Mary Lou Lambrechts, age 87, of Milbank, SD, passed away on February 8, 2021, at St. William’s Care Center in Milbank.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, February 12, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Milbank. Father Gary DeRouchey will celebrate the Mass. Visitation will be at the church on Thursday, beginning at 5:00 p.m. A prayer vigil will be held at 7:00 p.m. and visitation will continue on Friday morning, one hour prior to the Mass. Burial will be St. Lawrence Catholic Cemetery.
While maintaining social distancing guidelines, we are now able to gather for visitations and services. The use of face masks by attendees is recommended, and we will continue taking the necessary steps to keep our facility clean. For those who prefer or require continued precautions, webcasting and/or livestreaming will be viewable at the bottom of this page.
Casket bearers will be Mary Lou’s grandsons: Mark Jensen, Zach Lambrechts, Logan Lambrechts, Cody Porath, Colin Porath, Justin Brandt, Eric Borns, Jordan Reed, Parker Reed, Hunter Lambrechts, and Noah Lambrechts. Honorary bearers will be her granddaughters: Nicole Hopkins, Amy Jensen, Emily Jonason, Erin Calvert, Sara Brandt, Jocelyn Reed, and Alexx Bayles.
Mary Louise Sullivan Lambrechts was born on July 21, 1933, in Milbank, SD. She was the daughter of Lee Sullivan and Mary Tobin Sullivan. She grew up in Milbank and attended school at St. Lawrence Catholic School. She was united in marriage with Eugene Lambrechts on December 18, 1954, at St. Lawrence Church.
Mary Lou and Eugene lived a short time in Milbank before settling in Twin Brooks. They were blessed with eight children: Michael, Karla, Nancy, Steve, Linda, Lori, Darcy, and Harold. Mary Lou was a loving and devoted wife and mother. She raised her eight children to know the value of hard work, love, and faith. She worked several jobs outside her home including working at Clarkdale Nursery; she worked as a waitress and also worked for 19 years at Big Stone Canning Factory.
Mary Lou loved and cherished her family. She so looked forward to when all eight children would gather for weekly family card games. Her grandchildren meant the world to her. She was always their proudest (and loudest) fan in the stands! Mary Lou was an avid reader and read many books. She enjoyed watching the old Westerns on television.
Mary Lou was a 30-year member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She was a faithful member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church and looked forward to daily Mass while living in the care center. She especially loved Blue Cloud Abbey and attended Mass and the activities whenever she could.
Eugene passed away on August 28, 2006. For the past eight years Mary Lou has resided at St. William’s Care Center.
Left to cherish her memory are her children: Michael (Angela) Lambrechts of Milbank, SD; Karla Jensen of Twin Brooks, SD; Nancy (Dan) Borns of Twin Brooks, SD; Steve Lambrechts of Milbank, SD; Linda (Mike) Brandt of Revillo, SD; Lori (Perry) Porath of Twin Brooks, SD; Darcy Reed (Scott Powell) of Brandon, SD; and Harold (Amy) Lambrechts of Watertown, SD; 18 grandchildren; 22 ½ great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, four sisters, and three brother