Agnes Stortvedt

Agnes Helen (Kozak) Stortvedt, age 92, of Centerville, died Saturday, June 19, 2010, at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls.

Funeral services were 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 22, at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church at 8th and Locust in Yankton, with Pastor George Shaver officiating.  Burial took place in the Yankton City Cemetery in Yankton.  Visitation was Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. with a prayer service and video tribute at 7 p.m. at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton.

Agnes was born May 4, 1918 in Utica, to Emanuel and Antonia (Kralicek) Kozak.  Due to a tragedy, she and her siblings were left without their mother or father and were all placed in the Sioux Falls Children's Home.  Two days later, Agnes was adopted by her aunt and uncle, Marie and Alois Kozak of Janousek.  Agnes attended country school at Peterka School District 46.  She worked as a housekeeper in several homes around the area before her marriage to Peter Norman Stortvedt on Aug. 8, 1941.  To this union were born four daughters: Ella, Rita, Beverly, and Vicki.  

Agnes was baptized into the Lutheran faith on July 30, 1944, in Yankton.  On March 30, 1963, the family became members of the Seventh-Day Adventist church of Hurley, where Agnes has been an active member.  Agnes and Peter farmed in the Wakonda and Viborg areas for over 45 years.  In addition she did various kinds of self-employment work throughout the area.

Her family was her biggest joy.  Those left to cherish her memory are her four daughters, Ella (Gordon) Grimsrud, Rita (Jim) Joseph, Beverly (Gordon) Johnson, and Vickie (Paul) Kendle; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Peter; son-in-law, Terry Flyger; parents; and all of her siblings from both biological and adopted families.

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