Nancy Lee (Merrill) Mileusnich


October 2, 1937 - July 8, 2021

Nancy Lee (Merrill) Mileusnich 83, of Hot Springs, S.D. passed away on July 8, 2021 at the Michael J Fitzmaurice State Veterans Home in Hot Springs. Nancy was born October 2, 1937 in Onida, S.D. to William Rush Merrill and Alvera Selma (Breitkreutz) Merrill.

Nancy graduated from Onida High School in 1955. On February 12, 1956 she married George L Mileusnich in Onida. To this marriage they welcomed Kevin George, Carlo Wayne, Karri Anita, Eric Lee, and Kayla Annette.

Prior to raising her family, Nancy worked at the Sully County Extension Office. Nancy was a wonderful, caring in-home daycare provider, and was a seamstress[DF1]. After her children were in school, she worked as a Hot Springs Elementary School teacher’s aide, secretary at National Bank of South Dakota, and secretary at Wilson’s Law Office. Prior to retiring in 2001, Nancy was secretary to the Superintendent at the State Veterans Home. After retirement she worked seasonally at the Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce Depot Visitor’s Center.

Nancy enjoyed singing with the Sully County Chorus. She was a 4-H Leader for over 25 years, served on the Board of Directors for the Western Junior Home Economics Show, and was a member of the local Extension Club. Nancy was a member of the LWML, member of Bethesda Lutheran Church and sang in the church choir. She served many years on the Hot Springs City Council, was active with the Greater Fall River Health Services, and was a Lifetime member of VFW Auxiliary.

Nancy was a lady of many talents and shared them with all. She was passionate about sewing, caring for children, and helping others. She spent many hours traveling to support her children and grand children’s activities. She also enjoyed traveling to see different areas of the United States. Nancy was a true friend to many.

Nancy is survived by her children, Carlo Mileusnich, Phoenix, Ariz., Karri (Ken) Fischer, Hot Springs, Eric Mileusnich, Hot Springs, Kayla Mileusnich (Mark Weintraub), Maple Shade, N.J. Grandchildren, Andrew (Martha) Reynolds, Dylan Mileusnich, Lexi (John) Knight, Gabe Mileusnich and special friend Madison Burnett, Clare (Travis) Cone, Erin Mileusnich, Dustin (Becky) Fischer and Kolton, Kailyn Fischer and special friend Dante Heredia, and Michael Mileusnich. She is also survived by brothers, David (Ruth) Merrill; Tom (Dorothea) Merrill and John (Kenlyn) Merrill; sister-in-law, Hazel Vrooman; brothers-in-law, Ken Westphal and Floyd Caldwell and numerous nieces and nephews. Very special friends, Joe and Karen Muller and their daughters Kristi Harris and Cody, Janissa Muller (Bobby Steuck), Jenni (Paul) Mosier and Rylan.

Nancy is preceded in death by her parents, William and Alvera Merrill; husband, George Mileusnich; son, Kevin Mileusnich; sister, Georgia Allen; brothers-in-law ,Bob Allen and Dan Vrooman; sisters-in-law, Helen Westphal and Goldie Caldwell and nephews, Loren Vrooman and Rory Jay Allen.

Visitation was held Sunday, July 11, 2021 at Chamberlain McColley’s Funeral Home in Hot Springs, S.D. 

Funeral service were held  on Tuesday July 13, 2021, at 9 a.m., at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Hot Springs. Burial followed at the Onida Cemetery in Onida, S.D.

A memorial has been established in Nancy’s name. 

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain McColley’s Funeral Home in Hot Springs, S.D.

Fall River County Herald Star

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