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Services for Eunice Alberts, 86, of Groton will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 16th at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Groton. Rev. Charlie Bunk will officiate. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens, Aberdeen under the direction of Paetznick-Garness Funeral Chapel, Groton.
Visitation will be held at the church on Friday from 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m.
Eunice passed away Monday, March 11, 2019 at her home.
Eunice Marion was born on June 24, 1932 at home in Andover to Charlie and Gertrude (Kraai) Hein. She was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Andover. Eunice attended rural school in Day County until the 6th grade, when the family moved to a different farm. The youngest daughter and 6 years younger than her brother Howard, she became the “pet” of her older brothers and they affectionately nicknamed her “Tootie”. She graduated with honors from Andover High School in 1950. She continued her education at Northern State Teachers College where she earned her teaching degree. Eunice taught school in the communities of Wheaton, MN, Pierre and Aberdeen. Eunice was united in marriage to Raymond Alberts on March 4, 1962 in Andover and together they were blessed with two daughters. Eunice enjoyed farm life, helping with the chickens, gardening, canning and freezing her harvest. Eunice and Ray could be seen at almost every auction sale in the area. Family genealogy was a particular interest and Eunice spent much time tracking family history, composing family history books and scrapbooking. Eunice returned to Northern State to renew her teaching certificate. She received her Bachelor of Science in Education on August 1, 1980.
Eunice was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, where she was active with WELCA. She served on several boards, including President of Northern Plains Conference, Secretary of Mission Action and SD Syndical Board. Eunice volunteered as a 4-H leader for ten years and as Secretary for the Summer Festival and Brown County Fair Board. She also belonged to the Groton American Legion Auxiliary and Putney Ladies Aid for many years.
Celebrating her life are her daughters, Karen (Scott) Phillips of Colton, Diane (Dean) Heimann of Omaha, NE, grandchildren: Patrick Phillips, Kevin Phillips, Emily Heimann, Nathaniel Heimann and Raymond Phillips.
Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband Raymond in 2015, brothers Jerauld Hein, Bob Hein, Howard Hein, Chuck Hein and sister Christine.
Honorary Casketbearers will be Karl Alberts, Ka Alberts, Linda Gengerke, Judy Thompson, Carol Osterman, Sharon Zoellner, Emily Heimann and Ella Johnson.
Casketbearers will be Patrick Phillips, Kevin Phillips, Raymond Phillips, Nathaniel Heimann, Scott Phillips, Dean Heimann and Wayne Hein.