Velores Youngstrom, 85, of Mitchell died, Sunday, January 12, 2020 at Avera Brady Health and Rehab in Mitchell.
A celebration of life service will be 2:00 PM Sunday, January 19 at the Lake House in Mitchell. Burial will be at a later date. Funeral services are under the direction of the Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell.
Velores Faye (Johansen) Youngstrom was born on May 5, 1934 in Cuthbert, SD to Walter and Mae (Jansen) Johansen. She died from kidney disease on January 12, 2020 at the Avera Brady Nursing Home.
Her family moved to California for several years until they returned to SD and she graduated as the salutatorian from Mt. Vernon High School in 1952.
She married Glen L. (Bud) Youngstrom on November 1, 1952 and after being in California while her husband was in the Marine Corp, they returned to operate a farm south of Mt. Vernon where they raised four children. She was very active with the Mt. Vernon Community while her children were in school and made many cookies, cheerleader outfits, and attended all activities her children were involved in. She was often on the bleachers cheering on her three sons while they were on the wrestling mat.
Velores was also involved on the county and state level with the Democratic Party functions. In March 1988 she became involved on the national level by being chosen to be a delegate at the National Convention in Atlanta, Georgia that summer. She was contacted by reporters from across the country interested in her views especially regarding agricultural issues. Velores also wrote articles for the Sioux Falls paper during her time at the National Convention.
Reading, collecting post cards, going to garage sales, and collecting broaches/pins were her hobbies. She loved reading the back of post cards to get a taste of history from the common daily activities people wrote about. She enjoyed writing stories and poems about her life on the farm and put a humorous spin on all that touched her life.
Steve, her oldest son, died of kidney cancer in 2000. It was her most difficult period, but she cared for Steve with unending compassion and love she has expressed to her family and friends throughout her life. She made it possible for Steve to die in his home with all the dignity he deserved.
Velores traveled to many countries all over the world and maintained contacts and friendships with people she grew up with and people she met on her travels. The family reunions were often planned by her as people were her energy. Her sense of humor was memorable and she will live in many hearts even though she has moved on to a reunion with family and friends who left before her including her dog, Captain.
Velores was survived by her three children, Craig Youngstrom, Mitchell, SD, Ryan (Londa) Youngstrom, Mt. Vernon, SD, and Jodi (Rusty) Bogue, Des Moines, IA; seven grandchildren, Tim Ohnemus, New Castle, WY, Amanda (Marcus) Christensen, Summerset, SD, Jackson (Amanda) Metzger, Groveland, FL, Steven Youngstrom, Mt. Vernon, SD, Dylan Youngstrom, Herndon, VA, Taina Youngstrom, Tampa, FL, and Brady Bogue, Des Moines, IA; two great-grandchildren, Kenli and Cooper Christensen, Summerset, SD; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents, Walt and Mae Johansen; in-laws, Glen and Gladys Youngstrom; son, Steve; brothers, Ronald and Dwayne Johansen; sister-in-law, Donna Wermers; brother-in-law, Norbert Wermers; nephew, Mark Wermers; niece, Patti Holter; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins who she loved with joy.
Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society or the Alzheimer’s Association.