Pauline Wendt was a poet
Memorial services for Pauline Wendt, 93, of Mobridge, will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 6, 2013, at the First Baptist Church in Mobridge.
Inurnment will be at Greenwood Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge.
A memorial visitation will be Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Pauline passed away Thursday, May 30, 2013, at Mobridge Regional Hospital.
Pauline Regina Wendt was born Feb. 11, 1920, on her family’s farm in Campbell County to Jacob and Magdalena (Vollmer) Wessel. She grew up on the farm in her early years until the family moved to the Bullhead area in 1930. She attended school in Timber Lake and boarded with the Catholic sisters during this time. She graduated from Timber Lake High School in 1938.
Following high school, Pauline worked as a waitress at the local café where she met Bill Wendt. They were married on April 6, 1941, at the Methodist parsonage in Timber Lake. Three children were born into the family, Richard, Cheryl and Debra. They made their home in Timber Lake until 1951 when they moved their family to Mobridge.
Pauline worked for more than 29 years in the nursery at Mobridge Regional Hospital, where she rocked many newborns. She was proud of the fact that she came up with the slogan for the hospital, “Professional People with a Personal Touch.”
In the 1960s, Pauline began making rolls, baking pies and wedding cakes for many people. She was known for her caramel rolls and also supplying the snack bar at the hospital as part of the auxiliary.
Sewing was a passion for Pauline. She made clothes for herself, her children and grandchildren. As a gift of remembrance she created doll-sized replicas of wedding gowns for family members. She passed down her sewing skills to her daughters.
Although never published, Pauline had a way with words and used her talent to write both prose and poetry. She wrote poems for special occasions, including her parents’ 50th wedding anniversary, Cheryl’s wedding, Richard and Peggy’s housewarming, and family reunions. Pauline also wrote poems that expressed both her faith and her awe of what God had created. After retirement she began to write “I Remember: The Story of Maggie and Jake.” This was a testimonial to the courage and stamina of her parents as they raised 12 of their 13 children through hardships of the Depression and drought of the Dirty Thirties. This short book was shared with extended family as a memorial to her parents.
Pauline loved to travel around the country with Bill and other relatives. Her trip to visit her niece in Australia was her “once in a lifetime” experience.
She was very proud of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Pauline’s faith was very important to her. She was very active in her church and served as deaconess until the age of 92. She was past president of the ABW and was instrumental in maintaining the mission outreach program.
Pauline is survived by her son, Richard (Peggy) Wendt of Glenham; two daughters, Cheryl (Byron) Perrine of Bird Island, Minn., and Debi (Lanny) Saintsing of Mobridge; grandchildren, Bill (Karyn) Perrine, Sarah Perrine, Mark (Kirsten) Wendt, Darin Wendt and Amanda Wendt; two great-grandchildren, Prairie Wendt and Ryan Perrine; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Bill, six brothers and six sisters.