Minnie Marie (Carlson) Binger

April 5, 2021Obituaries
Minnie Marie (Carlson) Binger

Minnie Marie (Carlson) Binger, 93, passed peacefully at Monument Health Rapid City on April 3, 2021. She was born in Doland, SD on December 15, 1927 to Mildred Rosella Shiek and Charles Lindgrave Carlson. She was the second of six children born to this union and had four half brothers and sisters.

On October 5, 1946, Minnie married LaVerne Vernon Binger. During their 38 years together they raised three children, Kenneth Wayne, Linda Diane, and Rodney Roy Binger. They lived on the Binger family “Century Farm” until LaVerne was appointed as Postmaster in Tulare, SD and they made a new home in town. Gardening was a favorite activity for Minnie, both on the farm and in town. Embroidery, counted cross stitch, reading, and crossword and jigsaw puzzles were ways she relaxed. A favorite of family and friends were her homemade candies; caramels especially were anticipated Christmas gifts.

Minnie enjoyed people and working in retail sales at Solheim Department Store in Redfield for 15 years. LaVerne had died in 1979, so when Solheim’s closed in 1983, she moved to Sturgis to be close to her daughter. She worked at Ingalls Department Store in Sturgis for 21 years, retiring in 1999. She was active in the VFW and American Legion Auxiliaries in Tulare and Sturgis, the Sturgis Hospital Auxiliary, and Sturgis Senior Center, where she put in 1000 plus volunteer hours. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis and participated in Chancel Choir for a couple years before joining the Chapel Bells. She was also active in Presbyterian Women and was awarded an honorary lifetime membership. During the Sturgis Rally you would often find her in the church dining room making the church’s breakfast guests feel welcome. Joining friends for coffee at home, at Wiemer’s Bakery, or at McDonald’s was something she really missed when she was no longer able to drive herself.

Minnie is preceded in death by her husband, LaVerne; her parents; sisters, Betty, Ida Mae, Charlotte, and Ethel; brothers, Clayton and Reno; and her son, Rodney Binger.

She is survived by son, Kenneth Binger; daughter, Linda (Kip) Matkins; grandchildren, Tristina Michelle Moody and Brandon Ray (Carrie) Binger, Rebecca Marie Matkins Smith and Daniel Ryan (Shannon) Matkins, and Leonnie Jo Binger and Jamie LaVerne Binger; 10 great-grandchildren; plus many dearly loved nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be be held from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., with funeral services beginning at 1:00 p.m., on Friday, April 9, 2021 at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Rev. Paul Henschen officiating. Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, April 12, 2021 at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Tulare, SD.

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