Mary Hatlestad

Mary A. Hatlestad

March 21st, 1934 - December 7th, 2019
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Mary A. Hatlestad, age 85, of Watertown, SD, passed away on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at the Jenkins Living Center under hospice care.

A time of sharing will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 11th at the Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel, with visitation continuing from 5-7 p.m.

Funeral Services will be at 11:00 a.m on Thursday, December 12th at Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer in Watertown with Rev. Kent Stillson officiating, music by A.J. Sherrill as organist and Warren and Holly Lunden, duet.

Burial will be at the Toronto Cemetery, Toronto, SD.

Pallbearers: will be Myron and Lory Retzer, Tom and Jolene Lieffort, Carl and Joan Hohnstadt.

Honorary pallbearers: Diann and Carroll Moe, Loretta Hunt, Doris and Rev. Kermit Rye, Vivian and Rev. Gary Westgard and Elizabeth Garnos.

Mary Adeline Quam was born March 21, 1934, to Herman and Jennie (Haynes) Quam at Toronto, South Dakota. She was baptized on April 22, 1934 and confirmed on July 11, 1948 by the Rev. A. L. Stueland at Blom Prairie Lutheran Church in Toronto. She attended country school and then graduated from Toronto High School in 1952. She was graduated from Augustana University in Sioux Falls in 1956 and worked as a parish secretary at First Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls until 1964.

On May, 30, 1964, she was married to Selmer “Sam” Hatlestad of Clear Lake, South Dakota at First Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. After her husband’s year of internship at Bethel Lutheran
Church in Encino, California, the Hatlestads served in six Lutheran parishes in South Dakota: Salem and Unity at Freeman, Hayti and New Hope at Hayti, Our Savior’s at Veblen, Our Savior’s at Wessington Springs, Salem at Parkston, and Bethany and Belleview at Howard. After her husband’s retirement in 1996, they moved to Watertown.

Mary’s eight years on the staff of First Lutheran in Sioux Falls prepared her well for sharing life with a pastor. In their first parish at Freeman, she served as secretary, running off bulletins and annual reports on the old mimeograph in the parsonage basement. Mary was comfortable being involved with the women of the church and singing in the choir; she especially enjoyed the quilting with the Women of the Church for Lutheran World Relief. Mary did not work outside the home during the first two parishes. Volunteering with the Senior Citizens became her outlet. When she did work outside the home, it related to two of her special interests—sewing and reading. At Veblen, she worked at Dakotah Inc. and at Wessington Springs, Parkston, and Howard she worked in the school and city libraries. She also worked for a time at SYNCOM in Mitchell. Mary was a “night owl” whose presence met the needs of her children to talk to after Sam went to bed.

Mary enjoyed doing handwork. For a time, she marketed her crocheting and needlework through craft outlets and personal orders. In retirement, she continued to crochet caps and sweaters and prayer shawls. She enjoyed membership at Grace Lutheran and Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer in Watertown. In retirement Sam and Mary enjoyed trips to Norway, Namibia (Africa), Ireland, the Canadian Rockies, and the Pacific Northwest via AMTRAK.

She is survived by her spouse, Pastor Sam Hatlestad of Watertown, and her son, Thomas, of Plymouth, Minnesota, and her daughter, Susan (Ian) Morris and grandson, Elliot, of Bainbridge Island, WA; her sister-in-law, Lois Quam of Akron, Ohio, and her nephew, Lauren (Brenda) Quam of Copley, Ohio, and their children, Jeremy (Rebecca), Lucas, and Kianna. She was preceded in death by her brother Leslie and parents.

Memorials may be directed to Augustana University, Lutheran Social Services, Joy Ranch, or per wishes of donor.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday December 11th, 2019 | 4:30pm - 7:00pm
    Wednesday December 11th, 2019 4:30pm - 7:00pm
    Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel
    1111 4th St NE
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
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    Time of Sharing starting at 4:30 p.m with visitation to continue from 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Service

    Thursday December 12th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Thursday December 12th, 2019 11:00am
    Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer
    2001 2nd St NW
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
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    Pastor Kent Stillson
  • Interment

    Toronto Cemetery
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  • Reception

    Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer
    2001 2nd St NW
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
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    We will eat prior to going to the interment at Toronto


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Lauren, Brenda, Kianna, Luke, Jeremy and Rebecca

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Love, Paul & Julie Bruflat

Posted at 09:51am
Sam and family: It is our hope that you will all be comforted knowing Mary was a special lady who is now in the most special of all places!
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Mary Abraham

Posted at 09:35am
Thinking of you Sam. My sincere sympathy. Mary Abraham, Elk Point, SD.


Posted at 07:58am
Pastor Sam, you are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. With love from Doug and Trudy Evenstad, Resurrection Lutheran Church in Pierre

Lois (Stormo) Mack

Posted at 04:41pm
Pastor Sam, Tom, and Susan, I am so sorry to hear about your wife/mom. I remember you all very well when you lived in Hayti. I was in confirmation and then taught Bible/Sunday School. There was a Sunday School lesson that told a story of a Grandma Lois and from then on Tommy always called me Grandma Lois every Sunday in church and when he would see me working at the Pheasant Lanes. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. Lois

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