Colleen Irene Thelen


December 17, 1941 - October 3, 2012



Colleen Irene Thelen was born December 17, 1941 at Canton, SD to Clarence and Inez (Solem) Ekle. She grew up on her parent’s farm near Fairview and graduated from Canton High School in 1959.  She attended Nettleton School of Business in Sioux Falls and was employed by Western Surety.  On January 7, 1964 she married Jerome Thelen in Sioux Falls. They farmed in the Alexandria area until retiring in 1998 and then moved into Mitchell. She was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

She is survived by her four children: Dennis and wife, Debra, Alexandria; Diane and husband, Marcel Weitzman, Mitchell; Kimberly Thelen and Sondra and husband, Philip Knudson, Sioux Falls; six grandchildren: Jessica, Dylan, Kayla and Ashlyn Weitzman,  Amber and Andrea Thelen, one sister, Theola and husband, Norman Gravely, Beresford; sisters-in-law: Shirley Thelen, Mitchell; Marion Hartman, Sioux Falls; Berniece Wedmore, Belle Plaine, IA and brother-in-law, Virgil Thelen, Mitchell.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Jerome and daughter, Karen.


Friday, October 5, 2012
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Scripture Service - Rosary ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Saturday, October 6, 2012
11:00 AM
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
Mitchell, South Dakota


Calvary Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Dori Olsen on October 10, 2012
Dennis, Diane, Kimberly and Sondra--I was surprised and saddened to hear of your Mother's passing. No one can take away the pain of your loss, but may you find comfort knowing that she is reunited with your Dad and Karen.
Posted by Lauriann and Roberto Martinez and family on October 4, 2012
Diane, Dennis, Kimberly and Sondra--We are sorry to hear about your mom. Our prayers are with you and your families during this difficult time.
Posted by Marsha on October 4, 2012
So Sorry to hear about your Mom. Prayers well be sent your way
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