Mary Siegrist

“Well done, good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:21)

“Dear Lord, You know the gifts you have given me. Bless me so that I take courage in using them in ways that honor and glorify you. Amen”

                  In the comforts of her own home, Mary Alberta Siegrist, 105, was received into the arms of our Heavenly Father on August 23, 2013. Funeral services will be held at the Zion Lutheran Church in Hay Springs, Nebraska on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. with Interim Pastor Peter Bertram officiating. Visitation and a time of prayer and sharing will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 27th at the Church.

                  Mary was born in Stanton County, Nebraska on August 15, 1908 and was the oldest of seven children born to Martin Halverson and Minnie (Schultz) Halverson. She was baptized into the Lutheran faith as an infant on October 19, 1908.

                  Mary received her education in Stanton Public Schools and graduated in 1926. She taught school for one year in Stanton County before marrying her husband, Laverne Siegrist on December 30, 1931. Mary and Vern celebrated 59 years of marriage before Vern’s death in 1990. To this union three children were born. They farmed in the Hay Springs area for many years before retiring in 1970 and moving into town.

                  Not ready for complete retirement, Mary worked in the dietary department at Pioneer Manor Nursing Home for eight years. She was also very proud of her flower gardens and the many trees she and Vern planted at their home. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and the Ladies LWML.

                  Survivors include her daughter, Marianne (Ronald) Hanks; eight grandchildren; fifteen great grandchildren and fourteen great-great grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Richard Voss; sisters-in-law, Rosetta Piercy and Norma Halverson. A wealth of cousins, nieces, nephews and dearest of friends also remain and were blessed by the inspiration she provided to us all.

                  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Vern; her sons, Martin Siegrist and Gary Siegrist; a grandson, Michael Siegrist; a granddaughter, Karen (Siegrist) Parker; two great grandsons, Christopher Parker and Owen Parker; and her four brothers and two sisters.

                  Having just celebrated her birthday and family “convention”, Mary had been preparing her thank you notes and reading birthday cards that continue to be received. A thank you which included the following message to everyone who had made her day another special occasion was found.

God Bless You All”

   A memorial fund has been established and donations may be made to Chamberlain-Drabbels Mortuary, PO Box 443, Hay Springs, NE.

Chamberlain-Drabbels Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

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