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Elsie Mae Cundiff Benda
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Birth: Jan. 13, 1910
Brule County
South Dakota, USA
Death: Dec. 25, 2012
Brule County
South Dakota, USA


Funeral services for Elsie Benda, 102, of Pukwana will be 11:00 am Friday, December 28, 2012 at the Pukwana Lutheran Church with burial in the Pukwana Cemetery at Pukwana, SD.

Elsie Mae Cundiff Benda was born January 13, 1910 at Pukwana, SD to William and Maggie (Smith) Cundiff. She attended grade school and high school in Pukwana graduating with the second high school class of the Pukwana High School in 1927. She went on to college to Northern State College at Aberdeen and then Dakota Wesleyan in Mitchell graduating in 1931 with a Bachelor of Science Degree and a major in Library Science. She started teaching in rural schools in Brule County until 1936 when she moved to Chicago, IL to live with her aunt and uncle. She was employed as a bookkeeper at Walgreen Drug Store's Main Office.

In 1945, Elsie was united in marriage to Harold Grunert and to that union a son, Keith, was born. Harold passed away in 1949 and Elsie returned to Pukwana. She remained there until 1952 when she married William Benda of Kimball and they made their home on his farm south of Kimball. William was killed in a car accident in 1962 and she returned to Pukwana.

Elsie returned to teaching in various South Dakota towns including Pukwana, Gann Valley, Chamberlain, Gregory, Milbank, and Crow Creek High School. All in all she taught for around 35 plus years and enjoyed it very much before retiring in 1982. Elsie continued to live in Pukwana until becoming a resident of Sanford Care Center in Chamberlain in 2010 at the age of 100 years. She was instrumental in getting the Golden Age Meals started in Pukwana in 1987 and enjoyed going to the Pukwana Fire Station and later the community center where the meals were delivered.

Elsie passed away on December 25, 2012 at Sanford Care Center in Chamberlain at the age of 102 years. Gratefully sharing in her life is her son Keith W. Grunert of Cave Creek, Arizona and a group of friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents, both husbands, and a sister Thelma Cundiff.

*Contributed by: Barb Jones #47367273
Community Cemetery
Brule County
South Dakota, USA
Created by: sunfire333
Record added: Dec 29, 2012
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Elsie Mae <i>Cundiff</i> Benda
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