Ila Mae Hervey, age 88 of Wheaton, Minnesota, passed away Monday, August 12, 2019, at St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, MN.

Visitation for Ila Hervey will be held Friday, August 16, 2019, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. Prayer Service and Time of Sharing at Bethlehem Covenant Church in Wheaton, MN. Visitation will continue Saturday morning one hour prior to service time at the church.

Funeral Services for Ila Mae Hervey will be held Saturday, August 17, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at Bethlehem Covenant Church in Wheaton with Pastor Tim Shekleton officiating.

Interment will be in Wildwood Cemetery, Wheaton. Pallbearers will be Gage Hervey, Shaun Levi, Kelly Levi, Travis Klug, Steven Hervey, and Paul Hervey. Honorary Pallbearers will be the Busy Fingers Homemakers Group.

Ila Mae was born the first of eight children on a farm west of Wheaton, MN, on August 16, 1930, to Otto and Myrtle (Abraham) Hormann. She was baptized on September 7, 1930, and confirmed April 30, 1944. She attended a one room country school through eighth grade. After grade school Ila Mae attended West Central School of Agriculture in Morris, MN, where she met the love of her life Ronald Hervey. They were married August 11, 1949, at St. John Parsonage in Wheaton, MN, by Rev. Ernest Hallstein. Special attendants at the wedding were Ila Mae’s siblings Roy and Lois.

The couple purchased a farm in Clifton Township in October of 1955 where they have resided the last sixty-four years. Ila enjoyed jig saw puzzles, sewing, cards, quilting, working with Ron on the farm and her time in Big Blue (tractor). She was a wonderful cook; the grandchildren loved her porcupine meatballs, and it was a treat to receive a jar of her lime pickles. Ila Mae worked for a short time as a cashier at the Farmers Store, was a 4-H leader, and a member of the Busy Fingers Homemakers Group. She dedicated her life to the farm, her children, and the First Presbyterian Church, where you could always find her in the church basement kitchen. Ila Mae was the Hormann family historian keeping track of birthdays, wedding and anniversaries sending a great number of cards. 

She was a nurturing mother, not only to their four children, but also to her siblings and their children as their mother Myrtle passed away in 1957. She was a champion rummy player who rarely lost a game. If you won, you earned bragging rights. 

Ila Mae is survived by her husband: Ronald of Wheaton, MN; her children: Wayne (Cathy) Hervey of Wheaton, MN; and their children: Gage (Ronnette) Hervey of  Fargo, ND, and Kelly (Shaun) Levi (great-granddaughter Ziva) of West Fargo, ND, Carla Klug of Watertown, SD, and her son Travis Klug (Sharon) (Connor and Trinity Herman) of Thomas, SD, Rosemary (Bob) Rybka of Scottsdale, AZ; and Michael (Lorrie) Hervey of Wheaton, and their children Steven Hervey and Paul Hervey of Wheaton, MN; sisters: Lois Wenker of Cannon Falls, MN, Rita Leppanen of Minneapolis, MN, Avis (Jerry) Grohs of Dumont, MN, and Ione Reynolds of Wheaton, MN;; sisters-in-law: Shirley Hormann of Wheaton, MN, and Sue Hervey of Wheaton, Illinois; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ila Mae was preceded in death by her parents Otto and Myrtle Hormann; step-mother: Ida Saterback; siblings: Roy, Jane Depew and Dale; brothers-in-law: Kenny Wenker, George Leppanen, Jack Hervey, and Oliver Depew. 

Bainbridge Funeral Home of Wheaton, MN, is in charge of arrangements.

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