Floriene L. Schwalm

Floriene Louise Schwlam was born July 14, 1921 in Ft. Pierre, S.D., at the Florence Book home, to John Rhoades and Belle (Fugate) Rhoades of Ft. Pierre, S.D.

Floriene was raised on the family Ranch located on Mission Ridge in Ft Pierre with three brothers and one sister. She attended country school and graduated from Pierre High School where she met Frank Schwalm. During high school, she cleaned and cooked at a boarding house, she also cleaned the home of Dr. Jaden and his wife. She worked at the Red Owl Grocery until she and Frank married on February 5, 1943, in Ft. Pierre. They moved north of Midland where they lived and farmed for several years.

In 1950, Floriene and Frank moved to the Schwlam family farm/ranch where they worked side by side for over 50 years, raising their two daughters, Linda Kay (born May, 1, 1948) and Mary Bell (born May 3, 1952). Floriene helped work the farm driving tractor and made a home for her family. During World War II, Floriene and Frank worked at a bomb Factory in Iowa. She also organized sending items to the troops. She remained active in supporting our military troops today financially and by rolling bandages in her home for LMC.

Floriene was a life-long member of Victory Club of Midland, where she fondly remembered making their own Easter hats. She was an active member in the Pierre and Ft Pierre Senior Centers, loved music and enjoyed dancing, especially the waltz. (She was name after the Floriene Waltz.) One year she helped produce a play at the Hayes Hall. Other hobbies she enjoyed were fishing, playing whist, crocheting and knitting. Floriene knitted many afghans for family and friends. She was an accomplished seamstress making clothes for the girls and Frank's western Shirts.

One of her most important dates remembered was her 80th birthday that was celebrated for two days at the Ft Pierre Senior Center, due to a misprint of the date. To avoid confusion we celebrated Saturday and Sunday so everyone could attend.

Floriene was baptized in the mid-50s at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Midland. She remained an active life-time member until she and Frank sold the family farm in 2002 and moved to Pierre. She joined Lutheran Memorial Church in 2005 and remained active with the quilters on Wednesday afternoons. She enjoyed this time of fellowship and serving. She enjoyed volunteering and doing for family and others. Floriene loved the Lord and was an inspiration to everyone she met.

Floriene was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years; her parents, John and Belle Rhoades; her uncle, Kirk Rhoades; her three brothers, Gene, Ken and Dick Rhoades.

She is survived by her sister, Hazel Sturtz of Clinton, Iowa, Linda (Phil) Bowman, Mary Scott (Mike Schmidt), all of Pierre; seven grandchildren, Grasha Bowman, Lisa (Kyle) Stoltenburg, Michael (Laura) Bowman, Daniel (Denise) Bowman, Melissa (Zach) Gravatt of Pierre, Richard (Lori) Gloe Jr. of Ft. Pierre and Shannon (Steve) Draper of Rapid City SD; seven great-grandchildren, Christian Powers, Paige and Brooke Gloe, Connor and Calli Gravatt, Megan and Drew Bowman; numerous nieces and newphews and a host of extended family members and friends whose life she touched.

Funeral services were held August 24, 2010, at Lutheran Memorial Church.

Feigum Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.