Juanita Anne Philipsen, 68, of Whitewood, passed away Sept. 7, 2019, at home, with her husband Roy and son Corey at her side, after battling cancer.

Juanita was born in Chicago, Ill., on Oct. 2, 1950.

Juanita’s life was spent between the country and the city. Her loves were hunting, the outdoors, caring for animals, and most importantly spending time with family, friends and especially the grandkids and their activities.  Juanita grew up with very little, yet thought she had everything and was always willing to share all. She was the same kind of happy, whether it be a dozen roses or a dozen dandelions, her excitement and appreciation was the same… “awesome”.  Simply put, Juanita was a very kind, loving, caring, trustworthy, humble lady. She accepted what is, let go of what was, and had faith in what will be. 

Juanita spent nearly 40 years preparing taxes starting in a truck stop in Sturgis, to having her own personal tax business in Whitewood.  She was often referred to as the “Tax Lady”.  Juanita was active in the Whitewood community and was secretary for the Whitewood Fire Dept. for several years.

Juanita married Roy Philipsen Nov. 2, 2015. 

She had two sons, Corey and Matt and three grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Madison and Caden.  She gave them everything…. time, a listening ear and unconditional love.

Juanita is survived by Roy, her husband of a lifetime; her sons Corey and Matt; three grandchildren Kaitlyn, Madison and Caden; brothers, Ron (Jewel) Wielander, Sturgis; Chucky (Doris) Isenburg, Belle Fourche; Mike Isenburg, Belle Fourche; Dennis Strege, Las Vegas; and numerous nieces and nephews. Her extended traveling family, Larry (Ruth) Grossfield, and Lynn Grossfield.  A very special Uncle Tom (Dianne) Langley, Prescott, Ariz.

Juanita is preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Harriett Isenberg; brother, Edward Isenberg; a niece and a nephew.

Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday the Sept. 12 at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Whitewood. A private family interment will be at Bear Butte Cemetery at a later date.

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