Walter Funeral Homes

Serving the communities of Freeman, Marion and Bridgewater, South Dakota


Jean Audrey Dorale born April 14, 1941 of Bridgewater passed away December 26, 2018 at the age of 77. A Celebration of Life Service will be at 2 pm on Sunday, December 30, 2018 at Zion Lutheran Church in Bridgewater, SD.  

Jean Audrey Scharffenberg, daughter of Walter and Lillian Scharffenberg was born in Bridgewater and resided there until opening her own Beauty Shop.  Jean married Donald Dorale of Spencer on October 12, 1968 and moved to Emery where they farmed.

Jean worked as a beautician for 25 years while raising her three daughters and providing for her family. Jean loved to decorate cakes, crochet, bake, cook and assemble crafts; but most of all, she loved to talk with family and friends always available when someone needed to talk.  She loved life and had a genuine love of life and family. 

Thankful for having shared her life are her husband of 50 years, Donald; daughters Kelley and her husband Jeff from Okeechobee, FL; Kristie and her husband Bob from New Hope, MN and their two children Alize and Isaiah; Karmen and her significant other Bobby of Sioux Falls, and her two children Kelsi of St Paul, MN and Kaili of Okeechobee, FL.  

Jean is preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Lillian; and sisters, Colleen Jucht and Lila Meirose.  Surviving siblings are:  Ron Scharffenberg, Ivan Scharffenberg and Donna Presuhn. 





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