Mary Ruth Hemminger


May 24, 1930 - December 11, 2012



Mary Ruth Hemminger was born May 24, 1930 in Willow Springs, MO to John and Fern (Ziegler) Essink.  In 1936 she moved with her family to Artesian, SD. She graduated from Artesian High School in 1948 and then attended Madison College where she received a teaching degree.  On June 9, 1951 she married Cecil Hemminger at the Methodist Church in Pipestone, MN. They resided in Canada for five years and then in 1958 they purchased a farm west of Letcher. She taught rural schools in Sanborn and Davison Counties.  In 1965 they moved to the Sheldon Hemminger Farm south of Letcher.  In 2005 she made her home at the Prairie View Care Center.

Grateful having shared her life are her daughter, Sheilla (Jerry) Bereza, Solsgirth Manitoba, Canada; two sons: Sheldon Hemminger, Letcher; William (Martha) Hemminger, LeGrange, KY; seven grandchildren: Sheldon Lewis (Amber) Hemminger, Sherri (Jeff “Gov”) Hanson, Shayne Hemminger, Blake Hemminger, Jason (Jenifer) Bereza, Jeremy Bereza and Bart Hemminger,  six great-grandchildren: Cooper Sheldon Hemminger, Ashlee and Dean Hanson, Liam, Landyn, and Lanaya Bereza, one sister, Joann (Ellis) Ross, Watford City, ND and one brother, John (Penny) Essink, Lead, SD.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil, sister, Opal Sprauge and husband Stanley and her parents.


Friday, December 14, 2012
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Saturday, December 15, 2012
10:30 AM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Westlawn Cemetery
Letcher, South Dakota

Posted by Jerry and Linda Kelsey and families on December 20, 2012
Shiela, Sheldon and families

Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you mourn the loss of your mom. Linda and I had stopped and saw Mary a few years ago at the Praire View Center when we were back to South Dakota. I recall many memories of growing up and visiting your parents. May God Bless you all.

Jerry, Linda, Brent, Barry, Lindsey, Brenden and families
Posted by JoAnn and Joni Davis on December 15, 2012
Dear Shiela, Sheldon and families,

You have our deepest sympathy on the loss of your mom, Mary. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

We had planned to come over for the funeral but the weather this morning is just doubtful enough with slippery roads and ice that we decided we better not be out on them. We are struggling with the decision because we wanted to be their with you and your families.

We shared the news with Donna Runestad, Wendy Runestad and Lila LIndsey. They all send their deepeest sympathys to all of you and want you to know they were each thinking of Mary.

JoAnn Davis
Joni Davis

Posted by Val & Dawn Luckett & Family on December 14, 2012
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