Margaret “Gigi” Healy

Margaret “Gigi” Healy, age 62, of Yankton, South Dakota, died peacefully at her home on Thursday, April 30, 2020.

A private service will be held Saturday, May 2, 2020 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with Reverend Larry Regynski officiating. A public memorial service for Gigi will be held at a later date.

Margaret “Gigi” Healy was born January 13, 1958 in Yankton, South Dakota to Edwin and Mary (Hahn) Dreesen. She grew up in rural Irene, South Dakota and graduated from Irene High School in 1976. Gigi then attended South Dakota State University in Brookings graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. She married David Healy on May 23, 1981 at St. Columba Catholic Church in Mayfield, South Dakota. After their marriage, they lived in Yankton and Gigi worked her entire career at Ability Building Services. She was very dedicated and a great advocate for her clients. She did everything she could to see that they succeeded. Gigi was currently serving as the Director of Vocational Services. In 1985, three wonderful children Michael, Amy, and Joseph came into their lives. She was a loving and devoted mother. Gigi loved her children more than anything, until her grandchildren were born and a new level of love and giving was achieved. She was an excellent baker and loved to cook big meals for the holidays. She loved baking her famous chocolate cake, caramel rolls and monster cookies with her grandkids and would always let them eat the cookie dough. Gigi was her grandchildren’s number 1 fan and loved watching all their sports. She also enjoyed nature’s beauty which included watching cardinals, tending to her garden, and loved flowers. Gigi loved to read and travel to new places. She enjoyed crocheting homemade wedding gifts. Her afghan blankets will forever comfort those who were lucky enough to receive one. Gigi had a deep faith and many will say she was their rock during difficult times. She was always willing to sit down over a cup of coffee, listen and help in any way she could. She will be deeply missed.

Gigi is survived by her husband, David Healy of Yankton; three children: Michael (Lori) Healy of Skagway, AK, Amy (Travis) Wishon of Yankton, and Joseph (Liz) Healy of Yankton; eight grandchildren: Vivian and Keller Healy, Ethan, Jaidyn, and Owen Wishon, Amos, Cecilia, and Joseph Healy; mother, Mary Dreesen of Yankton; eight brothers and sisters: Tom Dreesen (Irene Fairley) of Meckling, SD, Chuck (Betty) Dreesen of Littleton, CO, Denise (Pat) Cody of Yankton, Marlys (Rod) Kaiser of Yankton, Teresa (Roger) Wood of Sioux Falls, SD, John (Paulette) Dreesen of Yankton, Mary Jo (Steve) Kiehne of Elgin, MN and Mark (Marlene) Dreesen of Brockway, MT; and many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Gigi was preceded in death by her father, Edwin Dreesen and niece, Jill Kaiser.

Cards can be mailed to David Healy at 30848 444th Ave in Mission Hill, SD 57046 or you can send an online message to the family below.

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21 response to "Margaret “Gigi” Healy"

  1. By: Darla Dreesen Posted: May 1, 2020

    Gigi was a light in this world. I am totally shocked by her passing. My deepest sympathy to the family. I will miss our Facebook conversations dearly. May God grant you peace.

  2. By: Aggie Heine Posted: May 1, 2020

    Dear family of Gigi, It is with my sincerest sympathy and love to you all on the death of Gigi. She was one of my first students as I began my teaching career at Irene high school. She was a wonderful student. May God give you his Peace and Consoling Comfort during this sad time. My thoughts and prayers, Aggie Heine 🙏🙏

  3. By: Margaret L Stewart Posted: May 1, 2020

    My prayers and thoughts go out to all family members. She was a great inspiration to me at work and I will never forget that! Her loss we missed dearly but all that she did well shine on!

  4. By: Jolene Dutcher Posted: May 1, 2020

    To the family of Gigi… I have been sitting here in disbelief after learning of Gigi‘s passing. She was one of the sweetest people I have ever met. She was always kind, funny and true to her friends. And family She was one of the sweetest people I have ever met. She was always kind, funny and true to her friends And family. Sending hugs loves and prayers to her whole family. May she rest in peace. You will be missed

  5. By: Diane Rolston Posted: May 1, 2020

    My sincere prayers and blessings to Gigi’s family. I’ve only known her for 6 months after starting part time work at ABS. I wish I could have known her longer as I so enjoyed her company. She was an absolutely delightful person. Prayers and blessings.

