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Raquel L. Heiser-Tirrel

August 20, 1972 ~ July 3, 2019 (age 46)

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Raquel L. Heiser-Tirrel age 46 of White, SD, formerly of Watertown, SD, passed away Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at her mom’s residence in Watertown, SD.  Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9, 2019, at New Life Evangelical Free Church in Watertown. Pastor Michael Wallenmeyer and Pastor Mike Gerhardt will officiate.  Music will be provided by Travis Denison.  The family is requested to meet at the church on Tuesday by 1:30 p.m. for a prayer service.

Visitation will be at the Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel in Watertown on Monday from 5-7 p.m. and prior to services at the church on Tuesday.

A private family burial will take place at a later date at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Watertown.  Honorary pallbearers will be all of Raquel's grandchildren: Brody, Sophie, Taya, Emery, Jolaina, Parker, Easton, William, Leroy, Benjamin and the precious baby boy due in August. Active pallbearers will be Raquel's son's: Seth Skoglund, Damian Kreger, Levi Kreger, Dakota Tirrel, Marty Tirrel, Dylan Tirrel and Kyle Tirrel.

Raquel was born on August 20, 1972, in Watertown, SD, to Donald and Marjorie (Veen) Heiser. She attended Watertown High School where she obtained her GED.  After school, Raquel attended college at Mt. Marty in Yankton, SD, for psychology. She worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) for various long term care facilities for twenty plus years.  Not only was Raquel known for her compassionate care to her residents, but she was also a loving wife, mother and GG who adored all of her family.  Raquel was a fighter and fought a long courageous battle for the past 5 years with her many health problems. 

On June 1, 2012, Raquel married Wade Tirrel in Brookings, SD. The couple made their home in White, SD. In 2014, Raquel and her husband started Tirrel Trucking and was not only a co-entrepreneur of the business, but she also called herself the office manager where she helped keep Wade organized. Raquel was fun loving and especially loved riding along with Wade when he went driving truck. She will be forever remembered for blaring her music whether it be in the truck or in her Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Raquel was passionate about many things, which included running and being a track star as a teenager, loved stock car racing, in which this is how she met her husband, and was notorious for always having a word search in her hands. She loved being a hockey mom and supported them in all of their activities. She loved being with her kids and grandchildren and will be greatly missed.

Raquel is survived by her husband, Wade Tirrel of White; children: Seth (Whitney) Skoglund, Damian (Ashlee) Kreger, Alyssa (Octavio) Kreger, Levi (Fotinia) Kreger, Dakota (Jami) Tirrel, Kasey (Brad) Tirrel, Marty (Gabby) Tirrel, Dylan & Kyle Tirrel; mother, Marjorie Heiser, brothers: Ronald (Pamela) Heiser, Ryan (Cassandra) Heiser; sisters: Rhonda (Steve) Arbogast, Robin (David) Thompson; 10 grandchildren with 1 on the way, all from Watertown, SD. 

She was preceded in death by her father, Donald, grandparents, John and Anna Heiser and Harvey and Anna Veen.


























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July 8, 2019

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel
1311 4th St. NE
Watertown, SD 57201

Funeral Service
July 9, 2019

2:00 PM
New Life Evangelical Free Church
1530 N Highway 20
Watertown, SD 57201

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