Published: Thursday, August 30th, 2012
Albina Hannah Foster was born June 23, 1922, in Vega, S.D., to Anton and Anna Kovanda. She grew up on the family farm north of Kimball, S.D., attended Kimball High School and graduated from there in 1939. She went on to graduate from Stewarts School of Hairstyling in Sioux Falls, S.D. She married Julius A. Foster, an Air Force Master Sargent, in 1949. The couple had two sons and a daughter.
Albina and her family lived in South Dakota, Colorado and Washington, where the U.S. Air Force stationed her husband, and finally raised her family back on the farm north of Kimball. She was an amazing farmer’s wife taking care of her family, fields, gardens, livestock and neighbors.
Albina moved to Chamberlain, S.D., after the passing of her husband and sale of the farm. In 1999 she moved to Custer, S.D., where her daughter’s family lived. She stayed busy going to her grandchildren’s school and church activities. Her hobbies included playing cards, doing pheasant feather crafts, quilting baby blankets, playing bingo, finding good deals at rummage sales and gaming at casinos.
Albina believed in God and life everlasting. She walked “slowly” through the valley to make her final journey only to be missed by us all.
Albina died of a massive stroke at Custer Regional Senior Care Aug. 21, 2012. She was 90.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Art; parents, Anton and Anna; sister, Evelyn; and a great-grandson, Austin.
She is survived by two sons, Tom (Marna) Foster of Tulsa, Okla., and John (Sue) Foster of Ankeny, Iowa; daughter, Pat (Rick) Davenport of Custer; nine grandchildren, Dolsee, Haley, Kenneth, Scott, Jackie, Shannon, Leslie, Taylor and Travis; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Emma Siemonsma of Sioux Falls, S.D.; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral services were Aug. 24 at Custer Community Church with Pastor Bill Comfort officiating.
Interment was Aug. 24 at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, S.D. A memorial has been established.
Written condolences may be made at www.mccolleyschapels.com.
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