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Autumn Catherine Jungwirth

April 3, 1995 ~ May 27, 2019 (age 24)

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Sunday, June 2, 2019:

As we prepare to help the Jungwirth family say good-bye to Autumn, we are asking for help from her family, friends and the community with the following:

  • We are expecting many people to attend her funeral tomorrow.  Extra seating has been added in the fellowship hall since the lunch will take place at the 4-H Building.  The church does have the capability of streaming the service from the sanctuary into the fellowship hall. 
  • For those unfamiliar with St. Bernard Catholic Church in Redfield, there are steps up to the main entrance on the south side of the church.  There is a ramp on the west side of the church if needed. 
  • Autumn’s casket will be at the main entrance of the church.  We will ask people to walk forward past the casket and then proceed down the far aisle of the church instead of turning around in the tight space by the casket. 
  • Regarding register books at the funeral:
    • We will have multiple register books available to sign at the main entrance and in the fellowship hall to sign, but all the pages will be combined into one book for the family.
    • PLEASE sign the book only once – if you signed the book during the visitation or prayer service, you do not need to sign again.  Please include your FULL mailing address.  It is extremely helpful to the family to have all the addresses in one place.  Even if you include your mailing address in a card, please record your mailing address in the book as it is easier for the family to use the register book for addresses than searching through cards.  It is extremely frustrating for families to search for mailing addresses especially when many people are not listed in telephone books any longer. 
  • Parking
    • Please consider carpooling - parking is limited at the church and cemetery both.
    • Please watch carefully for the yellow “no parking” or “family only” parking signs that will be placed at the church and the 4-H Building. 
    • After the funeral service, please proceed to the 4-H Building for lunch.  We will have a formal procession from the 4-H Building to St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in rural Athol which is a small rural cemetery.  There will be parking along the road after the family follows the hearse into the cemetery.  We will have funeral home staff directing traffic.  Please use headlights and 4-way flashers on the way to the cemetery. 

On behalf of Autumn’s family, we thank you.  Thank you for assisting us with everything listed above but most of all, thank you for supporting this family in your thoughts, prayers and actions.

Hyke Funeral Home


REVISED June 1 at 11:15 a.m. -- PLEASE NOTE that Autumn's visitation and prayer service are being moved back to Hyke Funeral Home on Sunday.  Thank you.


Autumn Catherine Jungwirth, 24, of Lake Poinsett, SD and formerly of Athol, SD, passed away Monday, May 27, 2019, at Prairie Lakes Healthcare in Watertown, SD.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 3, 2019, at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Redfield, SD.  Reverend Tom Anderson will officiate.  After the service, lunch and fellowship will be at the 4-H Exhibit Building in Redfield.  Following lunch, interment will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Athol.

Visitation will be Sunday, from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at Hyke Funeral Home in Redfield, SD.  A Prayer Service and Rosary will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will include a time for sharing.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Hyke Funeral Home (

In lieu of flowers, the family will direct memorials to the Ty Eschenbaum Foundation, which is a non-profit foundation that provides support to youth cancer survivors in South Dakota.  

Twin sisters Alicyn Rae and Autumn Catherine were born on April 3rd, 1995 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen, SD completing the family of Mike and Sandy Jungwirth. They were welcomed with love by siblings Amber, David, April, and Dallas. At 2 ½ years old, big brother Dallas was already protective and wanted to know if his twin sisters were “born in the barn or did you have to move them inside?” The family grew up in the “little house” and made the move to the “big house” when Autumn was 5 years old. Autumn always had a partner in crime with her twin sister and absolute best friend, Alicyn.  

She attended Redfield Public School.  At a young age, she was a fierce competitor, running the anchor leg of the winning 4 x 100-meter relay team in the 9-10 year old age division at the South Dakota State Hershey Track Meet in 2005. Autumn, Alicyn, and their teammates earned a trip to run in Hershey Pennsylvania at the National Hershey Track and Field Meet. This trip was the trip of a lifetime, which was shared with Sandy, Amber, and April as well. Autumn was an outfielder and the leadoff hitter for the Rockham Rebels Slowpitch Softball Team, playing in 6 consecutive State Tournament championship games, taking home the top honors in 2009, 2012, 2013, and 2014. She was named to the all tournament team in 2012.  Autumn was the setter for the Redfield/Doland High School volleyball team, setting in the State Tournament in 2010 and 2011, earning All Northeast Conference Honors in 2013. She graduated Co-Valedictorian of the Redfield High School Class of 2014.

Autumn was the best auntie ever! Her nieces and nephews were absolute highlights in her life. She loved to FaceTime with them multiple times a week.  Her beautiful smile and personality could light up any room! Autumn loved to shop with her Mom and take four-wheeler rides with her Dad. She was always willing to lend a helping hand. She loved to travel, drink dark coffee, exercise, rise early in the morning, and lake living. Her organizational skills and self-discipline were second to none.

She was currently a ZYIA Active Wear Sales Rep and was one of the quickest rising reps in the country - leading a team of 45 plus reps on her team.  Autumn found the perfect job that allowed her the flexibility to travel and be with family without a strict schedule. Her dream was to one day stay at home with their kids.

In the spring of 2017, Autumn found love, true love. Ty and Autumn were meant for each other and brought out the absolute best in each other. They were truly happy. She loved her time living at Lake Poinsett and was often hosting gatherings of family and friends to enjoy the lake. Their lake motto was “Time wasted at the lake is time well spent.” 

Autumn’s generosity and final act of kindness was the gift of organ and tissue donation.  May her loving spirit live on in the lives of others.

Autumn will be so deeply missed by her parents: Mike and Sandy Jungwirth of Athol; sister Amber and Jon Saienga, Madelyn, Jack, Grace, Ida, and Ella of Miller; brother David and Margaret Jungwirth and soon to be Autumn’s 9th niece or nephew of Athol; sister April and Brady Schilder, Levi and Cullen of Faulkton; brother Dallas Jungwirth and fiancé Makayla Reed of Athol; sister Alicyn and Nathan Wager and Swazey of Watertown. She is also survived by her Grandfather Clinton Carr of Redfield and Grandmother Catherine Jungwirth of Athol. Autumn was blessed to have another family-Ty Eschenbaum of Lake Poinsett; his parents Jeff and Jody Eschenbaum and their sons Sterling and Courtney Eschenbaum, Ryker and Landry; and Calder Eschenbaum and Stetson Eschenbaum all of Lake Preston. 

She was preceded in death by her Grandmother Alice Carr and Grandfather Vincent Jungwirth.


To send flowers to Autumn's family, please visit our floral store.


June 2, 2019

2:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Hyke Funeral Home
101 E 7th Ave.
Redfield, SD 57469

Prayer Service with Rosary
June 2, 2019

7:00 PM
Hyke Funeral Home
101 E 7th Ave.
Redfield, SD 57469

Mass of Christian Burial
June 3, 2019

10:30 AM
St. Bernard Catholic Church
213 East 6th Avenue
Redfield, SD 57469

June 3, 2019

4:00 PM
Athol - St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery
¾ mile North of Athol on 382nd (County 17) west side of road
Athol, SD 57435

Lunch and Fellowship
June 3, 2019

4-H Exhibit Building
38497 174th Street
Redfield, SD 57469


Ty Eschenbaum Foundation
c/o South Dakota Community Foundation -- Box 296, Pierre SD 57501
Tel: 1-605-224-1025

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