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Mary E. Gapp age 80 of Summit, SD, passed away Saturday, January 26, 2019, at a care center in Vermillion, SD. Memorial Services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 2, 2019, at Summit Community Hall in Summit. Rev. Janet Miller will officiate. Music will be provided by Val Moen as organist and Max Askew as soloist, with special music by Gary Cheeseman. The family will meet at Hope Lutheran Church at 9:30 a.m. before the funeral.
Visitation will be at Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel in Watertown on Friday, February 1, 2019, from 4-7 p.m. and prior to services at the community hall on Saturday.
Burial will take place at a later date at Hope Lutheran Cemetery in Summit. Honorary pallbearers will be Mary’s grandchildren.
Mary was born on July 27, 1938, in Salem, SD to Albert and Hazel (Masters) Hipschman. She graduated from Salem St. Mary’s High School and Presentation School of Nursing. Mary married Eldon Gapp in 1960, and to this union, seven children were born. They made their home in Aberdeen, SD, South Gate, CA, Simi Valley, CA, Mobridge, SD, and Summit, SD. They divorced in 1981.
In 1979, Mary and her brother, Paul, purchased Summit Grocery, which Mary proudly ran until her retirement. She spent her retirement appreciating the views and bird watching from her home. She did a great deal of travelling with family, including trips to Italy, New York City, California, Colorado, and Arizona. Mary also enjoyed reading, doing puzzles, and coloring. She loved to spend time with family and friends.
Mary is survived by her children: Beth (Randy) Hills, of Summit, SD, Steve (Debbie) Gapp, of Vermillion, SD, Tim (Andrea) Gapp, of Summit, SD, Susan (Gary Cheeseman) Gapp, of Vermillion, SD, Dan (Allan Goerlich) Gapp, of San Diego, CA, Barrett (Paula) Gapp, of Black Hawk, SD, and Amy Askew, of Vermillion, SD; Mary’s special friend, Donn Richter, of Summit, SD, and his children: Greg (Anita) Richter, of Waverly, SD, and Janelle Nygaard, of Watertown, SD; 26 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. Mary is also survived by her brother, Paul Hipschman, of Fruita, CO, and her “brothers and sisters”, Jim (Sandy) Gapp, Paulette (Gary) Schoenhard, Jack (Mary) Gapp, Peg (Don) Westerhold, and Linda (Chuck) Mehlbrech.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Hazel Hipschman, her brother, Don Hipschman, and her sister, Susan Margaret Hipschman.