Condolence & Memory Journal

I think I may be a family member my father is norman wilts and in 1953 he stayed with his cousins in lemmon sd his grand mother is rena waldecker - wilts if I have the right people please e-mail me at if not thank you for your time

Posted by tovy wilts bergan - sun city, AZ - family ???? rena waldecker ???   January 15, 2014

Dena shared her love of Blue Healers with me- had one for many years. She was such a good friend to my dad- Hank Wagner. I had a lot of fun at their place as a child. Many many memories!!!!

Posted by Kim Wagner Davis - Lakeville, MN - Parents were friends   January 31, 2013

Rest in peace Dena, we will miss you and your Christmas letters, oxoxo Mart, Charlene, Haley & natalie Geary ( Grandson to Aggie) Say Hi to Hank & Aggie for us, miss them too.

Posted by charlene Geary - SD   January 31, 2013

Sending you all my deepest sympathy,Dena was a special lady and I know GOD will help you through this dificult time!! GOD Bless u all!!

Posted by Lori Sattler - Lemmon, SD - friend   January 30, 2013

Dena was so special to me she helped shaped me into the women I have become. She showed me love and shared so much of our family life with me. I Will miss her. She was the glue that held the extended family together. I am grateful to have had Dena be apart of my life. What a treasure . I am glad that I get to call her my Aunt and my friend...

Posted by Susan Albers - Rapid City, SD - Aunt   January 29, 2013

We were very saddened to hear about Dena. Although I knew her from brief encounters through my Mom she was someone you immediately felt, "she was someone genunine". I know that my Mom will miss her dearly as Dena and Mom were best of friends, she talked about Dena regularly when we would talk. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Posted by Bill Sands - Chaska, MN - friend   January 29, 2013

What a beautifully written life story. I shared it with my own children so that they could understand the context of their own lives, as descendants of Rosa and Alyosius Erker.

Grace and peace to the family,

Stacy Albers Wiebe

Posted by Stacy Wiebe - great niece   January 29, 2013


Dena is such a "Blessing" to this world....I will always treasure our chats with a glass of Blackberry wine in the evenings... I truly enjoyed Dena's hospitality and our long conversations! What a "SPECIAL PERSON"..... ! I will miss you forever! With Deepest Sympathy, Joann (Erker) Baroh

Posted by Joann Erker Baroh - spanaway, WA - Dena was 1st cousin to my Father   January 29, 2013

My prays and thoughts to the family of Dena.


Posted by Dorthea Ternes wiest - Spearfish, SD - cousin daugter of Barney Ternes   January 29, 2013


I will miss you. You were a light of sunshine in everyone's life. God bless you and your family. Love Stephanie

Posted by Stephanie Baroh Santos - Graham, WA - cousin   January 29, 2013

A favorite memory of Dena and Lyol is when we visited in 1972. I'd never seen the farm, or Lemmon for that matter. I think I could have moved in and stayed. Loved the sheep, cows, chickens and all that came with them. Dena let me hand feed a lame lamb. Couldn't understand why she wouldn't let me take it home.

Another favorite time was when Dena was in Moscow visiting Amy and my mom, Anne. She taught me how to make her famous chicken and dumplings. I really wish I could have had more time like that with her. The best, though, was listening to those 3 sisters banter. They never ran out of words and stories.

Posted by Jennifer Richards - Port Orchard, WA - neice   January 29, 2013

so sorry to hear about Dena. She was a special lady and will be greatly missed by many,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Posted by Richard and Susan Harwood - Lemmon, SD - friend   January 28, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Posted by Kristen Starkey Robinson - Dawsonville, GA   January 28, 2013

Our thoughts & prayers are with the family of Dena Mitchell.

Posted by Ed & LaVonne Rook - Roundup, MT   January 28, 2013


Dena, you will be missed! You are an amazing woman, so full of wisdom and wit. I love your loyal and generous spirit, the fact that you gave guidance and love to everyone around you. You treated me like family, which is the highest compliment you could have given to me. The lectures, the chores, the no nonsense advice, every smile and hug I've earned since 1986 will be burned in my heart. I am honored to have known you, Dena, and I am so grateful that you were part of my life.

Posted by Dovie Crofutt    January 28, 2013


Mark and I have so many wonderful memories of Dena....she always had the coffee pot on and something delicious to eat. She taught us many things from how to garden to making cheese buttons!! A memory most treasured. Our sincere sympathy to everyone in her family. She will truly be missed.

Posted by Mark and Cathy Evans - Lemmon, SD   January 27, 2013