Joan Fergen, 83, of Dorr, MI formerly of Mitchell, SD, died Thursday, July 23, 2020 at Rehoboth Oakes Memory Care Home in Dorr. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 AM Thursday, July 30, 2020 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Mitchell. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery in Mitchell. A visitation will be 5-7:00 PM on Wednesday with a 6:30 PM prayer service at Holy Family Catholic Church. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.
Joan Agnes Fergen was born September 5, 1936 in Parkston, SD to Theodore and Lena (Degan) Roth. She married Joseph Fergen on October 26, 1957 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Mitchell. Together they worked hard and farmed in the Dimock area for more than 25 years before moving to Mitchell.
After moving to Mitchell, Joan was not one to sit around twiddling her thumbs. Wanting to make a difference in people's lives, she went to work at the Firesteel Healthcare Center in Mitchell for several years. After retiring, and still wanting to make a difference in people's lives, Joan went to work at the Mitchell Christian Schools until May of 2015.
Joan was a dedicated wife, mother, and grandmother. She loved gardening, her flowers, and playing cards, even having a toddy now and then. Joan very much enjoyed it when one of her grandchildren, relatives, or friends, stopped by to visit. Joan loved to laugh and lived life to the fullest, before stricken with Dementia/Alzheimers. She gave it her all, and fought this terrible disease until the very end.
Joan is survived by her sons, Charles (Wanda) Fergen of Pierre, Douglas (Kathleen) Fergen of Dorr, MI; daughter-in- law, Christine Fergen of Dimock; grandchildren, Brett (Mandy) Fergen, Niki (Eric) Rodawig, Andrew (Heather) Fergen, Adam (Alicia) Fergen, Alison (Tom) Freidel; eight great-grandchildren; sisters, Edna (William) Oberembt, Maurine Schneider, and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Theodore and Lena; her husband, Joseph Fergen; son, Robert Fergen; her brothers, Frederick, Edward, and Robert Roth; and her sisters, Florence Graff and Delores Weber.
The family wishes to thank Rehoboth Oaks AFC home for their loving care of Joan for the past few years. Memorials may be made to Rehoboth AFC home, 9505 Homerich Ave., Byron Center, MI 49315 or the Alzheimers Association of South Dakota.