Frances Laverdure Jetty passed away peacefully on March 18, 2018, in Brookings, SD. She was 86.
Frances Laverdure Jetty passed away peacefully on March 18, 2018, in Brookings, SD. She was 86. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 21 at Eidsness Funeral Home, from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m., with a Liturgical Wake Service at 7:30 P.M. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 4 at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Belcourt, North Dakota, with burial to follow at St. Ann's Catholic Cemetery in Belcourt. There will be a Liturgical Wake Service on Tuesday, April 3 at St. Ann's Catholic Church at 7:30 p.m. She leaves behind her loving husband Alfred ‘Bud’ Jetty; son, Ronald Jetty and wife, Tammy Kempfert, son, Michael Jetty and wife, Laura Ferguson; foster sons, Henry Bucholz and Bruce Bucholz, and grandchildren Rosie Ferguson, Sapphire Ferguson Jetty, Rachel Bucholz, and Charles Jetty. Frances was born to Mary Bercier and Alfred Laverdure on March 3, 1932, on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation in Belcourt, North Dakota. After graduating from St. Ann’s School in Belcourt, she attended the Haskell Institute (now Haskell Indian Nations University) in Lawrence, Kansas, where she studied Commercial Vocations. Frances returned to ND to work as a secretary at St. Michael’s Indian Mission, operated by the Benedictine Monks of Blue Cloud Abbey. On her first day of work, she dropped a file of mailing labels on the floor in the presence of mailing supervisor, Alfred Jetty, who assisted with the file cleanup. Frances and Alfred were married at St. Ann’s Church in Belcourt on Sept. 4, 1954. She and Alfred transferred to Stephan, SD, where she worked as a secretary at the Stephan Indian Mission. The family later moved to Highmore, where Frances briefly co-owned a drive-in restaurant, worked as a cook and finally operated a housekeeping service until her retirement. In 2001, Frances and Alfred moved to Chamberlain, SD, to be near their daughter, Anna Marie. Frances joined the Highmore Court of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas in 1957 and remained a member of that chapter until her death. She also served a term on the St. Mary’s Parish Council in Highmore. In 1991, then Diocese of Sioux Falls Bishop Paul Dudley named Alfred and Frances as his Native American liaisons for the Diocese. They served together in this capacity for three bishops before retiring in 2011. Frances assisted Alfred in his local and state leadership roles in the South Dakota Knights of Columbus throughout the 1980s and 1990s. She was humbled when she and Alfred were named as recipients of the Pro Ecclesia Et Pontifice Award of Merit by Pope John Paul II in 1997. She was also involved in the annual Tekakwitha Conference, organized by a group of Catholic Native Americans who asked the Vatican to recognize the good works of Kateri Tekakwitha. She served as a conference co-chair in 2003, when the Tekakwitha Conference returned to South Dakota for the first time in 24 years. Saint Kateri was the first Native American to be canonized by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012. Frances loved making new friends wherever she lived, and she cherished and maintained those friendships throughout her life. She was an excellent cook, known especially for sharing her chokecherry jelly, her frybread and her Easter bunny cakes. Frances also enjoyed sports until health issues hindered her later in life. She was a member of two championship bowling teams in Highmore, and she scored a hole-in-one on two occasions at the Highmore Golf Course. She was an avid card player and enjoyed playing cribbage with family and friends. Frances was preceded in death by her father, Fred Laverdure, in 1961; her mother, Mary (Bercier) Laverdure in 1987; her brother, Raymond Laverdure in 2001; and her daughter, Anna Marie Jetty in 2015.