Mae Top

Mae Lorraine Top, 91, Hills, died Friday, July 14, 2017, at the Sanford Hospice Cottage in Luverne.

A funeral service was Wednesday, July 19, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Hills. Burial followed at Flowerfield Cemetery of Hills.

Mae Ziegahn was born Sept. 27, 1925, to William and Elsie (Ottman) Ziegahn on a farm near Valley Springs, South Dakota. She attended school in Valley Springs and graduated in 1944. During her high school years, she did housework for her teacher, Blanch Outka.

Mae married Hyman Top of Luverne on May 27, 1944, in Garretson, South Dakota. They farmed and had a trucking business near Ellsworth, In 1980 Mae started working at the Merrill Pioneer Community Hospital in Rock Rapids, Iowa. She worked for 11 years in the kitchen and laundry departments.

Mae was a member of the Ebenezer Presbyterian Church of rural Ellsworth for 56 years. Mae and Hyman moved to Hills in 1989, where she became a member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church. She was a lifetime member of the Luverne VFW Auxiliary, a member of the Tuff Memorial Home Auxiliary in Hills, a member of the Hills Senior Citizens, where she served as president and secretary. Mae was also a volunteer at the Tuff Memorial Home and a member of the BLCW quilters. Mae enjoyed doing many crafts, crocheting, card-making, scrapbooking and jewelry designing. Mae moved to Tuff Village in 2001 and became a resident of the Tuff Memorial Home in June of 2016.

She is survived by a daughter, Geraldine (James) Sandstede of Luverne and two son, Allan (Judy) Top of Hills and Billy (Judy) Top of Sibley, Iowa; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; three nieces and four nephews; and other extended family members.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Hyman; brothers Russell (Tressa) Ziegahn and George (Margaret) Ziegahn; a twin sister, Fae (Leslie) Aukes; and a grandson, Danny Sandstede.

Arrangements were by Jurrens Funeral Home of Hills, www.jurrensfuneralhome.com.

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