Ann Kitterman, age 81, of Wall, South Dakota, died on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.
Ann (Klapperich) Kitterman was born at home near Conde, South Dakota, on August 14, 1936, one of nine children born to Leon and Leone (Fortin) Klapperich. At a young age, she moved with her family to a farm near Turton, where she grew up and received her education. She graduated from Turton High School in 1954.
After graduation, Ann moved to Wall to work at the Wall Drug Store as a clerk. Soon after she met Boyd “Butch” Kitterman, and on August 17, 1955 they were married. Together they had four children: John, Jim, Jeff, and Jean.
Ann worked at Wall Drug and helped Butch with the local freight company they owned, Wall Drayline. It consisted of hauling freight to local businesses that was dropped off by Barber Transportation.
Ann and Butch purchased the Welsh motel in 1978 and in 1980, purchased the flower shop and ran the flower shop out of the motel office for several years. The motel burned down and they rebuilt. Four years later they added the cabins, which they continue to own and operate.
Ann was a longtime member of the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Wall, the St. Patrick’s women’s club, the Jaycettes, and a leader for the Girl Scouts for a number of years. Over the years Ann has held various positions on the Wall Chamber of Commerce. In 1985 Ann was appointed to the Utilization Board for the construction of the new Community Center in Wall. Ann and Butch also won the Good Neighbor award in 1985. In May 2018, Ann received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Wall Chamber of Commerce.
Survivors include her husband Butch Kitterman of Wall; her children John Kitterman and his wife Candee of Wall, Jim Kitterman and his wife Jami of Wall, Jeff Kitterman of Wall, and Jean Johnson and her husband Jim of Quinn; seven grandchildren, Aaron (Emily) Kitterman of Rose Hill, KS, Ashley (Tim) Hedblom of Huron, Jana (Craig) Bielmaier of Wall, Jackie (Thor) Roseth of Philip, Jennifer (Dalton) Richter of Wall, Michelle Kitterman of Wall, and Anna Kitterman of Rapid City; eight great-grandchildren, Ivy and Thomas Kitterman of Rose Hill, KS, Ryon, Jocelyn and Kinsey Bielmaier of Wall, Royce Roseth of Philip, Alivia Kitterman of Wall, and Harper Hedblom of Huron; three brothers Bernie Klapperich of Watertown, Larry Klapperich and his wife Sharon of Gilbert, Arizona, and Bill Klapperich and his wife Carol of Spearfish; three sisters Betty Barrie and her husband Joe of Turton, Sally Wolberg of Wall, and Pat Paulsen and her husband Paul of Wall; a brother-in-law Lars Wolberg of San Marcos, Texas; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Ann was preceded in death by a son Joseph; her parents; a brother Tom Klapperich; two sister-in-laws Peg Klapperich and Bobbi Klapperich; and one sister Monica as an infant.
Visitation was held 5-7 p.m. on Friday, May 25, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Wall.
Mass of Christian Burial was held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 26, at the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Wall, with a rosary preceding the service.
Interment was at the Wall Cemetery.
A memorial has been established. Cards and memorials may be sent to P.O. Box 431, Wall, SD 57790.
Arrangements are with Rush Funeral Home of Wall.