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Wava D. Kaiser
March 19, 1931 - December 29, 2017

Wava D. Kaiser, 86, of Sioux Falls, SD died Friday, December 29, 2017 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.

Wava Kaiser was born on March 19, 1931, in Sioux Falls, SD, to William (Bill) Anderson and Gertrude (Moore) Anderson, the eighth of ten children. Wava passed into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on December 29, 2017, after a very brief illness.

In May 1947, Wava married Gene Keefer, a South Dakota mink rancher. At times she worked beside Gene, performing feeding and watering chores and nursing baby mink to health by feeding them with doll bottles. Gene and Wava were blessed with two children: Cheryl Jackson Nelson (Robert) and Kerry Keefer (Nancy), both of Sioux Falls. In February of 1965, Gene passed away, and Wava began her decades of work in the world of retail. Despite her working outside the home, Wava’s focus remained on her family, which continued to grow with the addition of five grandchildren: Trevor (Lauri) Jackson, Hartford, SD; Danielle (Paul) Simons, Sioux Falls; Matt Keefer, Sioux Falls; Anne Keefer, Sioux Falls; and Nicolas (Kristina) Jackson, Denver, CO. Blessings multiplied with the addition of eight great-grandchildren: Ramsey, Sarah, Christian, Mirren, June, Anthony, Reis, and Carissa, and one great-great grandson, Owen. Wava’s family was the joy of her life, and she enjoyed every moment she could spend with them, from attending school and sport functions, to going to Burger King, to taking excursions to the zoo, to going on lake vacations where she proved her ability to catch the big ones, to telling them about her life growing up in the big Sherman Park house on the hill. From the oldest to the youngest, Wava’s family basked in the attention she so lovingly gave them.

Wava brought a new member to the family in December 1971, when she married Floyd Kaiser, a salesman and motivational speaker in the United States, England, and Canada. They made their home in Dallas, Texas, but Wava often traveled with Floyd. She especially enjoyed visiting Edmonton, Canada, and she loved seeing the mountains in the US. When she was not traveling with Floyd, Wava worked in retail sales. She did not miss opportunities to spend time with her family, however, and returned to Sioux Falls as often as possible.

It was through Floyd that Wava was introduced to God’s saving grace, and she accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior and Lord of her life. It was because of Wava’s and Floyd’s strong Christian testimonies that many of Wava’s family came to know Jesus as well. Wava not only shared her love of Jesus with her family but also with friends and with strangers she’d just met, often boldly asking if they were Christians or if they knew Jesus as their Savior. If they responded negatively, she would proceed to witness to them about how much Jesus loved them. Wava was also a prayer warrior, praying faithfully for others in need, and keeping each member of her family close in love and prayer.

After years in Dallas, Floyd and Wava moved back to Sioux Falls where she worked for Burke’s children’s store and the Extra Touch in the Empire Mall. Wava continued to work after Floyd’s passing in 1999 until her retirement.

Wava enjoyed a variety of activities throughout her life. She was an avid card player and enjoyed competitive games of Bridge, 500, and most recently, Hand and Foot. Her sense of competition was accompanied by her sense of humor and her ability to make people laugh and feel good about themselves. The Center for Active Generations became Wava’s second home, a place where she made new friends and connected with former ones. She loved to sing and to encourage others to join in with her. Once in a while at family gatherings, she would manage to get some of her children and grandchildren to stand up and mimic her actions as they all sang “Me and My Shadow”! When the Dakota Flameriders performed at the Senior Center and the Veterans’ Hospital, they played “Your Cheatin’ Heart” especially for Wava, as she individually greeted people from the adult Day Break and hospital patients, doing short wheelchair dances with them. She was quoted in the Senior Center’s newspaper as saying “that [the dancing] always brings a smile to their face[s] and it makes me smile too.’” Even when it became necessary for Wava to use a walker after two hip replacements, she continued to brighten people’s days. In addition, Wava also liked to read, view old movies (especially war movies and 1940’s films—Gone with the Wind was her favorite), eat out with her family, and stay informed of news events.

Wava will be missed by many, but most of all by her family who will cherish amazing memories. They anticipate the rapture when their family will be reunited forever in the presence of the Lord.
Grateful for having shared her life are two children, Cheryl Jackson Nelson and her husband, Robert, Sioux Falls, SD, Kerry Keefer and his wife, Nancy, Sioux Falls, SD; seven grandchildren, Anne, Matt, Danielle, Trevor, Nicolas, Kevin, Keith; ten great-grandchildren, Christian, Sarah, Anthony, Carissa, Reis, Ramsey, Mirren, June, Kole, Kaylee; one great-great-grandson, Owen; two siblings, Hazel Jackson, Chicago, IL, Don Anderson and his wife, Connie, Sioux Falls, SD; and many other relatives and friends.

In addition to her two husbands, Gene Keefer and Floyd Kaiser, Wava was preceded in death by her parents; four sisters, Doris Bailey, Jeanne Brooks, Beaulah Davis, Dorothy Anderson; and three brothers, Harlan Anderson, William Anderson and Curt Anderson.

Please consider a donation in Wavas memory to the Sioux Falls Humane Society.

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