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“I'm so sorry to hear about Bea's passing! Just know that our loved ones may leave us, but their love stays with us forever. In sad times like this,...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Tiera (Teri) Hurlbert - Friend

“Kate, so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. My sympathies for you and your family during this time. You are all in my prayers and my heart....Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Val Schmale - Spencerville, MD

“Sorry we were unable to attend your Mother's service. Your family is in our thoughts and Prayers. Buster and Marlene ”
3 of 7 | Posted by: Marlene Schuiling - Iona, SD

“I never met your Mother,Cathy. Knowing how difficult it is to loose a parent. It takes time to heal that loss. But knowing they lead a great life...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Jane Leibel

“My sympathy with the loss of your mother. My dad, Carl Kenny, worked with her at the Iona Post Office and held her high esteem. ”
5 of 7 | Posted by: Helen Vanorny

“SORRY TO HEAR OF YOUR LOSS BEA WAS ALWAYS KIND AND CHEERFUL AND I ENJOYED BEING AROUND HER MAY SHE REST IN PEACE ”
6 of 7 | Posted by: wilma sachtjen - burke, SD

“Sympathies to you and your family. Losing a parent is hard. Especially your mom. ”
7 of 7 | Posted by: Jane Janet Oliver - Osmond, NE


Beatrice (Bea) York was born April 20, 1923 to Fred and Minnie (Pederson) York at a farm near Lucas, SD. She attended South Grey School and graduated from Gregory High School in 1940.

Beatrice married James Lane of Iona, SD and they were the parents of three sons and one daughter. The family lived on a farm near Iona. In 1956, they purchased the Iona Store and Beatrice became acting Postmaster. She was then appointed Postmaster in 1957. The couple later divorced.

In 1960, Beatrice married Floyd Feyereisen of Iona and they were the parents of one daughter. Floyd passed away in 1972.

In 1976, Beatrice married John Faust of Lucas, SD and moved to the farm near Lucas. Beatrice continued to operate the post office in Iona until the fall of 1978 when she resigned due to her husband's poor health. John and Beatrice moved to Burke in 1988 and John passed away in 1993.

Beatrice was a life member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and served as president in the organization for three years. She spent several summers working the concession stand at the ballpark and helped at the nursing home and many other community events.

Beatrice enjoyed reading, traveling, crossword and jigsaw puzzles, and playing Bingo. She also loved to hear what was going on in the lives of her children and grandchildren.

On Saturday, April 8, 2017, Beatrice passed away at the age of 93 at Avera Gregory Hospital.

Beatrice was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Minnie York, two sisters Zona Rajewich and Norma Smith, one brother Max York, and spouses Floyd Feyereisen and John Faust.

She is survived by her children, Richard (Evelyn) Lane, Madison, SD, Kathleen (Terrence) Eide, St. George, UT, Ken (Pat) Lane, Rockport, MO, Randy Lane, Gregory, SD, and Ann (Bryan) Webb, Mitchell, SD; grandchildren Mike (Dana) Bultsma, Lakeville, MN, Melinda (Mark) Carpenter, Hammett, ID, Lisa (Brian) Cox, Freeman, SD, Neva (Kevin) Corazon, Miami, FL, Dawn (Colt) Albrecht, St. George, UT, Scott Lane, Kansas City, MO, Kimberly Brake, Rockport, MO, Chris (Amy) Lane, Sioux Falls, SD, Melissa Lane, Mitchell, SD, and Kyra Webb, Rapid City, SD; twenty great grandchildren, several great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials will be given to the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and the Burke Library.

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A memorial service for Beatrice Faust was held Thursday, April 13, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home in Gregory with Pastor Royal Archer officiating.

Recorded music was "Amazing Grace" and "It is Well with My Soul."

Joan Kenzy was in charge of registration.

Honorary Urn Bearers were Bea's grandchildren: Mike Bultsma, Melinda Carpenter, Lisa Cox, Neva Corazon, Dawn Albrecht, Scott Lane, Kimberly Brake, Chris Lane, Melissa Lane, and Kyra Webb.

Inurnment was in Graceland Cemetery, Burke, SD.