Ila Pastian

Funeral services for Ila Pastian were held on Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Gregory with Pastor Royal Archer officiating.

Music was provided by the congregation accompanied by Bette Fogel, pianist.

Marlene Schuiling and Betty Dvorak were in charge of registration and Diane Jorgensen and LeRay Smith were flower attendants.

Casket bearers were her grandsons: Mike Teigh, Britt Pastian, Ryan Pastian, Dan Pastian, Nick Wranek, Matt Wranek, Sean Cassity, Jake Wranek and Miles Pastian.

Interment was in the IOOF Cemetery in Gregory. Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Ila Jeanne (Whiting) Pastian, the first child of Eugene and Agnes (Musilek) Whiting, was born on May 1, 1928 at her parent’s farm (Blachnik place) south of Dallas. She grew up on the farm with her siblings, Raymond (Fritz), Patricia, Allen and Sharon.

Ila’s passion for education was encouraged early on by her mother who was a teacher. She attended Pleasant Valley Elementary and Gregory High School and graduated in 1945 at age 17. She attended Black Hills State College for the summer and began teaching at the Barker Rural School.

Ray and Ila were married on June 7, 1947. They made their home in Dallas. Five children were born to this union, Sally, Dale, David, Marla and Marcia. While raising her family, she continued teaching at rural schools in Gregory and Tripp County as well as at the Dallas and Gregory Elementary schools. She simultaneously furthered her education by attending night, weekend and summer classes. Ila accomplished her goal of earning a bachelor’s of science degree in education from Southern State Teachers College in Springfield in May of 1974.

In 1974, Ila moved to Arizona to join her husband, Ray, who was employed there. She taught in Tuba City on the Navajo Indian Reservation and at Hulet Elementary School in Holbrook, AZ until her retirement. She continued to substitute and volunteer at Hulet Elementary in Holbrook, AZ. Her teaching career/involvement with education spanned more than 50 years.

With boundless energy, Ila donated much of her time in South Dakota and Arizona to her church and community. She was an active member of the Gregory and Holbrook United Methodist Churches, the American Legion Auxiliary, the VFW, the Rebekah’s, Delta Kappa Gamma, the Order of the Eastern Star and the Holbrook Lions Club. She was also a CASA worker who advocated for the best interest of abused and neglected children in court.

In 2007, Ila moved to Mesa, AZ with her daughter, Marla, and son-in-law, Jim. Although she enjoyed Arizona, Ila always considered South Dakota as home and spent as much time as she could in Dallas.

Ila enjoyed gardening, cooking, baking, reading, cake decorating, traveling, collecting hat pins and other antiques, the slots, bingo and a good game of pinochle or 10 point pitch. She made king size quilts for each of her children between her 80th and 85th birthdays. Another passion was cheering on her favorite sports teams, the Arizona Diamondbacks and Arizona Cardinals as well as each of her grand/great-grandchildren.

Ila Jeanne (Whiting) Pastian passed away on November 17, 2016 at the age of 88 years at the Banner Baywood Medical Center in Mesa, AZ.

She is survived by her children, Sally (Ron) Lampe of Cortez, CO, Dale (Madeline) Pastian of Gregory, Dave (Patricia) Pastian of Milliken, CO, Marla (Jim) Cassidy of Mesa, AZ and Marcia (Dave) Wranek of Mitchell, and by nine grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; sister, Sharon Lundin of Carrizozo, NM and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She is preceded in death by Ray, her husband of 55 years; her parents, Agnes and Eugene Whiting; her brothers, Raymond and Allen Whiting; her sister, Patricia Ensley; and her grandsons, Mark Teigh and Drew Pastian.

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