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Funeral services will take place on Monday, August 12, 2019 at 10:00 AM (Mountain).

Philip High School Fine Arts Building
Philip, South Dakota

Masonic Cemetery
Philip, South Dakota
A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Sunday, August 11, with a prayer service starting at 7 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Philip.

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In memory of

Chana Gottsleben

of Fort Collins, Colorado formerly of Philip, South Dakota, died on Sunday, August 4, 2019 near Rawlins, Wyoming as the result of a car accident at the age of 27

Chana Mary Gottsleben of Fort Collins, Colorado formerly of Philip, South Dakota, died on Sunday, August 4, 2019 as a result of a tragic car accident at the age of 27.

Chana was born on December 30, 1991, the first of three girls born to William (Bill) and Jayne Gottsleben of rural Philip.

Chana was a soft-spoken, quiet, kind, and sweet person with an adventurous spirit. She dearly loved her family. Her sisters accurately describe her as a model child. That trait followed with her into adulthood and translated into being well-grounded and humble with a terrific work ethic.

Chana grew up learning how to work on the ranch/farm; whether it was helping with sheep and cattle work or driving tractors and equipment. She helped where-ever needed.

Chana began her education at Alfalfa Valley Rural School (grades K-7) near her home. She then attended Philip High School and graduated with the Class of 2010. She went on to receive her BA in Apparel Merchandising from South Dakota State University (SDSU) in Brookings, South Dakota. During her studies she spent a semester studying fashion at American InterContinental University in London, England. She did her Senior Internship in New York City, New York with a jewelry designer in the summer of 2013.

Activities and groups Chana took pride in were: Farmer’s Union Youth; where she was honored as a Torchbearer, on the Junior Advisory Council, and received the Friendship Award as a young adult. During her high school years FCCLA, Music, and Volleyball were a big part of her life. She was a member of the SDSU Color Guard – Pride of the Dakotas Marching Band and SDSU Merchandising Club.

Chana was employed as a Coordinator at TJ Maxx in Rapid City, South Dakota. She then transferred with the company to Fort Collins, Colorado in June 2018. It was there that she met the love of her life, Siva Chintala, who had much in common and shared her passion for travel and fashion.

At a young age, it was evident Chana loved fashion and wanted to live in a big city. Chana enjoyed traveling and worked hard to make her dreams a reality. In her young life she journeyed extensively throughout Europe and the United States.

Chana had many talents; she had a flair for decorating, was artistically creative, and had a way with written words. She enjoyed photography, shopping, and designing fashion accessories.

Survivors include her parents Bill and Jayne Gottsleben of Philip; two sisters Tara Gottsleben and Tyana Gottsleben both of Philip; one paternal grandmother Myrna Gottsleben of Philip; one niece Hadley Gottsleben of Philip; and a host of other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather James "Jim" Gottsleben and her maternal grandparents, Donald “Don” and Genevieve “Genny” Gaikowski.

Siva Chintala perished in the accident alongside Chana.

Chana will remain forever young in our hearts.

A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Sunday, August 11, with a prayer service starting at 7 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Philip.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, August 12, at the Philip High School Fine Arts Building.

Interment will follow at the Masonic Cemetery in Philip.

Sunday, August 11, 2019 - 5-7 p.m.
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Philip, South Dakota

Sunday, August 11, 2019 - 7 p.m.
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Philip, South Dakota

Father Zane Pekron

Monday, August 12, 2019 - 10:00 a.m.
Philip High School Fine Arts Building
Philip, South Dakota

Father Gary Oreshoski
assisted by Deacon Lloyd Frein
and Deacon Greg Sass

Marianne Frein - Pianist
Shelby Hanson - Cantor

Ross Williams - Matt Reedy
Kalvin Eisenbraun - Joe Carley

Laura O'Connor

Joe Gittings - Kathy Gittings

Race O'Connor - Paige O'Connor

Zach Baxter - Dustin Larsen - Garret Spiering
Thomas Spiering - Lee Brooks - Eric Gaikowski

