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Ilith A. Saukerson

Funeral services for Ilith A. Saukerson, 89, of Chamberlain, SD will be Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 10:30 am at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Ola with burial in the Swedish Lutheran Cemetery at Ola. Visitation will be Monday beginning at 6:00 pm with a prayer service at 7:00 pm at the Hickey Funeral Chapel in Chamberlain.

Ilith Heinrich was born March 12, 1924 to Jesse and Selma (Anderson) Heinrich near Ola, SD. She attended country grade school near Ola and graduated from Chamberlain High School. After graduation, she attended Springfield Teachers College. Her first teaching position was at the Dobberstein Country School in the rural Ola area. She spent many summers attending summer school and graduated from Dakota Weslyan University at Mitchell, SD.

On May 25, 1943, Ilith was united in marriage to Maynard Saukerson at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Ola and to this union four children were born: Judy, Larry, Janice, and Peggy. They raised their family on a farm near Ola where Maynard farmed and Ilith taught school for 43 years. She had a passion for teaching and influencing the lives of many young people. In November 2011, Maynard and Ilith moved to the Regency Retirement Assisted Living in Chamberlain after spending 66 years on their farm.

Ilith enjoyed gardening, canning, baking bread, and raising chickens. She and Maynard enjoyed playing cards, dancing, and traveling together, their last trip was a cruise to Alaska. Ilith was also active in directing the plays at the Ola Hall for many years.

Ilith passed away on August 23, 2013 at Sanford Care Center in Chamberlain. Those left to cherish her memories are her children Larry Saukerson and special friend Judy Brownell of Chamberlain; Judy Davenport and husband Jim of Rapid City and Peggy Swanson and husband Craig of Chamberlain; 10 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; and a great great grandchild. Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband Maynard; a daughter Janice; a sister Ardis Heinrich; two brothers Alvin “Bud” Heinrich and Arlin “Stub” Heinrich; a grandson Daniel Saukerson; a great grandson Nicholas Hennings; and a grandson-in-law Matt Peterson.