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Rev. Jonathan Vehar
Rev. John D. Kautz
Pianist ~ Diane Gemar Hofer
Organist ~ Jan Kocer
"Just a Closer Walk with Thee, hymn 697, verses 1 and 3
"Lord of All Hopefulness", hymn 765, verses 1 and 4
"Precious Lord” hymn 773, verses 1 and 3
Emily Penk-Smith Violinist
John Hauck Guitarist
SD Old Time Fiddlers
"Sweet By and By"
"I’ll Fly Away"
P.E.O. Chapter AE, Scotland
Karen Foss Baker
John D. Kautz
Deloris Kautz Budzien
Sharon Tschetter Fresvik
Florinda Elizabeth Foss was born on April 10, 1918 to Fredericka (nee Zeeb) and Abraham Kautz. She attended school in Freeman, graduating in 1936. Elizabeth attended Freeman Junior College. She graduated with honors in 1946 from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD with degrees in English and music. She taught at Diamond Valley country school, Marion elementary, Lennox and Scotland High Schools.
Elizabeth married Edwin Busch in 1941. He died in WW2 in 1943. When teaching in Lennox, she met Wilbur Foss and they married in 1946.
Elizabeth lived and loved music all her life. She organized the Scotland Community Choir in 1947. In the first year, there were 120 members. She was a church organist in Freeman and Our Savior’s Lutheran Church (the stone church) rural Menno. She taught piano and voice lessons for 40 years.
Elizabeth and Wilbur owned and operated the Coast to Coast hardware store in Scotland, SD for 17 years. They moved to Yankton, SD in 1963 and returned to Scotland in 1997. Due to her husband’s interest in fiddling, they organized the SD Old Time Fiddlers. Many honors and friendships followed. They were both selected as the first Living Legends in Yankton in 2001. They also received recognition in the SD Country Music Hall of Fame in 2014. Elizabeth was a member of P.E.O. and received her 50 year pin in 2016.
Elizabeth was known as a woman of faith, insightfulness and intuition – always an encourager. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, friend and mentor to generations.
In December of 2010, Elizabeth moved to the Good Samaritan Center. Following Wilbur’s death in November, 2015 she moved to Minnetonka, MN to be closer to her family. She died there on August 1, 2016.
She was also preceded in death by her brothers Aaron, Ray, Leon Kautz and sister Frieda Tschetter.
Elizabeth is survived by her daughter Nancy (William) Penk of Hopkins, MN; a grandson Ryan (Anette) and their sons Bjorn and Noah of Lier, Norway; and a granddaughter Emily (Marshall) Penk-Smith and their daughter Elsa of St. Louis Park, MN.
Thank you to those who wrote on this page with such kind words. My mother was a lovely and loving person. The service on Aug. 12 reflected her lifetime participation in music and her dedication to her family, friends, community and church. Losing both parents in less than 9 months has been difficult but the good memories of shared experiences are comforting to our children, grandchildren, my husband and me. Many thanks. Nancy Penk
Nancy (Foss) Penk Aug 24 2016 6:48 PM
Elizabeth was my cousin and a special part of the Kautz family. She was an inspiration to me as a musician, touching so many of our lives as teacher and friend at SHS. Nancy and family, we are thinking of you at this sad time. Lusetta Kautz Letellier
Martin Lusetta Kautz Letellier Aug 18 2016 7:28 PM
Nancy, My parents were Rex And Ruby Leubecher. They were friends of your parents . My dad worked with Wilbur at Valley Bank and they were friends before that through politics.....both such good Republicans. I got to know them better when we moved to Yankton in 1983. Elizabeth was in my PEO Chapter and of course they were active in the community. Such good "salt of the earth" people. Wilbur would stop occasionally to visit Mom and Dad when he was in Sioux Falls and always asked about them. He wrote me the nicest letter when Dad died in 2013 and I always meant to write him a note to thank him. I regret that I never did it because it meant a lot to me. Therefore my note to you! Just want you to know that they were wonderful people and I have fond memories of them. Several in my PEO Chapter have reminisced about Elizabeth since we saw the obit in the paper. My sympathy to you. It's always hard losing parents but knowing they lived a long full life helps. Diane Ness
Diane (Leubecher) Ness Aug 15 2016 12:41 PM
One of the neat things I recall from my childhood is my Dad and I going into the Coast to Coast store and me just wandering around looking at the cool stuff. Your parents were always there and always thought they were super people. And of course they were way back in the late 50's and early 60's. They had a great long life together. My thoughts are with you and your family.
Don Mach Aug 8 2016 12:05 PM
I have known Mrs. Foss most of my life as Scotland is my home town and had her as my music teacher, and you Nancy were my student in Music when you attended Yankton High School. Your Mother and Dad had a great long life together. You have our deepest sympathy.
Forrest and Barb Conrad Aug 6 2016 10:22 PM
The photo you have chosen for her obituary here totally captures the Elizabeth Foss I knew. You can see the sparkle in her eyes, which was there from the first day I met her at a fiddle contest in Safford Arizona in the 1990s until the last time I saw her at the Yankton Fiddle Contest in 2015. Throughout her years of physical difficulties, the spunk and spark of life never left her face. I treasure my memories of Wilbur and Elizabeth encouraging my feeble attempts at being a fiddler so long ago. Our friendship grew through the years as they wintered in Arizona. Elizabeth often led our gospel programs at our Arizona contests. She could bring any kind of inpsirational reading to life like no one I ever heard. The world of traditional music owes Elizabeth and Wilbur Foss a giant debt of gratitude. My sincerest sympathies to their family. They loved you dearly, spoke of you often, and were so proud of you. Thanks for sharing them with us. Laura Barry, Tucson, Arizona
Laura Barry Aug 6 2016 12:07 PM
So many fond memories of Wilbur and Elizabeth!
Mary Elder Aug 6 2016 12:00 AM
Nancy, What a blessing to have had your Mother all these years, her smile is what I remember when I went into their store back in the 50's....Treasure all the memories and hold them dear to your heart!
Katherine Schmidt Aug 4 2016 11:58 AM