Sunshyne Thaler(October 29, 1919 - November 2, 2007)
Sunshyne Thaler, 88 of Mitchell and formerly of Avon Her funeral service will be 2:00 pm Monday, November 5, 2007 at the First Presbyterian Church in Avon, with burial at 3:45 at the Tyndall Cemetery, rural Tyndall, SD. Visitation will be at the Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Chapel in Avon from 12 noon to 5 pm Sunday and Monday from 10 am to 12 noon. Memorials will be directed to the "Sunshyne Benevolent Fund"; SD Dental Association; 3813 Kiawanis Circle; Sioux Falls, SD 57105. Sunshyne Thaler, daughter of Neil and Myrtle (Vandevanter) Berry, was born on the family farm south of Dante on October 29, 1919. She died Friday, November 2, 2007 at the Firesteel Healthcare Center in Mitchell. Sunshyne attained the age of 88 years and five days. Sunshyne attended rural schools in Charles Mix County through the eighth grade and graduated from Avon High School in 1937. She attended Grand Island Business College in Nebraska and also attended Southern State College in Springfield and the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. Sunshyne married Frank Thaler on September 4, 1938. They lived in Wagner, Scotland and then moved to Avon in 1943, where they lived in the house her great grandparents had built. Frank and Sunshyne moved to Prairie Crossings Assisted Living Center in Mitchell in 2001. Due to illness in 1957, Frank was unable to work and Sunshyne became a teacher, beginning her career at James School near Avon. Her next schools were the Steckman School in Charles Mix County, Wagner Junior High, and then finished her career at Avon High School. After her retirement she tutored adults, teens and elementary students in Wagner and in her home in Avon for five years. Sunshyne also worked for the Avon Clarion for many years and compiled the column "Remembering....". Sunshyne was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Avon, the Monday Reading Club, SDEA and NEA. Shyne had many loves: her family, friends, horses, teaching, students, reading and traveling to visit her children and other relatives. Thankful for having shared her life are her children:Nick and wife, Bev of South San Francisco, CA, Marge Engel and husband, Gary of Mitcheil, and Dr. Mel and wife, Loo of Sioux Falls; five grandchildren: Angle (Nathan) Putnam, Scott (Colleen) Engel, Mark Thaler, Neil (Paula) Thaler, and Robert (Sandi) Thaler; three great grandchildren; and a host of friends, fellow teachers and students who loved and respected her. Sunshyne was preceded in death by her husband on August 18, 2006; and brother, Robert N. Berry.