Grace Waldow


Grace Elaine (Cother) Waldow was a daughter, sister, relative, friend, caring farmer's wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and a business owner. Grace passed from this world on April 15, 2022, in her home with Avera Hospice, at age 85 due to pancreatic cancer.

Grace was born to Elwyn and Margaret (Nelson) Cother on Sept. 26, 1936. She had a younger brother named Ronald Cother, and they were raised on a farm south of Lake Preston in eastern South Dakota. Grace attended country grade school and then attended high school in Lake Preston. She was active in many activities in high school, including the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State. Grace experienced the hardship of her father Elwyn passing during her senior year due to a brain aneurysm. Margaret was also quite ill during Grace's senior year, which resulted in Grace missing a lot of school and activities. Grace worked at Susie's Cafe in Lake Preston during her high school years before graduating in 1954.

On April 23, 1955, Grace married Robert Waldow at the Lutheran Church in Oldham, S.D. Grace also became involved in the Lake Whitewood Lutheran Church Circles and Ladies Aide activities, where Robert and Grace were members. Robert and Grace farmed south of Lake Preston and adopted their daughter Sherry in 1961 and their son Todd in 1963. In 1966, Robert and Grace purchased a farm located a mile south and a mile west from where they were living. They continued to raise their two children through school, raise a variety of livestock and raise grain on that farm. Grace was active in 4-H and encouraged her children to be involved in 4-H. In 1984, Grace purchased sewing equipment and started her business that she named The Farm Shop. Grace's business served many states by making tarps or covers to fit a variety of products for over 38 years. Grace, with her family, owned and participated in the operations of The Farm Shop until her death. Grace loved family, and she loved with her whole heart. Grace was a strong woman, and we found that she had a strong, stubborn heart that led her to a peaceful passing.

Grace was preceded in death by her father, Elwyn Cother; her mother, Margaret (Nelson) (Cother) Soren; her stepfather, Chester Soren and her brother, Ronald Cother.

Grace is survived by her husband, Robert Waldow; her daughter, Sherry (Waldow) Cadena and son-in-law, Art Cadena; son, Todd Waldow; granddaughter, Tiffany Koch; grandson, Zachary Fischer; granddaughter, Whitney Fischer; great-grandson, Kaden Fischer; many relatives and many friends.

Visitation will be at 10:00 a.m. at Lake Whitewood Lutheran Church on April 21, 2022.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. at Lake Whitewood Lutheran Church on April 21, 2022.

Please gather with us for lunch and fellowship in the church basement following the burial portion of the service.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Avera Hospice@Home or American Cancer Society of South Dakota in Grace's behalf.

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