Lenora B. Roseland of Apache Junction, AZ previously of Elk Point, SD passed away at The Summit a Sunland Springs long term care facility on January 12, 2023. A Celebration of Life will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Elk Point, SD on Saturday May 6, 2023 beginning at 10:00 AM. Visitation will be held one hour prior. Committal Service will be held at 12:30 PM following the service at the Bancroft City Cemetery in Bancroft, NE. A luncheon will be held following the graveside service in the basemenet of the Bancroft Community Building.
Lenora was born to Art and Leona Dittberner on November 1, 1941 in Santa Ana, California. Shortly thereafter they moved back to Nebraska so Art could help on the family farm while his brothers went to serve in the war.
Later they moved to the Bancroft area where she attended grade school and high school, graduating in 1959. She married Marlowe Tipton in 1960 to which two daughters were born. She later married Raymond Roseland in 1978.
Lenora started teaching in a country school after two years of college. She went to school at night and in the summer to get her teaching degree. Upon receiving her degree, she taught school in Winnebago, Nebraska. While teaching there she got her masters degree in Special Education for K through 12th grade. She taught school for a number of years in Winnebago until Northeast Technical Community College set up satellite campuses on the Omaha, Winnebago and Santee reservations. She ran the Omaha satellite campus on the Omaha reservation for a number of years. She then returned to teaching in Walthill, Nebraska until moving to Aberdeen, South Dakota in 1985.
In Aberdeen she worked for Northern State University for one year while a professor was on sabbatical. She then went to work for Social Services, where she traveled northeast South Dakota helping people with low vision to be self-sufficient. She did this for 6 years before getting back into teaching at the South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired where again she helped visually impaired students. However, this time she worked with the community to help find jobs for the students so when they left school they could be acclimated into the work force as well as helped them learn to live on their own. She really enjoyed watching the students succeed and move forward on their own. She retired in 2003
After retiring, they moved to Elk Point, South Dakota to be closer to the kids and grandchildren. She enjoyed golfing and spent many days on the golf courses in and around the Elk Point area. They also started to winter in Apache Junction, Arizona in 2004 where she golfed and attended many functions at the Palmas Del Sol East (PDSE) where they stayed. This was a second home to her because of the great friendships she made over the years.
She is survived by her daughters Robin Galvin (Eric) of Des Moines, Iowa; Michelle Hennig (Marlon) Bancroft, Nebraska; seven grandkids -Toni Goeken, Jacob and Wyatt Hennig, Colton Knutzen, Riley Galvin, Lane Galvin and Skyler Knutzen; two great grand sons Oliver and Shane Goeken and one sister Rose Hilger. She was preceded in death by her parents, Art and Leona Dittberner and her sister Sharon Carlson.