Hermena Visser (1937 - 2015)

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Hermena Visser, 78, of Belgrade formerly of Livingston, Montana passed away Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015 at the Bozeman Deaconess Hospital. Cremation has taken place at Franzen-Davis Crematory. A Memorial Graveside Service will be held at 10 a.m. at the Churchill Cemetery, Churchill, Montana on Saturday, Sept. 12 we will meet at the Cemetery. Refreshments and fellowship will follow at the First Church Fellowship Hall.

Hermena was born on Feb. 20, 1937, in Manhattan, Montana. She was the daughter of Henry I. and Maggie Visser.

Hermena was born a twin with her brother Herman the seventh and eighth of 12 children raised on the family farm near Amsterdam.

Hermena had come to Livingston as a youth to have an appointment with Dr. Kahle. Following the appointment she had to walk for a half-hour straight and became smitten with the town. She had said; "Someday I would like to make Livingston my home." And she did, she moved over from Manhattan with a suitcase and five dollars in her pocket. She went in to the Pioneer Nursing Home, asked for a job and was given one on the spot. She also worked for the Industrial Towel Company, as a housekeeper and volunteered at the food pantry.

Hermena's gift to the world was caring for others. She loved to take the elderly on errands, listen to their stories and tell stories back to them. She wanted those she cared for to know how sincere she was to be able to help them and spend time with them.


Hermena was a self-made woman. She earned everything she ever had and was very frugal with her funds. Her life was about giving to others and helping others have a great day. At age 70 Hermena decided to take courses to pursue her GED. She was not afraid of a little opposition.

Hermena had lived in Livingston until she needed a bit more assistance and moved to Belgrade to be closer to family in November of 2014.

Blessed be her memory.

Hermena is survived by her siblings, Bertha Vis and her husband, John of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Cornie Visser and his wife, Nell of Rock Valley, Iowa, Pete Visser and his wife, Sanny of Manhattan, Montana, Herman Visser and his wife, Pat of Roosevelt, Minnesota, Arie Visser and his wife, Nancy of Kalamazoo, Michigan, Jeanette Kerssies and her husband, Harry of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Mary Eccleston of Columbus, Georgia and Les Visser and his wife, Betty of Belgrade, Montana. Sister-in-law Jeanette Visser of Manhattan, Montana. Many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Hermena is preceded in death by her parents, Henry I. and Maggie Visser, fiancé, Lou Haskins who died in a work accident before they were married, brothers and sisters-in-law, Ike Visser and his wife Gerry, Bud Visser and his wife Bernice and Al Visser, sister-in-law, Marilyn Visser, first wife of Herman Visser, sister-in-law, Sandy Visser, first wife of Les Visser, long-time companion of Mary Eccleston, Bill Marble.

Arrangements are under the care of Franzen-Davis Funeral Home and Crematory. Online condolences may be shared at franzen-davis.com
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Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Sept. 6, 2015
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