Helene Kalkbrenner

Helene Kalkbrenner, age 91, Wasta, SD, died March 17, 2008, at the Belle Vista Nursing Home in Rapid City.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Wall, with a vigil service at 7:00 p.m.

Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 20, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Wall, with Father Leo Hausmann as celebrant.

Interment will be in the Wall Cemetery.

Helene Leusing was born February 27, 1917, at Leer, Germany, the daughter of Alois and Antonia (Wigger) Leusing. She grew up and received her education in Germany.

Helene was united in marriage to Heinrich Busch on October 24, 1940, in Germany, and to this union was born a son Peter. Her husband Heinrich preceded her in death in 1942. In July 1951, she and her son, Peter, moved to the United States. They made their home with her aunt Tony Oeding in Box Elder, SD. While in Box Elder, she met her second husband Benjamin Nachtigall, who she married on May 28, 1952, and to this union a daughter, Hazel, was born. Benjamin died on August 18, 1955. On June 19, 1957, she was united in marriage to James Kalkbrenner, and they lived on a ranch southwest of Wall until retiring 1979. They then moved into Wasta. Her husband, James, preceded her in death on October 22, 1997.

Helene was a member of the St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Wall.

Survivors include one son, Peter J. Busch and his wife, Toshiko, of Owanka; one daughter, Hazel Kalkbrenner of Wasta; and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to her three husbands, Helene was preceded in death by an infant daughter; her parents; and three sisters in Germany.

A memorial is established.

Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Wall. Written tributes may be made at www.rushfuneralhome.com