A memorial service for Janet Lee (Pinkelman) Potter, age 71, of Ewing, was Wednesday, Jan. 31,at 10:30 a.m. at the Full Gospel Church in Ewing. Rev. Wayne Smith officiated.  

A private family inurnment will be in the Ewing City Cemetery at a later date. Janet died Saturday, Jan. 27 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D. 

Arrangements were under the direction of Biglin’s Mortuary in O’Neill. Memorials may be made to the family for future designation.  


Janet was born March 27, 1946, on her grandparent’s farm, northeast of Hartington, to Earl and Lura (Heil) Pinkelman. She attended Hartington Public School.  

On Nov. 11, 1961, Janet married Delbert Potter at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hartington. To the union, five children were born: Virginia, Wanda, Greg, Alan and Rod.  

The couple lived in Laurel, where they raised their family until moving to Ewing in 1971.  Janet was always busy, spending time raising the kids and working around the house.  

Janet spent a great part of her life being a devoted wife and mother. Del and Janet had a lawn ornament business for many years. Janet spent hours and hours capturing precious moments on her camera of family and friends. Along with pictures of flowers and nature itself, she also spent time making jewelry taking some of it to craft shows. 

She spent most of her time indoors on her beloved computer. Janet’s computer knowledge was self-taught. Using her computer, Janet kept in touch with family, friends and anyone who shared her passion for computers.   

Throughout Janet’s life, she and Del spent vacation time camping. During her later years, they spent time enjoying each other’s company and the great friendships they made at Gavin’s Point.    

She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Del Potter of Ewing; children and spouses,  Virginia Soto of Ewing, Wanda (Jeff) Henning of Prague, Okla., Greg (Jennifer) Potter of Michigan City, Ind., Alan (Carole) Potter of Ewing and Rod (Judy) Potter of Tilden; 14 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; siblings, Joyce (Ron) Potter of Valentine, Earl “Bill” Pinkelman and Barb Fisher of Yankton, S.D., Vicky Roberts and Doug Heitman of Hartington, Randy (Vicki) Pinkelman of Hartington and Lori (Tim) Sjoquist of Bloomington, Minn.; stepmother, Melva Pinkelman of Hartington and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.  

She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Lura (Heil) Pinkelman.

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