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Hermina "Mina" Kaskie

Hawarden, Iowa ~ Hermina (Mina) Matilda Kaskie, 85, of Hawarden died Monday, June 20, 2016 at the Hillcrest Healthcare Service in Hawarden.

Funeral Service will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 23, 2016 at the American Lutheran Church in Hawarden, Iowa, with Rev. Erma Wolf officiating. Burial will follow in the Grace Hill Cemetery. Visitation will begin at noon Wednesday, with the family present beginning at 5:30 p.m. and a Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at the American Lutheran Church. The Porter Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent to www.porterfuneralhomes.com. The family prefers memorials be directed to the Foster Grandparent Program.

Hermina was born February 19, 1931, in Winfred, SD, to Frank & Henrietta VerMulm. She was raised in the Rock Valley, IA area where she graduated from the Rock Valley High School in 1948 and then attended the Northwestern Jr. College of Orange City, receiving an elementary teaching degree in 1949. She taught at a country school in the Rock Valley area for a short time after graduation and then raised her family.

On November 10, 1951, Hermina & Frank Kaskie were united in marriage. They were divorced in 1983. To this marriage, seven children were born: Marvin (Pam) Kaskie and Lyle (Shery) Kaskie of Hawarden, Karen (Mark) Burnham of Pierson, IA, Cheryl (Broc) Hartman of Lennox, SD, Ken (Sandi) Kaskie of North Platte, NE, Lori Kaskie & Steve Callaghan (Partner) of Sioux City, IA, and Dennis (Cindy) Kaskie of Plainfield, IL. Hermina has 13 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren.

Hermina & Frank farmed in South Dakota and then in the Rock Valley area before moving to the Chatsworth area in 1960 where they farmed until 1963. Following a devastating tornado, the family moved to the Hawarden area where Hermina has become deeply rooted in the community. She was a member of the American Lutheran Church and has been very involved over the years in church activities such as Sunday School, VBS, Funeral Comm., Mission Quilters, Food Pantry, & Women’s Circle. She was a Scout Leader for some of her children in years past.

She worked at Swanson’s Hardware for a time, for the City of Hawarden for many years, was employed at Casey’s for 21 years, and then contributed her time to the Foster Grandparent program at West Sioux School from 2003 – present. She truly enjoyed giving her time to the kids in her class and cared very deeply for them.

Hermina has 2 sisters, Marcella Langstratt of Hull, IA and Von (John) Aardema of Leavenworth, KS and sister-in-law, JoAnn VerMulm of Rock Valley, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Hank VerMulm and brother-in-law, Bill Langstratt.

Hermina’s greatest joy was spending time with her family. She took great pride in working in her garden & flower beds, and also enjoyed making quilts for her family. She was always thinking about the needs of others and was a very caring & giving person.


5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. ,Wednesday, June 22, 2016
American Lutheran Church
1417 12th Street Hawarden, Iowa 51023

Prayer Service

7:00 p.m. ,Monday, June 22, 2015
American Lutheran Church
1417 12th Street Hawarden, Iowa 51023

Funeral Service

10:30 a.m. ,Thursday, June 23, 2016
American Lutheran Church
1417 12th Street Hawarden, Iowa 51023

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So sorry for your loss. Your Mother was a wonderful lady. She will be missed. Hugs and prayers sent to all of you.
Art and Leah

Leah and Art Terpstra Jun 27 2016 12:00 AM

Troy and I would like to send our condolences from Utah. We love the Kaskie family and were so incredibly sad to hear of the loss of your mother.

Marv and Pam you will be in our thoughts and prayers, along with the whole family. Sending all our love.

Troy & Pam Ronspies Jun 23 2016 12:00 AM

I am very sorry to hear of the loss. I just seen this late Wednesday. I wish I could be there tomorrow

Donna Sturtevant Jun 22 2016 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to hear about Hermina. She always made a point to see us when ever we visited South Dakota. Mom always thought very highly of her and do did us "kids"
You all have my deepest sympathy and she will be greatly missed.

Marilyn Carlson Jun 21 2016 12:00 AM

Our prayers and Sympathy to Karen, Mark, Chad, Amber, Travis and Family

May all of your happy memories bring you peace and comfort. Cherish her legacy.

Jessica & Jason Koch Jun 21 2016 12:00 AM

Grandma Mina - June 20, 2016
Posted: June 20, 2016 | Last Revised: June 21, 2016

Grandma MIna was a very special and loved person at our school. Everyone at West Sioux Elementary knew who she was and she touched the many lives of the children there from 2003-2016. Children loved her and begged to eat lunch with her every day. She put students' names on a calendar so she could keep track of her lunch dates for the next week. It was a privilege to be able to work with her in my ELL classroom and see how she met the emotional and academic needs of so many young people. She will be greatly missed by me, the staff and all the little children.
LIla Richards

Life Story Jun 20 2016 12:00 AM

To all of the Kaskie cousins, My most sincere sympathy in your loss. Aunt Hermina was a
very patient and loving person. I will always remember spending a week at your house in the summer as my "vacation" and some one from your family, spending a week at my house as a vacation. One thing I also remember is her cookies, she would store them,in the freezer in oatmeal containers.,I never could figure out if it was due to a lack of Rubbermaid/Tupperware or the art of hiding them. She made the best cookies! Heaven gained a good
soul today. May she rest in peace, with that gentle smile!


Vickie Jun 20 2016 12:00 AM

We are so very sorry to hear of your loss. Mina was a very nice woman! God Bless! Teresa & Rod

Teresa Oleson Jun 20 2016 12:00 AM