God broke our hearts to prove to us that he only takes the best.
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On July 9th, 2019 God sent his angels for our mother and away she went to be reunited with our father, Dan.
After a lengthy battle with Kidney disease, mom was tired. Back in October of 2018, the doctors told me she had four-six weeks to live. Mom continued to fight this battle for the next eight months.
JerrelDean was born July 7, 1935 in Glen Ullin, North Dakota to David and Olenta Stieger. JerrelDean attended school there and graduated from Glen Ullin High School in 1953.
JerrelDean married Henry Buckmiller and to this union, three children Mark, Brenda, and Clay were born. JerrelDean and Henry later divorced.
In 1965, Dan asked JerrelDean to go out to a dance called “Parents Without Partners” and the next thing you know, cupid was shooting arrows everywhere. Dan and JerrelDean were married September 6, 1965, a marriage full of love and compassion for 51 plus years. What a love story you could write about these two.
JerrelDean had many hobbies.
JerrelDean and Dan had a family and together they raised cows, pigs, and chickens, plus an acre size garden to feed us. JerrelDean did all the canning. The best pickles Clay ever ate was the ones mom put in the old crocks and stored in the refrigerator. JerrelDean canned many of the fruit and vegetables from the garden. Two years ago, JerrelDean helped Clay can some strawberry/rhubarb jam, a moment with her Clay will forever treasure.
Mom’s garden was full of flowers to. So many, that she would take flowers to the seniors citizens center to give away.
JerrelDean loved to play board games and cards. She always had a big meal for the holidays for us kids and we played many card games. JerrelDean really loved playing cards and bingo at the senior center with one of her best friends, Lola. What a beautiful friendship these two shared. The family would like to thank Lola for all your phone calls and visits. JerrelDean truly adored you.
In the late eighties, JerrelDean and Dan decided to move, but it wasn’t far. They bought five acres by the rest area and JerrelDean told Dan to build her a house. JerrelDean designed the plans and dad built the house, where they resided the next thirty plus years.
JerrelDeans next adventure was her ceramic shop. JerrelDean opened Country Ceramics in the basement of the house and held many classes. JerrelDean was such an artist and has won so many awards for the ceramics she has done.
JerrelDean and Dan loved to go dancing! There wasn’t a square dance hall around that they didn’t know about and went to, including two trips to the National Square Dance Convention in California and Hawaii.
JerrelDean’s greatest joy was her kids. Family was everything to her.
In 1992, JerrelDean’s heart was broken when her son, Mark, passed away. To lose a child is unbearable. But JerrelDean was strong and smart. We asked her years later how she handled it so well. She told us that she had two of her kids that needed her and that she had to be strong for us. She loved her kids very much.
Her grand kids played a special part in her life. JerrelDean’s home was filled with family photos everywhere and the grand kids will always remember the Easter egg hunts, Thanksgiving, and Christ-mas dinners that grandma made.
JerrelDean is survived by her daughter Brenda, son Clay, brothers Dave (Carol) Steiger, Lynn (Linda) Steiger, five grandkids, Jen, Jamie, Jackie, Boone, and Skyla, and seven great grandkids.
JerrelDean is proceeded in death by her parents, her husband Dan, her sister Sylvia, and her son Mark.
Per JerrelDean’s request, there will be a viewing on Friday, July 16th from 5-7pm at Smith Funeral Chapel in Laurel, with gravesite services July 17th at 2:00 pm, at the Rockvale Cemetery, followed with a lunch at the Bridger Senior Center.
In the past eight months while JerrelDean was in hospice care, we can’t say enough about Barb Vanderloos, JerrelDean’s CNA. You are truly one of God’s angels and Brenda and Clay thank you so much for the love and beautiful care you gave our mother. Mom always asked about you and your beautiful smile always cheered mom up. Thank you so much.
Smith Funeral Chapel is assisting with the arrangements.