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Mary Jane Hovland

Mary Jane Hovland, age 86, of Philip and formerly of Rapid City, died early Friday morning, July 21, 2006, at the Michael Daly ranch west of Midland.

Memorial services were held Wednesday, July 26, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Philip with Pastor Robert Oettel officiating.

Inurnment followed at the Nowlin Cemetery, Nowlin, SD.

Ushers were Alvin Pearson and Miles Hovland. Music was provided by Marianne Frein, organist, and Maureen Palecek, vocalist, "On Eagle's Wings", "You Are Mine" and "Here I Am, Lord".

Mary Jane Fitch was born August 13, 1919, in Milesville, SD, the daughter of Harvey and Mary (Bodkin) Fitch the second of five children, Ed, Mary Jane, Dorothy, Bud and Ella.

She grew up on the Fitch farm near Milesville and received her education in that area. As a young lady she and her sister, Dorothy, worked for a teacher at Cherry Creek on the Reservation.

She met her future husband, Anton Hovland, while working for the Nobles at Nowlin, SD. They were married on December 20, 1939, in Nowlin. They resided with Grandma Hovland for several years during which time they had two children, Sadie Rae and Gary.

In 1944, they moved to Omaha, NE, where they resided until moving to the Hudson Flat near Milesville in 1945. While on the ranch a son Doug was born. They farmed and ranched on the Hudson Flat until 1965 when they moved to Rapid City. While in Rapid City they owned and operated a laundromat and dry cleaners for several years. After her husband's death on April 4th 1981, she continued to reside in Rapid City.

Mary Jane was an avid gardener and also raised beautiful flowers. She was known for her mall walking, which she did daily and made many friends.

She was a former member of the Peace Lutheran Church of Rapid City and joined Our Redeemer Lutheran Church when she moved to Philip in 2004, even though she was unable to attend.

Grateful for having shared her life are her daughter, Sadie Rae Singleton of Philip and her special friend, Michael Daly; a son, Doug Hovland of Cottonwood; four grandchildren, Ryan Hovland, Blaine and Gary Wood and Tawnya Wilson; three great-grandchildren, Rayde, Dylan and Reese Wilson; a brother, Ed Fitch of Philip; two sisters, Dorothy Nesberg of Madison, WI, and Ella Hart of Philip; and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to her husband, Anton, she was preceded in death by a son, Gary; her parents; and a brother, Bud Fitch.

A memorial has been established to fund Alzheimer's research. Arrangement are with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.

Written tributes may be made at www.rushfuneralhome.com