Lillie E. Gilster, age 98, of Lyons, Nebraska, formerly of Pender and Dakota City, passed away Monday, April 9, 2018 at her daughter’s home in rural Lyons. Funeral services will be on Monday, April 16, 2018, at 10:30 am, at Hope Lutheran Church in South Sioux City, Nebraska. Burial will be in the Dakota City Cemetery. Visitation will be held Sunday, from 5-7 p.m. with family receiving friends, and Prayer Service at 7 p.m. all at Pelan Funeral Services Lyons. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to service at the church. Memorials to Hope Lutheran Church in S. Sioux City. Pelan Funeral Services in Lyons in charge of arrangements.
Lillie E. Gilster was born to Ernest and Sophie (Siebrandt) Beckmann near Pender, Nebraska. She was a twin and spoke of her brother often in her failing years. She went to meet her Lord April 9, 2018, at her daughter’s home in rural Lyons, Nebraska, where she had been cared for the last eight and a half years. She was 98 years young.
Lillie was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church near Pender. She was a graduate of Pender High School.
Lillie married Harold Gilster January 19, 1939, in a double wedding. They farmed near Pender until moved to Dakota City, Nebraska in 1966.
Her husband preceded her in death in 1969. Lillie’s home became a Daycare Home where she cared for hundreds of children. Even in her failing years, she spoke of caring for Jesus’ little children.
Lillie was an active member of Hope Lutheran Church in South Sioux City, Nebraska. She taught Sunday School, midweek Confirmation Class and was Cradle Roll Superintendent. She did crafts and devotion for the elderly once a month at the local nursing home. She attended Ladies Aid and LWML. Working and witnessing for the Lord was her joy and delight.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harold; all her siblings – nine brothers and sisters.
She is survived by her three sons, Darold (Marietta) Gilster of Kamiah, ID, Richard (Tera) Gilster of Lawton, IA, Marvin (Geraldine) Gilster of Nampa, ID; two daughters, Geraldine (Delwin) Peterson of Lyons, Lynnette (Jerry) Kroeger of Hinton, IA; nine grandsons; four granddaughters; 18 great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren.