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: https://www.holyspiritmitchell.org/livestream
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.