Anna Sieler

Anna Sieler, age 95 of Winner, formerly of Wall, S.D., died Wednesday, July 7, 2010, at Winner Regional Long Term Care.

Emilie Rose Anna Kraft Sieler was born August 8, 1914, the daughter of Rev. Albert and Emilie (Hirsch) Kraft, at Yale, S.D. Anna was baptized August 30, 1914, and confirmed March 27, 1928, into the Missouri Synod Lutheran Faith by her father and remained a faithful member until her death.

Her mother, Emilie, died when Anna was eight years old, leaving a void her 14-year-old sister, Frieda, filled. Anna received her grade school education in rural parochial school. After her graduation from Wall High School, her dreams of becoming a nurse were dashed when she learned she had a heart murmur.

On December 16, 1932, she was united in marriage to Emil W. Sieler by her father in the parsonage of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Quinn. The first seven years of her marriage were spent on the Peno Basin Stock Farm with her in-laws, Henry and Katie Sieler. During this time, Anna learned Katie's method of baking with a bowl, spoon and one cup. Never a harsh word passed between this daughter-in-law and mother-in-law.

Emil and Anna lived in the Peno Basin area, north of Quinn, all their married life, where they farmed and ranched. After Emil's death she lived in Wall for a number of years, filling her days with quilting, entertaining family and friends, and volunteering at First Lutheran Church.

In June of 2002, she moved to Golden Prairie Manor in Winner, S.D., where she became a member of Christ Lutheran Church. She was a resident of Regional Health Care Center in Winner at the time of her death.

Anna is survived by her daughters, Kathryn Clark Furrey and her husband, Harley, rural Winner, and Betty Joan Ferguson and her husband, William, Witten, S.D.; three grandsons, Jeffrey Clark (Anne), Wall, Randall Clark, Quinn, and Michael Ferguson, Green Bay, Wisc.; three granddaughters, Laurie Hindman (Mark) of Wall, Michelle Ferguson of New Bedford, N.Y., and Heather Otten (Rev. David) of Dimock, S.D.; 19 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Alton Kraft of Grand Island, Neb.; three sisters, Goldie Eisenbraun, Rapid City, Gertrude Ring, Parker, and Margaret Bousefield (James), Parker; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Anna was preceded in death by her husband Emil on September 26, 1975; her parents; her step-mother, Hulda (Schwarz) Kroenke Kraft; three sisters, Elfreida (Samuel) Goldhammer, Paula (Ingebert) Fauske, and Esther (Samuel) Wilkerson; three brothers Albert, Walter, and Emil Kraft as a child; and a son-in-law, William J. Clark.

Anna was a Godmother to 16 children of family members, neighborhood friends and LCMS pastors.

God blessed her with a long life and the joy of Christian faith.

Closed-casket visitation will be held 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, July 10, at the Rush Funeral Chapel in Wall.

Funeral services will be held 5:00 p.m. Sunday, July 11, at the First Lutheran Church in Wall, with Pastor David Otten officiating.

Interment will be at the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Quinn.

Online guestbook available at www.rushfuneralhome.com