Funeral services for Elsie Penor, age 91, of Bison, South Dakota were held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bison, SD. Pastor Gerhardt Juergens will officiate with burial in the Bison Cemetery.
A family service was held at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday morning at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bison followed by visitation until time of services at 11:00am.
Serving as casketbearers are Brad, Scott, and Derek Besler, David Olson, Kevin Palmer, Richard Palmer, David Dreiske, and Brandon Ceglian. All family and friends are considered honorary bearers.
Elsie Besler was born at Date, South Dakota on September 19, 1921 to Christian and Julia (Wolfe) Besler. She grew up in the Date area and attended the Reeder and Antelope Schools and one semester of high school at Sorum. She was employed in several homes in doing domestic work. In 1938 she went to work for the N.Y.A (National Youth Administration) in Bison, SD. She was united in marriage Athur Leroy “Roy” Penor on October 13, 1940 and they made their home in Bison. Three children were born to this union.
Elsie was a long time member of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church and served in several capacities in the Ladies Aide. She taught Sunday School until her children were confirmed.
She was employed by the City Café, Cottage Inn and Highway Café as a cook. Elsie and her husband leased and managed the Highway Station and Café for one year. She then went to work as a head cook for the Bison School for 13 years. Elsie also did the bookwork for the City of Bison keeping track of the water and sewer system.
Elsie was noted for her donuts she baked and furnished the business places for their Christmas open house’s for several years. She also baked and decorated cakes for birthdays, anniversaries and weddings. Elsie loved to crochet and make quilts and crafts.
Elsie and Roy moved to Homestead Heights in September 1993. Her husband, Roy, passed away in a car accident on July 27, 1997. Due to her failing health, she moved to the Sturgis Regional Senior Care where she resided for the past 1 1/2 years. She passed away at Sturgis Community Hospital on Tuesday morning, January 1, 2013.
Surviving family members include her son and daughter-in-law, Elwood and Shirley Penor, McIntosh, SD and Casa Grande, AZ; two daughters and sons-in-law, Diana and Gail Palmer, Lakewood, CO and Cindi Penor Ceglian and Jim Ceglian, Belle Fourche, SD; 10 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; seven brothers and eight sisters-in-law; Victor and Pauline Besler, Cupertine, CA, Oscar Besler, Blessings, TX, Wayne and Barbara Besler, Bison, SD, Ralph and Renee Besler, Whitewood, SD, LeRoy and Virginia Besler, Madison, WI, Darrell and Linda Besler, Sturgis, SD, Marlin and Dorothy Besler, Peoria, AZ, Carol Shepherd, Gillette, WY and Ellen Besler, Spearfish, SD; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Alma O’Rourke, Bison, SD and Esther and Jim Haggart, Bison, SD; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Elsie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Arthur (Roy); three brothers, Elmer Leland, and Raymond Besler; great-grandson, Harley Zahn; two great-granddaughters, Sylver and Ryiannon Cegilan; one sister-in-law, Mary Besler; and two brothers-in-law, Larry O’Rourke and Sherman Wells.
A memorial has been established to Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church or to an organization of the donor’s choice.
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