Lillian "Lil" Zirpel


August 25, 1930 - December 12, 2015



Lillian “Lil” Zirpel was born August 25, 1930 in Douglas County, SD to Carl and Clara (Walz) Moege. She was baptized by Rev. Paul Hempel and later confirmed in the German language in June 1943 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church at rural Dimock. She attended grade school in a one room schoolhouse in Washington Township and graduated from Parkston High School in 1948.  On June 6, 1948 she married Waldemar (Wally) Zirpel.  Together they farmed 12 miles southwest of Mitchell. Wally died in 1993 and in 1994 she married Leonard Zirpel. Leonard died in 1998. In 2001 Lillian began working at Avera Select Insurance in Mitchell and retired in March 2013. Lil enjoyed playing cards, dancing, country music and embroidery. She was always happy to see her children and grandchildren when they came to visit.

She is survived by her five children: Caroline (Duane) Schuh, Rapid City, Bill (Kathy) Zirpel, Dell Rapids, Jim (Becky) Zirpel, Burke, Rita (Jimmie Jr.) Pope, Cleveland, OH and Bob (Carolyn) Zirpel, Humboldt; six grandchildren: Mark (Josette) Schuh, Paula Arthur, Mikaela Pope, Jimmie Pope III, Hannah and Justin Zirpel, four great-grandchildren, Morgan and Lane Arthur, Ryan and Candace Wurdeman, one great-great-grandchild, Kenley Wurdeman and her very special friend, Aleck Larson.

She was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands and brother, Willard Moege.



Thursday, December 17, 2015
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Prayer Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Friday, December 18, 2015
11:00 AM
Zion Lutheran Church
620 East 3rd Avenue
Mitchell, South Dakota


Flensburg Immanuel Cemetery
Dimock, South Dakota

Posted by Steve and Monica Harding on December 17, 2015
Carrie, Duane and Zirpel families, we are so sorry for your loss. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. May the treasured memories of your wonderful mom comfort you during this very difficult time and the days ahead.
A prayer for your family: Dear Lord, You have called me to ventures of which I cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give me faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where I go, but only that your hand is leading me and your love supporting me; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Posted by Kay (Weisz) Reimnitz on December 16, 2015
What a wonderful Christian lady!!! She taught me many things in my early years of marriage!!! She was a blessing to many, she will be missed!!!
Posted by Doris Mewes on December 15, 2015
Am so sorry to hear Lil past away. Thanks Jim for calling me. We had so many good times. Loved to meet them at the State Fair, it was a lot of laughter, especially when we served hamburgers. I will miss her. I would love to come for her funeral but not real sure I can make it. Will see. Love and hugs to all of you.
Posted by Sherry Strand Nebelsick on December 15, 2015
Your mom was so much fun to work with. She was so,proud of her children and grandchildren. I know you will miss her.
Posted by Autum Strand on December 15, 2015
To the entire family, my thought and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Lillian was quite a lady always with a smile and love of life. She was loved by so many and will be dearly missed. May God wrap his loving arms around you and provide you strength & peace. Sending hugs and all my love to you❤️.
Posted by Sharon & Gary Lane on December 15, 2015
Dear Jim & Becky and Zirpel Family, We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother, grandmother and wonderful lady. She will be missed by all. We send our thoughts and prayers to each of you at this difficult time. Sharon & Gary Lane
Posted by Jim & Gia on December 15, 2015
Rita, we never met your beautiful mom, but we know a lot about her and how wonderful she must've been because we know you. Love & peace to your family from all of us in Cleveland. You are in our hearts.
Posted by Jackson Family on December 14, 2015
Please accept our deepest sympathy. May those precious memories be foremost in your hearts and minds during this difficult time.
Isaiah 25:8
Posted by Lisa Peschong Whealy on December 14, 2015
Rita, I am so sorry to hear about your mom. Wow, the memories I have of her are many laughs sitting at the counter on the farm. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. Love you dearly Rita. God bless you all.
Posted by MaryDammann on December 14, 2015
Lillian liked to joke around and have a fun time. She enjoyed each day to the fullest. I will miss her and her beautiful laugh!
Posted by Sina & Doug Glover & family on December 14, 2015
Lil was a classy lady full of zest who will be missed dearly. I hope heaven is ready for her!! ; )
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