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Carol Tisdel Hohm

Carol Hohm obituary photoCarol Tisdel Hohm, 96, of Huron, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 4, 2010, at the Violet Tschetter Memorial Home in Huron.  Her memorial service was at 11 AM Tuesday, February 8th at First Presbyterian Church with the Revs. Kevin Channell, William Pfautz and Andrew Crandall officiating.  Burial was in Riverside Cemetery. The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorials be directed to the Huron Regional Medical Center Foundation and the First Presbyterian Church.

Pallbearers were her grandchildren, Stephen Hoyt, Stacey Dwelle, Heidi Mudry, Greg Hohm, Kristi Sommer, Daniel Hohm and Matthew Hohm.  Honorary Pallbearers were all the Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadets, and Senior Girl Scouts.

For Carol Hohm, family and traditions meant everything.

From PTA to music lessons, Sunday school to school plays and music concerts, the mother of three was very active in the lives of her children.  But there was much more.  As they reared Marilyn, Richard and Robert, she and her husband of 67 years, Paul Hohm, had long-standing traditions that kept the family close. She provided a loving, stable environment that sustained their children into adulthood.  The wife of a doctor, she stood steadfast by her husband as he provided medical care for so many people over a long career.

Throughout her long life, she served as an example of loyalty, compassion and service. It indeed was always family first for her. 

Born in Wolsey to John and Caroline Tisdel, she moved with her family to Huron at the age of five. With the exception of 10 years when her husband, Dr. Paul, was receiving his medical training, she lived in Huron for the rest of her life.

Carol attended and graduated from the Huron public schools, and took postgraduate training in business. She worked in the school superintendent’s office. Later, she served as a practical nurse in the physical therapy department at the Samaritan Hospital, where she met her husband.

She married Paul Hohm in 1939 and they moved to Chicago where he attended medical school. Their daughter, Marilyn, was born in Chicago and their first son, Richard, was born in St. Paul while Paul was doing his medical residency.

The family moved back to Huron while Paul was in the Navy. On his return, they established their home in Huron where their son, Robert, was born.

In the family home at 10th Street and Idaho Avenue Southeast, where she would live for more than 60 years, Carol provided loving support to her family members in so many ways.  She stood along side her husband for nearly 65 years as he cared for others in the community, practicing medicine for more than 50 years.

And then there were her children and their myriad of activities.

First and foremost, however, Carol made every effort to see that her family was together at the table three times a day for meals. It was just one of the Hohm traditions that lasted for years.

When her daughter was a Brownie Scout, Carol began helping with scouting. She served on the Girl Scout Camp Board that bought 20 acres seven miles south of Huron where a lodge was built with the proceeds from cookie sales and with the help of other community organizations.  She established and directed the Girl Scout Pet Cemetery for several years, and she spent many years as camp chairman. After the Nyoda Council was established in 1966, Carol served on the finance committee and organized Nyoda Council cookie and nut sales for Huron, Aberdeen, Pierre, Watertown, Mitchell and many small surrounding communities.  She served as products chairman for more than 20 years. When she retired from scouting, she was presented the “Thanks Badge”, the highest recognition in scouting for volunteers. She was a life member of the Girl Scouts and was inducted into the Nyoda Council Hall of Fame.  While Girl Scouts was her first love, Carol also volunteered to be a Cub Scout leader for her sons.

Her family found other ways to grow together.

When she drove Dr. Paul to Wessington Springs to perform surgery in the local hospital, the children oftentimes accompanied them. While their dad was operating on patients, they played in the city park. She not only spent many hours driving him to Wessington Springs, but also drove him as he paid visits to all of the districts as state president of the South Dakota Medical Association.

A love of sports – especially the Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Vikings – led to more family traditions.  The Hohms were in the stands with their cheers and their Homer Hankies for the Twins’ last two World Series wins.  Carol and Paul had season tickets to the Minnesota Vikings, and attended every home game. Those days began early, when they would rise at 6 a.m., drive to the game and return to Huron that night. To ward off the December chill, they wore snowmobile suits to the Metropolitan Stadium.  They were in attendance at the 1975 Super Bowl in New Orleans when the Vikings lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Their enthusiasm for the team was evident with the Vikings memorabilia they displayed inside and outside their home. Carol was unable to attend games the past two years of her life, but the desire remained. She promised to “behave” if she could attend just one more Vikings game.

An annual skiing tradition that lasted 50 years was started in 1953, when the Hohms and the family dog caught the Union Pacific train in Grand Island, Nebraska for a two-day ride to Idaho for “Learn to Ski Week”.

For 25 years, they skied at Sun Valley each Christmas. As the family grew, the tradition also grew to include spouses and grandchildren. When Richard and his family settled in Colorado, the Christmas ski trip was moved to Snowmass for another 25 years.

Grateful for having shared her life are her daughter, Marilyn Hoyt of Huron; her two sons, Dr. Richard (Peggy) of Fort Collins, Colorado, and Dr. Robert (Holly) of Huron; seven grandchildren, Stephen (Sommer) Hoyt of Panama City Beach, Florida, Stacey (Brett) Dwelle of Visalia, California, Heidi (Jim) Mudry, Hood River, Oregon, Greg Hohm; Denver, Colorado, Kristi (Devon) Sommer of Oregon City, Oregon, Daniel (Olivia) Hohm of Merrimack, New Hampshire, and Matthew (Brandi) Hohm of Fort Worth, Texas; eleven great-grandchildren; her sister, Alida (Fred) Koppitch of Detroit, Michigan; her sisters-in-law, Fannie Tisdel of Clayton, Ohio; Rose Tisdel of Alhambra, California; and Marguerite Hohm of Rapid City; and brothers-in-law, Bill Pfautz of Huron and Jim (Ida) Hohm of Yale.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 2006; her parents; five brothers, Morris, Alpha, James, Fred and Ralph; and one sister, Alice (Gene) Hollarbush.

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