Atkinson — Mimi Wyn Trewatha, 60, of Atkinson, died Friday, March 18, 2022 in Norfolk.
Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday, March 25, 2022 at Seger's Funeral Home in Atkinson with a 7 p.m. prayer service.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 26, 2022 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Atkinson. Fr. Ross Burkhalter will officiate. Music will be provided by organist Deb Kaup and soloist John Madsen.
Pallbearers will be Jason Johnson, Luke Ennen, Kobi Ennen, Dillon Oligmueller, Tra Nekolite, Sean Lorenzen, Ian Shabino and Brendan Shabino.
Honorary pallbearers will be all of her nephews and Antonio Alvarez, Eli Hurley, Don Slaymaker, Ron Krysl, Tom Etherton, Leland Zobrist, David Ferrell, Jimmy Corkle and Oliver Thurlow.
Memorials may be made to the family for future designation.
Mary was born Aug. 15th, 1961 in O'Neill to Marlin and Mary Ann (Bouska) Wichman, at a young age she picked up the nickname Mimi which stuck with her forever.
She grew up in the Irish Capital with her eight siblings and attended St. Mary's school.
She loved playing softball on The Green Machine team, where she was catcher. She enjoyed the family's weekend trips to Fort Randall and being in the water.
Growing up in O'Neill she enjoyed hanging out with all of her friends, going to the pool, where Mimi was the fun followed. She always had a love for animals, especially dogs.
At 16 she developed Tourette Syndrome, but she didn't let that slow her down. She graduated from St. Mary's High School in 1980.
She met and married Dean Ennen in 1983 and that same year they welcomed their first child Colin and a daughter Macy in 1985. After living in Colorado Springs for a few years, Mimi and her children moved to Atkinson in 1986.
She then married Dennis (Duff) Nekolite in 1989, together they welcomed two more children, son Dennis in February 1990 and son Michael, May 1992.
Mimi had several different jobs throughout the years, but she always wanted to be a nurse. She had a big heart and was an excellent care giver. When her son Michael was only two years old he developed a rare brain cancer. Mimi was always his advocate and care giver. Even through all of the hardships and struggles, the love of her children was what pushed her to forge her own path. After an eight year battle she lost her son Michael in August of 2002.
Through the hard times she continued to go through life with the kindest heart, always helping others even if she had nothing herself.
She found some joy again and married Greg Trewatha in September 2003 and moved to South Dakota.
Greg and Mimi were two peas in a pod. They loved going on “junking” adventures, trips to the Black Hills, going to the outlaw races and collecting antiques. They decided to move to Atkinson in 2009 to be close to her mom and daughter and help care for her grandkids.
She loved her grandkids more than anything and saw the ones who lived in Atkinson on a daily basis. Her and her granddaughters were always getting into something, they could talk her in to just about anything. Her happiest days were when all of the grandkids from out of town would come visit. It was truly a joy in her life to love and spoil her grandbabies.
In her spare time she was always on the hunt for treasures at thrift stores, garage sales and even rummaging through stuff sitting by the side of the road. Mimi was always very artistic and crafty. She made beautiful floral arrangements.
Her body made life a struggle, she developed severe Rheumatoid arthritis and lived in pain with it for over 15 years. Though she rarely complained, it became more and more of a struggle every day.
Though she lived through many hardships in her life, she never stopped caring for others. She always put everyone's needs before her own. She was a strong woman.
In December of 2021 she developed Covid and was on a ventilator for 13 days. Her lungs never fully recovered and her body was too weak to fight anymore. Her pain ended on March 18th where she passed peacefully surrounded by her loving husband and daughter.
Mimi was one of a kind, no one loved like Mimi and she will be missed by many.
Mimi is survived by her husband Greg Trewatha of Atkinson; three children Colin (Tayleur) Ennen of Omaha, Macy (Adam) Oligmueller of Atkinson and DJ Nekolite of O'Neill; 15 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; eight siblings Mike and Candy Wichman of Atkinson, Joan and Neil Lange of Yankton, SD, Julie Spelts of Fayetteville, AR, Jim Wichman of San Francisco, CA, Dori and John Wilkinson of Lake of the Woods, Jerry and Tammy Wichman of Grand Island, John Wichman of Dallas, Texas and Sandy Wichman of Sioux Falls, SD.
She was preceded in death by her parents and son Michael.