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Jill Eileen Eckert

Jill Eileen Eckert, age 50, of Kadoka died Monday, May 29, 2006, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Closed-casket visitation will be held 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 1, with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m., all at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Kadoka.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, June 2, at the Kadoka City Auditorium, with Father Brian Sorenson and Father Ron Garry as concelebrant.

Interment will be in the Kadoka Cemetery.

Music will be provided by Barb Petoske, pianist, Carrie Mentele, Jill Sheldon and Lori Petoske, vocalists. Reader will be Jim Kujawa. Ushers are Rusty Olney, Jerry Willert, Keith Bonenberger and Jerry Magelky. Pallbearers are Jeff Jones, Pat Jones, Jon Jones, Ross Block, Kevin Petoske and Kory Petoske.

Jill Eileen Petoske was born November 12, 1955 in Pierre, SD, the daughter of Clarence and Arline (Nelson) Petoske of Midland. She grew to adulthood in the Midland area, attending grade school and graduating from Midland High School in 1974. She married Bob Eckert on June 22, 1974 in Midland. They made their home in Belvidere, SD, for several years. While living in Belvidere, Jill gave birth to their son, Robert Eckert, in 1977.

Jill began working at the Belvidere State Bank in Belvidere on June 1, 1979. She later transferred to the Belvidere State Bank in Kadoka, where she remained employed as it became the Badlands State Bank and then Bank West. She continued to work there for almost 27 years, serving the needs of customers.

The family moved to Kadoka in 1988, where Bob and Jill continued to reside.

Jill’s life was all about love. She loved her family and friends in words and in deeds. God gifted her with a beautiful voice that she used to bring comfort and joy to many people, singing at weddings, funerals, and other special events. She cherished her family and friends and was loved by many who gave her comfort and support in her valiant fight against cancer.

Jill was a member of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Kadoka.

Jill is survived by her husband, Bob Eckert of Kadoka; her son, Rob Eckert and Ayla Miller of Black Hawk; her parents Clarence and Arline Petoske of Midland; three sisters, Barbara Jones and her husband, Morris of Midland, Carol Snook and her husband, Leland of Alton, IL, and Jody Block and Gary of Midland; one brother, James Petoske and his wife, Barbara of Midland; her mother-in-law, Ann Eckert of Kadoka; and a brother-in-law, John Eckert of Kadoka. She is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and close friends who loved her dearly.

Jill was preceded in death by her grandparents, Peter and Addie Petoske and Oliver and Edrie Nelson; and her father-in-law, Harold Eckert.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.