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“I am sorry to hear this. My father was in the war with Woodrow and apparently thought a lot of him (we recently discovered some newspaper clippings)...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Paul Rivette - Huntsville, AL

“I am so sorry for your loss Barry! May God comfort and keep you and your family during this difficult time! RIP Elsie! ”
2 of 7 | Posted by: Ron Nikodym - Shawnee - Friend

“As a child I spent a few summers with Aunt Elsie and Uncle Woodie. Always enjoyed my time there. Nothing was better than the lunch/suppers with...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Kelly Anbach - DeLand, FL

“I used to visit Elsie alot while she was at Whispering Pines. Every time we talked, she told me a story about my dad (Ralph Dobesh) from the "early...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Cheryl Schonebaum - Burke, SD

“Sorry for ur loss she a great lady ”
5 of 7 | Posted by: scoty drews - Friend

“I'm so sorry to hear about Elise going to miss her she would always give me a hug if her day was going good and say thank you and we would talk about...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: April Steckel - Gregory, SD

“I am so sorry to hear of Elsie's passing. I will always remember her homemade baked desserts that she would bring every time I visited my parents in...Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: Margo Dunn - Malibu, CA - Family


Elsie Esther (Schmidt) Sinkular was born on July 8, 1923, on the family farm south of Dallas to Jacob and Lydia (Ring) Schmidt and died May 5, 2016 at Avera Rosebud Country Care Center. She was the third of three children.

Elsie graduated from Gregory High School in 1941 after which she attended SDSU, transferred to Southern State Normal School in Springfield, SD, and graduated in 1943 with an elementary school teaching certificate. She taught in Platte, SD, from 1943-1945 and substitute taught for a short time in Dallas.

Elsie was united in marriage to Woodrow W. Sinkular on April 20, 1944 and to this union three sons were born, Ken and Kent (twins) and Barry.

Elsie was the typical farm wife raising chickens, milking cows, vegetable and flower gardening, and always providing bountiful meals for her family, friends and the farm help. She especially loved baking and took great joy in sharing her baked goods with others. She always said she what she missed the most, when she was no longer able to live at home, were baking, cooking and gardening. She and Woody also liked to get together with friends and neighbors to play pinochle.

Elsie and Woodrow did much traveling together with the highlights being two trips to Germany to reunite with friends that Woody had made while stationed there when he was in the Army. They wintered in Rio Hondo, Texas, upon retiring, and even after Woody passed away on April 25, 1989, Elsie continued being a winter Texan until 2007.

She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, LWML, a lifetime member of the Dallas American Legion Auxiliary and Burke VFW Auxiliary.

Elsie entered Whispering Pines Assisted Living in December 2008, moved to Silver Threads Assisted Living in July of 2010, and due to declining health, moved to Avera Rosebud Country Care Center in July of 2012 where she always looked forward to playing bingo and attending church services.

Elsie was preceded in death by her husband, Woodrow and sons Ken and Kent, daughter-in-law Deloris, parents Jacob and Lydia Schmidt, sister Martha (Earl) Ashcraft, brother Albert (Olive R.)(Frances) Schmidt; father-in-law and mother-in-law William and Anna Sinkular; sister-in-law Adeline (August) Philippi; brother-in-law Harry (Luella) Sinkular.

She is survived by son Barry (Jeannette) Sinkular, Dallas, SD, daughter-in-law Gail Frank Sinkular, Gregory, SD, grandchildren Carleen (Randy) Baumgartner, Reliance, SD, Clint Sinkular, Gregory, SD, Jeff (Mandy) Sinkular, Lusk, WY, Stephanie Sinkular, Winner, SD and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

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Funeral services for Elsie Sinkular, 92, of Gregory, SD, were held Tuesday, May 10, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church, in Gregory, with Pastor Clark Gies officiating. A prayer service was held Monday evening at the church.

Music was provided by Melanie Hannahs, organist, and Clay Lundberg, soloist, singing "How Great Thou Art." Congregational Hymns were "Amazing Grace" and "I Know That My Redeemer Lives."

Gail Sinkular and Stephanie Sinkular were in charge of registration.

Karen Secor was in charge of flowers.

Casket Bearers were Jeff Sinkular, Randy Baumgartner, Gregg Lundberg, Steve McCance, Chris Sinkular, and Victor Hoffart.

Burial was in the Hillview Cemetery, Dallas, SD.