Jean Stach was born July 21st, 1918 in Melbourne, Australia to Kerin and Ellen (Norris) Egan. Jean graduated from Catholic Lady’s College, Melbourne, before becoming employed at Broken Hill Mining Corporation. Later, during World War II, she worked in offices for the Australian military, during which she met her future husband, Louis Stach. Louie and Jean were married on May 13th, 1944, at Rockhampton, Queensland. After the war, Jean joined Louie on the family farm outside of Letcher, SD, where they raised their five children.
Jean was a member of Saint Scholastica Church and Altar Society, Letcher; later, she became a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, Mitchell.
Jean enjoyed bowling, golfing, tennis and bridge. She was a member of Toastmistress, where she won several awards and competed at an international competition in Sydney, Australia. She was also a member of the Mitchell Bridge Club, 20th Century Club and the Ladies Bowling League.
Jean was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, and will be dearly missed by her children: Bob (Heather), Lakeland, FL, Kit (John) Wilson, Riverstone, Australia, Greg (Muriel), Yankton, SD, Pete (Linda), Hill City, SD and Jim (Corine), Letcher, SD; her sixteen grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren.
Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Louie, in December, 2005; her parents; her siblings, Kerin “Eg”, John “Jack”, James “Baron”, Catherine “Kitty”, Mary and Evelyn and her great- grandsons, Garrett and Nathanial Lorang.
Memorials may be directed to the Avera Brady Health and Rehab Building Fund.