Eggers Funeral Home
Ada E. Pearson
(January 22, 1912 - March 24, 2012)
Ada E. Pearson, 100, Rosholt, SD, died Saturday, March 24, 2012, at the Rosholt Care Center.
Funeral services were Tuesday, March 27, at 11:00 a.m. in the St. Joseph Lutheran Church, rural Rosholt, with Rev. Suzanne Benidt officiating. Music was provided by organist Lana Sand and vocalists Paul and Lana Sand and Pastor Keith Pearson, Ada’s godchild.
Burial was in the St. Joseph Cemetery, rural Rosholt. Honorary pallbearers were all of her friends and neighbors. Active pallbearers were her grandsons, Matthew Ulrich, Kevin Stangeland, Chris Stangeland, Michael Weinmann, Benjamin Pearson, Bryan Pearson, Travis Magnuson, John Wickenheiser and Paul Snaza.
Visitation was Monday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. followed by a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. at the Eggers Funeral Home in Rosholt, and continued Tuesday one hour prior to the service at the church.
Ada Eugenia was born January 22, 1912, in rural Rosholt to Oke and Lucretia (Jackson) Akerson. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Joseph Lutheran Church, rural Rosholt. She attended rural school in Roberts County and graduated valedictorian in her class from Rosholt High School in 1931. After finishing school, Ada worked in Rapid City and Hammond, IN, as a housekeeper. She then returned to Rosholt to take care of her niece after her sister-in-law died.
On October 21, 1939, Ada married Ernest F. Pearson at St. Joseph Lutheran Church. Ada was a loving mother, always humble, kind, loving, giving and gracious. She spent many hours sewing clothes for her children and making quilts for family and for Lutheran World Relief. She also enjoyed baking for her family – bread, buns, cinnamon rolls, pies, cookies and cakes.
A lifelong member of St. Joseph Lutheran Church, Ada sang alto in the choir and was a Sunday school teacher. She was also a member of the Women’s Missionary Society, Women of ELCA and the Homemaker’s Club. Ada enjoyed reading the Bible, devotional books, inspirational books, and books with a romantic love story. She loved singing and playing the organ and was exceptional at Scrabble and Upwords.
Ada and Ernie retired in 1980, and they moved from their farm into Rosholt in 1988. Ernie moved into the Rosholt Care Center in 2001, and Ada made the Care Center her home in 2002.
Survivors include four children, Enid (Cecil) Stangeland of New Effington, SD, Bethel (Leroy) Weinmann of Oakland, MI, Phyllis (David) Ulrich of Blaine, WA, and David (Candy) Pearson of West Fargo, ND; 13 grandchildren, Carol (John) Wickenheiser, Carmen (Paul) Snaza, Kevin (Rachel) Stangeland, Chris (Anna) Stangeland, Robin Charlton, Shannon (Steve) Cochrane, Michael (Tamara) Weinmann, Jody Weinmann (David) Demaree, Matthew Ulrich, Chelsea Ulrich, Benjamin Pearson, Travis (Jessica) Magnuson, and Bryan (Melissa) Pearson; 20 great-grandchildren, Jasmine, Samantha, and Logan Wickenheiser, Jason, Michael, and Eric Snaza, Jacob Thompson, Janae Stangeland, Amanda, Elizabeth, Meredith, and Norah Charlton, Benjamin, Cole, and Dane Cochrane, Jonas, Indiya and Maya Weinmann, Kellen Magnuson, Adelyn Pearson; and one great-great grandchild, Elizabeth Ada Wickenheiser.
Ada was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest; brothers, Robert Akerson and an infant brother; and sisters, Ethel (Marvin) Lorenz, Kora (Oscar) Skibenes, and Clara (Clayton) Zeigler.