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United Methodist Church, Tyndall
Friday December 14th, 2012

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Vlasta "Lassie" Miller

Rev. Duane Coates
Rev. Donna McLaird
Organist ~ Kathy Koenig
“Amazing Grace”
“Blest Be The Tie That Binds”
Soloist ~ Lisa Knoll
“Just a Closer Walk With Thee”
“Serenaded by Angels”
Members of the Czech Heritage Preservation Society
Bradley Miller
Ronald Miller
David Ruman
Todd Woods
Trevor Woods
Richard Wurts
Vlasta “Lassie” (Ruman) Miller was born on Friday, April 27, 1923 at Tyndall, South Dakota to Alois and Alice (Hladky) Ruman, Sr. She graduated from Tabor High School in 1940. She received her teaching certificate from Southern State Normal School in Springfield, then taught school for four months. She was a civil service clerk for the War Dept. for one year in Washington, D.C. and three years in Detroit, Michigan. She married Orville Henderson in December of 1945 and they had a son, Roger.  After returning to South Dakota, Lassie worked for the ASCS for 31 years, retiring in 1981. Lassie married Gerald “Jerry” Miller on August 6, 1960 at the United Methodist Church in Tyndall. She was an active member of the Methodist Church and was treasurer for 17 years. She was a member of the WFLA for over 50 years and was a nominee for “Fraternalist of the Year.” She served as secretary for 39 years and also 2 years for the state chapter. She was a member of the Czech Heritage Preservation Society and was secretary for that organization for 32 years. She was a member of the Tyndall VFW Auxiliary and was secretary for 31 years. She enjoyed bowling and was secretary of the Women’s Bowling League in Tyndall for 20 years and president for 4 years. Lassie passed away on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at the Good Samaritan Society of Tyndall at the age of 89 years, 7 months and 12 days.
Grateful for having shared Lassie’s life are her husband Jerry Miller of Tyndall; her son, Roger (Marci) Henderson of Bloomington, Minnesota; two grandchildren: Sean (Andrea) Henderson and Jodi (Dustin) Lotz; one great-grandson, Zachary Parker Lotz; two brothers: Lumir (Marcy) Ruman of Tyndall and Alois Ruman, Jr. of Tabor; a sister-in-law, Esther Ruman of Marquette, Michigan; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Alois and Alice Ruman, Sr., she was preceded in death by two brothers: Edward Ruman and Robert Ruman; and two sisters-in-law, Irene (Mrs. Robert) Ruman and Mildred (Mrs. Alois) Ruman.

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What a great friend you were. Remember the great times we had when we went to Czechoslovakia. Also the many Czech Plays we were involved in. Will miss you. God Bless You. Na shledanou! Anezka Hejnova

Agnes Hejna Dec 13 2012 11:05 AM

Jerry and family, My sympathies to you all. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She will be missed at our office (FSA now) Christmas parties and visits. She liked to tease you hardly have to work now meaning due to the computer technology and such. She always had such a great attitude. She was also a very special roommate to my aunt Winifred Kastein. They were very good for each other. May they enjoy each other again in heaven. I will be out of town so I will not make the funeral but know I am thinking of you all. God Bless Nina Reiff

Nina Reiff Dec 13 2012 9:45 AM

We will miss Lassie very much!! She was so special to our family!!! We loved playing pinocle, New York Rummy and especially Scrabble and Upwords. There were many Saturday nights I had spent with Lassie and my mother playing Scrabble ---very much enjoyed and missed!! We will miss Lassie!! Our love to your family always!!!

Stan & Shirley Woods Dec 13 2012 5:37 AM

Words can't describe Aunt Lassie. She was more of a grandma than an aunt. She will be deeply missed but the memories are going to last my lifetime. From playing pinochle to just chatting. The biggest thing I will miss is giving her a hug when ever I saw her. She gave the best hugs and reminded me so much of Great Grandma Ruman. We love you Lassie and we know you are at peace looking down from heaven.

Todd Woods Dec 12 2012 6:35 AM