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.