Elaine May Nytroe

11/10/1923 – 6/24/2011

Elaine M. (Peterson) Nytroe, 87, of Brandon, died Friday, June 24, 2011, at the Good Samaritan Center in Sioux Falls.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 am, Tuesday, June 28, 2011, at Heartland Funeral Home in Brandon with Pastor Dennis Bossman officiating. Visitation will begin at 3 pm, Monday, June 27, also at Heartland Funeral Home, with family present from 6 pm until 8pm. Internment will be at West Nideros Lutheran Cemetery, rural Crooks, SD.

Elaine May Peterson was born to Henry M Peterson and Ann (Lewin) Peterson on November 10, 1923 in Hartford. She attended Johnson School, Hartford and Lyons High School. She married Kermit G. Nytroe on December 16, 1941.

She was a long time resident of Brandon. Her working career was first and foremost mother and grandmother. She also worked for Sunshine Foods Bakery for 25 years. She loved camping, fishing, music, dancing, flowers and playing cards.

Grateful for sharing her life are her children; Bonnie (Gene) Shumaker, Sioux Falls, Beverly (Rick) Blue, Sioux Falls, Bruce (Cathy) Nytroe, Brandon, Barbara (James) Schartz, Sioux Falls, Brenda Lape, Brandon, and Dwane (Faye) Peterson of Kelowna, British Columbia; Grandchildren; Dwane, Lori, Leisha, Dianne, David, Linda, Chad, Rich, Paul, Jeremy, Shawn, Jared, Becky and Brandon; Great-Grandchildren; Alex, Patrick, Tony, Shayla, Jessica, Jamal, Richard, Lauren, Darian, Spencer, Luke, Lexi, Brandi, Jaxon, Jasper and Hayden; Great-Great-Grandchild; Kylie

Elaine was preceded in death by her parents; Henry and Ann (Lewin) Peterson, her husband, Kermit, one daughter, Betty Dansman; one great-granddaughter, Sierra Peterson; one brother, Robert Peterson, and one sister, Marjorie Carpenter.

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  • Greg & Mary Hanson says:

    Bev & Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss! Just want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
    Greg & Mary

  • Jennifer Swenson-Ackerman says:

    Grandma Elaine was the best woman around. i will cherish all the memories i have of her dancing the chicken dance at my wedding. she has always treated us as “family” no matter what, she was a fun loving grandma. everytime i see a cardinal i will think of her. she will always be there looking over us as our angel in the sky.
    “When a loved one becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.”

  • Cathy Nytroe says:

    Mom, you are sorely missed. You held this family together and loved each and every one of your family. Brandi says you’re an Angel in the sky; you always were our Angel and always will be. Love you & miss you already.

  • Dave & Patty Tschetter says:

    Bev and Rick, we are so sorry to hear of Elaine’s passing. She was always such a fine lady. We remember often her friendly smile at the Moose. May God grant her eternal life and blessings. Peace be with you and your family.

  • Red & Irene Shannon says:

    Nytroe Family,
    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. I will cherish all the memories I have growing up next to your family. I will always remember your mom’s warm smile, loving words, and caring heart. May God comfort you and grant you peach in this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Rich Blue IV says:

    Grandma….you will be missed. Everytime I see a cardnial I will think of you, no other cookies will ever taste as good as the ones that came out of your cookie jar. Family get-togethers will allways be missing something from now on.

    The good thing is, YOU and g’pa can dance again, clean some fish together, and you each got your FAVORITE card playing partner back !!!!

  • Susan Olson says:

    Bev and Family
    I remember your mom she was a great lady! This last name probably does not ring a bell, but I am Tanya’s (Otten)mom. Rich and Tanya first met in head start and then went thru school together. You and I used to be best of friends. I have fond memories of all the times we got together for coffee or just to chit chat. You have my sympathies. Your mom is now in a far better place and once again with your dad. May God comfort you at time of great loss. I keep in touch with Rich on facebook. Maybe some day we can reconnect…I would like that. Take care and God Bless!! (you can ask Rich about me just in case you do not remember me)

  • Shelly Carlson says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. If there is anything I can do to make this time easier for you all. Please let me know. Hang in there Brenda, Di, Barb….

  • Jayne and Doug Moe says:

    Deat Nytroe Family:

    Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. The up coming days will be very gray and cloudy but please keep your faith and also try to remember that she is in a better place. God bless and take care!

    Jayne and Doug Moe

  • LeAnn Hummel says:

    Dear family of Elaine – We are so sorry we are not going to be able to make it to the service for your mom tomorrow. Had hoped that we, or I, would be able to come to the funeral home tonight, but that isn’t going to happen either. Joe’s sister and family are here from Washington.

    What a special lady your mom/grandmother was. The picture you chose is truly her – she was never without a smile (at least I don’t remember her without one). I’m sure you children may have made her frown once in a while (we all were a test for our moms). I’m sure you each have your own special memories to draw on in the lonely times. Enjoy those memories and cherish them. God was good to give them to us.

    If you haven’t read the book “Heaven Is For Real” by Todd Burpo, I encourage you to do so. What a comfort it has been for me (and others) to be told what lies ahead for us by a 4-year old boy. WOW.

    Prayers for strength in the days ahead as you grieve this earthly loss. Prayers for peace as you realize that she’s at home with Jesus and once again with your dad and Betty Ann and other loved ones.

    With love and sympathy, LeAnn and Joe Hummel

  • Jamie Lambertz & Mardio Morrison says:

    Rich, We are so very sorry for your loss. Please send our sympathies to your entire family. If we can do anything… please let us know.

  • Dianne Dansman says:

    Grandma…you are already missed…cardinals, ice cream, orange pop and bracelets are just a few of the things that come to my mind when I think of you. Much love now and always!!!

  • Cheryl Austad says:

    I was saddened to hear of Elaine’s death. Her daughter, Betty, and I graduated from Lyons High School in 1959. Since I lived in Crooks and was Betty’s good friend, I was a frequent visitor in Elaine’s home. Elaine was always very interested in all the things that Kermit and her children were doing. Plus, she was always very welcoming to me. I pray that God will comfort her family today and always.

  • Heather(Namanny) Schwenk says:

    Nytroe family…So sorry to hear of Elaine’s passing, what a neat lady! I got to know her through my grandparents and the Moose Lodge. I will never forget when I had chicken pox as a yound kid and we were running our fireworks stand east of Valley Springs, we had the smallest camper and I was miserable, Kermit and Elaine brought their motorhome with A/C for me to sleep in. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Katy Carlson says:

    Elaine, I know I only knew you a short time but I do know that you were an awesome woman and I want to thank you so very much for bringing such a wonderful family into my life, because you created them! I can feel you watching down and smiling on us. We will all miss you like crazy but we will see you again someday.

    To the Nytroe family, my thoughts and prayers.

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