January 6, 1950 - June 29, 2016
Visitation: Visitation will be Tuesday from 2-8, with family present from 6-8 p.m., at Heritage Funeral Home in Sioux Falls. A rosary/wake service will be held at 7 p.m.
Service: Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 6 at St. Lambert’s Catholic Church in Sioux Falls.
Sioux Falls. Marilyn “Joan” Thill, 66, passed away peacefully with family by her side on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 6th, at St. Lambert’s Catholic Church in Sioux Falls. A private family burial will be held at St. Michael Cemetery in Sioux Falls. Visitation will be Tuesday, July 5th from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home in Sioux Falls with family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Rosary will begin at 7:00 p.m. with scripture service to follow.
Joan was born January 6, 1950 in Sioux Falls, SD. Growing up on the “north end” of Sioux Falls, she attended both St Joseph’s Cathedral grade school and middle school. She later graduated from O’Gorman High School in 1968 and then attended South Dakota State University for one year before deciding to move to California. In 1971, she returned to Sioux Falls to get married and start her family.
Joan was united in marriage to Daniel Thill August 27, 1971 at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Sioux Falls. They made their home in Sioux Falls, until they moved to Canton in 1974. Once Joan’s children were old enough to attend school, she decided to begin work at the elementary school in Canton. She worked as a kindergarten aide for 28 years and enjoyed every moment until retirement in 2013.
Grateful for having shared her life are: sons, Stephen (Tresa) Thill, Chancellor, SD and Scott (Tia) Thill, Watertown; daughters, Kristen (Gary) Bunt, Sioux Falls and Sarah (Mark) Peterson, Sioux Falls; five grandchildren, Kayleigh and Ellianna Thill, Kaden and Mason Bunt, and Devon Violanta; mother, Marilyn Granum; brothers, Terry Mikkelson, Sioux Falls; Tony(Elizabeth) Mikkelson , Summerville, SC; brother-in-laws, Bryan (Lisa) Thill and Patrick (Kerry) Thill both of Sioux Falls; sister-in-laws, Barbara Thill, Sioux Falls; Paula (Peter) Ruble, Hastings, MN; Colleen Thill, Sioux Falls; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Joan was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel; step-father, “Bud” Granum; her grandparents and numerous other relatives.
Memorials can be directed to the Avera McKennan Foundation or the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls.