Patricia “Pat” Kolb: 1924-2012
Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Bison, SD. Fr. Tony Grossenburg will officiate. Burial will be at 3 p.m. at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis Tuesday afternoon.
Patricia Pearl O’Rourke was born June 14, 1924, during a windstorm on the family homestead near Meadow, SD. Pat was the seventh child born to W.J. “Shorty” and Rosa (Staudenraus) O’Rourke. Her aunt, who had helped with the birth, jokingly suggested she be named Cyclone Sally. Pat attended rural Rainbow school through the 8th grade, and graduated from Bison High School in 1943.
Following graduation Pat worked for the Perkins County Abstract Company and the AAA office. Pat married Ted Kolb on Friday Sept. 13, 1948, in Presho, SD. Pat and Ted made their home in Bison, SD, where Pat worked for many years in the Perkins County Courthouse. The Kolb’s family grew with the birth of two sons, Randy in 1952, and Shane in 1960. In the late 1950s, Pat and Ted started ranching on the O’Rourke homestead near Meadow. Pat continued to work at various offices in Bison, but was primarily a stay at home mother and ranch wife. Pat took an active role in her children’s activities, which led to a lifelong commitment to community service. Through 4-H, rodeo, and her devotion to the Catholic Church, Pat influenced and touched the lives of many over the years. With over 40 years of service as a 4-H leader, Pat was honored in 2002 to be one of the first 100 inductees into the South Dakota 4-H Hall of Fame.
Pat passed away on Dec. 13, 2012, at the West River Regional Medical Center in Hettinger, ND.
She is survived by two sons, Randy (Kathy) Kolb Blaine, MN and Shane (Angie) Kolb, Meadow, SD; granddaughter, Julie Kolb, Blaine, MN; grandsons, Chris (Marnie) Telkamp Centennial, CO, Jeff Kolb, Blaine, MN and Justin and Wil Kolb, Meadow, SD; great grandson, Brock Telkamp, Centennial, CO; her brother C.L. O’Rourke, Belle Fourche, SD; her sisters, Isabel O’Rourke, Tacoma, WA, and Rose (George) Seiler, McIntosh, SD; Brothers-in-law, Albert (Bernice) Kolb, Spokane, WA, Herb (Jessie) Kolb, Lemmon, SD, Walter (Janette) Kolb, Spearfish, SD; sisters-in-law, Alama O’Rourke, Bison, SD, and Edna Martin, Spearfish, SD; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Pat was preceded in death by her husband Ted; her parents, W.J. and Rosa O’Rourke; and brothers, William, Lawrence, Robert, Daniel, and Silas O’Rourke.
Visitation will be Monday, Dec. 17 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church followed by a Rosary/Vigil service at 7 p.m.