Louise Hulda Stegemann, 99, Luverne, died Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
A funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 9, at the First Presbyterian Church in Beaver Creek. Burial will follow in the Beaver Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, at Hartquist Funeral Home in Luverne.
Louise Hins was one of a set of triplets born to Emanuel and Hulda (Koenig) Hins on Oct. 6, 1918, on a farm near Parkston, South Dakota, where she was raised and attended school. She was baptized in November 1918 and confirmed in June 1933 at Zion Congregational Church in Parkston. After graduation from Parkston High School, she and her sisters attended Sioux Valley Hospital School of Nursing. Two weeks before graduation her sister Lois passed away. Louise completed her nurse’s training and became employed at Midway Hospital in St. Paul.
On Jan. 31, 1942, she married Fred Stegemann at the Zion Congregational Church. Following their marriage, they lived on a farm near Beaver Creek where they raised their seven children and Louise helped on the farm. In 1961 she began doing some private duty nursing at both Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls and at the hospital in Luverne. Fred died on May 31, 1992. After Fred’s death, Louise continued working as a nurse through home health care. She moved off the farm and into Luverne in April 2010. In March 2017 she became a resident at the Tuff Memorial Home in Hills.
Louise was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Beaver Creek where she served as elder, taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, and was active in the Presbyterian Women and Deborah Circle. She volunteered her time as a 4-H leader when her children were younger. She enjoyed working on jumble puzzles, playing Scrabble, and reading. Louise loved canning the produce from her vegetable garden, and she was famous for her baby dill pickles and apple pies. She was an avid fan of the Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Timberwolves.
She is survived by seven children, Duane (Tedde) Stegemann of Marsing, Idaho, Dianne (Butch) Hamann of Luverne, Donna (Rick) Zoellner of Beaver Creek, Linda (Dean) Wenzel of Luverne, William “Bill” (Gayle) Stegemann of Beaver Creek, Ellen (Doug) Olson of Beaver Creek, and Brenda (Randy) VanMaanen of Hills; 16 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Lillian Fuerst and Beverly Weiss, both of Parkston.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred; a granddaughter, Amy Lynn Hamann; a great-granddaughter, Ashley; her parents; two sisters, Lois Hins and Janus (Clarence) Roth; and two brothers-in-law, Ruben Fuerst and Raymond Weiss.
Arrangements are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, www.hartquistfuneral.com.