Irma Alene Wise


July 5, 1915 - April 14, 2016


Irma Alene Wise was born July 5, 1915 in Grand Island, NE to John and Carolyn (Sphar) Winter.  She grew up in Grand Island and attended Grand Island schools.

On April 20, 1933 she married Harold L. Wise at Garden City, KS. They operated Glo Bottle Gas Company where she was the bookkeeper and later they opened the Sinclair Truck Stop west of Mitchell.  Following the opening of Interstate 90 they turned that business into Wise Tire and Implement.

Irma loved raising her four children.  She was a member of the Assembly of God Church where she taught Sunday School. She was an avid gardener and loved cooking.

Irma is survived by two sons, David Wise of Mitchell and Greg Wise of Wall Lake, SD; two daughters, Carolyn Jean Moe of Mitchell and Marilyn Yvonne Vollbracht of Mitchell; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and seven great- great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold in 1998; her parents; two sisters, Anita and Marion and one brother, William “Bill”.



Tuesday, April 19, 2016
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Wednesday, April 20, 2016
11:00 AM
Assembly of God Church
1901 North Sanborn
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Darwin Hemmer on April 23, 2016
My condolences to the family of Irma Wise. Like my brother Ron, I also would stay at the house and play with Greg. I remember the garden, her VW Bug car, playing hid and seek with the dog
in her house, I think the name of the dog was Tibbie. I also remember one of the girls, I think Marilyn taking two raccoons from the farm,and Greg a jack rabbit bunnie which Harold later let go on the farm when it was full grown. Irma was always very patient with us boys and I do not ever remembering her upset with us. She was a great LADY.
Posted by Ron Hemmer on April 19, 2016
I was a friend of Irma's son Greg and stayed at their house in Mitchell two weeks or more for most summers when I was in grade school. I remember her writing IOU notes for Greg and I to take to the neighborhood grocery to buy candy. I don't recall her ever scolding me or anything but being real good to me. She was a good person. I am glad to have known her and to have this most pleasant memory of her. I hope my thoughts hear bring some comfort to her family.
Posted by Jeanie ( Olson) Wohl on April 18, 2016
Sending our deepest sympathy to Irma's family! Irma and Harold were great friends to my parents Clyde & Esther Olson who are both deceased now! Harold flew his airplane out to our farm north of Mitchell and took me as a small child on my first airplane ride! I later worked for them in their home and also in their cafe west of Mithchell! I will not be able to attend the funeral as I live with my husband Gene in Lodi,California! Wonderful people leaving me with many memories! Love you Irma!😢😢
Posted by Roger and Kate Wollman on April 18, 2016
My condolences to the family of Irma and Lorraine Wise. I have rented land from Irma and Harold for over 25 years. They were great landlords and although I did not deal with them personally the last few years I enjoyed visiting with Irma and Harold in their home. We are sorry for your loss.
Posted by Kay (Hemmer) Shafer on April 17, 2016
My condolences to the family of Irma Wise. My parents were Leo & Elsie Hemmer, who are both deceased. We lived on Harold's farm near the Jame's River. Harold was a nice landlord, would come to get eggs from us, & often stayed to tinker in the farm, or just stay to visit. He would brig his son, Gregory out to play with my brothers n sisters, who were younger than myself. On those visits Irma sometimes joined them. She too was a kind lady.

When the article about Irma reaching the age of 100 appeared in the Daily Republic I put the link on our Hemmer website, so my 11 siblings could read & enjoy it. On our Hemmer website the siblings who were old enough to remember them posted "memories".

I am in Washington DC now with my husband Gary, and unable to attend Irma's services.

May the memories you have of life with Irma bring you Peace, & Comfort all these days. She is now with Hatold, & once again they are together.
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