Donald Stewart Obituary

Funeral services for Donald J. Stewart, 79, of Tyndall will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, January 29 at St. John Lutheran Church in Tyndall with Rev. Dean Schroeder officiating. Organist will be Melissa Bruna. Interment will follow in the Tyndall Cemetery. Casketbearers are Jason Herrboldt, Brad Herrboldt, Goeffrey Green, Karl Keuser, Adam Halseth and Mark Wagner. Arrangements are under the direction of Goglin Funeral Home of Tyndall.

Donald Jay Stewart was born on Wednesday, July 23, 1930 in Ravinia, South Dakota to Ralph and Lillian (Caldwell) Stewart. He attended school in the Ravinia area until the family moved to the Tyndall area when Don was in 6th grade. Don was united in marriage to Amanda Fischer on August 27, 1950 at Grace Lutheran Church in Menno, South Dakota. At that time, he joined the church and was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith in April of 1952 at Grace Lutheran by Rev. E.A. Bischoff. They began their married lives on a farm north of Tyndall where they farmed for 12 years. They later moved to a farm on Highway 46 near Scotland and Don farmed there until retiring in 1995. Don and Amanda remained on the farm until 2006 when they moved to Tyndall.

Don was a member of St. John Lutheran Church where he served on the church council. He was active as a 4H leader, both locally and in the county. Don served on the boards of the Scotland Creamery, B-Y Electric from 1983-2006, and East River Electric at Madison from 1989-2006. He had a long association with the Minnesota Valley Breeder’s Cooperative and was also a member of the Farmer’s Co-op of Scotland.

Don passed away on Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton at the age of 79 years, 6 months and 3 days.

Don’s memory will live forever in the hearts of his family and friends, which include his wife Amanda Stewart of Tyndall; three daughters: Sharon (Bill) Green of Valley, Nebraska, Dianne (Lee) Herrboldt of Menno, South Dakota, and Carol (Jeff) Halseth of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; daughter-in-law Pam Stewart of rural Scotland; ten grandchildren: Goeffrey, Gina, Geri, Jason, Kimberly, Brad, Karl, Jymmi Jo, Ashley and Adam; four great-grandchildren: Keelianne, Isaac, Everett, and Jerzey; one sister, Margaret Brown of Winner, South Dakota; and one brother, Dale (Ruth) Stewart of Scotland; and many nieces and nephews and countless friends.

In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by three sons: Allan in 1960, Jim in 2008 and infant son, Kenneth Jay; an infant daughter, Sharleen; and a son-in-law, Jerry Hasz.

*Goglin Funeral Homes

Frank Plavec Obituary

Frank Louis Plavec, 87, Tyndall, died Monday (Dec. 16, 2002) at St. Michael's Hospital, Tyndall.

Funeral mass is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Leo's Catholic Church, Tyndall, with the Rev. John Rasmussen officiating. Burial is in the St. Wenceslaus Catholic Cemetery, Tabor. Pallbearers are Dan Varilek, Kevin Plavec, Keith Plavec and Resa Doty. Wake services are 7 p.m. Friday at the church.

He was born on July 15, 1915, to Vaclav and Anastasia (Blaha) Plavec at Tyndall. He married Anna B. Kronaizl Feb. 22, 1943, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Tabor. They farmed six and one-half miles northeast of Tyndall until they retired in 1989 and moved into Tyndall.

He was a member of St. Leo's Catholic Church in Tyndall, Catholic Workmen Branch No. 93 and served as director of the Bohemian Farm Mutual Insurance Company for 56 years.

He is survived by his wife, Anna; two sons: James (Mary Ann) Plavec, Yankton, and Joseph (Maria) Plavec, Peer, Belgium; four daughters: Frances (Roger) Bohlmann, Green River, Wyo.; Anastasia (Kenny) Jenkens, Blue Springs, Mo.; Marlene (Bob) Doty, Wilmington, N.C.; and Christina (Ed) Becker, Denver; 18 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two sisters: Tillie Varilek, Tyndall, and Rose Teply, Tabor; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter and two sisters.

Emma Vavruska Travnicek Obituary

Funeral services for Mrs. John (Emma) Travnicek, 76, will be Monday at Tyndall Presbyterian Church, Rev. H. C. Ivens officiating. Body will lie in state Sunday at Petrik Funeral Home, burial in Country Presbyterian cemetery. She died of apparent heart attack while visiting neighbors. She and husband John farmed in Scotland area until moving to Tyndall 1947. Her husband died in 1965. Survivors include 2 sons, 1 daughter, 11 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, and brothers Joseph and Adolph Vavruska.

