"Fritz" Dessonville, age 97, of rural Wessington, died Saturday, May 1, 2004 at the
Prairie Good Samaritan Center at Miller, SD.
His funeral service was held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 3 at St. Joseph's Catholic
Church, Wessington, with Father John Helmueller officiating. Burial was at Restlawn
Memory Gardens Cemetery, Huron, with Masonic Rites by the Wessington Masonic
Lodge #107 AF & AM.
Casket bearers were Frank Lockner, Donald Fritzsche, Clair Bonebright, Vern Hill,
Roger Fritzsche and Dan Schilling.
Fred Lawrence Dessonville was born November 11, 1906, to Theodore and Ida (Stiner)
Dessonville at Atkinson, Ill. He moved to South Dakota in 1909 with his family and lived
in the Wessington area. He attended rural schools in the Grand Township area and he
also attended Wessington High School. In 1930 he moved to Minnesota to help on a
farm and then later he moved back to the Wessington and Wolsey area.
Fritz married Hazel Gose January 12, 1937 at Sioux Falls. They lived in the Wessington
area and farmed since they were married. Hazel died on October 18, 1977.
He was a 59 year member of the Wessington Masonic Lodge #107 AF & AM, Moose
Lodge #760 of Huron and was a member of Grand Township board for many years.
He is survived by one brother, Wilson Dessonville of Prairie Center at Miller, and many
nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; four sisters, Florence Marshall, Alice
Brown, Gertrude Buck and Elizabeth Matthews; and three brothers, Ed, Gilbert and
Fred L. Dessonville
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