Sylvia (Knutson) Schultz
Sylvia (Knutson) Schultz, age 99, of Brookings, S.D., formerly of Philip and Pierre, died Saturday, June 9, 2012, at the Brookview Manor in Brookings.
Sylvia Gladys Knutson was born December 22, 1912, in rural Haakon County, the daughter of Anton and Olga M. (Tungland) Knutson. She grew up in Haakon County and received her education in that area. She attended Alfalfa Valley Rural School in the seventh and eighth grade, which her father donated the land for the school. She then attended Philip High School where she sang in the Glee Club, and participated in basketball and softball.
She worked for Noble Garage and Cafe in Nowlin for a short time after high school. It was then that she met William Ross “Bill” Mostert, an accordion player, at a square dance. They were later married in 1933 in Philip, and to this union were born two children, Pauline “Punky” Mae, and Bob Ross. They made their home in Philip. In 1937, her husband Bill was killed in an airplane accident.
Sylvia continued to live in Philip, and raise her two children, as well as work with the WPA in the courthouse making men’s shirts. She also cooked at the Winchester Hotel. In 1943, she started working for the Farm Loan Association, measuring maps and aerial photos. Later that year, she was offered a position in Pierre. Sylvia and the kids moved to Pierre where they lived on the top floor of the Locke Hotel. While in Pierre, she met a service man named Matthew Nolz, and were married in 1947. Sylvia worked for the superintendent of schools and later worked in the office of the hotel. They then moved to Ohio for a short time after her children were out of high school. They moved back to Pierre where they managed both the Locke and St. Charles hotels. Her husband Matt died on January 31, 1965.
After Matt’s death, Sylvia moved to California for five years before returning to Pierre. She took a job at the city auditor’s office as a bookkeeper and office manager at State Publishing Company. It was there that she met Philip Schultz. They were later married on November 8, 1980. They made their home in Pierre, and Sylvia continued to work for the publishing company. In March of 1983, Philip died of cancer.
Sylvia continued to live in Pierre, and in 1986, retired from the publishing company. In 2004, she moved to Brookings to be closer to her daughter, Pauline and her family, where she has since resided.
Sylvia was most thankful for her relatives and friends. Throughout her life, she learned patience and how to survive during the tough times. She will be missed by all that knew her.
Grateful for having shared her life include her son, Bob Mostert and his wife, Patty, of Vienna, Va.; a daughter, Pauline Earley and Dennis I. Johnson of Brookings; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; one sister, Lillian Perry of Seattle, Wash.; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Sylvia was preceded in death by her first husband, William Mostert; her second husband, Matthew Nolz; her third husband, Philip Schultz; her parents, Anton and Olga M. (Tungland) Knutson; a son-in-law, Loren Earley; a granddaughter, Julie Mostert; a grandson, Kyle Earley; two brothers, Luther and Ted Knutson; and two sisters Helen Culbreath and Alice Carr.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, June 14, at the First Lutheran Church in Philip, with Pastor Frezil Westerlund officiating.
Interment will be at the Masonic Cemetery in Philip.
A memorial has been established.
Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.
Her online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com