Rev. Bill VanGerpen & Lorney VanGerpen
Organist ~ Marcene Kniffen
“How Great Thou Art”
“Here I am Lord”
“My God and I”
Soloist ~ Tammy Varilek
Grandchildren & Great-Grandchildren
Annabelle Mae Svanda was born Saturday, October 26, 1929 to Edward and Mamie (Hajek) Sip at rural Tyndall, South Dakota. She graduated from Tyndall High School in 1947. Annabelle was united in marriage to Elmer Svanda April 19, 1949 at the United Methodist Church in Tyndall.
After their marriage, Annabelle worked as a devoted farmwife as she faithfully milked their dairy cattle, raised chickens and ducks and tended to her garden. She also worked as a bookkeeper for Consumer Supply Company prior to her marriage. For over 50 years, Annabelle could be heard playing the organ for the Tyndall Presbyterian Church and over 30 years serving as their choir director and pianist. Annabelle was proud of her Czech heritage and was an avid polka dancer especially at the polka fests she attended. She enjoyed many things in life, but truly loved to cook, bake and spend time playing cards with Delta Dozen Pinochle Club of which she was an original member. She was also a member of the Presbyterian Women and the Czech Heritage Preservation Society. She never missed an opportunity to appreciate life and kept a daily diary from when she was married up until the last few months prior to her passing.
Annabelle died Friday, December 13, 2013 at St. Michael’s Hospital Avera in Tyndall at the age of 84 years, 1 month and 17 days.
Annabelle is survived by her husband of over 64 years, Elmer Svanda of Tyndall; three daughters, Nancy (Tom) Logue of Tyndall, Pat (Dave) DeGroot of Tripp and Becky (David) Tycz of Tyndall; eight grandchildren, Kelli (Jon) Sternhagen, Amy (Chad) Martin, Dawn (Mike) Stoebner, Dean (Tammy) Varilek, Debra (Barry) Schmidt, Sara (Justin) Lammer, David Tycz Jr. and Emily Tycz; eleven great-grandchildren and two sisters-in-law, Irene Herman and Arlene Svanda.
Preceding Annabelle in death were her parents and parents-in-law, Edward and Mamie Sip and Joseph J. and Anna Svanda; her brother, James Sip; two sons-in-law, Butch Rothschadl and Chuck Bame and two brothers-in-law, Wilbur Svanda and Emil W. Herman.