Reidella Madonna Engman, of Vermillion, died Friday, May 3, 2013, at Prairie Estates Care Center in Elk Point. Funeral mass will be held on Saturday, May 11, at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Vermillion at 11 a.m. with the family being present the hour prior.
Reidella was born to Lawrence and Ruth (Ryan) Rubida on May 10, 1918, on their farm in Union County, South Dakota. After graduating from high school in Elk Point, she attended Mid-West College of Commerce in Sioux City, IA. She moved to Vermillion in 1938 where she met the love of her life, Sidney Engman. They were married on Aug. 8, 1939, in Ponca, NE.
During World War II, she went to Detroit, MI, and was employed at the Detroit Ordinance plant. She came back to Vermillion after the war and held several administrative positions, the last being 17 years as the Deputy Clerk of Courts at the Clay County Courthouse.
Reidella was a long time member of St. Agnes Catholic Church, VFW Auxiliary, Disabled Veterans Auxiliary, POW Auxiliary, Senior Citizens Club, Clay County and State Historical Societies, and social member of the local golf course.
Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. She loved being a wife, mother, grandmother and great -grandmother. Many happy memories were created spending joyous moments together. She loved cooking, entertaining and playing bridge with her many friends.
Those left to honor her memory are daughter, Julie (John) Springer of West Des Moines, IA; grandson, John III (Lori) Springer of Erie, PA; granddaughter, Juliann (Peter) Cline of West Des Moines, IA; and five great-granddaughters, Sydney, Emma, Molly, Ela and Annie; sisters, Lee Saporito and Udyene Christopherson; brothers, Alvin Rubida and Lawrence Rubida; and many other loved ones. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 72 years, Sidney; great-granddaughter, Lily; brother, Arvin Rubida; and dear friend, Marge Lennon, whom she considered a sister.
You were a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who will be cherished forever and always!
A heartfelt thank you to the Beringers and Banks for their many kindnesses throughout the years. The family also wishes to thank Dr. Tom Olson, Wel Life Assisted Living and Prairie
Estates Care Center for their love and compassionate care giving.
Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Agnes Catholic Church, 416 Walker St, Vermillion, SD 57069 or Senior Citizens Center, 320 West Main St, Vermillion, SD 57069.