Lois Podhradsky

Lois Podhradsky


January 2, 1935 - November 28, 2021


Lois Podhradsky, 86, of Mitchell, SD, passed away Sunday, November 28, 2021, at Firesteel Healthcare Center in Mitchell. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Wednesday, December 1, at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Mitchell. Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery in Mitchell. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral service at the Church. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Lois Ann Podhradsky was born in Mitchell, SD, on January 2, 1935 to Alfred and Ann (Fristad) Podhradsky.

Lois graduated from Mitchell High School in 1953, and attended Dakota Wesleyan University receiving her BA in Education. She worked as a part-time secretary at Feinstein's Clothing Store during college. After graduation, Lois taught school in Wessington Springs, SD for 2 years, Sioux Falls, SD for 4 years, and 32 years in the Mitchell Public School System. She retired in 1995. She also worked with the adult GED program for 31 years - retiring in 1996.

Lois was a member of Resurrection Lutheran Church, Beta Sigma Phi, several local and state educational associations, and a Mitchell RSVP Program volunteer.

Lois enjoyed volunteering and worked for the RSVP program for many years. She was the one that many people relied upon for transportation to and from their doctor appointments in Sioux Falls. She also volunteered many summers at the Mitchell Information Center just off of I-90.

She is preceded in death by both her parents and an infant sister.

Donations can be made to Lois's favorite charity the St. Jude Children's Hospital.


Wednesday, December 1, 2021
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Resurrection Lutheran Church
4013 N Main St
Mitchell, SD 57301


Wednesday, December 1, 2021
2:00 PM
Resurrection Lutheran Church
4013 N Main St
Mitchell, SD 57301


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, SD

Posted by Deb Tilton on December 7, 2021
Always loved running into Lois, we had many laughs and enjoyed talking to her about her.. very special lady
Posted by Kyna Schonebaum Letcher on December 1, 2021
Lois was my 5th grade teacher at Eugene Field. She was a special person. She remembered me thru the years. And I will always remember her fondly.
Posted by Gail Mortensen on December 1, 2021
I remember Ms. Podhradsky when I went to Eugene Field in Elementary School. I remember she was always there for her students; was very caring. She touched a lot of student's lives in a positive manner. God bless you Ms. Podhradsky.
Posted by Lowell Arens on December 1, 2021
Lois and her mom Ann were like family to us kids and my mother growing up in Mount Vernon.They were always willing to offer help to mom ,driving her to doctors appointments and grocery shopping when I was not at home.Lois was such a kind and considerate person and was loved by all who knew her.She is now getting her reward in heaven.
Posted by Deanell Backlund on November 30, 2021
Lois and I taught at the Middle School for many years. She also taught both of my sons. I always appreciated her sense of hard work and, of course, her sense of humor. After we both retired, we lunched weekly with several retired teachers at Culvers . I always enjoyed her conversation and the kindness she showed when driving friends and acquaintances to appointments. Goodbye, my friend!
Posted by Carol Huber. on November 30, 2021
So sorry to hear of Lois's passing away. She always had a big smile on her face when we met. Hadn't seen her for quite a few years tho. Her and her mom, along with Paul & Bev Roesler were the first ones to hear our happy news that we were adopting a baby girl. Happy memories of revealing that when we visited them that evening. May she rest in Peace. Know that she is in God's arms now.
Posted by Barb Dulaney on November 30, 2021
I had her as a math teacher was a very nice person she will be missed God bless you all
Posted by Mary Jo Nath(Dennis) on November 30, 2021
I taught with Lois at Mitchell Middle School at the beginning of my career. She was kind, caring, and had a great sense of humor. She was a no nonsense type of teacher who expected her students to work to their potential. I enjoyed her many “tips” to success. We will miss her.
Posted by Jean and John Beck on November 29, 2021
Lois was a teacher and colleague with Dorothy Scott (my mother) at Eugene Field Elementary School. I remember taking our 3-year-old son to visit his grandma at school when we came to Mitchell for a visit. Lois would ask him if he could say her last name and he would reply, "I can't say Podhradsky", just a clearly as she has asked it. Lois had a great sense of humor and was a dedicated teacher. She will be missed.
Posted by Jackie Christiansen (Jack) on November 29, 2021
I was privileged and honored to be able to care for Lois at Edgewood. She was also a teacher of mine back in the day. She helped me very much with my math. I helped her with her cares. I just returned the favor. Totally loved her
Posted by Sina Glover on November 29, 2021
I had the honor of caring for Lois and she was such a wonderful person. We had so many good conversations. She will be missed.
Posted by Doug Ellwein on November 29, 2021
Lois and I delivered Meals on Wheels years ago. She would drive and I would door dash. Often we would get so caught up in conversation we'd forget what we were doing and where we were going. Every delivery day was a fun adventure with Lois.
Posted by Tammy Frost on November 28, 2021
What a wonderful person she was dedicated to teaching her students to the best of their potential! She was fierce with a heart of gold! Until we meet again Miss P, God bless you!!
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