Grace Barbara Onnen
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Grace Barbara Onnen, age 79, of Yankton, South Dakota died on Tuesday, December 25, 2018.

Memorial services are 10:30 AM, Monday, December 31, 2018 at Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with Reverend Dani Jo Bierwagen officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the memorial service at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home.

Grace was born November 14, 1939 in Ortley, South Dakota to Nicholas and Julia (DeMaris) Pies. Grace grew up on a farm near Ortley and attended country school. On May 12, 1964, she married Virgil Onnen in Gillette, Wyoming. After their marriage, Grace lived and worked various jobs in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota, all while raising 10 children. In 1990, they moved to Florida and Grace continued her education and graduated from Locklin Technical College in Carpentry. She loved woodworking and made all sorts of items from clocks to benches to jewelry boxes. Grace was very artistic and loved drawing, painting and doing scroll saw artwork. Virgil passed away on February 11, 2001 and Grace later moved to Osmond, Nebraska in 2002. She lived there until 2010 when she moved to Yankton. Besides woodworking and art, Grace also loved reading, fishing and family gatherings. She was a hard worker and devoted her life to her husband and children.

Grace is survived by 10 children: Cheryl (Dan) Kiichler of Norfolk, NE, Marty Onnen of Wayne, NE, Jeanise (Bruce) Moore of Douglas, GA, Sandy McLean of Rozet, WY, Vicki (Trevor) Critchley of Wausa, NE, Val (Matt) Helmer of Yankton, Dave Onnen of Pilger, NE, Lisa (Randy) McKittrick of Milbank, SD, Stephanie (Troy) Thennis of Kings Mountain, NC and Stacey Giehll of Yankton; 30 grandchildren; 44 great grandchildren; one sister; four brothers; and many, many nieces and nephews.

Grace was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Virgil Onnen; two grandchildren: Michael and Amanda Geyer; two sisters and three brothers.

Messages will be reviewed and posted within 1 business day.

We are thinking of you at this difficult time. Wish we could be at the services, but just having knee surgery, we will not be able to attend.

Love and our sincere sympathy,
Dale and Cheryl Pies

Thinking of you all in this season. Praying Gods peace for your family


Many thoughts and prayers are with you at this time

Pac N Save

I'm going to miss you so much Grandma. I love you and I'm glad that you get to be with Grandpa Virgil again.


Thinking of you and sending our prayers. Sorry we won't be able to make it.

Love and our deepest sympathy,
Jeanise and Bruce Moore

I really wish we could be there.With our schedules it isn’t possible.Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Jeff and Melissa Dawdy

Mere words could never express all that my heart wants to say. I hope you know just how much you are loved and missed Grandma.

Cassandra Richardson (and the boys)

Very saddened by the loss of Aunt Grace. So sorry we werent able to attend today. We just got back from Iowa...spending Christmas with my dad and all our loved ones. Life is definitely precious....we need to enjoy our time on this earth while it lasts. Just know that she will be missed and was loved by all of us.

Teresa, Rod, Brandon, and Dustin Schroder

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