Geraldyne Tatina


Geraldyne Tatina, 78, of Mitchell, SD, died Tuesday, October 19, 2021, at Avantara Salem in Salem, SD. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Monday, October 25, at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Mitchell. Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery in Mitchell. Visitation will be from 6-8:00 PM Sunday, October 24 at Bittner Funeral Chapel with a 7:00 PM prayer service. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Geraldyne Lyne Tatina was born on July 15, 1943 to Michael and Lillian (Martin) Sansone in Chicago, IL. She attended Luther South High School, and graduated in 1960. In 1978 Geraldyne moved to Mitchell, SD, where she worked for the Mitchell School District as the Junior High Secretary and later as the Superintendent Secretary. She retired in 2014 after 31 years of serving the Mitchell School District.

One of Geraldyne’s greatest joys in life were her grandchildren and her only great-grandchild, Emerson Grace. Geraldyne loved her family more than anything. She also loved going out to eat with her friends, especially for a good prime rib at her favorite place, Chef Louie’s. She enjoyed attending fall church dinners around the area. One of Geraldyne’s favorite pastimes was birdwatching. Her favorite birds were cardinals and woodpeckers. Geraldyne loved the city of Chicago and the Chicago Bears.

Geraldyne is survived by her son, Thomas Carolin of Crystal Lake, IL; daughter, Heather Adams of Mitchell; grandchildren, Andrew Nicholson, Zachary Carolin (Amber Abruzzo), Trevor Carolin, and Abigail Adams (Croix Erickson); great-granddaughter, Emerson Erickson; and dog, Angel.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Murphy, and her parents.