Ann (Klapperich) Kitterman was born at home near Conde, South Dakota, on August 14, 1936, one of nine children born to Leon and Leone (Fortin) Klapperich. At a young age, she moved with her family to a farm near Turton, where she grew up and received her education. She graduated from Turton High School in 1954.
After graduation, Ann moved to Wall to work at the Wall Drug Store as a clerk. Soon after she met Boyd “Butch” Kitterman, and on August 17, 1955 they were married. Together they had four children: John, Jim, Jeff, and Jean.
Ann worked at Wall Drug and helped Butch with the local freight company they owned, Wall Drayline. It consisted of hauling freight to local businesses that was dropped off by Barber Transportation.
Ann and Butch purchased the Welsh motel in 1978 and in 1980, purchased the flower shop and ran the flower shop out of the motel office for several years. The motel burned down and they rebuilt. Four years later they added the cabins, which they continue to own and operate.
Ann was a longtime member of the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Wall, the St. Patrick’s women’s club, the Jaycettes, and a leader for the Girl Scouts for a number of years. Over the years Ann has held various positions on the Wall Chamber of Commerce. In 1985 Ann was appointed to the Utilization Board for the construction of the new Community Center in Wall. Ann and Butch also won the Good Neighbor award in 1985. In May 2018, Ann received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Wall Chamber of Commerce.
Survivors include her husband Butch Kitterman of Wall; her children John Kitterman and his wife Candee of Wall, Jim Kitterman and his wife Jami of Wall, Jeff Kitterman of Wall, and Jean Johnson and her husband Jim of Quinn; seven grandchildren, Aaron (Emily) Kitterman of Rose Hill, KS, Ashley (Tim) Hedblom of Huron, Jana (Craig) Bielmaier of Wall, Jackie (Thor) Roseth of Philip, Jennifer (Dalton) Richter of Wall, Michelle Kitterman of Wall, and Anna Kitterman of Rapid City; eight great grandchildren Ivy and Thomas Kitterman of Rose Hill, KS, Ryon, Jocelyn and Kinsey Bielmaier of Wall, Royce Roseth of Philip, Alivia Kitterman of Wall, and Harper Hedblom of Huron; three brothers Bernie Klapperich of Watertown, Larry Klapperich and his wife Sharon of Gilbert, Arizona, and Bill Klapperich and his wife Carol of Spearfish; three sisters Betty Barrie and her husband Joe of Turton, Sally Wolberg of Wall, and Pat Paulsen and her husband Paul of Wall; a brother-in-law Lars Wolberg of San Marcos, Texas; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Ann was preceded in death by a son Joseph; her parents; a brother Tom Klapperich; two sister-in-laws Peg Klapperich and Bobbi Klapperich; and one sister Monica as an infant.
Visitation will be held 5-7 p.m. on Friday, May 25, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Wall.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 26, at the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Wall, with a rosary preceding the services.
Interment will be at the Wall Cemetery.
A memorial has been established. Cards and memorials may be sent to P.O. Box 431, Wall, SD 57790
Butch, John, Jim, Jeff, Jean. With sadness we learn of the passing of Ann. We both so enjoyed visiting with her when we were in Wall for fire department business. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. May God give you strength in the coming days.
~ Dennis & Pam Gorton
Rapid City (5/24/2018)
Butch and family: So sorry to hear this news. I worked with Ann for many years at Wall Drug and enjoyed Ann's personality much. She was a hard worker and always had a smile on her face. I am so glad to have known her.
~ Don Kleinschmit
Clive, Iowa (5/24/2018)
I was so sorry to hear about Ann, she was a great lady and she will be greatly missed by her family and all of her friends and people who new her.
~ Don Goodsell
Lakewood Colorado (5/25/2018)
So sorry to hear about Ann. What a wonderful person she was, kind, loving and community oriented. A true leader in every aspect of life. Ann will be missed by all. Love and prayers to her whole family.
~ Tom and Kamie Carmichael
Oakland, Nebraska (5/25/2018)
I am saddened to learn of Ann's passing, but I know she has brightened Heaven with her arrival. Her legacy of kindness, hard work, faithfulness & love will continue to fill the lives of those she loved & who loved her for many generations. God bless you all/
~ Marcia Schneider Eisenbraun
Custer, SD (5/27/2018)
Thinking of you all at this time.
~ Gary Amos and family
So sorry to hear about Ann, it has been a long time since we have seen each other. But we were first cousins. We will say a prayer for her.
~ Howard & Dorothy Zeck
Richmond, VA (5/24/2018)
Butch and Family,
My Deepest Sympathy. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers. I always thought Ann was such a kind and wonderful woman. She always had a smile for everyone. May the Lord Be With You Now and Always!
