Eleanor Peters Gieseman

Eleanor Peters Gieseman


February 27, 1930 - July 22, 2023


Eleanor Peters Gieseman, 93, of White Lake, SD, died Saturday, July 22, 2023, at Aurora-Brule Care Center in White Lake. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Saturday, July 29, at Trinity Lutheran Church in White Lake. Burial will be at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in rural White Lake. Visitation will be Friday, July 28, from 5-7:00 PM at the church with a 6:30 PM prayer service. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Eleanor Bogenhagen Peters Gieseman, a woman whose life touched so many, was born Feb. 27, 1930, to Fred and Bertha Steffen Bogenhagen in White Lake, SD. Her lifelong faith began as she was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church and later became a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in White Lake. She attended St. John’s School south of White Lake and graduated from White Lake High School in 1948. She taught at a country school for 1 year in Aurora Center, SD.

On August 20, 1949, she was united in marriage to Alwin Nick “Pooch” Peters. In 1952 Alwin’s parents were killed in a tragic accident. With 2 young children of their own, they obtained custody for his 8-year-old twin sisters, who were a special blessing to the family. Eleanor and Alwin loved children and it was a happy household. She was blessed with 5 sons and 5 daughters to join the twins. She had 6 grandsons, 6 granddaughters, and 10 great-grandchildren. All were very special to her and the greatest joy of her life was being a Grandmother. Alwin passed away on July 18, 1989, after 39 years of marriage.

On Jan. 12, 1991, she married John Eldon Gieseman. Her new family added 2 new daughters and 11 grandchildren. The joy of more grandchildren was special to Eleanor and she loved them all and enjoyed going to their events. Eldon passed away on July 5, 2007, after 16 years of marriage.

Eleanor was an excellent seamstress, gardener, and cook. She loved to bake bread, rolls, and buns. She also enjoyed traveling, visiting, and playing cards. Many days were spent playing games and beating “Mom” in a card game was an accomplishment. She was a charter member of the Town and Country Gals and enjoyed the fellowship and friendship of the members. Eleanor worked the Saturday morning shift at the White Lake and Plankinton Post Office beginning in 1968. Over the years she worked as a clerk and later delivered mail as a rural mail carrier. After retiring she made quilts for Lutheran World Relief and Church on the Street. She made hundreds of quilts to give away.

She entered the Aurora Brule Care and Rehab facility in June 2022 and passed away on July 22, 2023. She was preceded in death by both husbands; son, Gary Peters; son-in-law, Dean Hopper; her parents, Bertha and Fred Bogenhagen; sisters, Mary Scheurenbrand, Ila Kristensen, and LaVerne Steffen; and brothers, Arthur, Robert, and Carl Bogenhagen.

Eleanor is survived by the twins and their children, Darlene (Jim) Kunzweiler of Yankton, SD, Todd (Rhodora) Kunzweiler of Hawaii, and Jackie (Kate Dailey) Kunzweiler of Canistota, SD; Arlene (Gary) Anderson of Hayden, ID, Erika (Rob) Weberg of Elizabeth, CO, and Chris (Jackie) of Burlington, VT; her children Vicki (Delayne) Persson of Stickney, SD, Dennis Peters of White Lake, SD, Neil Peters of White Lake, SD, Cherie Hopper of Sioux Falls, SD, Brian (Mary) Peters of Wentworth, SD, Rhonda Peters of Sioux Falls, SD, Carla (Tom) Chamberlain of Milton, GA, Renee (Dallas Schneider) of Springfield, SD, and Craig (Kellie) Peters of Sioux Falls, SD; her grandchildren: Karin (John) Patterson, Jon, Kirsten, and Justin (Megan) Persson; Michelle (Tommy) Schwartz; Mandy (Tom) Olson, Amber and Josh Peters; Nicholas and Mitchell (Amy) Chamberlain; and Ryan and Allison Peters; and 10 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by Eldon’s 2 daughters, Nancy Blasius of Kimball, SD, and Marcia (Lyle) Prussman of Brookings, SD; and their children and grandchildren. She is survived by many nieces and nephews and friends who were special to her.



Friday, July 28, 2023
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
6:30 PM Prayer Service

Trinity Lutheran Church
304 S Johnston St
White Lake, SD 57383


Saturday, July 29, 2023
10:30 AM
Trinity Lutheran Church
304 S Johnston St
White Lake, SD 57383


Trinity Lutheran Cemetery
Rural White Lake, SD

Posted by Carmen (Heezen) and Ruben Lapp on August 4, 2023
Sending caring thoughts and prayers for family of Eleanor.
Posted by Shelly Thiry on July 26, 2023
I'm so very sorry for your loss. Although Heaven is a better place with her, the loss of her here on earth will be felt for years to come. Prayers for your whole family.
Posted by Donna Tilberg on July 26, 2023
So sorry to read of your mothers passing thoughts and prayers to you and your family
Posted by Bruce Steffen on July 26, 2023
I am very sorry for your loss. Your mom was a wonderful person. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Julie Kautz on July 26, 2023
Thinking and Praying for you all during this difficult time.
Posted by Cheryl Barenklau on July 25, 2023
So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone.
Posted by Pat Bortnem on July 24, 2023
A Mother is so precious. So hard to say goodbye to one so dear. My sympathies to you, Craig and to your family
Posted by Janet Bortnem on July 24, 2023
Craig, my sympathy to you and your family! Take care!!!
Posted by Lorna Peters on July 24, 2023
Thinking of you with the loss of your mother. Prayers to Eleanor’s family
Posted by Miriam Dexter on July 24, 2023
My thoughts and prayers to all the family on the loss of your Mom.
Posted by Jeff and Teri Kemmer on July 24, 2023
Love and prayers as you recall and share all the beautiful memories. Praying for the repose of her beautifully blessed soul.
Posted by KATHY MOHNEN on July 24, 2023
Posted by Patty(Thiry)Surat on July 24, 2023
Peters family so sorry for the loss of your loved one.
Posted by Patty (thiry) Surat on July 24, 2023
Peters family so sorry for your loss of your Mothet
Posted by Brett Peterson on July 24, 2023
Craig, so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Posted by Cathy Miller on July 24, 2023
Craig, so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Posted by Dana Wolff on July 24, 2023
So sorry for your loss. It is hard to lose a parent. Thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Nancy Lewis on July 24, 2023
It is so sad to lose a parent😪. Prayers for you and yours
Posted by Jon and Cindy Munsen Groen on July 24, 2023
So sorry to hear of the loss of Mom and Grandma. What a special lady. Thinking of you all.🙏
Posted by Trudie Boedeker on July 24, 2023
Just loved her
Posted by Patricia Hamlin on July 24, 2023
I have had the pleasure of knowing Eleanor since her son, Craig, married my daughter, Kellie in 1995. I admired her positive attitude about everything and her ever present smile.
Heaven is a happier place with her arrival.
Posted by Lee Ann and Jerel Pfaff on July 24, 2023
So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers.
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