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Marie K. Illian

Marie K. Illian, age 94, of Midland, died Thursday, November 23, 2006, at the Kadoka Care Center.

Funeral services were held Monday, November 27, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Midland, with Pastor Ann Schlossnagle officiating.

Music was provided by Kim Bierle, pianist, with congregational hymns. Ushers were Ivan Schilling and Kory Bierle. Pallbearers were Marie's grandchildren, Timothy, Joel, Mark, Jonathan and Josh Illian, Donald J. and Darla McLeer, and Cheryl Ceresoli.

Interment was in the Midland Cemetery.

Marie Katherine Getz was born June 11, 1912, at Dallas, SD, the daughter of William and Elizabeth (Knittel) Getz. She was baptized in St. John's Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod) in Gregory, SD. She lived in Dallas until 1924, when the family moved to a farm near Hamill, SD. On August 25, 1926, she confirmed her baptismal vows in St. John's Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod) in Gregory. Later that year, the family moved to Okaton, SD, and in the fall of 1928, they moved to Belvidere, SD.

Marie was married to Charles Illian on November 15, 1931, at her parents' home in Belvidere. After their marriage, they lived in Midland and Philip, SD. On June 1, 1944, the family moved back to Midland where they served as janitor of the Midland School House, ran a small dairy, and Charlie worked as a mechanic. In 1952, Marie opened Mom's Café, which she ran for eight years. After that she became the head cook at the Midland School from 1964 to 1987, from which she retired at age 75. She lived in retirement in her home on the north edge of Midland amidst a profuse display of flowers and memorabilia. In October 2001, because of failing health she moved to Kadoka Care Center where she resided until her death.

Survivors include two sons, James Illian and his wife, Helen, of Colorado Springs, CO, and Rev. Donald Illian and his wife, Kathy, of Hudson, IA; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; one brother, Robert Getz and his wife, Frances, of Kadoka; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Marie was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Illian; a son, Gerald Illian; a daughter, Anita N. McLeer; her parents; two brothers and four sisters.

Memorials can be directed to the Kadoka Care Center or Trinity Lutheran Church of Midland, and the Midland Independent School.