Lois Heiter

Lois Heiter


January 29, 1929 - May 13, 2024


Lois Heiter, 95, of Mitchell, SD, passed away peacefully Monday, May 13, 2024, at Firesteel Healthcare Center in Mitchell. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1:00 PM Saturday, May 18, at St. Mary of Mercy Catholic Church in Alexandria, SD, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at St. Mary of Mercy Catholic Cemetery. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Lois Joan Heiter was born on January 29, 1929, the third oldest of five children to Russell and Norene (Dixon) Robertson of Alexandria SD. She grew up on a farm near Alexandria, where she was a cheerleader, Homecoming Queen, worked as a waitress, and graduated from Alexandria High School in 1946.

Lois was united in marriage to Merle Heiter on April 19, 1948, in Alexandria SD at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, and to this union they had four children. They farmed south of Alexandria. Lois enjoyed being a homemaker, but when the youngest was in school she began to work in Alexandria at the Court House, ASCS Office and Farmer’s Union Coop. They also owned “Merle’s Bar” where Lois also worked. They started and sponsored the baseball team, The Alexandria Angels, which Lois was very proud of. After retirement, Lois decided to open a women’s clothing shop in the mall, called Top Ten which she ran until she needed to care for Merle when he became ill. They also traveled to Germany, France, Alaska and many other US states. Lois was very social and loved being around people, and especially loved doting on her grandchildren. Lois lived in Mitchell for the past 37 years. Until the age of 92, Lois was still bowling on the Tuesday morning Senior League which brought her much joy. She loved cooking, baking, putting puzzles together, crossword puzzles, dancing, and enjoyed visiting with family and friends. She was a great friend to many. Lois moved to Edgewood Memory Care in 2022 and later to Firesteel Memory Care in 2023.

Grateful for having shared her life are her three sons, Robert (Butch) Heiter of Glendive, MT, Roger Heiter of Mitchell, SD, and Ronald (Kim) Heiter of Lewisville, NC; daughter, Diane (Bryan) Slaba of Mitchell, SD; five grandchildren: Kelsey (Neil) Allerton, Jeremy (Kelli) Haiar, Angie Haiar, Jessica (Chris) Lopez, and Delaney Slaba (Matt Metzinger); 13 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and a special friend, Kathy Wagner.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Merle in 1991; parents; siblings: Robert (Florence), Paul (Lenore), Clyde, and Vivian; granddaughter, Tandy Eaton; brother-in-law, Clarence (Sonny) Heiter; and sister-in-law, Rose (Robert) Wagner.

Lois’s family is grateful for the wonderful care she received at Edgewood Memory Care, Firesteel Memory Care, and Avera Hospice Staff which were exceptionally caring and supportive during this difficult time.


Saturday, May 18, 2024
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
St. Mary of Mercy Catholic Church
220 5th St
Alexandria, SD 57311


Saturday, May 18, 2024
1:00 PM
St. Mary of Mercy Catholic Church
220 5th St
Alexandria, SD 57311


St. Mary of Mercy Catholic Cemetery
Alexandria, SD

Posted by Dar and Ed Engelmeyer on May 16, 2024
Sincere sympathy to Lois's family. We have enjoyed our home and land that we purchased from the family over the years. Working at the bar was always special, too. May Merle and Lois enjoy their eternal lives.
Posted by John Wenande on May 16, 2024
My sympathies to you, Butch and Roger, and your family on the passing of your mother. She lived a long life and left you with wonderful memories. May your faith give you comfort and peace.
Posted by Joyce Folsom on May 16, 2024
My sympathy to the family. Dale and I worked for Lois and Merle at the bar. . They were a special couple.
Posted by Lee and Betty Schaefers on May 16, 2024
Sorry for your loss! She was a very special lady and will be missed
Posted by Linna Johnston on May 16, 2024
So sorry to hear this. Lois always had a smile and time to visit. My sympathy to the family.
Posted by Jody Strand on May 15, 2024
Lois was a wonderful lady who loved life and helped wherever she was needed. Hard working at whatever she did but always with a smile, warm greeting and a hug! We were all luck to have known her!
Posted by Lynda Fonder on May 15, 2024
So sorry for your loss! Lifting prayers for comfort and peace 🙏🏻
Posted by Cheryl Kunkel on May 15, 2024
Thoughts & prayers to all oh the families, Lois was a very sweet kind person, always greeted you with a smile. She will be missed .
Posted by Fauna Kappenman on May 14, 2024
She was a sweet, smiley lady.
Posted by Helen heiter on May 14, 2024
My prayers and sympathy to family ,l loved to visit with her!,she was special.
Posted by Peggy & Roger Kowall on May 14, 2024
Your Mother was the best. Our prayers to your family!!!
Posted by Joann Morller on May 14, 2024
Sympathy Roger Diane and Brian and family Your mother wa always a great person to visit with Prayers for Comfort in your loss
Posted by Ruth & Dan Olinger on May 14, 2024
Our deepest sympathies to you all. Lois was was a special lady.
Posted by Dale & Deb Wilson on May 13, 2024
Bryan and Diane -sending hugs and love to you in the loss of your Mom. She was a special lady. May your memories help you thru this time of loss..
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