Tillie Nesland celebrates 95 years

Nearly one hundred and fifty relatives, friends, and neighbors joined former Faith resident, Tillie Nesland, in Rapid City Saturday to help celebrate her 95th birthday. Tillie was born in Montana in 1918, moved to Faith at an early age, and has lived in more recent years in Mesa, Arizona and Rapid City. Her sons, Jim and Bob (Edie) plus grandchildren and great grandchildren, her sister Noreen (Bob) Jensen and other relatives, nieces and nephews, attended from Colorado, New York, New Jersey, Beresford, Faith, Rapid City and other towns in South Dakota. At the registration table were Tillie’s friends Evelyn Marshall of Rapid City and Verna Mae Thomas of Spearfish.
The event was held in the Washington Room of the Ramkota Inn in Rapid City Saturday, July 13, 2013. Gorgeous bouquets of silver, white and pink flowers and colored helium balloons filled the room. Sumptuous hors d’oeuvres and desserts were served by Minerva’s Catering Service of Rapid City.
A wonderful family program included a video by Becky Nesland, of Tillie and her husband Virgil, (deceased) and sons Bob, Jim and Larry (deceased), and their days of growing up and living in Faith. Tillie’s great grandchildren Zachary, Anthony and Elizabeth Nesland played violin solos and Carter and Shannon Nesland sang solos and a duet. Various old friends and family told stories and shared memories of growing up in Faith and playing at Nesland’s home, yard and in the street. At four o’clock a large birthday cake was cut and served as Marg Thompson played piano for the group to sing Happy Birthday and God Bless America. Jim Nesland thanked everyone for coming and for helping to make this such a glorious day for his mom. Carv Thompson emceed the program and in closing reminded Tillie and everybody that whether you’re five or 95, “Today, is the oldest you’ve ever been, yet the youngest you’ll ever be. So enjoy this day while it lasts!”
The afternoon concluded with visiting and enjoying the background music of Butch Samuelson at the piano.