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Margaret "Maggie" Gromer

Margaret "Maggie" Gromer

Margaret "Maggie" Gromer, 95, of Winner, SD passed away on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at the Winner Regional Long Term Care Facility. Funeral service will be held on Monday, October 28, at 1:00pm at the Zion Lutheran Church in Hamill, SD. Burial will follow in the Winner City Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Sunday, October 27th at the Mason Funeral Home from 3-5pm with a prayer service beginning at 5pm.

Maggie was born December 25, 1917 to Nels and Sena Larsen on the homestead located in northern Tripp County. She was the second youngest of eight brothers and sisters. She attended country grade school and Hamill High School until which time it closed.

In 1936, she met and married Herb Gromer. They had three children, Elvera, Ida, and Don. While in the Hamill area they engaged in farming and Maggie cooked at the Hamill School. In 1962 they left the Hamill farm and moved to Winner, SD. Not long after moving to Winner, Maggie began working for the Winner Hospital and remained a loyal employee until her retirement after 34 years. She took great pride in her work, particularly in the nursery, and with new mothers who she assisted and cared for over the span of two generations.

Maggie was well known for her hospitality and loved to cook and entertain which contributed to her large network of friends in both the Hamill and Winner area. In 1959 she was selected as a recipient of "The Good Neighbor" award by the Mitchell Daily Republic for her "acts of kindness, generosity and understanding and for contributions to a better community". In 2002, she was recognized for meritorious service in the volunteer category by the South Dakota Hospice Organization. Through her career she also received other awards and recognition for her care and compassion to others.

For the last several years, Maggie has been a resident at the Elder Inn where she has been cared for with much kindness and respect.

Maggie was a proud parent, grandparent, great grandparent and great-great grandparent. Through her life she was caring to family and friends alike. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Hamill, but often attended at Christ Lutheran in Winner.

Grateful for having shared her life are her daughters Elvera King and Ida Covey, Hamill, SD; and her son Don (Patti) Gromer, Rapid City, SD; her eight grandchildren, Barb (Chuck) Aman, Yankton, SD, Craig (Dawn) Coevey, Hamill, SD, Diane (Randy) Kludt, Winner, SD, Lori (Mike) Stevenson, Rapid City, SD, Dwight Covey, Hamill, SD, Jeff (Laurie) Gromer, Brandon, SD, Brent (Jessica) Gromer, Rapid City, SD, and Kristi (Rick) Lee, Brookings, SD; 16 grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild, numerous nieces and nephews and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Herb; her parents, sisters, brothers and her sons-in law, Wayne King and Wayne Covey.