Anita Rose Degen


Anita Rose Degen, 82, of Alexandria, SD passed away Monday, September 21, 2020 at the Diamond Care Nursing Home in Bridgewater, SD. Funeral services will be at 10:30 AM, Friday September 25, 2020 at St. Mary of Mercy Catholic Church in Alexandria. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, Thursday September 24, 2020 at Will Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in St. Mary of Mercy Cemetery.

Born August 7, 1938 to Albert and Margaret (Goergen) Wolf; she grew up on a farm Northwest of Woonsocket. Anita attended country school and graduated Valedictorian of Woonsocket High School. After graduation she moved to Mitchell and worked at First National Bank until she married Adrian Degen on February 24, 1968. They moved to a farm South of Alexandria where they raised five children and farmed together until Adrian’s passing in 2014. Anita then moved into town.

She was a member of the St. Mary of Mercy church in Alexandria as well as a member of the Scared Heart League. Anita enjoyed embroidery, gardening, and reading. Her greatest joy was spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Grateful for having shared her life are her children; Diane (David) Fessler, Tom (Lori) Degen, Brad (Melissa) Degen, Dean Degen, and Nancy Cremer, grandchildren; Amanda and Jonathan Fessler, Taylor (Aaron) Degen, Taite Degen, Joseph and Katherine Cremer, sister; Barb (Ed) Lutz, brother; Mike Wolf, sisters-in-law; Donna Myers, Phyllis Gossel, Lavonne Johnson, Lavae Dunn as well as many nieces and nephews.

Anita was preceded in death by her husband (2014), grandson, Derrick, sister-in-law, Eleanor Wolf, brothers-in-law, Richard, Dick, Cliff and Eldon.

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