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Sylvia Jeppesen

Sylvia Jeppesen, age 99, of Wall, SD, died March 12, 2008, at the Good Samaritan Center in New Underwood.

Services were held Monday, March 17, at the United Methodist Church in Wall, with Pastor Brad Kattelmann officiating.

Music was provided by Sister Susan Pohl. Ushers were Jerry Johannesen and Bill Leonard. Pallbearers were Orlin Winkowitsch, Jody Sawvell, Dale Sawvell, Shaun McKay, Kenny Karp and Randy Ehlers.

Interment was in the Wall Cemetery.

Sylvia L. Sawvell was born November 5, 1908, on her parents' homestead 16 miles northwest of Wall, the daughter of Loda and Katie (Alt) Sawvell. In 1911, the family moved to a farm in Minnesota where they farmed until 1914, when they moved back to the homestead. Sylvia attended the Sunnyside Rural School in that area and then attended two years at Wall High School.

Sylvia was united in marriage to Cliff Jeppesen in November 1926, and to this union was born two children, Veva, on May 14, 1929, and Bud, on June 16, 1931. They made their home on a farm north of Wall until 1935, when they moved to Rockerville, SD. In 1938, they moved to Wasta where they resided until 1942 when they moved back to Wall. They remained in the Wall area the rest of their lives. While in Wall, Sylvia worked for the GW Market for 17 years before retiring.

Her husband preceded her in death in 1979. Sylvia continued to make her home in Wall until health reasons forced her into the Good Samaritan Center in New Underwood in January 2004.

Sylvia was a member of the Wall United Methodist Church for over 50 years and was a member of the United Methodist Women. She was an over 40-year member of an Extension club, a member of the Royal Neighbors, and a member of the Wall Bridge Club, which she dearly loved. She was an avid reader and enjoyed gardening and doing yard work.

Grateful for having shared her life are her son, Milton R. "Bud" Jeppesen of Wall; five grandchildren, Ray Jeppesen, Deana Taylor and her husband, Brent, Kathy Swan and her husband, Bruce, John Puckett and his wife, Tina, and Jan Adams; 13 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Floyd Sawvell and his wife, Mildred, of Wall; and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to her husband, Clifford, Sylvia was preceded in death by a daughter, Veva Puckett; her parents; a sister, Pearl Thompson; a son-in-law, Harold Puckett; and a daughter-in-law, Juanita Jeppesen.

Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Wall. Written tributes may be made at www.rushfuneralhome.com