Henrietta “Henri” Truh, age 95 of Carthage, died at her own home on Wednesday, January 20, 2016. Her funeral service will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Huron on Wednesday, January 27 at 1:30 PM. Visitation will be at the Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet on Tuesday evening from 5-7 PM and one hour before services at the church on Wednesday.
Henrietta May (Reese) Truh was born on October 30, 1920 to parents Charles and Rachel (Walden) Reese on the Canadian prairie, 100 miles south of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan on land her father homesteaded. At the age of 5, the family moved to Wisconsin where her father was born and raised and where they farmed and raised livestock. Henri finished eighth grade at the age of 12. The family moved to Minnesota in 1938 and she went back to school and graduated from Mora High School in Mora, Mn, the oldest in her class.
She married Adolph Truh in 1945 in Minnesota. Together they farmed and raised four children until Adolph became ill and died of cancer in 1977. She left the farm after 31 years and moved to Braham, MN until 1986 while raising her children and working the farm. In 1989 she became a resident of Carthage, SD.
She worked part time for 35 years gathering facts on farm operations for South Dakota Agricultural Statistics Department. She also embroidered tea towel for the Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant in De Smet. She is mostly and lovingly known by everyone who knew her as the “Pickle lady”. She learned the art of cooking, baking and canning from her raising and developed her own commercial kitchen where she canned anything that grew in gardens. She sold her goods and famous doughnuts at Farmers Markets at Salem and De Smet in the fall. She loved the outings and the visiting with her many friends and customers. She will always be remembered by those who knew her for her keen wit and dry humor.
Those grateful for having shared their life with her are her three daughters, Janice, (John) McLean of Fargo, ND, Dr. Lois Truh of Huron and Melanie (David) Hamilton of Carthage; a son, Charles Truh of Carthage; one brother, Leonard (Joanne) Reese of Farmington, NM; one sister, Carol Reese of Howard; grandchildren , Major J Michael (RaeAnn) McLean II, Mera Colling, Heather (Bob) Rodgers, Lisa (Steve) Snow, Kari Truh, Kenneth Truh; step- grandchildren, Todd Hamilton, Carla Jones, Denise Maznio, and Troy(Dawn) Hamilton ; great grandchildren, Truman and Aubrey McLean, Evan,Rowen and Rachel Colling, Reese, Julia and Daniel Rodgers; Ryan and Alex Sabrowsky, Charles P. Truh, and Ashton, Johnathan and Kaitlyn Snow; and numerous step- great grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband Adolph; brothers, Charles, Fredrick and Glen; and one grandson, Jay.