Constance “Connie” Ackerman


October 16, 1927 - July 15, 2020


Constance “Connie” Ackerman, 92, of Mitchell, SD,  passed away peacefully with her daughters at her side Wednesday, July 15, 2020 in Yankton, SD under hospice care. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM Saturday, July 18, 2020 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Mitchell. Burial will be in Servicemen’s Memorial Cemetery in Mitchell. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral service. Due to the current circumstances, the funeral mass will also be live-streamed on YouTube at: The live-stream can also be found by searching “Constance “Connie” Ackerman Funeral Mass” on YouTube. Social distancing will be observed, and masks should be worn. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Connie Genevieve Ackerman was born on October 16, 1927 in Chester, SD to James Louis and Mary Mae (Cline) Traupel. Following her mother’s passing in 1932, she was cared for by family both in South Dakota and in Minnesota until her father remarried in December 1934. James Traupel and Anna Kludt Weller made a home for Connie, her brother Jimmy Jr., and step-sister Phyllis Weller.

Connie graduated from Mitchell High School in 1945, and immediately enrolled at Methodist Hospital School of Nursing. In 1948, she graduated with a Diploma Degree in Nursing. She worked at the Methodist Hospital in Mitchell as a night float RN until her marriage to John H. Ackerman on May 28, 1949 at the Holy Family Catholic Rectory in Mitchell, SD. Following their marriage, John and Connie moved to Pickstown, SD where she worked at the Pickstown Hospital as a staff RN until 1950. She spent the next several years raising their five children. Aside from managing their activities, Connie was the manager of The Point at Ft. Randall Dam, a souvenir store catering to the many travelers including those from Europe in their “airstreams”, the motorcycle clubs going to Sturgis, and even the “gypsies” traveling cross country. For seventeen years, Connie thoroughly enjoyed meeting people from all over the world.

In 1974, John and Connie built their own home in Lake Andes and remained there for 22 years. In 1975, she started working as a staff RN at the Lake Andes Health Care Center becoming their Director of Nursing from 1976-1980. For the next 16 years, she worked part-time at the Medical Center in Lake Andes and loved that phase of nursing as much as all the previous positions.

Connie retired in 1996, and they moved to Mitchell, her old stomping ground. She was an active member at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, bridge club, couple’s pinochle, and volunteered at Friends of the Middle Border Museum of Pioneer Life. For over forty years, Connie kept in touch with her nursing classmates with a “round robin” newsletter. She was a skilled seamstress who made clothing, drapes and quilts for her children and grandchildren. She loved crafts of all sorts leaving a legacy of items to be treasured by her beloved family.

She is survived by her three daughters, Maryl Hatwan of Mitchell, SD, Barbara (Thomas) Vasquez of Scottsdale, AZ, Ladonna Kniffen of Yankton, SD; daughters-in-law, Betty Sue Ackerman of Hope Mills, NC and Judy Ackerman of Fairmont, MN; sixteen grandchildren, twenty-seven great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; brother, Jimmy Jr Traupel of Mitchell, SD; and sister-in-law, Marge Ackerman of Iona, MN.

Connie was preceded in death by her husband, John; sons, Michael and James Ackerman; son-in-law, Bruce Kniffen; step-sister, Phyllis; and great-granddaughter, Rayne.



Saturday, July 18, 2020
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
1401 W Cedar Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Saturday, July 18, 2020
10:30 AM

Holy Spirit Catholic Church
1401 W Cedar Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Servicemen's Memorial Cemetery
Mitchell, SD

Posted by Bob and Jana Vacek on July 19, 2020
Ackerman family sorry to hear of the passing of your mother.
Posted by Lori Dierks on July 18, 2020
Connie was always so kind. She was such kind and sweet lady. As I watch the video, she also was very loved. I know she is again with John and probably having some coffee with my Mom, Mary. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Sue Ackerman on July 18, 2020
she will be missed. God Speed!
Posted by Linda Flolo on July 17, 2020
Sending our sympathies to your families 🙏🏻
Posted by Ken & Kathy Schadt on July 17, 2020
Ken & I send our condolences to the entire Ackerman family. Connie lived a long and "full" life. Cherish the Memories!! With love & sympathy, Ken & Kathy Schadt
Posted by Delores Leland on July 17, 2020
My heartfelt sympathy to the family.
Posted by Jamie Monaghan on July 17, 2020
My deepest condolences to the entire family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God keep you strong and united through this tough time.
Posted by Diane & Jim Engelkes on July 17, 2020
So sorry for your loss, wish we could be there for you during this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Scott & Nicole Fuhrer family on July 17, 2020
Our deepest sympathies to the entire family. God grant her eternal rest.
Posted by Carol Engelkes on July 17, 2020
So sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful person and will be missed.
Posted by Sina Glover on July 17, 2020
My thoughts and prayers are with Connie's family. It was truly an honor and blessing to care for her. She always had something to say that would make me chuckle long into the week. May all of your wonderful memories quickly soften the sorrow you are feeling at this time. Peace be with you all.
Posted by Karenchesley on July 17, 2020
So hard to lose your mom. My sympathies to you all
Posted by Rhonda Broski on July 16, 2020
So sorry to hear of Connie’s passing. Another great life going to heaven. She made a difference in so many lives. Blessings to all of your family.
Posted by Gail Engebretson on July 16, 2020
So very sorry for your loss. She is with John and my dad drinking coffee and laughing and smiling down on us.. hugs and prayers
Posted by Tom Ackerman on July 16, 2020
So sorry for your loss girls.
Connie is together again with John, visiting with Mike and Jim.
I dont really know what to say, except it sucks.
Posted by Jackie Christiansen(Jack) on July 16, 2020
To Connie's family. You have no idea how blessed I was to have gotten to take care of Connie as long as I did. She was a wonderful woman in every way. I enjoyed her family visiting as well. She raised a very good family. I pray God blesses you all with HIS comfort. Love y'all
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