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Eunice M
Draeger

Eunice Marcella Nygaard was born on the farm on October 17, 1922, in Pierpont, SD, to Issac & Henrietta (Nelson). She had 3 brothers, Harvey, Jerome, & Raymond; and 3 sisters, Mildred (Mid), Fern, and Irene. She was baptized and confirmed at Skudesnes Lutheran Church. She graduated from Pierpont High School in 1940.

On September 10, 1949, Eunice and Ray Draeger were united in marriage at Skudesnes Church. They were blessed with 4 children: Jerry (Joyce), Lee (Cathy), Mark (Terry), and Wendy Heidtke (Joel); plus 6 grandchildren Kevin (Mindy), Daniel, Melissa, Eric (Erica), Andrew Heidtke (Elizabeth) and Beth Boche (Jason). Eunice took great pleasure in her 2 great granddaughters: Lily and Addison. After 46 years of marriage, Ray passed away in 1995.

Eunice was Valedictorian of her graduating class. She attended college for 1 year to earn a country teaching license and taught for 2 years in a 1 room school house. In 1943 she went to Tacoma, WA. She got a job at a sash & door factory and then as a typist in the Navy shipyards. The USO was a big part of her life in Tacoma. In 1946 she went back to Pierpont. Then in 1947 she & her cousin, Ann, headed to Milwaukee. She worked for the Telephone Company until 1949. Eunice was also a homemaker, a special education aide and a church secretary. Eunice & Ray lived in Baraboo, WI, St. Louis, MO, West Allis, WI, South Milwaukee, WI, & Greenwood, SC. For the past 21 years, Eunice lived in a house she loved in Oak Creek, WI.

The family traveled all over the US, camping most of the time. Eunice & Ray loved taking cruises all over the world. Eunice enjoyed dancing, sewing, playing the piano, being a Sunday School teacher, quilting, making ornaments, singing in the church choir, volunteering at church and other organizations, being part of Women’s Club, and doing crossword puzzles. Her great joy was playing bells in church for the past 40 years.

Eunice went to heaven to go dancing with Ray on January 30, 2018.

For all that was good in her 95 years, and for God’s faithfulness to Eunice and to us, we say Thanks be to God!

Visitation will be held Sat. Feb. 10 from 12-2pm at Trinity Lutheran Church (2507 5th Ave. South Milwaukee), followed by a celebration service at 2pm. She will be laid to rest at Forest Hill Memorial Park on Monday, February 12 at 10am.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Trinity Lutheran Church Project UpLift, USO or Milwaukee Rescue Mission.

Past Comments

Myla Tolmie

I remember all the times Eunice and Ray and family came to SD each summer in their camper/van. Eunice, Lee, Kathy, Wendy and Mark came to Milaca to sing with my church choir for our spring program. Lee played trumpet and Mark, Wendy and Kathy all joined in singing for the program. On Saturday morning during a practice break, Eunice sat down at the piano and started playing. She was “tickling those ivories” really great and I was surprised that she could play that well. My mom had always said that she took piano lessons but I never knew she could play like that. Her musical talents were carried over into her dancing, singing in her choir and playing bells. I was even surprised that she was doing that, too! W, too. What a talented lady. She will be missed by family and friends but I know she is dancing with her beloved Ray and “ringing them bells” and “tickling the ivories” in heaven. What a great reunion that will be for all the Nygaard clan. Love to all of you, Don and Myla Tolmie

Jerry Draeger

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Jerry Draeger

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Jerry Draeger

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Jerry Draeger

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Mark Draeger

I’ll always cherish the Saturdays Terry & I took Mom to Church, ate dinner at China Chef in South Milwaukee (her favorite) or the Market Place (she loved the Senior menu), or came back to her place for some leftovers. We loved watching Lawrence Welk with her, while I did the puzzle that was always on her round table in the Den. She usually fell asleep in her chair, but woke up to see us off, change into her PJs, and heat up a cup of coffee with a little shneck to go with it. After a hug and kiss at the door, and ALWAYS watching and waving to see us off safely (with my obligatory honk-honk), she returned to her chair to enjoy Andy Griffith, Johnny Carson, etc. with her coffee. Terry reminded me that occasionally Mom would make us “Big Pancakes” otherwise known as Egg Pancakes. This was a continuation of her sister Mildred (Mid) Lee who always made them when we visited the farm in South Dakota as kids. All of these memories, and so much more are in my heart forever.

Mark

Gail heidtke

Thank you so much for sharing such wonerful photos and loving memories! Euny had such an great and gracious spirit. So glad to have been with her at Christmas!. Gail & Maya Heidtke

Myla Tolmie

I remember all the times Eunice and Ray and family came to SD each summer in their camper/van. Eunice, Lee, Kathy, Wendy and Mark came to Milaca to sing with my church choir for our spring program. Lee played trumpet and Mark, Wendy and Kathy all joined in singing for the program. On Saturday morning during a practice break, Eunice sat down at the piano and started playing. She was “tickling those ivories” really great and I was surprised that she could play that well. My mom had always said that she took piano lessons but I never knew she could play like that. Her musical talents were carried over into her dancing, singing in her choir and playing bells. I was even surprised that she was doing that, too! W, too. What a talented lady. She will be missed by family and friends but I know she is dancing with her beloved Ray and “ringing them bells” and “tickling the ivories” in heaven. What a great reunion that will be for all the Nygaard clan. Love to all of you, Don and Myla Tolmie

Jerry Draeger

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