Olga Hedwina Hayen-Heisinger


July 11, 1927 - June 9, 2012




Olga Hedwina Hayen Heisinger was born July 11, 1927 at Ree Heights, SD to Jacob and Hulda (Maas) Semmler.  She grew up in the Parkston area, working in the Corner Café.  She married Charles V. Hayen on August 27, 1946 at the Salem Lutheran Church in Parkston.  They moved to Canova and then to Mitchell in 1957.  Charles passed away May 6, 1995.  She then married Francis (Bud) Heisinger on July 10, 1998 in Mitchell.  Francis passed away May 31, 2010.

Olga worked at Brady Home, S & H Green Stamp Store, Herberger’s Department Store and Geyerman’s.  She was a seamstress for many years.

She was a good and faithful servant of the Lord.  She was a charter member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Mitchell, active in the women of the church, holding various offices including three years as Conference Chair Person.  She also held several offices on the Church Council, taught Sunday School, and sang in the choir.  She enjoyed sewing, gardening, cooking and baking, but most of all, her family and friends.

She is survived by her children:  Charlene (Chuck) Arbach of Las Vegas, NV, Paul (Cheri) Hayen of Manhattan, KS, Stuart (Myrna) Hayen of Mitchell, Peggy (Lyle) Weber of Alexandria, SD and Tim (Vicki) Hayen of Bemidgi, MN; two step-children:  Glenn (Cheryl) Heisinger of Blaine, MN, Barbara (Dean) Semmler of Sioux Falls, SD; seventeen grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Bernice Jeschke of Roscoe, SD and Mildred Sandmeier of Bowdle, SD and one brother, David (Dianne) Semmler of Parkston, SD.

She was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, six sisters:  Irene Winter, Lucille Ketterling, Anita Hayen, Marie Melton, Vera Jensen and Loretta Nelson, one brother, Eugene Semmler, an infant brother, Ronald and an infant grandson, Chad.



Thursday, June 14, 2012
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Prayer Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Friday, June 15, 2012
10:30 AM
Trinity Lutheran Church
1400 East 2nd Avenue
Mitchell, South Dakota


Servicemen's Memorial Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Ron and Clarice Konold on June 22, 2012
Olga, was a very special person. Her infectious smile and a hand shake are some of our memories. A great seamstress and always willing to give a helping hand. To the family of Olga, you have our deepest sympathy.
Posted by Jim Titze on June 16, 2012
So sorry hearing about Olga’s passing - She was a very special person, seemed like she was always smiling, willing help and be involved especially at church. What a wonderful example for us lucky enough to grow up in her shadow. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time.
Posted by Gwen (Grosz) Albright - Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA on June 15, 2012
Just heard - so sorry re your Mom. I sat by her in church and shared coffee with her in Nov. 2011 when I was back - she hadn't changed a bit - still the same wonderful person. She gave of herself 100% always, whether family, her kids activities, church, etc. Char, Paul, Stuart, Peggy & Tim - my prayers and thoughts are with you all. She will be missed by everyone.
Posted by Dianne Fiala on June 15, 2012
Char and all the family of Olga. So sorry for your loss. Your mother was so sweet--I met her first when she hosted Girl Scouts. In spite of all her family needs she took time to help us Girl Scouts. She was always caring & considerate of others.
Wish I could be there but want you to know you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Anna Olson on June 14, 2012
I will miss her she was a very sweet lady and I enjoyed spending time with her when ever I could. She will be deeply missed by all. My sympathy to all the family.
Posted by Kay & Gary Shafer on June 12, 2012
We shall miss our Olga...always there for us when we needed alterations on our clothing items. We do not think anyone could compare to her promptness and always a great job...all done in love and concern for those of us who needed her often. It just won't seem right to go by her house and realize she is not there. We know her family will miss her dearly, along with rest of us. Please find comfort in sharing your fond memories of your Olga with each other, it helps with the healing; also you may also find comfort and peace knowing she could even be listening and remembering also. Love, Peace, & Prayers, Gary & Kay Shafer (Mitchell)
Posted by Terry & Susie Arbach Peters on June 12, 2012
Our sympathy to all of Olga's family. She was such a sweet lady and always had a smile on her face!! May God bring you comfort in the days ahead..our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Posted by Kathy Klemann on June 11, 2012
Olga was a wonderful person. Always enjoyed our visits with her and her great family through the years. Cherish the many wonderful memories. Thinking of everyone at this sad time and asking God to heal your broken hearts. May God bless each of you.
Our Sympathy, Kathy & Bill Klemann (Arbach-Chuck's Sister)
Posted by Barb Goldammer on June 11, 2012
I am so saddened to hear of Olga's passing. She will be missed. She was an extra special person.
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