Lillian Rogness

Lillian M. Rogness

February 22nd, 1930 - November 8th, 2019
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Lillian M. Rogness, of Watertown, SD, passed away peacefully on November 8, 2019 at Jenkins Living Center. She was 89.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 15, 2019 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Watertown with Father Richard Fox officiating.

Visitation for family and friends will be from 5-7 p.m., with a scripture service at 7 p.m. and a rosary to follow on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at the Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel in Watertown.

Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Watertown. A lunch reception will follow at Immaculate Conception Church.

Casket bearers are Lillian’s grandsons: Jay Brandriet, Justin Brandriet, Brian Rogness, Kevin Rogness, and Nathan Rogness, and son-in-law Thomas Hall.

Honorary casket bearers are Lillian’s granddaughters: Abigail Hall, Cassandra Smith, and Erin Hall and the Catholic Daughters of America.

Lillian Mae (Wegner) Rogness was born to Charles and Marcella Wegner on February 22, 1930 in Willow Lake, SD. She received her First Holy Communion and Confirmation at St. James Catholic Church in Willow Lake. She grew up on a farm and helped with the farm chores and canning fruits and vegetables. She graduated from Willow Lake High School in 1947. She attended General Beadle College, now Dakota State College in Madison, SD, receiving her teaching certificate. She taught country school (grades 1 – 8) for 3 years in Clark County.

She moved to Watertown in 1950. In 1953, Lillian married Elmer L. Rogness of Wilmot, SD. One of her fondest memories was the honeymoon that she and Elmer shared, traveling the country for 3 months, finding temporary employment along the way. They returned to Watertown where they lived, worked, and raised six children together.

Lillian worked at various local businesses, including Woolworth’s, Western Transportation, MidTex, the Watertown Public Opinion, and one year as a teacher’s aide. She spent 20 years working in the lunch program at Watertown High School, McKinley Elementary School, and Garfield Elementary School. She also dedicated many years to volunteer service for Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and School helping with CCD class preparation and serving as the Treasurer for the St. Louise Circle. She was also an active volunteer for Catholic Daughters of America, Watertown Library, Meals on Wheels, March of Dimes, and election duty.

In addition to volunteering, one of her favorite activities was to travel. Lillian and Elmer enjoyed traveling the country by car every summer. Lillian had the opportunity to visit Ireland later in life, which was special as Ireland is her ancestors’ homeland.

Lillian will be greatly missed by her large family, her many friends, and the church that she served for so many years.

She is survived by her children, Lois Brandriet (Steven Bloink) of Highland, UT, James Rogness (Candyce) of Apple Valley, MN, Janis Smith (Stanley) of LeClaire, IA, Curtis Rogness of Sioux Falls, SD, and Tracy Hall (Thomas) of Bloomington, MN; daughter-in-law, Tammy Rogness of Watertown; eight grandchildren; one sister, Leona Hurley of Bryant, SD; and one brother, Edward Wegner (JoAnn) of Rapid City, SD.

She was predeceased by her parents, Charles and Marcella Wegner of Willow Lake, SD; husband, Elmer Rogness of Watertown, SD; son, Dale Rogness of Watertown, SD; three sisters, Mary Catherine Blaylock of Ogden, UT, Cecilia Timm of Desmet, SD, and Helen Margaret Kruthoff of Watertown, SD; 4 brothers-in-law, Dick Hurley of Bryant, SD, Everett Timm of Desmet, SD, Ray Blaylock of Ogden, UT, and Marvin Kruthoff of Watertown, SD; and one grandchild, Jody Brandriet.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Jenkins Living Center staff for their loving and supportive care for the past several years.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday November 14th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday November 14th, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel
    1111 4th St NE
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
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    There will be a scripture service at 7 pm, with a rosary to follow.
  • Service

    Friday November 15th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Friday November 15th, 2019 11:00am
    Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
    110 3rd St SE
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
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    Father Richard Fox
  • Interment

    St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
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Posted at 06:53am
Curt, your mother lived a good and productive life. It's great that she and your dad got to travel and see so much of this country. Pat Butler
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Posted at 08:27pm
We will miss you forever. Love you, Mom!
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With loving memories of "Lillian".
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Doug Schulz

Posted at 02:49pm
Lois, Jim and all the Rogness family, I’m very sorry for the loss of your mom. May she Rest In Peace.

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