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Wilma Lylyk May 19, 1929 - Sept. 6, 2009

DAWSON -- Wilma May Lylyk, 80, of Dawson, died Sunday at Johnson Memorial Home in Dawson.

The service will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Bradley Community Center in Bradley, S.D.

Arrangements are with Hanson and Dahl Funeral Home of Dawson and Furness Funeral Home in Clark, S.D.

She was born May 19, 1929, in Battle Creek, Mich., to Robert and Letha (Yost) Evans. She graduated from Battle Creek High School then attended Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek and later Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D. During World War II, she was a riveter on bombers and a volunteer at Percy Jones Army Hospital in Battle Creek.

She married LeRoy Gross Sr. on June 7, 1947. In 1962, they moved to Bradley, S.D., and later to Crocker, S.D., where they built and ran a gas station and café. They closed the business and moved several times. After her husband died, she worked at the Redfield State School and, later, she was an admission and travel clerk at the VA Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D., transferring to Minneapolis, and eventually to New York. She worked as a cook in various places in the U.S. and Canada.

She married John Lylyk in Canada and became a licensed chef. She cooked in a bush camp for INCO Mining and managed kitchens in various restaurants and a hotel in Winnipeg.

She is survived by her children: Susan (and Carol) Benike of Dawson and LeRoy Jr. (and Carol) Gross of Watertown, S.D.; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband: LeRoy Gross Sr.; daughter: Jill Mills; two sisters; and two brothers.