LaMorne M. Wiest, age 91, of Canby, MN passed away Thursday, October 10, 2019 at the Sylvan Court Nursing Home in Canby. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, October 18, 2019 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Canby, MN. Burial will be in the St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery, Canby. Visitation will be Friday, October 18th, one hour prior to the service at the church.
LaMorne Mary Benner was born on January 14, 1928 in Gary, SD to Arthur and Eva (Fritz) Benner. She was baptized, confirmed and received holy communion at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Gary, SD. She graduated in the class of 1946 from Gary High School. During high school she worked at the Benner Meat Locker and at the Gary State Bank. She took a shorthand and bookkeeping class during high school which turned into a career for her. She had fond memories of her parents, brother and sisters growing up and she loved to share her stories.
LaMorne and her soulmate, William “Bill” Wiest were married on September 19, 1949 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Gary, SD. Apart from the two years Bill served in the Army, Canby was their home where they raised their two daughters, Laurie Allyn and Joni Marie. LaMorne and Bill enjoyed planting flowers and vegetables in their garden. They also attended many auctions together where they sold pop from coolers. She always held a job including the time her and Bill worked for Bill’s dad, Emil and Bob Sherlin, at Canby Produce. She worked side jobs at the bakery, the department store, Larry’s Rexal and the laundry department at the hospital. She worked at First Security Bank for 38 years and was a Mary Kay representative for 16 years.
She was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, the American Legion, MECA and enjoyed volunteer work at the nursing home. Her faith was very important to her, she prayed the Rosary 3 times a day. LaMorne had a passion to be around people, enjoyed shopping and always presented herself very well. She was an independent, caring and compassionate person. She enjoyed life to it’s fullest and had a positive outlook. In her later years, she enjoyed going to visit Joni and Jack and their nine cats and eating at the café in Boyd. Prior to moving into the Nursing home in 2018, she lived in the assisted living for three years. She passed away on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at the Sylvan Court Nursing Home age the age of 91 years, 8 months and 27 days.
LaMorne is survived by her daughter, Joni (friend, Jack Painter) Wiest, Boyd, MN; son-in-law, Terry Yackley, Canby, MN; granddaughters: Jennifer (Ryan Evjen) Yackley, Minnetonka, MN and Melanie Yackley of Golden Valley, MN; sister, Mavis Johnson, Watertown, SD; special friend, Lorraine Jerzak; and many special nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by parents; daughter, Laurie Yackley; sisters: Elaine, Jeanie and an infant sister, Catherine; and brother, Dennis.
A huge thank you to all the people that had direct care with LaMorne during her stay at Sylvan Court Nursing Home and Sylvan Place and while on Hospice. Joni and Jack are deeply grateful for all the care.