Mary Hemminger, WoonsocketMary Hemminger, 82, Woonsocket, died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, at Prairie View Care Center, Woonsocket.
Mary Hemminger, 82, Woonsocket, died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, at Prairie View Care Center, Woonsocket.
She was born on May 24, 1930.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Bittner Funeral Chapel, Mitchell. Burial will be in Westlawn Cemetery, Letcher.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral chapel.
Mary Ruth Hemminger was born in Willow Springs, Mo., to John and Fern (Ziegler) Essink.
In 1936, she moved with her family to Artesian.
She graduated from Artesian High School in 1948 and then attended Madison College, where she received a teaching degree.
On June 9, 1951, she married Cecil Hemminger at the Methodist Church in Pipestone, Minn.
They resided in Canada for five years and then in 1958 they purchased a farm west of Letcher.
She taught at rural schools in Sanborn and Davison counties.
In 1965, they moved to the Sheldon Hemminger Farm south of Letcher.
In 2005, she made her home at the Prairie View Care Center.
Grateful for having shared her life are her daughter, Sheilla (Jerry) Bereza, Solsgirth, Manitoba, Canada; two sons: Sheldon Hemminger, Letcher; and William (Martha) Hemminger, LeGrange, Ky.; seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, one sister, Joann (Ellis) Ross, Watford City, N.D.; and one brother, John (Penny) Essink, Lead.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil; a sister, Opal Sprauge and husband Stanley; and her parents.
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