Ella Weerts


Ella Clara Marie (Behm) Weerts, 92, of Bancroft, S.D., passed away on Feb. 4, 2021. She was born Sept. 30, 1928, in Madison, S.D., to Frieda (Wulff) and Arthur Behm.

Ella grew up on the family farm by Canova, S.D. She attended Pearl #1 Country School through 8th grade and graduated from Canova High School in 1946. During the school year, Ella lived in town and worked at Ray’s Grocery Store. After graduation, Ella worked full time at Ray’s Grocery Store. Later, she moved to Mitchell, S.D., and worked as a bookkeeper for Armours.

She married Elmer Donald Weerts on June 4, 1950, at Immanuel Lutheran, Canova, S.D., where she had been baptized and confirmed. They made their home on the Weerts family farm north of Bancroft where they raised their five children. She was the bookkeeper for E. Weerts, Inc. for over 50 years.

Ella was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Bancroft, where she was organist for over 30 years, taught Sunday School and was active in WELCA, serving as treasurer, secretary and president. She also served as secretary and treasurer for the church.

Ella was active in the community as a member of the Friendly Farmerettes Extension Club and a 4-H Leader. She enjoyed baking cookies, gardening, decorating cakes, playing Scrabble, doing crossword puzzles (in pen), raising chickens, sewing, drawing and playing piano. Ella was a kind soul who loved her family and her church. She will be missed dearly by her family and friends.

Ella is survived by four children, Eugene (Mary) Weerts of Bancroft, Eunice (Kent) Kapplinger of Fargo, N.D., Erland (Marlys) Weerts of Bancroft and Evelyn (Richard) Cottam of High Point, N.C.; son-in-law, Delmer Wolkow of De Smet; sister-in-law, Bernice Mundhenke of De Smet; 13 grandchildren, Mathew (Betty) Wolkow of Lewisville, Texas, Michael (Lori) Wolkow of Courtland, Minn., Nolan (Leah) Wolkow of Alexandria, Minn., Lisa (Dane) Slater of Olympia, Wash., Laura (Justin) Ruesch of Watertown, Steven (Caitlin) Weerts of Bancroft, Eric Weerts of Elko New Market, Minn., Erin (Joseph) Stewart of Huron, Evan (Meghan) Weerts of Big Lake, Minn., Sam (Kalley) Hogstad of Brookings, Corey (Nancy) Luckow of San Clemente, Calif., Katherine Cottam and Caroline Cottam of High Point, N.C.; 28 great-grandchildren, Whitney (Kevin) Lambert, Logan Wolkow, Matalyn Wolkow, Elizabeth Wolkow, Nathan Wolkow, Jonathon Wolkow, Brady Wolkow, Jaymeson Wolkow, Colby Wolkow, Isabella Wolkow, Heidi Petersen, Aiden Petersen, Johnathan Slater, Crosby Ruesch, Chloe Ruesch, Addison Weerts, Nora Weerts, Parker Weerts, Elliot Weerts, Jade Stewart, Faith Stewart, Emeri Stewart, Joseph Stewart Jr., Kinsley Weerts, Braden Hogstad, Luke Luckow, Paul Luckow and John Luckow.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Elmer; daughter, Eileen Wolkow; brother, Gilbert (Elfrieda) Behm; sister, Sylvia (Leslie) McCune and great-granddaughter Emma Jean Weerts.

A private family service will be held on Feb. 13, 2021, with burial to follow at LeSueur Cemetery at Bancroft, S.D.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Ella’s name can be made to Avera Hospice of Mitchell or Good Samaritan Center in De Smet.

Arrangements by Osthus Funeral Home/Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel

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