Doris Schlimgen


Doris Schlimgen, 82, of Dimock, SD, died peacefully Tuesday, January 31, 2023, at Avera Brady Health and Rehab in Mitchell after a courageous battle with cancer. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 AM, Saturday, February 11, 2023, Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Dimock. Burial will be in Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 5-7:00 PM at the Church with a 6:30 PM prayer service. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Doris (Haiar) Schlimgen was born May 22, 1940 on the family farm in Farmer, SD to Norbert and Anne (Krier) Haiar. She attended school and graduated from Farmer High School in 1958.

Doris married Melvin Schlimgen on October 6, 1959 at Sts. Peter & Paul Church in Farmer, SD. Together they resided on the Schlimgen family farm west of Dimock and raised a family of seven children. Doris was active at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church as a Catechism teacher, an Altar Society member, and choir member. Her hobbies included cooking and baking for her family, sewing, and gardening. Doris found a passion for quilting and shared this passion with numerous close friends. Her beautiful quilts were featured at a local quilt shop and treasured gifts to family. Doris and Melvin were married for 62 years. Together they traveled, enjoyed playing cards, and spending time with family and friends.

Survivors include her seven children, Donna (Greg) Hepper of Huron, SD, Ken (JoAnn) Schlimgen of Mitchell, SD, Doug (Betty) Schlimgen of Dimock, SD, Paul (Andrea) Schlimgen of Arvada, CO, Darla (Doug) Tassler of Vermillion, SD, Dale Schlimgen of Sioux Falls, SD, and Ron (Cindy) Schlimgen of Shell Rock, IA; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and sister, Marjorie Reisch.

Doris was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin; parents, Norbert and Anne Haiar; and siblings, Wilbur Haiar, Marlene Wethor, Jeanette Wethor, and Germaine Endres.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Avera Hospice Foundation in Mitchell, SD in recognition of the amazing care given to both Melvin and Doris.

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