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Fidelia Kosola

Fidelia Kosola
Fidelia Kosola
- July 24, 2017

Fidelia Beatrice Carriers was born June 14, 1922, at Castle Rock, SD, to Alexander and Emelda (Monty) Carriers. She attended country school at Castle Rock. She enjoyed climbing the Castle Rock Butte with her sibling, riding horses on their sheep ranch and playing piano by ear. She was a member of various groups who played for a lot of dances over the years. At the time of her death she was the only living survivor of all those groups.    

On March 30, 1942 she married David L. Tompkins where they made their home on the G.P. Foster farm east of Newell. They raised sheep and farmed. She was a great cook, gardener and canned wonderful things. She had also worked at the Newell Sale Barn. To this union was born five children, David, Linda, Robert (died as an infant), Wanda and Kathleen (Kathy).They divorced in 1960. Fidelia married Robert Robert Kosola, May 24, 1962, in Deadwood, SD, and remained in the Newell area where she worked 25 years at various restaurants including the popular ”Cove Café”.

She was a member of St. Mary's Star of the Sea Catholic Church and Altar Society. She was also a member of the NVN Center and card clubs while living in Newell.After her husband, Robert, died in 2002, she moved to Spearfish where she fully retired and became an active member of the Spearfish Senior Center and St. Joseph's Catholic Church.

Fidelia Kosola, 95, Spearfish, died Friday, July 21, 2017, at the David M. Dorsett Health Care Center in Spearfish after a brief illness with the aid of the hospice program in the presence of her four children.

Survivors include her children, David E. Tompkins, Spearfish, Linda Sundstrom, Huntley, MT, Wanda Wood, Glendale, AZ, Kathy (Clayton) Doan, Belle Fourche; five grandsons; ten great-grandchildren; two great –great-grandchildren; one sister, Cecilia Sundstrom, Newell; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert, and infant son, Robert.

Visitation will be 4 until 7 p.m. on Monday at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Spearfish with burial at the Hope Cemetery in Newell.

A memorial has been established through St. Joseph's Catholic Church for the Newman Center on the campus of Black Hills State University.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals.com.

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