*Mitchell Republic ~ 1969

Dorothy Kocmich Pudwill Obituary

The funeral service for Dorothy D. Pudwill, 87 of Avon will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 22, 2013 at the First Presbyterian Church in Avon, with burial in the Trinity Presbyterian Cemetery, rural Avon. Visitation will be Sunday from 5 to 7 at the church, with the family present. A prayer service will follow at 7 p.m. Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Chapel of Avon is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given in Dorothy’s honor to a charity of your choice.

Dorothy Delores Pudwill, daughter of John J. and Caroline (Binder) Kocmich, was born December 30, 1925 on a farm near Dante, SD. She died Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at the Wagner Community Memorial Hospital in Wagner, SD. Dorothy attained the age of 87 years, six months and 19 days.

Dorothy attended school for 10 years. She worked for Gelfand’s Store and the Newberry Dime Store before her marriage to Allan Albert Pudwill. They were married November 26, 1946 at the Assumption Catholic Church parsonage in Dante. Four children were blessed to their union. They farmed north of Avon until the summer of 1978, at which time they moved south of Avon and farmed until retiring in 1988. Dorothy also worked for the Avon Livestock, Avon Enterprize and Mensch’s Greenhouse.

Dorothy was a member of the Catholic Church before her marriage. She joined the First Presbyterian Church in April of 1952, where she remained a faithful member. Dorothy served as a Sunday School teacher, Sunday School superintendent, World Service chairman of Ladies Aid and Church Trustee. She and Allan were janitors for the church for five years. Dorothy also was a member of the Avon Flower Club and the Avon Senior Citizens.

Dorothy enjoyed embroidering quilt blocks and putting them together for her children, grandchildren and other organizations. She made numerous pieced quilts for The Banquet and St. Francis Home in Sioux Falls and the Women’s Shelter and Homeless Shelter in Yankton. Dorothy will also be remembered for her flower gardens, her delicious poppy seed rolls, dumplings and kuchen. She enjoyed polka dancing with her husband and playing pinochle.

Thankful for having shared her life are her children: Sandra (Dave) Brandt and Carol (Dave) Eggers, all of Avon; Rick (Mary Beth) of Brand; and Jean (Keith) Janssen of Yankton; 11 grandchildren: Kelly (Lisa) Brandt, Scott (Vanessa) Brandt, Matthew Eggers, Carrie (Pat) Mikkonen, Andrew Pudwill, Allan (Andrea) Pudwill, Elizabeth (Jeff) Frerichs, Emily (Aaron) Karroll, and Stephanie, Travis and Tyler Janssen; 18 great grandchildren; two sisters: Harriett Pudwill of Yankton and Mildred Roth of Avon; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband on March 14, 1995; one grandson, Nicholas Eggers; parents; two brothers: Edward (Esther) and John (Leona); three sisters: Laura (Charles) Streeter, Adeline (Al) Garcia,and Alvina (George) Krcil; and two brothers-in-law: Elmer Pudwill and Albert Roth.

*Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Homes

Todd Schwering Obituary

Memorial services for Todd Schwering, 48, of Avon will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, July 8, 2013 at the Avon Public School Gym. Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Chapel in Avon is in charge of arrangements.

Todd Thomas Schwering (affectionately known as Todd, Toddly, Toddrica, Scrappy or Toad) was born March 12, 1965 in Ft. Dodge, Iowa, the son of Tom and Phyllis (Halligan) Schwering, joining older sisters Julie and Lisa. His mom says he was the sweetest baby, bringing lots of love and was accused of being spoiled by his older sisters.

Todd died unexpectedly on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 west of Tyndall, the result of an accident. He attained the age of 48 years, three months and 21 days.

Todd married Melissa Johnson in Sedalia, MO. Two children were born to their union: Lucas Wayne and Morgan Ciara. He later married Lisa (Erdman) Halvorson on July 16, 2005 in Avon. They lived in Avon.

Todd loved trucking and got started with his Uncle Bert and Uncle Don, getting a job even before he had a license. He went to truck school in Ft. Dodge, IA and worked at Smithway Motor Express. Todd later worked for HBT out of Exeter, NE from October of 2001 until June of 2008, when he started driving a grain truck for Avon Farmers Coop. In September of 2012, he began his current career with Push, Inc. working with fiber optics.

Todd will be remembered for his love of the wild and crazy, motorcycles, drinking beer, shooting pool, horseback riding, fishing with his Uncle Bert and visiting. Todd could be loud and sometimes rude, belligerent and mouthy but was loved by so many for just those very reasons. His smiles, laughs, quirks, jokes and love will be missed by many who knew him.

