Fern June Keizer, age 86, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton.
Funeral services are 10:30 AM, on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Yankton with Reverend David Wildermuth officiating. Inurnment will be at the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton. Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, on Friday, November 14, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a prayer service at 7:00 PM. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the funeral at the church.
Pallbearers are Terry Keizer, Darwin Keizer, Russell Keizer, Pete Keizer, David Frerichs and Marvin Domina. Honorary pallbearers are Charles Keizer and Jerome Keizer.
Fern was born June 8, 1928 in Coleridge, Nebraska to Herman and Hulda (Hansen) Frerichs. She grew up on a farm near Coleridge and graduated from Coleridge High School. Fern then received her nurse's training at Methodist Hospital in Sioux City, Iowa and graduated as a Registered Nurse. She married Lewis Keizer on December 17, 1948 in Coleridge. They lived in Sioux City where Fern worked as an RN, first at the Methodist Hospital and then in the Emergency Department at St. Luke's Hospital. She also helped to establish the Same Day Surgery Center at St. Luke's. She retired from her nursing career in 1986. In 1998, they moved to Yankton where they were members of Trinity Lutheran Church and also were involved with the Friends of the Library. Fern enjoyed reading, doing crossword and jigsaw puzzles, and prairie dog shooting. For the past 30 years, she wintered in Hawaii which she thoroughly enjoyed. Fern always loved the time spent with her children and grandchildren.
Fern is survived by four sons: Charles (Mary) Keizer of Paia, HI, Terry (Sally) Keizer of Glennallen, AK, Darwin (Terri) Keizer of Kailua, HI and Russell (Linda) Keizer of Paia, HI; seven grandchildren: Kate (Tom) Gukeisen of Norfolk, VA, Emily Keizer of Minneapolis, MN, Amy (Pat) Neal of Kansas City, MO, Jerome (Rebecca) Keizer of Kailua, HI, Jessica (Jonathan) Fant of Kailua, HI, Jennifer (Edgar) Rodriguez of Des Moines, IA and Pete (Liz) Keizer of Kailua, HI; seven great grandchildren: Benjamin Gukeisen, Valerie and Abby Rodriguez, Sadie Neal, Adalei Keizer, Truitt Keizer and Jonathan Lewis Fant; and two great grandchildren on the way.
Fern was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lewis on October 25, 2011; and an infant daughter.
Memorials are preferred to Avera at Home Hospice at 501 Summit in Yankton.
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I am so sorry to hear of Fern's passing. May Christ's arms surround you both as you travel this journey to lay your mother to rest. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Love Alana
Sorry for your loss guys. Fern was like a second mother when we were growing up. She will be missed by all that knew her.
Fern was still very active with the Friends of the Library when I joined. Thanks to her lead and efforts, all of our fiction is nicely in order by the author. I extend my deepest sympathy to you and hope that fond memories will bring you comfort.
Some memories that come to mind are how Fern could tell jokes & talk of her family with great story telling skills. She was extremely proud of each & every one. Fern & Lew kick started my love for traveling, generously inviting me to go west on the family trip.
Be safe in your travels, it is winter in SD! Jim & I send our sympathy & love to all. With loving memories - Jim and Sherry
James L.& Sherry Rees Campbell
Chuck, Terry, Darwin, & Russ we send you our sympathy, caring thoughts, and prayers!
Neil / Donna Detrick
I am so sorry to hear of Ferns passing. While I only one her for a little while you all will always be in my memory. It was my pleasure to care for her the short time I did.
say hello to Lew for us all, we will forever miss you both and all the great times at the wall fishing, the Reimans, of Yankton, Rusty, Kat and Lil Jack
I met the Keizer's frequently at the cluster box. They were among my patrons as a rural mail carrier. They were both such lovely individuals. Lewis would keep me supplied with produce from his garden and Fern would bring me chocolate covered macadamia nuts when they would return from house sitting in Hawaii. I was also the lucky recipient of the Keizer family cookies--date pinwheels--every Christmas. The cookies were marvelous and had black walnuts in them that Lewis had picked. He never did tell me where his " secret searching for black walnut spot was at. " May Fern and Lewis both rest in peace now. I will not be able to attend the service for Fern today--but extend my sincere sympathy to the family.
Diane K. Schramm
Russ and family.
So sorry to hear about your mom's death. I have such fond memories of visiting your mom and dad when we were in high school. Also the few years I got to work with your mom at St. Luke's. She sure was a special lady!
Fern was a beautiful soul. So happy I got to meet and care for her and her family for a short while. What a sweet heart! Prayers up for her and family traveling around the country. It was an honor.
I was priveliged to be in Fern's nursing class.
I just heard of her death and searched to find the info and see the pictures. She and I did a 3-11 shift on first floor and she could do rings around my somewhat slow and fussy attempts to get people settled for the night. She was a great class member and friend..
Eveline Stanworth Will
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