Ialee Sikkink, 90, formerly of Spring Valley area

Ialee M. Sikkink, 90, of Samaritan Bethany in Rochester died Nov. 28, 2019.

She was born Dec. 9, 1928, in Iowa City, Iowa, the oldest of seven children of Walter and Minnie (Roth) Grathwohl. When she was 2, the family moved to southern Minnesota and farmed near Oakland, Rose Creek and Grand Meadow. She graduated from Grand Meadow High School in 1947 and the Kahler School of Nursing in Rochester in 1950. She worked as a registered nurse for 17 years at the Rochester Methodist Hospital, the Austin Medical Center, and the Preston Nursing Home.

On Dec. 19, 1953, she married Duane “Bud” Sikkink in Grand Meadow. They lived in the Spring Valley area for 12 years, then moved to Wykoff in 1965 where they farmed and raised their three children, Ann, Judy and Kevin. In 1991, they retired from farming and moved to Rochester, where the two volunteered at the Methodist Hospital gift shop. As Bud’s health failed, Ialee was his faithful caregiver for many months.

She was a member of the Rochester Methodist Hospital Auxiliary and received a service award for over 4,000 hours of volunteer service. She is a past member of the Wykoff United Methodist Church and the Church of the Savior in Rochester, where she taught Sunday school and held various church leadership positions. She loved to bake, crochet, and listen to country music. She was an avid reader, especially her Bible, and loved to attend Bible study groups. Her favorite pastime, though, was spending time with her family, especially her six grandchildren.

Survivors are her children, Ann (Brian) Johnson, Austin, Judith (Dave) Wenzel, White Bear Lake, Minnesota, and Kevin (Lisa) Sikkink, Rochester; grandchildren, Kim (Tom) Christner, Katie Johnson, Erin (James) West, Alexi Wenzel, Abby Wenzel, and Aaron Timm; sister, Jean (Steve) Smith ; brothers, Robert (Shirley) Grathwohl and Warren (Sheila) Grathwohl; sister-in-law, Bernice Grathwohl; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bud, her parents, brothers, Gale and Richard Grathwohl, and sister, Elaine Mariner.

The funeral was at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the Macken Funeral Home River Park Chapel with the Rev. Mark Rader officiating. Private family burial will take place at a later date in Cherry Grove Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to Samaritan Bethany Care Center, Seasons Hospice, or the charity of your choice.