Joelle Stuessi, 83

Joelle May Stuessi, 83

Joelle May Stuessi, 83, passed away Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 at Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9 at Beresford Zion United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8 at Beresford Zion United Methodist Church with a prayer service beginning at 7 p.m. 

Joelle Scroggs was born May 4, 1935 in Beresford, S.D., to Ray and Kathryn (Chadwick) Scroggs. She grew up in Beresford and graduated from Beresford High School in 1953. While in high school she proudly reigned as Homecoming Queen and was blessed to meet her high school sweetheart and future husband, Donald Stuessi. Don and Joelle were married Jan. 30, 1954. Their marriage was a 64-year partnership. They happily raised their four children together and worked their farm together.   

Joelle enjoyed bowling, golfing and cheering on her children and grandchildren in all of their activities. She was a many year member of Eastern Star and was a faithful member of Beresford Zion United Methodist Church where she served on numerous committees. She volunteered her time in various community activities and projects over the years. Her hobbies included spending time with her family, reading and playing bridge with all her friends. She was a great hugger and was a teacher of unconditional love. Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were truly the center of her world.   

Joelle is survived by her loving husband, Donald; her children, David (Kathy) Stuessi, Linda (Kevin) Walter Olson, Sharon Barr and Carla (Jerry) Zeimetz; her grandchildren, Tracy Corbin, Zach (Krista) Stuessi, Megan Stuessi, Lee Stuessi, Lexi Stuessi, Joshua Walter, Jeffrey Swenson, Jonathan Swenson, Samantha (Lanstin) Vietor, Drew Barr and Tyler (Charissa) Zeimetz; great-grandchildren, Emily Corbin, Grady and Bode Stuessi, Layton Bolls (Swenson), Jonathon Swenson and Jayden, Carson and Kroy Zeimetz; her sister, Diane Landon; sisters-in-law, Fran Scroggs and Mildred Espeland; and many beloved nieces, nephews and friends.   

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Kathryn Scroggs, brother, Ken Scroggs; and brothers-in-law, Francis Espeland and John Landon.

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