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Update: Lillian Glanzer

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FUNERAL UPDATE: Lillian Glanzer, 100, of Marion, S.D., passed away on Tuesday, April 3 at the Oakview Terrace in Freeman, S.D. A funeral service has been rescheduled for Monday, April 6 at 11 a.m. at the Salem-Zion Mennonite Church of rural Freeman. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 15 at Walter Funeral Home in Freeman. 


Lillian Clara (Tieszen) Glanzer was born on Feb. 5, 1918 near Marion, S.D. to Dr. Isaac P. and Katie (Graber) Tieszen. Lillian passed away on April 3, 2018 at Oakview Terrace, Freeman, S.D.

Lillian came from a long line of chiropractors. Her ancestors came to America in 1874 and soon became known as “The Bonesetters of the Dakota Plains.” They were practicing chiropractic care 19 years before the profession was officially founded by D. D. Palmer in 1895. Lillian has two sons who are fifth generation chiropractors, Dr. Elroy and Dr. Loren. She also has two grandsons, Dr. Mark and Dr. Barry, and a granddaughter, Dr. Jenna, who are 6th generation chiropractors.

Lillian graduated from Marion High School on May 17, 1936. On March 28, 1937 she was united in marriage to Reuben E. Glanzer. They lived on a farm near Yale, S.D. for nine years. She was a member of the Bethel Mennonite Brethren Church. 

Lillian endured difficult and tragic events at an early age such as the loss of a brother, Albert, who died in infancy. In 1934, her brother, Ewalt, died in a car accident at the age of 19. In 1945 Lillian was in a severe tractor accident. After this accident, the family moved to the Fred Darrow farm near Parker, S.D. 

Upon confession of her faith, Lillian was baptized by Rev. Alfred Waltner on Sept. 23, 1934 in the Salem-Zion Mennonite Church in East Freeman. She remained an active and faithful lifelong member. Lillian taught Sunday school to 4-year-olds for 23 years. She was a life member of Freeman Junior College Women’s Auxiliary. She also was active in missionary support at her church. Lillian spent many summers cooking for Swan Lake Christian Camp and Farmer’s Union Camps. She spent 10 years volunteering at the Tieszen Memorial Home in Marion.

In addition to raising six children and helping with farm work, Lillian found time to engage in many hobbies. Her favorite hobbies were making and tying quilts for missions and braiding lacing on hangers for family and friends. In what spare time she had, Lillian was active in numerous arts and crafts. She was also very active in South Dakota Farmers Union. She loved to travel, spending extensive time in countries such as China, India, Japan, Korea, Canada, Germany and Austria. At the age of 80, she made a European trip to study her ancestral heritage.

In 1985 Lillian and Reuben left the farm and bought the house her father, Dr. Isaac, had built in 1929 in Marion. She braided thousands of hangers and watched extensive amounts of baseball in this house. As a tremendous fan, she could recite numerous facts about baseball teams and players. She loved to cook, and often fed the neighbors, continuing to do so until she moved to Freeman. She lived in this house until July of 2015 at which time she moved to Oakview Terrace in Freeman. 

Lillian remained active and mentally alert right up to the end. She was right with her Lord and did not fear death. She continued to drive up to the age of 97. 

All of mother’s children are thankful and grateful for having such a wonderful mother and being able to share and enjoy her long life. She was such a kind, generous, humble spirit, who led a righteous and noble life. 

She is survived by her six children: Joanne Nickel of Rolling Meadows, Ill., Janet (Jerry) Parnell of Pueblo, Colo., Dr. Elroy (Maureen) Glanzer of Naples, Fla., Arden (Nola) Glanzer of West Fargo, N.D., LaDean Silberhorn of Pueblo and Dr. Loren (Janice) Glanzer of Salmon, Ida.; ex daughter-in-law Janice Petersen Glanzer of Idaho Falls; two sisters: Ruby Waltner of Freeman and Helen Tieszen of Sioux Falls, S.D.; two sisters-in-law: Gloria Thiesen and Justina Glanzer of Reedley, Calif; 19 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren.   

She was preceded in death by her husband Reuben; brothers Albert and Ewalt; sisters Delsie (Leonard) Bartel and Sally (Bill) Hieb; brother-in-law Don Waltner; parents Dr. Isaac and Katie Tieszen; son-in-law Robert Nickel; and numerous other relatives.

Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, April 13, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Walter Funeral Home, Freeman. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 14 at Salem-Zion Mennonite Church, 27844 443rd Ave., Freeman, SD 57029. Interment will be in the church cemetery

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Salem-Zion Mennonite Church. Condolences may be sent to: PO Box 481 Marion, SD 57043.