Linda Peta

Linda Peta


March 3, 1964 - July 6, 2022


Linda Peta, 58, of Mitchell, SD, passed away Wednesday, July 6, 2022 from Stage 4 Melanoma at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls. Visitation will be Monday, July 11, from 5-7:00 PM at Bittner Funeral Chapel. A private graveside service will be at Calvary Cemetery in Mitchell. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Linda Garlean Peta was born in Watertown, South Dakota on March 3rd, 1964 to John and Barbee Wiese Kranz. Linda grew up in Watertown and graduated from Watertown High School. After high school, she moved to Rapid City where she attended Black Hills State University and then finished her schooling at Dakota Wesleyan University where she received her degree in Business Administration.

Linda met her husband and best friend, Jim Peta, while she attended Dakota Wesleyan University and they eventually wed on May 6th, 1988 and were married for 34 years. Linda owned and operated a Hallmark store from 1987 to 1997. In 2011, she started at Mitchell Telecom as a Customer Service Representative.

 In 1990, Linda would receive the official title of “Mom” when she gave birth to Vincent James Peta on December 30th, 1990. Later, Jim and Linda would be blessed with their second child, Victoria Lynn Peta, on October 14th, 1997. Being a mom was Linda’s favorite title. She enjoyed watching her son play tennis, golf, and run track in middle school, and play the saxophone in the Mitchell High School Marching Band, and perform in Friend de Coup Show Choir events. She loved to attend Victoria’s dance recitals, middle school volleyball games, cheer and dance competitions in high school, and watching her perform with Friend de Coup Show Choir. Both of her children later attended South Dakota State University where Vincent graduated with his Doctorate in Microbiology and Victoria with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree.

Linda was active throughout the Mitchell community where she served as Past Presidents on the John Paul II Elementary Board of Education and ESA Sorority. Additionally, she served as Past Chairman for the Tannenbaum Ball and was a member of PEO Chapter J. Linda had a love for scrapbooking, playing with her pup, Oakleigh, spending time with friends and family, travelling from coast-to-coast, and living life to the absolute fullest. You wouldn’t ever see Linda without a smile on her face or hearing her sweet giggle. She epitomized the phrase, “live every day like it’s your last” and although her life was cut short, it was filled with wonderful memories.

Linda is survived by her husband, Jim Peta; two children, Vincent (Sioux Falls) and Victoria (Mitchell); mother, Barbee Kranz (Sioux Falls); siblings, Sue (Kevin) Garaghty of Minneapolis, MN, William (Beth) Peta of Minneapolis, MN, David Peta (Rhonda Conklin) of Gillette WY, Mary Sigman (Dennis) Zeller of Ottumwa IA, and Thomas (Pam) of Mesa, AZ; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her father, John Kranz, her mother and father-in-law Darlene and William Peta, and sisters-in-law, Jane and Marjorie Peta.

The Kranz and Peta Families would like to thank everyone for their support, kindness, and prayers during this trying time.


Monday, July 11, 2022
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Calvary Cemetery
Mitchell, SD

