Irma Madelyn (Muellenberg) Stammer, 93, of Redfield, SD, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at Community Memorial Hospital in Redfield. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. on Monday, October 8, 2018 at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Redfield. Reverend Tom Anderson will officiate. Burial will follow in St. Bernard’s Catholic Cemetery in Redfield.
Visitation will be Sunday, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., at Hyke Funeral Home in Redfield. Family will be present beginning at 6:00 p.m. to accept condolences. A prayer service will begin at 7:00 p.m. followed by the Catholic Daughters leading the rosary. Arrangements have been entrusted to Hyke Funeral Home (www.hykefuneralhome.com).
Irma Madelyn Muellenberg was born at home on October 26, 1924 in Zell, SD to Ed and Laura (Geuke) Muellenberg. She attended country school through the 8th grade, graduating from Redfield High School in 1942.
Irma went to Milwaukee and worked with her sister. She met the love of her life Marlin Stammer at a barn dance in Zell and they were married on October 25, 1944. Irma and Marlin farmed in Miranda, SD then moved to Redfield. In addition to raising her eight children, Irma worked as a bookkeeper for Basin Farm Feedlot and worked for the South Dakota Development Center for 17 years as a Psychiatric Technician. She retired at the age of 62 to travel with her husband. They spent numerous years traveling to Arizona for the winter.
Most important to Irma was spending time with her family, making all her children feel as if they were her “favorite.” She was a loving, generous, caring, and understanding role model to her children. Her connection to family was made possible by learning to use her iPhone and Facetime. She also enjoyed caring for others and calling bingo at the nursing home, “for the older people.”
Irma loved to bake and cook, and every Saturday was spent baking pies, cookies, and bread. It was very important to her to make sure the family always ate together, and no one was allowed to leave until after prayers were said. Irma was an impeccable dresser and loved shopping for bargains. She was exceptional at math and did not believe in calculators.
She was proud to be a Charter member of the Catholic Daughters, was Treasurer for the Altar Society, and she also volunteered at the nursing home.
Irma is survived by her children: Marlin “Mickey” Jr. (Gloria) Stammer, CA, Loren (Sandy) Stammer, CA, Gary (Joyce) Stammer, NE, Linda (Ronnie) McLain, SD, Sheri Stammer, CO, Kyle Zens, SD, Laure (Chad) Staebell, CO, and Jann (Mark) Goodell, MT. Irma is also survived by 23 grandchildren, 35 great- grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren on the way. She is also survived by her brother Edward “Bud” (Joyce) Muellenberg and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Marlin Sr., an infant daughter Annita, and her sisters: Marcella Votsis, Arlene Wright, Gladys Kempe, and Lois Galvin.