Monday, January 21, 2008

DHS Teacher Ann Minton's ("Miss Duffy") Obituary notification from Dave Klein

Scanned images from 1952 DHS Bear Log. Obituary from

Ann M. Minton ~ To some DHS "Miss Duffy" before she married "Mint"
RAPID CITY - Ann M. Minton, 87, Rapid City, passed away on Saturday, January 19, 2008, at Clarkson Mt. View Health Care Facility following a lengthy illness. Ann was born November 4, 1920, in Aberdeen, SD to Martin and Anna (Brossart) Duffy. She grew up in Aberdeen, and in 1942 graduated from Northern State College with a Bachelor of Science degree in business and education. Shortly thereafter, she accepted a teaching position in the Deadwood, South Dakota high school business department. On August 24, 1948, Ann was united in marriage to Melvin M. Minton at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Deadwood. Both Ann and Melvin taught in the Deadwood school system until 1952, when they moved to Rapid City. Ann then spent many happy years raising their children and providing a home filled with love for her family. During those years, Ann also taught office education at Central High School before her retirement in 1983. Ann's retirement years were filled with family activities which brought her great joy. Watching her grandchildren grow up and being involved in their lives was a special source of happiness. Ann and Melvin celebrated almost 48 years of marriage before Melvin passed away in 1996. Throughout her life, Ann had a great love for children of all ages. Her example, support, and encouragement allowed her to become an inspiration for many high school business students. Her teaching method provided a solid foundation of knowledge from which her students could draw as they prepared to embark upon their adult business careers. Ann often thought of her former students and wished the best for all of them. Survivors include one son, Timothy P. Minton, M.D. and his wife Mary, one daughter, Cathleen A. Minton, one granddaughter, Laura A. Ellis and her husband Zebulon, all of Rapid City, four grandsons, Ryan, Bozeman, Montana, Neal, Laramie, Wyoming, Ross and Trevor, Rapid City, and one brother, Patrick M. Duffy, Rapid City. Ann was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin M. Minton, her parents, and a sister-in-law, Florence Duffy. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 23rd, at Osheim-Catron Funeral Home with Christian Wake service and recitation of the Rosary at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 am. Thursday, January 24th at Blessed Sacrament Church with the Rev. William Zandri as celebrant. Interment will be at Black Hills National Cemetery. A memorial has been established in her honor. Friends may sign the online guest book


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