Inge Glissendorf


Inge Glissendorf, 84, of White Lake, SD, died Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at Aurora Brule Nursing Home in White Lake. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Wednesday, July 21, at the United Methodist Church in White Lake. Burial will be at the White Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Tuesday, July 20, at the Church with a 6:30 PM prayer service. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Ingeborg “Inge” Gerda (Schwarz) Glissendorf was born in Berlin, Germany on December 22, 1936 to Waldemar “John” and Charlotte (Phillips) Schwarz.

Most of early life she lived in Berlin. During the bombings they moved to Sopot, Poland by Gdansk (Danzig) with her grandparents.

At the end of WWII, she traveled back to Berlin and later to Hannover, Germany where she started school.

Without speaking any English, she left Germany with her family in December 1950 and came over by boat through Ellis Island and came to Mitchell, SD, USA.

Inge graduated from Mitchell High School in 1955 and with a two-year Education Degree graduated from Dakota Wesleyan University in 1957. During this time she also worked at the Methodist Hospital for 6 years.

She married Darrel “Bud” Glissendorf in December 1957 and moved to White Lake. She taught one year at Lane, SD before devoting her time on the family farm raising their eight children. She was also an EMT for 23 years, 9 of those years as the district EMT Treasurer, and worked at the Abbott House in Mitchell for 16 years after all the children were grown.

Inge is survived by her seven children: Brenda (Steve) Thiry, Mitchell; Ronald (Theresa) Glissendorf, White Lake; Becky (Darin) Gillen, Mitchell; Rick (Lisa) Glissendorf, White Lake; Bev (Scott) German, White Lake; Barb (Troy) Becker, White Lake; Sandy (Bob) Syrstad, Mitchell; 16 Grandchildren; 11 Great grandchildren; sister, Giesla (Conrad) Smit, Oklahoma; sister-in-law, Nora Schwarz, Oklahoma; numerous nieces and nephews; and her special friend, Andy Vissia.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Darrel “Bud” Glissendorf; son, Rod Glissendorf; two brothers: Peter and Juergen Schwarz; parents and grandparents.

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