Joan Fergen


September 5, 1936 - July 23, 2020


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.


Wednesday, July 29, 2020
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
6:30 PM Prayer Service

Holy Family Catholic Church
222 N Kimball St
Mitchell, SD 57301


Thursday, July 30, 2020
10:30 AM
Holy Family Catholic Church
222 N Kimball St
Mitchell, SD 57301


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, SD

Posted by Douglas And Kathleen Fergen on August 19, 2020
I want to personally thank all the people from SD and MI who cared and loved my Mom! I want to thank Holy Family for welcoming Mom home to her resting place. Fr Timothy Cone your sermon was well received and needed! To the Caretakers in Michigan, you treated my Mom with respect and honor as if you were taking care of your own Mom! She was spunky, thoughtful and always full of vigor to the end. To my Aunt Carol and Betty Mae Fergen, I couldn’t have done it with out your support! Thanks to all the Dimock and Mitchell people who either came out to visit mom or called to see how she was doing.
Posted by Ann Untereiner Mechtenberg on August 2, 2020
Dear Doug & family,. May all your memories of Joan comfort you at this time. Peace be with you all. I so enjoyed all the pictures you shared of her time at her assisted living. It seemed like a special place where she was cared about and Doug you could share time with Joan. Fondly, Ann
Posted by Brian and Carol (Weber) Policky on July 31, 2020
Chuck, Doug & Families, We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your Mother. I have some wonderful memories of both your Mom and Dad! It's never easy losing your loved one. Rest assured their memories will live on. With our deepest sympathy, Brian and Carol (Weber) Policky
Posted by Jill Wempe Hyde on July 30, 2020
My sympathy to the Joan Fergen family. Doug, over the years we have discussed many aspects of Alzheimer's disease. And now your mom is once again perfect, no longer suffering from this disease and enjoying eternal happiness with God the Father, the, Son and the Holy Spirit.
Posted by Mary E. (Baxter) Schiefen on July 30, 2020
Joan was a great lady and friend. The Baxter family helped Joe and Joan clean chickens with our chicken picket. We always looked forward to the task. Joe and Joan rented our pasture for years. We certainly enjoyed our visits with them. May God bless you all.
Posted by Joan Wempe Honomichl on July 30, 2020
Doug and Kathy, what a coincidence we met yesterday through mutual friends. All of you have my sympathy with the loss of your mom esp. her immediate care givers. Jill and I have been through this; we lose our parent twice; through the disease and then physical death. Doug, Fr. Mike Schneider came to Parkston to concelebrate my dad's funeral. Yesterday had to have been a God moment! My sympathy to you, thank you for picking me out and talking with me. In Christ, Joan
Posted by Brian and Kathy Moore on July 29, 2020
Our condolences to the family of Joan Fergen. Take comfort in the peace she has now obtained.
Posted by sondra Knickrehm on July 29, 2020
I worked w/Joan @ Firesteel Healthcenter many years. We shared many fun times. It made Joe`s & her day when someone stopped to visit; especially their family & a card game was a must. I will truly miss her. Your struggles are over. Joe & you can dance the polka.
Posted by Connie Falbe on July 28, 2020
So sorry for your loss
Posted by John Nino on July 27, 2020
Condolences to you and your family from Chicago. Rest On Peace
Posted by Susan Baxter on July 27, 2020
Doug and Kathy I’m so sorry for your loss. Doug you took such good care of your mom, she always looked forward to seeing you and what you were up to. It was always handy she was just across the street that you could walk over there. My prayers are with you both at this time. Jeff and Sue Baxter
Posted by Marlys Miiller on July 27, 2020
Chuck and Doug
Posted by Don and Karen Britt on July 27, 2020
God bless all that loved Joan and will miss her beautiful smile. Prayers for comfort and peace.
Posted by Bonnie TerMeer on July 27, 2020
To Joan’s family my deepest sympathy! To Doug and Cathy for your love and dedication to your mom. God Bless,
Posted by Marlene Olivier on July 26, 2020
My Sympathy in your loss of Joan. Andrew and your family, glad you could visit her in Mich.. Worked with Joan at Firesteel in house keeping/laundry . Fun times!
Posted by Mandy Fergen on July 26, 2020
Grandma I wish we would have had more time with you in these past several years and we especially wish you could have been close enough to all your family so you could have gotten to know what beautiful, amazing and smart great grandchildren you have. But, we are all so so happy that you are now with Grandpa again and living without stress and free of pain. We have and will always love and miss you Grandma!! 😘😘
Posted by Tom and Doris Weber Deis on July 26, 2020
So sorry for your loss Chuck and Doug. I have so many wonderful and fun memories of your Mom, such a warm and welcoming Aunt to us, making sure we all had the best time every time we came to visit. She will never be forgotten but sadly missed. Rest In Peace Aunt Jo
Posted by Donna Tilberg on July 26, 2020
Your mother was my co-worker at MCS her last job before leaving Mitchell what a wonderful lady and friend. I’m sure she is dancing with Joe and the angels
Posted by Betty Fergen on July 26, 2020
I have a lot of good memories the year husband Joe died Joan came to my place to help cut sweet corn to freeze from my family to Joan family you have my prayers and sypmpathy
Posted by Fr. Michael Schneider on July 26, 2020
Enjoyed my visits; May God grant her eternal rest.
Posted by Bill OKeefe on July 26, 2020
Sorry for your loss. Prayers are with you as you go through the coming days.
Posted by Shoni ONeal on July 25, 2020
Momma Joan where do I start you taught me so much.
Like how to have fun don't take thing so seriously. You were so Loving carefree and always smiling no matter what was happening at the time. She is that bright shiny star that shine the brightest just with her beaming smile. You will be so missed but know that you are flying high sweet angel and back with you true Love your amazing husband. Rest in heaven sweet angel I know your those stars I see in the ski at night shining down on all of us and keeping us safe. Love you Momma Joan always
Posted by Holly lawrence on July 25, 2020
Rest In Peace my sweet lady. You touched my heart with your smile
Posted by Rod Weber on July 25, 2020
I remember Joan from way back when I was a little boy. She could warm anyone's heart with just her smile. Now, many years later as I now also live in Michigan I enjoyed greatly visiting Joan at Rehoboth. She was always smiling. Rest in peace Joan
Posted by Kurt and Joyce Hall on July 25, 2020
We’ll always have our special memories of this very special lady. What fun times we had upon visiting their farm with our boys and dancing while the accordion was being played! She always made sure we had a “feast” after all the fun! Rest In Peace lovely lady-you will be missed!
Posted by Carol Fergen on July 25, 2020
My sincere sympathy to Joan’s family! I have many wonderful memories of our trips to the farm, the card games and her warm smile. May she Rest In Peace.
Posted by Chuck Fergen on July 25, 2020
Mom had a tough time leaving Mitchell, but had as much comfort as possible at Laurels Rehab at Hudsonville after she fell an suffered
several cracked vertebrae's. At that time, she was moved into a
small memory care center( 12 patents) an had excellent care by the staff. Lots of outings, crafts, dress ups on special days etc. Mom Will be missed by many people missed her grandkids an their new
families. Thanks Mom, Love you always.
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