Edith Delperdang, 89, of Remsen, died Thursday, Oct. 12, 2006, at Happy Siesta Health Care Center in Remsen.
Edith Delperdang was born April 24, 1917, at rural Granville, the daughter of Joe and Elizabeth (Henrich) List. Edith was raised in the Granville area where she received her primary education in the rural school system. She then resided with her grandmother at Alton, where she received her secondary education, graduating from St. Mary's Academy there in 1934. She then attended Western Union College at Le Mars, where she obtained her teachers certificate and then taught in country schools in the area.
On Sept. 24, 1940 she married Gerald Delperdang at Granville. They farmed in the Marcus area until 1949 when they moved to a farm north of Remsen where they continued to farm until Gerald's death on Dec. 26, 1973.
She moved into Remsen in 1975, and remained very active in St. Mary's Church. She was a Eucharistic Minister, did the altar linens and vestments, and helped make altar breads for many years. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America, Christian Mothers and St. Mary's Guild, Ladies Catholic Order of Foresters and Mission Association, being very active and holding offices in these organizations. She was also a member of the Happy Siesta Auxiliary and a Peer Group Volunteer, and the Oscar Cash program, donating much of her time for all these organizations.
Volunteering was a big part of Edith's life after she moved to town, enjoying it throughly. The Happy Siesta residents would cheer up when Edith walked in the door; they loved her dearly.
Family has also been the biggest part of Edith's life. She always enjoyed her children and grandchildren coming to visit. When holidays came around, she would do the cooking for all the families, pies being her speciality. Her hands were never idle. She made many, many quilts, afghans and baby blankets for both her family and the missions.
In October 2005, Edith moved to Park Place Estates in Le Mars, and remained there until she fell, breaking her arm on Sept. 15, 2006. Since then she had resided at Happy Siesta.
Survivors include four sons, Don and his wife, Bev (Von Arb) Delperdang and David Delperdang, all of Remsen, Ron and his wife Donna (Niichel) Delperdang of Le Mars, and Larry and his wife Julie (Honkomp) Delperdang of Sioux City; two daughters and their husbands, Sharon and Norman Nieland of Carroll and Carla and Robert Brannan of Odebolt; 15) grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews; three sisters, Esther Reuter of Sauk Center, Minn., Helen and her husband Lawrence Brady of Marcus, and Mildred and her husband Eldon Ruden of Le Mars; one brother, Ray and his wife Char List of Granville; and one sister-in-law, Florence List of Granville.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three infant grandchildren; one daughter-in-law, Anne Delperdang, one brother, Melvin List; and one brother-in-law, Melvin Reuter.
Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Remsen with the Rev. William McCarthy and the Rev. James Tigges concelebrating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Remsen.
Friends may call any time after 2 p.m. today (Friday), at the Fisch Funeral Home in Remsen where there will be a rosary at 3 p.m. by St. Mary's Guild and Catholic Daughters of America and a vigil prayer service at 7:30 p.m.
Casketbearers wll be Joe Delperdang, Darin Delperdang, Nick Delperdang, Kim Spearn, Dan Nieland and Brian Brannan.
Memorials may be directed to St. Mary's Catholic School or Hospice of Orange City.