of Interior, South Dakota, died on Tuesday, July 3, 2018
at the Philip Nursing Home at the age of 93
Wanda Henrietta Gropper was born to William and Rose (Glanzman) Gropper in Platte, South Dakota, on January 28, 1925. She moved with her family to Washabaugh County east of LongValley, South Dakota, when she was one year old. Wanda attended grade school at the Harding School and graduated from Wanblee High School in 1942. After high school she taught two years of grade school at GreenValley Elementary School. Then she attended summer school in Springfield Teacher’s College in Springfield, South Dakota. She earned a teacher’s permit from that college and later taught one semester at LongValley Grade School.
Wanda was united in marriage to Navy Ens. Francis Guptill on January 18, 1945 in Chicago, Illinois. After his honorable discharge from the Navy they moved to Brookings in 1946 and later to Hot Springs in 1948.
The Guptill family returned to a farm in the GreenValley community in 1950 where Wanda raised a big garden, milked cows, taught school part-time, and raised four wonderful children. In 1982 Francis and Wanda moved to Interior where they continued to farm and ranch for many years.
Wanda was an active member of the Interior Presbyterian Church, held office with the Presbyterian Women, hosted local Senior Citizen meetings, Sunday morning coffee gatherings, and helped to raise the nearby grandkids and great-grandkids.
Survivors include her children: Perry and Caroline Guptill, Sheryl Trohkimoinen, Dale and Valerie Guptill, and Alice and Dave Jones; 12 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and 3 step-great-great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Virginia Guptill and Jean Cutler; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband Francis; her parents; one sister Doloris Sharp; two brothers Clayton and Lawrence Gropper; and a son-in-law Bob Trohkimoinen.
A memorial is established to the Interior Presbyterian Church.
A visitation will be held one hour preceding the funeral service.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 7, at the Interior Fire Hall in Interior with Pastor Kathy Chesney officiating.
Interment will be at the Interior-Fairview Cemetery.
Saturday, July 7, 2018 - 2:00 p.m.
Interior Fire Hall
Interior, South Dakota
Pastor Kathy Chesney
Sara Sharp - Pianist
Roger Porch - Vocalist
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All of Wanda’s Grandsons
All of Wanda's Granddaughters
Interior, South Dakota
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Sorry to hear of Wanda’s death. She was a blessing to me during my ministry at First Presbyterian in Interior. My God give you peace and comfort.
~ Mark Ford
Brainerd, MN (7/3/2018)
~ Van & Cathy Simpfenderfer
Wall, SD (7/6/2018)
May her legacy live on in each life she touched. May God comfort you
~ Richard and Jody Williamson
Fort Worth, TX (7/5/2018)
Wanda represents all that is Godly and great ... with her passing to the next stage, nothing good and loving she has done is diminished in the slightest ... bravo Wanda !!
~ roy guptill
beaverton oregon (7/7/2018)
What a wonderful and caring lady. She will be missed around Interior.
~ Tim Lester
Austin, TX (7/3/2018)
Dear Alice & Family, So sorry to hear about your Mom we are thinking of you during this time. Will be keeping you in our thoughts and prayers!
~ Roy & Rees Ready
Thermopolis, WY (7/4/2018)
So many good memories of Wanda. I always admired her energy, her kindness, and quick laughter. Wish I could be there on Saturday to celebrate her life but the distance will prevent that. I will be thinking of her family.
~ Carolyn and Mark
The Family if Wanda- I am so very sorry for your loss. What a good and loving person Wanda was. It was a pleasure caring for her at Silverleaf. I am happy to have had the opportunity to know both her and your family. May God comfort you during this time until you see each other again.
~ Julie McLaughlin
Midland, SD (7/3/2018)
Duane & JoAnn Wood, Faith,SD
Sorry for your loss. May memories and love surround you all now and forever.
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