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.