SIGRID JOHANNA PISHNY

Sigrid Johann (Sjogren) Pishny, 100, left peacefully to be with her Lord on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 surrounded by her sons and daughter.

Sigrid was born to Charles and Paulina (Swenson) Sjogren on Feb. 3, 1916 at the family farm in Sibley Township in Cloud Co., KS.

She was the youngest of 8 children: Arthur, Alice (Smith), Elmer, Esther (Johnson), Ruby (Koester), Minnie (Jensen), and Lawrence.

Sigrid was preceded in death by her parents, siblings, husband Adolph, and a son Dwayne. She is survived by four other children: Lon Pishny and wife Janyth of Garden City, Lyle Pishny and wife Janice of Stilwell, Marilyn Benyshek and husband Bruce of Salina, Norman Pishny and wife Krista of Bucyrus, along with seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Sigrid had a mind of her own and showed it early in life. She loved to tell the story about getting an early start on her education because her mother had told her she could go to school when she turned six years old. So, bright and early on the morning of her sixth birthday in February, she announced to her mom that she was ready to go to school. The teacher and Sigrid’s mother must have decided it was easier to let her go ahead and start instead of telling her “no,” because they did indeed let her begin school in February rather than waiting until the following fall.

Sigrid graduated from Concordia High School in 1933, and from Kansas State College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences (now Kansas State University) in 1937. She was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honorary and Pi Mu Epsilon math honorary during her college years.

A strong advocate for education, she taught high school math in Norway (1937 – 1942), Blue Rapids (1942 – 1944), and Holton (1944 – 1945).

On Oct. 28, 1945, Sigrid married Adolph Ernest Pishny. Together they established their home on a farm just north of Waterville. A country girl at heart, it was always Sigrid’s hope to stay in the home that she and Adolph had built together for as long as she could, even after Adolph’s death in 1989. In true Sigrid fashion, she did just that, living there past the age of 100.

In 1947, she wanted to get more social activities for her and her farmer husband, so she started a card group with five other couples: John & Nellie Stryker, Ted & Vi Stryker, Harold & Marge Borck, Elmer & Ellen Musil, and Theodore & Louise Musil. This close-knit card “gang” continued for 50+ years and resulted in lifelong friendships for not only the parents, but also for children of the couples.

Sigrid had a strong faith in Christ and high ethical values, which she passed on to her children and many others whose lives she touched. She loved life and in her memory, she would want us all to find a way to care for our family and those we love.

A celebration of life will begin at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 27, 2016, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Waterville, KS. A reception and time to visit with family members will follow at the Waterville Community Center. Refreshments will be provided.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in her name are suggested to The Mosaic Foundation at 4980 S. 118 St, Ste B, Omaha, NE 68137-2220.

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