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Varona "Tek" Jellema

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Varona "Tek" Jellema

Varona "Tek" Jellema, 86, from Brandon, SD, died Friday April, 7, 2017. Services will be 7:00 PM Monday April 10, 2007 at George Boom Funeral Home & Crematory, Sioux Falls. The family will greet friends from 5-7 PM prior to the service. Interment will be 9 AM Tuesday at Hills of Rest Cemetery, Sioux Falls, SD.

Varona Joan "Tek" Bruner, daughter of Orlo and Gladys (Doty) Bruner, was born October 5, 1930 in Sioux Falls, SD. She grew up and received her education in Sioux Falls. She was united in marriage with Orion "Orie" Jellema on December 10, 1950 in Sioux Falls. The couple was blessed with three children; Mark, Valerie and Wade. They resided downtown on 6th Street and Minnesota Ave where the courthouse now stands.

In 1978 Orie, Tek, Wade and Gram Bruner moved to Jackson, MS where the family operated a billboard sign business for many years. Orie and Tek returned to the Sioux Falls area in later years and eventually made their home in Brandon, SD. Tek had several jobs including working at the Union Labor Temple in Sioux Falls. Tek was a wonderful mother and homemaker. She had an excellent singing voice and will be fondly remembered for her passion for shopping. She will be greatly missed.

Survivors include two sons, Mark (Ann) Jellema, Brandon, SD, Wade (Cindy) Jellema, Madison, MS; five grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; one sister, Bobbi Bartunek, Madison, MS; son-in-law, Jim Bills, Brandon, SD; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Tek was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Orie, on July 21, 2016; and her daughter, Valerie Bills on February 20, 2011.
Published in The Argus Leader on Apr. 9, 2017
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