Adeline Schweitzer, age 94 of Yankton, S.D., passed away on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018 at the Tieszen Memorial Nursing Home in Marion, S.D. Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, Jan. 19 at St. Boniface Idylwilde Catholic Church, rural Freeman, S.D., with the Rev. Randy Phillips officiating. Burial was in the parish cemetery. Pallbearers were William Schweitzer, Aaron Kotalik, Corey Baumiller, Jeremy Jensen, Kyle Schweitzer, Craig Hora, Joshua Pachl and Jacob Schweitzer. Honorary pallbearers are her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Adeline was born on Nov. 5, 1923 in Dolton, S.D. to Carl and Christina Moeller. She joined a very large family of brothers and sisters and half-brother and half-sisters of which she was the youngest and the last survivor. She graduated from Dolton School and was in the last graduating class before that school closed. She enjoyed going to dances and playing ball with her brothers.
Adeline married Francis Schweitzer on Feb. 16, 1946 upon his return from active Air Force duty, thus began the routine of farming and raising a family of 14.
Adeline’s care of her family involved many meals. Still in her 90s a favorite pasttime was to find and use different recipes. She always like to tell a story about the neighbor kids staying around until the cinnamon rolls and homemade, hand-made bread came out of the oven. Keeping her hands busy in later years, she made family members blankets and adorned our wall with her crafts. Thanks to her Yankton friends, she joined water aerobics which included coffee time and both were a highlight of her week and greatly enjoyed.
Adeline is survived by her sons: Allen, Michael, Bruce (Sandy), Randy, Brian (Shari), Darrold (Lori), Kevin (Kara); daughters: Angela (Randy) Schaffer, Donna (Willie) Cap, Mary (Doug) Baumiller, Pam Jensen, Charlene (Gerry) Hora, Vicki (Garrett) Pachl; daughter in-law, Mary Schweitzer; 45 grandchildren; 59 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.
Adeline was preceded in death by her husband, Francis; son, Steven; brothers and sisters and her mother and father.