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Anni Trefz


Anni Trefz, 77, Onaka, died Jan. 17, 2012 at the Heart Hospital of South Dakota in Sioux Falls. Funeral services were held  Jan. 22 at the Tolstoy United Methodist Church with Pastor Julie Nygaard and Pastor Steven Trefz leading the service.

Anni Thiessen, daughter of Christine (Holtorf) and Claus Thiessen, was born Aug. 27, 1934 in Tielenhemme, Germany.

In November 1958, Anni emigrated to South Dakota where she had a pen pal, Martin Trefz.  She married Martin on Jan. 11, 1959 in Tolstoy. They settled on Martin’s farm West of Onaka.

She was preceded in death by her father, her mother, her husband, and two brothers (Friedrich and Hans).

Lien Funeral Home, Bowdle, is in charge of arrangements.

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