Lucile Stirling


February 2, 1925 - March 6, 2018


Lucile Stirling, 93, Parkston, SD went to her heavenly home Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at Firesteel Healthcare Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 am Saturday, March 10 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Parkston. Burial will be in Milltown Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 pm on Friday with a Scripture Service at 7:00 pm at the Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell.

Lucile Marie Stirling daughter of Leo and Florence (Grosz) Gukeisen was born February 2, 1925 in Parkston. She graduated from Parkston High School in 1943 and attended Notre Dame Jr. College in Mitchell where she obtained her teaching certificate. She later completed her Bachelor’s Degree at Southern State College in Springfield with an Elementary Education Degree in 1972. On February 3, 1947 she married Kenneth Stirling and they farmed east of Parkston. She raised nine children before returning to the teaching profession. She taught 29 years in the Parkston School District with teaching assignments at Kulm School, Lake City School, Dimock School and New Elm until her retirement in 1992. She resided in Freeman for several years before moving to Mitchell. She was a long time member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Parkston where she was a member of Catholic Daughters and taught Religious Education. She spent several years as secretary of the Milltown Cemetery and was known for organizing their Memorial Day Ceremony for many years.

Grateful for having shared her life are her children: Leo (Marilyn) Stirling of Brookings, Karen (Charles) Prickett of Mitchell, Linda (Hugh) Holmes of Mitchell, Keith (Julie) Stirling of Lake Andes, Lynette (Don) Pietz of Parkston, Laurel (Rick) Haeuszer of Freeman, Kay (Lonnie) Tjaden of Freeman and Kent Stirling of Tripp, 29 grandchildren, 54 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Kenneth in 1978, a son, Kevin and two daughters-in-law: Amy and Ruth.


Friday, March 9, 2018
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
7:00 PM Scripture Service

Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, SD 57301


Saturday, March 10, 2018
10:30 AM
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
411 W Main St
Parkston, SD 57366


Milltown Cemetery
Milltown, South Dakota

Posted by Carol (Fuerst) Adams on March 12, 2018
Lucile was a teacher of mine for 2 years at Kulm Country School. She was one of my favorites. I am sorry for your loss.
Posted by Shirley Wuertzer on March 9, 2018
So sorry for your loss. Prayers to your family
Posted by Cheryl Stierna(Gukeisen) and family on March 8, 2018
Thoughts and prayers to all of you. I have so many beautiful memories of Aunt Lucile and her gentle way she loved all around her. She will always remain alive in your hearts.
Posted by Lynn & Sherry Tjaden on March 8, 2018
Our love and condolences to Kay and her family.
Posted by Vicky Bailey on March 7, 2018
So sorry for your loss Karen & family. Prayers to you all.@
Posted by Bill Hoffman on March 7, 2018
My condolences to her family. I have many fond memories of Lucile!
Posted by Roger & Sandra Smith on March 7, 2018
Thoughts and Prayers to Linda and family, Sorry for your loss
Posted by Ernie & Deb Hohn on March 7, 2018
Our sincere sympathy, to Karen and family.
Sounds like she had a great life of 93 years.
Posted by Jane Davis on March 7, 2018
We are saddened by your loss. You all are in our thoughts and prayers . We pray that God gives you a peace that passeth all understanding .
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