Loretta Margaret Glissendorf
July 6, 1924 - April 2, 2020
Private funeral services for Loretta Margaret Glissendorf, 95, of White Lake, SD, will be held.
Burial will be at the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery of White Lake, SD.
Loretta Margaret Glissendorf died Thursday, April 2, 2020, at the Aurora-Brule Care and Rehab of White Lake, SD.
Loretta Margaret Glissendorf was born July 6, 1924, on a farm in Brule County of South Dakota to Friedrick F. and Maude (Maurer) Meier.
She was baptized into the Christian faith on the same day.
The oldest of seven children during the Great Depression, Loretta learned about hard work at a young age – first, at home, then hiring out to do housework at the age of 12.
After graduating from White Lake High School of White Lake, SD, in 1942, Loretta received her two-year teaching degree from Yankton College of Yankton, SD. She taught fourth grade in Presho, SD, for one year after receiving her teaching certificate.
Loretta then returned to her forever home in White Lake, SD, to marry Claude Glissendorf.
Claude Jr. and Loretta were wed on June 12, 1945, and created a home on a farm south of White Lake, SD. Married life allowed Loretta to do several of the activities she enjoyed, including cooking and baking, gardening, babysitting her nieces and nephews, sewing and handiwork, participating in church activities, playing cards, raising chickens and helping on the farm.
On Jan. 29, 1948, her only child, Diana Kay, was born. Diana married Richard Kieffer on Dec. 30, 1970, giving Loretta two of the greatest joys of her life, Kathy and Karen.
After losing Claude at the young age of 68, Loretta moved to town and spent her later years attending concerts of her granddaughters, crocheting, playing cards, visiting her neighbors, helping her daughter at Kieffer Hunting Lodge and walking at least two miles each day.
Loretta loved the Lord and was an active member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in White Lake, SD.
Grateful for having shared her life are her daughter, Diana Kieffer; a son-in-law, Richard Kieffer; granddaughters, Kathy Sorenson and husband, Mike of Champlin, MN, and Karen Pfitzer and husband, Garret of Mobridge, SD; great grandchildren, Landon Sorenson and Victoria Sorenson; two brothers, Ted Meier and wife, Florence and Richard Meier and wife, Glayn; a sister-in-law,Arlene Hanten and several nieces, nephews and god-children.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Claude Glissendorf; her parents, Friedrick F. and Maude Meier; three brothers, Fredrick Meier, Ralph Meier and Bill Meier and a sister, Florence.
Bittner Funeral Chapel of Mitchell, SD, will be in charge of arrangements.