Ila M. Kjerstad

Ila Maxine Kjerstad, age 83, of Quinn, died Sunday, January 29, 2006, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Services were held Wednesday, February 1, at the United Methodist Church in Wall, with Pastor Brad Kattelmann officiating. Interment was in the Wall Cemetery.

Music was provided by Carol Hahn, prelude organist, and Cheryl Fitch, Wendy Johnson, Rhonda Sinclair, Anita Sandal and Theodore Kjerstad, vocalists. Ushers were Gary Keyser, Rod Renner and Jerry Johannesen. Pallbearers were Kem, Jem, Kent, Kevin and Rick Kjerstad, Derek Hood and Jason Evans. Honorary pallbearers were Ila’s great-grandchildren: Dillon, Ryan, Brittany, Krysta, Paige, Quincy, Natasha, Katrina, Tiana, Louis, Elliot, Sydney, Jenny and Jakob Kjerstad, Lauren and Blake Johnson, Katie and Sean Evans.

Ila Maxine Bean was born December 11, 1922, at Waterbury, Nebraska, the daughter of Lloyd and Ida Mae (Bothwell) Bean. Ila grew up in the Hilland and Philip area, graduating from Philip High School in 1941.

Ila was united in marriage to Elnoris Kjerstad on June 14, 1941, in Rapid City, SD, and to this union were born to sons, Jerald and Richard.

Ila enjoyed her family, square dancing, crafts, playing cards, flowers and watching the humming birds at their home in Arizona.

Ila was a member of the Wall United Methodist Church and Cheerful Chums Extension Club.

Grateful for having shared her life include her husband, Elnoris Kjerstad of Quinn; a son, Jerald Kjerstad and his wife, Margy, of Piedmont; a daughter-in-law, Patty Kjerstad of Wall; seven grandchildren, Kem Kjerstad and his wife, Mary, of Rapid City, Jem Kjerstad and his wife, Kelly, of Quinn, Kent Kjerstad and his wife, Stephanie, of Quinn, Kevin Kjerstad and his wife, Melissa, of Wall, Rick Kjerstad and his wife, Gianna, of Parker, CO, Tina Hood and her husband, Derek, of Boise, ID, and Lisa Evans and her husband, Jason, of Parker, CO; 16 great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; one brother, Arnold Bean and his wife, Rosie, of Rushville, NE; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Ila was preceded in death by a son, Richard "Dick" Kjerstad, on June 15, 2004, her parents; two sisters, Iris Robertson and Eldra "Bonnie" Hetherson; and two brothers, Lyle Bean and Doyle Bean.

A memorial has been established. Rush Funeral Chapel of Wall is in charge of arrangements. Written tributes may be made at www.rushfuneralhome.com