Basham Funeral Service
Viorene Ann McEldowney
( June 24, 1924 - December 31, 2018 )
Viorene McEldowney 94, of Wessington Springs passed away Monday morning December 31, 2018 at the Weskota Manor. Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11:00 AM Saturday January 5, 2019 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Wessington Springs. Burial was in St. Wifrid Catholic Cemetery at Woonsocket. Visitation was held Friday January 4 from 5-7 at the church with a scripture service and rosary at 7:00 PM.
Viorene Ann McEldowney was born June 24, 1924 in Jerauld County to Nicholas and Anna (Welter) Wolf. She attended eight years at rural Steichen School in Blaine Township, and graduated from Woonsocket High School in 1942. After high school, she went to Wessington Springs and worked at the ASCS office and Habicht & Habicht department store. It was at this time, she met Raymond Dean of Miller. They married in April 1945 and had two daughters. Raymond was an elevator manager and bookkeeper, and they moved to Plankinton, then to Buffalo Lake, MN, where he died in March, 1953.
After his death, she and the girls moved back to Wessington Springs, where she worked at Memorial Hospital, in the offices of Drs. Dean and McManus. In 1955, she married Frank McEldowney and they made their home at the farm west of town with his two children. To this union, seven more children were born. She enjoyed farm life and worked hard milking cows, gardening, and raising the children. They moved into Wessington Springs in 1973. She worked for Coast to Coast Hardware store for 16 years, retiring in 1989. In December 2012, she moved to Weskota Apartments, and has resided in Weskota Manor since May of 2018. Viorene passed away peacefully on Monday, December 31st, at the age of 94.
Viorene was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Altar Society, and American Legion Auxiliary. She thoroughly enjoyed her family and their large gatherings, along with watching the Springs Owls and Minnesota Twins. She valued her Catholic faith, and it was an integral part of her entire life and raising her family.
She is survived by her children - Diane (Bruce) Rutschke, Eagan, MN, Nancy Erickson, Scappoose, OR, Mary (Jim) Morrison, Sioux Falls, SD, Cathy (Tim) Holzwarth, Wessington Springs, SD, Janet (Roger) Carlson, Naperville, IL, Teresa McEldowney, Aurora, CO, Deb (Jim) Buck, Sommerset, SD, Jim (Colleen) McEldowney, North Bend, WA, Tom (Deb) McEldowney, Castlewood, SD, Dennis (Sandy) McEldowney, Wessington Springs, SD, and Pat (Irv) Lonneman, Watertown, SD, her 29 grandchildren, and 27 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husbands; Raymond and Frank, her parents, brother Melvin, sister Luella and her husband Bruce, son-in-law Warren Erickson, and a grandson Austin McEldowney.