Margaret Elaine Kazmerzak, age 94, of Erwin, S.D., passed away on Wed., April 14, 2021, at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, S.D., after a short illness.
A Rosary took place on Sun., April 18, 2021, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bryant, S.D. Visitation followed. A funeral Mass officiated by Fr. Richard Baumberger was held at 10:30 a.m. on Mon., April 19, 2021, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bryant. The organist was Jane Pommer. The service was live streamed via the Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel Facebook page.
Elaine was born on Feb. 4, 1927, to Leo and Hazel (McCaskell) Coughlin on a farm four miles north of De Smet, S.D. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in De Smet. She attended country schools until 7th grade. Elaine graduated from De Smet Public High School in 1945, attended SDSU for a year and then worked at J.C. Penney and the De Smet News. Elaine worked 4.5 years as a home health nurse until breast cancer required her to retire.
On June 28, 1948, she was united in marriage to Hubert “Budd” Kazmerzak at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in De Smet, S.D. They made their home and raised their five children on a farm just east of Erwin, S.D. Here is where the couple lived 67 years of married life, and where Elaine continued to live after Budd’s passing in 2014.
As a mother of five, she kept busy stocking the cookie jar with chocolate chip cookies, keeping up with the housework as well as school activities. Still, Elaine was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and its Altar Society in Bryant and was a eucharist minister for 30 years. She was a dedicated member of the Erwin American Legion Auxiliary, known especially for making the carrots at the annual turkey dinner. She was a charter member for the bridge club in Erwin, where she played cards for over 60 years. As a dedicated grand and great-grandmother, Elaine made each grandchild and great-grandchild a baby quilt.
She is survived by her five children, Rodney (Chris) Kazmerzak of Sun Prairie, Wis., Sally (Ed) Wilkinson of Erwin, Douglas (Carol) Kazmerzak of Erwin, Cathy (Ronald) Nelson of Lake Preston and Beth (Patrick) Amor of Sioux Falls; twenty grandchildren; thirty-six great- grandchildren; sister-in-law, Pearl Coughlin and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her parents; parents-in-law; her husband, Budd; two brothers, LeVere and Dale; one sister, Jean; three sisters-in-law and her step mother, Elizabeth.