Sally Kerstiens, 57, of Isabel, S.D., passed away Nov. 6, 2002, at St. Alexius Hospital in Bismarck, N.D., due to natural causes.
Sally Josephine Kerstiens was born July 18, 1945, as the third child of Keith and Beulah (Pinneo) Studer in Atwood, Kan. She enjoyed a beautiful childhood on the farm in Atwood and on the ranch in Steamboat Springs, where the family moved in 1961.
She graduated from St. Mary of the Wasatch High School in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1963, and married Charles Kerstiens, also of Steamboat Springs, in 1964.
Their marriage was blessed by the birth of three sons in Steamboat, Shane, Kelly and Ed. The young couple bought their own ranch near Isabel, S.D., in 1969 and have resided there ever since.
Sally was a phenomenal, unconventional human being who brought joy and laughter to her surroundings. Her favorite pastimes included reading, traveling and enjoying her family and friends. She was a loving mother with a tender heart, and a soulmate to her husband, Chuck. When times were hard, she rose to the challenge at the Isabel Cafe as a cook and for Head Start as a bus driver. In addition, she assisted at Head Start wherever necessary as assistant teacher, cook and general problem solver.
She is survived by her husband, Chuck Kerstiens of Isabel, S.D.; two sons, Kelly (Della Dearborn) Kerstiens, their children, Paige and Chauncey; and Ed (Brenda Chasing Hawk), their children, Koda and Kale, all of Isabel, S.D.; one daughter-in-law, Deanna Clown Kerstiens and her children, Jill and Gray, all of Eagle Butte, S.D.; her mother, Beulah Studer of Atwood, Kan.; five brothers, Phil (Sandy) of Atwood, Kan., and their children, David, Mary, Mark, Luke (Janet) Studer of Steamboat Springs, their children Emily, Kim (Guy) Studer of El Cajon, Calif., their children, Daniel, Matthew, Jacob, Joseph, Chris (Jean) Studer of Isabel, S.D., their children, Tony and Annie, Terry Toole of Denver; two sisters, Susie Pelz of Sacramento, Calif., their children Christiane, Melissa, Jennie, Vanette (Ed) Morris and their children Rana and Curba; brother-in-law Jack Kerstiens of Rapid City, S.D., and his children, Kary, Casey and John; and her mother-in-law, Mary Young of Sturgis, S.D.
She was preceded in death by her father, Keith, and one son, Shane.
Mass of Christian burial was at 1 p.m. Nov. 9, 2002, at the Isabel Community Center. Father Andrzej Wyrostek officiated.
Burial was at the Thunder Butte Catholic Cemetery Rural Isabel, S.D., under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home Mobridge, S.D. A Rosary service was held at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8, 2002, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Isabel, S.D.