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Joyce GrubaJoyce Gruba
Mundwiler Funeral Home announces the death of Joyce Marie Gruba, age 70, of Milbank, SD who died July 25, 2017 at Milbank Area Hospital – Avera Health.
Services were held on Monday, July 31, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at American Lutheran Church in Milbank. Rev. Carl Larson officiated. Visitation was held on Sunday, July 30, from 5:00- 7:00 p.m. at Mundwiler Funeral Home. Burial was at Webster Cemetery.
Joyce Marie Gruba was born on September 8, 1946, in Webster, SD. She was the daughter of Raymond Cleveland and Adeline Anderson. Joyce grew up on the family farm north of Summit, SD.
Joyce was united in marriage with William “Chico” Gruba on May 28, 1967, at Hope Lutheran Church in Summit. Joyce and Chico were blessed with three sons: Michael, Ryan, and Darin.
Joyce worked at both the Lantern Inn and the Manor Motel before starting her vocation as a certified nursing assistant at St. Benard’s Hospital. Joyce took pride in her work and worked at St. Benard’s/Milbank Area Hospital – Avera Health for 28 years. Through her work, she touched many lives. She was known as a hard worker and was always willing to “go the extra mile”. She was a thoughtful and caring person. She would remember birthdays and would even buy special gifts for her coworkers, just to make them feel special. Her coworkers said that working with her on a holiday was just like spending the day with family.
In her free time, Joyce enjoyed reading and scrapbooking. Joyce loved her family and was proud of her sons. Her grandchildren were very dear to her; she loved to spend time with them and “spoil” them. She enjoyed celebrating holidays with her family, especially Christmas. She held the memories of her late mother and sister, Janice, in her heart. Her passion in life was caring for others, and she cherished the simple things in life.
Joyce is survived by her husband, William “Chico” Gruba, of Milbank, SD; sons: Michael (Monica) Gruba, Ryan (Stephanie) Gruba, and Darin Gruba, all of Milbank, SD; grandchildren: Stephanie, Sophie, and Cooper; nieces: Connie Menge, Karen Bartelt, and Janelle Miller; and nephew, Don Rowland.
She was preceded in death by her parents: Raymond and Adeline; sister, Janice; and nephews: Doug and Jeff Rowland.
Mundwiler Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. To send an online condolence, visit

Palmer WoldPalmer Wold
Palmer T. Wold, 84, a longtime Veblen, SD area farmer, passed away Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at Groton Care and Rehabilitation Center in Groton, SD. A memorial service is being planned for a later date, and details will be announced when the schedule is finalized. The Price Funeral Chapel of Britton has been entrusted with Palmer’s arrangements.
Palmer Theodore Wold was born March 21, 1933 on the family farm near Hillhead, SD to Carl Johan and Olga Bertina (Thovson) Wold. As a youngster, he attended McKinley #2 school.
After receiving his education, Palmer helped on the family farm until answering his country’s call to service. From December 1, 1955 until his honorable discharge on December 15, 1956, Palmer served in the U.S. Army. He continued to serve in the flagArmy Reserve until 1961.
On May 25, 1963 he was united in marriage with Oriette Elaine Swenson at Webster, SD. They made their home on the family homestead near Veblen where they raised their two sons. Palmer retired from farming on 1997 and then worked as a cattle buyer until 2014. During Oriette’s final illness, she and Palmer lived in Webster, SD and Aberdeen, SD. Oriette passed away on September 25, 2006. Palmer continued to live in Aberdeen and later Webster until his failing health made it necessary for him to become a resident of Groton Care and Rehabilitation Center in February of 2017.
Palmer was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Veblen where he had served as an usher. In his spare time, he loved to go fishing and hunting. Palmer was also an avid card player and greatly enjoyed a good game of pinochle or whist.
Grateful for having shared his life are his two sons: Cyle (Teri) Wold of Florence, MT; Colin (Theresa) Wold of Helena, MT; six grandchildren: Evan, Amy, Jeremy, Eric, Shem and Abigail; five great-grandchildren; and a sister, Darlene (Iver) Finnesand of Groton, SD.
Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife and a brother, Clarence Wold.
An online guestbook and obituary is available at
Condolences may be directed to the family in care of Cyle Wold, 5388 Flathead Dr., Florence, MT 59833.

