Minnie C. Drummy, 100, died on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011, at the Agnesian Hospice Home of Hope in Fond du Lac.
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She was born at Merry Dale Farm in Cambria, Wis. in Columbia Co., on June 24, 1911, to Fred and Mary M. Nietman Reifsnider.
Minnie was a rural schoolteacher for five years before her marriage to James Drummy, who had returned from Marquette University to manage the Drummy family farm in Waupun.
Minnie and James were married on June 10, 1936, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Pardeeville, Wis.
The couple purchased the Drummy family homestead east of Waupun; land which had been purchased as adjoining land by both of their great-grandfathers in 1849.
Minnie and James were the parents of five sons and six daughters.
She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Waupun for 70 plus years, its Altar Society, the Waupun Historical Society, and was instrumental in obtaining and establishing the Waupun Heritage Museum. She belonged to the Dodge County Retired Teachers' Assoc., and was an active member in the Waupun Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution for 63 years. Minnie served as a regent and was a delegate several times for the National DAR Congress held annually in the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. She was also active at one time in organizations which no longer exist: The Waupun Women's Club, The Philharmonic Club, Descendants of Civil War Veterans, the Dodge County Federation of Republican Women, the original Wisconsin Rural Writers Organization, and she established the first 4-H Club in 1932 in Chester.
Minnie was an avid genealogist and history buff and was very interested in American history. She learned that her ancestors came to this country as early as the 1620's.
She was proud of her seven nationalities and that four of her ancestors, Obadiah Smith, William Reifsnider, Aaron Hand and John Philips, served in the American Revolutionary War. One of her uncles signed the Declaration of Independence; two of her grandsons are now in the eighth generation of the family to wear the uniforms of this country's military: Lt. Col. Daniel Patrick Clark U.S.A.F., and 1st Lt. Jay John Heide, a graduate of Marquette University R.O.T.C., U.S.A.F. Recently, her great-grandson, Plede Daniel Patrick Clark II, started at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y., starting the ninth military generation in the family.
Minnie persisted in obtaining a memorial plaque honoring Waupun's first cemetery where 140 pioneers and veterans are buried in what is now called Wilcox Park.
Minnie has traveled extensively from Barrow, Alaska to Mexico, to trips to the British Isles, Europe and Athens, Greece. Many of her travels are depicted in her oil paintings.
Minnie's oil paintings are in 21 states including the DAR National Museum and the Smithsonian National Museum in Washington, D.C. and in Europe.
Minnie was preceded in death by her husband, James in 1977; two infant sons, Kent and Norman; a daughter, Maureen, in 1997; her parents; and a sister, Georgia Smith.
She is survived by three sons, James (Janis) Drummy, Milwaukee; the Very Reverend John Drummy, Amery, and Neil (Nancy) Drummy, Waupun; five daughters, Gail (Robert) Clark, Northville, Mich.; Jacquelyn (Lowell Vingum) Drummy, Madison, Mary (T. Lee) Howard, Middleton, Jeannine (Jeffrey) Heide, Kenosha and Lauri (Patrick Tanner) Piper, Omro; 14 grandchildren: Lt. Col. Daniel (Cynthia) Clark, Robert (Marie) Clark, Chicago, Jennifer Watts, Brian (Marci) Drummy, Craig (Diane) Drummy, Sarah Drummy, David Drummy, Alysia Howard, Ryan Howard, 1st Lt. Jay Heide, Jack Heide, Mitchell (Colleen) Posthuma, Kerry Lynn (Ray) Mess, and Regina (Michael) Karwoski; 12 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Minnie led a long, enjoyable life with her large family and she will be dearly missed.
SERVICES: Funeral services for Minnie C. Drummy will be held on Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, at noon at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Waupun. The Very Rev. John Drummy, the Rev. John Schmitz, the Rev. Aaron Devett, and The Very Rev. Michael Wild will concelebrate.
Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Waupun. VISITATION: Friends and relatives may call on the family on Monday at the church from 10:30 a.m. until the time of services at noon.
Memorials in Minnie's name can be directed to the Maureen Drummy American History Scholarship Fund at the Waupun Area Junior/Senior High School.
The Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home of Waupun and staff are serving the family. Online condolences may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fond du Lac, Wis.
Oct. 20, 21, 23, 2011
Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home
201 E. Jefferson Street Waupun , WI 53963
Published in Fond du Lac Reporter from Oct. 20 to Oct. 23, 2011