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Ella M. Hart

Ella M. Hart, age 74, of Philip, died Thursday, October 11, 2007, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Tuesday, October 16, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with Father Ron Garry as celebrant, and Father Tim Hoag as con-celebrant.

Music was provided by Marianne Frein, organist, and Maureen Palecek, vocalist. Lector was Rita O'Connell. Altar servers were Tristen Rush and Kyle Schulz. Ushers were Denny Kennedy and Lloyd Frein. Pallbearers were Billy and Michael O'Connell, Matt Heinz, Garrett Kuchenbecker, Richard, Anthony, Josh and T.J. Hart.

Interment was in the Masonic Cemetery, Philip.

Ella M. Fitch was born July 2, 1933, in Milesville, SD, the daughter of Harve and Mary (Bodkin) Fitch. She grew up and received her education in the Milesville school. She later attended Philip High School, and during that time lived with Howard and Dorothy Kennedy.

Ella was united in marriage to George Hart on November 22, 1949, in Huron, SD. After their marriage, they moved to Philip where George was a carpenter and Ella stayed home to raise their six children.

Ella earned her G.E.D. May 3, 1979, with the help of her daughter, Linda.

Ella worked at various places in the Philip area, including Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital, Philip Nursing Home, the Kadoka Truckstop, managed the Senechal Café in Philip, and later ran the Creative Cottage for four years.

Ella was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the Sacred Heart Evening Guild and the Bad River Senior Citizens, all of Philip.

Ella spent many hours helping people in the area when they were sick or in need of care including many trips to Rapid City. She also took care of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and their spouses were Ella's life.

Ella enjoyed gardening and flowers.

Grateful for having shared her life are her two sons, Steve Hart and his wife, Vickie, of Denver, CO, and Tom Hart and his wife, Rita, of Brea, CA; four daughters, Linda Kuchenbecker and her husband, Keith, of Rapid City, Pam Ingram and her husband, Jerry, of Philip, Cindy O'Connell and her husband, Kent, of Brooklyn Center, MN, and Susan Heinz and her husband, Jack, of Philip; 17 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; a brother, Ed Fitch of Philip; one sister, Dorothy Nesberg of Madison, WI; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Ella was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Bud Fitch; one sister, Mary Jane Hovland; and a nephew, Harry Hoag.

A memorial is established.