Helen Munce


Helen Doloris (Graese) Munce of Sioux Falls, SD, passed away on February 24, 2021, at her son’s home surrounded by her family. She was 91 years and one week old.

Helen was born on a farm near Canova, SD, on February 17, 1930, to Arthur and Alma (Neugebauer) Graese. She graduated from Salem High School in 1948 and moved to the “big city,” AKA Sioux Falls, although she remained a farm girl at heart. She found employment (and her future husband) at Northwestern National Bank. Helen married Richard Gene Munce on May 8, 1954. Helen became a stay-at-home mother after the birth of her first child. Her children, Julie and David, gave her the maternal fulfillment she craved, a trait which would define her through her final days. Helen craved adventure; the family traveled much of the world, and most trips were sparked by her ideas. She also found joy in spending time with loved ones and reading.

Helen was a remarkable grandmother. Upon the untimely death of Julie, she resumed her maternal role for her daughter’s family. Each morning, upon her arrival to their home, it felt to Paul (Julie’s husband) and their children as though the cavalry had arrived. She was a rock when no one else could be. In later years, Helen was plagued with Alzheimer’s disease. Although this made her final years difficult, she never lost her sense of self or her sense of humor. In spite of any adversity she faced, she never lost her faith. In her final days, her son and grandchildren had the opportunity to mirror her loyalty, a gift they will forever cherish.

Helen is survived by her son, David (Suzanne) Munce; son-in-law Paul (Nancy) Schock; grandchildren Lauren (Elliot) Fey, Kyle (Amy) Schock, Sarah (Troy) Klongerbo, Matthew (Cassandra) Schock, Sullivan Munce, Greta Munce, and Piper Munce; five great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Barbara “Bobbie” Long, all of Sioux Falls, SD. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Clifford; her husband; her daughter; and numerous cats.

A visitation will be held on Friday, March 5, from 4:00 - 6:00 pm (masks required), at Miller Funeral Home Downtown, 507 S. Main Ave, Sioux Falls, SD. A private service and burial will be held on Saturday, March 6th.

Memorials may be directed to The Children’s Inn.

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