Mass of Christian burial for Lila Nelson, 89, Mobridge, S.D., will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Mobridge. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge. Visitation will start at 4 p.m. Wednesday with a liturgical wake service at 5:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Lila passed away Nov. 3 at St. Vincent Care Center in Bismarck.
Lila Mae Nelson was born to August and Francis (Burckhard) Hoeft on June 2, 1930, in Leola, S.D. Lila attended Leola High School and then moved to Pierre, S.D., to help her sister, June. Lila also worked at the Gamble Store in Pierre and met LeRoy (Roy) Nelson.
On June 14, 1952 Lila married LeRoy Nelson in Pierre at St. Peter’s. In 1956, Roy and Lila moved to Mobridge where Roy was the manager of Gambles. Roy and Lila purchased the Gamble store in 1967 and sold the business in 1984. Lila and Roy had five children, Nancy, Mary, Linda, Paul and James.
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Roy passed away in 1991 and Lila continued to live in the house that they had built until October of 2016 when she moved to the Mobridge Nursing Home. In May 2017, Lila suffered a stroke and moved to St. Vincent’s Care Center in Bismarck where she lived until her death.
Lila was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Mobridge. Lila also was a member of the Women of the Moose and American Legion Auxiliary.
Lila enjoyed playing cards and played in various games at the Senior Center in Mobridge. Lila also enjoyed baking and listening to music especially old time polkas.
Lila is preceded in death by her husband Roy, parents, and two sisters, June Kradle and Eleanor Lapka.
Lila leaves behind her five children, Nancy (Dennis) Seim, Lincoln, Neb., Mary Siverson, Bismarck, Linda (John) Stumpf, Bismarck, Paul (Lisa), Bismarck and James of Chicago, Ill.; ten grandchildren, Patrick and Michael (Shannon) Seim, Lincoln, Jennifer (Damian) Schlinger, Tim Gienger, Bismarck, Katie Stumpf, Moorhead, Minn., Kelli Stumpf, Jamestown, Kari (Jordan) Anderson, Chris (Kelsey) Nelson, Bismarck, Leah Nelson, Oak Park, Ill., and Melissa Nelson, North Las Vegas; nine great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.