Celestine was born in Sisseton, SD to Edward Thompson and Violet DeMarce Thompson. She had five brothers, Nathan, Clifford, LaVoy, Michael, and Hugo; she had three sisters, Melda, Agatha, and Ramona. She attended grade school at St. Peter’s Catholic School and Tekakwitha School, both in Sisseton. She then went to high school in Stephan, SD where she graduated from in 1950, where she met Anthony (Tony) Ducheneaux.
Tony went to Korea to war and Celestine went to Presentation College of Nursing where she studied and graduated with her nursing degree. Tony and Celestine married on November 4th of 1955 and moved to Promise, SD, where they started a ranching operation close to where his family was. Celestine worked as a nurse at Lowe’s Clinic and the Mobridge hospital. When their children were born, Celestine decided to stay home to raise Patrice, Nancy, and Todd. When her children were grown, she started working for IHS as a field health nurse. She loved her job, her patients, and her coworkers.
After several years of taking care of others, she retired and stayed on the ranch with her husband, Tony. Tony passed away on November 7th, 1997. She stayed on the ranch until 2005, when she then decided to move to Mandan, ND. Celestine enjoyed her many hobbies, which included playing Bingo, reading books, knitting, beading, and traveling with her special friend, John Rousseau. She also enjoyed volunteering her time at St. Alexius Hospital in Bismarck, ND.
Celestine is survived by her children, Patrice (Lyle) Linderman, Nancy (Jody) Totton, and Todd Ducheneaux; her grandchildren, Cory Linderman, Jace Linderman, Ali Smith, Jade Ducheneaux, Christopher Totton, AJ Totton, Toni Ducheneaux, Dillon Ducheneaux, Hazyn Ducheneaux, and Taten Ducheneaux; and her great children, Kateri, Jayna, Jasper, and Cael; her friend, John Rousseau; her siblings Michael (Beverly) Thompson and Hugo Thompson.
She is preceded in death by her husband Tony, her parents Edward and Violet, her grandparents, and her siblings Nathan, Clifford, LaVoy, Melda, and Agatha.
A prayer service will be held at Kesling’s Funeral Home in Mobridge, SD at 7:00 pm CST on March 21, 2019. A memorial mass will be held on March 22nd, 2019 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Mobridge, SD at 10:30 am CST. Lunch will be served following the mass. The burial will take place in Promise, SD.