Ann Joyce (Tuchscherer) Cazer was born April 23, 1936, in Milbank, S.D., to Cecelia (Boruta) and Jacob Tuchscherer, the oldest of three children. She worked in a bakery as a teenager and at the Milbank Courthouse.
Ann married Gordon Cazer March 2, 1957. They moved to Chamberlain, S.D., shortly after their marriage, but then to Custer, S.D., in 1961. They built their home near Cazer’s sister, Rosie, and her family. She loved living close to her family and watching her nephews—as well as all the children Rosie babysat over the years—grow up.
Ann worked over 30 years at Black Hills Electric Co-op as a receptionist.
Her favorite place—and second home—was Custer Senior Center. After she retired, Ann became heavily involved with the senior center. She worked in the gift shop and served on committees and on the center’s board of directors for many years, holding all positions, including president. While president she directed a large kitchen remodeling project in the 1980s.
Ann is most noted for her tireless volunteerism with cooking for Custer Senior Center. For over 20 years, she cooked for all local service clubs, including Rotary, Lions, Gideons, Zonta and the American Legion, as well as other numerous functions, events and family reunions.
She was an active member and supporter of Custer Senior Center for more than 30 years. Her work also extended past Custer, having helped establish the Western South Dakota Council of Senior Centers, is a network of 12 senior centers in South Dakota. She served as its secretary and treasurer for over 15 years.
Ann was an avid card player, was a member of a bowling league—which went to the state tournament many times—and a member of BETA. She was a lifetime member of Hot Springs Senior Center.
Also known as the “Cake Lady,” Ann made thousands of cakes for birthdays and special events. She made many wedding cakes and was known for meringue pie and caramel rolls, which she took to many meetings at the co-op.
Ann will be remembered for her heart of gold, love and care for family, friends and the community, which she often showed by frequently telephoning said family and friends.
Ann died June 5, 2019, at Custer Senior Care after a short battle with cancer. She was 83.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; brother, Jim Tuchscherer; and sister, Rosie (Tuchscherer) Behlings.
Ann is survived by nephews Tim (Jenny) Behlings and Joel (Christie) Behlings, both of Custer, and Brian (Brenda) Behlings of Hill City; great-nephews, Russell (Tessah) Behlings of Wisconsin and Joshua (Courtney) Behlings of Washington; great-niece Jacie Behlings of Custer; great-great niece, Ellen Bee Behlings—all of whom were considered surrogate children; brother-in-law, Roger Behlings of Custer; sisters-in-law Peg Clark of Lemon, S.D., and Mary Cazer of Sioux Falls, S.D.; many extended Cazer nephews and nieces; and many friends including Jill Kettle of the Custer Senior Center and Julie Boettcher.
The family will hold a private interment with burial at Custer Cemetery. There will be an open house to celebrate her life June 20, starting at 11 a.m. at Custer Senior Center, with lunch to follow.
Memorials may be sent to Custer Senior Center.