Aberdeen: The funeral for former Langford resident Beatrice I. Tobin will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Langford. The Rev. Charlie Bunk will officiate.
Burial will be at Hillside Cemetery in Langford.
Closed-casket visitation will be one hour preceding the funeral at the church in Langford.
Beatrice passed away Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012, at Golden Living Center in Groton at the age of 89.
Beatrice Ione Helmer was born Aug. 3, 1923, on a farm near Groton to Henry W. and Mabel (Wilmsen) Helmer. She grew up on a farm south of Andover, attended rural country schools and graduated from Andover High School in 1941. She worked at Potter's grocery for a period of time before attending Northern State Teachers College in Aberdeen. She taught country school for two years in Brown County.
On Oct. 26, 1945, she married James John Tobin in Andover. They made their home on a farm east of Langford. James passed away April 28, 1978, and Beatrice moved to Aberdeen. She took a job with the South Dakota Department of Labor and worked there until retiring in 2004.
Beatrice was a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Langford, where she had taught Sunday school and was active in the ladies organization. She was a staunch supporter of the Langford Band Mothers. Beatrice was a voracious reader and loved to do crossword puzzles. She had a keen mind and was always on top of current events.
Grateful for having shared her life are her three children: Richard (Judy) Tobin, Pierpont; Candace (Robert) Perkola, Atlanta, Ga.; and Scott (Kris) Tobin, Langford; three grandchildren: Bridget DeClerk, Kristofor Perkola and Jeffrey Tobin; two stepgrandchildren: Chris (Dawn) Paulsen and Casey (Lora) Paulsen; four stepgreat-grandchildren: Dae, Abby, Samantha and Madelyn Paulsen; two sisters: Barbara Guthmiller, Sioux Falls; and Joyce Skiles, Chattanooga, Tenn.; two brothers: Richard (Norma) Helmer, Andover; and Donald Helmer, Cibolo, Texas.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband; a sister, Dorothy Sundermeyer; and three brothers: Leon, Orville and Norman Helmer.
Arrangements by Price Funeral Chapel of Britton.