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Funeral services will take place on Friday, January 3, 2020 at 1:00 PM (Mountain).

United Methodist Church
Wall, South Dakota

Wall Cemetery
Wall, South Dakota
A visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service at the church on Friday.

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In memory of

Evelyn Rose Kjerstad

of Rapid City, formerly of Wall, South Dakota, died on Saturday, December 28, 2019 at her son's home in Rapid City at the age of 96

Evelyn Rose McDaniel was born on September 27, 1923, at the home of her Grandparents; Robert and Ida Craig, near Salem, S.D. She was the second oldest of 13 children born to Lawrence and Virgie (Craig) McDaniel. Evelyn attended country school at the Old Trail School north of Philip and high school at Philip where she graduated valedictorian in 1941.

Evelyn married George W. Kjerstad on October 18, 1941, at the Philip Methodist Church. For a short time they lived on his brother, Melvin's farm north of Quinn and then in Lincoln, Nebraska for a year before buying a farm northeast of Quinn where they lived from October 18, 1943, until they retired and moved to Wall in April of 1977. In 2010, she moved to Rapid City to be near her sons.

She worked at Cedar Pass Lodge the summer of 1941, Wall Drug Store part-time for 13 years, and 78 full time years as a hard working farm wife, mother, and grandparent.

She was a Member of the Wall Methodist Church where she held offices in UMW and Church Response, a member of Wall's Senior Citizens, and received the Good Neighbor Award in April 2001.

Her family was the light of her life, especially the grandchildren. She enjoyed playing cards and having coffee with her friends, golfing, bowling, China painting, knitting and crocheting.

She is survived by four sons, Don (Monica), Glenn (Marti), Gary, Bruce (Karen); one brother, Robert McDaniel (Emily); two sisters, Dorothy Fortune and Barbara Bryne (Larry); sisters-in-law, Dorothy Hoffman, Gaye Odom, and Beverly McDaniel, brother-in-law, Al Baye; 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George; parents, Lawrence and Virgie; three sisters, Eileen, Gladys, and Phyllis; six brothers, Howard, Francis, Harold, Fred, Kenneth and George; two brothers-in-law Joe Hajek and Bud Fortune; and one sister-in-law Shirley McDaniel.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Friday, January 3, at the United Methodist Church in Wall with Pastor Russell Masartis officiating.

Interment will follow at the Wall Cemetery.

Friday, January 3, 2020 - 1:00 p.m.
United Methodist Church
Wall, South Dakota

Pastor Russell Masartis

Arla Olson - Pianist
Congregational Hymn
“Precious Lord, Take My Hand”
Corinn Amiotte - Vocalist
“Peace In The Valley”

Jerry Johannesen - Wayne Davis

All of Evelyn’s Grandchildren
Robert Kjerstad - Heather Kjerstad - Heidi Kjerstad
Randy Delzer - Greg Kjerstad - Denea Hinzman
Chelsea Kjerstad - Casey Redder - Chad Redder - Brian Kjerstad

All Relatives and Friends in Attendance

Wall Cemetery
Wall, South Dakota

  • To the Kjerstad Brothers Four and Families. sorry for the loss of your Mother. I will always remember as such a vibrant enthusiastic classy lady. My thoughts will be with all of you today. Larry ~ Larry Gravatt Elm Springs S.D. (1/3/2020)
  • I have fond memories of Evelyn and her family. My sincere condolences. ~ Randy Kjerstad Gillette Wyoming (1/3/2020)
  • South Dakota ~ Norman Thomas Black Hawk (1/1/2020)
  • So sorry to read of your Mom's passing. We enjoyed many card games together. May she rest in peace. ~ Veva Wernke Wall, SD (1/1/2020)
  • Don, Glenn and families, Sorry to hear of your mother's passing. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. ~ Andrew Eisenbraun Rapid City, SD. (1/1/2020)
  • So many times after evening chores, Mom would ask Lyle & I if we wanted to go down to the Kjerstads? We NEVER said "no". Grab the baseballs, bat and ball phones to warn them we were coming, but we were always welcomed with a friendship that has never faded! Loved helping shear your sheep, stomping wool into the huge bags that would be sold. Miss those days! Hold on to each other as long as you can. Our day is coming... ~ Denny Carmichael Brookings, SD (12/31/2019)
  • We were so sorry to hear from Margie and Mary of the passing of your Mom. I remember when your house was built on the farm, and all the great fun we "kids" had together there, with just a few injuries! So many great memories with all of you, including your Mom's great cooking and baking. She was the very best hostess. Take care--much love. ~ Gary & Rosie (Ellingsen) Harrington Huron SD (12/31/2019)
  • My Deepest Sympathy. Keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers. ~ Fawna (Geigle) Goff Sturgis, SD (12/31/2019)
  • We are so sorry to read of Evelyn's passing. She was an amazing LADY! She could make a huge dinner for drop in company out of what she called "leftovers" and always made everyone so welcome. We enjoyed our visits with her so much. She was a blessing to know. ~ John & Bonnie Ellingsen Spearfish, SD (12/31/2019)
  • I am so sorry to hear about Evelyn. What a great lady she was! We worked on the family tree together so many times. My prayers to her boys and their families. ~ Sarah Mittelstedt Huron, SD (12/31/2019)
  • Glen and Marti you all have our deepest sympathy in the loss of your loved one. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. ~ Dee and Kelly Fees S. Dak. (12/31/2019)
  • Our love and prayers go out to Elevyn's Family. ~ Dennis & Susan Walsh Miami, Florida (12/31/2019)
  • To the McDaniel Family-our sympathy for your loss...lots of history goes along with the passing of these generations. Prayers of comfort to you all. ~ Vonda and Jason Hamill Milesville, SD (12/31/2019)
  • CO ~ Ruth Butters Gypsum (12/31/2019)
  • Sympathy to Evelyn's family. I enjoyed renewing my time with her after moving back to Rapid. She was such a nice person. Keeping you all in my prayers and thought during these sad times. ~ Beverly Jahner Rapid City, SD (12/30/2019)
  • Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family for the loss of a wonderful lady. Our families spent so much time together and I will never forget those great times. We send our love your way. ~ Tom and Kamie Carmichael Oakland, Nebraska (12/30/2019)
  • Thoughts and Prayers to the family. ~ Tom Clark Hawaii (12/30/2019)
  • Dorothy, so sorry for your loss. ~ Lori (Stangle) Kelly Philip (12/30/2019)
  • My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
    ~ Tammy Shields Mitchell,SD (12/30/2019)