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Gloriane E. Yost, 91, of Aberdeen, passed away Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at ManorCare Health Services in Aberdeen, following a lengthy illness.
The memorial service celebrating Gloriane’s life will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1620 Milwaukee Avenue NE, Aberdeen, with Pastor Rhia Strohm officiating.
Schriver’s Memorial Mortuary and Crematory, 414 5th Avenue NW, Aberdeen is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, at the mortuary, with a public prayer service beginning at 7:00 p.m. Visitation continues one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday.
Friends may sign Gloriane’s online guestbook and also view her service via the live stream service link at www.schriversmemorial.com.
Gloriane E. Erickson was born November 26, 1926 in Spain, SD (located in Lowell Township, Marshall County) to Clarence Sr. and Hilda (Skoien) Erickson. She was the second of five children. Gloriane was baptized and confirmed at Langford Evangelical Lutheran Church and attended and graduated from Langford Public High School. She then furthered her education in Minneapolis, MN.
Gloriane was united in marriage to Gale A. Yost on December 12, 1947. Their union was blessed with two sons, Dan and Scott. The family lived in College Park, Maryland where she worked as reporter for a maritime shipping company in Washington, DC. Gloriane was passionate about the environmental issues of water and waste management. She also held a great interest in the political process and was a strong supporter of educational forums on voting issues and voter registration and the Kids Voting USA program. Her professional career reflected her interests as she served as an election reporter for ABC, NBC, and CBS. In 1967, Gloriane and her family returned to South Dakota. She resided at her home in Aberdeen until 2006, when she retired to Parkside Apartments.
While living in Aberdeen, Gloriane was an active member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, where she was very involved in the “Wednesday School” program. She loved those children and remembered them all for years. Gloriane always had hugs for them if she saw them out and about. She was also a member of the Sons of Norway; Westerners International; the Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce (Government Affairs Committee); the Regional Aging Council of NE South Dakota; and was a 25+ year League of Women Voters member.
Gloriane kept busy volunteering at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital; with the Meals on Wheels program; as a YWCA Exercise Leader; and as an RSVP Volunteer for more than 15 years, receiving the Presidential Lifetime Service Award. She also was a staunch supporter of the Dacotah Prairie Museum, Aberdeen Arts Council, NSU Foundation and local blood drives, receiving the "1 Gallon" Award.
In her spare time, Gloriane enjoyed reading and traveling, including trips to Alaska, Norway, and Greece, where she traced the steps of St. Paul the Apostle. She also enjoyed attending basketball and football games and tournaments at NSU and Langford. “Auntie Gramma” especially loved seeing her grandsons; many of her 18 nieces and nephews; as well as area children enjoy Storybook Land. She always looked forward to and cherished family time at the lake.
Grateful to have shared in Gloriane’s life are her children: Dan A. (Ollie) Yost of Sisseton, SD and Scott F. Yost of Kodiak, AK; two grandsons: Zachary Yost and Jonathan (Ellen) Yost, both of Rapid City, SD; three step-granddaughters: Katie (Jeremiah) Olsen and Bekah (Steven) Guana, both of Kodiak, AK and Dannielle (Cole) Snodgress of Elko, NV; and one sister, Joanne (Raymond) Carson of Langford, SD.
Gloriane is preceded in death by her husband, Gale; three infant children; her parents, Clarence Sr. and Hilda; two brothers, Harlow and Clarence Erickson, Jr.; one sister, Mildred Olson; and two nephews: Wayne and Bryan Erickson.
Memorials will be designated to Lutherans Outdoors, South Dakota Synod and Bethlehem Lutheran Church.