Ethel Mongold, age 96, of Milbank died July 29, 2016, at St. William’s Care Center.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, August 2, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Milbank. Father Gary DeRouchey will officiate and burial will be in the St. Charles Cemetery in Big Stone City.
Visitation will be Monday at Mundwiler Funeral Home beginning at 5 p.m. followed by a prayer vigil at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue at the church on Tuesday morning, one hour prior to the Mass.
Music will be provided by Nancy Johnson, organist and the St. Lawrence Funeral Choir.
Casket bearers will be: Craig Barnes, Jeff Barnes, Bob Barnes, Dustin Renner, Grant Renner, Alex Barnes, Dallas Naasz, and Lowell Boe.
Honorary bearers will be her great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Ethel E. (Erne) Mongold was born March 6, 1920, in Milbank, SD. She was the daughter of Anton and Emma (Kosse) Erne. Ethel was united in marriage with Martin Mongold on November 16, 1939, at St. Charles Catholic Church in Big Stone City, SD.
Ethel lived most of her life in the Big Stone City/Milbank area. She worked at several stores in Ortonville, MN. She and her husband moved to Flandreau, SD in 1982 to be with her family. Martin passed away January 21, 1996. Ethel moved into St. William’s Care Center in 2008.
Ethel was a faithful member of St. Charles Catholic Church. She enjoyed fishing with her husband, especially ice fishing. Ethel was a hard worker who loved caring for children. She had a firm side, but will be remembered for her gentle heart of gold. She liked to sing and loved music. In later years she enjoyed singing sentences (instead of talking) and could always make her words rhyme.
Left to cherish her memory are her daughter and son-in-law: Susan and Eldon (Gus) Barnes of Flandreau, SD; four grandchildren: Craig (Julie) Barnes, Jeff (Stacey) Barnes, Bob (Rhonda) Barnes, Beth Renner; great-grandchildren: Alex, Dustin, Grant, Keshia, Noah, Ben, Austin, Cydney, Dallas, Destiney, Brittney, Parker, Amanda; great-great-grandchildren: Kaylee, April and Renae; one sister, Lucille Van Lith of Milbank; one brother, Cliff Erne of Lake Stevens, WA; as well as several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; brothers and sisters.