Kwang Redlegs was caring, loving
Mass of Christian Burial for Kwang Redlegs, 70, of Mobridge, was held Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Mobridge.
Burial was Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at Black Hills National Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge.
Kwang passed away Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, at Mobridge Regional Hospital.
Kwang Redlegs was born July 30, 1942, in Choongchung buk-do, Republic of Korea. Much of her childhood was spent surviving the Korean War, but she successfully graduated from high school and worked in Seoul. This is where she met her husband, Gabriel Redlegs, who was serving in the U.S. Army. They were married on May 20, 1963, and Gabriel was then transferred back to Fort Hood, Texas. After arriving in Fort Hood, they lost most of their personal belongs to flooding and Kwang was carried to safety by her husband. Soon after, Gabriel suffered congestive hear failure and was discharged from the Army after 24 years of service. The moved back to Gabriel’s home state of South Dakota (McLaughlin) and made their home there for the remainder of their lives.
Soon after arriving in South Dakota, she had given birth to her first son, Lee in 1966, and one year later, Mario was born. They then relocated to Mobridge from McLaughlin and Kwang then started working at the Arcade on Main Street for a short time before accepting a job as a nursing assistant at the Mobridge Care Center (Golden LivingCenter). This is where she found her niche. It was the beginning of a 40-year career helping many people. She loved helping people and she treated everyone with care and compassion. She took care of many area residents and/or their loved ones. Most everyone has a story of Kwang and her care for their loved ones. She saw many nurses and nursing assistants come and go and made many friendships throughout the years. “Caring,” “friendly,” “lovely” and “an angel” are some of the words to describe Kwang. Many people go through life wondering if they had an influence on somebody’s life. Kwang most definitely did.
Kwang was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Mobridge for many years. She was well known for her beautiful garden and many flowers in her yard each summer. She enjoyed spending time having tea or shopping all day with her girlfriends. She was most proud of her two sons and was well known for calling them “My Lee” and “My Mario.” Her sons were very fortunate to spend her remaining days on earth by her side, soaking in the laughter and love that she gave.
She is survived by her sons Lee (Diane) Redlegs of Rapid City and Mario Redlegs of Aberdeen; three brothers, Chang Hyun Beck (Seung Sook), Cha Hyun Beck, Kwang Hyun Beck (Thao Tran); and one sister, Hyun Soon Beck; and two grandchildren, Martin Phililp Sicard and Kaitlyn Lee Sicard-Redlegs.
Kwang was preceded in death by her husband, Gabriel Redlegs, parents Hae Sung Baek and Man Young Yun, and one brother, Ha Hyun Baek.