Posted by Lloyd and Darlene Lueken on July 13, 2022
Jim and Family and Barbee,
We are so very sorry for your loss. Linda was a beautiful person and we feel privileged to have known her. We send our heartfelt sympathy and prayers for you all. Lloyd and Dar
Posted by Cindy Aasby on July 11, 2022
Barbee and family. I'm so sorry for your loss! Linda was such a positive and happy person. I always enjoyed my visits with her. She was always so proud of her family! She will be greatly missed by many people and all of us are going to miss her smile and her laugh. Prayers are going out for all of you.
Posted by Kevin and Angie Sexton on July 11, 2022
Jim & Family, I am so sorry for your loss of such a wonderful women, she will be missed greatly, our hearts go out to you! Cherish all those precious memories that will last a lifetime.We are thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. You have Kevin's # we are just a phone call away for you anytime. Kevin & Angie Sexton
Posted by Judy Kranz on July 11, 2022
Barbee & family, so sorry for your loss of Linda. She joins our son Marty in HEAVEN, May they meet each other as 2nd cousins, fly high kids😢
Posted by Dave and Kim Gukeisen on July 11, 2022
Jim, Victoria and Vincent, you are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Linda was a very special lady and will be greatly missed by all that were blessed to know her. Thinking of you all.💕
Posted by Marian Sunde Wiese on July 10, 2022
Jim, Vincent, Victoria and Barbee Wiese Kranz I’m so shocked and sad to hear the passing of sweet Linda.. You have my deepest sympathy .. Thoughts and prayers go out to all of you…
Posted by Corrie and Rose Reinhart on July 10, 2022
Jim and family- We are so sorry to learn of Linda's passing. She was a very special woman and her loss is being felt by many. Hold her memory close and remember the good things she brought to you. Prayers and healing thoughts from North Carolina.
Posted by Cat Erickson on July 10, 2022
I’m so sorry for your loss, my heart hurts for you all. Linda was such a fun spirit full of energy that just made you want to know her. I’m honored to have known her. Praying for peace for you all.
Posted by Alice Mentele on July 9, 2022
Jim, Vincent, and Victoria, my deepest condolences on the passing of your wife and mom. I will always remember her kind, sweet nature whenever she would be at the Catholic School to attend an event or just volunteer her time. She will be missed by so many who loved her. God bless you.
Posted by Pam (Kitterman) Bartels on July 9, 2022
I am shocked and saddened to hear about Linda. I wish you peace and strength in the days to come and comfort as you recall beautiful memories of her. Linda and I went to high school together. Thanks to alphabetized seating, she often sat right behind me in class and I regularly got to hear her infectious, wonderful giggle. She was a joy!
Posted by Julie (Geyerman) Koth on July 9, 2022
Barbee, Jim, Victoria and Vincent, sending you thoughts and prayers. Linda was such a sweet, kindhearted person. She was a wonderful salesperson when she worked for us at Geyermans many years ago. Every time I saw her she had a smile on her face and such pride in her kids.
Posted by Mary Carmody on July 9, 2022
I’m so very sorry for your loss I always loved visiting with Linda. Her smile was. Contagious! “ love goes on forever “
Posted by Pat Cassutt on July 8, 2022
I am so sorry for the loss of your wife and mother. I remember visiting with her at the Hallmark Store many times. She was always so positive and friendly. When Vincent and Victoria attended the Catholic Schoo I was so impressed with Linda’s willingness to put her belief in God and her faith into her children’s education. I also had the pleasure of visiting with her when she waited on me at Mitchell Telecom. She will be greatly missed by many people. Hold on tight to all of her memories. She will spread her wings in Heaven and will be watching over you all. God Bless
Posted by Ernie & Debra Hohn on July 8, 2022
Our sincere sympathies to Linda’s family.
A lot of us are in shock, R.I.P. Linda…
Posted by Renee Michael on July 8, 2022
Sympathy to the entire family. I had many laughs with Linda when he worked Hallmark jobs and resets together. Always a cheerful person.💕
Posted by Larry kleinlein on July 8, 2022
May Linda entertain all the angels in heaven , she always was a beautiful person . I am so glad I knew her and glad I have the memories of her and remember doing her wedding flowers . Prayers to the family . God bless you Linda
Posted by Elizabeth wipf on July 8, 2022
She was an amazing person. She was beautiful inside and out. She had the best smile and a amazing kind heart ❤️. Fly high with your beautiful wings and enjoy those beautiful fluffy amazing clouds
Posted by Melanie Aucb on July 8, 2022
So sorry for your loss! I just remember Linda and that beautiful smile! And her and Tori’s close mother daughter relationship! Thinking of all of you during this time!! ❤️
Posted by Anne Moke on July 8, 2022
Oh, Victoria, my sympathy to you and Vincent. Your mom so loved the 2 of you. I will always remember the family photos that we took, how you mom always managed to get your dad to come in and have all the fun we had. I will always remember your Senior photographs and how much fun she had with all the outfits. Always cherish you and your family. Anne and Arlen Photography Unlimited.
Posted by Megan Sabers on July 8, 2022
So sorry for your loss, Linda was always so fun to chat with when she came into Tickled Pink. I always enjoyed visiting with her throughout the years.
Posted by Linda Schacht on July 8, 2022
Linda and I were classmates at Watertown. She was sweet and funny, and I liked her very much. May God bless all of her family and friends with comfort.
Posted by Nila Martinek on July 8, 2022
I'm so very sorry for your loss. Linda was a sweetheart always had a positive attitude always so fun to talk with her and I will miss seeing that smile... I wish peace for all of you and a million happy memories to share as you go through this time...
Posted by Heidi Geppert on July 8, 2022
I was so sorry to hear about Linda's passing. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Take time to reflect and cherish your memories of her and her infectious laugh.
Posted by Dan and Diane DesLauriers on July 8, 2022
Jim, Tori and Vincent - your wife and mother just lite up any room she entered! It was always fun to see her, and just visit. She will certainly be missed. We are thinking of you all.
Posted by Susan Kiepke on July 8, 2022
I was very saddened to hear about Linda. I have known her for years. She was one of the nicest people! She always made me smile. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Charlie & Wanda Kobes on July 8, 2022
So sorry to all of you for this sad loss !! Linda will be missed by everyone that was blessed to know her !!!!!! She will always be with all of you in your memories !
Posted by Barb Goldammer on July 8, 2022
I am saddened to learn of Linda’s passing! My heart is breaking for you and your family! She was a sweet and wonderful lady. She will be truly missed.
Posted by Lynn Metcalf on July 7, 2022
Jin , Vincent, and Victoria.: Sorry to hear about the passing of Linda. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Thinking of your entire family at this time. Jerry and Lynn Metcalf
Posted by Lynn Metcalf on July 7, 2022
Jin , Vincent, and Victoria.: Sorry to hear about the passing of Linda. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Thinking of your entire family at this time. Jerry and Lynn Metcalf
Posted by Diane Moke on July 7, 2022
Jim, Vincent, Victoria...I was shocked and saddened to hear of Linda's passing. I had no idea. What a sweet, funny friend and co worker over the years. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Laurie Cooper on July 7, 2022
Jim and family, Louie and I were saddened to hear of Linda's passing. Cherish the memories and know she'll always be with you. Condolences to all.
Posted by Tama Backlund on July 7, 2022
Dan and I are thinking of you Jim. Prayers are being lifted for strength and peace for you and all of your family members.
Posted by Mary and Richard Goudy on July 7, 2022
Jim, Victoria and Vincent: so,so sorry for the loss of Linda. She was a great person and friend.
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