m. prior to the service on Saturday.

Visitation will be at the First Reformed Church from 2:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, June 28th. The family will be present from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.

The Sanborn Funeral Home in Sanborn is handling the arrangements for Mrs. Joyce Brower of Sanborn.

Steven McKee

Steven Mc Kee, age 56, of Ashton, Iowa, passed away on Monday, June 24, 2013, in Lyon County, Iowa as the result of a vehicle accident.

Funeral Services will be Friday, June 28, 2013 at 10:30 A.M. at the Andringa Funeral Home in Sibley. Rev. Shannon Pascual officiating. Following the Funeral Service, he will be cremated.

Visitation will be Thursday, June 27 from 2:00 to 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Andringa Funeral Home in Sibley.

Online Expressions of Sympathy can be sent to

The Andringa Funeral Home of Sibley in charge of arrangements for Steven McKee.


Ron Epping

Ronald J. Epping, age 64, of Waite Park, Minnesota, formerly of Sheldon, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at his home in Waite Park.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 10:30 A.M. at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church in Sanborn, Iowa. Father Timothy Hogan officiating.

Burial in St. Cecilia’s Catholic Cemetery in Sanborn.

Visitation will be Friday, June 28 from 2:00 to 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Prayer Service at 7:30 P.M. at the Andringa Funeral Home Sheldon Funeral Service in Sheldon.

A Memorial Fund for Ronald J. Epping will be at any US Bank or online at

Online Expressions of Sympathy can be sent to

The Andringa Funeral Home Sheldon Funeral Service in charge of arrangements for Ronald J. Epping.

Viola Catherine Schmit

Viola Catherine Schmit, 81 of Hospers, IA passed away Saturday, June 22, 2013 at her home in Hospers, IA.

Funeral Service will be Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. from St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Hospers, IA with Rev. Terry Roder officiating.  Burial will be in St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery in Hospers, IA.

Visitation will be anytime after 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, 2013.  There will be a parish rosary at 5 p.m. and a vigil prayer service at 7 p.m., all at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Hospers.

Services have been entrusted to the Fisch Funeral Home & Monument of Remsen. Condolences may be sent online to

Viola was born Nov. 27, 1931, at rural Hospers, IA the daughter of Aloysius & Rose (Niichel) Hoffmann. She was raised and educated in the Hospers area. She graduated from Hospers High School in 1949. She then worked at Hospers Savings Bank.

She married Milton Schmit on May 20, 1952 at Hospers where they made their home. She served as the town Clerk for Hospers for several years. She was an active partner in Milton’s carpentry business for numerous years. Milton passed away May 12, 2003. After Milton’s death she worked along her son who took over Milton’s carpentry business.

Viola was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, church guild and church choir. Viola was a very talented seamstress and loved quilting. She loved spending time with her family.

Survivors include; her five children, Tom (Karen) Schmit Laramie, WY, Judith (Harry) Honan of Buzzards Bay, MA, Patricia Whitley of Calhan, CO, Larry Schmit of Granville, IA, Scott (Katherine) Schmit of Brighton, CO; 12 grandchildren, Kelly (G.) Benedick, Alan, Karlton & Michael Schmit, Erin Andrews, Brian and Kathryn Honan, Jacob and Nichole Whitley, Curtis and Mark Robbins, David Gallegos; two sisters, Alice Stapenhorst of Sheldon, IA, Pat Steffes (Darrel) of Granville, IA; Four brothers, Jerry Hoffmann (Jeanie) of Loveland, CO, Marvin Hoffmann of Hospers, Bob Hoffmann (Ruth) of Archer, IA, Jim Hoffmann of Bloomington, MN; one brother-in-law, Reginald Schmit of Aurora, CO; one sister-in-law, Mildred Schmit of Cottage Grove, MN; Several nieces & nephews, & great-nieces & nephews;

Preceded by: her parents, sister, Bernice (Robert) Konz, brother, Wilfred Hoffmann.

Casket Bearers will be Nichole and Jacob Whitley, Kelly Benedick, Alan, Karlton and Michael Schmit.

Viola Jansen

Viola Jansen age 91 formerly of George, IA of Olathe, KS, died Saturday, June 22, 2013 at her home in Olathe, KS.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at the Hope Reformed Church in George. Burial will follow in the Evergreen Lawn Cemetery in George, IA.

Visitation will be Tuesday, June 25th from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Jurrens Funeral Home of George, IA.