Loraine A. McNeely, age 84 of Yankton, SD passed away on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at Ava’s House – Sanford Health in Sioux Falls, SD.

Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with the Rev. Fr. Larry Regynski as Celebrant. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery.

Visitation will be 5 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 4 at Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home and Crematory with a 6:45 p.m. Holy Rosary and a 7:00 p.m. Vigil Service. There will also be visitation for one hour prior to service time at the church on Wednesday.

Arrangements are under the direction of Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home and Crematory in Yankton. Online condolences may be made at: www.opsahl-kostelfuneralhome.com.

Pallbearers are Loraine’s grandchildren. Honorary pallbearers are Bridge and Mah Jongg friends.

Loraine Heisinger McNeely was born on March 16, 1935, to George and Lucile (Rick) Heisinger on a farm north of Tripp, SD. She attended Sacred Heart Elementary in Parkston SD, Parkston High School, Southern State College, and received a BA Degree from Yankton College. She married Wendell McNeely on June 4, 1955, in Parkston, SD. Loraine taught school for thirty years at Pickstown, Ravinia, Pierre, Yankton, Watertown, Lake Norden, and Lemmon. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, General Federated Women’s Club, Dakota Chapter of Questers, Sacred Heart and Episcopal bridge groups, Senior Citizens Center, and was a past member of Hillcrest Country Club and Retired Teachers. She held offices in many of these groups through the years. In 2007, she was awarded the Sacred Heart School Hall of Fame Award. Loraine thoroughly enjoyed playing in numerous bridge clubs and foursomes. She also truly loved the game of Mah Jongg and was an avid reader of mystery novels and historical fiction. Loraine set for herself a lofty goal of reading one hundred books a year which she accomplished since 1999. She was proud of her list of read books which she kept a record of on her computer. She volunteered for many years at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital.

Loraine leaves five sons: Dr. Kevin (Nancy) of Poway, CA, Kurtes (Phil) of Fremont, CA, Kraig (Scarlett) of Yankton, SD, Kory (Brenda) of Pittsburg, CA, Kelly of Santa Cruz, CA; ten grandchildren: Steven, Jacob, Shawn, Aaron, Sheryl, Sheline, Samuel and Kristen McNeely, Shanice Smith, and Tara Kuchta; ten great grandchildren: Jamisen and Genevie Volin, Mavis McNeely, Matthew, Daniel, Scarlet, Julian McNeely, Cole and Theodore Smith, and Mellie Kuchta; sister, Ethel Gramm of Mitchell, SD; two sisters-in-law, Jeanne Becker of Wagner, SD and Mary McNeely of Tabor, SD; forty nieces and nephews, and many cousins, and friends.

Loraine was preceded in death by her husband, Wendell; parents; brother, Edward Heisinger and his wife, Margaret; sister, Alice and her husband, Herman Schmidt; sister-in-law, Marilyn McNeely; four brothers-in-law: Merlin Gramm, Waldo Becker, Arlon (Bud) McNeely, and Don McNeely.

Yankton Press & Dakotan

December 2, 2019