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Rachel L. Purintun, age 62, of Watertown, SD, passed away on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, at her residence. Memorial services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at the Salvation Army. Lt. Zac and Capt. Karissa Zumwalt will officiate. The family is requested to meet by 1:30 p.m.to attend the service.
Visitation will be prior to the service.
Burial will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers will be Rachels’ grandchildren: Dakotah, Bryson, Colton, Riley, Jeremy, Jerod and Andi.
Rachel was born on April 1, 1957, to Donald and Gloria (Steffen) Schmit, in Aberdeen, SD. She attended school in Lead, SD. On May 27, 1977, Rachel was united in marriage to Doug Purintun in Huron, SD.
The couple moved to Watertown where Rachel drove Grab-A-Cab for many years. After Doug passed away in 1985, Rachel continued to live in Watertown and drive cab. She later started volunteering at the Salvation Army and helping with the food drives and with the Angel Tree. Rachel made sure she took good care of her Bingo players and her friends. She was a member of the Salvation Army, and enjoyed playing Bingo, reading, and doing plastic canvas projects. She loved her Harley “her dog”. She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren.
Rachel is survived by her children: Shawn (Amy) Purintun and Christina Steinberg, both of Watertown, SD; seven grandchildren; three brothers: Ronald (Karen) Schmit of Council Bluffs, IA, Randy Schmit of Newell, SD and Ray Schmit of Gillette, WY; and five sisters: Roberta Odson (Art Nelson) of Lake Havasu City, NV, Roxanne Strang of Sioux Falls, SD, Ronda (Gallyn) Wolf of Quinn, SD, Robin (Rich) Eddy of Deadwood, SD and Renee (Leonard) Andersen of Hayes, SD.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Doug, her parents and her twin sister, Rebecca.