Jane Poindexter, 66, formerly of Beresford, passed away Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, at home in Sylmar, CA under hospice care following a short battle with cancer. Memorial services will be held at Grace Baptist Church, Santa Clarita, CA, on Jan. 3, 2014, and at Dalesburg Baptist Church, rural Beresford, on Jan. 18, 2014, at 1 p.m.
Jane Margaret Gustad was born Nov. 22, 1947, to Ben and Adena (Anderson) Gustad in Vermillion. Janie grew up on a farm in rural Centerville, and attended school there until after her mother passed away in 1959, when she and her dad moved to Beresford. Janie graduated from Beresford High School in 1966, and moved to Burbank, CA in 1967, where she worked for Valspar Paints for 32 years, retiring in 1999. On Nov. 20, 1982, Janie married Bob Poindexter in San Bernardino, CA, who is grateful to have shared his life with her for 31 years.
Although Janie spent the majority of her adult life in southern California, she remained true to her South Dakota roots, missing few class reunions and keeping in touch with her friends from “back home.” Janie was the “family historian” and maintained subscriptions to the Beresford, Centerville and Vermillion papers, reading and sharing the news faithfully. With a strong faith, she enjoyed being a member of the “Women of Grace” Bible Study Fellowship at Grace Baptist Church in Santa Clarita, where she was also a member. Janie had a warm and lively spirit, and her laugh was infectious.
Among those who survive and who gratefully shared her life are her husband, Bob, of Sylmar and their dachshund, Lady; two sisters, Annette (Carl) Norberg, Highlands Ranch, CO, Karen (Jerry) Swangel, Sioux Falls; a stepson, Mark (Sharon) Poindexter and step-granddaughter, Elizabeth, Papillion, NE; two nieces, Lana Shogren, Sioux Falls and Shelli (Steve) Washel, Bloomington, IN. Janie was preceded in death by her parents.