Ina Evelyn Rokeh, age 100, of Minneota and formerly of Marshall, Tyler, and Balaton, passed away Friday, November 7, 2014, at Minneota Manor Health Care Center in Minneota. Funeral services are Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 1:00 P.M., at the Hamilton Funeral Home in Marshall, with interment following in the Russell City Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00 – 8:00 P.M. Monday, November 10, at the Hamilton Funeral Home, with a prayer service at 7:00 P.M. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service on Tuesday, from Noon – 1:00 P.M. at the funeral chapel.
Clergy Officiating: Pastor Lori VonHoltum
Organist: Judie Graffunder
Special Music: Soloist ~ Darell Giles “I Shall Know Him”
Congregational Hymns: “Amazing Grace,” “How Great Thou Art,” “What A Friend We Have In Jesus”
Honorary Casketbearers: Jim Hively, David Rokeh, Dale Wieme, Don McConnell, Duane Roberts, Ronald Roberts
Active Casketbearers: Jeff Rokeh, Jim Rokeh, Rollie Rokeh, Darell Giles, Kenneth Giles, Donnie Giles
Ina Evelyn Giles was born on June 17, 1914, in Highmore, South Dakota. She was the daughter of Clarence and Junia (Mullis) Giles. Ina was baptized as an infant and confirmed in her youth at The United Methodist Church in Balaton. She attended Balaton Public Schools and graduated from Balaton High School with the class of 1932.
On January 8, 1934, Ina was united in marriage to Millard Rokeh at the church parsonage in Balaton. She was a loving homemaker and hard-working farmer’s wife. She and Mill farmed in rural Balaton for 29 years. Then, in 1975, they moved into Tyler. Mill died in 1999 and Ina shortly thereafter moved into an apartment in Marshall. She lived there 14 years. When she needed more assistance with her care, she moved to the Minneota Manor in January of this year.
Ina was a life-long member of the United Methodist Church in Balaton and very active in the UMW. She served for the Tyler Hospital Auxiliary and was a member of the Birthday Club. She lived to serve and care for others. Ina cherished her family and friends. Her other enjoyments in life included quilting, cooking for all to enjoy and baking many cookies and other treats.
Ina Rokeh died on Friday, November 7, 2014, in Minneota, Minnesota, 4 months and 21 days after her 100th birthday.
Blessed be her memory.
Ina is survived by her sister, Margie Hanson of Elbow Lake, MN; several brothers and sisters-in-law, namely Dennis and Martha Rokeh of Russell, MN; special nephews, Darell (Lois) Giles of Balaton, MN, James (Helen) Rokeh of Minneota, MN; good friends, Donald and Betty McConnell of Russell, MN; many other nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Ina is preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Junia Giles; husband, Millard Rokeh; brother, Everett Giles; infant brother, Dwayne Giles; sisters, Ona Roberts, Esther Roberts, Vera Hively, and Valora Olson.
The family invites everyone to the Russell Community Center following the committal for a luncheon.