Irene Lydia Sills


November 5, 1922 - July 24, 2009



Irene Lydia Sills was born November 5, 1922 to Anton and Viola (Page) Fischer in Alberta Canada.  One of seven children, she grew up, from the age of twelve, in Montana and Idaho, and later moving to Iowa.


On July 13, 1940 she married Francis “Ernie” Sills at Unionville, MO.  They lived in LeMars and Ames, Iowa.  Later they moved to Mitchell, SD where her husband was employed by Hormel’s.  She lived in Mitchell, SD until the mid 1980’s when she moved to Pawnee, Nebraska.  Later in the late 1990’s, Irene moved to Scribner, NE to be near family.


She was a member of the Presbyterian Church, VFW, American Legion and Moose Lodge while living in Mitchell.  While in Nebraska she was a member of the Eagles Club and was active in the Scribner Senior Citizens Center and had been a volunteer with the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging.


She is survived by a daughter, Brenda Moreno, Scribner, NE; two sons:  Larry Sills and wife, Jan, Sergeant Bluff, IA; and David Sills and wife Marian, Cedar City, Utah; 15 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; and  two brothers:  Harvey Fischer and wife Ginny, Fayette, IA; Edward Fischer and wife Nancy, Long Grove, IA.  


Irene was preceded in death by her husband, Ernie in 1974, her parents, two daughters, Karen and Toni, a great grandson, two brothers, Henry and Robert and two sisters, Margaret and Lucille. 





To Be Announced


Friday, July 31, 2009
2:00 PM
Graveside Services
American Legion Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota


American Legion Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by James Kropenske on September 9, 2009
I have the some of the fondest memories growing up as neighbors with the Sills family. Riding horses, going fishing, gardening, 4th of July picnics were all rituals. We kept our house unlocked as many did in Mitchell. I remember when Irene would come over to borrow eggs to bake with, leave my mom a note she stopped by in the kitchen and helped herself. Or the time a major storn hit and our power was all out. Irene was frantic looking out the window she could not see lights at our house and thought our house was gone. Great neighbors are hard to come by. God bless, from the Kropenske's
Posted by Diana Schoenfelder Grosz on August 1, 2009
Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy. Sorry to hear of the passing of your Mother.
Posted by Carol ( Coy ) Bonine on July 30, 2009
Dave , Sorry to read about your mother .Sounds like she is in a better place . It is hard to lose family member. You have my sympathy. Take Care Carol Coy
Posted by Brenda Moreno on July 30, 2009
My Mom was a very big part of my life for the last 7 years seeing her almost every day. She had a very tough time of it losing Dad and Karan, Toni several friends. Transition to Assisted living here in Scribner and then in less than a year her Parkinsons just steadily got worse and worse. Then the transition to the Nursing home also here in Scribner. Where she took her final breath. Her last coherent words were "I Love You." I will miss her very, very much as I am searching for something to do in the afternoons in the future. I love you Mom "Breny"
Posted by Byron and Bonnie LaMont on July 29, 2009
Brenda and family: Please accept our sympathy for the loss of your monther. Byron worked with your Dad at Hormels in Mitchell and later in life I had the honor of working with you. They were a very neat couple. Your friend Bonnie
Posted by Tammy H. on July 29, 2009
As an adult, I really came to appreciate my Grandma. I even enjoyed her ornery attitude, and found that it was a good cover for a marshmallow heart. She enjoyed getting back as good as she gave. She was always there for me, coming right away when one of the kids was in the hospital, coming when I had surgery, to all the big events in my life, and after my Mom died, her (at least) weekly calls to check in on me. She kept up those calls until she was no longer able towards the end. I will miss my Grandma, and miss my visits to see her. Love you, Grandma!
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