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Lenora "Lornie" Ruth McCann
Lenora “Lornie” Ruth McCann was born on Nov 23, 1925, the 11th and youngest child born to Fred and Barbara (Bitterman) Lang near Tyndall, South Dakota. She graduated from Tyndall High School Class of 1943, during which time she met a nice, handsome classmate Gordon “Gordie” McCann. He joined the U.S. Navy following graduation, and Lornie worked as a telephone operator in Omaha and lived with her sister Lil. Lornie and Gordie were united in marriage on September 24, 1945 and moved unto the family farm on the banks of the Missouri River. Lornie was a hardworking farmwife and great cook, who together with Gordie raised their 4 children. Along with the farm work, she also worked at several area businesses, her favorite of which was Joyce’s Shoppe in Tyndall. She was a devoted parishioner of St. Leo Catholic Church and served in various capacities including the cemetery board, parish council, altar society, choir, and foresters. She was also a member of the Jolly Neighbors Extension Club, V.F.W. Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary, and Red Hat Ladies.
Lornie and Gordie enjoyed playing cards, bowling, and traveling. She won many bowling trophies with local bowling teams over the years, played in a bridge club, and was a have-no-mercy pinochle player. Family gatherings almost always included pinochle games and she played regularly with friends.
Gordie passed away in 2014 and Lornie moved to her apartment in Springfield and continued to live independently. She had a great sense of humor and always had a way of making you feel better with either a delicious meal, a funny story, or just kind words. She was blessed with many good friends and will be greatly missed.
Lornie passed away on Thursday, May 10, 2018 as the result of an automobile accident near Tyndall, South Dakota. She had attained the age of 92 years, 5 months, and 17 days.
She is dearly loved and remembered by her children: Greg (Barbara) McCann of Tabor, SD, Marie (Dennis) Duncan of Parker, SD, Jan (Bruce) Holtquist of Springfield, SD, and Kris (Clark) Kelley of Sioux Falls, SD; grandchildren: Holly McCann, Tricia Amen, Drew (Carrie) Duncan, Leilani (Kevin) Stewart, Melissa (Julius) Reynolds, Jeni Holtquist, Audra (Kevin) Fullerton, Julianne (Aaron) Wipf, and Sam Kelley; and 13 great-grandchildren.
She was welcomed into Heaven by her husband, daughter-in-law Diana McCann, grandson Grant McCann, all 10 of her siblings, and her in-laws.
So sorry for your loss. I knew Lornie while I was growing up in Tyndall, your parents were good friends with my parents Bernard & Anolda Post. Keeping all of you in my prayers. Kay Post Mally
Kay Post- Mally May 20 2018 9:59 PM
My deepest sympathy....Lornie was a great lady and she always had a smile. She was one lady that always called me Vonney - she picked it up from Chris kids when I used to babysit them - always felt special when she would always call me that when she saw me - not to many people call me that anymore. She will be missed.
LaVonne (Lukkes) Gall May 17 2018 6:29 PM
Sorry for your loss. Your Mom will be missed & the good times always remembered.
Dwayne Dvoracek May 17 2018 1:53 AM
Sorry for your loss. Lornie was a fine lady.
Dennis Jordan May 15 2018 5:33 PM
Greg, May God's grace be with you though these tough times. God's love will be with you and your family.
Tim & Cheryl McCann May 15 2018 5:58 AM
We are sorry to hear of your loss. Our sympathy to you and your family.
Merlin and Barb Goehring May 15 2018 1:13 AM
My thoughts and prayers are with you and may your memories bring you peace and joy. Lornie was a very special lady that always welcomed me with hugs. Love to Kris and the entire McCann family!
Margaret Gorman Scherschligt May 14 2018 11:04 PM
So very sorry for your loss.What a nice gal she was.
Tammy Houska May 14 2018 1:28 AM
you have our deepest sympathy May God be with you all!
Gladys Kostal May 13 2018 4:20 AM
Thinking of all of you at this sad time. Your Mom was always so good to me...and so vibrant and strong!! I was going through some of my mom's stuff from High School and found the Who's Who of the Class of 1943. Your parents were voted Best Couple. What a joyful reunion they will have!!
Laura (Lee) Sales May 13 2018 2:39 AM