Meryle Elois Lodermeier, 92, died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at her home.
Funeral services are at 1 p.m. Thursday at East Side Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. Burial is at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Sioux Falls. Visitation is at 2 p.m. Wednesday at George Boom Funeral Home in Sioux Falls with the family present to greet friends from 5 to 7 p.m.
Meryle Elois Jensen was born Nov. 21, 1920, in Worthington, Minn. to Alfred and Mabel (Horst) Jensen. She was raised on a farm in Nobles County in Minnesota. As a young girl she received her grammar-school education in a one room schoolhouse. She spent her high school years living in and working at a boardinghouse so she could attend Worthington High School. She graduated in 1938 and was salutatorian. Meryle then furthered her education at a business college in Minneapolis, Minn., where she earned her degree. Meryle spent the next few years working as a bookkeeper for a steel company in Minneapolis.
On April 26, 1942, Meryle married Eugene James Lodermeier in Worthington, Minn. The couple made their home in Sioux Falls. They had three children. Meryle worked for a local printing company before spending 35 years helping run the family businesses which included Sioux Falls Taxidermy.
Eugene retired in 1979 and Meryle was office manager for the next eight years at Cliff Haugan Construction Company. Until her death she helped her son manage the family rental properties.
She took great pride in her community and was a very involved member of East Side Lutheran Church, The Izaak Walton League, Grandmothers Girl Scouts, and Civilian Conservation Corps.
She enjoyed playing the piano and teaching her siblings the alphabet.
Above all she loved her family and spending summers at Lake Campbell. She was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, aunt, cousin and friend.
She is survived her three children, Gene Lodermeier of Sioux Falls, Barbara (Robert E.) Anderson of Sioux Falls and Ronna (Richard) Gould of Brookings; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and three great-great grandsons; one brother, Myron Jensen of Sioux Falls; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends from California to Duluth.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Eugene; two brothers, Lester and Waldo Jensen; and one sister, Lucille Obermolller.
An online registry in available at www.georgeboom.com.