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Mary Jane Chesley-Malone

Mary Jane Chesley-Malone (Peterson)

Wednesday, February 1st, 1928 - Sunday, April 11th, 2021
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Mary Jane Chesley-Malone, 93, of Yankton, SD passed away Sunday, April 11 at the Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, SD.
Mary Jane Peterson was born in Kimball, SD to Ed and Almeda (Corr) Peterson, she grew up in Kimball and graduated from Colton high School. She married James Chesley on May 25, 1947 in Colton, SD. She was co-owner of J & J Grocery in Wakonda and Irene, SD and retired in 1988 moving to Yankton in 1992. James passed away in 2003, Jane married Lyle Malone on October 20, 2007 in Yankton, SD.
Jane enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, golfing, reading and was a USD/Vikings and Twins fan. She was a member of the Christ The King Lutheran Church, Order of the Eastern Star, 50+ year member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Yankton Area Arts, and enjoyed gardening, cooking and playing cards. She also volunteered at Human Services Center and was a member at the Yankton Senior center where she enjoyed line dancing.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband Jim, brothers Charles and Donald and his wife Gwendolyn, brother in laws Jim Wilkinson and Mike Valland, and a son in law Mike Molenda.
Jane is survived by her husband Lyle of Yankton, two sons: Jim of Yankton and Jerry (Donna) Chesley of Viborg, SD, two daughters: Jill (Steve) Johnsen of Volin, SD and Jacque Molenda of Yankton. Four stepsons: Dr. Stephen (Vicki) Malone of Sauk Rapids, MN, Thomas Malone of Hoschton, GA, Michael Malone of Yorktown, VA, and Jason (Sarah) Malone of Brandon, SD, Three stepdaughters: Patricia (Maynard) Konechne of Kimball, SD, Lisa (Steve) Swenson of Valley Springs, SD and Nicole (Karen) Kelly of Sioux Falls, SD. She is also survived by two sisters: Evelyn Wilkinson and Dorothy Valland both of Sioux Falls, SD, a sister-in-law Mary Anne Peterson of Illinois, 12 grandchildren and 35 great grandchildren, 20 step grandchildren and 8 step great grandchildren.
Graveside services will be 1:00 PM Thursday, April 15 at the Union Cemetery rural Wakonda with visitation starting at 12 PM at the Hansen Funeral Home in Irene, SD.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, April 15th, 2021 | 12:00pm
    Thursday, April 15th, 2021 12:00pm
    Hansen Funeral Home
    Leaving for Union Cemetery at 12:45.
  • Service

    Thursday, April 15th, 2021 | 1:00pm
    Thursday, April 15th, 2021 1:00pm
    Union Cemetery
    Intersect of 304th Street and 454th Avenue
    Rural Wakonda, SD, SD 57073
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  • Interment

    Union Cemetery


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Corriene Jordahl

Posted at 11:55pm
Sending our deepest sympathy to Jim and the family. God bless you at this difficult time. El & Corriene Jordahl

Dennis Dowd

Posted at 03:17pm
Jane was a loving & caring and kind & thoughtful friend to the Ed & Darlene Dowd Family of Wakonda, SD and a truly wonderful person.
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Keith Swensen

Posted at 12:52pm
Jane will always be remembered as such a wonderful and kind lady. I was fortunate enough to be able to work for her at the corner store during high school, and later on whenever I returned home on leave - if we happened to meet,- she was always interested in my travels and my family. Like Kathy mentioned below, i always felt she invested in others as a second mom would do. What a wonderful lady who leaves a wonderful legacy

Keith and Debbie Swensen (Colorado Springs)

Kathy Dowd Krush

Posted at 11:04pm
I'm so sorry, I just learned about Jane's passing today. My heart is breaking. Jane was not only my Mom's best friend but my friend as well. She was the Mom to some of my favorite people. She took the Dowd kids in as well. She was so interested in all that was going on in our lives. The sweet moments were the ones she and Mom were visiting like best friends do. Listening to all of what was going on in their lives was like listening to 2 sisters and they really did feel that way. Please know my heart is with you tomorrow and the days to come. The world is just a little dimmer now but there will soon be a new, very bright star shinning down on all of us that loved her.

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