Elwood Resident: Mary Hemmingsen (1937-2016)
Mary L. Hemmingsen, age 79, of Elwood, Nebraska passed away on Sunday, June 5th, 2016 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha Nebraska. She was born on Valentine’s Day 1937 at Ainsworth, Nebraska to Raymond M. Osborn and Mildred (Rucker) Osborn.
She attended school at Ainsworth Public Schools until her senior year when she graduated from Lincoln High in Lincoln Nebraska. Mary went on to further her education, first at Kearney State and then graduating from Wayne State. She taught elementary school until 1969.
In 1954, she married R.L. Swett. Together, they welcomed two children into their lives, Timothy Ray in 1960 and Nancy Noel in 1962.
In 1969, Mary was united in marriage to Allen Ray Hemmingsen who brought four children to the marriage, Milton Lynn, Royce Leon, Timothy Allen, and Wanda Renee. A year later they were blessed with another daughter Tove Louise Johanna, and the family was complete. In 1975 Mary started working for the American Heart Association as a field director. Over the years, she helped educate others and raise money to further the cause of fighting heart disease. Mary retired from American Heart in 1990 when she and Al moved from Elwood to Chadron Nebraska.
Over the next years Mary would work as a family support specialist for several agencies and also ran the GED and the Adult Basic Education Program in Dawes County until she retired for good at Johnsons Lake in 2006.
During her life, one of Mary’s proudest moments was forming the Johnsons Lake First Responders and founding the Winter Conference for First Responders and Emergency Medical Technicians. In 2001, the culmination of her passion for helping others was rewarded as she became the first woman inducted into the EMS Hall of Fame. Mary enjoyed several hobbies, drawing, reading, collecting buttons and researching genealogy, but her greatest love was spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Mary is survived by her children Timothy (Lori) Swett of Rapid City South Dakota, Nancy (Kevin) Bullis of Elwood Nebraska, Tove (Brad) Reiman of Arapahoe Nebraska. Step children Milt (Ann) Hemmingsen of Virginia Beach Virginia, Royce Hemmingsen of Axtell, Timothy Hemmingsen of Lexington and Wanda (David) Frink of Kearney. Grandchildren Samantha Swett, Misty (Jarrett) Smolarkiewicz, Justin (Rhonni) Bullis, Tyson Bullis and Kaila, Kaitlyn and Isaiah Bullis, Thad Reiman and Christen, Katya Reiman and Austin, Tabetha Reiman, Megan and David Hemmingsen, Kate Hemmingsen, Rita Hemmingsen, Jenny (Brandon) Webb, Casey (Sean) Travers, Tanner (Michaela) Hemmingsen, Ryan, Jacob, Brianna McGraw, 19 great grandchildren, and her brothers Dick Osborn and Staley Osborn.
She was preceded in death by her husband Allen Hemmingsen in 1999, her parents, one sister and a brother.
There will be no viewing or visitation as cremation was chosen.
Funeral services will be Friday, June 24th, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church at Elwood, Nebraska with Pastor Michael Wolff, officiating.
Inurnment will be at Fort McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell, Nebraska on Friday, June 24th, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Nebraska Affiliate of the American Heart Association is suggested. Condolences or personal reflections can be left at elwoodfuneralhome.com.
Elwood Funeral Home of Elwood, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements.