Karen Ann Gill, age 65, of Martin, TN, died on December 29, 2019, at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, January 4, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Milbank. Visitation will be held on Friday, January 3, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the church with a prayer vigil starting at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the Mass at the church on Saturday. Father Gary DeRouchey will celebrate the Mass, and burial will be at St. Lawrence Catholic Cemetery.
Karen Ann Gill was born on May 14, 1954, in Milbank, SD. She was the daughter of Harvey and Genevieve (Weber) Gill. She grew up in the Milbank area and graduated from Milbank High School in 1972. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Food Science at South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD.
Karen worked as a food service director at several colleges. Throughout her life, she lived in many places including Brookings, SD; Cedar Rapids, IA; Milwaukee, WI; Berea, KY; New Brighton, MN; Greenville, KY; Warrensburg, MO; Medora, ND; and Martin, TN. Her work was very important to her. One could always count on her to make sure proper food safety standards were adhered to, even at home. Karen loved shopping at thrift stores, traveling, and gardening. She could always find the humor in all situations, even the difficult ones. She cherished family, including family who passed before. She loved celebrating holidays, especially Christmas. Karen was a passionate volunteer leader with the Diabetic Camp in Missouri for many years.
Karen is survived by her sisters: Sandra (Loren) Tucholke of LaBolt, SD; Coleen (Dave) Scheibel of Brookings, SD; and Deb Gill- Bierig of Sioux Falls, SD; seven nieces and nephews: Jason (Kat) Tucholke, April (Nate) Pedersen, Erin (Sung) Park, Todd Tucholke, Jesse Scheibel, Veronica Bierig, and Tabbitha Bierig; great-nephew, Lane Vostad; great-niece, Mina Park; and numerous aunts, cousins, and Karen’s many dear friends including Pat Munkel.
She was preceded in death by her parents: Harvey and Genevieve Gill; brother, Lyle Gill; nieces: Sherry Scheibel and Megan Vostad; grandparents; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.