Esther Pederson


March 24, 1928 - September 2, 2021


Esther Pederson, 93, of Mitchell, SD, died Thursday, September 2, 2021 at Edgewood Memory Care in Mitchell. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM Friday, September 10, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Mitchell. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Mitchell. Visitation will be from 5-6:30 PM Thursday at Holy Spirit Catholic Church with a 6:30 PM prayer service. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

A live stream of the funeral service can be viewed at:

Esther Marie Pederson was born on March 24, 1928 to Emil and Marie (Gastauer) Henkel in Kenosha, WI. Her family moved to northern Wisconsin when she was one year old. They lived on farms at Tioga, Humbird, and Neilsville in Wisconsin. When Esther was fourteen the family relocated to Iroquois, SD. She graduated from Iroquois High School in 1946. After high school, Esther took a summer school course that allowed her to teach school. She then taught school for a year south of Iroquois, before accepting a job at the Huronite as a bookkeeper in Huron, SD. Esther then accepted a job in 1952 for Intercounty Electric in Mitchell, and retired in 1990 after 38 years of service.

On October 10, 1953 Esther married Clifford Pederson at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Iroquois. To this union they had three sons. Esther and Cliff spent over 30 years of summers at their trailer home at West Whitlock Resort along the Missouri River.

Esther was a charter member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Mitchell. She also belonged to the Holy Spirit Altar Society, VFW Auxiliary 2750, and the DAV Auxiliary. Esther was involved with the Cub Scout program for 30 years, receiving the Silver Beaver award. She also was the recipient of the Mitchell Exchange Club’s Book of Golden Deeds Award in 1990. Esther’s life was faithfully lived out in dedication to her family, friends, community, and church.

Esther is survived by her husband of 67 years, Clifford; sons, David (Brenda) Pederson of Browns Valley, MN and Daniel (Janelle) Pederson of Fargo, ND; grandchildren, Kristina Bock, Eric (Mandy) Pederson, Justin (Michele) Pederson, Tyler Pederson, and Jordan Pederson; great-grandchildren, Mariah and Logan Bock, Joshua, Ella, Jenna, Crosby, and Nora Esther Pederson; sister, Elaine Schlosser of Kenosha, WI; and sisters-in-law, Gila Henkel of Huron, SD, Diana (Duane) Kummer of Mitchell, SD, and Joann Fields of Dell Rapids, SD; and brothers-in-law, Donald (Jean) Pederson and Ray (Jean) Pederson all of Dell Rapids, SD.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Darwin Denis; great-grandson, Benjamin Bock; brother, Joseph Henkel; mother and father-in-law, Elwyn and Delight Pederson; brothers and sisters-in-law, Harold and Vieva Henkel, Walter and Dorothy Henkel; and brothers-in-law, Glen Fields, Martin Zapp, Robert Schlosser, and Patrick Pederson.


Thursday, September 9, 2021
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
1401 W Cedar Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Friday, September 10, 2021
10:30 AM
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
1401 W Cedar Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Calvary Cemetery
Mitchell, SD

Posted by Denny Rolfes on September 16, 2021
I worked with Esther the last nine years before she retired from Intercouny Electric. She was one of nicest ladies that you could ever meet. A couple of things I remember about Ester was with the computer. The computer age was just getting started and Ester was the main data entry person. She had many yellow sticky notes all over office and the big IBM computer to remind her about certain things that she needed to do before entering utility bills or after before pushing that final enter key on the computer. When Esther retired, she made this comment to me: She said "Dennis, I was born at the right time to be retiring now with all this computer stuff happening so fast. This is for you younger people." She will be missed.
Posted by Kelly Henkel Thompson on September 9, 2021
As everyone has said, Esther was so kind and cheerful. She would invite me over for dinner when I lived in Mitchell and we would hang out and talk. She was a great hostess and conversationalist.
Posted by Steve and Trudy Morgan on September 8, 2021
Esther was an angel among us! We first met her and Cliff when we joined Holy Spirit Parish back in 1995. Since then, we consider them close friends and part of our extended family. Esther was such a warm, faithful, friendly, kind, and generous woman. She was always interested in what we were doing and how we were doing. We loved spending time with them and we know that Esther went right to heaven and has been escorted in to see the face of God! She is now part of our litany of the saints because we consider her one. We extend our deepest sympathies to Cliff, David, and Daniel and their families. May God shine his everlasting light and peace on you at this time. "Forget not to show love unto strangers; for some have entertained angels without knowing it," Hebrews 13:2
Posted by Tom & Carole Duncan on September 8, 2021
Cliff and Esther were our next door neighbors for many years at West Whitlock. She was the nicest person we have ever met and always had a smile on her face. She will be missed
Posted by Loren Noess on September 8, 2021
So sorry for your loss. Esther lived a good life always positive. I worked with Esther several years at Inter County Electric. Esther always had a big smile now matter how the day was.
Posted by Colleen Miller Foland on September 7, 2021
Cliff, Esther was a very special lady and will be greatly missed by many.
I enjoyed getting to know you both through DAVA.
Posted by Duane and Jerelynn Steege on September 7, 2021
So sorry to hear this. Have missed you both at West Whitlock. Prayers for all
Posted by JIM GraceRadke on September 7, 2021
i will pray for her for being so kind and a sweet person we will miss her
Posted by Ray & Alice Mentele on September 7, 2021
Ray worked at Intercounty with Esther for many years, and was a lifelong friend after that. She was always interested in how he was doing, and always said to tell him "hi". She was such a sweet, thoughtful lady, and will be missed by many. God bless her family.
Posted by Jen Larsen on September 7, 2021
Cliff and family my prayers are with you.
Posted by Troy Magnuson on September 6, 2021
I first met Esther when I joined Cub Scouts back in the early to mid 70’s. She was one of the kindest and sweetest ladies the the good Lord has grace me to know. May perpetual light shine on her sweet soul!!!
Posted by Lorrie & Jr Marzini on September 4, 2021
Esther was an Angel here on earth loving and caring for all: family, friends, acquaintances. She had a warm welcoming smile, an always ready & willing helping hand, open arms to comfort those in need, and a gleeful sweet laugh in happy times! You’ll be remembered forever in the many cherished memories and love we all shared with you! Now Esther you can fly on that magic carpet you always wanted with the angels above watching over all of us! All our Love, Lorrie & Jr Marzini
Posted by Clint and Annie Straw on September 3, 2021
She was a lovely lady who always shared joy. I remember she was a wonderful dinner host who served amazing dinners. We will miss her.
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