Sophie Sarsland, 93, of Bowman, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017 at the Southwest Healthcare Hospital in Bowman. Mass of Christian Burial was on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Charles Catholic Church in Bowman. Fr. Paul Eberle celebrated the Mass with burial to follow in the Bowman Cemetery. There was a Rosary and Vigil Service on Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017 at the St. Charles Catholic Church that began at 7:00 p.m.
Sophie Kathryn Apollonia Maliske Sarsland,93, Bowman, died Thursday Aug. 10, 2017 at SWHC. Funeral services are scheduled for Monday, Aug. 14 at 10:30am at St. Charles Catholic Church with Father Paul Eberle officiating.
Sophie Maliske was born to Micheal and Apollonia (Porvziknek) Maliske on Sept. 30,1923 on the family farm east of Ludlow, S.D. She was one of 11 children. Situated in the middle of all of them, she learned how to work and care for people.
Sophie received her elementary education at Norbeck Country School and graduated high school from Camp Crook, S.D.
Sophie met her future husband, Walter Sarsland, at a high school dance. They married on Nov. 1, 1942 at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Cox, S.D. Five days later, Walt left for the Army and overseas for the next three years. During that time, Sophie went to Denver, Colo. and worked at Woolworth’s. Then she moved to Seattle, Wash., where she worked as a wing riveter for Boeing Aircraft. This is where she stayed until 1945 when Walt returned.
The couple returned to South Dakota where they made their home and raised their three children. Sophie was Post Mistress in Ludlow from 1959-Sept. 30, 1994. The Post Office was open six days a week, but folks knew they could get their mail seven days a week, day or night, by just stopping in to visit.
Walt passed away in 1989. Sophie and Faye remained in Ludlow until 1995 and then moved to Bowman. Sophie always preferred the country to town life.
Sophie had a great faith. She prayed the rosary many times a day for all of us. She had a strong will to live, which she proved over and over. She was an excellent Mother and caregiver. She would have done anything for her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
She will be dearly missed by her children: Faye; Lonnie; Terry and Debbie, all from Bowman; Grandchildren: Terrill and Mike Heyen, Bowman; Curt and Jennifer Sarsland, Rhame; Michelle Sarsland, Evan Grant, Mandan; Quint Sarsland, Scranton; Great Grandchildren; Eli, Rhyann, Lucy Heyen; Caleb, Julie Claire, Gabe, Anna Sarsland; Brooklyn Grant; Sisters: Agnes Welch, Ludlow; Veronica Svihovec, Hettinger; Sisters in law: Kathryn Maliske, Bowman; Lily Maliske, Bowman; Brothers in law; Joe Whalen, Spearfish, S.D.
Preceded in death by: her parents; husband, Walter; Brothers: John, Tom (Esther); Tony (Gloria); Herman; Sisters: Beth (Al) Yanzick; Wanda (Preston) Turbiville; Sally (Jim) Whalen; Bertha Whalen; Brother in law; Delmar Svihovec
Krebsbach and Kulseth Funeral Services of Bowman in charge of the arrangements.