Albina was born June 23, 1922 in Vega, South Dakota to Anton and Anna Kovanda. She grew up on the family farm north of Kimball, attended Kimball High School, and graduated from there in 1939. She then went on to graduate from Stewarts School of Hairstyling in Sioux Falls. She married Julius A Foster, an Air Force Master Sargent, in 1949. Born to this union were two sons and a daughter.
Albina and her family lived in South Dakota, Colorado, and Washington states where the U.S. Air Force stationed her husband, and finally raised her family back on the farm north of Kimball, South Dakota. She was an amazing farmer’s wife taking care of her family, fields, gardens, livestock, and neighbors.
Albina moved to Chamberlain, South Dakota after the passing of her husband and sale of the farm. In 1999 she moved to Custer, South Dakota where her daughter’s family lived. She stayed busy going to her grandchildren’s school and church activities. Her hobbies included playing cards, doing pheasant feather crafts, quilting baby blankets, playing bingo, finding good deals at rummage sales, and gaming at casinos.
She succumbed to the pain of a massive stroke at the Custer Regional Senior Care Facility on August 21, 2012.
She is survived by two sons Tom (Marna) Foster of Tulsa, Oklahoma and John (Sue) Foster of Ankeny, Iowa; a daughter Pat (Rick) Davenport of Custer, South Dakota; nine grandchildren: Dolsee, Haley, Kenneth, Scott, Jackie, Shannon, Leslie, Taylor, and Travis; 11 great grandchildren, a sister Emma Siemonsma of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Meeting her at the gates of heaven was her husband Art, parents Anton and Anna, sister Evelyn, and a great grandson Austin.
Albina believed in God and life everlasting. She walked “slowly” through the valley to make her final journey only to be missed by us all.
Visitation will be from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m., Thursday, August 23, 2012 with prayer service at 6:00 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, August 24, 2012, at Custer Community Church in Custer, with Pastor Bill Comfort officiating.
Interment will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, August 24th at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, SD.
A memorial has been established in Albina’s name.
Arrangements have been placed in the care of McColley’s Chapel of the Hills in Custer. Written condolences may be made at www.mccolleyschapels.com.