Eva Klein

Eva Klein, age 91, of Yankton, died Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2005 at Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton.

A memorial service was held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5, at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Yankton with Ed Wilmes officiating. Visitation with the family was one hour prior to the memorial service. Arrangements were under the direction of the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Yankton.

Eva was born on Nov. 28, 1913 in Cincinnati, OH to Solomon and Minna (Lazar) Reitman. She moved with her family to New York and in 1936, she married Oscar Klein. She worked at various factories including Nabisco and Van Huesen Shirts. She also was an artist and operated a photography studio in New York for a short time.

When their sons, Stanley and Harvey, were 3 and 2 years old, they all moved to California. While living in California, she became very interested in Bible study, which led her to prove that Jesus was in fact the Messiah. This knowledge led her and her husband to spend much time teaching others Bible truths. They moved to Yankton in 1977 to join Harvey and Evelyn and they thoroughly enjoyed living in Yankton.

Oscar died in 1982 and Eva continued to enjoy painting as her pastime. Many of her paintings can be seen in hallways of the apartments she lived in, as well as in her friends' and families' homes and in the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. Eva became a resident of Avera Sister James Care Center after she suffered a stroke in 2002.

Survivors include her two sons, Stan (Jean) Klein of Cool, CA and Harvey (Evelyn) Klein of Yankton; four grandchildren, David (Dolly) Klein, Wendi (Dave) Allen, Todd (Carmen) Klein and Hava Klein; seven great- grandchildren, David's children, Heather, Steven, Amanda and Kristen and Wendi's children, Brenton, Kevin and Jason; one sister, Esther Wallace of Long Island, NY; a cousin, Lily Schorr, who is 101 years old; and a special niece, Carol Begley of Irvine, CA, which Eva and Oscar helped raise after her mother's death.

Eva was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Oscar; two sisters, Lily Zemming and Sarah Krinsky; and two brothers, Jacob and Louis Reitman.

Ruth Goodburn

Ruth Goodburn, 87, of Cushing, IA passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2005, at a Blair, NE care center.

Memorial services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5, at St. John Lutheran Church, Cushing, IA with Pastor Curtis Benson officiating. Burial was in the Cushing Cemetery. Visitation with the family was one hour prior to the service. The Barker Funeral Home in Holstein is in charge of the arrangements.

Ruth Elizabeth Bruene was born July 18, 1918 in rural Cushing, IA, the daughter of Rudolph and Minnie (Kabisch) Bruene. She graduated from Cushing High School in 1935 and attended "Teachers College" at Cedar Falls, IA.

Prior to her marriage, Ruth was a rural school teacher for six years in the Ida and Crawford countries in Iowa. She married Lowell M. Goodburn on Sept. 5, 1954, in Cushing, IA. She lived all of her life in the Cushing area. She owned and operated a reupholstery business with her niece, Myrtie Demarest, in Cushing for 30 years.

She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, WELCA and the American Legion Auxiliary. She taught Sunday and Bible school for many years and her greatest passion in her later years was participating in the creation of quilts for Lutheran World Relief ad a member of Quilter's Group at St. John's.

Survivors include two sons, Carl of Blair, NE, and Eric (Chris) of Omaha, NE; three daughters, Joan (Joe) Robbins of Elkhorn, NE, Mary (Randy) Isaacson of Vermillion and Jody (Jim) Patterson of Chesapeake, VA; one step-son, Gary (Shirley) of Cushing; one step-daughter, Sharon (Glen) Orr of Moore, OK; 12 grandchildren, Kelly, Kerry, Raylee, Douglas, Christine, Laura, Jon, Lindsey, Anna, David, Jacob, and Zachary; five great-grandchildren, Kyle, Corey, Kelsey, Shane, and Alexander; along with nieces, nephews and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and brother, Kenneth.

Marlene Long

Marlene Long, 71, longtime resident of Valley Springs, died Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2005 at Sioux Valley Hospital. Services began at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at Arlington United Methodist Church in Arlington, with interment at 3:45 p.m. Saturday at Pleasant Lawn Cemetery in Geddes.

Visitation began at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 4, at George Boom Funeral Home with the family present to greet friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. with a Public Order of the Eastern Star Service beginning at 7:30 p.m. Memorials may be given to the Arlington United Methodist Church or the Geddes United Methodist Church.

Marlene Mackenstadt, daughter of Henry and Margaret (Munneke) Mackenstadt, was born June 23, 1934 at Platte. She attended country school and Geddes Elementary then graduated from Geddes High School in 1952. She taught in country school for one year.

Marlene was united in marriage with Thomas W. Long on March 11, 1953 at Geddes. Tom and Marlene lived in Oklahoma where Tom was stationed in the Army. When Tom went to serve in Korea, Marlene returned to Geddes where she served as a deputy treasurer for Charles Mix County for a few years. In 1959, they moved to Valley Springs. Marlene worked for Minnehaha County Bank for 4 to 5 years. She began selling real estate with Valley Springs Reality.

In 1969, they moved to Vermillion for a couple years and returned to Valley Springs. They moved to Sioux Falls in 1987 where she sold real estate for Dakotaland Realty. In 1996, she retired after 21 years selling real estate and they moved to their lake home on Lake Poinsett where they have lived since.

Marlene was an active member of the Arlington United Methodist Church where she has been serving as the President of the United Methodist Women, and has served on the Social Action Committee of the South East District for the United Methodist Church. She was a 50 year member of the Order of the Eastern Star where she served as Worthy Matrian of the Garretson Chapter and she was currently a member in Arlington.

Marlene served as Bethel Guardian for Jobs Daughters in Vermillion for a couple years. She was a member of the El Riad Shrine Auxiliary and the Yeldez Shrine Auxiliary. She served as past president of the Valley Springs American Legion Auxiliary, and belonged to the Red Hats Society. Marlene loved to spend her time with her children and grandchildren; she enjoyed golfing and being at their lake home with her husband, Tom.

Survivors include her husband, Tom Long, Lake Poinsett; a daughter, Faye (Roger) Jacobs, Sturgis; a son, Todd (Stacie) Long, Brandon; a daughter-in-law, Michelle (Jeff) Adams, Round Rock, TX; 13 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Barbara Dirks, Myrtle Beach, SC; a brother-in-law, Gerald (Dorothy) Long, Oregon City, OR; and a host of other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her son, Bryan Long on June 4, 1988; and her parents.

A complete obituary and online registry is available at

Raymond A. Hoff

Raymond A. Hoff, 85, Meckling, died Saturday, Nov. 5, 2005 at Sioux Valley Medical Center in Sioux Falls.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10 at Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home with the Rev. Brook McBride officiating. A Masonic service and an IOOF service followed. Burial will be in BluffView Cemetery at a later date. Visitation began at 10 a.m. Thursday until service time at the funeral home.

Mr. Hoff was born July 2, 1920 in Menno to John and Ella (Horst) Hoff. He graduated in 1940 from Tripp High School.

He was the owner and operator of Hoff Monument Sales Co. He was a member of the Vermillion Incense Masonic Lodge and the IOOF Lodge. He was also a member of the United Methodist Church, Vermillion.

Mr. Hoff lived in the Vermillion and Meckling area for 57 years.

He is survived by daughters Carolyn (Wayne) Stegner, Henricks, MN, Roberta (Carl) Styles, Sioux Falls; a sister, Luella Gimbel, Portland, OR; a brother, Elmer of Des Moines, IA; special friend, Lucille Harkness, Elk Point, seven grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and the extended Harkness family.

In the spirit of giving, Mr. Hoff donated his bones to the Leukemia Fund Research.

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