Elsie Van Driel
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Elsie Van Driel, age 93, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Thursday, September 3, 2015 at Bethesda of Beresford.

Funeral services are 10:30 AM on Tuesday, September 8, 2015, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Yankton, South Dakota, with Reverend David Gunderson officiating.  Burial will be in Martinus Cemetery in rural Utica, South Dakota.  Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM on Monday, September 7, 2015, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a video tribute and time of sharing at 7:00 PM.

Pallbearers are: Bryan Winick, Eric Strand, Jodi Strand, Jason Strand, Jenny Tucker, and Randy Hlavac.

Elsie Van Driel was born February 17, 1922 on a farm northwest of Utica, South Dakota, to Charles and Clara (Barkl) Hlavac.  She attended rural school through the eighth grade and graduated from high school in Lesterville, South Dakota.  Elsie married Harold Van Driel at Martinus Lutheran Church in Utica on December 23, 1942.  She followed Harold to California and stayed with him until he shipped out to China during World War II.  Elsie returned to Yankton and lived with her mother, Clara, raising their first daughter, Shirley, until Harold returned from the service.  Elsie and Harold resided on the Van Driel home place where they raised their daughters and farmed the land.  She was an active member of Martinus Lutheran Church. 

Elsie and Harold moved to Yankton in 1966 and became members of St. John's Lutheran Church in 1974.  They were active members and gained many new friends in their church family.  After Harold's death in 2004, Elsie moved to Majestic Bluffs in Yankton.  She moved to Bethesda Home of Beresford in 2009.  Elsie was employed over the years at Stupenagel Hatchery, Buhls Cleaners, Gurney Seed & Nursery and the Broadway Inn in Yankton.

Survivors are her daughters: Shirley Strand of Beresford and Gloria Winick of Plymouth, Minnesota; four grandchildren: Jodi Strand; Eric Strand (Toni Severson) both of Sioux Falls; Bryan Winick and Jenny (Steve) Tucker both of Minneapolis, Minnesota, six great grandchildren: Jason Strand, Maiya Strand, Emma Grace Strand, Mason Cable, Loretta Tucker and Ford Tucker; and two sisters: Tillie Lane of Yankton and Evelyn Parks of Sioux City, Iowa; and many nieces, nephews, friends and caregivers at Bethesda of Beresford.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harold; two sons in infancy; three brothers: Alfred, Bill, and Ben Hlavac; two sisters: Rose Feijfar and Helen Beuchler; and two sons-in-law: Bill Winick and Bob Strand.

Memorials may be directed to Alzheimer Research, Martinus Cemetery Association c/o Steve Anderson 605 Applewood Drive Yankton, SD  57078; St. John's Lutheran Church in Yankton and Avera Hospice 4509 South Prince of Peace, Sioux Falls, SD  57103.




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Thoughts and prayers to you Shirley.

Patty Ryan Apodaca


Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of your loss. We enjoyed Harold and Elsies visit to us in Bemidji during the fall of 93.

Vern & Gladys Hlavac


So sorry for your loss...I used to work at Avera Majestic Bluffs as a volunteer..And I served her juice.She as well as others I adopted as my own family.

Linda Gorham

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