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

entry posted by Allie Vermeulen on 05-26-2011
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
entry posted by Olivia Vermeulen on 05-26-2011
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
entry posted by abby vermeulen on 05-08-2011
grandma i will miss you and you will be in my heart forever
entry posted by Shelly Gebel-Schuetzle on 02-20-2011
The family is in my prayers. Phyllis was a very sweet person with a lot of love for her family. She will be missed !
entry posted by Val & Dawn Luckett on 02-16-2011
Our Thoughts and Prayers with you all

The Luckett's
Val, Dawn, Mace, Josh, Vance, Courtney, & Vance
entry posted by Skip & Diane Moody on 02-15-2011
Sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with the whole family.
entry posted by Danielle Ducheneaux on 02-14-2011
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
entry posted by Roger and Cheryl Schmit on 02-14-2011
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.
entry posted by Betty Arteman on 02-14-2011
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,
entry posted by Lorraine (Zens) King on 02-14-2011
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
entry posted by Susie (Ruml) De La Rosa on 02-14-2011
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
entry posted by Glen and Jeanette Eichacker-McVay on 02-14-2011
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.
entry posted by Jeanette (Tschetter) & Owen Johnson on 02-13-2011
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
entry posted by Bob and Sue (Schoenfelder) Hoyle on 02-13-2011
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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