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.