Thankful for having shared his life are his wife Lisa of Avon; son Luke and daughter Morgan of Russellville, MO; daughter Lexi of Avon; mother, Phyllis Schwering of Moorland, IA; father, Tom (Ann) of Versailles, MO; two sisters: Julie Schwering of Moorland, IA and Lisa (Ron) Dove of St. Joseph, MO; nephew Troy and special friend Tori of Des Moines, IA; niece Katie of Norfolk, NE; many aunts, uncles, in-laws, cousins, and extended family to numerous to mention. If we have left out names please know it was not intentional and that Todd loved you all.

Todd was preceded in death by his grandma Della.

*Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Home

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Accident near Tyndall kills motorcyclist

A motorcyclist from Avon was killed in a three-vehicle accident late Wednesday near Tyndall in southeastern South Dakota.

Todd Schwering, 48, of Avon was riding a Harley-Davidson west on Highway 50, five miles west of Tyndall, 36 miles west of Yankton, when he tried to pass a tractor, according to the South Dakota Highway Patrol.

Schwering's motorcycle hit part of the tractor, a three-point mounted sprayer, and was thrown to the pavement. An eastbound car then struck Schwering as he lay in the roadway.

The accident occurred at 11 p.m.

No injuries were sustained by Anthony Eben, 66, of Avon, who was driving the 1978 John Deere tractor, or by the driver and passenger of the 2009 Mercury Grand Marquis that struck Schwering, the Highway Patrol said. The driver of that vehicle was Duane Rothschadl, 76, of Tyndall. His passenger was his wife, Joan, Rothschadl, 75.

The Highway Patrol is investigating.

*Sioux Falls Argus Leader ~ Jul. 4, 2013 

Donald Paul Obituary

Graveside services for Donald L. Paul, 80, of Tyndall will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 5, 2013 in the Czech National Cemetery, rural Tyndall, with Fr. Gerald Thury officiating. The graveside services will be preceded by live music beginning at 9:30 a.m. Military gravesides rites will be performed by the Pike-Wagner American Legion Post #2 and the Simek-Ptak VFW Post #6895 of Tyndall and the South Dakota Army National Guard Military Funeral Honor Guard. Don died on Monday, July 1, 2013 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton. Arrangements are under the direction of Goglin Funeral Home of Tyndall.

Don Paul was born to Steve and Elsie (Uherka) Paul on January 12, 1933, a day so cold that the water on their kitchen stove froze in the kettle. His growing-up years on his family farm near Tyndall were filled with hard work, but the long winter nights gave Don plenty of time to perfect his snooker skills with his brothers. During the especially snowy winter of ‘48-’49, Don moved to town so that he was able to regularly attend high school. It was that winter, spent with his Grandpa Uherka, a fine musician, that he discovered the clarinet and his love of music. Don graduated from Tyndall High School in 1950. He joined the Army in 1952, studied at the Navy School of Music in Washington, D.C., and spent the next 3 years as a member of the Fifth Army Band.

After graduating from the University of South Dakota, Don taught instrumental music in Sitka, Alaska, where he met his future wife Susan Holmes. They were married in Tyndall in 1963 and Don continued to teach for about another decade. He was a devoted, inspiring educator and many of his students went on to become accomplished, professional musicians; many more gained a lifetime love of music and learning.

As he turned his focus from teaching to farming, the same hands that had nimbly played “Flight of the Bumble Bee” in college began picking rocks, mending fences, and repairing machinery. The adventuresome spirit that had taken him to Europe during his dance band years took him to Australia one winter to combine wheat during their harvest season.

In later years, health issues limited Don’s activities but never diminished his fun-loving, optimistic spirit. He continued to appreciate local music performances, to mentor young musicians, to be interested in the activities of neighboring farmers. Don was always an important part of the daily lives of his children and grandchildren, delighting in their activities and antics and administering advice only when asked, which turned out to be often because what he said invariably was sage and right and true.

Don is survived by his wife of 50 years, Susan; daughters Fern, Natalie, Grace, Stephanie; son-in-law John; grandchildren Stefan, Raquel, Reese, Quintin, Grace, Elise, and Cooper; and brother Ken. He was preceded in death by brothers Vern and Steve and sons-in-law John Frerichs and Christian Aviles.

In his memory, the Don Paul Memorial Fund has been established at the Tyndall Security State Bank. The fund will support music in the community and encouragement of aspiring musicians.

*Goglin Funeral Homes