Lillian Katherine Pibal


November 30, 1919 - September 13, 2009




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.



Thursday, September 17, 2009
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Scripture Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Friday, September 18, 2009
11:00 AM
Holy Family Catholic Church
222 North Kimball
Mitchell, South Dakota


Calvary Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

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Posted by Elaine Kvasnicka Soukup on September 18, 2009
I wish to extend my heartfelt sympathy in the loss of your wonderful mother – “Mrs. Pibal”. We just lost our dear “Dad” – Frank Kvasnicka - 93. It’s hard to say good-by but truly we all have been so blessed to have our parents this long. It truly is a celebration of their lives!
We were farm neighbors from 1956 – 58 by Tripp, I will always remember your Mom and your whole family. I can see her like it was yesterday in the kitchen with that wonderful laugh oh hers and hugging you. I have lots of wonderful memories of fun times with all of you at our family homes and at the Hlavac gatherings. Your Mom’s cooking & baking is “unforgettable”. Remember the home made root beer she made for you? First time I ever tasted it; I will never forget it, either.
Our parents lived in a wonderful time of the 20th century that can’t ever be repeated – before materialism took over. Our parents raised us very well even though they had to make do with so little they had materially. BUT, they were very happy with their lives.
Celebrate and honor your Mom like I am my Dad’s life & passing. Both of our parents are with Our Heavenly Father re-united with their loved ones. You know your Mom is tenderly holding & loving your baby brother & sister like she did all of you.
May Our Father Bless and Comfort you through this difficult time of saying good-by until you meet again to one of the most important people in your lives.
With Love & Prayers – Elaine Kvasnicka Soukup & Evelyn (Frank) Kvasnicka & Eugene (Charlie passed on 2002)
Posted by Judy Chivington family and Alva Bullis on September 17, 2009
Dear Dick, Sue and family,

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We would like to come to the prayer service and funeral but due to health we are not able to attend. You are in our throughts and prayes. God bless you.
Posted by Loren and Cathy Rumpca (Pat Pibals Sister) on September 17, 2009
Our Sympathy and Prayers are with you. When we had the opportunity to spend time with Lillian, she was such a cheerful and kind person to be around, and we know she will be sadly missed by her family and friends. Just want you to know we are thinking of you.
Posted by Sue Hanson on September 16, 2009
Our deepest sympathy to your families. Lillian was a wonderful person who's passion for life showed to all who knew her. We have many wonderful memories! Sue & Russ Hanson
Posted by Theresa Slagle-Schreiner on September 16, 2009
Dear Pibal family,
Please know that you are all in my thoughts and my prayers. When I remember Lillian, I can't help but remember her warn, loving heart, her joyful personality and those beautiful "smiling eyes." What a special lady. I know she is in Jesus' arms and those smiling eyes are brimming with happiness as she is reunited with so many loved one. God Bless all of you.
Posted by Lori (Brown) Cihak on September 15, 2009
My deepest sympathy to Lillian's family. I remember Lillian as a kind, sweet lady and a wonderful cook when I attended school in Farmer and Alexandria. That was back in the day when everything was made from scratch. The smell of homemade bread and rolls was wonderful. May you treasure the memories. Your mother was a special person with a big heart.
Posted by Tom Schoenfelder on September 15, 2009
I wish to extend an expression of sympathy to the Pibal family especially to Al and Pudge. you will think of your mother daily as you have of your father. My prayers are with you all.
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