Mary Catherine Zemina was born November 25, 1927 to Louis and Rose (Wurtz) Wampol on the family farm southwest of Tabor, one of fifteen children. She attended rural country schools in Bon Homme County. At age 19 she moved to Dallas TX where she worked at a hat factory. She returned to South Dakota in 1948 and married Frank Zemina on August 31, 1949 in Tyndall SD. Mary was a resident of Mitchell for many years. She became a resident in 2007 of Crystal Manor and in 2009 became a resident of Firesteel Healthcare.
She enjoyed gardening, baking and playing the piano. She was an avid reader and puzzle solver until glaucoma took her eyesight. Mary’s Czech heritage led her to attend Tabor Czech Days every June, listening to the accordion music, tasting the cultural food and having fellowship with her extended family. She took great pride in her family. She took great pride in her family. Her faith and the love for her family were never ending.
Mary is survived by one son, Frank Jr. and wife, Carmen of Mitchell; four daughters: Carol Larsen and husband, Robert of Yucaipa CA, Nadine Howard (Brian) of Mitchell, Lorna Sonne and husband, Daniel of Mitchell and Julie Stedronsky and husband, Mark of Mitchell; eight grandchildren: Jessica (Mike) Sangalang, Darcey (Paul) Wilson, Michael Zemina, Angie (Steve) Hagena, Jesse Howard, Chad Carr and Michael Sonne; seven great-grandchildren: Jackson, Connor, Adam, Nathan, Andrew, Ashlyn and Colton and one sister, Louise Henley of Fortuna CA.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank in 2005; her parents; six brothers: Louis, Fred, William, Jim, Joe and Frank; five sisters: Sylvia Verba, Rose Wuestewald. Tillie Steinfeld, Marie Wampol and Helen Burrow and two in infancy and one grandson, Jesse Sonne.