Lila C. Wollmann


December 4, 1940 - July 5, 2009




     Lila Clara Wollmann was born December 4, 1940 on a farm near Freeman, SD to Mike S. and Clara (Hofer) Wollmann.  She had one older brother Gerald.  When Lila was three years old, the family moved to a farm one mile north of Bridgewater, SD.  They attended Zion Mennonite Church in Bridgewater where she was baptized in 1955.  She attended school in Bridgewater and graduated from high school in 1959.  She attended South Dakota State University in Brookings graduating in 1963 with a degree in Home Economics Education.  Lila taught in Armour, SD for three years and then in Mitchell for 34 years – retiring in 2000.

      Lila was a member of the First United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School and helped with Bible School crafts for many years.  In retirement, she volunteered much of her time to her church by shopping for and putting together mission kits, working on the banner committee, and assisting with the Love Feast.  In 2004, she went on a mission trip with the United Methodist Committee on Relief to Louisiana.

      Several summer vacations were spent traveling with friends to such places as Europe, the East Coast, and Hawaii.  In her leisure time, Lila bowled in a league, enjoyed playing cards with the “gang”, and spent time sewing, crocheting, and gardening.  Her hands were never idle.  She was also a 4-H supporter judging clothing, etc. at the local and state level.

      Lila nurtured her two nieces and her nephew by taking them individually to Mitchell for summer visits - showing them the “sites” and teaching them to sew, crochet, macramé, or whatever was the new crafting trend.

      Lila was the favorite of the eleven great nieces and nephews also.  She would always have a variety of projects stashed in the craft closet for the kids to do.  Thanksgiving dinners and the crawdad feeds were annual family events that Lila enjoyed hosting.

      Two families that were especially close to Lila were the Ray and Doreen Gosmire and their children:  Marshal, Myles, and Molly and Rich and Deb Platt and their children:  Julia and Jordan.  Lila and Molly spent many hours working together on projects --which included 12 quilts.  Lila was proud to be the adopted grandma for Julia and Jordan.  All held a special place in Lila’s heart.

      Lila died on July 5, 2009 after a short battle with cancer.

      Grateful to have shared in her life are her brother, Gerald and wife, Frieda of Bridgewater, SD; two nieces: Sheila and husband, Timothy Miller, of Milbank, SD, Gail and her husband, Geoffrey Smith, of Gregory, SD; one nephew, Merlin Wollmann and his wife, Kristi, of Bridgewater, SD; and eleven grand nieces and nephews: Emily, Sarah, and Michael Miller; Joshua, Jacob, Levi, and Lucas Smith; and Sawyer, Sierra, Aaron, and Holden Wollmann.

      She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister-in-law, Vauneta (Decker) Wollmann.



Wednesday, July 8, 2009
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Thursday, July 9, 2009
10:00 AM
First United Methodist Church
310 North Rowley Street
Mitchell, South Dakota


Bridgewater Cemetery
Bridgewater, South Dakota

Posted by Sharky on August 21, 2011
Do you have more great atricels like this one?
Posted by Karen Rozum on July 10, 2009
I worked with Lila many years at the high school and she also came into my home to care for our older children when we traveled out of town. She was always kind to us all.
Posted by Kris Botos Gaebel on July 8, 2009
I taught business classes at Mitchell Senior from 1977-1980. Mitchell was my first teaching job and I only knew the principal the first day of school. I remember we had a lunch at the Holiday Inn and after the lunch I was in the restroom. Lila did not know I was there and she was saying how quiet I was. I wasn’t sure what I was in for but Lila and I became very good friends. Lila and I would eat out (a lot) and attend many of the school activities together. There was never a dull moment when Lila was around. I lived in the same apartments across from the school that she did so many times we walked to and from school together. I have so many memories from those three years and Lila had a huge role in them.
Posted by Stacy Schrank on July 8, 2009
Ms. Wollman is one of the teacher I credit for having a huge impact on my life. I spend many hours in her classes during my high school career at Mitchell Senior High. When I wasn't in one of her classes, I would 'hang out' in the middle room working on my FHA/HERO projects and programs during my times as a state HERO representative and a national officer.

Ms. Wollman was always there with a smile, kind word, and the willingness to help students achieve. It is with the firm foundation I received from her classes that I went on to SDSU and pursued a degree in Home Economics Education. Although I later switched my degree to Communication Studies and Theatre (I ended up sewing/designing costumes for the theatre department) I continued to take courses in the home economics department and served on the college's Public Relations Team. Later as a educator myself at O'Gorman High School in Sioux Falls, I modeled many of the skills I learned watching Ms. Wollman use in the classroom - They worked wonderfully!!

I will always hold a special place for Ms. Wollman in my heart. Her legacy as a wonderful educator and person will live forever!
Posted by Georgiann Crum Crouse on July 8, 2009
I taught with Lila at Mitchell Senior High in 1967-1968. We had great times together during our planning periods. She showed me what Home Economics really included and she so loved all of her classes! We shared friends in the Bridgewater/Emery area and always had something to talk about. We had stayed with her several times when traveling through Mitchell. I will really miss these visits!! She used her many talents to serve others.
Posted by Christie Steiger Delfanian on July 7, 2009
When I was a first year teacher at Mitchell High School taking JA's place in journalism, Lila and Kris Botos came to my classroom and introduced themselves and welcoming me to the community. When we tried to give Lila a surprise birthday party, she knew because the light in my classroom went off early and Lila could see my classroom from her apartment.
I will always be grateful for the way Lila took me under her wing when I was alone in a new school and town.
Posted by Ben and Vi Engbrecht on July 7, 2009
Lila was a wonderful person to watch grow up and become a wonderful example of Christ's love for others. Her talents have enriched the lives of many individuals. May she rest in peace.
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