Pauline M. Selken, 88, died Friday, March 29, 2013, at the Southridge Health Care Center in Sioux Falls.
Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Arlington with the Rev. Fred Rosin officiating. Burial is in the Bangor Lutheran Cemetery at rural Arlington. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Monday at the Johnson-Henry Funeral Home in Arlington and before services in the church on Tuesday.
Pauline Gahl Selken was born on Sept. 9, 1924, in Custer to Paul Reinholt Gahl and Margaret Katherine (Roetzel) Gahl. She graduated from Wolsey High School. She graduated from Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing in Sioux City, Iowa, where she met her husband Harley Arnold Selken. They were married July 1, 1946, and moved to rural Arlington in 1950 to farm.
Pauline and Harley raised eight children. She worked at the Arlington Care Center. She was an active community member, serving in Lutheran Ladies Circle, Legion Auxiliary, Lutheran church council board, the Blood Mobile, Arlington ambulance crew, and the Volunteer Service Bank. In addition, she was active in Brookings County 4-H and Brookings Dairy Herd Improvement Association.
Survivors include a sister, Ella May Gahl Wilson of Belen, N.M; seven children: Katherine (Ray) Causton of Rolling Hills, Wyo., Judy Berdahl of St. Paul, Minn., Royal (JoAnn) Selken of Humboldt, Steven (Peggy) Selken of Sioux Falls, Mark (Jan) Selken of White, Linda (Doug) Kott of Brookings and Jon (Julie) Selken of Colorado Springs, Colo., 15 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Harley; a son Joel Warren Selken and three brothers, Herbert Gahl, Gerald Gahl, and Walter Gahl.