Louise L. Kuchta, age 98 of Yankton passed away Monday, July 31, 2017 at Avera Sister James Care Center, Yankton. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 AM, Saturday, August 5, 2017 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Yankton. Burial will be approximately at 12:30 PM at St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Lesterville. Visitations will begin at 6 PM, Friday, August 4, 2017 at the Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home and Crematory, Yankton with a 7 PM rosary. Visitations will resume one hour prior to the service at the church.
Louise (Sternhagen) Kuchta was born at the family farm to Thomas and Louise (Schuch) Sternhagen on June 12, 1919. She grew up in the Scotland area and attended country school. She married Joseph Kuchta on October 17, 1939 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Tabor.
Louise is survived by 9 children: Chris O’Brien, Tom (Patty), Lou Nenaber (Ron), Jim (Pat), Edna Shirk (Steve), Ted (Peggie), Angie Schramm (Harold), Joe, Jolene Pravacek (Jeff); 31 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren; 9 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Helen Sedlacek and numerous nieces and nephews.
Louise was preceded in death by her husband, Joe; daughter, Elaine; grandsons, Tom and Rod; great-grandson, Zachery; son-in-law, Larry; 4 brothers: Jim, John, Bill and Fred and 2 sisters, Katherine and Mamie.
Louise will be remembered for her generosity and for her love of family gatherings. She treasured the visits from family and friends.