Virginia Tegethoff

Virginia Tegethoff


August 8, 1941 - January 9, 2024


Virginia Tegethoff, 82, of Mitchell, SD, died Tuesday, January 9, 2024, at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell. Visitation will be Monday, January 15, from 1-3:00 PM with a 2:30 PM prayer service at Bittner Funeral Chapel. Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery in Mitchell at a later date.

Virginia Alma Semmler was born on a farm near Armour, SD on August 8, 1941 to Jonathan and Alma (Grosz) Semmler. She loved playing outside as a child, making mud pies and houses out of leaves. In 9th grade she and her family moved to Mitchell, SD.

Mitchell is where Virginia met and married Joe Kiner. They had three children, Joseph, Kimberly, and Wade. While the kids were young, they moved around managing bakeries. Later, Virginia married Harold Tegethoff. They spent many years traveling and exploring the USA in an 18-wheeler. After their exploration, she settled in Mitchell and managed convenience stores.

Virginia enjoyed books, movies, and doing puzzles, but most of all watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and attending their events. She included in her life her step-grandchildren as well, and enjoyed attending their events, especially the symphony and Transept concerts. Although distance separated her and her siblings, they stayed in contact daily. When together they were a rowdy bunch always ready with good jokes. They might have been a bit too competitive playing cards, but we all know Virginia was the best card player. She will be remembered by her kindness, inclusiveness, and her jolly laugh.

Virginia is survived by her daughter, Kim (Bruce) Campbell of Sioux Falls; grandchildren, Jessica (Justin) Peterson of Sioux Falls, Cassie (Austin) Werkmeister of Mitchell, John Kiner of Mitchell, Laurie (Mark) Bertrand of Sioux Falls, Jill Campbell Olson of Sioux Falls, and Tim (Natalie) Campbell of Sioux Falls; great-grandchildren, Hannah, Hailey, Hadlee, Oliver, Vivian, and Wade; siblings, Lotar (Barbara) Semmler of Hot Springs, AR, Velma Lippert of Story, AR, Maynard (Caryl) Semmler of Mesquite, TX, Priscilla Fiala of David City, NE, and Pati (Steven) Hurt of Columbus, NE; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Alma and Jonathan Semmler; sons, Joseph Kiner and Wade Kiner; husbands, Joe Kiner and Harold Tegethoff; and brothers-in-law, Harvey Lippert and Bill Fiala.


Monday, January 15, 2024
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, SD

Posted by Laura Burgess on January 16, 2024
I wish I'd seen this sooner to make the visitation. I LOVED Virginia so much. She had the biggest heart and amazing love of life. She will be deeply missed.
Posted by Lori layman on January 15, 2024
She will be missed a very sweet lady
Posted by Kathy wilson on January 13, 2024
I am so sorry for your loss. I loved when Miss Virginia would come into Casey's. She always had a smile and a kind word. She would brighten my day.
Posted by Frank and Randie Durst on January 12, 2024
We were fortunate to have spent time with Virginia. She was a joy to know. Sorry for your loss.
Posted by Maynard and Caryl Semmler on January 12, 2024
God surely blest us by having Virginia in our family. I will remember her always as a welcoming compassionate non-judgmental person. She was always a joy to be around and her laughter and smile were contagious. What wonderful memories we have of her and she will be a joy to see in heaven forever.
Posted by Lorna Sonne on January 11, 2024
I always enjoyed visiting with Virginia. She was a very kind hearted lady. Rest in peace Virginia.
Posted by Dawn and Mel Gilbertson on January 11, 2024
So very sorry for you loss Kim. Our thoughts and Prayers are with you all at this time. God Bless.
Posted by Lotar and Barbara Semmler on January 11, 2024
We will miss you very much , will miss your smile and genuine kindness , your sunny disposition and your caring nature. Enjoy the heavenly life, dearest sister ! We love you !
Posted by Karli kiner Toliver on January 11, 2024
Virginia was the sweetest kindest woman she was a great mother grandmother and friend. Virginia always went out of her way to make me feel like one of her own because her children are my siblings. I will never forget her and always remember her and her beautiful smile. Rest in Peace
Posted by Charolette Peterson on January 11, 2024
So sorry for your loss! She was a wonderful lady!
Posted by Mitch & Priscilla (Peimann) Klintworth on January 11, 2024
So sorry to read the news. May Jesus continue to hold you close as you grieve and look forward to the blessed reunion in Heaven.
Posted by Barb Dulaney on January 10, 2024
So sorry for your loss she will be missed May God bless you all
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