  6. By: Lacey Gwinn Posted: May 2, 2020

    After my mom died in 2001 Gigi and David took me under their wings after I moved down the street from them into my grandparents. They took me to the farm where I learned how to drive, let me help baby sit their amazing great grand kids, and took me to sioux falls for my birthday every year… They basically let me become part of the family. My heart aches for everyone. What an amazing woman Gigi was and she will be VERY VERY missed and will always be loved by so many. I just saw her a few weeks ago at my work. I’m going to pray for all of you and your all in my heart and mind! I’m so sorry! ❤😢

  7. By: john vavra Posted: May 2, 2020

    Dave and all the family – We are so sorry for your loss. You have our sympathy and love. You are in our thoughts and prayers, especially now during this difficult time. John and Jean

  8. By: Tiffany Hoover Posted: May 2, 2020

    I got the pleasure of working with Gigi the last couple years at ABS, she was a wonderful woman. I knew I could go to Gigi anytime and she would try to help, and I was bound to laugh as well. She was rock for ABS and leaves a tremendous hole in our hearts. Lots of love and prayers for the family.

  9. By: Mike and Gerrie Healy Posted: May 2, 2020

    Our sympathy to you, David and family at this very difficult time in your lives. We are so suprised to learn of Gigi’s passing. May God’s blessings be upon her and her family.

  10. By: Michael and Mary Van Camp Posted: May 2, 2020

    We have all lost this beautiful woman named Gigi. Truly a sad day to learn of her passing. Gigi could light up a room with her laughter and her soul shined bright. Gigi, Rest In Peace my friend. David and family, our prayers are with you, she is with God and hopefully looking fondly on us all!

  11. By: Gigi Healy Posted: May 2, 2020

    Our dearest sympathies to the family. Danielle has been sharing wonderful memories of Gigi. She was such a kind hearted person. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Joe, Karen, and Danielle Boehmer

  12. By: Patty Madison Posted: May 2, 2020

    You and your family have my deepest sympathy. Gigi is a great loss to all of those who knew her.
    I got to know her better after I started working at ABS over twenty years ago.
    She gave heartfully and helped so many people her whole life. Gigi will be truly missed by everyone at ABS and in her community. She will always be remembered and never forgotten.

  13. By: Kay Horlyk Christopher Posted: May 2, 2020

    David you married your high school sweetheart! I always admired the way you both loved each other. That kind of unconditional love is so rare but you were blessed with it. Looking at all the pictures you can see the love she had for everyone! What a blessed life you both had! I know you will miss her dearly! Sounds like she was the life of the party. She will always live on through all the lives she touched with you. Now, I am sure she will visit you in thoughts and dreams until you meet again. Look up and let Jesus hold you. He had a relationship with GiGi; now, he wants one with you. Take his hand and let him lead you through this dreadful pain. I am so sorry you and the entire family are going through this. If you are feeling terrible payyin, call your niece, Sara; she is a life saver for me. She loved GiGi and you. Praying for you all.

  14. By: Kevin Olson Posted: May 4, 2020

    I’m very sorry to hear about Gigi, my condolences to David and all the family and friends who mourn her passing.

  15. By: Bonnie Schnabe Posted: May 4, 2020

    My heartfelt sympathy to your family. I met Gigi when I started at ABS in 1982. I enjoyed her company, her sense of humor and her respect for other people. I will miss her.

  16. By: wintzray Posted: May 5, 2020

    Gigi’s Family, I know how close your family is and how sad it is for everyone. Mary is a favorite aunt and was my first grade teacher. Eddie was my husband John’s cousin and he recalls a most pleasant visit with Gigi at Evelyn McCoy’s memorial service. Thinking and praying for you in your sorrow. Karen and John Koch, Scottsbluff, NE.Margaret

  17. By: Katie and John Baldwin Posted: May 5, 2020

    To all of the Healy family, I was so surprised and saddened to hear of GiGi’s death and my heart goes out to all of you. Please be assured of our sympathy and prayers. God be with you all! Since I knew you personally, Denise and Marlys, you are most especially in my thoughts. With love, Katie (and John) Baldwin

  18. By: Beth Breen Posted: May 5, 2020

    Healy family,
    I was shocked and saddened to hear of Gigi’s death. I met Gigi at the Training Center in 1988. She was always kind and caring to me and to everyone. I spoke with Gigi recently when Joe was running for office. She was so proud to help gain support for her son and we also visited about her grandson Ethan and his football career. I have an Ethan as well so we had that in common. I know she was proud of all of you in one way or another. We were all lucky to have shared a piece of her life. I know I am. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  19. By: Jim & Mary (Aune) DeLozier Posted: May 6, 2020

    Our deepest sympathies to Gigi’s family. May you find peace in your memories and knowing how much she loved you.

  20. By: Gloria Pearson Posted: May 6, 2020

    Dear David and family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Gigi was a wonderful friend and colleague. She will be dearly missed and live on in our hearts and memories. We have faith that her life has changed but not ended.
    sincerely, Gloria and Jim

  21. By: Elnora Webb Posted: May 27, 2020

    “God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes
    and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore.
    The former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:3,4)

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