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Frances Prestjohn

BLACK HAWK | Longtime Black Hawk resident, Frances C. Prestjohn, 85, died Sunday, May 13, 2018, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Frances was born Oct. 25, 1932, in Rapid City to Matthew and Signa (Erickson) Foley. She graduated from high school in Rapid City.

Frances married Edwin Prestjohn on May 3, 1951, in Rapid City. The couple lived in Sturgis, Rapid City and Newcastle, WY, before settling in Black Hawk in 1955, where they built a home and raised their sons, Jerry and Tom.

Over the years, the couple owned and operated neighborhood Black Hawk grocery stores. Fran continued to work at local grocery establishments for many years.

Fran was active in the community as a founding member of the Black Hawk Fire Auxiliary and longtime member of the Black Hawk Community Church. She also served on the Black Hawk Centennial and Bicentennial Celebration Committees. She bowled many years with the Black Hawk bunch.

Words cannot express how much she treasured her friendships with the Black Hawk group of ladies.

Fran loved traveling to spend time with family and friends. Not many people were strangers. Reconnecting with family and classmates during reunions was one of the highlights in her life.

She was very proud of maintaining her independence after Edwin’s passing, and worked diligently to maintain it.

Fran is survived by her sons, Jerry Prestjohn (Sandy Geffre) of Piedmont and Tom Prestjohn of Rapid City; grandson, Jason (Jessica) Prestjohn of Rapid City (who she helped care for during his school years); numerous other grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister, Ruth Ann (Dan) Plouffe of San Diego, CA; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Edwin in 1990; sister, Florence Robbins; three brothers, Clifford, Donald and Willard Foley; and special aunt, Lucille Erickson.

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Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at Osheim & Schmidt Funeral Home in Rapid City.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 17, at the funeral home. Burial will be at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, followed by a luncheon at the Black Hawk Community Church.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Black Hawk Community Church Building Fund.

Her online guestbook is available at

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