Mary Munsen

Mary Munsen


October 6, 1935 - October 17, 2022


Mary Munsen, 87, of White Lake, SD, died Monday, October 17, 2022, at her home in White Lake. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 AM Thursday, October 20, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in White Lake. Burial will be in St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 7-9:00 PM at St. Peter’s with a Scripture Service at 8:30 PM. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Mary Juanita (Peters) Munsen was born to Math and Blandina (Mairose) Peters on their family farm south of White Lake on October 6, 1935, the third of six children. 

In 1953 she graduated from White Lake High School. She later attended Presentation College and Northern State University to obtain her teaching certificate. After achieving her certificate, she taught in a country school in Wessington, SD. In 1955, she moved to White Lake and taught in the Tripp Country School. She began teaching at Sprick Country School the following year.

On November 21st, 1957, she married Edwin Munsen at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in White Lake. To their union, 7 children were born. During that time, they bought and farmed the Peter’s Homestead family farm. In 2014 they retired and moved into the town of White Lake.

After moving to town, Mary carried many crosses and overcame health challenges, leading to several rehab stays at Aurora Brule Care & Rehab and eventually to Avera Hospice. All teams along with the WL Ambulance made a beautiful joint effort to help the family take Mary to her lifetime earthly home to be with her husband. The family comforted her on her way to the eternal Heavenly home; that she lived her whole life preparing for. 

Mary is survived by her husband, Edwin; four daughters and three sons: Cindy (Jon) Groen, Sioux Falls, SD; Donna (Dale) Beckmann, White Lake, SD; Babs (Bryan) Bowne, Mitchell, SD; Jim (Diane) Munsen; Mark (Tammie) Munsen; Paul (Renee) Munsen; and Tiffany (Jeff) Thiry, all from White Lake, SD. She is also survived by 24 grandchildren, 3 step grandsons, 34 great-grandchildren, brother Eldon (Jane) Peters, sisters Jeanne Kirsch and Carol Berquist, and sister-in-law Vivian Munsen. 

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; father and mother-in-law, Charles & Hazel Munsen; great-grandson Sean; sister, Joyce Bradwisch; brother, Duane Peters; son-in-law, Al Bollinger; sisters-in-law, Pat Peters and Cherie Munsen; and brothers-in-law, Rich Kirsch, Gordon Bergquist, Gary Munsen, and Ron Munsen. 



Wednesday, October 19, 2022
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
8:30 PM Scripture Service

St. Peter's Catholic Church
101 S Ellis St
White Lake, SD 57383


Thursday, October 20, 2022
10:30 AM
St. Peter's Catholic Church
101 S Ellis St
White Lake, SD 57383


St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery
White Lake, SD

Posted by Jeff M. Peters, Pam, Keagan and Lexi on October 20, 2022
Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family on the passing of Mary. She will always be remembered as a faithful and strong person. Always interested in your well-being and there to give an extra hand.
Posted by Gloria Faber on October 19, 2022
My thoughts & prayers to you & all your family. May God send you comfort at this difficult time. My deepest sympathy to all of you. Gloria
Posted by Bobbie Prickett-Herrlein on October 19, 2022
So sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers to the family
Posted by Kati Henry on October 18, 2022
In my short time there she quickly became a fave. She was so precious and she loved to be loved on. Such an angel lady. Prayers for you guys in the days to come.
Posted by Sandy Christensen on October 18, 2022
As usual wrote too much first time and it edited comments.
Just wanted to add that whenever I saw Mary, she had a smile for me and had her hands out reaching to grasp mine.
Donna -- I am always here for you my dear friend. I can imagine the last few days have been hard on you. Thinking about you and sending hugs. Love ya!!!
Posted by Sandy Christensen on October 18, 2022
I am always here for you my dear friend.
Jim -- God Bless and know I am thinking of you now at this difficult time.
Tiff -- hang in there hon. Your Mom now has no pain.
Liza -- It is never easy losing a grandma, especially one who has made a big impact in your life. Love ya!
I won't be able to be there for you all but am thinking and praying for ALL of you! Love ya!
Posted by Rhonda & Ernie Karst on October 18, 2022
Thinking of all of you on this difficult journey may God give you all the strength you need
Posted by Betty Van Soest on October 18, 2022
Sympathy to all the Munsen family
Posted by Lyla Jerke on October 18, 2022
My sympathy to all. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Angie Wallen on October 18, 2022
Sending healing prayers and big hugs to all of you. Lean on the many memories of the strong, beautiful and faithful person she was for comfort at such a difficult time. I am so sorry for your loss. Love to all.
Posted by Sandra Combs Hettinger on October 18, 2022
Sincere sympathy to the Peters and Munsen Families!
Posted by Glenda and Dan(Danny) Cudmore on October 18, 2022
Eddie and Family:
We are saddened to hear of the death of Mary. May God’s light shine upon her.
Posted by Roxanne stahnke on October 18, 2022
My condolences to you all. Many great memories and laughs while caring for Mary. She has touched so many hearts along the way including mine! She became part of the aurora brule nursing home family and I’m blessed to have meet such a strong independent women who loved her family and showed so much faith in all she did. She will be truly missed! Thinking of you all sending prayers your way! ❤️❤️🙏🏼🙏🏼
Posted by Jodi Schladweiler on October 18, 2022
Sorry to hear of your lose. Deepest Sympathy to you all.
Posted by Colleen Glissendorf on October 18, 2022
Thinking of you all sweet memmories to keep with you !!!
Posted by Neil Peters on October 18, 2022
Eddie and family, deepest sympathy for your loss. May God be with you all in this time of loss.
Posted by Vicki Connor & Dave Duba on October 18, 2022
Our sympathy and prayers to all of the family members! Thinking of you all during this difficult time.
Posted by Rhonda McGregor on October 17, 2022
Find solice in knowing how many lives Mary touched & how loved she was by family & frieds!! I know how much this one hurts but remain faithful & trust in God's plan. Peace will come. Thoughts, prayers, loads of love, & big, big hugs to all!!
Posted by Craig Plamp on October 17, 2022
My sympathy to all the Munsen family and Donna and Dale and family!
Posted by Richard & Jaye Shonley on October 17, 2022
Thinking of you all and sending prayers for comfort. We can only imagine the great memories you have of such a strong and faithful woman and know that she instilled the strength you will need at this time.
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