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520 S. Main St., PO Box 363
Platte, SD 57369
Phone: 605-337-3857
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Blanche Peterson

Blanche Frances Peterson (Bilka)

Sunday, April 27th, 1930 - Monday, November 30th, 2020
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Blanche Frances Peterson, 90, of Platte, SD passed away Monday, November 30, 2020 at Platte Health Center Avera from complications of Covid. A private family Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, December 4, 2020 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Platte. A private family Committal Service will follow at St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery.

Blanche Frances (Bilka) Peterson was born on April 27, 1930 to Joseph and Frances (Simonikova) Bilka in Platte, SD. She grew up in Brule County, SD and attended the Pipal School in Pleasant Grove Township through eighth grade and Platte High School for two years. She then decided to help her parents on the farm and also worked in various places in Platte.

On June 30, 1956 Blanche was united in marriage to Paul A. Peterson at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Platte. She began working at the Platte Care Center and continued to do so in some capacity for over 52 years. She was an active member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church and Altar Society and belonged to a group of ladies who liked taking trips to Branson, MO and Deadwood, SD for fun days.

Blanche enjoyed doing embroidery work, completing puzzles and tending to her many flowers in the summer. She loved shopping, especially going rummaging and adding to her teapot collection. She dearly loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren. When Christmas and birthdays came along, she couldn’t wait to go shopping for them.

Grateful for having shared in Blanche’s life: her son, Dennis Peterson of Harrisburg, SD; two grandchildren: Abigail Peterson of Sioux Falls, SD and Jacob Peterson of Harrisburg, SD; two great grandchildren: Kinley and Kaley Peterson; a sister, Georgia Kott of Platte, SD; along with many nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were: her daughter, Renee Peterson (1977); her husband, Paul Peterson (1990); a grandson, Cody Peterson (1998); her parents, Joseph and Frances Bilka; parents-in-law, Alfred and Caroline Peterson; a brother-in-law, Don Kott; and in-laws: Mervin (Donna) Peterson, Marion (Wendell) Foxley and Beth (Harry) Stone.
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    Friday, December 4th, 2020 |
    Friday, December 4th, 2020
    St. Peter's Catholic Church - PL
    321 S. Ohio Ave.
    PLATTE, SD 57369
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    A private family Funeral Mass will be held.
    Fr. Grant Lacey
  • Interment

    St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery - PL
    PLATTE, SD 57369
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    A private family Committal Service will he held.


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Wayne and Pat Surat

Posted at 12:14pm
We will always remember our dear Blanche for the compassionate care and love she gave to our Mom and Grandma, Ruth Surat...Blanche was employed at the CareCenter back in 1975 when Grandma's Mom, Sophia Houska, was also a resident. Grandma remembered her coming to visit her Grandparents in Bijou Hills when Blanche was a little girl. Many times during her stay at the Center, Grandma would ask "Where's that Bilka girl?" when she needed something! We will miss her smile and cheerfulness...and remember her with much love...Wayne and Pat Surat and Family

Eileen Carda

Posted at 09:52am
I worked with Blanche at the nursing home. She is the one who orientated me to the 1:30 shift. Blanche was a jewel. She was always dressed to the tee. Her hair always looked like she just stepped out of the beauty shop and her outfits were so pretty and she always wore earrings. Blanche touched a lot of lives. The residents, their families, and visitors to the home and also her fellow workers were all her friends. One funny thing about Blanche. Whenever the state inspectors came to the home, they always put a paper bag with a red light in it to signify a fire. I think Blanche was the most unlucky person to find that sack every time. She did a good job of following the fire drill rules. But it always shook her up. I will miss Blanche. Your family will be in our prayers.

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