Charlene J. Adams, 55, of Dell Rapids passed away on Sunday, September 27, 2015 after an automobile accident. Her funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 1, 2015 in the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids. Interment will be in the Dell Rapids Cemetery. Visitation on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 will begin at 1:00 p.m. with the family present from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Kahler Funeral Home. Condolences may be left at www.kahlerfh.com.
Charlene was born on August 28, 1960 in Dell Rapids, SD, the daughter of Clarence and De Elda (Bidne) Shjegstad. She grew up on the family farm until moving with her family into Dell Rapids in 1976. She graduated from DRHS in 1978. She attended USD for one year before graduating from Nettelton College. She married Mitch Adams on July 21, 1984 at the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids. She worked for Midcontinent Radio, Titan Machinery, and Sioux Falls Truck and Trailer.
Char was very talented with a sewing machine. She combined her talent with her generosity, making countless quilts which she donated to benefit local organizations. Her blankets were special gifts which keep many Dell Rapids children warm at night. She adored her cats, loved reading, golfing, and hosting get-togethers for neighbors and friends. Most of all, she loved her family and cherished her time with them. Anyone who knew Char would agree she put others before herself. She was defined by her kindness and willingness to support those in need. She always had the right words for any situation and her simple presence was a calming virtue. Charlene was a member of the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids and was an avid booster of athletics. She was a well-known face in the crowd supporting DRHS and SMHS. Char will be remembered as an amazingly compassionate friend, loving wife and mother. She will undoubtedly be missed by many.
She is preceded in death by her parents.
Those left to cherish her memory are her husband of 31 years, Mitch; her son, Austin of Omaha, NE; her daughter, Brooke (Preston) Munk of Dell Rapids; her brothers, Wayne (Diane) Shjegstad of Sioux Falls and Dale (Diane) Shjegstad of Guam; her sisters, Cheryl (Paul) Wildermuth and Diane (Tim) Wilke both of Dell Rapids; her many nieces, nephews and numerous extended family and friends.
Memorials may be directed to the Avera Race Against Breast Cancer.