SCHLAFER, BYRL E. - Minnehaha County, South Dakota | BYRL E. SCHLAFER - South Dakota Gravestone Photos


Dell Rapids Cemetery
Minnehaha County,
South Dakota

Birth: Nov. 8, 1883
Death: Sep. 1, 1955

Death Summons Mrs. Byrl Schlafer

Had Lived a Long and Useful Life in the Dell Rapids Community

Funeral services were held Saturday for Mrs. Byrl Schlafer who passed away early Thursday morning, September 1. She had been in failing health for some time. Services were conducted by the Pastor, Rev. Richard O. Moberly at 2 o'clock in the afternoon in the Dell Rapids Methodist Church. Interment was on the family lot in the Dell Rapids Cemetery.

Music was by the American Legion quartet of Sioux Falls, consisting of Leonard Miller, Warren Miller, Herbert Dibley and James Cabell, who sang, "Nearer My God To Thee: and "Beyond the Sunset." Organist was Mrs. Milton Merry.

Pallbearers were Walter Crisp, John Larson, Kenneth Peterson, Ralph Inman, Henry Bokker and Ed Heimbuck.

Byrl Woodward, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Woodward was born November 8, 1883, at Cresco, Ia. She grew up there, attending school and participating in the activities of this small town. When she was sixteen she moved with her parents to the Dell Rapids vicinity where her father farmed. It was here that she met her husband-to-be and on November 27, 1902 she married Oscar Schlafer.

There marriage lasted until May 16, 1936 when Mr. Schlafter died. Three children were born of their marriage, Mrs. Julia Drummond of Dell Rapids, Mrs. Loretta Rasmussen of Sioux Falls, and Alan who died in infancy. There are six grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Preceding in death were her parents, two sisters and one brother.

After Mr. Schlafer's death, Mrs. Schlafer continued to live in Dell Rapids except for a period of time when she was a house mother at St. Mary's Indian School in Springfield, South Dakota. She also worked for two years in the South Dakota School for the Deaf in Sioux Falls.

While she was well, Mrs. Schlafer was very active in our community. She was a good member of the Methodist Church and will long be remembered for her devoted work in the woman's Society of our church. She belonged to eh Rebekahs and was a Past Noble Grand in the Rebekah Lodge. She also had membership in the Royal Neighbors Lodge and in the Extension Club.

Printed Sept. 8, 1955

Contributed on 5/1/09 by dellsfig68
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Submitted: 5/1/09 • Approved: 5/1/09 • Last Updated: 8/14/15 • R8266-G8266-S3

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