Irma CorneliusIrma Cornelius
Irma Genevieve Cornelius, age 90, longtime resident of New Effington, SD, died at her home in Mesa, AZ, of natural causes, on Saturday, July 29, 2017.
She was born on April 13, 1927 at her family’s farm near Sisseton, SD. Irma was the daughter of Berger and Mae Olstad. She was raised in the Lutheran faith and attended the Scandia Lutheran Church until she was married to Eugene (Gene) Odell Cornelius in 1946. The wedding took place at the Zion Lutheran Church in New Effington. The newlyweds became members of the Zion Congregation and later the Faith Lutheran Church in New Effington. In 2007 they moved to Watertown, SD, where they joined the Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer. They are presently members of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Mesa, AZ. Irma and Gene celebrated 71 years of marriage in 2017.
Irma grew up on a farm southeast of New Effington and attended elementary school at Hart No. 3. She graduated from New Effington High School in 1945 and attended Northern State Teachers College in Aberdeen, SD where she obtained her credentials to teach elementary school. She taught elementary school for three years. In the mid 1950’s she worked as an agricultural census taker for the U. S. Census Bureau in Roberts County. Irma took a job as a clerk at the New Effington Post Office in 1956. She became the Postmaster in 1970. She held the distinction of being the first person in the United States to be appointed Postmaster under the newly established Career Service Law. She retired in June 1989 with 33 years of service to the United States Postal Service.
During the years Irma was Postmaster she held various offices as a leader in the South Dakota Post Master’s Association. She and Gene traveled extensively and attended over ten National Postmaster’s Conventions throughout the United States during her tenure as Postmaster.
Since retirement Irma and Gene traveled throughout the United States and parts of Europe. During the winter months they spent time in Texas prior to purchasing a vacation home at Venture Out in Mesa, AZ where they lived during the winter months each year. In 2012 they moved from Watertown, SD and made their permanent home at Sunland Village in Mesa. They moved to the Citadel Assisted Living Community in 2015. While living at the Venture Out Community, Irma served as the Volunteer Director of the Community Electronics Center overseeing the activities of the center and giving computer training to residents of the community.
In addition to her postal career Irma was an excellent homemaker and an outstanding seamstress. She was a community leader throughout her lifetime. She served as a leader for her children’s activities and scouting organizations; was an NEHS band mother; sang in the church choir; taught Sunday School; and belonged to the Zion and Faith Ladies’ Aide. She was a member and officer of the American Legion Auxiliary for 68 years. Irma was adored by her four children, eight grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren.
Irma was preceded in death by her beloved daughter, Phyllis Ann, her parents, Berger and Mae Olstad, and her brother, Carmen Olstad.
She is survived by her husband, Eugene; sister, Marlys Nelson, Naples, FL, daughter, Elaine Sternquist, Mesa, AZ, sons, Dennis (Pamela), Maple Grove, MN and Douglas (Dawn) Apple Valley, MN. Also surviving are her grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Elaine’s children, Ann Wyly Gregory, Phoenix, AZ and Cameron Wyly (Anna), Aberdeen, SD (James and Hunter Wyly, Spencer, Alyx, Zander and Parker Hoffman); Dennis’ children, Christopher (Jennifer) Cornelius, Maple Grove, MN (Scott and Abbey) and Renae Kuehl (Ryan), St. Louis Park, MN (Austin and Avery); Doug’s children, Amber Grochocinski (Geoffrey) Duluth, MN (Aurora), Adam Gilbertson, Orlando, FL, Angela Brady (Chris) Eden Prairie, MN and Aaron Cornelius, Apple Valley, MN.
Memorial services were held at The Citadel Assisted Living Community at 520 S. Higley Road, Mesa, AZ on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. and at the Faith Lutheran Church in New Effington, SD in the early fall. Burial was at the Scandia Lutheran Cemetery at rural New Effington following the memorial service. The family requests any memorial gifts be made to Faith Lutheran Church in New Effington, SD 57255.

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