Phyllis Taschner, 91, of De Smet died at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home on April 21, 2014. A visitation will be held at Osthus Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 23rd from 5-7 p.m. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, April 24th at American Lutheran Church in De Smet at 10:30 a.m. Osthus Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Phyllis Margaret Johnson was born on September 21, 1922 southeast of De Smet, South Dakota. Her parents, Dorothy Denton Harrison and Olai Cornelius Johnson, had two other children: Lyle Robert Johnson and Ivon Ralph Johnson.
Phyllis graduated from De Smet High School in 1940. She graduated from a one-year General Beadle Teacher College. The following year she taught one year in the Johnson rural school southeast of De Smet. Phyllis married Kenneth A. Taschner in 1942. From this union, three daughters were born: Carol Joyce in 1945, Joanne Kay in 1947, and Ardis Louise in 1949. In 1951 they moved to De Smet where Phyllis has lived until April 21, 2014. In 1952 she began working at Kingsbury Electric as a cashier receptionist advancing to office manager and ultimately serving as Interim Manager.
Phyllis was a life long member of the American Lutheran Church, a member of the American Lutheran Church Women and Operation Love, the American Legion Auxiliary, the South Dakota State Historical Society, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society. Her hobbies were reading and genealogy. Her greatest joy was her family.
Phyllis is survived by her brother, Lyle Robert Johnson of Montgomery, AL; her children: Carol (Ralph) Hurlbert of Raymond, SD, Joanne Groves of Huron, SD, and Ardis Taschner of Oceanside, CA; her grandchildren: Dorothy (Jon) McAreavey of Watertown, SD and John (Jenny) Groves of Independence, MN; her great-grandchildren: Paige, Jay, and Ian McAreavey of Watertown, SD and Nolan, Oliver, and Elizabeth Groves of Independence, MN. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Ivon.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that you send a memorial to the De Smet City Library, the De Smet Good Samaritan Nursing Home, or the Compassionate Care Hospice. If you would like to leave a condolence for the family please click on “Leave a comment” located above.