Marie Denke, age 87 of Wall, S.D., died September 8, 2013, at the Good Samaritan Center in New Underwood.
Marie H. Hamann was born October 21, 1925, at Creighton, the daughter of Henry and Christina (Sieler) Hamann. She attended high school in Hill City and graduated from Black Hills School of Business in Rapid City.
Marie was united in marriage to Helmuth H. Denke on November 9, 1946. The couple lived on a farm-ranch 10 miles north of Creighton, where they raised six children. In 1994, due to health reasons, Helmuth retired and moved to Wall where they remained until moving to an assisted living facility in Rapid City in 2003.
Her husband, Helmuth, preceded her in death on March 9, 2004. Marie continued to reside in Rapid City until moving into the Good Samaritan Center in New Underwood in August 2009.
Marie was a member of the Creighton Bees Extension Club and active in 4-H when her children were home. She also worked several years as a secretary and billing clerk for Hubbard Milling Company in Wall. Following retirement, she and her husband Helmuth enjoyed many winters in Arizona and they were members of the Good Sam RV Club. Marie took up oil painting in her later years and became quite an artist. She won several awards with her paintings in local contests.
Survivors include three sons, David Denke and his wife, June, of Casper, Wyo., Charles Denke and his wife, Donna, of Thornton, Colo., and Russell Denke of Chamberlain; three daughters, Marcia Huether and her husband, Wayne, of Interior, Kathy Kidd and her husband, Jack Weber, of Thornton, Colo., and Julie Kasier and her husband, Larry, of Rapid City; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one sister, Florence Smith of Torrington, Wy.; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Marie was preceded in death by her husband, Helmuth, on March 9, 2004; and her parents.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, September 13, at the Rush Funeral Chapel in Wall.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 14, at the First Lutheran Church in Wall, with Pastor Curtis Garland officiating.
Interment will be at the Wall Cemetery.
A memorial has been established. Her online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com