Bernice Jean Ymker Hempel


September 1, 1942 - December 19, 2015


Bernice Jean Ymker Hempel was born on September 1, 1942 to Herman and Ziena (Kiel) Ymker on a family farm near Corsica Lake, SD.

She attended country school and later Southern College in Springfield, SD earning her two year teaching certificate.  She taught country school near Lake Andes and later Parkston Public School.

Bernice and Richard Hempel married at the Church of Christ in Parkston on July, 19, 1969.  Together they lived in Mitchell and welcomed their two sons, Todd and Tim.  When the boys were near school age she attended Dakota Wesleyan University to complete her BA in elementary education.  She resumed her teaching career at Rosedale Colony.  She then taught a Longfellow and L.B. Williams in Mitchell, SD.  She earned Teacher of the Year and later retired while at L.B. Williams.  Bernice enjoyed working with children, guiding them in her quiet and gentle way.  She loved watching things grow, whether it was children or flowers.  She blossomed when she spoke of her three grandchildren.

She is remembered by her husband of 46 years, Richard, two sons’ families, Todd (Rebecca Studelska) and children, Grace and Ella of Mitchell, Tim (Nicole) and son, Nathan of Sioux Falls, her siblings: Jay (Ellen) Ymker, Janis Koster both of Armour, Luann (Ben) Lagge of Corsica and numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents and her brother, John.


In lieu of flowers, memorials will be given to Delilia Weber Foundation

(for the support of children’s education).


Tuesday, December 22, 2015
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Wednesday, December 23, 2015
10:30 AM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Patsy Martinec Marner on December 31, 2015
A long lost friend. Will always treasure the memories of our younger years back in Lake Andes. DIck you are in my thoughts and prayers. So hard to believe when I found this on the computer. She is now in Gods care.
Posted by Lonnie & Pat Weidenbach on December 22, 2015
Tim & family. We are sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Posted by Kelly Kjellsen on December 22, 2015
Sorry for your loss Dick and family. I worked with you Dick at NWPS in Mithchell back in the 60's.You are in our prayers. Kelly and Jan Kjellsen
Posted by Larry DeKramer on December 21, 2015
Richard and family, sorry for your loss, may you find comfort in knowing that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Michelle Nelson on December 21, 2015
Todd and Rebecca, our prayers are with you during this time.
Posted by Scott Roth and Family on December 21, 2015
Richard, Tim, Todd and family. We are sorry for your loss and thinking of you. You all are in our thoughts and prayers, especially during this holiday season.
Posted by Donna DeNure on December 20, 2015
Rest in peace, Bernice. I'll treasure the memories we made while working together at LBW and the laughs we shared.
Posted by Travis Roth and Family on December 20, 2015
We are so sorry for your loss. You're all in our prayers. May god wrap his arms around you during this difficult time.
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