Mildred Gilbertson
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Mildred Gilbertson, age 92, died on Monday, October 24, 2016 at Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton, South Dakota.

Funeral services are 10:30 AM, on Friday, October 28, 2016 at Faith United Lutheran Church in rural Volin, South Dakota with Reverend Velma Larson officiating. Burial will be in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, on Thursday, October 27 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a prayer service at 7:00 PM. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the funeral at the church.

Pallbearers are Eric Gilbertson, Ryan Gilbertson, Kenny Gilbertson, Nick Young, Bob Smith, Gary Smith, Rick Smith and Wayne Smith.

Mildred Dorothy Gilbertson was born December 3, 1923 in Yankton, South Dakota to Hans and Margaret (Semple) Smith. She was the second of four children. Mildred grew up in Mission Hill, South Dakota and graduated from Yankton High School in 1941. She attended Springfield College for one year and obtained her teaching certificate. Mildred taught at Welby and DeVoe Schools until her marriage to Kenneth Gilbertson on June 2, 1946. Mildred stayed home and raised her four children and then returned to teaching in 1966. She taught at country schools for a few years and graduated from Yankton College with a four year degree in 1971. Mildred taught at Volin Public School until her retirement in 1986. She was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday School and was also a member of the Ladies Aid. In 2009, Mildred had a stroke and became a resident of Avera Sister James Care Center. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, and crocheting and was always willing to volunteer her time to help others.

Mildred is survived by two children, Betty (Doug) Nicoll of Omaha, NE and Don (Carol) Gilbertson of Pierce, NE; daughter-in-law, Diane Gilbertson of Pierce; four grandchildren: Erin (Nick) Young, Kenny, Eric and Ryan Gilbertson; and a brother, Louie (Phyllis) Smith of Yankton.

Mildred was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Kenneth on November 17, 1988; two sons, Bill and Dean Gilbertson; and two brothers, George and Bobby Smith.

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My Aunt Mildred was a great lady and the last survivor of my Mom and Dad's generation. We will miss her.

Mark Johnson

Doug, Beth, Nick, Erin and family:

Sending thoughts and prayers for peace as you gather to mourn your loss, celebrate Mildred's life, now her legacy. Parents and grandparents always leave their mark, and often, we don't realize the depth of the imprint until they are no longer here.

Praying comfort for each of you as you walk through this time together with family and friends.

Julie Knobbe, friend and co-team member at VHS

I am very sorry to hear of your loss. The lost of a loved one grieves the heart and words are never enough to take away the pain. However, our Heavenly Father knows your grief. As a loving and caring Father, He will be there to comfort and sooth your "broken-heart and crushed spirit". ( Psalm 34:18 ). May you find comfort and hope in God's promise of a day when you will reunite with your loved one again. ( Isaiah 26:19 ). My sincere condolences to the family.


Mildred was my 6th grade teacher! I have never forgotten a few of her timed quizzes, where reading the instructions was more important than completing the quiz--good lesson. Also, her end of the year field trip to her farm north of Volin--great time was had by all. Your mom was a good teacher and will be remembered by many. Sympathies to your family.

Ginny Gustad

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