Thelma D. Neu, 79, of Redfield, S.D., died Friday, Sept. 28, 2012 at Redfield Community Memorial Hospital.
The funeral service was held Friday, Oct. 5 at Messiah Lutheran Church in Redfield. Burial followed at Grace Cemetery at Rockham. Rev. Peter Utecht led the service.
Thelma Darlene Neu was born October 11, 1932 in Hand County on her home place to Harley and Eva (Wilson) Peterman. Thelma attended Odessa Country School though the eighth grade.
She married Carl Neu on January 17, 1949. They raised four children (Ellen, Gerry, Dale and Kenny). Thelma and Carl farmed and ranched south of Rockham raising purebred Hereford cattle. They retired in 1989 and moved to Redfield.
Thelma enjoyed quilting, crocheting, sewing, raising chickens and geese as well as cooking/ baking for her family and friends. She also enjoyed gardening, canning, growing flowers, playing Bingo and going on bus trips to Flandreau. She was a member of the Red Hat Ladies and Redfield Senior Center. Thelma was baptized Lutheran and was a member of the Messiah Lutheran Church and LWML. She enjoyed being a Twins fan. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren.
Survivors include one daughter Ellen Meyer of Columbus, Ohio; three sons, Gerry (Diana) of Redfield, Dale of Rockham and friend Deb Curtis of Redfield, and Kenny (Melinda) Neu of Redfield; sisters, Helen (Dick) Brady, Palm Desert Calif., Mildred Metz, Elgin Ill.; brothers Walter (Norma) Peterman, Ankeny, Iowa, Darrell (Elaine) Peterman, Miller, and Robert (Shirley) Peterman, Miller. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Shane Wright, Joey Wright, Misty Lemecke, Kristina Moore, Jason Meyer, Marcus Meyer, Gina Neu, Jesse Neu, Cody Neu and Crystal Neu, and 16 great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Harley and Eva Peterman; husband Carl Neu; brother John Peterman; sisters, Vera Comstock and Ruth Gregory; and great-granddaughters Hannah Lemecke and McKenzie Marlow.
Services were with Gramm Funeral Home of Ipswich, www.grammfuneralhome.com.
Thelma D. Neu 1932-2012