Melvina (Grismer) Lesmeister

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Melvina (Grismer) Lesmeister, 82, died Wednesday, January 9, 2013, at the Strasburg Care Center. Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 14, 2013, at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, Bowdle, with Father Doug Binsfeld, Celebrant. Interment followed at the Church Cemetery. Pianist was Margy Bobby and song leader was Jeanne Bieber. Usher was Joe Geier and mass servers were Bryce Rohrbach and Joseph Geier. Lectors were Lynnette Lesmeister and Tammy Tolton. Jennifer Hulm joined Lynnette and Tammy as offertory gift bearers. Eucharistic Minister was Teresa Geier.

There was a Wake Service at Lien Funeral Home, Bowdle, 7:00 p.m. Sunday with visitation beginning at 2:00 p.m.

Melvina Elizabeth Grismer, daughter of Magdalena (Fix) and Frank B. Grismer, was born May 27, 1930, at Hillsview, the second oldest of ten. Her family farmed near Bowdle and Melvina had fond memories of her childhood, even though it was full of hard work. Her formal education ended by third grade. While her younger siblings went to school, Melvina stayed at home to help on the farm during the depression years. She could recall standing on a step stool to make bread for the family. Melvina was married to Adam J. Lesmeister and later divorced. They resided and farmed in Eagle Butte. When she was no longer on the farm, she worked at the Sacred Heart Rectory in Aberdeen and later settled in Mobridge where she worked as a seamstress and cleaned homes, earning a well deserved reputation for spotless cleaning. In later years, she was a devoted member of the Ladies Emblems Club for the Willcox, AZ Elk’s Lodge. She was awarded numerous ribbons for her beautiful and meticulous rug latch hooking. One of her proudest accomplishments was being an advocate in a landmark case in South Dakota for the needy to receive energy assistance. Melvina instilled in her children good work ethics and performed countless acts of kindness to her friends, especially to those who were unable to get around.

She is survived by two sons—Michael E. (Marcelline) Lesmeister of Eagle Butte and Andrew D. Hulm of Deadwood; one daughter Madonna M. (Bill) Montano of Willcox, AZ; two brothers-Leo Grismer and Joe Grismer both of Bowdle; four sisters-Mary Wentz of Tucson, AZ, Leona Schmidt of the Oahe Manor of Gettysburg, Madonna (Oscar) Carlson of Java, and Betty (Harvey) Heyd of Long Lake; two sisters-in-law, Marlyn Grismer of Bowdle and Arlys Grismer of Aberdeen; six grandchildren-Lynnette Lesmeister, Tammy (Neil) Tolton, Frank (Terri) Lesmeister of Carlsbad, NM, Stephanie and Jennifer Hulm, and Theresa Montano; eleven great grandchildren-Londell and Lyle Lesmeister; Thomas Roy, Robert, Samuel and Matthew Tolton; Adam, Dyllan, Julia and Luke Lesmeister and Tim Hensley; and a Godchild, Ben Grismer.

She was preceded in death by her father on July 11, 1975, her mother on May 17, 1979, three brothers (Frank, Andrew, and Adam Grismer), two grandchildren (Julia Kathleen Lesmeister and Amanda Michelle Lesmeister), three brothers-in-law (Val Wentz, Antone Hartze, and Donnie Schmidt), two sisters-in-law (LaVera Grismer and Bertha Grismer); and Adam J. Lesmeister on August 24, 1993.

Honorary bearers were Melvina’s brothers, Leo and Joe; her brothers-in-law, Harvey and Oscar; her son-in-law, Bill; Melvina’s grandchildren and great children, Laurie Marshall of Deadwood, Andy Feist of Strasburg, members of the Ladies Emblems Club, and the Staff at the Strasburg Care Center.

Casketbearers were Londell Lesmeister of Rapid City, Lyle Lesmeister of Parade, Thomas and Robert Tolton of Midland; and Melvina’s sons, Michael and Andrew.

To leave an online condolence or to view the tribute video, please visit www.MillerLienFH.com. Lien Funeral Home, Bowdle, is in charge of arrangements.

 

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