Nona Carol Fuerst


June 15, 1917 - February 3, 2014


Nona Carol Fuerst was born June 15, 1917 to Otto R and Mary (Johnson) Nelson at home in Gann Valley SD.  She graduated from Gann Valley High and attended Wessington Springs Junior College prior to beginning a career in elementary school teaching.  In 1941, she moved to Foxboro, Mass, to be an office assistant to a family doctor associated with Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.  After Pearl Harbor, she returned home and then on to Walla Walla AFB, WA. where she worked in Civil Service.  She requisitioned supplies for the Army Air Corps who were leaving for overseas duty.  When her brother, 1st Lt. Norman Nelson’s plane was shot down on December 22, 1943, she returned to Gann Valley to be with her family. Later, she returned to Philadelphia to again assist the Dr.’s family from Foxboro.  There, Nona worked as Director of the key punch department in the Philadelphia Bank & Trust Co.

While in Philadelphia Nona met and married John J. Matecki in 1947.  They moved to SD where Nona continued to teach in Jerauld County and worked as the cashier at Habicht’s Department Store.  In 1953 they moved to Mitchell where Nona was employed as a secretary to the principal at Longfellow School and the school nurse.  She then taught at Beulah #26 and Prosper Center rural schools.  When rural schools were closing Nona accepted training and qualified as a National Executive Housekeeper and worked at St. Joseph Hospital in Mitchell, SD.  In 1968 Nona completed a medical record course at Michigan State University and qualified as an A.R.I.  Nona continued at St. Joseph’s as Director of the Medical Records Department until retirement at the end of 1979.  Nona was an active member of Holy Family Catholic Church as a greeter and member of the living rosary, Altar Society, Catholic Daughters and 31 Club.  She was a member of the D.A.V. Auxiliary, VFW Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary, James Valley Senior Center, Palace City Good Sam Club and Women of the Moose.  Nona held several state and local positions for these organizations.  Nona loved to travel and did so in the United States and abroad.

In 1990 Nona married Theodore (Ted) Fuerst and continued living in Mitchell, traveling and doing a variety of volunteer activities; Meals on Wheels and driving veterans to doctor appointments at the VA Hospital in Sioux Falls.  In 2007 they chose to live at Avera Brady Assisted Living due to health problems.

Nona leaves her two daughters: Dee (Dr. Martin) Halbur, Carroll, IA and Alyce Scheurenbrand, Mitchell;  sister-in-law, Henrietta Nelson, Canby, OR; stepson, Myron (Bonnie) Fuerst; three stepdaughters: Jolene Brink, Charlene Harbert, all of Sioux Falls and Shirley Vearier, of Redfield; four granddaughters: Dr. Marie (Dr. Dan) G’Sell, Katherine Halbur, Elizabeth (Collin) Tiefenthaler all of Carroll, IA  and Dr. Anna (Brett) Pietig of Carter Lake, IA;  seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her two husbands, parents, stepmother and six brothers. 

Memorials in memory of Nona Fuerst may be directed to the American Cancer Society (4904 D Technopolis Dr., Sioux Falls, SD 57106), DAV Transportaion #7 (%Steve McClure, 1420 N Main, Mitchell, SD  57301) or Avera Brady Assisted Living
(%Veronica Smith, 500 S Ohlman, Mitchell, SD  57301).


Friday, February 7, 2014
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Women of the Moose Ceremony
Scripture Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Saturday, February 8, 2014
10:30 AM
Holy Family Catholic Church
222 North Kimball Street
Mitchell, South Dakota


Servicemen's Memorial Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Donna (Hauge) Bossman on February 9, 2014
So sorry to hear about Nona's passing. I remember living across the street in Wessington Springs and I remember playing with Dee and Alyce.. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families..Would love to hear from you.. phone 605-212-1979
Posted by Mary Marshall Meekins on February 8, 2014
You are held close to my heart and in my thoughts today. I remember your Mom fondly. She was quite the trailblazer for far ahead of her times. She is surely enjoying the eternal rewards for a life well-lived in service to her brethren.
Posted by Mary Wendl Zaborowski on February 8, 2014
Dee, Alyce and Family, My thoughts are with all of you today as you celebrate your mothers beautiful life. I have many fond memories of Nona’s hospitality when visiting Mitchell, SD in earlier years.
Posted by Michelle Peschong Ommen on February 7, 2014
What a wonderful and remarkable woman Nona was! I remember many "sleep overs" and her kind words and interest in what was happening in everyone's lives. She will be missed...Love to Dee and Alyce and their family at this time...God's blessings always.
Posted by Marie G'Sell on February 7, 2014
Grandma Nona was a lady ahead of her time. Her adventurous spirit and love for her family are an inspiration.
Posted by Jayne Webster Rubendall on February 6, 2014
I will always remember Nona as a strong, kind, and remarkable woman who was an inspiration to those lives that she touched. Farewell, you will be missed by many.
Posted by DONNA STEELE on February 6, 2014
Posted by Jan Lentz on February 5, 2014
Nona was a dear friend, and when we lived in Mitchell, a neighbor...We will never forget all the kindness that Nona and John showed to Al and I and our 4 girls... I will miss our phone calls.. Our love to the family.
Posted by Sheilah Hall/Ritchie on February 4, 2014
Could not even begin to write what I feel in my heart, Nona was always such a wonderful part of our family as well as Dee and Alyce, she is going to be so missed by everyone. What a happy reunion in Heaven!
Posted by Katie Halbur on February 4, 2014
Grandma Nona was a great lady and great friend. She will be missed.
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