Wecota: Mary Gebhard, 81, of Wecota passed away Wednesday, May 2, 2012, at Avera St. Luke's Hospital in Aberdeen.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday, May 7, 2012, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wecota, with Pastor Timothy Koch officiating.
Burial will follow at 5 p.m. Monday at Forest Hill Cemetery in Canton.
Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Sunday, May 6, 2012, at Luce Funeral Home in Faulkton.
Mary Jane was born Feb. 22, 1931, to Emil and Laura (Fersdahl) Hansen in Sioux Falls. She attended and graduated from Washington High School. On Aug. 6, 1988, she married Dean Gebhard in Sioux Falls and, together, they made their home on a farm near Wecota. She enjoyed collecting rocks, reading, making one of a kind special cards, and being in nature. In her early years, she was a 4-H leader and Sunday school teacher. Mary was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother and she took great pride in being there for her family.
She is survived by her loving husband, Dean Gebhard of Wecota; sons: Terry (Kelley) Beck of Sioux Falls, Steve Beck of Canton, Kevin (Ginger) Beck of Worthing and Steven (Zelda) Gebhard of Edgeley, N.D.; daughters: Angela (Terry) Graves of Fort Collins, Colo., and Valerie (Bruce) Ereth of Gering, Neb.; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; special friend, Bonnie Loken; and special sister-in-law, Lois Hanson.
Preceding her in death were her parents; brother, Tom; sisters: Margaret and Elinor; and sons: infant Vincent Robert Beck and Vincent Vince Robert Beck.
Luce Funeral Home of Faulkton has been entrusted with Mary's arrangements.