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In these children, Rita had found her calling-the call to be a mother. Rita was also drawn to her service as a physical therapist, providing compassionate care and a listening ear.
She worked at the Menno nursing home, the Freeman hospital, the Tyndall Hospital, the Yankton Care Center, and Sacred Heart Hospital throughout the years.
She taught school for 40 years; 21 years in rural Bon Homme and Yankton Counties, and 19 years in the Tabor school system as 5th and 6th grade teacher.
She was awarded "Teacher of the Year" by the Bon Homme district in 1976 - 1977. She married Dorance Kortan on April 22, 1948 at Rural Presbyterian Church near Tabor, South Dakota. She moved to Springfield after her husband passed away, and became a resident at Tyndall Good Samaritan Home in March of 2009.
Della Kostel age 90 of Tabor, passed away Sunday, November 13, 2011 at the Avera Yankton Care Center, Yankton, SD. Della was born March 17, 1921 in Tyndall, SD to William and Bessie (Bambas) Vellek.
Mass of Christian Burial will be AM, Saturday, December 3, 2011, at St. She received her schooling in Tyndall and Springfield.
Basketball player, cheerleader, homecoming queen, and Miss Holiday are a few of the titles she donned in her time as a Wessington Springs Spartan, not the least of these titles being "friend".
Rita attended Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD, before transferring to Mount Marty College in Yankton, SD.
Joseph Care Center as a Nurse's Assistant and earned early admittance to the University of North Dakota where she completed a degree in physical therapy.In 1941, she went to Santa Monica, CA and worked as a housekeeper for a short time.Della was known as "Rosie the Riveter" while she was employed at Douglas Aircraft, and was also a classified telephone operator for the United State Government.Among her most enriching experiences was her time spent serving the Sioux people at Indian Health Services in Wagner, SD.There, Rita encountered a rich Sioux spirituality that resonated with her innate sense of prayer and her devotion to the Supreme Being.