Pearle Jesfjeld, 102

Funeral services for Pearle Jesfjeld, 102, of rural Perkins County, SD will be Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the Hettinger Lutheran Church in Hettinger, ND.  Rev. Kathleen Dettmann and Rev. Ron Nelson will officiate and burial will follow at the Hettinger Cemetery.

Visitation will be Wednesday, December 6, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., followed by a family service at 5:00 p.m. all at the Centennial Chapel of Evanson Jensen Funeral Homes in Hettinger.

Pearle Ollie Stubstad was born to homesteaders Carl and Marie (Stensrud) Stubstad on September 26, 1915 in Strool, SD.  She and her sister Gladys rode horseback 2 ½ miles to school in Strool for the first two years.  Her brother Stuart was born in 1919.  They finished their grade school years at the new school in Maltby township.

Pearle attended and graduated from high school in Bison in 1934.  Times were so hard that their high school graduating class couldn’t afford graduation pictures.  She worked for room and board while attending high school and also did housekeeping work after school to save money to attend college.  She obtained a teacher’s certificate from Northern State Teachers College and began teaching school in 1936.  She taught for 7 years in the country schools of Vale, North Strool and Antelope.

Pearle married George Jesfjeld in 1942 in Baker, Montana.  Two children were born to the union, Janet in 1943 and Clyde in 1945.  Pearle became a busy ranch-wife but always maintained her reading and writing skills.  She wrote beautiful letters and kept a diary for over 50 years.  Needlework and crossword puzzles were her favorites.  She was active in her local homemaker’s club, school board, ladies aid, Beta Sigma Phi, Farm Bureau and was secretary for the county Extension Board for many years.  Pearle was a very devout Christian and a member of the Lutheran faith.

Pearle was a very organized person and accomplished much in her life.  She followed a weekly work schedule and always had morning and an afternoon coffee.

     After her husband George died in 1998, she lived on the ranch for 7 years.  In 2006 after a bout of blood poisoning that affected her short-term memory, she began living at the Western Horizon’s Assisted Living Center.  She was also bothered by a hip problem that caused her to use a walker.  Following two slight heart attacks, she moved into the Western Horizon’s Care Center in 2010 and passed away there on November 29, 2017.  Up until her passing, Pearle continued to be an avid reader and could hardly believe Perkins County no longer had rural schools.

She is survived by her son, Clyde, grandchildren, Gabriel, Jens, Lisa, Samuel, Austin, Brandon and Meredith, 15 great grandchildren, a daughter-in-law, Joan and a son-in-law. Harold Ahmasuk.  Pearle was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, George, a daughter, Janet, sister, Gladys and a brother, Stuart.

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