Charlotte Buchheim 1919-2013

Posted February 19, 2013 at 4:10 pm

Charlotte Buchheim, age 93, of Huron, S.D., formerly of Wolsey, S.D., died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at SunQuest Healthcare Center. Her funeral service was held Friday, Feb. 15, at American Lutheran Church with burial at Restlawn Memory Gardens Cemetery, Huron. Visit

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Charlotte Buchheim was born Charlotte Junette Jordal, daughter of Alfred and Ida (Luglan) Jordal, on December 1, 1919, at Mt. Vernon, S.D. She attended Mt. Vernon schools. She attended college for one year, and after receiving her teaching certificate in 1939 she began teaching school. Charlotte taught in rural schools in Hyde County until 1945, when she, along with her aunt and uncle, Arthur and Jennie Luglan, rode the train to Washshugal, Wash., where Charlotte and Uncle Arthur worked in the shipyards. She worked as a clerk/typist on the graveyard shift, then moved to Camus, Wash., and worked as a typist/filer.

On December 16, 1945, Charlotte married Irving Buchheim at Mt. Vernon. Over the years they lived and farmed in rural Huron, rural Iroquois, and back to rural Huron. In 1961 they moved to rural Wolsey, and into Wolsey in 1971. In 2008, Charlotte moved to Huron.

In 1953, Charlotte resumed her teaching career, and over the next several years, during the summer months, she attended Northern State College in Aberdeen and earned her bachelor of science degree in elementary education on August 15, 1969. She taught in schools in Beadle County until 1968, at which time she began teaching at Wessington Springs in Jerauld County, where she finished her teaching career and retired in 1983.

She was a member of American Lutheran Church; and was a lifetime member of SDEA and Weight Watchers.

Her many interests included reading, baking, following Duke basketball, and spending precious time with her family.

She is survived by two sons, Richard Buchheim of Traverse City, Mich., and Robert (Renae) Buchheim of Volga, S.D.; three daughters, Carolyn (Robert) Hiles of Wolsey, Connie (Rod) Christopherson of Traverse City, Mich., and Cathy (Kelly) Kober of West Chester, PA; nine grandchildren, Michelle (Paul) Johnson  of Wolsey, Kris (Troy) Brandt of Wolsey, Laurie Dicke of Brookings, Angela (Donovan) Gosch of Sioux Falls, Brittney (Adam) Bernfield of Newark, Del., Kaitlyn Kober of West Chester, PA, Jesse Kober of West Chester, PA, Julie (Jack) Nicholls of Aurora, Ill., and Lauren Christopherson of West Chester, PA; 12 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Charline Dittman of Viroqua, Wis.; two sisters-in-law, Alice Buchheim (Wayne) Sampson of Highmore, and Alice Buchheim of Highmore; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Irving on November 21, 1990; one brother, Arthur Jordal; three sisters, Jeverna (Alfred) Stumbaugh, Iola (Gerald) Zangle, and Arlene (Erwin) Bietelspacher; three brothers-in-law, Floyd Dittman, Wallace (Evelyn) Buchheim and Harold Buchheim; three sisters-in-law, Eleanor (Oscar) Jensen, Loretta (Ben) Farnsworth, and LaVerna (Carl) Kutz.

Charlotte Buchheim 1919-2013