WOLSEY — Lana Dannenbring-Eichstadt, 51, of Wolsey, passed away surrounded by her family Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at her home.
Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m., Monday, November 27, at the Wessington Auditorium with Father Chester Murtha and Father Paul Josten, celebrants. Burial will follow in McCord Cemetery at rural Wolsey. Visitation will be 3 to 5 p.m., Sunday, November 26, with a 5 p.m. prayer service all at St. Joseph Church, Wessington.
Lana Lynnell Dannenbring-Eichstadt was born May 29, 1966, in De Smet to Leslie and Norma (Hein) Dannenbring. She was baptized in DeSmet. She was a member of Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church in Wessington.
She married Greg Eichstadt June 11, 1988, in De Smet. The couple made their home on a farm between Wolsey and Wessington. They had two sons, Herman Eichstadt and Henry Eichstadt.
Lana grew up in the “Little Town on the Prairie” of the Laura Ingalls Wilder books. She played various characters in the Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant including both Ma and Mary Ingalls. She was also a tour guide for the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society for eight years. Lana played in the first three South Dakota State Volleyball Tournaments. Lana graduated from De Smet High School and attended Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minn., Huron University, the College of Saint Scholastica in Duluth, Minn., and Augustana University in Sioux Falls. She earned her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Education and a specialist certificate in Educational Technologies.
She was a teacher at Miller High School in Miller for nineteen years. She was the course author and lead teacher in Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition at the Northern State University Center for Statewide E-learning in Aberdeen from 2008 until her health failed in 2016. She also served as the executive secretary and scholar for the South Dakota Humanities Council. She served as a judge for the South Dakota State Fair. Lana was a member of Chapter AK P.E.O. in Miller. She served on the Wessington Economic Development Corporation for many years. She was the website and social media developer for the town of Wessington and for her former student, Shannon LaBau.
Lana enjoyed spending time with family, friends, and dogs, teaching, writing, reading, gardening, decorating, and the South Dakota State Fair. Lana and her family volunteered at the Oglala Lakota Child Protection Agency in Pine Ridge, and the Beadle County Nutrition Site for many years.
Lana is survived by her husband, Greg; sons, Henry and Herman; mother-in-law, Delores Eichstadt of Wolsey; brother, Lex (Sandra) Dannenbring of Parkersburg, Iowa; sisters, Lane (James) Carroll of Colman, Portia (Curtis) Larsen of Arlington, Lew (Roger) Page of De Smet; godson, Patrick (Amy) Carroll of Flandreau; sisters-in-law, Marilyn (Dwight) Kruse of Brookings, and Carmen Dannenbring of De Smet; brothers-in-law, Kevin (Laura) Eichstadt of Huron, Rodney (Kathleen) Eichstadt of Wolsey, Phillip (Julie) Eichstadt of Aberdeen, Keri Sorensen of Avondale, Ariz.; aunt and uncle, Rita and Milton Handel of Freeman; aunts, Beatrice Hein of Ipswich, and Donna Egan of Sturgis; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; father-in-law, Dale Eichstadt; two brothers,: Lon and Lee Dannenbring; one brother-in-law, Stacey Eichstadt; and one nephew, Andrew Dannenbring.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred for future contribution in Lana’s memory.
Reck Funeral Home of Miller has been entrusted with Lana’s arrangements.