Emil A. Feistner 94 of rural Woonsocket, died Friday morning, December 30, 2011 at the Prairie View Care Center in Woonsocket.
He attended country school through the 8th grade. He began farming immediately on the homestead with his family.
On September 4, 1944 Emil was united in marriage to Arlene Klemm at Lane, SD. Following their marriage they farmed in the Woonsocket area until they moved into Woonsocket in 1984. He entered Prairie View Care Center Nursing Home in 2006.
Emil loved the hard work life of the farm and raising livestock and crops. On Sunday after church he enjoyed visiting with family and neighbors. One of his favorite interests was playing with kids sitting on his lap and laughing with them, especially the grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He was a faithful member of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church where he held several positions.
He is survived by two Sons Dennis Feistner and his wife Rita, and Gayle Feistner all of Woonsocket, two grandchildren Cory Feistner and his wife Claire of Woonsocket and Carla Kwasniewski and her husband Scott of Brookings, three great grandchildren Caitlyn and Carter Kwasniewski of Brookings and TJ Filler of Mitchell, six sisters-in-law Lorena Feistner and Viona Feistner both of Sioux Falls, Inez Redlin of Fullerton, CA, Milda Dittmer of Roseburg, OR, Luella Snow and her husband Clint of Seattle, WA and Elsie Mulligan of Tempe, AZ, several nephews, nieces and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Arlene in 2008, a daughter Lynell, siblings Julius, Fred, Alfred, Clara, Edna, Ernest, Elmer and Herman, four sisters-in-law and three brothers-in-law.
Emil was perhaps the last direct descendant of the pioneers in Jerauld County. His father, Theodore, came to Blaine Township, Jerauld County, as a baby with his parents in 1883. They homesteaded where the Feistner cemetery is located.