Agnes Teach

April 11, 1938 - October 27, 2013

Visitation: Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

Service: Funeral services will be at 2PM Thursday, Oct. 31, at Canton United Methodist Church, with burial at Forest Hill Cemetery near Canton.

          Agnes Teach, age 75, passed away on Sunday, October 27, 2013 in Watertown, SD. Funeral services will be at 2PM Thursday, Oct. 31, at Canton United Methodist Church, with burial at Forest Hill Cemetery near Canton.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

Agnes Janet Teach was born April 11, 1938 in Doon, Iowa to Dick and Crisena Tilstra. Agnes grew up near Fairview, SD. She was the eldest of eleven children. She graduated from Inwood High School in 1956. She then travelled to Elgin, Illinois where she lived with relatives while working at the watch factory. After returning to Fairview, Agnes met and married Orlando E. Teach.  They raised their family in the Canton area, settling near Newton Hills.  Agnes was an active member of Canton United Methodist Church and enjoyed being a member of Nightingales Circle.  She was adept at playing the keyboard, painting, and crafts especially crochet.  Agnes was a devoted mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, and friend.  After the death of her husband, Agnes worked as a housekeeper for Watertown Country Inn.   She enjoyed traveling to visit her children in Georgia and Oregon. She retired in Canton then moved in 2009 to Sunnycrest Apartments in Sioux Falls. Agnes had a great deal of resolve and was a long term survivor of metastatic lung cancer. She strived to live independently in spite of the consequences of cancer treatment.  In June 2010, Agnes moved into the Sioux Falls Good Samaritan Village.  Her smile, grace, and sparkling blue eyes captured the hearts of many who cared for her. She relished playing Bingo and appreciated the many musical events offered there.

Agnes is survived by two sons, Alan (Susie) Teach of Inwood, IA; Brian of Minneapolis, MN; two daughters, Gail (Jeff) Burden of Loganville, GA; Sherry (Curt) Crawford of Watertown, SD; eight grandchildren, Brandy(Jodi ) Thompson, Blake Burden , Ryan Burden, Nikki (Shane) Mullinix, Jeremy Teach, Travis (Catherine)Teach, Justin Crawford, Amy Crawford, and 7 great grandchildren,  (Alan: 5  Gail: 2); two brothers, Ronald (Sally) Tilstra of Sioux Falls, SD; Richard (Carol) Tilstra of Hawarden, IA; six sisters, Dianna Liston of Alcester,SD; Loretta (Kenneth) Hillrichs of Akron, IA; Connie (William) Satter of Akron, IA; Rosella (Leonard) Van Muyden of Hawarden, IA; Delores (Harvard) Voetburg; and Joanne (John) Degen of Hawarden, IA. Agnes was preceded in death by her parents, sister Geraldine Ragels, brother Bill Tilstra, husband, Orlando Teach and son, Orlan Teach.

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  1. Brenda Jervik Johnson on October 30, 2013 said:

    Sympathies to the Teach family. Long time since I’ve seen you Gail but thoughts are with you and your family. I did not realize that you and Sally became relatives or maybe I forgot! God’s blessings to all of you!

  2. Craig and Paula Jacobsen on November 1, 2013 said:

    To the Teach and Crawford Families – Our prayers and sympathies to all of you during your time of loss. May peace be with you.

    Craig and Paula

  3. Amy Crawford on November 3, 2013 said:

    Agnes was a the best grandmother a granddaughter could have. I remember her always smiling no matter the circumstance and paying no mind to turmoil situations as she noted it did no good to sit and worry. When she developed cancer she still kept that smile and fought her way through to great health. After her passing, the doctor had told my mother how impressed she was by Agnes’s past chart. Surviving cancer, strokes and a tumor when she was told that she had only 6 months left to live, Agnes pushed herself to living an extra 16 years of life. She was always at peace with herself and others with the most generous heart one could attain. It will be hard not having her around anymore, but we know that she is in a better place with her husband, son, brother and sister, mom and dad. Family was number one for her here on earth and it will continue to be so in her heaven. We just hope and pray that we all will reunite once again.

  4. Carla McMurry-Kozak on November 19, 2013 said:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. The McMurry families
    John and Catherine
    Carla and Doug
    Brent and Suzanne
    Renee and Brit