Obituary – Catherine Bockholt

YANKTON, S.D. — Catherine Bockholt, 98, Yankton, S.D., formerly of Crofton, died Aug. 6, 2016, at Avera Sister James Care Center, Yankton.

Screenshot 2016-08-10 17.02.48Visitation and a Vigil service were Aug. 9 at the church, and continue Wednesday, one hour prior to services.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Aug. 10, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Constance, with the Rev. James Keiter officiating.

Burial will be at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Constance.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home, Hartington.

Pallbearers will be Clint Schieffer, Cody Schieffer, Jeremy Slechta, Becky McQuistan, Andy McQuistan and Kristi Todorovich.

Catherine was born Jan. 4, 1918, the only daughter of John and Mary (Grovijahn) Ausdemore. She and her six brothers grew up on the family farm, three miles south of Crofton. She married Sylvester “Sal” Bockholt, rural Fordyce, April 19, 1944, at the Constance Church. They made their home on a farm south of Constance, where Catherine helped with the farm work until their retirement in December 1981, and they moved into Crofton. She became a resident of Majestic Bluffs living community in April 2011, then Avera Sister James Care Center in January 2014.

A lifelong member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, a member of the Christian Mothers Society and St. Joseph’s Ladies Guild, Catherine was active in quilting, bazaars, and other church activities. Most of her life was spent caring for others, her parents, brothers, children, husband and sometimes elderly relatives, but she always found time to have a large garden. She maintained a membership in the Crofton American Legion Auxiliary Post 128 and enjoyed lunches and other gatherings at the Crofton Senior Citizen’s Center. Her favorite pastimes were fishing, playing cards, bowling and bingo. The joy of playing cards and bingo continued throughout her life.

Catherine is survived by six children, Bob (Karen) Bockholt, Paonia, Colo.; Jane (Gorden) Olson, Mission Hill, S.D.; Pat Bockholt, Omaha; Arlene Gerlach, Santa Clara, Calif.; LeAnn (Roger) Schieffer, Crofton; and Alice Slechta, Omaha; nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Sal, in 2007, at the age of 89; infant son in 1951; son, Dennis, in 2010; daughter, Michelle, in 1969; grandson, Brent Schieffer, in 2009; and her six brothers, John, Otto, Arthur, Bernard, George and Paul Ausdemore. She was the last member of her immediate family, and also the last of her husband’s immediate family.

Memorials are preferred to St. Joseph’s Church, Constance, or to the Crofton Senior Citizens Center.