Thelma Frances Dykstra

Thelma Frances Dykstra Thelma Frances Dykstra, 87, of Vermillion died Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008 at Sanford Vermillion Hospital, Vermillion. Thelma Anderson was born Nov. 22, 1920 in Dupree to Carl and Hazel (Martin) Anderson. She graduated from Dupree High School and received a teaching degree at Northern State College in Aberdeen. Her teaching career included rural schools in Haakon and Dewey counties. She also taught in Lebanon, Mellette and Pierre as well as serving as county superintendent of schools in Ziebach County. After her marriage to Harry Dykstra on March 10, 1946 in Dupree, they lived in Mellette and Eureka before moving to Vermillion in 1956. Following her husbandâ�?�?s death in 1979, she served as secretary to USD departments of history and classics. Thelma was an active member in community life including the United Church of Christ-Congregational, PEO Chapter E, Faculty Womanâ�?�?s Club, Federated Womenâ�?�?s Club, Civic Council and Meals-on-Wheels. A long and valued friendship with Sally Lau Han developed from participation in an international host program. Sally and her family continued to be a special part of her life. While a native South Dakotan, a much wider world was experienced through travel and reading. Friendships and family were an important part of her life. Survivors include a daughter, Frances (Rick Lugar) Dykstra of Northford, CT; a son, Robert â�?�?Bobâ�? (DeVee) of Vermillion; three grandchildren, Ann Lugar, Robert Jr. and DeNell Dykstra; a sister, Ethel Mohagen of Grand Forks, ND; a sister-in-law, Evelyn Anderson of Dupree, and nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Carol Thomas, and a brother, Calvin Anderson. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 7 at United Church of Christ-Congregational, Vermillion, with Rev. Steve Miller officiating. Visitation was from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6 at Iverson-Siecke-Kober Funeral Home, Vermillion, with family present from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Burial was in BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion. Memorials may be made to PEO Educational Loan Fund, American Cancer Society or a charity of your choice. Condolences may be sent online to

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