Florence M. Sanftner

Florence M. Sanftner, age 90, of Belvidere, died Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Florence M. Weis was born November 12, 1914, at Plattsmouth, Nebraska, the only child of Raymond and Florence (Wolf) Weis. She received her education in Tripp and Gregory counties, Iowa, Ohio, and California. In the course of her education, she attended eighteen different schools. In the summer of 1929, she went to Belvidere to work for her uncle and aunt, Nick and Glenna Weis, in the Morford Hotel.

In 1938, Florence moved to Belvidere where she was employed at the Belvidere Auction, Reeves Insurance, Belvidere State Bank, and during the war worked in a war industry on the west coast.

Florence was united in marriage to Leonard A. Sanftner on November 24, 1945 in Belvidere, and to this union were born two sons, Leonard and Gerald.

After their marriage they remained in Belvidere, where they owned and operated the Belvidere Telephone Exchange for eighteen years before selling to Golden West in 1962. They also operated the Star Mail Route from 1949 until 1999.

Florence was a member of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, and a past member of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Belvidere. She served on the Belvidere School Board, was Royal Neighbor Recorder for eighteen years, served on the Jackson-Washabaugh County Library Board, a member of the Jackson County Housing Commission during the Gateway Apartments project, served as clerk of the Belvidere Town Board for fifteen years, and was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

Survivors include two sons Leonard Sanftner and his wife Ruby of Kadoka, and Gerald Sanftner and his wife Angela Marcos of Rapid City; six grandchildren Tina Long and her husband Randy of Choctaw, Oklahoma, Terry Sanftner and his wife Julie of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Tim Sanftner and his wife Lana of Kadoka, Chantell Waldmann of Rapid City, Chase Sanftner and his wife Elaine of Black Hawk, and Zack Sanftner of Alaska; six great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Florence was preceded in death by her husband Leonard A. Sanftner on July 9, 1980, and her parents.

Memorial services will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 12, at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Kadoka, with Father Brian Sorenson as celebrant.

Interment will be in the Belvidere Cemetery.


Friday, August 12, 2005 2:00 p.m.

Our Lady Of Victory Catholic Church

Kadoka, South Dakota


Father Bryan Sorensen


JoAnne Stilwell – Pianist

Congregational Hymns

"In The Garden"

"Amazing Grace"


D.J. Addison – Al Badure


All Relatives and Friends in Attendance


Belvidere Cemetery

Belvidere, South Dakota