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Velma VlastnikVelma Vlastnik 74, of Grenville and formerly of Berwyn, IL died on Sunday December 25, 2011 at Coteau Des Prairies Hospital in Sisseton. Her funeral will be 2:00 P.M. Thursday December 29, 2011 at Fiksdal Funeral Chapel in Webster. Rev. John Hisel will officiate. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery, Forest Park, IL. Visitation will be Thursday prior to the service from 12-2 P.M. at the funeral home. Due to Velma's devotion to Grenville community affairs, in lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the following: Grenville (SD) Improvement Group c/o Lynea Wright, Grenville, SD 57239 Velma Jean Medenwaldt was born on August 22, 1937 to August and Edith (Pasch) Medenwaldt in Wilken County Minnesota. She attended elementary school in Doran, MN., and then high school in Breckenridge, MN. After her high school graduation in 1955, Velma moved to Minneapolis, MN where she took at job with Union Pacific Railroad. The job then transferred her to the Chicago area, where she settled. She then took a job with Merrill Lynch and eventually met and married Jerry Vlastnik, Jr. on November 10, 1963 in Brookfield, IL. The couple made their home in Berwyn, IL and to this union one children was born, Vikki. Velma worked for Merrill Lynch on the Chicago Board of Trade for many years, and was one of the first women to hold a membership on the Board, and also worked for two other brokerage firms. Her husband, Jerry Vlastnik predeceased her in 1992 after 28 years of marriage. In 2003, Velma retired and moved to Grenville, South Dakota to care for her mother, Edith (Medenwaldt) Unise. Velma enjoyed cooking, entertaining, playing bingo and cards. Survivors include: one daughter, Dr. Vikki J. Vlastnik, and son-in-law, Kelly Richter of Landenberg, PA; one brother, Ron Medenwaldt of Sioux Falls, SD; two nieces, Roz (James) Keimig of Guymon, OK, Lisa (Heath) Clemans of Guymon, OK, one nephew, Ron (Wanda) Medenwaldt Jr. of Towkawa, OK, and her close and dear older cousin Lois Thykeson, of Breckenridge, MN., who helped raise her as a child. She was preceded in death by her father, mother, and stepfather, Larry Unise, and her husband Jerry Vlastnik Jr.
Velma was a great lady. We all loved her at Cornwells. Was so sorry to see her death notice. May your memories help you through this time. Rest in Peace Velma.
Barb Jan 8 2012 12:00 AM
Velma was one of the neatest ladies I have ever known. She has lived a full life, a life many could envy with all her stories. I loved having her as a part-time neighbor for us being down only on the weekends. She made us feel so important as part of the town in Grenville, she just had that way of making everyone feel at home. The town wouldn’t be the same with our shining lady gone; she was one of a kind. Velma you where so blessed and anyone that knew you where also.
Pam Regula Dec 28 2011 12:00 AM
The family of Velma, sorry to hear about her passing. She was such a wonderful person, I loved our visits. what a inspiration she was. always worried about someone else. I spoke with her a week ago on the phone, at Community Oil in Roslyn.We have had so many laughs together. Velma was always so concerned about every one else. I will miss her saying "Whats up babe" My heart goes out to her daughter and family. she was was such a magnificient woman. I have lost a wonderful friend,I loved her dearly, and she will be missed.. See you on the other side "babe" Sandy
Sandra Rumpca Dec 28 2011 12:00 AM
so surprised to hear of her passing, but I think it was pretty cool that it was at the bingo hall, getting ready to do something she enjoyed. Velma had lots of friends at the bingo hall, that's how I met her. I thought her and her mom were kinda scary, but once I got to know them we had some pretty good chuckles. Velma was a feisty old woman, I enjoyed talking with her, she had interesting things to say. Was impressed by her career, and always asked about the stock market. She will be missed by her bingo buddies.
Martha Renville Dec 27 2011 12:00 AM
So sorry for your loss. Velma was a great woman! She has been one of the most generous supporters of the Grenville Improvement Group - both with her time and with donations. Velma rarely missed bringing desserts to St Josephs - whether it was for the bazaar, fish fries or for someone's funeral - even though she wasn't a member. She would just say that what was good for St Josephs was good for the community. The other thing I loved about Velma was that there was never any doubt where she stood on certain issues! We were blessed to be able to call her our friend. She will be missed.
Elaine & Dave Koslowski Dec 26 2011 12:00 AM