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St. John's Lutheran Church, Tyndall
Friday December 17th, 2021
5:00pm - 7:00pm

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St. John's Lutheran Church, Tyndall
Saturday December 18th, 2021

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Audrey Ruth Holupka

Audrey Ruth Holupka, 88, of Tyndall, SD, passed away peacefully with family at her side on December 5, 2021 at Freeman Regional Health Services, Freeman, SD.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 18, 2021 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Tyndall, SD with Rev. Dean Schroeder officiating. Burial is in the Tyndall Cemetery.

Visitation is from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, December 17, 2021 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Tyndall.

Audrey was born February 14, 1933 to Ed and Marie (Gran) Munkvold on the family farm, rural Menno, SD. She was baptized and confirmed at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, rural Menno. She attended Anderson School #52 for eight years and graduated from Irene High School in 1951. She had many babysitting jobs during her late grade school and throughout her high school years. Audrey married John Holupka on August 23, 1951. They made their home in Tyndall and were blessed with two daughters, Patricia and Michaeline.
Audrey worked 34 years as school lunch manager of Bon Homme School District. She is remembered by many former students for her delicious meals, cookies and fresh breads. Audrey served one term as president of South Dakota School Food Service Association. She retired in 1998.

Since 1951, Audrey has been a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Tyndall and for many, many years served as treasurer of the church. She kept meticulous records. She enjoyed participating in all church activities. Audrey was a charter member of the Ladies Auxiliary for the VFW Post No. 6895, Tyndall, which was chartered 70 years ago in 1951. She enjoyed sewing, embroidering, baking and canning. Spending time with grandchildren and great-grandchildren, brought her great joy.

She was always ready for coffee, visiting and catching up with family. Family was very important to her and she was always there when someone needed help.

Grateful for having shared her life are her daughters, Patricia (Marlin) Holzwarth, Freeman, SD, and Michaeline (Roger) Forland, Rochester, MN; four grandchildren, Matthew Holzwarth, Sioux Falls, SD, Kevin (Ashley) Holzwarth, Freeman, SD, Lindsey (Joel) Pethan, Appleton, WI and Kelly Ann Wilcox, Rochester, MN; four great-grandchildren, Paisley, Brantley and Granger Holzwarth and Kyla Marie Wilcox; two brothers, Edward (Helen) Munkvold, Menno, SD and Oliver (Jeanette) Munkvold, Lesterville, SD; two sisters, Iona Fischer, Sturgis, SD and Joyce Kloucek, Vermillion, SD; two sisters-in-law, Peggy Munkvold and Donna Munkvold, both of Lesterville, SD and several nieces and nephews.

Audrey was preceded in death by her husband, John in 1997; her parents Ed and Marie Munkvold; parents-in-law, John and Katherine Holupka; four brothers, Jerome, Albert, Roland and Roy; five sisters, infant Margaret, Alice Evenson, Edith Weisz, Evelyn Johnson and Connie Knodel; nine brothers-in-law, Carl Evenson, Elmer Fischer, Kenneth Kloucek, John Knodel, Floyd Weisz, Norman Johnson, Frank Holupka, Joe Holupka and Willard P. Mammel.; four sisters-in-law, Viola (Jerome) Munkvold, Irene (Frank) Holupka, Alveena (Joe) Holupka and Mary (Willard) Mammel; six nieces and 8 nephews.

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I worked for Audrey in the lunch line in the 80's. She was a very kind person and I am sure you have many fond memories. Prayers to the family, Nina (Jelsma) Reiff.

Nina Reiff Dec 17 2021 4:54 PM

Dear Mikey, Roger and family,
We loved spending time with your mom. Dinners, wine tasting with " the girls", family get togethers with Lindsey and Kelly; all these moments were filled with laughter and fun stories. There was always that moment when she had to leave when she always said" i hope the roads are open" and we laughed and assured her they were. Audrey was a lovely woman with a little sass in her demeanor and a twinkle in her eye, What a delightful woman to know, She will be dearly missed. Nancy and Dave Patterson

Dave Patterson Dec 16 2021 10:15 PM

My part time job in high school circa 1985 was slinging hash with Audrey as my boss. I had learned a lot about working with others and always enjoyed Audrey.

Amy Petrik Dec 15 2021 11:13 PM

I'm so sorry for the loss of your mom. I just saw her not long ago when I took my sister to the beauty shop. I admired the fact that she never changed. We had some good visits while waiting for my sister's hair to be done. May she rest in peace. Sending hugs and prayers to you and your family

Jolene Dutcher Dec 12 2021 11:48 AM

I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. I have so many memories of playing with Patty and Mikey at your house and the Mammal's across the street while our parents played pinochle. I wish you peace and comfort during this sad time. May God bless all of your family.

Bev (Wurtz) Wilson Dec 11 2021 10:40 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Audrey Holupka

Carol Novak Dec 10 2021 10:15 AM

I remember going to Patty and Mikey's to play. Mrs. Holupka being very weary of the "wild Hermanek girl." 'Never understood that--but she always made me feel welcome. 'will miss seeing her around and may she be at loving peace. Blessings on you two!

Barbara Hermanek Peck Dec 9 2021 2:01 PM

My sympathy for you on the loss of your mother. I have fond memories of growing up at St John's Lutheran with your family. God bless Audrey.

David Meyer Dec 8 2021 5:23 PM

My heartfelt condolences for Audrey's family. I remember driving Audrey with my Mom to the Yankton concert series in the past, and listening to the lively conversation between all of the ladies that were in my car and during their suppers on those evenings.

Jean Beringer Dec 7 2021 10:06 AM