Syneva Summers


January 2, 1945 - December 23, 2013


Syneva Eileen Summers was born January 2, 1945, at Salem, SD, to Valentine and Ot’tillia (Frank) Mandel.  She grew up in rural Salem, Freeman and the Mitchell area. She went to grade school at Hanson Bard School and attended Alexandria High School.  On November 4, 1961, she married Charles Henry Summers at Mitchell. She was employed at White Drug, Gibsons, Syncom and Loren’s Camera Shop. From 1986 until 1999, she owned and managed Riverside Ringneck Farm.

She was an active member of the National Rifle Association for many years, was a committee volunteer for the Mitchell Friends of NRA Banquet, coordinator for the NRA Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program in eastern South Dakota, NRA Field Support Volunteer for South Dakota, NRA “Free Hunters” National Hunting Club of America, and was an NRA Certified Recruiter and NRA Certified Firearms Instructor. She was a member of the NRA South Dakota Shooting Sports Association, was a 4-H Shooting Sports Volunteer, Coordinator for Youth Center Education Challenge (YHEC), a Boy Scout Shooting Merit Badge Instructor and was a past member of the Davison County Shooting Club. She was an avid deer hunter, a dedicated Army Guard wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She never worried about herself, always concerned about others and how her grandkids and great grandkids were doing.

She is survived by her husband Chuck, one daughter, Cheri Claggett and husband Paul of Storla, one son, Scott Summers and wife Kathy of Mitchell, five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, four sisters:  Shirley Mandel of Mitchell, Sally Wise of Mitchell, Sandra Smith and husband Roger of Tea, and Sylvia Garwood and husband Steve of Valentine, NE.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Valentine and Ot'tillia Mandel, father and mother-in-law, Darwin and Rosemary Summers, brother-in-law, Lorry Wise and granddaughter, Sara Ann Claggett.


Friday, December 27, 2013
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Saturday, December 28, 2013
11:00 AM
Northridge Baptist Church
Mitchell, South Dakota


Servicemen's Memorial Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Marcia Carlson Rislov on January 1, 2014
Prayers and thoughts will continue to be with you and your family. Although I never remember meeting Syneva, perhaps we did as youngsters. I, too, grew up in Hanson County and attended many county wide school events.
Posted by Randy and Debbie Blackburn on December 31, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family during this difficult period. It was great seeing some of the family this summer. Even though Syneva was in the hospital she knew who we were when we visited and the thoughts of goods times we had in the past was great. Rest in peace until we meeet again.
Posted by Charlie & Wanda Kobes on December 27, 2013
Sorry for you loss ! She will be missed by many as she was always doing for others as long as she could . Thoughts and prayers are with all of you .
Posted by Ellen Pederson on December 27, 2013
I am so sorry to hear about my cousin Syneva. I'm sure this has not been an easy time for the family the past several years. Keep looking at the positive and good memories. I will be praying for your family during this difficult time.
Posted by Walt & Myriam (Walter) Thomas on December 26, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family in the loss of Syneva. Her Dad was my Mother's brother. Make God comfort each of you as you mourn her passing.
Posted by Sharon Hiebner on December 26, 2013
So sorry to hear of Syneva`s passing. Syneva`s dad was a brother to my mom. We have many happy times and memories of our get togethers in our earlier years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God`s presence be felt and give you strength in days ahead.
Posted by Rev. Ben Payne on December 26, 2013
Syneva will be dearly missed. You are all such a beautiful family. Our prayers are with you!
Posted by Jon Reed Walter on December 26, 2013
So sorry for the loss of your mother
Posted by Karen (Walter) Kieffer on December 26, 2013
Sorry for your loss my prayers are with you in this sad time.
Posted by Rachel (Walter) Gilmore on December 25, 2013
Sorry for the loss of my cousin, my prayers to the family
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