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category: Obituary, date: 2014-12-02, by Avon SD
Gladys Ganje Jochim
Born: September 14, 1919 - Died: December 02, 2014Gladys Ganje Jochim

Gladys Ganje Jochim, 95, of Ft. Pierre and formerly of Eagle Butte, passed away Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at Kelly's Retirement Home, Pierre.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. MST, Monday, December 8, 2014 at All Saints Catholic Church, Eagle Butte, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at the Eagle Butte Cemetery. A wake service will be held at 4:00 p.m. CST, Sunday, December 7, 2014 at St. John's Catholic Church, Ft. Pierre, with visitation one hour prior to the service.

Gladys Eunice (Janssen) Jochim was born in Kingsburg, SD September 14, 1919 to Matilda (Ottum) and Carson Janssen. She attended school in Kingsburg for eight years, and she attended high school in Tyndall, SD for two years. Gladys finished her last two years of school in Springfield, SD and also attended her first year of college at Southern there.

She started teaching at the age of 17 with a permit from the state. She taught country school for four years at the Grimme School south of Tyndall. Then she went back to school to get her State Certificate. Gladys spent the next 37 years teaching in Eagle Butte. During this period of time, she married Joe Ganje on September 21, 1943. They spent 28 years together until his death on February 1, 1972.

She married Andy Jochim on August 31, 1976. They spent 38 years together at the ranch north of Eagle Butte and later at Marion's Garden in Ft. Pierre. They had a very happy life together. When they decided to retire they found a very nice place in Fort Pierre where they built a beautiful home near water where they could fish and boat.

Gladys enjoyed cooking and baking. She was constantly preparing a meal or sending goodies home with any guests that would visit. She would even try to sweeten up her doctors by bringing goodies along to her appointments. Gladys loved to garden and raise flowers. She loved a good game of cards, and enjoyed riling up her opponents.

Gladys is survived by her husband, Andy Jochim; her precious dog, Tootsie; numerous nieces and nephews; and her many "adopted children".

She is preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Joe Ganje; and her siblings: John "Bud" Janssen, Marie Grimme, Nina Finck, Rena Clark, Jim Janssen, and one infant sibling.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of South Dakota are preferred.

Luce Funeral Chapel of Eagle Butte has been entrusted with Gladys' arrangements.

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