Phyllis J. Vermeulen


March 29, 1932 - February 12, 2011






Phyllis Jean (Stroup) Vermeulen was born March 29, 1932 in rural Cavour to Earl and Josephine (Leichtenberg) Stroup.  She attended school and graduated from Iroquois High School in 1950.  She attended St. John’s School of Nursing in Huron.  She married Donald Vermeulen on September 10, 1953 at St. Scholastica’s Catholic Church in Letcher.  She moved to Mitchell in 2008.  She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, St. Scholastica’s Catholic Church in Letcher and also Holy Spirit Catholic Church after moving to Mitchell.

Phyllis is survived by six sons:  Jim and wife, Gloria, Letcher, Rod and wife, Connie, Mitchell, Joe and wife, Linda, Letcher, Jeff and wife Kim, Letcher, Randy and wife, Lisa, Mitchell and Jon and wife, Alicia, Letcher; 4 daughters:  Vicky and husband, Ron Mayrose, Salem, Terri and husband, Todd Shannon, Mitchell, Connie and husband, Bill Dean, Charleston, SC, Gloria and husband, Kurt Henriksen, Mitchell; 22 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Margaret Titus, Salem and Wilma Aulner, Mitchell.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald on March 27, 2002; her parents, Earl and Josephine Stroup and one son-in-law, Dwayne Gebel.



Monday, February 14, 2011
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
Scripture Service ~ 7:00 PM
1412 West Cedar Avenue
Mitchell, South Dakota


Tuesday, February 15, 2011
10:30 AM
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
1412 West Cedar Avenue
Mitchell, South Dakota


Calvary Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Allie Vermeulen on May 26, 2011
Grandma, you will be in my heart forever. I remember when you took us to the movies. You are really nice, and I love you so much. Love, Allie
Posted by Olivia Vermeulen on May 26, 2011
Grandma, I love you and miss you so much! I wish that there was a telephone line to heaven so that I could talk to you. I am sure that you are so happy and full of love. I have been saying the Rosary for you. Your relationship with God has changed my life, and thanks to your example, I can truly say that I have Jesus in my heart. I will be loving and remebering you until I see you again. Love, Olivia
Posted by abby vermeulen on May 8, 2011
grandma i will miss you and you will be in my heart forever
Posted by Shelly Gebel-Schuetzle on February 20, 2011
The family is in my prayers. Phyllis was a very sweet person with a lot of love for her family. She will be missed !
Posted by Val & Dawn Luckett on February 16, 2011
Our Thoughts and Prayers with you all

The Luckett's
Val, Dawn, Mace, Josh, Vance, Courtney, & Vance
Posted by Skip & Diane Moody on February 15, 2011
Sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with the whole family.
Posted by Danielle Ducheneaux on February 14, 2011
You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Heaven just got a little prettier with a grandma like yours! I met Grandma Phyllis through my best friend and College Roommate Jess Gebel, and I never met such a caring and beautiful women in my life! She was so welcoming and you could see the sparkle in her eye when her grandchildren surrounded her. Her laugh was so contagious and her welcoming arms are unforgettable. She will be greatly missed but her memories are like flowers in a garden; not one is the same but they are all beautiful and pleasant. I love you all and will pray for you during this time.

Danielle Ducheneaux
Posted by Roger and Cheryl Schmit on February 14, 2011
We are sorry for your loss. Phyllis was a great lady and she was very proud of her family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.
Posted by Betty Arteman on February 14, 2011
I am so sorry.Just heard and am in shock. She will be so missed. My love and prayers to all of you.May god hold her in His hands,
Posted by Lorraine (Zens) King on February 14, 2011
So sorry to hear of your loss of your mom & grandma. It is so hard to loss a love one. I didn't know her that well but what I knew of her she was a great person, hard worker, loving person. Our prayers are with your family
Posted by Susie (Ruml) De La Rosa on February 14, 2011
I am so sorry to hear about your Mom and Grandma. She was great woman. She will surely be missed. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Susie, Josh, Zoey, and Rio De La Rosa
Posted by Glen and Jeanette Eichacker-McVay on February 14, 2011
So sorry to hear of your loss.

Grandma I wonder
where you keep your wings.
Are they hung in your closet
with the rest of your things?

Do you put them away
and just use them at night

or give them to us
to polish up bright.

I know you have wings,
for this must be true,
'cause God always gives
them to Angels just like you.
Posted by Jeanette (Tschetter) & Owen Johnson on February 13, 2011
To Phyllis's family
We were from Iroquois and was in school with Phyllis, she graduated 3 years before I did but knew the family real well.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Jeanette & Owen Johnson
Posted by Bob and Sue (Schoenfelder) Hoyle on February 13, 2011
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Phyllis was always a kind and warm person and wonderful friend of our family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of sorrow.
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