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Mary Thiry, White Lake

Mary Elizabeth Thiry, 81, White Lake, died Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009, of cancer, at the Aurora Brule Nursing Home, White Lake. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Peter's Catholic Church, White Lake, with the Rev. Jerome Ranek and...

Mary Elizabeth Thiry, 81, White Lake, died Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009, of cancer, at the Aurora Brule Nursing Home, White Lake.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Peter's Catholic Church, White Lake, with the Rev. Jerome Ranek and Rev. Steve Barnett officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the church with a 7 p.m. prayer service.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Will Funeral Chapel, Mitchell.

She was born Aug. 15, 1927, in rural White Lake, to John and Susan (Hoffman) Hettinger.

She attended White Lake schools and graduated in1946. After high school she completed cosmetology school in Watertown.

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In 1951, she married Albert Thiry at St. Willibrord's.

They moved to the Thiry home in rural White Lake.

She is survived by her husband; eight children: Jim and wife Linda; Tom and wife Janice; Doug and wife Deb, all of White Lake; Steve and wife Brenda; Marlene Haines and husband Bruce, all of Mitchell; Lori Hauge, Sioux Falls; Donna Swanson and husband Kim, Rapid City; Karen Michaels and husband Dean, Gilbert, Ariz.; 17 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild; one sister, Marcella Korthals, Fruitland, Idaho; sister-in-law Lucille Hettinger, Mitchell; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Alfred, Marvin and John Hettinger; sisters-in-law Petronella Hettinger, Carol Hettinger, and Darlene Tripp; and brothers-in-law John Tripp and Mason Korthals.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred and will be directed towards cancer care.

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