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Olga V. Pfautz

Olga Viola (Hohm) Pfautz, 93, of Huron, died December 30, 2009, at the Huron Regional Medical Center. Her memorial service was at 11 AM, Saturday, January 16, 2010, at the First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Kevin Channell and Rev. Andrew Crandall officiating. Burial was at the Bethel Mennonite Church Cemetery.  Memorials may be directed to the organ fund at First Presbyterian Church, Fifth Street and Dakota Avenue, Huron, S.D., 57350. 

Olga Pfautz was born on a farm near Yale, South Dakota, June 20, 1916 to Susanna (Tschetter) and Ludwig Hohm. She was a graduate of Huron High School, Huron University, the Presbyterian School of Nursing, Chicago, Illinois, and did graduate study at Northern Illinois University.

During her professional career, she did general and private nursing, was nursing instructor and Director of Nursing at Freeport Memorial Hospital, Freeport, Illinois, and worked as a Psychiatric Nurse at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington, D.C. Before retiring she was an active member of the American Nurses Association and the National League of Nursing.

She married Rev. William M. Pfautz, November 21, 1941. In September of 1984, the Pfautzes retired and established a home in Huron, South Dakota, having served parishes in Kansas, Iowa, Illinois, Washington, D.C., Huron, and the Heartland area.

Olga Pfautz was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Huron, PEO Chapter AN, HRMC Volunteers, YWCA, RSVP, Huron College Alumni Association, and the Huron Rotary Club. Music was an important part of her life with participation in choral music, as a pianist and as a soprano soloist. She was the piano accompanist for Rotary Club singing for more than 20 years.

She is survived by her husband of Huron; one daughter, Judith Hepburn of Reno, Nevada; one granddaughter, Jennifer and her husband, Samuel Bates of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida; two great grandchildren, Tucker and Lucy Bates; one brother and his wife, Jimmy and Ida Hohm, Huron; and two sisters-in-law, Carol Hohm of Huron and Margaurite Hohm of Rapid City, S.D.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her son, William (Billy); three sisters, Ella Bradfield, Matilda Tschetter and infant sister Viola; three brothers, Ted, Paul and Ewald Hohm; two brothers-in-law, Henry Tschetter and Roger Bradfield; and one sister-in-law, Martha Hohm.

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