Bernice M. Cvach

Bernice M. Cvach, age 86 of Kadoka, SD, died June 24, 2008, at the Kadoka Nursing Home as a result of complications from Multiple Sclerosis.

Funeral services were held Monday, June 30, at the Belvidere Presbyterian Church with Rev. Gary McCubbin officiating.

Music was provided by Syd Iwan, organist, and Chris Overgaard, soloist.

Usher was Leonard Carlson. Eulogy was given by Wesley Cvach. Register book attendant was Bonnie Madsen. Pallbearers were Wesley Cvach, Russell Cvach, Bradley Cvach, Chris Overgaard, Eric Overgaard, David Hockenbary, Lisa Kinsley, Gayla Schofield and Jenny James.

Interment was at the Belvidere Cemetery.

Bernice M. Miles was born June 13, 1922, on her parents' homestead in Jackson County, southwest of Nowlin, SD, the daughter of Arthur and Sylvia (Huisman) Miles.

She received her education at the West Indian Creek School prior to graduating from Kadoka High School in 1944. As a young lady she worked on her parents' ranch and also worked in various restaurants. Later, Bernice worked in the Kadoka School kitchen for several years.

Bernice was united in marriage to Louis Cvach on December 31, 1946, in Pierre, SD. They made their home in Belvidere for 10 years prior to moving into Kadoka where they resided for 18 years. They then moved to their ranch 20 miles northeast of Kadoka. In September 1988, Louie and Bernice moved to the Kadoka Care Center. They resided there until March 1991, when they moved into the Gateway Apartments in Kadoka until September 1994, when they moved back to the Kadoka Nursing Home.

After her husband's death on January 5, 1997, Bernice continued to live at the Kadoka Nursing Home until her death.

Bernice was a member of the Kadoka Presbyterian Church where she was active in Ladies Aide, taught Sunday School and Bible School. She was a member of the PTA and Band Parents organization. Bernice was a leader of the Rustlers Roost 4-H club for several years. As an excellent seamstress, she tailored Louie's jackets and slacks, and suits for herself. She made countless western shirts, her daughters' wedding dresses, suits for her grandsons, dresses for her granddaughters, dolls, bears and quilts. Bernice enjoyed gardening, various crafts, taking photos, local history, genealogy and spending time with her family. She was an avid reader, and enjoyed bird watching.

Grateful for having shared her life include one son Larry Cvach and his wife Ann of Midland, two daughters Dorothy Overgaard and her husband Odell of Centerville, SD, and Barbara Hockenbary and her husband James of Murdo, nine grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to her husband Louis, Bernice was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Harry Miles, and a great-grandchild.

A memorial has been established to the Kadoka Ambulance Servic e.