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.