Eldonna Ilithe (Peterson) Bartlett was born April 6, 1936 in Washburn, ND to Ellsworth and Ida (Oakland) Peterson. She died Monday, Feb. 4, 2013 at Pioneer Memorial Hospital in Viborg, surrounded by her family, at the age of 76 years, 9 months and 28 days.
Eldonna graduated from Centerville High School in 1954. She married Ronnie Bartlett on Dec. 31, 1955. She was a member of Scandia Lutheran Church and Esther Circle. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, 20th Century Club and the General Federation Women’s Club of South Dakota which she served as State President from 1996 to 1998.
Eldonna was an interviewer with the Department of Labor from 1964 to 1986 in Yankton and Sioux Falls. She worked at USD in Vermillion and later worked at First Midwest Bank in Centerville from 1992 to 2002.
Her family was most important in her life. She is survived by three daughters, Sandy (Gary) Edman and Lori (Allen) Hisel, both of Centerville and Sheri (Mitchel) Morse, Vermillion; two sons, Roger (Lori) Bartlett, Joplin, MO and Brian (Nicole) Bartlett, Centerville; 11 grandchildren, Jason (Nicki) Hisel, Nathan (Angela) Hisel and Alison Hisel and her fiancé Nick, Tara (Jeff) Cole, Tim (Jen) Edman, Bobbi Bartlett, Erik (Cathy) Bartlett, Michele Morse and fiancé Jordan, Stephanie Morse, Matthew Morse and Michael Morse; eight great-grandchildren, Hannah and Bryan Hisel, Jacob and Aidan Cole, Haleigh and Khloe Edman and Karson and Charlee Whitaker; two sisters, Marlys (Noble) Nelson and Priscilla (Dick) Landsman; a brother, Ronnie (Jenny) Peterson; in laws, Claire (Bob) Jacobsen, Punk (Connie) Bartlett, and Lila Smit; and many special nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband Ronnie, her parents and a brother Bud Peterson.
Funeral services were held 10 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 7 at Scandia Lutheran Church in Centerville with burial at Riverview Cemetery. Visitation was Wednesday at the Scandia Lutheran Fellowship Hall from 4 to 8 p.m. with family present from 6 to 8 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m. www.wassfuneralhome.com