Emma Haar, 79, of Ipswich, S.D., died Wednesday, May 12, 2004, at Beverly Health
Care in Ipswich.
Her funeral was held at the First Baptist Church, Ipswich, with the Rev. John Druckemiller
officiating. Interment was at the Ipswich City Cemetery.
Emma Geist was born September 6, 1924, to Gottlieb and Rosina (Metzger) Geist near
Tolstoy, S.D. She attended rural schools near Tolstoy.
She married Emil Haar in August of 1943 at Watertown, N.Y. When Emil returned from
serving in WW II in Europe, they moved to Bowdle, S.D., where she cared for her family.
In 1955 they moved to Ipswich, where she worked as a waitress at Lyndean's and
Craven Corner restaurants.
She devoted her life to caring for her children and keeping a happy home. She loved to
drive to places that she had never visited before, go out for dinner, and cook when her
family got together. She enjoyed playing cards, and being with family and friends.
Emma was a member of First Baptist Church in Ipswich and of the American Legion
She is survived by one daughter, Donna Hallet of Lakeland, Fla.; three sons, Arlie (Mary)
Haar of Bath, S.D., Rodney (Jodi) Haar of Gettysburg, and Gregory (Dawn) Haar of
Miller; four brothers, Ben (Delores) Geist of Tolstoy, Alfred (Grace) Geist of Concord,
Calif., Gottlieb (Bev) Geist of Aberdeen, and Bill (Ellen) Bomesberger of Bowdle; eight
grandchildren, Shelly Pitts, Chad Haar, Angie Seefeldt, Levi Haar, Travis Haar, Loni
Haar, Christopher Haar and Tara Haar; and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, six brothers and six sisters.
Emma Geist Haar
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