Thelma Adeline Gjesdal


July 25, 1918 - September 22, 2019


Thelma Adeline Gjesdal, 101, of Mitchell, SD, formerly of Mt. Vernon, SD, died Sunday, September 22, 2019 at Firesteel Healthcare Center in Mitchell.

Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Thursday, September 26, 2019 at Salem Lutheran Church in Mt. Vernon. Burial will be at the Mt. Vernon Cemetery. Visitation will be 5-7:00 PM Wednesday at Bittner Funeral Chapel with a 6:30 PM Prayer Service.

Thelma Adeline Gjesdal was born July 25, 1918 in Mt. Sterling, WI to Torkel and Anna (Thompson) Asbenson. She moved north of Storla with her family in 1925. Thelma attended Mitchell and Letcher High Schools and graduated in 1936. She attended General Beadle College and Dakota Wesleyan University, graduating in 1938. She lived in Seattle, WA for a short time, where she did office work for Boeing Aircraft. She returned to South Dakota and taught school at Hopper Consolidated, Winfred, and Mt. Vernon Schools.

On April 8, 1944 Thelma married Ens. Irvin Gjesdal, US Navy. After farming near Mt. Vernon for many years, Thelma and Irvin moved to California for 14 years before returning to Mt. Vernon.

Thelma was a member of Salem Lutheran Church of Mt. Vernon and Women of the ELCA. She taught Bible School, Sunday School, and served on various committees for many years.

Thelma was preceded in death by her husband, Irvin, in 1999; one brother, Luverne Asbenson; and four sisters, Laura Kvigne, Arlene Thompson, Jurene Gjesdal, and Evelyn Saville.

Thelma is survived by her son, Dwight (Roberta) Gjesdal; daughter, DeAnna (Delbert) Hiemstra; son, Dr. Donald (Diane) Gjesdal; six grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.



Wednesday, September 25, 2019
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
6:30 PM Prayer Service

Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Thursday, September 26, 2019
10:30 AM
Salem Lutheran Church
204 E 4th Street
Mt Vernon, SD 57363


Mt. Vernon Cemetery
Mt. Vernon, South Dakota

Posted by Naomi Uhre on September 25, 2019
My sympathies to your family. Thelma was a very special lady. She will be missed by many.
Posted by Ryan Thompson on September 25, 2019
Dwight, Deanna and families --- yeah, your mom spoiled us too.... I know the list is long, but its a list I'm proud to be on. ha Our family loved and cherished all our times with Thelma and Irvie. She was a firecracker, with the warmest smile and hugs. Fantastic lady we are all graced to have had a part of our lives. Celebrate and honor her life. God bless you all.
Posted by Duane and NaN Baker on September 25, 2019
Our sincere sympathies to Thelma’s family. She was truly a special lady and we will remember her with fondness.
Posted by Nancy Sonne on September 23, 2019
When I warmly remember Thelma, I think of her smile, her avid interest in other people, her humor and zest for life. She went at life gracefully and stayed in tune with others throughout. To some, riches come and to others riches go. Thelma lived her riches which was herself. Those remembering her are richer for it.
Posted by Lois (Uhre) Swenson on September 23, 2019
My sympathies to Thelma’s family. She was a gem.
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