Wanda L. Holcomb, age 84, of Long Valley, S.D., joined her Lord and Savior on September 9, 2013. She passed peacefully at the Philip Nursing Home.
Wanda was born September 19, 1928 to Lauritz A. and Iscle W. Thomsen on her grandparents’ farmstead near Crookston, Neb. She attended Sitting Up School, a one room school situated along Sitting Up Creek, a short walk from the ranch. Wanda attended high school in Wanblee for her freshman year and half of her sophomore year. She transferred to Kadoka where she graduated from high school in 1945 at the age of 16. From 1945-1955 she worked for the Farm Service Administration (FSA) as a secretary/clerk.
Wanda met the love of her life and carried on a long distance relationship through an avid letter writing campaign while he was in military service in England. She joined Robert Holcomb in marriage on December 30, 1955. They began their married life in Long Valley where Wanda joined Bob in business operating a Standard Oil Service Station. A daughter (Janice) was born in 1957 and a son (Jeff) in 1960. In 1968 Wanda became the post master for the United States Post Office in Long Valley where she served until her retirement in 1988.
Grateful for having shared her life are her husband, Robert; her daughter, Janice (Dean); her son, Jeff (Robyn); her grandchildren, Andy (Laura), Beth, Amanda (Rusty), Abby (Scott), Laurel, Elise and Lily; and her great-grandchildren, Max and Lucy; her brother, Bert; sister, Vera Scharman; sister-in-law, Mary Thomsen; five nieces and two nephews.
Wanda was preceeded in death by her parents; her brother, Allen; brother-in-law, Frank Scharman; sister-in-law, Micki Thomsen; and her niece, Susan Thomsen.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, September 11, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Kadoka.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, September 12, at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Kadoka, with Father Bryan Sorensen officiating.
Interment will be at the Kadoka Cemetery.
A memorial has been established. Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Kadoka.
Wanda’s online guestbook can be viewed at www.rushfuneralhome.com.