Mary Irene Willems


July 25, 1944 - March 16, 2016



Mary Irene Willems was born July 25, 1944 in Mitchell to Bruce and Mary (Fusselman) Johnson. She graduated from Notre Dame High School in 1962. On February 19, 1966 she married James Willems. Mary was employed as a secretary in the Emergency Management Office for Davison County until her retirement. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church.

She is survived by her husband of fifty years, Jim, two daughters: Teresa Zirpel of Mitchell and Tammy (Dan) Swanson of Moorhead, MN; four grandchildren: Kendra and Nate Zirpel and Josh and Megan Swanson and one brother, Jerry Johnson of Marysville, MI.

She was preceded in death by her parents.



Friday, March 18, 2016
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Scripture Service ~ 6:30 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Saturday, March 19, 2016
10:00 AM
Holy Family Catholic Church
222 North Kimball Street
Mitchell, South Dakota


Calvary Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Janet (Fox) Gerken on March 23, 2016
My deepest sympathy to you Jim, and your girls! Will keep you, and your family in my prayers; especially now during this Easter season! I worked with Mary at the courthouse for many years, and enjoyed some good times! Marshall and Janet Gerken
Posted by Mary Grady on March 19, 2016
As a classmate and friend of Mary's, I want to extend my deepest sympathy to Jim, Teresa and Tammy. She was a dear friend for most of our life, from 1st grade on, even as maids of honor in each other's wedding. I know she was a great Spouse, Mother, and Grandmother. All were her favorite roles. She will be sadly missed but never forgotten. A part of her will live on with us forever....
Posted by Patty Neuharth on March 18, 2016
Remembering my classmate at Notre Dame and thinking of her family during this time of loss. You remain in my heart and prayers. God Bless. Patty Shultz, class of 1962 Notre Dame.
Posted by Sheilah Stoneback on March 18, 2016
My deepest condolences to Mary's family. We worked in adjoining offices in the courthouse basement back in the 70's. I enjoyed visiting with her in later years when we crossed paths. She always had a good golf story!
Posted by Kathy Shroyer on March 18, 2016
I have the greatest memories of this fabulous and faithful woman. I am deeply saddened and extend my condolences to all of you. We will so miss you Mary.
Posted by Pat Cassutt on March 17, 2016
My thoughts will be with you this weekend. Wish I could be there with you at this difficult time. Praying for you and hoping God will guide you along this long journey. Mother Mary will not be suffering. God Bless you all.
Posted by Kelly Gross on March 17, 2016
Grace just let me know that she heard the news. I am so very sorry for your family's lost. I was to be out of town on Saturday but will certainly be there on Saturday. My prayers are with you Jim, Teresa and Tammy.
Posted by Larry J. Moe (Friend of Tammy's) on March 17, 2016
My deepest condolences at the loss of your loved one. No one is ever ready to say goodbye, but having the memories of them and the support of your family and friends will help start the healing process.
Posted by Lila Osterloo on March 17, 2016
I am so sorry Jim. I will be out of town, but I will talk to you later! Know that my prayers are with you. I hope she says hi to Gordy and Joe!!!
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