Family and church were most important to Laura Bohlander


Funeral services for Laura Bohlander, 89, of Mobridge, were held Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012, at the United Methodist Church in Mobridge.

Burial was at Greenwood Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge.

Laura passed away Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, at Mobridge Regional Hospital.

Laura Regina Bohlander was born July 9, 1922, in rural Java. She attended school and graduated from Bowdle High School. She went on to Aberdeen Normal College where she obtained her teaching certificate.

Following college she began teaching in rural schools in the Mobridge area.

On June 29, 1947, she married the love of her life, Herbert Bohlander, in Bowdle. They made their home in Mobridge for a short time before settling in Glenham.

Laura’s family and church were the most important things to her. Laura and Herbert were foster parents to many children throughout the years. She was a great caregiver and had love for everybody. She enjoyed making quilts, which all of her nieces and nephews received. She also made numerous wedding cakes for families in the area.

Laura eventually moved into Golden LivingCenter in Mobridge where she enjoyed all the activities they had to offer.

Laura is survived by her daughters, Gail (Larry) Johnson of Orchard, Colo., and Marjorie (Larry) Bearsheart of Mobridge; grandchildren, Carrie Bohlander, Clint Bohlander, Jessica Defender, Joshua Defender, Brandon Johnson and Summer Scandariato; great-grandchildren, Mariah, Kenton, Karma, Koypoh, Jena, Kiley, Jagger, Ava, Lilly and Ryker; brothers, Herbert (Elfrieda) Robinson of Tennessee and LeRoy (Betty) Robinson of Boulder, Colo.; sister-in-law, Irma Robinson of Hastings, Minn.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Herbert, two brothers, Albert and Edgar, and one sister in infancy.

Casket bearers were Rich Robinson, Bill Robinson, Joshua Defender, Clint Bohlander, Bob Bohlander and Chris Bohlander.

Honorary bearers were Karen Walker, Lorraine Vander Wal, Gordon Manecke, Valynn Jensen, Larry Johnson and Larry Bearsheart.

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