~ Fawna (Geigle) Goff
Sturgis, SD (5/24/2018)
Jeff and Family,
Our deepest sympathy to your and your family. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers. Ann was a special person and will be missed.
~ Kevin and Theresa Miller
Rapid City, SD (5/28/2018)
It is sad news to hear of Ann's passing. She always took great care of us (RVW, Inc.) when we were in the Wall Area. Her smile brightened our days and her caring demeanor made us feel at home. She will be missed dearly.
~ Mark A. Sanders
Junction City, KS (5/23/2018)
I was so sad to hear about Ann. Her and your family was so good to mom and to all our family. She was a special person and will be missed..my thoughts and prayers are with all of Ann's family.
~ Gloria Mortensen
Belle Fourche, SD (5/24/2018)
So sorry for your loss, she is safe in the arms of Jesus
~ Larry Bourne
Hot Springs, SD (5/24/2018)
Thoughts and prayers with you. Ann had such a great laugh. She will be missed.
~ Tonya Matt
Sioux Falls (5/25/2018)
I just loved Ann..I spent many nights there and we became such good friends. She was such a genuinely good and caring person and I will miss her as will the etown of Wall. She was always surrounded by family and my heart goes out to all of you. She made Wall special to me...and I feel the sadness of losing a dear dear friend. My deepest sympathy to all of you during this difficult time.
~ Betty Luth
Columbus, Nebraska (5/24/2018)
Our sympathies to Ann's family and community for their loss. Ann was kind and generous with her time. We will miss her.
~ Robin Rainford
St Paul, Minnesota (5/25/2018)
We will miss Ann, she always remembered us and our family when we called for reservations with her in her motel. She will be with us in spirit every time we drive to Wall
~ David and Diane Brinkley
Richland Center, Wisconsin (6/10/2018)
My thoughts are with you all at this time.
~ Lea Willuweit Ymker
Armour SD (5/26/2018)
Condolences to Ann’s family - she always had a smile for everyone. Love n prayers
~ Susan (Heathershaw) Kolb
Buffalo Gap, SD (5/24/2018)
I was so very sad to hear that Ann had passed. She was so kind and welcoming to me. She always had a smile and a cheerful word. She was so full of energy and had such a positive attitude, ot is hard to believe she could be gone. My greatest sympathy to all her family, you are in my heart and thoughts.
~ Theresa Schaefer
Rapid City (5/26/2018)
We are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
~ Chuck and Dawn Johnson
Rockford, IL (5/25/2018)
To Ann's Family. So sorry to hear about Ann. She was an inspiration to many people in Wall for her work ethic and dedication to the city. I always enjoyed seeing Ann and having a visit when I was in Wall. She will be missed. Love and Prayers. Dennis and Susan Walsh
~ Dennis Walsh
Miami, FL. (5/29/2018)
So sorry to the family of a beautiful woman. Those who have given of themselves to others, will live forever in each heart they have touched. May God be with you always.
~ Ester & Gene Johannesen
Wall, SD (5/25/2018)
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this sad time.
~ Clayton and Linda Baysinger
Rapid City (5/27/2018)
Our deepest condolences to The family and friends. Ann was a wonderful lady and will be missed by those whose lives she touched. Rest In Peace Ann
~ Dale & Penny Baumann
Quinn, SD (5/24/2018)
Ann set an example for me and the community of Wall. How to be a contributor, a motivator, a dynamo, and a legend. I love that she held fast to her beliefs, lived her life as she saw fit and always worked hard. Always always with that beautiful smile. I am truly sorry for the loss of such a fabulous woman to our community and the Kitteeman and Bielmaier Families. My sincere condolences.
~ Mary Contreras
Chandler AZ (5/24/2018)
Our deepest sympathies to the entire family at this time. Ann was the heart of your family and such a great citizen of Wall. We are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time.
~ Cheryl and Scott Stewart
Fort Worth, Texas (5/24/2018)
My children and I send our deepest condolences and prayers for all of you at this time. Ann was always so kind and considerate of our family over the years!
Ed Darcy Brian Connie Clay Tawney and families
~ Ed Eisenbraun Family
Rapid City (5/25/2018)
Family, you're in my thoughts and prayers...
~ Karen Myers
Rapid City, SD (5/24/2018)
To Family of Aunt Ann:
A very special lady, a cute loving smile on her face every time I seen her. She loved everyone, especially her family...I’ve put her name in the Prayer book up here at St Martins Monastery, where I work... her name will be read and prayed for in the daily masses here... I love you all, Ruth
~ Ruth Klapperich Allison
Rapid City (5/26/2018)