Mona Rae Palmlund, age 61, of De Smet, S.D., passed away on Tues., Jan. 5, 2021, at the Avera Hospital in Sioux Falls. Memorial services were held Sat., Jan. 9, 2021, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in De Smet with Father Richard Baumberger officiating. Music was provided by Ann Larson.
Visitation was held at the Osthus Funeral Home on Friday and prior to services at the church on Saturday.
Burial was at St. Thomas Catholic Cemetery in De Smet. Active pallbearers were Brandon Wienk, Cody Siver, Dustin Hovde, Jake Vincent, Jeremy Sprang and Lance Cundy.
Mona Rae was born Oct. 27, 1959, in De Smet, S.D., to Deloyce and Frances (Ryland) Cundy. She graduated from De Smet High School in 1977 and went on to study early childhood development at Lake Area Technical Institute.
On Dec. 1, 1978, Mona Rae married Leslie Palmlund, her high school sweetheart, in De Smet. The couple then moved to Huron, S.D., where Mona Rae worked at Maas Daycare. Excited to start a family of their own, the couple moved back to De Smet. In 1991, she and Les purchased the local lumber yard naming it Les’s Lumber. They continued to own and operate the lumber yard until they sold it in 2007. Mona Rae then worked at Lake Preston Community Daycare and soon after opened a daycare in her home creating many special bonds throughout the years. She was especially proud of the fact that she got to help raise her four grandchildren. She was known fondly by her daycare kids as “Momma Rae”.
Mona Rae was a member of the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. She enjoyed outdoor activities: riding four-wheelers and motorcycles, taking care of her yard and house, and she enjoyed good conversation on the porch with family and friends. Mona Rae was always willing to lend a helping hand. She was part of a group that helped raise funds for Cancer in Kingsbury County. Mona Rae also helped organize poker runs in honor of her son, Michael. These funds were used to give back to the community by putting equipment in parks and bringing the Christmas Train to town; she looked forward to seeing all of the smiles and joy it brought to the children.
Mona Rae is survived by her husband, Leslie of De Smet; one son, Scott (Shannon) Palmlund of De Smet; one daughter, Penny (Mark) Sjolie of Lake Preston; one brother, Rod (Denise) Cundy of Ankeny, Iowa; four grandchildren, Kashden and Kinnley Palmlund and Braven and Granger Sjolie; and many nieces and nephews.
Mona Rae was preceded in death by her parents and one son, Michael Palmlund.