Velda Jean Haiar was born September 3, 1940 at home near Epiphany, SD to Mark and Avice (Schroeder) Kunkel. She attended the Epiphany Catholic School through 8th grade and graduated from Farmer High School. On October 25, 1960 she married Duane Francis Haiar at the Epiphany Catholic Church. They made their home in Mitchell. Jean was employed as a housekeeper for Holy Spirit Church Rectory and in private homes for numerous years, then worked in the Dakota Wesleyan University Snack Shop and most recently and until the time of her death she worked in the kitchen at Countryside Living. Jean was a Girl and Boy Scout Leader, member of the Holy Spirit Altar Society and the 500 Card Club. She was an avid reader and camper. She loved to can pickles and tomatoes, but hated gardening. She enjoyed making quilts, theatre events, playing cards and swimming in the river with the grandchildren.
Jean is survived by Duane, her husband of fifty-five years, four children: Tom (Cindy) Haiar, Sioux Falls, Tim (Carla) Haiar, Sioux Falls, Mary (Scott) Callies, Mitchell and James (Kim) Haiar, Sioux Falls; twelve grandchildren, one great grandchild; seven siblings: John (Marcella) Kunkel, Alexandria, Betty Sprague and friend, Dan Nelson, Albert Lea, MN, Jim (Gloria) Kunkel, Epiphany, Linda (Ernest) Schabauer, Rapid City, Larry (Judy) Kunkel, Alexandria, Dennis (Cheryl) Kunkel, Mitchell and Joanne (Jim) Carter, Onida; ten brothers and sisters-in-law: Don (Connie) Haiar, Hudson, CO, LeRoy (Betty) Haiar, Spearfish, Phyllis Haiar, Groton, Richard Haiar, Wilson, MI, Diane (Elton) Stoebner, Tripp, Mike (Mary Beth) Haiar Sioux Falls, Elaine (Tom) Fox, Sioux Falls, Lyle (Marilyn) Haiar, Corsica, Lynn (Diane) Haiar, Alexandria and Janine (Leland) VanEmmerick, Salem. She was preceded in death by her parents and father and mother-in-law, Leo and Mary (Willet) Haiar.