Ainsworth Star Journal

Frieda (Windorfer) Scholtes age 79, was born November 11, 1936 to Lorenz and Antonie (Rieger) Windorfer of Munich, Germany, and passed away on September 12, 2016. Frieda was united in marriage to Luke A. Scholtes January 29, 1957. Frieda and Luke met while he was stationed in the military in Germany. The couple returned to Johnstown in August of 1957. Frieda became a naturalized citizen in 1963. Of this union, Frieda and Luke were blessed with three children; Charles E., James D., and Lori L. Frieda began her new life in the United States as a stay at home mother. The couple owned and operated a mechanic shop in Ainsworth for 36 years. Frieda had been employed at Peck’s Café, the Ainsworth Bakery, the ‘Hen House’ clothing store for 10 years and was manager of “Fritzi’s” jewelry store in Ainsworth where she was widely known for helping husbands making their wives happy. Frieda was also a member of the VFW Auxiliary for 48 years. Frieda enjoyed her kids, grandkids, family and friends, her home, yard work and gardening. She loved cooking her special German food for all. She was a very giving person. She is preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Luke A. Scholtes; her father and mother, Lorenz and Antonie Windorfer; step-father, Thomas Meilinger; sister, Marilla Ecker, and brothers, Andy Windorfer and Christian Windorfer. Frieda is survived by sons, Charles E. (Julie) Scholtes of Lincoln and James D. (Susan) Scholtes of Ainsworth and daughter Lori L. (Chris) Onstad of Manhattan, KS; sisters, Katharina Berringer of Munich, Germany, Fini Sulzenbacher of Italy, Ingrid Schneider of Germany and nine grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, sisters and brothers-in-laws, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. She will be greatly missed and forever remembered. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at the Assembly of God Church in Ainsworth, NE. Officiating over the service will be by Pastor Gary Graesser and Frank Williams Jr. Special CD selections will be “Amazing Grace” by Elvis Presley and “Orange Blossom Special” by Don Rich. Granddaughters, Courtney Scholtes and Kelsey Scholtes will be singing a special music selection entitled, “In The Arms of An Angel.” Honorary bearers will be all of Freida’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Inurnment will follow at the Ainsworth Cemetery under the direction of Hoch Funeral Home. Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth was in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be made to the family at

Memorial services for Glenda J. Gilliland, age 66, of Long Pine will be held on Friday, September 30, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the Hoch Funeral Home in Ainsworth. Inurnment will follow in the Grandview Cemetery at Long Pine. Glenda Gilliland died Sunday, September 25, 2016 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. Survivors include: children,Chris (Tim) Peters of Norfolk and Travis (Stacey) Gilliland of Ainsworth; four granddaughters; sisters, Elva Buoy of Long Pine, Ellen Jackson of Bassett and Maxine (Luverne) Olberding of Stuart; sisters-in-law, Judy McGuire of Valentine and Theresa McGuire of Bowlus, MN; nieces, nephews and other family members. There will be no visitations. Memorials may be made to the family in her name for a future designation.

Funeral services for Hans Laprath were held on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home with Pastor Royal Archer officiating. Music was provided by the congregation, accompanied by Bette Fogel, pianist. Cathaleen Assman was in charge of registration. Casket bearers were Brian Beck, Bob Wetzler, Ken Beck, Brad Bolton, Ben Laprath and Sam Laprath. Interment was at the IOOF Cemetery in Gregory with miliary honors. Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Hans Norman John (NJ) Laprath was born on April 18, 1932 on his parent’s farm in Tripp County. He was the son of Hans Thomas Laprath and Frieda Christiana Manke. He spent his early childhood in Idaho where his family resided during the Great Depression and World War II period. In 1945, the family returned to the Dallas area where his family established their home, farm and cattle operation. He graduated from Dallas High School as a class valedictorian in 1951. Hans served on active duty in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He earned his jump wings as a paratrooper with the 11th Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, KY, and, he served overseas during the Korean War with the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team (ARCT). Hans, along with his brother Bill, managed the family’s cattle farm for many years. Hans and his brothers were known for raising a large garden. He enjoyed taking pictures, having a great understanding of cameras and computers. Hans was also a member of the Masons. Hans Laprath, age 84, of Dallas, passed away on September 25, 2016 at the Avera Gregory Hospital. Preceding him in death were his parents, brothers Richard and Herman, and sister Mary Laprath Ott. Hans is survived by his brothers: Fred of Colome, Bill of Dallas, Tom of Lake Andes and sister Virginia Gordon, Laurel, MT. Hans is also survived by eight nephews and nieces and ten great-nephews and nieces.

