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Agnes "Alvina" (Loeb) FischbachJune 20, 1929 ~ November 30, 2017 (age 88)
Good Morning, this is Agnes. I would like to sit and visit with you a little today, for my earthly life ended on November 30, 2017 at Avera Mother Joseph Manor in Aberdeen, over 88 years after I was born on June 20, 1929 to Alexander and Rufina (Ternes) Loeb in Raleigh, North Dakota.
I was the seventh of ten children, all of whom were born in a three-room house - the same house where both of our parents passed away. That house still stands on that farm where we all had to work so hard on the North Dakota prairie. Our mother passed away ten days after the birth of our youngest sister Angie, so I was sent to live with an aunt and uncle to ease the burden of so many children on our father. We learned at a young age that you can make a little go a long way.
After I graduated the eighth grade from a one-room rural school, I was sent to Mount Marty for high school in Yankton, SD. I eventually became a Benedictine Nun for 26 years and taught school in several places including Pueblo, Colorado and reservations in the Dakotas, eventually landing in Aberdeen. The name I chose as a Sister was “Alvina”. After I left the convent, I retook my given name of Agnes for social security purposes.
Five years later, I met a handsome man with broad shoulders who, at first I thought was a little arrogant, while working on some upholstery because he thought he could teach me something – well, he did, and his name was Bernard Fischbach. He was my rock – always there. He meant what he said and said what he meant. We were married here at All Saints Catholic Church in Mellette on September 17, 1973 and remained partners for the rest of our lives.
We lived on his grandparents’ farm, “Sunnyside” on the Brown/Spink County line, where we raised grain, chickens and cattle. I named all of our cattle and was saddened when the last were sold before we retired. We also had barn cats and our favorite was an overweight and ornery one Bern named “Gingrich”. I enjoyed gardening and refinishing furniture. I was also a member of All Saints Church, the Altar Society and American Legion Auxiliary. Bern and I were able to travel to many places before he passed.
Going before me were our parents; my old soldier, Bernard; brothers: Edmund, Teanus, Ralph and Jacob; sisters: Frances and Amelia; and nephews Greg Fischbach from California and David Fischbach.
I leave behind for now my sisters: Amelia, Irene and Angie; my brother Sam; and many nieces and nephews from coast to coast, all of whom I loved deeply.
You are welcome to attend my visitation from 3-5 p.m., Monday, December 4, 2017, at Schriver’s Memorial Mortuary and Crematory, 414 5th Avenue NW, Aberdeen and liturgical wake service beginning at 5:00 p.m. that same evening.
My Mass of Christian burial and Celebration of Life will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at All Saints Catholic Church, 23 1st Avenue, Mellette, with Father Tom Anderson as celebrant. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Mellette.
Friends may sign my online guestbook and also view my service via the live stream service link at www.schriversmemorial.com.
Thank you for loving me and for the memories. I believe that we will all be reunited in Christ.