Hesper Mae Selk

Thursday, June 11, 2009
Hesper Mae Selk

Funeral services for Mrs. Hesper Mae Selk, 93, of Peterson, were held Tuesday, June 9, 2009, at First Congregational Church in Peterson. Rev. Charles Hall officiated the service.

Interment took place at Oakland Cemetery in Peterson.

Mae passed away at the Sunset Knoll Nursing Home in Aurelia.

Mrs. Selk passed away Saturday, June 6, 2009, at Sunset Nursing Home in Aurelia.

Hesper Mae Selk, the daughter of James M. and Cecile Meacham Libolt, was born Dec. 22, 1915, in Cherokee County. Her childhood years were spent in rural Peterson, where she received her education, graduating from Brooke Consolidated School south of Peterson. Following high school, she attended Creighton Business School in Omaha.

Mae married Elmer Herman Selk on April 19, 1938, in Canton, S.D. Following their marriage, they lived near Larrabee and later Sutherland. They eventually moved to a farm near Linn Grove. She worked at various schools as a cook, moving to Spencer in 1963 and moving back to Linn Grove in 1966. They made their home in Linn Grove until retiring and moving to Peterson in 1981. Mae was an active member of the First Congregational Church in Peterson. She was active in numerous card clubs, the Senior Citizens Center in Peterson and the Congregational Womens Association.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Elmer; one son, Butch; one daughter, Joyce; a great grandchild, Kayla Selk; a son-in-law, Mahlon Phelps; three brothers: Wayne, James and Willard Libolt; and two sisters: Annetta Griffeth and her twin, Esther Selk.

Hesper is survived by two daughters: Carole Lea Phelps of Vinton, and Jody Braunschweig and her husband, Paul of Alta; a daughter-in-law, Jeannie Koerselman of Sheldon; 13 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; three sisters: Adeline Schipper and husband, Ted of Paullina, Lois Butler of Pueblo, Colo., and Alberta (Arnie) Schneider and husband, Arnie of Rapid City, S.D.

Warner Funeral Home in Peterson is in charge of arrangements.