Sylvia Snook

Sylvia Snook, age 100, of Midland, S.D., died Friday, March 25, 2011, at St. Mary's Hospital in Pierre.

Sylvia C. Peters was born June 2, 1910, in a log cabin on her parents' homestead six miles northeast of Midland. She grew up and received her education at Eureka rural school north of Midland, graduating in 1928. She then went on to Spearfish Normal, receiving a teacher's certificate in 1932. She taught in Newell for 10 years.

Sylvia was united in marriage to Clair Walker Snook on November 29, 1941, on her parents' homestead northwest of Midland. After her marriage, she remained at the ranch where she stayed and raised a family.

After her children were grown, she attended summer school and various courses and earned her bachelor of science degree in education from Black Hills State College in 1970. She taught a few years in Midland and rural schools in Haakon County.

In 1983, she, along with her husband and brother, went to Germany to visit her father's birthplace and other ancestors and relatives. Her husband, Clair Snook, preceded her in death on October 10, 1997. Sylvia remained on the ranch, and in 2002 Sylvia received her century farm certificate for the 100th year of her family's


Sylvia was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church of Midland, the Ruth Circle, General Federated Women's Club-New Century Club, the Order of Eastern Star, and the See and Do Hobby Club, all of Midland. She was also a member of the Old Stanley County Historical Society and the Pioneers of Western South Dakota.

Sylvia had a green thumb and spent hours in her vegetable garden, flower beds and yard. She was very independent her entire life. She made many quilts, and crocheted aphgans and doilies throughout the years, which she gave to family and friends. Her family and friends always referred to her as a walking encyclopedia. Sylvia was honored in 2010 at the Newell 100th Anniversary Celebration.

Grateful for having shared her life include her son, Leland Snook and his wife, Carol, of Alton, Ill.; a daughter, Gene Hudson and her husband, Dick, of Midland; seven grandchildren, Connie (Jon) Johnson, Debbie (Cory) Burma, Lisa Hudson, Gary (Deb) Snook, Lori (Tracy) Konst, Shelly (Brad) Gentelin, and Susan (Craig) Rathgeb; 14 great-grandchildren, Wyatt, Avery and Noah Johnson, Chris, Courtney and Cameron Burma, Gavin and Garrett Snook, Brooke and Brett Konst, Sam and Anna Gentelin, and Evan and Grace Rathgeb; a daughter-in-law, Pat Snook of Midland; and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to her husband, Sylvia was preceded in death by her son, Carl Levi Snook on June 11, 2005; a daughter, Merry Clair Snook in infancy; her parents; and a brother, Nelson Peters.

Visitation will be held 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 31, at the Rush Funeral Home in Philip, and one hour preceding the services at the church on Friday.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, April 1, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Midland with Pastor Frezil Westerlund officiating.

Music will be provided by Scotti Block, pianist, and Barbara Jones, vocalist. Ushers are Jerry Jones, Ronnie Sammons, Keith Harry and Dick Nemec. Pallbearers are Connie Johnson, Debbie Burma, Lisa Hudson, Gary Snook, Lori Konst, Shelly Gentelin and Susan Rathgeb.

Interment will be at the Midland Cemetery.

A memorial is established to the Trinity Lutheran Church of Midland.