Viva (Vi) Irene Szurek
8/1/1928 – 10/18/2011
Funeral services will begin at 11 AM, Monday, October 24th, at Heartland Funeral Home, Brandon, with Pastor David Nissen officiating. Visitation will start at 3pm Sunday, October 23, at Heartland Funeral Home with family present from 5 until 7 pm. A Prayer service will be held at 6:30pm Sunday.
Viva (Vi) Irene Lathrop was born on August 1, 1928, to Vernon and Irene (Hopkins) Lathrop at the old P.G. Thompson Farm on the Sioux River outside Dell Rapids. Her family then moved to Glendale, CA where she was educated through the 8th grade. The family moved several times but when Vi returned to Sioux Falls, she waitressed and worked for Shipley’s laundry. Vi met and married Frank Szurek in Sioux Falls. The couple owned and operated the Falls Park Tavern for a while before they moved to Colorado and then settled in Las Vegas. Vi worked as a waitress, on the strip, at the Riviera Hotel, and then in the gaming industry before spending 16 years with the State of Nevada. Vi eventually moved back to South Dakota 7 years ago to be with her family.
It has been said that Vi didn’t know a stranger. She was very outgoing and loved to make new friends. She made friends with everyone and anyone, everywhere. She loved to play cards and other table games, crochet, fishing and camping or any combination of these. She was very near and dear to her family and will be deeply missed by all of them.
Vi is survived by her children; Susie Szurek, Brandon, Eddie (Carol) Robinson, Las Vegas, NV, and Tary (Brad) Lowe, Sioux Falls; nine grandchildren; Jennifer and Travis Robinson, Chrissy Dye, Amber Leaver, Brittney and Joseph Szurek, Ashlie Lowe, Keonni and Johnny Jr. Funches, eight great-grandchildren; Sabrina, Destiny, Jaycob, Dylan, Julian, Maddilynn, Jalen, and Jordyn, one brother; Vernon (Shirley) Lathrop, Volga, SD and one sister; Audry Brude of Sioux Falls.
Vi was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and one sister, Alverna Auch. A memorial has been established.