Evea Mae Hoss quietly passed away August 7, 2020, after a full and amazing 92 years of life. She was known for her fierce loyalty and devotion to her kids and grandkids. She lived for them! With a contagious laugh, a quick wit, and the deepest of love for God, she proved better than anyone that life is best lived when surrounded by the everlasting joy and harmonious laughter of family. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 AM, Saturday, August 15, 2020, at St. Agatha Catholic Church in Howard. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. A recitation of the rosary will be 10:30 AM, Saturday, at the church.
Evea’s journey began on August 20, 1927 at St. Mary’s hospital in Pierre, South Dakota with her loving father Glen R. Loers (21) and mother Agnes Margaret Schlim (18). With her two sisters, Betty and Ramona and two brothers, Lyle and Gary, she grew to become a strong and resilient young woman on a ranch in the Big Bend area of Hughes county along the Missouri river near the Crow Creek Indian reservation. Her formative years in Hughes were highlighted by a colorful cast of friends, characters and many adventures as the family tackled many interesting endeavors. Her parents were well known in the community as the operators of the 7 Mile Café and Motel, a garage near Kadoka, and the Oasis Bar (Long Branch) in Howard, South Dakota. Evea was the first granddaughter to Mabel (Sheldon) Loers and went to live with her in Mitchell around the age of 17. As a young woman, she cultivated a beautiful soul with her love and talent for dancing, drawing and painting at Mitchell High School, where she graduated in 1946.
In the post-war 1940’s, Evea was enjoying her social years to the fullest when she met U.S. Marine Corps veteran Cletus Peter Hoss on a blind date set up by her best friend Dorothy. They married on January 14, 1947 when she was 19. Evea and ‘Clete’ wasted no time building a house full of family and laughter with their six children on a farm outside Howard, South Dakota that is still in the family today. They loved to go to all the local dances and were known for their card parties where they played a lot of canasta and whist. Cletus passed away in 1974 at the age of 51. The strong family bonds continued to grow as Evea later married Cletus’ brother John Francis Hoss on February 14, 1976 in Howard, South Dakota where they lived and continued work on the family farm. Never one to drag her feet, Evea indulged her love of dance with Johnny as they enjoyed Big Band and ballroom dancing wherever they could find a band and an open floor.
When ‘Johnny’ passed away in 1983 at the age of 57, she stood firm in her place as the cornerstone of her large family. With her grown children nearby starting families of their own, she continued to have large family gatherings and cared for her home in Howard until she moved to Mitchell, SD in 2012.
Evea’s legacy is a life well lived with family always near -- she wanted nothing else in the world! There was an everlasting light in her eyes that would shine brightest when she was with her family. She has passed that light onto us to share and to keep her love in our hearts forever.
Evea is survived by her six children, Lynda Nordstrom, Constance Hoss, Maureen Lentsch, Laura Hegerfeld, David Hoss and Marla Thielen, as well as her brother Lyle Loers and her 18 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.
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