Pauline Schofield, age 82, Midland, S.D., died Saturday, April 27, 2013, at the Philip Nursing Home.
Eva Pauline Fosheim was born on September 21, 1930, in Midland, the daughter of Peter and Viola (Hand) Fosheim. She grew up in the Deep Creek area and was baptized and confirmed in the Deep Creek Church. This church would always hold fond memories for her and a special place in her heart. She completed grades one through eight at Little Eagle School and attended Midland High School.
On September 12, 1947, Pauline was united in marriage to Harry H. “Hank” Schofield at the Lutheran parsonage in Midland and to this union nine children were born. They lived and worked in the Midland area until 1959 when they moved onto the Schofield family homestead southwest of Midland on Brave Bull Creek. This is where they spent the remainder of their 56 years of married life with Pauline faithfully working beside her husband keeping books for the ranch and tending to their home and family.
After losing her beloved husband to his brave fight with cancer in November of 2003, Pauline moved from her home and lived with her daughter and family for four years until she entered the Kadoka Nursing Home. She later moved to the Philip Nursing Home in order to be closer to her family and this is where she resided until the time of her death.
Pauline’s life revolved around her home, family, and God. She had an unfaltering faith which she passed down to her children and this is what carried her through the many trials and hardships she endured during her lifetime. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She had that special talent of “turning a house into a home” with all the little things she did, whether it be having fresh baked cookies waiting for the kids when they got home from school, staying up all night to sew doll clothes for her daughters at Christmas, or making play dough for her grandchildren. Her love of children was evident and the door to Hank and Pauline’s home was always open to anyone who needed a place to stay. Throughout the years they welcomed many children into their home loving and treating them as their own.
God blessed Pauline with many talents. She loved music, had a beautiful singing voice and taught herself to play several instruments including the piano, which was her favorite. She was also a gifted seamstress, artist, writer, quilter, cook and baker, to name a few. She was an avid reader and encouraged the children in her life to do the same.
Throughout her life she was an active member of the Deep Creek and Trinity Lutheran churches teaching Sunday school, release time and Bible school. She was a member of the Rebecca Circle, served as PTA president, 4-H leader and was involved in a number of other various clubs and organizations.
Pauline is survived by four sons, Monte Schofield and Lucas (Brigit) Schofield, both of Midland, Kirby (Nancy) Schofield, Belvidere, and Wesley (Marina) Schofield of Truman, Minn.; three daughters, Jill (Wayne) Splitt, Wichita, Kan., June (Leroy) Fedderson and Julie (Larry) McLaughlin, both of Midland; 31 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Peter (Sylvia) Fosheim, Pierre, Joe Fosheim, Ft. Pierre, and Vic (Carol) Fosheim, Midland; four sisters, Edith Schofield, Casper, Wyo., Judy (George) Gerig, Sturgis, Tina (Orlyn) Haug, Aurora, Colo., Ruth (Lou) Gassner, Berthoud, Colo.; two sisters-in-law, Jackie Fosheim, Murdo, and Judy Fosheim, Midland; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Pauline was preceded in death by her husband, Harry H. “Hank” Schofield; her parents, Peter and Viola (Hand) Fosheim; one sister, Thelma Jean Schofield; four brothers, Richard, Roger, Johnny and George Fosheim; two sons, William Ray and Travis Todd Schofield; one grandson, Casey Leroy Fedderson; and one great-grandson, Reid Christian Palecek.
Services were held Wednesday, May 1, at the Midland School Gym, with Pastor Tel Saucerman officiating.
Music was provided by Mike Seager and Tristen Schofield.
Ushers were Bob, Dan and Richard Schofield and Clint Saucerman. Pallbearers were Pauline’s grandsons and honorary pallbearers were her granddaughters.
Interment was at the Midland Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.
Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.
Her online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com