A memorial service for Bill Meyers was held September 17, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at Isburg Funeral Chapel in Pierre. Inurnment was at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis. Isburg Funeral Chapel in Pierre was in charge of arrangements. Bill was born to William and Clara (Barinsky) Meyers September 13, 1926 in Colome. He grew up on the family farm in the Colome area and graduated from Colome High School. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1944 and was honorably discharged in 1946 after serving in the Pacific during WW II. In 1959 he married Evelyn Kucera and to this union, one child (Bill) was born. They moved to Gregory in 1964 where they raised their son and he lived until 2010. There he was an investment broker, retiring after 30 years in the business. He spent many early morning hours on the Gregory Golf Course. Bill served one term as a State Representative in the South Dakota Legislature from 1961-1963, and was a 70 year member of the Colome American Legion. Bill Meyers, 89, of Gregory, died Friday, September 9, 2016 in Pierre. He is survived by his son Bill (Andrea) Meyers of Pierre; his granddaughter Carly (Kyle) Schrempp of Ridgeview; one step great-grandson; one future great-granddaughter, Piper; brother-in-law Larry Kucera of Gregory; sister-in-law Ann Mathews of Oregon; and several nieces and nephews. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Evelyn, four sisters and two brothers. Online condolences may be made at

Funeral services were held for Abraham Shedeed on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Gregory with Father Godfrey Muwanga officiating. Music was provided by Mary Beth Gergen, pianist. Doris Jelinek was cantor, Janet and Kevin DeMers presented the gifts, Bev Rubel was lector and Caleb Stukel, Kade Stukel and Grant Thomas were altar servers. Nancy Schooley and Rebecca DeSmet were in charge of registration and flower attendants were Kaye Ekerman and Mardi Pederson. Pallbearers were Abraham’s grandchildren: Craig Shedeed, Drew Jorgensen, Teri Biggins, Dallas Nelson, Blake DeMers, Troi Valburg, Danielle Weigum and Cole Shedeed. Burial was at the St. John Catholic Cemetery in Paxton with military honors conferred by the Colome American Legion and the VFW. Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Abraham John Shedeed was born on December 5, 1926 at his home in Stewart Township in Tripp County to Meled and Marain (Habab) Shedeed. His father Meled came to South Dakota in 1910 from Assyria with his wife Marain to arrive in 1911. Abraham was the seventh child of a family of nine. Abe attended New Nixon and Hillcrest schools until the eighth grade. He was able to go to Colome High School for one semester before returning to work on the farm. On January 1, 1951, Abe joined the Army serving in the Korean War. He served 12 months as a radio operator followed by ten months on the combat team in Korea. These ten months gained him two years to be taken off his time to serve. After returning home to the farm, Abe met his wife Kathryn Lorraine O’Bryan. They were joined in marriage on May 15, 1954 at the Paxton Church. To this union were born seven children: Mary, George, Sue, Barb, Janet, Cheryl, and Abraham Jr. Abe made his living for his family by raising cattle, sheep, and pigs, milking cows, having chickens and gathering eggs, and farming. In 1964 a devastating tornado took his outbuildings and killed many animals which made for some very difficult years. Abe and Kathryn’s enjoyed 60 years of marriage. Abe spent his last two years at the Winner Long Term Care Center where he made many friends. He enjoyed pitch and bingo. Abe passed away September 16, 2016 at the age of 89 years. Abe is survived by his children Mary (Jeff) Archambeau, Lake Andes, daughter-in-law Patricia Shedeed, CO, Sue Jorgensen (Bill Brisk), Rapid City, Barb (Ted) Schmidt, White River, Janet (Kevin) DeMers, Colome, Cheryl (Dan) Valburg, White River, and Abraham (Charlie) Shedeed Jr. (Karla Ryno), Wood; numerous grandchildren and great- grandchildren; one sister Sadie Billings; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Kathryn, son George, grandchildren Nick, Nathan, and Emily Shedeed, Angel DeMers, and Alex Valburg, six brothers Joe, Johnny, Phillip, Chris, Don, and Ray, and one sister Rosie. Online condolences may be left at

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