Karla Peter

Peter, Karla obit photo 2Karla Rae (Plooster) Peter, 50, of Dell Rapids passed away Tuesday, January 2, 2018 surrounded by loved ones at home.. Funeral services will begin at 11:00 AM Monday, January 8, 2018 at the Reformed Church in Dell Rapids. Burial will be in the Dell Rapids Cemetery. Visitation with the family present will be from 2:00 to 5:00 PM followed by a Prayer service at 5:00 PM Sunday, January 7, 2018 at the church.

Karla was born September 26, 1967 in Platte, SD to parents, Dean and Marlene (Markus) Plooster. She grew up on the farm, attended elementary and high school in Corsica, SD and college at Dakota State University and University of Sioux Falls earning a Bachelor of Arts degree. After college, she was a nanny for a year and then moved to O’Neill, NE to work at the Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital. While there, she met and then married her husband, Louis Peter, on April 3, 1993. After their marriage, they lived in O’Neill, NE until they moved to Dell Rapids, SD where Karla was employed at Avera Health in Sioux Falls, SD.

She grew up in the First Reformed Church in Harrison, SD and was a current member of the Reformed Church in Dell Rapids, SD. The 1986 Homecoming Queen was a lighthouse for many through her positive words and empathetic actions. She never missed a sporting event and was the loudest cheerleader in the stands. Her smile lit up a room and her “fabulous” attitude provided inspiration that goes beyond the parameters of life. Karla played many roles within the community and held her faith in the highest of regards. She was loving, humble, gracious, and filled with Diet Coke.

Grateful for having shared her life are her husband, Louis Peter of Dell Rapids; four sons, Trevor, Mason, Riley and Levi, all of Dell Rapids; parents, Dean and Marlene Plooster of Dell Rapids; brother, Roger (Denise) Plooster of Sioux Falls; brother, Douglas (Sherryl) Plooster of Harrison; sister, Rhonda (Plooster) Priola of Brandon; many nieces, nephews, aunts and cousins; brother and sisters-in-law and numerous friends and loved ones. She was preceded in death by her paternal and maternal grandparents.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family.

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Karla Peter Honored by “Pray for Gray”

PrayForGrayKarla Peter was recently asked to be an honoree for an organization called Pray for Gray.  Karla was diagnosed with a Stage II astrocytoma brain tumor in September 2012 after having a seizure while watching her oldest son, Trevor, and the rest of the Quarrier football team playing against West Central. After being taken to Avera McKennan Hospital that evening and spending a week in the hospital, the diagnosis of an inoperable tumor was made. Karla promptly underwent 27 radiation treatments which were very effective in shrinking the original 6.5 cm mass to .4 mm. Routine MRIs followed.  Unfortunately, the MRIs began to show growth in the tumor starting in January 2014. Further doctoring ensued, including a visit to Mayo Clinic in April. It was then decided to begin oral chemotherapy treatments which are what Karla has been taking since that time.

Pray for Gray is a 501c3 non-profit brain tumor organization based out of Fargo, North Dakota, which also includes folks from Minnesota and now South Dakota, as well. This organization was founded by brain tumor survivor, Julie Fletcher. Founding Pray for Gray was part of her dream to raise funds to be used to further the research of, find better treatments for and, ultimately, help provide hope for all those affected by this disease.

Karla and Julie began communicating after being ‘introduced’ to each other by a coworker of Karla’s whose son had also been diagnosed with a brain tumor and had been a past honoree for this organization. Karla quickly learned that she and Julie had many things in common which was very refreshing. After various conversations, Julie asked Karla to be an honoree for the 6th Annual Pray for Gray Silent/Live Auction and Dinner which was held September 12, 2014, in Fargo, North Dakota.

In preparation for this event, Karla and her oldest son, Trevor, made the trip up to Fargo to be interviewed.  This interview was videoed and later played during the Dinner/Auction event. There were three honorees for this year’s event – two adults and one child. Each story was touching, heart-wrenching and moving in its own way. The evening’s events started with a silent auction, dinner, a program then a live auction of many amazing items. The first item presented for the live auction was a case of toilet paper. Yes, toilet paper! Trevor really wanted to bid on this item. After a few glances back and forth, Karla gave Trevor the go-ahead to bid which he promptly did. The auctioneer paused a moment non-verbally asking for the ‘OK’ to take his bid. After receiving that, he proceeded to say, “This young man now has the bid for $400, can I get $500?” Needless to say they were shocked, but luckily for only a short period of time with other bids being promptly shouted out. In the end, the case of toilet paper brought $1,500…but only after the final bidder verified that it was 4-ply and not just 3-ply! That started the Live Auction out in a BIG way with many fine people donating a lot of money to this cause.

Pray for Gray will be sponsoring Trevor as a wrestler at Dakota Wesleyan University, as part of their efforts to grow and become better known as an organization in South Dakota. If anyone is interested in more information about Pray for Gray, Karla may be contacted. She would be happy to talk with you about its goals and mission.

Brain cancer is an unpredictable, devastating, fear-invoking disease. Karla is currently a two-year survivor who feels physically strong and very healthy for which she is very thankful! She is most thankful for the awesome, constant support, encouragement, kindness and generosity shown to her and her family from the Dell Rapids community as well as so many other family and friends.  Karla, along with her husband – Louis, and her four sons – Trevor, Mason, Riley, and Levi – are Dell Rapids community members.

More information about Pray for Gray can be found by clicking here.

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