MITCHELL — Fern Carstens Whitlow, 85, of Mitchell, and formerly of Huron, died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at the Firesteel Healthcare Center in Mitchell.
Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Huron Christian Church with burial at Restlawn Memory Gardens Cemetery.
Visitation with family present will be from 6 to 8 pm Tuesday at Welter Funeral Home in Huron with a prayer service at 7 p.m.; or one hour prior to the service at the church. Visit welterfuneralhome.com.
Fern Darlene Knouse was born March 18, 1927, in rural Iroquois to Fred and Myrtle (Bond) Knouse. She attended Beadle County Country School through the eighth grade.
She married Herbert Carstens on Jan. 3, 1947, in Huron. They moved to Ree Heights to ranch. They later moved back to Iroquois, where they both worked for the Iroquois Schools. They moved to Huron in 1972. After her husband died on Dec. 15, 1975, she started working at the Sun Set Supper Club.
She married John Whitlow on Aug. 22, 1976, in Mitchell, and they moved to his farm near Forestburg. After retiring, they moved back to Huron. Her second husband died on Sept. 15, 1998.
She was a member of the Moose Lodge of Huron, and later of Mitchell; T.O.P.S Inc. in Huron and Mitchell, where she was crowned the State Queen runner-up; VFW Post No. 7756 Auxiliary in Gillette, Wyo., where her son was the commander; and an Extension club in Iroquois. She enjoyed sewing and reupholstering furniture.
She is survived by four sons, Herbert (Kathleen) Carstens of Bridgeport, Texas, Steve (Jeanne) Carstens of Kalamazoo, Mich., Bruce (Rose) Carstens of Mitchell, and Wayne (Carol) Carstens of Mitchell; 12 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Clarence “Heavy” Knouse of Huron; two sisters, Jane DeLong of Huron, and Mary Meyers of Cavour; a sister-in-law, Marilyn Dollenbacher of Cavour; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; both her husbands; a grandson; two great-grandchildren; and five siblings, Melvin, Frank, Dorthy, Marvin and Donny.For the complete article see the 02-10-2013 issue.
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