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Memorial Service

Goglin Funeral Home, Tripp
Saturday May 30th, 2020

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Danzig Baptist Church Cemetery
Saturday May 30th, 2020

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Josephine Buchholz Novak

Josephine Margret Jensen was born near Union, Montana to Albert Jensen and Mildred Rusch August 17, 1934. The Rusch family moved and lived near Chicago for several years. While Josephine was still a child, the Rusch family moved to the Delmont area where she attended grade school and high school. Josephine furthered her education while attending college in Springfield, obtaining a teaching degree. While teaching during the day, Josephine went to night school and earned a master’s degree in education.
Josephine was united in marriage to Alfred Buchholz December 24, 1953. Josephine and Alfred enjoyed 42 years of marriage, until his death in 1999. They were the proud parents of one son, Loren Buchholz.
She enjoyed teaching very much and also enjoyed farming in the Avon area.
Josephine married Leonard Novak July 10, 2002 in Rapid City. Josephine and Leonard made their home in Rapid City during their 15 years of marriage. When Leonard passed away, Josephine moved back to Tripp, S.D.
Josephine passed away Thursday, May 21, 2020 at St. Benedict Hospital in Parkston at the age of 85.
Josephine is survived by her son Loren and wife Marlene; two grandsons, Matthew Buchholz and Angie Miiller, Jason and Ashlie Buchholz; three great granddaughters, Jordan, Dylan and Alexa; two great grandsons Gavin and Brody; five stepchildren Kathleen (Jim) Hornstra, Arleen (Mark) Willoughby, John and (Maureen) Novak, Gerald and Kristie (Krier); Tom and Helen (Massey); five siblings, David Jensen and wife Avis, Robert and his wife Carol (deceased), Leona and husband Bob Dunne (deceased), Alvin and Marsha Forest.
She also has 11 step grandchildren, 17 step great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
We thank God for the blessing of being part of her life.

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Mrs. Buchholz was my 6-8th grade teacher at Dewald District #82 South of Tripp, very close to where her husband farmed. She was my favorite teacher always commenting on my artistic abilities. She also wasnt a pushover and was tough when she needed to be but always with a compassionate heart! Im sorry for your loss but know she has touched many people through teaching and life! My sincerest sympathies to you, Loren and Marlene and to your children and grandchildren! May she Rest In Peace and May perpetual light shine on her!

Marcia Guthmiller Deyalsingh Jul 22 2020 10:12 PM

We extend to you our sympathy and prayers on the passing of your Mom. Many memories of her at our days at Danzig. "A Mother's love is forever, nothing can take it from you for it lives within your heart and memories and is a part of all that you do."

LeRoy and Mary Brandt May 30 2020 12:48 AM

Loren , Marlene and family, our sincere sympathy to you at this sad time. As a fellow teacher at the Scotland School, I had the pleasure of working with Jo for many years. Her dedication and love for the students in her classes was truly exemplary. That warm smile of hers was so special and greeted each and every one she met. May the love of family and friends grant you peace and comfort as you celebrate the life of Jo.

Marvin and Agnes Thum May 29 2020 11:41 PM

Sending my love and hugs to Loren, Marlene and family. I so enjoyed seeing Jo when I came back to SD. She was so much fun to talk to. Her smile was the best and I am so sorry for your loss. So many good memories of my parents visiting with Lorens parents!

Marcia Schultz May 28 2020 6:48 PM

Sorry for your loss. May your wonderful memories of your time together help you at this difficult time.

Joe & Jan Schlimgen May 28 2020 1:43 AM

We have missed Jo and Leonard at the farmers market. Theirs was the favorite booth for my kids who loved the dum dum suckers and wonderful sausages. Wishing peace to their family.

Barbara Cromwell May 27 2020 11:36 PM

Such a lovely lady. We were neighbors on the farm when I grew up, she was a teacher same as my mom, Marjorie Berndt, so we had lots of fun times listening to them visit. Condolences to the family.

Becc Coyle May 25 2020 2:45 AM

My condolences to Jos family. We miss her at the Black Hills Farmers Market. Dale

Dale Casteel May 25 2020 1:50 AM

Blessings to all of you at this sad time. I am comforted knowing that Josie is no longer in pain and at peace. She lives on in our memories of her. God Bless

Kathy Buchholz May 23 2020 1:14 AM