Joan Thill

January 6, 1950 - June 29, 2016

Visitation: Visitation will be Tuesday from 2-8, with family present from 6-8 p.m., at Heritage Funeral Home in Sioux Falls. A rosary/wake service will be held at 7 p.m.

Service: Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 6 at St. Lambert’s Catholic Church in Sioux Falls.

Joan Thill pix argus      Sioux Falls.  Marilyn “Joan” Thill, 66, passed away peacefully with family by her side on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls.  Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 6th, at St. Lambert’s Catholic Church in Sioux Falls.  A private family burial will be held at St. Michael Cemetery in Sioux Falls.  Visitation will be Tuesday, July 5th from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home in Sioux Falls with family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  Rosary will begin at 7:00 p.m. with scripture service to follow.

     Joan was born January 6, 1950 in Sioux Falls, SD.  Growing up on the “north end” of Sioux Falls, she attended both St Joseph’s Cathedral grade school and middle school.  She later graduated from O’Gorman High School in 1968 and then attended South Dakota State University for one year before deciding to move to California.   In 1971, she returned to Sioux Falls to get married and start her family.

Joan was united in marriage to Daniel Thill August 27, 1971 at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Sioux Falls.  They made their home in Sioux Falls, until they moved to Canton in 1974.  Once Joan’s children were old enough to attend school, she decided to begin work at the elementary school in Canton.  She worked as a kindergarten aide for 28 years and enjoyed every moment until retirement in 2013.

     Grateful for having shared her life are: sons, Stephen (Tresa) Thill, Chancellor, SD and Scott (Tia) Thill, Watertown; daughters, Kristen (Gary) Bunt, Sioux Falls and Sarah (Mark) Peterson, Sioux Falls; five grandchildren, Kayleigh and Ellianna Thill, Kaden and Mason Bunt, and Devon Violanta; mother, Marilyn Granum; brothers, Terry Mikkelson, Sioux Falls; Tony(Elizabeth) Mikkelson , Summerville, SC; brother-in-laws, Bryan (Lisa) Thill and Patrick (Kerry) Thill both of  Sioux Falls; sister-in-laws, Barbara Thill, Sioux Falls; Paula (Peter) Ruble, Hastings, MN; Colleen Thill, Sioux Falls; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

     Joan was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel; step-father, “Bud” Granum; her grandparents and numerous other relatives.

    Memorials can be directed to the Avera McKennan Foundation or the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls.

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  1. Paula Van Hill on June 30, 2016 said:

    Scott & Tia,
    So sorry to hear that Scott’s mom passed away. We will keep you and yours in our thoughts and prayers.
    With deepest sympathy,
    Stan Houston Equipment Company
    Paula Van Hill

  2. Amy Roseland on June 30, 2016 said:

    Scott and the rest of the Thill family,
    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. She was a wonderful woman and will be missed by many.
    Amy Roseland
    Paul Kock
    Lance and Abby Roseland
    Desi Roseland

  3. Danelle Ewoldt on July 1, 2016 said:

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I worked with Joan for a few years. My heart and prayers are with you all.

  4. Brenda Heggen on July 1, 2016 said:

    What a loss was one of the best around. Love her dearly. Rest in peace. You deserve nothing but the best. Until we meet again peace.

  5. Janel Kaltenbach on July 1, 2016 said:

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your families.

  6. Stacy Boch on July 1, 2016 said:

    Kristen so sorry to hear about your mom.
    Sending prayers to you and your family
    drug this difficult time.
    Stacy Boch

  7. Jeff and Martha Frohwein on July 2, 2016 said:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. She was truly a remarkable person who touched the hearts and lives of so many. May God wrap his loving arms around you and comfort you during this difficult time.

  8. Jane Ver Mulm on July 3, 2016 said:

    I worked with Joan for quite a few years at Canton. We were playground supervisors together! So sorry to see that she has passed away. She was a wonderful person, and I will be praying for you all during this difficult time!

  9. Melissa Pate on July 7, 2016 said:

    Mrs. Thill was always smiling and always took time to talk to everyone. She was an awesome teacher! Thoughts and prayers to the family! ❤️

  10. Sue Schulte on July 22, 2016 said:

    I’m so sad for all of you as you mourn the loss of your loved one.