Wilma Emma Less was born March 8, 1922, at Merrill, the daughter of Ulrich and Marie (Von Hagel) Susemihl. She was raised on a farm near Merrill and received her elementary and high school education in Plymouth County. She continued her education at Wayne State Teachers' College in Wayne, Neb., and Westmar College in Le Mars. Wilma taught school at Whiting before her marriage and later taught at Hinton. For many years she served as a substitute teacher in the Hinton Community School District.
On June 12, 1947, Wilma and Theodore Less were united in marriage at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, rural Merrill. They lived near Akron and later moved to a farm near Hinton in 1948. They farmed there until Mr. Less died on July 19, 1971.
Wilma remained on the farm until moving to Hinton in 1974. At that time she worked as a bookkeeper for the Farmers' Coop for five years. In 1999, Wilma moved to Le Mars and in 2001 to the Good Samaritan Village.
Wilma was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, rural Hinton, the Ladies' Aid, and the Miriam Circle. She also taught Sunday School for 18 years. Wilma was an avid reader and a member of the Hinton Book Review Club.
She will be lovingly remembered by her three sons Ronald and his wife Tammy of Milford, Douglas and his wife Linda of Oakdale, Minn., and Roger and his wife JaNan of Eldridge; six grandchildren: Kari McDowell, Jason Less, Jeff Less, Michael Less, Adam Less, and Rebekah Less; a brother Walter Susemihl of Sioux City; a sister-in-law Leora Susemihl of Le Mars; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Ted; and a brother Arnie.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. today (Monday) at Trinity Lutheran Church, rural Hinton, with the Rev. Kenneth Schmidt officiating. Burial was at the church cemetery. Visitation began at noon Sunday, at the Mauer - Johnson Funeral Home of Le Mars, with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m. There was also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to the funeral on Monday.
Expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com.