+ Dorothy Petersen +

Dorothy Ann Petersen was born April 14, 1927, in Yankton, South Dakota to Melvin and Viola (Hoffman) Nelson. She grew up in the Gayville area and attended Union Country School. She graduated from Gayville High School in 1945 and received her Teacher's Certificate from Southern State Normal School in Springfield, South Dakota. She taught in country schools for a few years and on November 30, 1948 she married Orlin Petersen in Gayville, South Dakota. They moved to a farm near Mission Hill until moving to the Utica Area, where she helped purchase the family farm in 1965. She later moved to Yankton in 2008 and then to Columbus, Nebraska in 2009.

Dorothy was a prolific reader and loved to collect cookbooks and recipes. She had a wonderful sense of humor, enjoyed attending events at the nursing home in Columbus and loved to meet new people and listen to their stories.

Survivors include her three children: Robert (Arde) Petersen of Columbus, Nebraska; Lynn (Nancy) Petersen of East Dundee, Illinois; and Janet (Derald) Moenning of Norfolk, Nebraska; seven grandchildren: Julie, Jenelle, Brian, Jim, Tonya, Steve and Dan; two great grandchildren: Ethan and Natalie; brother, Maurice (Eleanor) Nelson of Gayville; sister, Eileen Hoenstein of Ames, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Orlin.

To God Be the Glory
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Visitation at Wintz & Ray Funeral Home, Yankton
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Thursday, July 17, 2014

Prayer Service at Wintz & Ray Funeral Home, Yankton
7:00 PM Thursday, July 17, 2014

Funeral at Wintz & Ray Funeral Home, Yankton
10:30 AM Friday, July 18, 2014

+ Ferne Diede +

Ferne D. Diede was born on January 16, 1935 in Yankton County to Fred and Mary (Lane) Haberer. She was baptized on June 10, 1935 and confirmed at Martinus Lutheran Church where she was a member. On November 12, 1951 she was united in marriage with Delmer Diede. She taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. She and Delmer farmed east of Lesterville for 24 years. In 1975 they moved to Lesterville where she worked at the school for 2 years and the Lesterville Coop for 20 years. She retired in 1999. She enjoyed traveling, quilting, embroidering and playing cards.

She is survived by a daughter, Cynthia (Don) Schenkel of Canistota, SD; a son, Allen and special friend, Sharon of Parker, SD; 6 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild; 2 sisters; 1 half-sister; 3 brothers; and 1 half-brother.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Delmer in 2003, her parents, and a great granddaughter, Courtney Heinzmann.

To God Be the Glory
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Visitation at Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home, Yankton
6:00 PM Sunday, March 16, 2014

Prayer Service at Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home, Yankton
7:00 PM Sunday, March 16, 2014

Funeral at Martinus Lutheran Church, rural Utica
10:30 AM Monday, March 17, 2014

To be found in the Wednesday, January 15, 2014 Yankton Press & Dakotan, but they've already posted the full article online for your reading pleasure. Head on over here and check it out.