Funeral service for Stephonie “Stevie” Clair Pesicka age 50 of Eagle Butte SD, was at 10:00 a.m., MT on Monday December 4, 2017 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Eagle Butte, SD. Mother Margaret Watson will be officiating. Burial was at Mossman Cemetery at 12:00 p.m., MT under the direction of Oster Funeral Chapel of Eagle Butte, SD and Mobridge, SD. Family and friends will gather at the 4 mile junction at 4:00 p.m., MT on Sunday December 3, 2017 to follow in procession to the church, for a wake service that will start at 7:00 p.m., MT. Stephonie “Stevie” Clair Pesicka passed away on November 27, 2017 near New Castle, WY.
Stephonie “Stevie” Clair Pesicka was born July 24, 1967 in Pierre, SD. She is the daughter of David and Linda Pesicka. Grampa Art called her his “Number One Baby”. She grew up in Dupree and graduated from Dupree High School. After High School, she joined the Navy and graduated basic training in Chicago, IL. She attended “A” school for diesel mechanics in Orlando, Florida. She was then stationed in Guantanamo Bay (GTMO), Cuba for 7 years. She spent the rest of her Navy career in Virginia Beach, VA, on dry dock; doing shore duty at the beginning of Dessert Shield. She played intermural tennis for the Navy for several years and competed in tournaments at the Virgin Islands and Jamaica.
On June 17, 1987, she married Steve Kersten. She was blessed with her first-born son Christian Stephen Kersten. She always enjoyed watching Christian box, rap, and do standup poetry. She moved to Eagle Butte and met Albert Jewett. They lived in Eagle Butte, SD and got married on December 31, 1996. She was blessed with five stepchildren Kellie, Brandee, Cody, Travis and Dustin. In March of 1999 they were blessed with another son Wyatt Earle Jewett. She loved watching Wyatt play basketball, football, and all his academic activities. Stevie loved her two sons very much they were her pride and joy. She was always proud of them and all their accomplishments. They enjoyed going on many camping trips and traveling to Pierre to play a good game of tennis. She was especially proud of her grandchildren Cashus, Micah, Trevor, Trey, Sierra, Braxtyn, Alyssa, Matthew, Brandin, Cinch, Cache, Charg, and Taylee. She loved her nieces and nephews all and had a special bond with her niece Kenzie as she would say: “The daughter she never had”.
She attended college at Cheyenne River Community College for two years and continued her education at Black Hills State University where she received her Master’s Degree in Psychology. She worked as a social worker for SD Department of Veteran Affairs for several years. She was very proud of her Native American veteran status and served on the color guard attending funerals, pow wow’s, and veteran programs. She worked at the Sacred Heart Center for 13 years and worked at C-EB schools as a counselor for several years.
Her hobbies included reading, playing wist, cribbage, scrabble, and upwords at mom’s house, scrapbooking, fishing, camping, collecting rocks, and fossils. She was an amazing cook and her recipes will live on, although she hated cooking. Albert, Stevie, and Wyatt were involved with league bowling in Pierre and won multiple trophies. Playing tennis, softball, and throwing horse shoes were some of her favorite sports to play. When the weather was warm you would see her riding around town on her motorcycle or going for walks. One thing she loved was working on her house and starting new projects, even if a previous one wasn’t finished. She made sure her flowers were watered and hated those snakes in the back yard. She attended the Sturgis rally every year. She always enjoyed spending time attending her nieces, nephews, and grandkids activities, taking pictures of all the sports events, family get togethers, birthday parties, and graduations. She was never far from her camera, snapping embarrassing photos of everyone around her. She loved traveling and was always up for a road trip if anyone wanted to go. You had to make sure her gas tank was full because she drove until the Empty light came on, then thought to look for a gas station.
When giving a gift, she was very thoughtful of the people in her life. She made special detail to the gifts she gave in which she made sure were custom fit to each person. Getting gifts from her was a treat because it was something that you wanted but never bought for yourself. One event that Stevie never missed was a family tradition at Christmas time started by Papa, pulling taffy. She always tried to sneak home all the chocolate taffy. She often enjoyed going to Grandma Dell and Uncle Deanies’ to visit, watch sports, and eat good food. Some of her favorite foods were crab legs, shrimp, mint Oreo cookies, chili cheese Fritos, hot bean dip, and drinking ice tea. She had snacks hidden in several odd places so nobody would eat them all.
Some special friends; Brenda Webb, Kelly Szabla, Deanne Ducheneaux, Donna Wishard, Lonnie Jefferies, Susie Workman, Karen Workman, Deb Rousseau, Dawn Red Bear, Janie Ducheneaux, Geni Aguilar, Mona Ruiz, Rhonda Hertal, Kelly Hertal, Jonni Hertal, Danny Keener, Monnie Birkeland, Kim Herron, Mike Shaving, Ivan Looking Horse, all her kids at the C-EB school, and Kirk Johnson who was her high-school sweetheart. A special mention to her dog “Doggie” whom she took everywhere.
Stevie is survived by her two sons: Christian Kersten and Wyatt Jewett. Parents: David and Linda Pesicka. Siblings: Kimberly Claymore, David “John” (Lynn) Pesicka, Sherry Lou Higdon (Jim Anderson), Heather (Brent) Cuny, James “Pard” Pesicka, Nieces and Nephews: Shannon Pearman (Rylan and Kane), Brianna Pearman (DJayy Hunter, Acen, and Huxen), Tayzia Claymore-Knight, Adam Condon-Claymore, Patrick (Tiffany and Weston) Pesicka, Anthony (Sunny and Koraline) Pesicka, Ashley Higdon (Haven and Onyx), Hannah Rose Higdon, Kassidy Pesicka (God-daughter), Kolby Hill (Seth Stadel), Kenzie Hill (Dominic and Hendrix Emery), Kaya Cuny, Matthew Lemke, Jasper Pesicka, Alliya Pesicka, Isaiah Pesicka, and Jayce Pesicka.
She was proceeded in death by an unborn child, Great-grandparents Clarence and Clara Poppen, Robert and Bessie Smith, Grandparents Art and Delmarie Claymore, Grandparent Donald “Pat” Pesicka, Uncle Levi and Aunt Sonja Keener, Uncle Harry and Aunt Merle Landreaux, Uncle Bob Smith and cousins Farrel and Darrel Smith.