Marion Antonides 1922-2013

Posted January 16, 2013 at 11:13 am

Marion Antonides 1922-2013

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Marion (Etbauer) Antonides, 90, of Brookings, S.D. died January 7, 2013 at the Brookings Hospital. She was surrounded by loving family members, including all of her five children and many of her 11 grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Thursday, Jan. 10, at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Brookings.

Marion was born April 11, 1922, in Hand County, S.D., 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 was united in marriage to Robert (Bob) Antonides on November 5, 1943 and resided in Indiana with her new in-laws while Bob served overseas with the Army in WWII.

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. After Bob’s death 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.

Marion is survived by one 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, and Pam (Arlie) Ellingson of Lake Preston; and 11 grandchildren, five step-grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; 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.

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