Luella DeGreef, age 88, of Wilmot died December4, 2017, at the Wilmot Care Center.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, December 7, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Wilmot. Fr. Gary DeRouchey will officiate and Deacon Chet Cordell will participate. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the church, and will continue one hour prior to the service.
Luella Mae (Bohlen) DeGreef was born on October 19, 1929, at home in Roberts County, SD. She was the daughter of George and Doris (Harms) Bohlen. Luella attended rural school at Geneseo #2 in Roberts County. She helped on the family farm and also worked at Fairway Grocery Store. She was united in marriage with Charles DeGreef on March 1, 1949 in Sisseton, SD.
Luella was a devoted farm wife and homemaker. She worked at the Wilmot Care Center for 27 years. She was a faithful member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and was active with the Ladies Altar Society. She was a member of a birthday club and the Senior Citizens. Luella enjoyed embroidery, playing cards, gardening, canning fruits and vegetables, playing bingo and tending to her lawn. Most importantly, Luella loved her farm life!
Left to cherish her memory are her children: Donald (Bernadette) DeGreef of Brookings, SD; Barbara (John) Korstjens of Milbank, SD; Jane (Carl) DeGreef-Lind of Hampton, MN; Charlotte (Richard) Troska of Watertown, SD; Gery (Betty) DeGreef of Mandan, ND; Sheila (David) Pierce of Wilmot, SD; Ray (Jenny) DeGreef of Wilmot, SD; Leon (Donna) DeGreef of Wilmot, SD; brother, Alvin Bohlen of Brookings, SD; brother-in-law, Robert DeGreef of Renner, SD; son-in-law, Ray Bradberry of Watertown, SD; 24 grandchildren: Jeanne (John) Palmer; Eva (Mark) Lindgren; Shawn (Tina) Bradberry; Shad (Kelly) Bradberry; Kimberly Korstjens; Kristin (Jared) Haskins; Alivia Lind; Angelina Lind; Heather (Wayne) Farnham; Lindsay (Kris) Dorneman; Richard “Spud” Troska; Jamie Larson; Jennifer Larson; Philip DeGreef; Michael (Amanda) DeGreef; Brian (Cori) Pierce; Jenna (Tanner) Nelson; Amanda (Ted) Berckes; Lauren Pierce; Dustin DeGreef; Danielle DeGreef; Cierra DeGreef; Dalton DeGreef; and Andreah Kelsch; and 19 great-grandchildren: Elaine Palmer; Donald Palmer; Carolyn Palmer; Delaney Bradberry; Kennedi Bradberry; Jameson Korstjens; Haven Haskins; Holden Haskins; Johannes Farnham; Francois Farnham; Alexiss Farnham; Bailey Dorneman; Avery Dorneman; Jace Simpson; Jarek Simpson; Connor Nelson; Hadlee Owen; Ethan Dahl; and Carly Dahl.
Luella was preceded in death by her parents; husband in 1991; daughter, Deloris Bradberry; sisters: Annette Wenck; Shirley Ladwig; Elsie Hanson; Edna Prisinger; and Evelyn Aden; brothers: Ervin Bohlen; and infant brother, George.