Mary Jane Hermsen


Mary Jane Hermsen, 85, of Bloomington, died Saturday, Aug. 17, at Orchard Manor in Lancaster. 

She was born in rural Glen Haven on May 8, 1928, the daughter of Dennis and Harriet “Sis” (Hochhausen) Rogers. Mary Jane graduated from Bloomington High School in 1946. She married Roy F. Hermsen on November 9, 1950, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Bloomington. She enjoyed bowling, dancing, bingo, playing cards and working at the family business, Hermsens Ace Hardware. Roy and Mary Jane were founders and co-owners of Holiday Haven Campground for five years, which is known today as Jellystone Campground in Bagley.

Survivors include her children Dan (Julie) Hermsen, Sue (Jim) Bausch, and Jane (Greg) Patterson, all of Bloomington; grandchildren David (Jessica) Hermsen, Jennifer (Brian) Thiry, Kate (Scott) Bunge, Steve Gotto, Megan Miles, Michael (Nicole) Patterson, Carolyn (Hans) Christiansen, and Christine (Andy Noskowiak) Patterson; great-grandchildren, Ava, Zachary, and Jonathan Hermsen, Jaxson Thiry, Brady, Brock, and Brielle Bunge, Isaac Christiansen; sister-in-law, Charlotte Kluesner of Bloomington; and many nieces and nephews.

Mary Jane was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Roy in 2011; her brother, Dr. Wallace Rogers; son-in-law, Jim Gotto and a sister in infancy.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bloomington with Fr. John Meinholz officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Bloomington. Friends may call on Wednesday from 9 a.m. until time of services at the church. In lieu of plants and flowers, a Mary Jane Hermsen Memorial Fund has been established. Martin Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Bloomington is assisting the family.

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