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Virginia Hinsz was a hard-working lady

Funeral services for Virginia Hinsz, 83, of McLaughlin, were held on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, at United Church of Christ in McLaughlin.

Burial was in the UCC Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge.

Virginia passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, at Mobridge Care and Rehabilitation Center.

Virginia Ruth Hinsz was born on March 16, 1934, at the family home near Mahto, to Otto and Lydia (Stoecker) Schneider. Virginia and her brother Norman rode the train to grade school in Wakpala. She attended high school in McLaughlin, graduating in 1953.

Virginia married Clifferd Hinsz on Nov. 7, 1954, in McLaughlin. They made their home in McLaughlin on the farm. While on the farm, she raised a lot of chickens, geese and ducks. She was a hard-working lady, helping Clifferd in the fields, making big meals for the help, and butchering her animals to sell. Clifferd passed away on Feb. 18, 1995. After Clifferd passed away, she worked cleaning homes. Virginia remained on the family farm until 2014. For the last three years Virginia has been under the loving care of the staff at the Mobridge care center.

Virginia also followed her children in the growing up years in sports and rodeo. She always had the motor home packed and clothes ironed so they were ready for a weekend of rodeo. Virginia was such a giving person to her children and many others. She liked to fly, so she did a lot of traveling with her husband when he traveled with Moreau Grand Electric from 1980 to 1994.

Virginia was a lifelong member of United Church of Christ where she served as chairman and sang in the choir. In her younger years, she was very active with the Ladies Aid and McLaughlin Hospital Auxiliary. She always enjoyed playing cards, especially pinochle and head and foot.

Virginia is survived by her children, Susan (George) Mortenson of Little Eagle, Carl (Karen) Hinsz of McLaughlin, Linda (Chet) Helmey of Buffalo, and Christ (Sharon) Hinsz of Hermosa; 11 grandchildren, Lee (Alysha) Mortenson, James (Holly) Mortenson, Amanda (Drew) Hermes, Matthew (Mica) Mortenson, Sarah (Garth) Swenson, Shawn (Jayne) Hinsz, Robin Hinsz (Chris Bollinger), Tait (Jill) Helmey , Chessa Sell, Jamie (Erik) Grabow,  and Shane (Jessica) HInsz; 27 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Donna (Chuck) Rayburn of Fresno, Calif., and Marilyn (Al) Aaland of Spokane, Wash.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Clifferd, granddaughter, Gallup Hinsz, brothers, Donald and Norman Schneider, and sister, Shirley Bauder.

Memorials may be directed to the United Church of Christ in McLaughlin.