Marion Antonides, 90, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at the Brookings hospital. She was surrounded by family members, including all of her five children and many of her 11 grandchildren.
Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Brookings. Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 at Rude’s Funeral Home in Brookings.
Marion was born April 11, 1922, in Hand County to Edmund "Ed" Etbauer and Elizabeth "Bessie" Etbauer. She was one of seven children. Marion attended a rural grade school near Ree Heights, and then continued to South Dakota State Aggie School in Brookings.
Marion married Robert (Bob) Antonides on Nov. 5, 1943, and resided in Indiana with her new in-laws while Bob served overseas with the Army in World War II.
Marion and Bob moved to Brookings after the war. While Bob finished his education and taught at SDSU, They built the first drop-off or self-service laundromat in South Dakota. Marion operated the Laundry-Ette for over 20 years, and later worked as a bookkeeper for the Elks and as office manager for the United Retirement Center.
She was active in the Does, VFW Auxiliary, the church and many bridge clubs. Marion loved to go dancing, which she and Bob did almost every weekend while Bob was alive. After Bob died in 1985, she turned to her second passion of playing cards.
Marion was a devoted daughter, mother and grandmother. One of her greatest accomplishments was to show by example the value of a strong work ethic, compassion for others, and living life with a positive attitude.
She is survived by a sister, Ellen Koc of Colorado Springs, Colo.; five children, Jim (Marci Walker) of Peculiar, Mo., Bill (Lila Steenson) of Aberdeen, Chuck (Karen Weiland) of Columbus, Ohio; Patty (Rich) Thoreson of Brookings; Pam (Arlie) Ellingson of Lake Preston; 11 grandchildren, five step-grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob; her brother, John Etbauer; four sisters, Elizabeth Hanson, Gladys DeMers, Loretta Etbauer, and Laura Jankord; and one infant great-grandson, Thomas John Buckley.
Condolences may be sent to the family through www.rudesfuneralhome.com.