Marion Fett

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March 1, 1924 – April 10, 2014.
Marion K. Fett, 90, of Rapid City and formerly of Timber Lake passed away on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Clarkson Health Care in Rapid City. Memorial services were held Monday, April 14, 2014 at Kirk Funeral Home in Rapid City with Pastor Eric Grinager officiating. A burial of her ashes will take place at a later date at Timber Lake. Marion was born March 1, 1924 in Eagle Butte to Frank and Elizabeth Laurenz. She grew up on the family farm and graduated from high school in Eagle Butte. Marion came to Timber Lake in 1942 and worked for the Department of Agriculture for 1 1/2 years. She then left for California and worked at the Naval Dry docks on Terminal Island. She enlisted in the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps in the fall of 1944. She was sent back to St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen for training. She left the Corps after World War II ended. She moved to Timber Lake in 1946, where she worked for O.J. Fett at Fett Implement. She married the boss’s son, Dean, in October, 1947. She and Dean were active members in the Timber Lake community and First Baptist Church. Many people would remember them as the couple who rode the bicycle built for two in the annual Days of 1910 parade. In the earlier years a favorite pastime was sewing her daughter’s clothes for holidays and special occasions. Marion worked as bookkeeper for Parker Drug and Timber Lake Livestock and went to work full time at the Dewey County Bank in 1951. She was bookkeeper for their store Fett’s Men’s Wear, and was also deputy register of deeds. In 1954 Marion went to work at the ASCS office and retired in January 1984 as office manager after 32 years. After retiring, she volunteered at the Dewey County Library and the Timber Lake & Area Historical Society & Museum. She was made an honorary lifetime member in recognition of her many years of dedicated service. Dean passed away in 1987. Marion moved to Rapid City in 1998 to be closer to her daughter, Kathy. Marion loved spending her remaining life in the Black Hills. She enjoyed being a part of the coffee group at Sandstone Ridge and enjoyed many trips to Deadwood with the Senior Citizens. She is survived by her daughter, Kathy (Gerry) Scharberg of Black Hawk; two brothers, August (Heddie) Laurenz and Frank (Maggie) Laurenz of Eagle Butte; one sister, Bette (Raymond) Ross of Faith; a grandson Jason (LaDonna) Scharberg of Freeman; a granddaughter Carissa (Mark) Alley of Summerset; greatgrandchildren—
Garrett, Evan, Gavin, McKenzie, and Gage, who is expected in June; and many nieces and nephews whom she enjoyed visiting with on a regular basis. She is preceded in death by her husband, Dean Fett; brother Henry Laurenz; and sisters Helen Rich and Ann Pinnell. (Gerry and Kathy Scharberg’s address is 7405 Kay Dr., Black Hawk, SD 57718.)
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