Hulda Stahl, 89, of Bridgewater passed away Friday at the Diamond Care Center in Bridgewater. Memorial Services will be held on Tuesday at 10:30 am at the Zion Mennonite Church in Bridgewater. Visitation with the family present will begin at 6 pm on Monday, also at the Church, with a Tribute Service to be held at 7:30pm.
Hulda Mae (Walter) Stahl died August 22, 2014 at the Diamond Care Center in Bridgewater, South Dakota. She was born on September 27, 1924 to Rev. Jacob I. and Katharina Walter. She believed in Jesus as her Savior at a young age and was baptized
in the James River near her Grandpa Wollmans farm in July 1938. She attended Freeman Junior College for one year, received her teaching certificate and taught in a one-room country school.
Hulda married Paul M. Stahl on January 16, 1949. Paul and Hulda farmed together north of Bridgewater for nearly 60 years. They had six sons: Melvin (Debra), Daniel (Martha), Ronald (Carla), Robert (Janet), Charles (Brenda) and Kenneth (Anne) all of Bridgewater and one daughter Kathleen (Randel) Maass of Sioux Falls.
Our mother poured her life into her family. She routinely set aside her own needs for our plans. She celebrated each of us as unique individuals and was a patient listener whenever we needed someone to understand. She enjoyed catering lunch to the fields and checking on the progress of the farm work. She cherished the times we were all together enjoying one of her delicious meals. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the delight of her life and she kept current of all their activities and accomplishments. She carried a special grief in her heart until her last day for the loss of her grandson, Paul, in 2007.
Our mother was an accomplished cook, baker, gardener, seamstress, needlework artist, and raised her own poultry. She was never idle and always had a project ready to "pick-up". We were gifted with quilts, afghans, baby blankets and needlework art. Our mother enjoyed Ladies Bible Fellowship, Christian Womens, Extension Club, TOPS Club, Red Hats, keeping a diary, and taking long walks along the country roads near the farm.
Our mother was a lifelong student and teacher of the Bible. She taught Sunday School for as long as we can remember and as long as she was able. She was the Junior Sunday School Superintendent and planned the annual Christmas program for most of our growing-up years. She ministered to the college and career youth sending them a hand-written letter and the Our Daily Bread devotional. She was a regular participant in neighborhood Stonecroft Bible Studies. Our mother had a passion to spread the gospel around the world and often hosted missionaries in our home. She prayed for all 63 of us by name at least once a day. Her prayer life included extended family, neighbors, community members in need, church leaders, missionaries, and fellow believers around the world.
Mother joined her grandson, Paul, her parents, her brothers, Andreas and Andrew, and her sister, Anna in Glory.
Cherishing her memory are her husband of 65 years, Paul, her children, 29 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren.