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Jennifer Katherine Meade Piro

May 2, 1960 — September 27, 2023

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Jennifer Katherine Meade Piro


Jennifer Katherine (Meade) Piro 63 of Sioux Falls, SD passed away on Wednesday, September 27, 2023 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls in the loving care of family after a short battle with an aggressive form of esophageal cancer.

Visitation will be held at the Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake ND on Friday, October 6, 2023 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Michael’s Catholic Church on Saturday, October 7, 2023 at 10:30 a.m. with a meal to follow in the church basement. With her final wished she will be in God’s hands through cremation.  

Jennifer Katherine, precious daughter of Benedict Aloysius Meade and Rita Mae DeMarce was born on May 2, 1960 in Devils Lake. Kathy grew up int eh Woodlake area and attended Warwick Public School.

She later met the love of her life, Larry MacDowell. They would then spend the next 30 years traveling over the Midwest with their job in the hotel industry, beginning in Fargo, ND for a number of years. They then moved on to Sioux Falls, South Dakota  where they settled and made it their home.

Larry was the loved of her life and they devoted their lives to each other, enjoying life, traveling and different sceneries, although they loved the country life.

Kathy was a well-respected housekeeper for years and loved her job. She also loved playing BINGO, garage sales, puzzle books. She enjoyed her down-time and loved her TV shows. She also enjoyed riding bike on beautiful sunny days. She always tried to stay active and young. She was a free spirit and loved life. She will be greatly missed.  

The loving family that survive include her common law husband Lawrence MacDowell of Sioux Falls; children Chrystal Meade Leftbear, Candida Lorraine Meade (Donna Duran), Angel Denise Johnson and Dennis Richard Meade; adopted daughters Amanda Leftbear Jerome and Raeann Leftbear Jerome; grandchildren Shakira Katherine Rae Meade, Felipe Mendoza Jr., Monae Soledad Mendoza, Brielle Jaden Ramirez, Yvonna Ann Jackson, Jacenya Carol Jackson, Travis Samuel BlackBird, Cole Andrew Jackson, Leilani Meade, Evan TwoBears, Kaiden TwoBears, Nathan Azure Jr., Jordyn Johnson, Thalia LaVallie Meade, Franklin Meade, Talin Redfox, Taniya Redfox, Taleya Redfox, Teagan Redfox, Ian Dogskin, Sophia Dogskin, Hansome BirdHorse, Wesley BirdHorse Jr., Weston BirdHorse, Delante McKay and Zurayah McKay; great grandchildren Ezekiel, Izayah, Léown, Kamiah, Santana, Armondo, Lorraine, Malayah, Mylah, Namoni Storm, Mileah and Azariah; sisters Marilyn Meade Hanson and Arlene Meade Neer; many dear nieces, nephews, cousins and their families.

Those who went before her include her parents Benedict and Rita, brother Geroge DeMarce and sisters Yvonne Meade Guy and Barbara Ann Meade and beloved aunts, uncles and grandparents.




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Friday, October 6, 2023

5:00 - 8:30 pm (Central time)

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Mass of Christian Burial

Saturday, October 7, 2023

10:30am - 12:00 pm (Central time)



lunch to follow in the church basement

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