Pauline Hammrich was longtime local teacher
Mass of Christian Burial for Pauline C. Hammrich, 89, of Mobridge, was held Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at the Holy Cross Catholic Church in Ipswich.
Burial was in the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge.
Pauline passed away Thursday, March 21, 2013, at Golden LivingCenter in Mobridge.
Pauline (Petersen) Hammrich was born Dec. 22, 1923, in Mina to Ervin and Stella Petersen. She lived in Mina for a few years before moving to California. Pauline and her mother moved back to Mina after Pauline’s father passed away when Pauline was eight years of age. He mother remarried Harold Williams and moved to Aberdeen. To this union two daughters were born, Joan and Ione.
Pauline completed her schooling in Aberdeen and attended Northern State Teacher’s College, where she received her teaching certificate. She started teaching in1943 in the Ipswich area.
While teaching in the area, she met Ernest Hammrich at a pie social and they were married on June 11, 1945 in Ipswich.
She taught in country schools, Ipswich, Roscoe and Eagle Butte public schools before she and Ernest moved to Mobridge, where she taught sixth grade for 26 years until her retirement in 1989.
Pauline taught a total of 43 years and up until her death she would have former students stop her and talk about how they liked her as a teacher, except for when she would read a book to them and stop for the day, right in the best part. When they would ask her age, she would tell them to figure it out. She said she came over on the Mayflower.
Pauline took a few years off from teaching in the late 1940s to start a family. She and Ernest’s children were all born in Ipswich. Ervin Hammrich was born in March 1946, Vernon Hammrich in April 1948, Ree (Ellen Marie) Hammrich in January 1950 and Richard Hammrich in April 1952.
Ernest traveled a lot for his business and in the summer when Pauline was not teaching, she and two kids would travel with him. The next trip the other two would go. Pauline wanted her children to learn as much as they could about different things and different places, so she felt these trips where an extension of their education. The two kids that were left home would stay with Grandma Hammrich on the family farm.
Pauline is survived by her daughter, Ree Hammrich of Mobridge; son, Richard Hammrich of Palm Springs, Calif.; two granddaughters, Julie Hammrich-Fox of Montana and Vicki Hammrich of Louisiana; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; three step-grandchildren, Rory Eckhardt of Pennsylvania, Lora Eckhardt Mitchell of Kentucky and Lonnie Eckhardt of Texas; and seven step-great-grandchildren.
Pauline was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest, sons, Ervin and Vernon and sister, Joan.