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Isabelle “Izie” Eva Messmer

Isabelle “Izie” Eva Messmer

Isabelle “Izie” Eva Messmer


- July 11, 2019

Isabelle “Izie” Eva Messmer was born to Christ and Margaret (Roll) Fichter on the family homestead near Taylor, ND, on November 7, 1933.  Izie grew up with 6 siblings, Richard (Lou Ella) Fichter of Dickinson, ND, Josie Heinert of Bismarck, ND, Alex Fichter of Kalispell, MT, Joe Fichter, Agnes Kersich, and Paul Fichter. 

     Izie would tell stories of farm life and how the kids nowadays have it easy.  They pumped their own water, grew and raised their own food, and burned cow pies in the winter.  She went to a rural schoolhouse and she graduated from the 8th grade.  Listening to her stories of school, one could tell that she enjoyed school and was proud to tell the story of how she would get to teach class if the teacher couldn’t make it.  Once leaving farm life, she moved to Dickinson where she would soon take up waitressing.  This became her passion later in life.

     On November 16, 1954, Isabelle became Mrs. George Messmer.  They moved to Lemmon, SD, where George worked for Montana Dakota Utility Co. as a lineman.  They started their family and Vicki Lynn was born on February 22, 1957, and in May of 1957, they moved to the Black Hills of South Dakota.  George worked at Homestake Mining Co. in Lead, SD.  In August of that year, they bought their first home in Deadwood.  This home is where they raised their family and spent their retired years.  On May 23, 1959, Nancy Jean was born.

     Izie was a housewife and mother, and while raising her own children, soon took up babysitting for quite a number of children.  After her own children were in middle school, she went and worked outside of the home.  Izie worked at a gas station and this is where the passion once again started for her to work in the service industry.  Izie loved waitressing and meeting new people.  When we would go out to eat, her eyes would light up when she would tell our waitress how much she loved waitressing.  She soon became friends with many people in Deadwood, and even some returning customers.

     Izie stayed busy all the time.  She loved to garden and take care of her flowers and lawn.  She loved the sun and on those sunny days, if she was home, you would catch her in the middle of her yard pulling weeds one at a time. 

     When her girls were younger, she made them matching clothes and Barbie doll clothes to match.  She also played the guitar and when company would come, they would have their own little house parties with Mom on the guitar and all would pitch in and sing.  She loved to put puzzles together and she could bake a mean loaf of bread.

     Izie passed away in Deadwood, SD, on July 6, 2019.

     Izie is survived by her daughters, Vicki (Roger) St. Pierre of Rapid City, and Nancy Field of Deadwood; and grandchildren, Zachary Plowman, Amanda Holien, and Andrew Field.  Izie has 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

     Izie was preceded in death by her husband, George; her parents, Christ and Margaret Fichter; sisters, Agnes Kersich and Mary Catherine Fichter (infant); and brothers, Joe and Paul Fichter.

     Let us be consoled that Izie, our mom, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend, is now free from the pain she once suffered from.  God Bless.

     Per Izie’s wishes, no services are planned at this time.

     Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals.com.



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