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Alta Marie Bechtold

Alta Marie Bechtold died peacefully September 13, 2009 at the Good Samaritan Village in Sioux Falls. Alta Marie was born in Sioux Falls to F.H. and Myrtle (McNulty) on April 17, 1921. She attended St. Joseph Cathedral School in Sioux Falls and also attended St. Benedicts College in St. Cloud, Minnesota where she obtained her Batchelor of Arts Degree. In her youth, she was very active in the Sioux Falls Community Playhouse. During her life she worked as a secretary for many companies including Marsh Associates in Washington, DC and the Archdiocese of Seattle. In her retirement, she volunteered at the Great Plains Zoo, the Outdoor Campus and taught yoga. She is preceded in death by her parents, brothers: Herb, Chuck, Tom and Cliff, and a sister: Barbara. Survivors include her sister: Marieta (Bill) Rumpza; brother: Robert (Lori) Bechtold, and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be Wednesday, 6 PM in our chapel with a Scripture Vigil at 7 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, 10:30 AM at St. Michael Parish with burial to follow at St. Michael Cemetery. An on-line registry is available at

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