A private family Mass of Christian Burial for Lucille Von Wald, 96, of Aberdeen, formerly of Groton, will be 10:30 A.M., on Thursday, December 10, 2020, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Groton. Concelebrating will be Father Tom Hartman and Father David Janes. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery under the direction of Paetznick-Garness Funeral Chapel, Groton, SD. The Mass will be broadcast live on GDILIVE.COM and will also be broadcast on GDIRADIO at 89.3FM within one mile of Groton.
Lucille passed away peacefully on December 6thwith family at her side at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen.
Lucille was born January 4, 1924 to John and Ina (Klapperich) Bertsch. She graduated from Conde High School in 1942 and was united in marriage to Lyle Von Wald on December 1, 1942. Lyle died on September 8, 2012 after almost 70 years of marriage.
Lucille was extremely outgoing and took a genuine interest in everyone she met. She had a soft spot in her heart for anyone in need. Lucille enjoyed dancing immensely. One of the high points of her life was when she and other audience members, tap danced on a Broadway theater stage in New York City. Lucille’s faith in God was very strong. It was her wish to be buried in a simple wooden casket that she designed and her husband, Lyle, made by hand. She was quite proud of that as it represented the distillation of her view about the relative importance of the material vs the spiritual in life, which was one of her tantamount concerns. She was an inspiration to her entire family whom she loved dearly. She will be sorely missed.
Surviving her are her sons, Jack (Diann) Von Wald of Aberdeen, Dave (Sheila) Von Wald of Hoven, Greg (Nancy) Von Wald of Rapid City, and Jeff Von Wald and Michael Levy of Mt. Kisco, New York. She is also survived by her grandchildren John (Lisa) Von Wald of Selby, Monica (Scott) Kuck of Aberdeen, Tiffany Von Wald (Jason Knudtson) of Sioux Falls, TJ (Jane) Von Wald of Sioux Falls, Jacqueline (Joe) Beadle of Mobridge, Amy (Bill) Hohenecker of Plymouth, Minnesota, Stephanie (Pete) Schwartzbauer of Edina, Minnesota, Heather (Zach) Baymiller of Sioux Falls, Sarah Von Wald of Aberdeen, and Ryan Von Wald of Rapid City, along with 29 great grandchildren. Also surviving her are her brothers, Jerry (Mavis) Bertsch, Tom (Edith) Bertsch, and brother-in-law Jim Rentz.
Preceding her in death was her husband, her parents, her brothers, Leo, Floyd, Lyle, and Jim Bertsch and her sisters, Genevieve Hoops, Dorothy Schley, Alice Rentz and Veronica Bertsch.
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