Lillian Katherine Pibal was born Nov. 30, 1919, west of Utica, S.D., to the late Emil and Albina (Hanzel) Hlavac. She grew up and received her education in the Utica area.
On April 16, 1940, she married Adolph Joseph Pibal at St. Wenceslaus Church in Tabor, S.D. They lived on several farms in southeastern South Dakota before settling in the Mitchell area in 1958. They lived there until they moved to Mitchell in 1988. Her husband died later that year.
After attending South Dakota State University in Brookings several summers, she was awarded a certificate in dietary science. In addition to working on the family farm, she was employed as a cook/dietician at various schools including Farmer, Alexandria, and Mitchell.
After retiring, she dedicated many hours volunteering at the Senior Citizen Center, Enchanted World Doll Museum, RSVP thrift store, Corn Palace, Cancer Walk, Prehistoric Indian Village, transportation for individuals needing rides, and as a surgical hostess at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital. In 2002 she was featured in the RSVP Volunteer Spotlight. In addition to caring for her family, she enjoyed gardening, crafts, playing cards, cooking for friends and family. Her kolaches, pies and cakes were legendary.
Grateful for having shared her life are her five sons: Melvin (Velma) of Minneapolis, Minn.; Thomas (Patricia) of Sheboygan Falls, Wis.; Richard (Susan) of Pierre, S.D.; Allen (Lori) of Fort Collins, Colo.; and Gerald “Pudge” (Lisa) of Colorado Springs, Colo., and one daughter, Joyce (James) DeWald of Corona, S.D.; 11 grandchildren: Ann Pibal (Colin Brant) of North Bennington, Vt.; Jason Pibal of Minneapolis; James (Tammie) DeWald of Milbank, S.D.; Mark (Belanne) Pibal of Plymouth, Wis.; Douglas Pibal of Cascade, Wis.; Gregory (Jeanne) Pibal of Ft. Atkinson, Wis.; Janine Pibal (special friend, Clint King) of Los Angeles, Calif.; Lisa (James) Bunn of Bettendorf, Iowa; Brian (Sara) Pibal of Lytton, Iowa: Kim (Troy) Mentzer of Sioux Falls, S.D.; and Ross Pibal of Lakewood, N.J.; 11 great-grandchildren: Oriole Brant of North Bennington; Ashley (Adam) Straley of Columbus, Ohio; Whitney (Justin) Erickson of Milbank; Michaela DeWald of Milbank; Thomas Pibal of Plymouth; Cole, Zachary and Charlie Bunn of Bettendorf; Chase and Carson Pibal of Lytton and Alexander Mentzer of Sioux Falls; and two great-great-grandchildren, Jordan and Carson Erickson of Milbank; one brother, Emil (Betty) Hlavac of Scotland, S.D.; brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, Edward Cwach of Yankton, S.D., and Eugene (Darlene) Pibal of Omaha, Neb.; and many nephews, nieces and friends.
Lillian was also preceded in death by two infants, a son and daughter; two sisters, Emily Manas and Violet Cwach; and brothers- and sisters-in-law, John Manas, Charles (Lillian) Pibal, Daniel (Adeline and Mildred) Pibal and Irene (Norman) Lane.