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Mary Frances Setterstrom, 95, of Wessington Springs

Posted: Saturday, Feb 16th, 2013

WESSINGTON SPRINGS Mary Frances Setterstrom, 95, of Wessington Springs, died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at the Prairie View Care Center in Woonsocket. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, at the United Church of Christ in Wessington Springs, with the Rev. Sara Olson Dean officiating. Burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 7 at the Basham Funeral Home. An Eastern Star Service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home.

Mary Frances Robbins was born Sept. 17, 1917, at Chilhowee, Mo., to Frank and Roxie (Evans) Robbins. The family moved to Wessington Springs in 1924, when Mary was six. She graduated from Wessington Springs High School in 1936. She attended Wessington Springs Jr. College for one year, and taught country school for three years.

On June 3, 1942, she married Paul Setterstrom at the Methodist parsonage in Huron. Soon after their wedding, Paul left for overseas duty in India for three and a half years. While Paul was overseas, she moved to Huron and worked as a telephone operator. Later they moved back to Wessington Springs where he became a building contractor.

In 1960, they purchased the Bowling Dome in Chamberlain, and ran it for ten years. After selling the Bowling Dome, they built a house in Pukwana. In 1982, they moved back to Wessington Springs, where they built a house, and lived until his death in 1992. She later sold their home and moved to Weskota Apartments. In August, 2012, she moved to Prairie View Care Center in Woonsocket, where she lived until her death.

She enjoyed playing bridge, and was an avid Minnesota Twins fan.

She belonged to the UCC Church, Eastern Star and American Legion Auxiliary.

She is survived by her brother, Keith (Marilyn) Robbins, and and one sister-in-law, Esther Hodges.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Paul; two brothers, Levi and Harold; two sisters-in-law, Marjorie and Betty, and one nephew.

For the complete article see the 02-15-2013 issue.

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