Dorene Tollefson

Mitchell

Dorene Tollefson, 95, Mitchell, died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, in Avera Brady Health and Rehab, Mitchell.
Funeral services were Thursday in the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mitchell. Burial was in the Mount Vernon Cemetery, Mt. Vernon.  Arrangements were under the direction of Bittner Funeral Chapel, Mitchell.
Edith Dorene Adams was born Oct. 21, 1917 at Newell, to Harry and Fern (Holden) Adams.
She attended schools at Vale and graduated from Vale High School.
She married Lyle Tollefson Nov. 20, 1935 at Belle Fourche. They farmed in Sanborn County and Hanson County, and then moved to Mount Vernon in 1950. She had been a resident of Mitchell since 2005.
She worked at the Mount Vernon School in the lunchroom and was a nurse’s aide in the Storla Sunset Home. She always had a large garden, loved flowers and taught her children to make bread and how to can. She also loved music and playing the piano. She was a wonderful mom.
She is survived by four sons, Darrell (Dee Dee) Tollefson, of Sioux Falls, Garry (Sally) Tollefson of Mount Vernon, Herbert Tollefson of Sioux Falls, formerly of Woonsocket, Eugene (Kathy) Tollefson of Parkston; two daughters, Gloria Ann (Mel) Tuffs of Mount Vernon, and Dorene (Richard) Polz of Jackson, Minn.; a daughter-in-law, Mary Lou Tollefson of Mitchell; 35 grandchildren, 64 great-grandchildren and 20 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lyle, in 2004; one son, Randall Tollefson; one daughter, Martha Hanson; a brother, Everett Adams; and a twin brother, Donald Adams; two grandsons, Herb Tollefson, Jr. and Michael Polz; one great-grandson, Jason Tollefson; one great-granddaughter, Stephanie Lyman; and a son-in-law, Jim Hanson.

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