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Mary V. Kaltenbach

Mary V. Kaltenbach, age 99, of Kadoka, died Friday, February 9, 2007, at the Kadoka Nursing Home.

Services were held Tuesday, February 13, at the Concordia Lutheran Church in Kadoka, with Pastor Edwin Kaltenbach officiating.

Music was provided by Judith Nelson, pianist, and Marcia and Julie Kaltenbach, soloists. Ushers and pallbearers were Mary's grandsons.

Interment was in the Long Valley Community Cemetery.

Mary V. Sorenson was born August 30, 1907, the daughter of Chris T. and Christina Anna (Larson) Sorenson, in Irwin, SD. She was born in a box car that was furnished by the railroad where her father was employed.

At the age of five, Mary's mother died of tuberculosis. She, along with her two brothers, were taken to an orphanage at Beloit, IA, and her infant sister was adopted. Mary left the orphanage on August 30, 1918, on her 11th birthday to live with her father and step-mother in Murdo. She lived part-time with friends because of her step-mother's health.

Mary was united in marriage to Phil W. Kaltenbach on April 18, 1924, in Murdo. They made their home on a farm in the the Long Valley community. While on the farm, she reared their seven children. She enjoyed doing the chores of milking goats, growing a large garden, and attended to much of the farm and ranch work. She and Phil continued to live on the farm-ranch until January 1993, when they moved to the Lake Andes Care Center.

Her husband of 71 years, Phil Kaltenbach, preceded her in death on August 29, 1995. Mary continued to reside in Lake Andes until moving into the Kadoka Care Center in July of 1997, where she has since resided.

Grateful for having shared her life include four sons, Eugene Lloyd Kaltenbach and his wife, Bess, of Helena, MT, Kenneth R. Kaltenbach and his wife, Betty, of Beresford, SD, Robert K. Kaltenbach and his wife, Elizabeth, of St. Paul, NE, and Edwin A. Kaltenbach and his wife, Marcia, of Worthing, SD; two daughters, Betty Berry and her husband, Allen, of Kadoka, and Judith Nelson and her husband, Kenneth, of Lake Andes; a daughter-in-law, Hope Kaltenbach of Martin; 26 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; 14 great-great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to her husband Phil, Mary was preceded in death by a son Donald in 1982; a grandson, Lancy Kaltenbach; a great-granddaughter, Kimberly Lamb; two brothers; and one sister.

A memorial is established to the Kadoka Nursing Home. Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Kadoka.

Written tributes may be made at www.rushfuneralhome.com