Loretta Glissendorf


July 6, 1924 - April 2, 2020


Loretta Glissendorf, 95, of White Lake, SD, died Thursday, April 2, 2020, at Aurora Brule Nursing Home in White Lake. A private funeral service will be held. Burial will be in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in White Lake.

Loretta Margaret Meier was born on July 6, 1924 to Friedrick F. and Maude (Maurer) Meier on a farm in Brule County. She was baptized into the Christian faith on the same day. The oldest of 7 children during the Great Depression, Loretta learned about hard work at a young age. First, at home, then hiring out to do housework at the age of 12.

After graduating from White Lake High School in 1942, Loretta received her two-year teaching degree from Yankton College. She taught 4th grade in Presho for one year after receiving her teaching certificate. Loretta then returned to her forever home in White Lake to marry Claude Glissendorf.

Claude Jr. and Loretta were wed on June 12, 1945, and created a home on a farm south of White Lake. Married life allowed Loretta to do several of the activities she enjoyed including cooking and baking, gardening, babysitting her nieces and nephews, sewing and handiwork, participating in church activities, playing cards, raising chickens, and helping on the farm.

On January 29, 1948 her only child, Diana Kay, was born. Diana married Richard Kieffer on December 30, 1970, giving Loretta two of the greatest joys of her life, Kathy and Karen.

After losing Claude at the young age of 68, Loretta moved to town, and spent her later years attending concerts of her granddaughters, crocheting, playing cards, visiting her neighbors, helping her daughter at Kieffer Hunting Lodge, and walking at least 2 miles each day.

Loretta loved the Lord, and was an active member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in White Lake.

She leaves behind to praise God, her daughter, Diana; son-in-law, Richard; granddaughters Kathy (Mike) Sorenson of Champlin, MN, and Karen (Garret) Pfitzer of Mobridge, SD; great-grandchildren, Landon and Victoria Sorenson; two brothers, Ted (Florence) Meier and Richard (Glayn) Meier; sister-in-law, Arlene Hanten; and several nieces, nephews, and Godchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; 3 brothers Fredrick, Ralph, and Bill; and 1 sister, Florence.









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Trinity Lutheran Cemetery
White Lake, SD

Posted by Rhonda McGregor on April 6, 2020
Diana I was heartbroken to come to work this past weekend & find out dear, sweet Loretta had passed. She was such a bright light & I thoroughly enjoyed working with her. She always had a kind work & could always bring a smile to my face. Loretta will be deeply missed but fondly remembered. You & yours remain in my thoughts & prayers.
Posted by Bonnie Orton on April 5, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are definitely with you. Although you will miss her greatly; knowing that she is with Jesus and with the family who went before her is wonderful and comforting.
Posted by Glenn and Pat Meier on April 4, 2020
We celebrate a special life. Such a wise woman with great sympathy and advice and always a happy attitude.
Posted by Scott Suelflow on April 4, 2020
I remember Loretta as always welcoming us to the farm south of White Lake. Loretta's fried chicken was some of the best and crispiest I have ever eaten. She was a true South Dakotan and a great person.
Posted by Deanne Hanten Daley on April 4, 2020
Diana, so sorry to hear of your mother's passing
Prayers for you and your family.
Posted by Shelly Thiry on April 4, 2020
I’m so sorry for your loss. The world is a little less today without her. I have great memories of Claude and Loretta, and of course their dog Joe. I can see all three of them are back on the farm in Heaven. Hugs to you from afar Diana.
Posted by Jeffrey Johnson on April 4, 2020
This great women will be missed! Our thoughts and prayers to the whole family. May God be with you during this loss.
Posted by Patty Surat on April 4, 2020
Our sympathy Diana and family, Loretta was such a sweet lady, loved visiting with her and am glad I got to spend my childhood with her as a neighbor on the farm, many nights of watching them and mom and dad play cards, lots of laughs. Rest in Peace.
Posted by Marlene (Kaus) wood on April 3, 2020
DIana so sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed visiting with your mom and dad when I came home. Now she can be with your dad and they are having a blast together and with grandma and grampa meier
Posted by Jane Amick on April 3, 2020
Loretta was such a nice person. Our deepest sympathy to her family.
Posted by Cindy Cosand on April 3, 2020
My thoughts and prayers are with you!! Your mom was such a special person. I will always remember her smile and love of life. God’s blessings for peace and comfort 🙏
Posted by Vicki Kranig McCord on April 3, 2020
Loretta was such a gift to my family, I always enjoyed our talks, I will forever be known as the lady that lived in her house. You have such a beautiful family and so blessed to have come into your lives. I was so grateful to have cared for her at the nursing home, she is truly a special lady...prayers to your family.
Posted by NancyKelly on April 3, 2020
Truly a genuine SWEET person!!! I KNOW Heaven & Claude welcomed her!!❤️❤️🙏🙏
Posted by Vicky Herrick on April 3, 2020
Loretta was the best. Enjoyed every visit I had with her. Many of them at the bank when Diana would bring her to Mitchell.
Remembering the days we would come to the farm and hunt. Chris learned to hunt their. My dad and my uncle Vern would be there, my brothers and even Nick. Best time was has by all. Miss those days so much. RIP Loretta. You will be missed
Posted by Tom & Deb Koch on April 3, 2020
What a wonderful life she has lived! She was a special lady in lots of people's lives! She loved to talk to everyone and made them feel special! You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by ardyce wallace on April 3, 2020
So so sorry. She was such a very special cousin to us. Mom talked about her so much. She will be missed for sure.
Posted by Tim Suelflow on April 3, 2020
But her friend chicken was even better. I enjoyed stopping and visiting with her when ever I could.
Posted by Tim Suelflow on April 3, 2020
Some of my most cherish memories was opening weekend pheasant hunting at Claude and Lorreta
Posted by Ann Bogenhagen Feltman on April 3, 2020
Sympathies.....Loretta was a great woman.....
Posted by Neil Peters on April 3, 2020
Diana, Rich, and Family, Richard and Ted and families, Deepest sympathy for your loss. I have so many memories of Loretta and Claude, from when I lived in White Lake. They were a very special couple. May God comfort you all in this time of loss.
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