Dolores Eichman


January 16, 1928 - December 27, 2017


Dolores Eichman, 89, of Mitchell, SD, died Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at her home under hospice care in Mitchell.  Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Saturday, December 30 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Mitchell.  Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Friday at the Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell.

She was born January 16, 1928 in Mitchell, SD to Tim & Gladys (Gravelle) Mackey.   She graduated from Notre Dame High School in 1946 then moved to California where she worked for State Farm Insurance.  She returned to Mitchell and married her high school sweetheart H.C. (Ike) Eichman on December 27, 1948 in Mitchell, SD. 

She worked for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company until 1951.  She was a stay at home mother until 1969 when she started with Welcome Wagon and worked for them until 1998 when she started her own business, Welcome Service of Mitchell, which she worked with until her death.

She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, the Mitchell Area Chamber of Commerce, serving on the Ambassador Club since 1982.  She also served on the Board of Directors of the Chamber from 1986 – 1989.  She was also a member of the 20th Century Club of Mitchell.

In 2013 she became the first recipient of the Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year Award.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 64½ years, Ike in 2013, her son Mark, parents, her sister LaVaughn Fjellestad and her husband Gilbert and their daughter Karen (Pinky). 

She is survived by children: Lynn (Jerry) Metcalf, Laurie (Lou) Cooper, and Mary Eichman, all of Mitchell.  She is also survived by six grandchildren, Matt Metcalf, Alison (Metcalf) Gardner, Brandon Cooper, Aaron Cooper, Jennifer (Cooper) Jurgens, Ashley Eichman; nine great-grandchildren; a nephew; and a niece.


Friday, December 29, 2017
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, SD 57301


Saturday, December 30, 2017
10:30 AM
Holy Family Catholic Church
222 N Kimball St
Mitchell, SD 57301


Calvary Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Lisa Lucibella-Pibal on February 5, 2018
My deepest sympathy to the Eichman family. I remember Dolores well and had a visit from her welcome wagon business. She was beautiful and such a nice lady.
Posted by Kelly Hills on January 6, 2018
Your parents were such wonderful people. Your Mom was a gem, so gracious and sweet. Loving thoughts and prayers to you all. Peace be with you.
Posted by Mark Ritter on December 31, 2017
My condolences to The Eichman family. Over the years my brother Dan had nothing but good things to say about her and her children. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Laura Petsche on December 31, 2017
We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. It sounds like she was a wonderful, caring person. We are thinking of you and hope that special memories help you through this time. Praying for you, Dan, and family!
The Ritter families
Posted by Gary Hein on December 30, 2017
Many fond memories growing up across the street from the Eichmans. Our prayers are with you Dolores and your family , Lynn , Laurie and Mary Ann. The Hein brothers
Posted by Kent and Jesse Dicus on December 30, 2017
We are sorry for the loss of Dolores. Eich and his Mom are now together and happy...Rest in peace.
Posted by Sheilah Stoneback on December 29, 2017
I'm sure countless people had the same experience but I vividly remember Delores welcoming my family and I to Mitchell when we moved there in the early 70's. She was then, and continued to be, one of Mitchell's strongest ambassadors. She certainly sold me on the community where I lived for 35 years. My condolences to her family.
Posted by Lori Deibert on December 29, 2017
My deepest sympathy on the loss of your beautiful mother!
Posted by Tim and Laurie Fjellestad on December 29, 2017
Sorry for your loss, we will miss our visits with her when we come to Mitchell
Posted by Colleen Tegels DeJong on December 28, 2017
Lynn and Jerry, so very sorry to learn of the passing of your Mother and Grandmother. Prayers and hugs to you and your family.
Posted by Sue Heck VanderHeiden on December 28, 2017
So sorry for your loss. It’s been a tough year. God Bless. Hugs to you all
Posted by Joan Berry on December 28, 2017
My deepest sympathy to your family in the loss of your Mom. I worked with your Dad at Nabisco in Sioux Falls. Your parents were two very special people. Blessed be her memory Cherish all the special memories
Posted by Pam Filter0 on December 28, 2017
So sorry for your loss prayers to you and your family Laurie
Posted by Judy Armstrong on December 28, 2017
Delores was a beautiful, wonderful, caring lady. She will be missed by all who knew, and loved her..
Posted by Tom Mackey on December 28, 2017
So sorry for your loss. She was not only a cousin, but a good friend. I will miss our visits during pheasant season.
Posted by Charlie & Wanda Kobes on December 28, 2017
So sorry for your loss of a great lady . You all are in our thoughts and prayers !
Posted by Richard and Mary Goudy on December 28, 2017
So very sorry for your loss.
Posted by Sandy Pederson on December 28, 2017
So sorry to learn of your loss.
Posted by Monte Davies on December 28, 2017
My condolences to you Laurie, and to all that surround you with their love in your time of need.
Posted by Rick Agnitsch on December 28, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers to you Lynn, and your family, at the loss of your beloved Mother. It has been a rough year for all of you, may God bless your family.
Posted by Monica on December 28, 2017
So sorry for your lose sending prayers
Posted by Vicky Beiswanger/Hohn on December 28, 2017
So sorry for your loss prayer and though
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