Obituary — Marlayne “Monnie” Fokken

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Sioux Falls, S.D. — Marlayne “Monnie” Fokken, 68, Sioux Falls, S.D., died Dec. 29, 2015.

Visitation was Jan. 1 at Miller Funeral Home-Downtown, Sioux Falls.

A memorial service was Jan. 2 at First Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls.

Marlayne Berniece Lerdal, daughter of Morris and Berniece (Quissell) Lerdal, was born Oct. 9, 1947, in Sioux Falls, S.D. She grew up on the family farm northeast of Dell Rapids, S.D., and graduated from Dell Rapids High in 1966. Monnie then worked at the National Bank of South Dakota, Sioux Falls. She married Michael Fokken April 26, 1969, at First Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls. Monnie then focused her life on being a homemaker. The couple had three children, Tricia, Scott and Andrea. In 1972, the family moved to Elk Point, S.D., where she operated a home daycare while the kids were growing up.

She was her children’s greatest fan for all their activities and their racing.  Monnie later worked at the Pioneer Drug, Elk Point, and with the Union County Abstract Company.

The family moved to Sioux Falls in 1997, where they started their own business, Impact Enterprises and Impact Auto Works, where Monnie served as office manager.  They sold the business in 2009 and she later began working for the Carroll Institute as the initial screener. She retired in 2012 due to ill health with COPD.

Monnie was a huge fan of her family’s sprint car racing career. Scott was the driver, the rest of the family was the pit crew and she was the “Race Family Boss.”  She also took great joy in creating a bird sanctuary in the ponderosa pines around their home.

Survivors include her husband, Michael; her children, Tricia Erickson, Beresford, S.D.; Scott, Sioux Falls, S.D.; and Andrea (Luke) McCorkindale, Laurel; her grandchildren, Hesston and Macey Erickson; Molly, Mallory and Miranda Fokken; and Berniece, Hattie, and Myrtie McCorkindale; her sister, Illynne Auseth, Sioux Falls, S.D.; her mother in-law, Patricia Fokken, Sioux Falls, S.D.; her brothers and sisters in-law, Dennis (MaryBeth) Fokken, Yankton, S.D.; Mary Griffith, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Stephen (Rhonda) Fokken, Lexington; Carol (Russell) Beard, Columbus, Ga.; and Patrick (Neili) Fokken, Humboldt, S.D.; an aunt, Madeline Hatlestad, Sioux Falls, S.D.; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Morris and Berniece; a sister, Jolanne Lerdal; and father-in-law, Oliver Fokken.