Mabel E. Stindtman was born to William and Mary (Nelson) McCarthy on the family farm in Sanborn County, near Artesian, SD on August 15, 1909. She attended country school through 8th grade, Forestburg High School for two years and graduated from Artesian High School. She attended Marion College (now Indiana Wesleyan University), Marion, IN for two years and due to the depression returned to Mitchell where she graduated with an education degree from Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell, SD. Following graduation, she taught three years at Miltonvale Wesleyan College, Miltonvale, KS and then returned to her home country school to teach for several years.
She married Arnold Stindtman on May 17, 1942, at Rushmore, MN. They made their first home in Spencer, IA. She then returned to the Artesian area to farm in 1943 and continued to do so until 1954. She started teaching again at the Glendale School, in Beadle County. She then moved to Salem where they farmed until 1960, at which time they moved to Mitchell. She taught at the Forestburg Consolidated School from 1961 to 1966 and then taught special education in Mitchell from 1967-1971. Her teaching career spanned twenty-five years.
Following her husband’s stroke she cared for him, her invalid brother Clarence, and her mother in her home for many years. Arnold died in 1972. She married Gustav “Dutch” Krouse, November 15, 1973, at Mitchell, SD and he died three and one-half months later. Lyle Schumaker was a long-time friend and companion of Mabel’s for over thirty years and recently died at the age of 101.
She was employed at Bittner Funeral Chapel until her retirement in 1999. She was also employed at Gloria’s Flower Shop. In 1997 she was honored in Pierre, SD as a nominee for “Oldest Worker of South Dakota”.
She was a charter member of the Artesian Wesleyan Church and was an active member for many years at the Wesleyan Church in Mitchell. During her stewardship, at various times, she served as the Communion Chairman, managed the church kitchen & fellowship hall for weddings and gatherings, took flowers to the sick for a number of years and played the organ for Rev. Glenn Wessel at nursing home services. Mabel was a member of the Mitchell Rock Club and had a great rock and shell collection. She loved crocheting, quilting, painting, crafts and flower gardening.
She is survived by her two sons: Richard and wife, Verna Stindtman, Blue Earth, MN; and Robert Stindtman and friend, Connie Auen, Sioux Falls, SD; one daughter, Joan Schlotfeld, Omaha, NE; five grandchildren: Todd Stindtman and wife, Shar; Troy Stindtman and wife, Michele, all of Blue Earth, MN; Tammy Swensen and husband, Darryl, Albert Lea, MN; Gregg Wyant and wife, Kathy and Gary Wyant all of Papillion, NE; twelve great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Alice McCarthy, Spearfish, SD; a nephew, several nieces and cousins.