All Relatives and Friends in Attendance

Masonic Cemetery
Philip, South Dakota

  • so sorry for your loss, just hold on to all your memories ~ Joann Stark Sargeant Bluff, IA (9/8/2019)
  • This makes my heart hurt. Sending you hugs and prayers. xoxo ~ Bev and Bob Gollnick Rapid City SD (8/12/2019)
  • Shocked and saddened to learn of this terrible tragedy. Your family is on our hearts as you move through the days ahead. Many many prayers of comfort sent your way. ~ Jason and Vonda Hamill Family Milesville, SD (8/12/2019)
  • Words can never express what you are feeling and going through. Just know we are praying for you and thinking of you always. God bless you and keep you in his protective arms. ~ Kenny and Nancy Neville Philip (8/11/2019)
  • We're wrapping you all with love and prayers. ~ Tim & Sue Coleman Goode, VA (8/10/2019)
  • Ganz herzliches Beileid, so jung verstorben, wir sind erschüttert. ~ Klaus Gottsleben Hamburg, Germany (8/10/2019)
  • My heart breaks for Chana's family and friends. There are no words to say that will truly comfort you at this time, but knowing how many people cared for Chana might help. She was a very special young lady. My thoughts and prayers are with you now and in the future, as you go on this difficult journey. Please reach out if you need to talk. ~ Nicki Nelson Midland, SD (8/10/2019)
  • So sorry to hear of the sudden loss of Chana. May God be with you during this difficult grief journey ~ Theresa Pekron Arvada Colorado (8/10/2019)
  • You are in our thoughts and prayers. We will cherish the memories we have of Chana on our "outings". She was a beautiful person inside and out. Our deepest sympathies!!!! ~ Paul & Steph Williams Rapid City (8/9/2019)
  • Gottsleben family - we are so sorry for the tragic loss of your daughter. Sincere sympathy and sending prayers as you grieve this loss. ~ Don and Jolene Haynes Philip (8/9/2019)
  • Beautiful Young Talented Woman. All my heart and prayers for the family. ~ Bernice Woodle Rapid City (8/9/2019)
  • My thoughts and prayers reach out to the family of Chana in this time of sorrow. No words can express the pain of such a tragedy but knowing that there are many who walk beside you I pray is comforting. God bless you ~ Renee Ruesink Sioux Falls (8/9/2019)
  • May you be sustained by memories of happy times. ~ Shirley Baker Gainesville, Florida (8/9/2019)
  • So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers from my family to your. Love the whole Snaza Family. ~ Deb Snaza Ankeny, IA (8/9/2019)
  • Gottsleben family: thinking of you all during this incredibly hard time. I cannot imagine the pain your hearts are feeling. Praying for you now, and in the future, as you grieve. ~ Emily (Peterson) Eichler Columbia, SD (8/9/2019)
  • So very sorry to hear of Chana's passing, such an amazing young lady she will be dearly missed!!!! Thoughts and prayers to all!! ~ Judy Niehaus Rapid City, SD (8/8/2019)
  • Thinking & praying for you at this difficult time. ~ Connie Clements Richards Altoona IA (8/8/2019)
  • Jayne,Bill and Family: My heart is aching for you as you go through this difficult time. Know that I am with you and thinking of you and your family. Always with love, Jewels ~ Julie Hawke Duffy South Grafton,Ma (8/8/2019)
  • Jayne & Bill,
    Our hearts are aching for you. Be assured of our prayers for you, Chana, and the entire family.
    Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
    Greg & Nancy
    ~ Greg & Nancy Sass Rapid City, SD (8/8/2019)
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We are saddened by the loss of Chana. ~ Fort Collins, Colorado (8/8/2019)
  • So sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers and hugs to all of you. ~ Jeannie Davis Pierre, SD (8/8/2019)
  • We are thinking about you folks during this sad time. Hold on to all the memories. Prayers for everyone. ~ Les & Joann Pearson Philip, SD (8/8/2019)
  • So sorry for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts to the family. ~ Ralph & Cathy Fiedler Sturgis, SD (8/8/2019)
  • We were greatly saddened when we heard of your loss. Remember the good times and always keep them in your heart. ~ Jim and Vonnie O’Dea Howes, SD (8/8/2019)
  • Wrapping you all in prayer. I'm so very sorry to hear of Chana's passing. ~ Nancy Haigh Vale, SD (8/8/2019)
  • Best wishes and thoughts, Chana was an amazing young woman who will be dearly missed. ~ Dallas Lamm San Diego, CA (8/7/2019)
  • We are so very sorry for your tragic loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. ~ Jay & Elke Baxter Philip, SD (8/7/2019)