Joanne Vedvei


Joanne Vedvei, 91, of Hetland, S.D., died Thurs., Oct. 14, 2021, at the Brookings Hospital in Brookings, S.D.

Joanne Hesby was born on Nov. 12, 1929, to Kenneth and Hazelle (Weidenkop) Hesby. She grew up in the Hetland area and attended 12 years of school, graduating from Hetland High School in 1947.

She married Dwaine Nelson in December of 1947. The couple farmed near Hetland and had four children.

She was a stay-at-home mom; sewing, reading, crocheting, knitting, cooking and baking were some of her pastimes. She enjoyed playing the piano.

In 1971, she was employed at Northwestern National Bank in Lake Preston, working there for five years.

She married Vernon Vedvei in 1974.They farmed in the North Preston area until retirement in 1992. They were married 47 years. In 1987, they became charter members of Calvary Free Lutheran Church in Arlington, S.D.

Paid Obituary

She leaves her husband, Vernon Vedvei; two sons, Tony (Paula) Nelson, Vermillion, S.D. and Kurt (Jodi) Nelson, Sinai, S.D.; one daughter, Anita Nelson (Brian Detmers) of Brookings; seven grandchildren, Adam (Anna Carlson) Nelson, Chicago, Ill., Kayla (Blake) Warren of Haslet, Texas, Josh Nelson, Madison, S.D., Breanne (Tim) Brezina, Sinai, S.D., Jordan Nelson, Dell Rapids, S.D., Alexis Thuringer, Brookings, S.D. and Makenzie Thuringer, Omaha, Neb.; great-grandchildren, Oliver Warren, Beckett Brezina, Baylor Brezina along with several nieces, nephew and cousins and one sister, Helen (Wes) Jones of Lake Preston.

She was preceded in death by a son, Richard Nelson; her parents; two brothers, David Hesby and Keith Hesby; two sisters-in-law, Joyce Williams and Signe Anderson.

Funeral services for Joanne were at 10:30 a.m. on Tues., Oct. 19, 2021, at Calvary Free Lutheran Church in Arlington with Pastor Aaron Olson officiating; burial was in the Nordland Cemetery rural Arlington. Visitation was on Mon., Oct. 18, 2021, at the Johnson-Henry Funeral Home in Arlington and preceding services in the church. .