Hilda M. Bunde, age 97, of Watertown, SD passed away on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at Golden Living Center in Watertown. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 5, 2013 at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church in Watertown with Pastor Keith Petersen officiating. Bev Ewy will be the organist with congregational singing.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at the Wight, Comes & Sogn Funeral Chapel in Watertown, and on Friday prior to the services at the church.
Interment will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Watertown.
Honorary pallbearers will be grandsons, Rodney Bunde, Jay Prouty, Alan Bistodeau, Darin Noeldner, Scott Gusso, Kip Bunde, Joe Thronson and Chad Noeldner.
Pallbearers will be Hilda’s grandsons, Luke Prouty, Gregg Noeldner, Ryan Gusso, Kerry Gusso, Kelly Bunde and Michael Thronson.
Hilda Martha Augusta Bunde was born on a farm in Germantown Township, Codington County, South Dakota on September 19, 1915 to Karl August and Ida Ernestine (Lentz) Kaaz. She attended Country School District 61 in Germantown Township. After her 8th grade graduation she helped her parents on the farm.
On October 15, 1933 she married Ernest William Gustav Bunde. The couple lived in Watertown for two years before moving to a farm in Rauville Township in 1935. In the fall of 1940 they moved to Ernest’s parents’ farm in Germantown Township where Hilda was a housewife and mother. Hilda worked at Jenkins for two years. Ernest passed away on September 27, 1997 at Jenkins Nursing Home in Watertown.
Hilda enjoyed spending time with her family, quilting, sewing, crocheting, and working outside.
She was an active member of the Bethlehem Church in Watertown, a charter Member of the Bethlehem Ladies Circle, choir member and Sunday School teacher for many years with the Bethlehem Church. Hilda was a Charter Member of the 3-Way Extension Club since 1955.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ernest; a grandson, Douglas Bistodeau; her sister; six brothers; and two sons-in-law, Duane Noeldner and Lester Prouty.
Hilda is survived by her two sons, Harold (Marjorie) Bunde and Kenneth (Alaine) Bunde all of Florence, SD, her six daughters, Eleanor Prouty of Hayti, SD, Elaine Bistodeau of Webster, SD, Edith Noeldner, Marilyn (Shorty) Anderson, Kay (Jeff) Thronson all of Watertown, SD and Joyce (Larry) Gusso of Florence, SD; 22 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; and 10 great great-grandchildren.
Friday July 5, 2013, 10:30 a.m. at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church
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Wednesday July 3, 2013, 4-7 p.m. at Wight, Comes & Sogn Funeral Chapel
~ Obituary courtesy of Wight, Comes & Sogn Funeral Chapel & Watertown Public Opinion, 01 Jul 2013