Myrtle Dorothea Rasmussen Sieck, born December 1,1908 in Spink, Union Co, So. Dak to Magnus and Gunhild Hanson Rasmussen. Baptized on October 4, 1909 She married Lou Sieck on June 7, 1930. She finished her schooling in Vermillion SD. They farmed in the Vermillion, SD area and raised 7 children; Marilyn Hall and children Linda, Warren, Julie, Gordan(deceased) and Rick, 9 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchild Dale(Mercy) children Lynne and Cheryl and 4 grandchildren. Gene(Mert) children Debra, Greg, Diane(deceased) and Lisa, 8 grandchildren and 8 great-granchildren. Donna Twitchell and children Dirk, Brian and Craig(deceased) , 3…
Myrtle Dorothea Rasmussen Sieck, born Dec. 1, 1908, in Spink, to Magnus and Gunhild Hanson Rasmussen, passed away Oct. 22, 2013.
A graveside service was held 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at the Green Acres Garden of Peace, Scottsdale, AZ.
She was baptized on Oct. 4, 1909. She married Lou Sieck on June 7, 1930. She finished her schooling in Vermillion.
They farmed in the Vermillion area and raised seven children, Marilyn Hall and children Linda, Warren, Julie, Gordan (deceased) and Rick, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; Dale (Mercy) children Lynne and Cheryl and four grandchildren; Gene (Mert) children Debra, Greg, Diane (deceased) and Lisa, eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; Donna Twitchell and children Dirk, Brian and Craig (deceased), three grandchildren; Jo Ann (Ron) Schneider and children Tammie, Mike, and Brenda, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; Janice Sieck, Don (deceased).
She was preceded in death by husband, Louie; son, Don; granddaughter, Diane; grandsons, Gordan and Craig; great-grandchildren, Stacey and James.
During her years in Vermillion, Mert worked in food service. At her time of retirement she was working at the University of South Dakota. She had many friends and enjoyed card parties and having friends and relatives over for meals or coffee and dessert. In her retirement years in the Phoenix area, she and Lou managed a motel in Tempe. They then fully retired and spent time enjoying the Phoenix area and making their travel back to Nebraska and Vermillion to visit relatives. They enjoyed the visits from the families and always had a new fun place for them to visit.
Mert’s caring for others and great sense of humor made her friends with all she met. Her hobbies were flower gardening and reading. In choosing her books she made sure there were no “bad words.” Her liking of Lawrence Welk and Liberace was known by many. One of the things she would say in her last years was “life is short.” Feeding the birds was also important to Mert; she would daily get her cup of birdseed and as soon as the birds saw her come out of the door they swarmed down for their treats. Mert really didn’t like to have her picture taken and can be seen in many making her exit.
Mert was living in Scottsdale, AZ, in the Osborn Health and Rehab at the time of her death. Previous to that she had lived independently and in assisted living enjoying her hobbies of gardening and reading.
Green Acres Mortuary & Cemetery was in charge of funeral arrangements. www.greenacresmortuary.net