Ilma G. Gabriel, 90, of rural Faith, South Dakota, died on Sunday, March 17, 2013, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Ilma was born on June 7, 1922, in Bayard, Nebraska, to George and Gertrude (Imus) Hanna. She grew up near Chimney Rock of Nebraska and later near Wounded Knee, South Dakota, with 6 brothers and sisters.
On November 11, 1947, Ilma married Frank Allen Gabriel in Gordon, Nebraska.. They moved to their ranch west of Faith in southern Perkins County, that they purchased in 1952. Frank and Ilma both lived out their lives on the ranch that they raised 4 kids and 4 grandkids on, along with beef cattle and quarter horses.
Ilma was known to everyone as “Grandma.” She was a very accomplished quilt maker. Anyone who had received a homemade quilt from her knew it was something to be cherished forever. She made many quilts for wedding gifts, graduations, going away presents and church projects. She also loved working on sewing projects with her granddaughter, Carrietta.
Ilma will be missed by her daughter Faye (TW) Schalesky, Faith; her 2 sons, Kent Gabriel, Scottsbluff, Neb. and Zane Gabriel, Rapid City; four grandchildren, Gail Schalesky, Cedar Rapids, Ia., Carrietta Schalesky, Brookings, Jacob Schalesky, Faith and Gail Gabriel, Belle Fourche and her 2 great-granddaughters, Victoria and Reagan. She is also survived by her sister Lois (Sam) Ash, Summerfield, Fla., sister-in-law, Myra Hanna, Wheatland, Wyo. and brother-in-law, Larry Ricklefs, Denver, Colo. and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Frank in 2005, her daughter Gail in 1987, her brothers, Elwood Hanna, Elden Hanna, Harold Hanna and Monte Hanna, a sister, Lavone Ricklefs and sister-in-law, Esther Hanna.
Services were at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 22, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Zeona, with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church.
Burial was at 3:00 p.m. on Friday at Mountain View Cemetery in Rapid City.
Memorial contributions may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church in Zeona and an education fund for her two great-granddaughters.
Arrangements are entrusted to Osheim & Schmidt Funeral Home in Rapid City.
Her online guestbook is available at www.osheimschmidt.com.