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Tillie Wipf

Tillie Wipf, age 91, of Doland, died Sunday, June 10, 2012, at the SunQuest Healthcare Center.  Her graveside service and burial was at 5:30 PM Wednesday, June 13th in the Ebenezer Cemetery, rural Doland, with the Rev. Kris Larson officiating.   

Tillie Wipf was born May 9, 1921, to Sam S. and Susie (Glanzer) Wipf in rural Doland.  She was raised to work hard on the family farm growing up in the “Dirty Thirties”.  She completed the eighth grade in a country school two miles from her family farm.  Tillie first drove herself, her sister Velma and her brother Milferd to school with a horse and buggy, and then moved up to a Model T.  She told stories of her schoolmates pushing the car to help start it as she couldn’t turn the crank.

Tillie was married by the Justice of the Peace in Huron to Albert Joseph Wipf on May 26, 1938.  They started their lives together with a set of pots and pans, one hundred baby chicks and an old run-down farm in Harrison Township, rural Frankfort, South Dakota.  Tillie and Albert took great pride in working on building their farm and raising their children.  Tillie told many stories of milking the cows by hand and pasteurizing the milk, raising and butchering ducks and chickens, gathering eggs to sell and shocking the wheat. 

Tillie was known for her knack for gardening and growing house plants, canning, baking and sewing.  She kept her family stocked with her garden’s best harvest and baked goods.  Tillie’s world centered around her family—she gave them everything she could.  Tillie was very proud of her family’s accomplishments and was sure to save every newspaper clipping boasting them.  She enjoyed visits with family and friends.  It was a rare occasion to leave from her home empty-handed.  Tillie lived a simple, dedicated life.  She was not afraid to work hard and paid great attention to details.  Tillie was a strong-willed, persevering lady.  She survived two colon surgeries in 1996 and 1997.  She continued to garden and bake and live on her own until rheumatoid arthritis and pulmonary fibrosis gradually slowed her down over the last couple years. 

Tillie will be forever remembered by her children,  Albert Allen and his wife Lynda Wipf of Doland, Sharon and her husband Joe Rex of Huron and Gary and his wifeCarol Wipf of Frankfort; seven grandchildren, Larry (Dulcy) Wipf, Lonnie Wipf, Melissa (Jeremiah) Peterson, LeAnne (Dan) Bawek, Erin (Rod) Bickner, Brandon Wipf (Kristin Lee) and Dexter Wipf; twelve great-grandchildren, Preston, Alex, Patton, Maren, Norris, Dirby, Jodyn, Bryxx, Mercedes, Maverick, Montana and Jake; and her sister, Velma Waldner of Hitchcock.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Albert on October 1, 2001; her infant daughter Carol; her infant grandson David; and her brother Milferd.  Tillie has been waiting for the day she would again see her baby girl, grandson David and her beloved husband AJ.  Tillie’s prayers were answered June 10, 2012, at the SunQuest Healthcare Center in Huron, South Dakota.  She was proud to reach the age of 91 years but often wondered how she ever got so old. 

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