Keffeler Family of Sturgis Named the 2017 Family of the Year

October 26, 2017

Mount Marty College (MMC) in Yankton, South Dakota, recently recognized the Keffeler family of Sturgis, South Dakota as the Mount Marty College Family of the Year. Michael and Tammy Keffeler and their children, Abby and Justin, were honored at a special brunch during MMC’s Family Weekend on October 22.

Keffeler family

Each year MMC recognizes a family that excels in three categories: generosity in their home community or the MMC community, commitment to Christian values, and the ability to touch the lives of many people. The Keffeler family was chosen for their commitment to their local parishes and community, but also for their support to the Mount Marty community.

Michael is the Facility Maintenance Manager at St. Francis of Assisi Parish and St. Martin’s Church in Sturgis, SD. He is also the president of the Cemetery Board for St. Aloysius Cemetery in Sturgis where he has been a board member for over 10 years.

Tammy, a former nurse and CCD teacher, has been medically retired since 1999. She volunteers her time within the Sturgis community, cooks for CCD meals and serves as a Sacristan. Tammy is currently involved in starting a chapter of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, a Catholic organization with the goal to combat poverty, at St. Francis of Assisi Parish.

Aside from the work they do for their parishes and community, Tammy and Michael own and operate six rental properties and a part-time business called Western Powerwash. They are also heavily involved in the Meade County 4-H.

Michael and Tammy have supported Abby in her activities, never missing a band concert or gallery show, but they’ve also “adopted” students whose families weren’t able to make it to events at the college, going out of their way to make sure they are taken care of.

 Abby, a senior graphic design student, has been extremely active in the Mount Marty community. During her time at MMC Abby served on the Mission Committee, Pastoral Council, Campus Activities Board, and worked as an Ambassador. She’s an active member of the Catholic Leadership program, went on two service trips, and made time to be in the concert and jazz bands. Abby worked as a Resident Assistant for two years, and has been involved in the New Student Orientation program and Magnify at the Mount. She also designed and was published in the college’s online literary journal, Paddlefish.

 Justin travels all over the country working as a taxidermist for Prairie Mountain Wildlife Studio.

 MMC’s Family Weekend is an annual event that celebrates MMC families and students, both past and present. The Family of the Year award has been given since 1984.