Sioux Falls: Feb. 23, 1933 - April 2, 2024

Dolores Ann Puetz


Dolores Ann Puetz, 91, resided at Legends on Lake Lorriane of Sioux Falls, SD (formerly of Mitchell, SD), passed away Tuesday, April 2, 2024, at Avera McKennan Hospital, Sioux Falls, SD, surrounded by her loving family.
Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 12, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Mitchell. Burial will be at the American Legion Cemetery in Mitchell. Visitation will be Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at the Holy Family Catholic Church with a 6:30 p.m. Prayer Service. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.
Dolores Ann (Hohn) Puetz was born on Feb. 23, 1933, to Arthur and Helena (Sandhoff) Hohn in Parkson, SD and was raised and educated in Dimock, SD.
At a dance, she met the love of her life, Englebert John Puetz, and they were married on Sept. 14, 1954, at Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Dimock, SD. They were blessed with 14-children. Her love for music and dancing strengthened the bond throughout their married life of 62 years, which was passed on to all her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening, canning, sewing, singing, dancing, puzzles and crafts. Mom truly enjoyed traveling, as it brought her tremendous relaxation reconnecting with nature. She was a very loving and extremely dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great-great grandmother.
She played an active role in the caring of her entire family. She had an unending love and nurtured her children and grandchildren as she guided them throughout their lives. She was a woman with an extremely strong faith. We will always remember her contagious smile and infectious humor that has left a lasting impression on all who knew or ever met her.
She had a love for learning and the desire to instill learning in others. She was a strong advocate for others that needed a voice and guidance throughout her involvement in community service. Her empathy for others was exemplified in every aspect of her life, whether you were family, friends or someone she just met.
Dolores is survived by her children: Maynard (Lillian) Puetz of Mitchell, SD, Alice (Lee) Johnson of Bloomfield, NE, Marcia (Steven) Rennich of Harrisburg, SD, Peggy (Dr. Henry) Donahue of Richmond, VA, Jon (Lori) Puetz of Clear Lake, SD, Lisa Norfolk of LeMars, IA, Juliana (Douglas) Janssen of De Smet, SD, Norma (Russell) Swadener of Omaha, NE, Boyd (Dr. Norene) Puetz of Massapequa Park, NY, Helen (Dwight) Kleinsasser of Papillion, NE, Christopher (Dr. Lezlie) Puetz of Hinckley, MN, Dr. Christine (Brian) Burg of Sioux Falls, SD, and Dr. Paul (Jenna) Puetz of Sioux Falls, SD; four-brothers, two-sisters, 49-grandchildren, 45-great-grandchildren, and 2-great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband-Englebert Puetz, son-Mark Puetz, son-in-law-Robert Norfolk, grandchild-Jesse Puetz, great-grandchild-Sammy Easland, three sisters, one brother, and two brothers-in-law.
Mom and Dad are dancing in Heaven!
Memorial donations may be made to: Catholic Community Foundation for Eastern South Dakota; 1510 W. Elm., Mitchell, SD 57301.