Ainsworth Star Journal

A memorial service for Marilyn Folkers was held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Mission. Private inurnment of both her and her husband’s cremains will be held at a later date. Marilyn Kay (nee Meyer) Folkers was born June 25, 1940 at the Meyer family farm four miles north of Rosebud to William and Vernice (nee Jewell) Meyer. She suffered a stroke August 14, 2014 and passed away at Rapid City Regional Hospital in Rapid City on August 21, 2014. Marilyn was baptized and confirmed at Church of Jesus (Episcopal) in Rosebud. She attended school at Mission, graduated from Todd County High School in 1958, attended Black Hills State University in Spearfish and later obtained training in floral design. Her parents owned Starlite Theatre in Mission for many years, and Marilyn helped her family with business duties connected to showing weekly movies to the public. Beginning around age nine, Marilyn helped the priests who came to serve the Rosebud Mission of the Episcopal Church. As an adult, she was an active member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Mission serving as President of Trinity Ladies Guild, junior warden and janitor. She was a tireless volunteer and contributed considerable time to her church until her husband passed away, when she was left to operate the family businesses with their sons and daughter-in-law. She was a member of the Trinity Episcopal Cemetery committee, secretary/treasurer of Antelope Senior Citizen Center, member of the Bishop Harold Jones Building committee in 2001 and was a member of the Mission Chamber of Commerce. Marilyn was a long-time Mission businesswoman. With her husband, she owned and operated the Home Cafe (renaming it Starlite Cafe) and Starlite Theatre, beginning in 1966. Ten years later, in 1976, their business evolved into Starlite Snack Shop and Starlite Flowers & Gifts. She also became an Avon dealer and sold beauty products from 1976 to the present time. After graduating, she met her future husband, Lester H. Folkers, Sr., a U. S. Army veteran, at the Montgomery Ward Store in Yankton. They were married at Yankton on October 6, 1961. To this union, three sons were born, Harlan Lester, Bradley Dean and Lester Harlan, Jr., all of whom served their country in the U. S. Marine Corps. Marilyn is survived by three sons, Harlan and Bradley (Mandi) of Mission and Lester Jr., Wall; three step-children, Steven, Marilyn and Rick, Black River Falls, WI; seven grandchildren; thirteen step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren, and sixteen step-great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Maxine Meyer of Mission and a brother-in-law, Chuck Davis, Anchorage, AK. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester Folkers, Sr.; an adopted son, Justin Snow Fly; her parents; one brother, Delvin Meyer; two sisters, Lola Hall and Lurene Davis; and Lurene's twin sister, who died in infancy; a brother-in-law Cliff Hall; and one still-born infant brother.

Funeral services were held for Rose Mary Syfie on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at the Grace Lutheran Church in Burke with Pastor David Schmidt officiating. Music was provided by Randy Sachtjen, organist. Carol Anderson and Ruth Kennedy were in charge of registration and Sandy Soesbe and Julie Braun were flower attendants. Casket bearers were Jesse Syfie, Steve Syfie, Brian Syfie, Chris Clark, Jake Imhof and Dennis Hanson. Interment was in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Gregory. Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Rose Mary Syfie was born in El Paso, TX on May 17, 1940 to Michael J. and Salma (Saab) Syfie. Rose Mary and her brother, George, were the first set of twins born in the family. Rose Mary lived in El Paso, TX, a few years until 1946 when the family moved to a small farm seven miles south of Dallas. She went to country school and graduated from the eighth grade. Rose Mary then attended high school in Gregory graduating in 1960. She attended the Carlock Peace Lutheran Church until it closed. Rose Mary then attended the Grace Lutheran Church in Burke. Rose Mary lived at home with her parents. Her parents moved to a second farm in 1950, twelve and a half miles south of Dallas. She took care of her mother for several years and helped her dad run a butcher shop on the farm. While on the farm Rose Mary enjoyed raising bottle lambs, chickens, guineas, geese, and ducks. She also had parakeets, finches, canaries, cats and dogs. Rose Mary helped her dad several years before moving to Gregory into her grandparents’ home in the early nineties. She obtained her driver’s license and became a chauffeur for her many friends. She worked at the Parkside Motel a few years and also at the Gregory Hospital as a dietary aide as well as doing volunteer work there. Rose Mary also did some babysitting. Rose Mary liked to cook for anyone that came to her house. Rose Mary enjoyed gardening and canning vegetables, watching television, and going places to visit people. She enjoyed playing cards at the Gregory Senior Center and bingo at the nursing home and going to the casino. In recent years she enjoyed babysitting her great niece Tamara. Rose Mary lived at her house in town until the fall of 2013. She then moved into the Nemer Apartments until June of 2014 when her health started to decline and she moved to TLC in Burke. Rose Mary passed away at the Avera Gregory Hospital on September 21, 2014 at 74 years of age. Rose Mary was preceded in death by her grandparents, parents, her twin brother George, and infant brother Charles. She is survived by her sister Helen of Omaha, NE; her brother Mike (Linda) of Gregory; a sister-in-law Diana Syfie of Ainsworth, NE; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Louise E. Wilson, 72, of Norfolk, NE died Friday, September 26, 2014, at Methodist Hospital in Omaha, NE. Louise was born April 7, 1942 to Lawrence and Elsie (Johnson) Fernau in Ainsworth. She was married to Ronald Wilson April 3, 1966 in Ainsworth, NE. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Stonacek Funeral Chapel in Norfolk with the Rev. Jacqueline Murphy officiating. Graveside services will be at 3:00 p.m. Thursday at the Ainsworth City Cemetery in Ainsworth with the Rev. Neva Murphy officiating. Visitation will be 9:00 a.m. until service time Thursday at the Stonacek Funeral Chapel. She is proceeded in death by parents Lawrence and Elsie Fernau and brothers Larry and Lyle. Survivors include: husband, Ronald of Norfolk; daughter, Anissa of Omaha; aunts and cousins. The family requests that the memorials be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Condolences may be expressed to the family on-line at

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