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Malinda Hannah-Marie Deiter

Malinda Hannah-Marie Bicknese Deiter, age 101, of Cokato, formerly of Redfield, S.D., died Tuesday, July 4, 2006 at the Cokato Manor.

She was born Dec. 2, 1904 near Tipton, Iowa, the eldest child of Fred and Emma (Conrad) Bicknese. Malinda came to Spink County, S.D. at the age of six with her parents, and lived on a farm near Frankfort, where she attended Frankfort Public Schools through the ninth grade.

Following school, she worked for several area families as a homemaker’s helper. While employed at the home of Charles and Mary Jane Deiter, she met her future husband, Clarence Deiter.

They married Sept. 21, 1929 and lived in the Frankfort/Redfield area until Clarence’s death in 1976. Malinda continued to reside in Redfield until 2001, when she moved to the Cokato Manor.

Malinda is survived by her children, Marian West of Redfield, S.D., and James (Nancy) Deiter of Howard Lake; seven grandchildren, David West, Barbara Romero, Terry West, Gerry (Pamela) West, Robin Deiter, William (Carol) Deiter, and Jason (Sheri) Deiter; six great-grandchildren, Anthony Romero, Jeremiah West, Dana Deiter, Jeremiah Smith, Ellie Deiter, and Chase Deiter: two step great-grandchildren, Sabrina (Robert) Weinberg and Joseph Hill; and three step great-great-grandchildren, Cassaundra, Dustin, and Robert Weinberg.

She is further survived by her sister, Lola Barness of Rapid City, S.D.; brother Conrad (Donna) Bicknese of Redfield, S.D.; sisters-in-law Ima Bicknese of Florida and Nellie Allen of Redfield, S.D.; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence; parents Fred and Emma Bicknese; brothers Ernst, Wilfried, Alvin, Marvin, and Fritz; and sisters Jean Stanley, Ella Sommers, and Lois Kerker.

Funeral service was Saturday, July 8 at 2 p.m. at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Redfield, S.D., with the Rev. Tim Fugman officiating. Interment was in Greenlawn Cemetery in Redfield.

Visitation took place Friday, July 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Thelen Funeral Home in Redfield, S.D., which handled the arrangements.

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