Thelma Rada, age 97, of White River, South Dakota, died Monday, August 5, 2013, at the Coteau des Prairies Hospital in Sisseton.
Thelma Marguerite Crume was born March 29, 1916 in Mylo, (Rolette County) North Dakota to John and Hazel (Pickett) Crume. On August 5, 2013 she rode home, on horseback no doubt.
In October 1919 Thelma, with her parents and her sister, Viola, left Mylo, North Dakota for White River, South Dakota in a wagon. She could even recall a few incidents that happened during that almost year long trip.
Thelma was united in marriage to Roy (Swede) Rada on June 26, 1937 in Murdo, S.D. They settled on a ranch northwest of White River. To this union four children were born: Curtis, Shawn, Melvin and Cleone.
Swede passed away in 1977. Thelma moved into White River in 1992, then to Murdo, in 2003 and in September, 2012 she moved to a care center in Rosholt, S.D., where her granddaughter, Tina, was administrator.
Thelma loved to be on the back of a horse riding and checking cattle. She even rode one this past July. She never turned down an offer to ride a horse.
Thelma and Swede raised and broke Appaloosa horses, raised Hereford cattle and worked with 4-H clubs on their horse projects. Thelma also worked for a time in the lunchroom at the White River School and at the White River Nursing Home. She belonged to Cottonwood Ladies Aid, Riverview Ext. Club and the Rebekah Lodge. She read the Bible, would do anything for a friend and believed that if God kept you here you better make yourself useful.
During her life, Thelma got to go on a trip of a lifetime to visit Mike and Cleone’s former exchange students from Germany and Denmark and meet their families. The exchange students became her grandkids too. Blood never mattered to her, her heart was big enough for many children. She was “Grandma” to all who knew her.
In the early years, Thelma and Swede always had family around, especially on Sundays. Thelma was known for her ability to whip up a meal for everyone in no time. A few of their nieces and nephews also lived with them while they were growing up and summers were like Grand Central Station. She was known for her “pranks” that she loved to pull on people and her contagious laughter.
Thelma is survived by her daughter, Cleone (Michael) Rasmusson of White River, S.D.; a sister Maryetta Wacek of White River, S.D.; a brother Iver (Rene) Edwall of Castro Valley, Calif.; three sister-in-laws, Clara Bowers of Fernley, Nev., Gladys Hix of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Velda Rada of Coos Bay, Ore.; 11 grandchildren Mona (Dave) Taggart of Gregory, S.D., Tina (Doug) Muller of Rosholt, S.D., Ron (Stacy) Rasmusson of Farmington, Minn., Dana Rada of Winner, S.D., Dina Schultz of Rosholt, S.D., Cory Rada of Springfield, S.D., Clinton (Lisa) Rasmusson of Casper, Wyo., Angela (Nick) Leach of Farmington, Minn., Arthur Rada of Fairbanks, Alaska, Matthias Zastrow of Berlin, Germany and Birgitte Svendson of Denmark; 14 great-grandchildren, Paul Taggart, Roy and Nathan Muller, Michael, Trevor, Adam and Trent Rasmusson, Kali Adamson, Serenna, Julia and Elaina Leach, Lindsey, and Melvin and Angel Rada; hundreds of adopted grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Those preceding her in death are: her husband, Roy (Swede) Rada; three sons Curtis, Shawn and Melvin; her sister Viola; her brother Francis, a brother-in-law Bernard Wacek; and her parents.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, August 10, at the Community Events Center in White River. Interment followed at the White River Cemetery. A memorial has been established.
Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip. Her online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com