Sally Jane Bohdan (Nelson)
Sally Jane Nelson was born on June 21, 1956 to Delbert and Amelia (DuBray) Nelson at Igloo, SD at the Black Hills Army Ordinance Depot. Sally’s Lakota Name is “He Sapa Winyan,” meaning Black Hills Woman. Sally was the 3rd child of Delbert and Amelia, her older sister is Dorine Nelson and older brother is Patrick Nelson.
Sally moved to various Army Bases with her family and in 1969 the family made Rapid City their home. Sally attended school at Igloo, SD, Williams, AZ, Allen, SD, and Pine Ridge, SD. Sally and her sister were arts and crafts women, making beaded jewelry and star quilts for many of the gift shops in Keystone, SD, Crazy Horse Mountain, Sioux Museum, Sioux Pottery, and Prairie Edge. Sally worked at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center for many years and at the Beverly Enterprise as a Certified Nurse’s Assistant and various other jobs.
Sally loved going to Pow-wows as her sister had been Miss Indian Black Hills for 9 years and upon Dorine’s passing Sally was chosen to finish out Dorine’s reign so in 1078 Sally became Miss Indian Black Hills and Sally and her family enjoyed going to Sundance’s, Pow-wows, picnic gatherings, fishing, and church events. In 1979, Sally met Dennis Kapfenstein and married him, after that Sally took care of her mother and enjoyed sewing star quilts and going to BINGO with her mother. In 1996, Sally became the mother of her son, Pershing Joshua Nelson, he was the love of her life, she enjoyed taking care of him all throughout his life. In 1999, Sally was on Dialysis and Joshy would keep her company and in 2006 she met another love in her life, Joe Bohdan, and in March 2007, Joshy & Joe and brother Pat, took her to Sioux Falls to get her new kidney transplant, she finally had her wish to see her son grow up to be a very nice young man. Sally has had the honor of four woman she was proud to call her sisters, Cindy Pullen Esposti, Barbara Vitale, Ellen Rascoe, and Sharlene Quilt. When things seemed to be impossible they all helped her to become stronger.
To Joe Bohdan, his parents, John & Carol Bohdan, all my relatives, brother, Patchy, and my son, Joshy, I love you all! ~Sally Bohdan~
Sally is survived by her spouse, Joe Bohdan of Rapid City, SD; son, Joshua Nelson of Rapid City, SD; god-daughter, Hazel Iron Cloud of Houston, TX, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Sally was preceded in death by her parents, Delbert and Amelia (DuBray) Nelson; sister, Dorine Nelson; brother, Patrick Nelson; and grandparents, Eugene and Eva (Hawkins) DuBray and Pete Nelson.
Vigil Services: 4:30 PM – 9:00 PM, Sunday, April 22, 2018 at the St. Isaac Jogue’s Catholic Church in Rapid City, SD with Rosary Services starting at 7:00 PM, Sunday night at the church.
Mass of Christian Burial: 10:00 AM, Monday, April 23, 2018 at the St. Isaac Jogue’s Catholic Church in Rapid City, SD
Officiating: Father Ed Witt, S.J.
Traditional Lakota Services: Mr. Alvin Iron Cloud, Sr.
Burial Services: 11:30 AM, Monday, April 23, 2018 at the Pine Lawn Memorial Cemetery, Rapid City, SD.
Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD