Mary Frances Reimer
Wed, 11/30/2016 - 5:00am
Funeral services for Mary Frances Reimer, 86, of Chamberlain will be 10:00 am Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at St. James Catholic Church in Chamberlain, with burial in the Grandview Cemetery at rural Chamberlain. Visitation will begin Monday at 5:00 pm with a scripture service at 7:00 pm at St. James Catholic Church.
Mary Frances Olinger was born December 4, 1929 to Joe and Clara (Bentz) Olinger in Chamberlain, SD. She lived her entire life on the same farm. She attended a rural school through 8th grade and then attended Notre Dame High School in Mitchell, SD. After graduation, she attended Northern State Teachers College, where she got her teaching certificate. Her first teaching job was at the Bode School in rural Brule County.
Mary Frances met William Reimer and on September 12, 1949 the two were united in marriage. They lived on her parents’ farm near Chamberlain, in the house that her father built in 1903. She lived in this same house until she moved to Regency Retirement in 2014. After her husband passed away, Mary Frances went to work at Alco in Chamberlain. She really enjoyed her time at Alco, but heath forced her to retire.
Mary Frances was an avid gardener and loved her houseplants. She liked to sew, knit and crochet in her spare time. She was very active in her church and community as a member of St. James Catholic Church, St. James Altar Society, and taught CCD for several years. She was also 4-H club leader, was active in the Brule County Democrats and the Prime Cowbelle clubs, as well as Extension Homemakers.
Mary Frances passed away on November 24, 2016 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls at the age of 86 years. Gratefully sharing her life are her son Steve (Elaine) Reimer of Chamberlain; two daughters Janelle (Gerald) Bischoff and Kathy (Pete) Torres all of Huron; 10 grandchildren Jaimi (Brady) Lammers, Brian (Laura) Reimer, Amber (A.J.) Johnson, Lori (Mike) Peskey, Garret Bischoff, Abby Bischoff, and Matt (Heather) Bischoff, William Torres, Courtney Johnson, and Jeremiah Johnson; and 12 great grandchildren Patricia, Jimmy, Jake, Sydney, Keegan, Blake, Kyla, Peyton, Cooper, Parker, Reagan, and Easton; and son-in-law Gary Johnson of Huron.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Joseph and Clara Olinger, her husband William "Bill" Reimer, and daughter Lisa Johnson.