Official Obituary of

Catherine "Cathy" Ann (Kirton) Hemenway

February 23, 1951 ~ March 21, 2024 (age 73) 73 Years Old

Catherine "Cathy" Hemenway Obituary

In Loving memory of

Catherine Ann Hemenway

Cathy Hemenway was born on February 23, 1951, Wessington Springs, South Dakota to Clell and Irene Roth Kirton.  She grew up in Wessington Springs and graduated from Wessington Spring High School in 1968.  In 1968 Cathy moved to Sioux Falls, SD.  On May 5, 1972, she and Lewis Hemenway were married in Sioux Falls and to this union two children were born.  Following their marriage, they continued living in Sioux Falls until 1978 when they moved to Chamberlain, SD.  In 1982 they moved to Armour, SD, and in 1991 they moved to Wanger, SD and Cathy worked as a nurse aid at the Wanger Nursing Home.  Lewis passed away in 1998.  In 1999 She moved to Slayton and worked at the Slayton Manor.  In 2002 she went to work at Our House Hospice Home in Slayton in housekeeping.    In 2004 she met Lawrence Roeder and they shared many wonderful times together over the last 20 years.  Cathy delivered the Worthington Daily Globe for 10 years.  Cathy passed away on Thursday, March 21, 2024, at the Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD at the age of 73.  She was a member of St. Ann’s Church in Slayton.  She was a member of the Wilmont VFW Auxiliary and a Murray County Hospice volunteer.  Cathy enjoyed bowling, music, and word search puzzles.

Survivors include her two children, Melinda Bose and her fiancé, Todd Rosen of Slayton, MN and David Hemenway of Slayton, MN, three stepchildren, Lester and Jackie Hemenway, Kenny and Fran Hemenway, and Phyllis and Dave Woldt all of Sioux Falls, SD, four grandchildren, nine step-grandchildren, and several great grandchildren, and special friend, Lawrence Roeder of Slayton, MN.  She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Lewis, sisters, Rose Kirton, Corrine Kirton, and two brothers, James and Ronald Kirton. 

Funeral Services

St. Columba Church in Iona, MN on Tuesday, March 26, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. Tojy officiating.  The organist is Judy Andrews.  The pallbearers are Dakota Hensley, Matthew Hensley, Sam Hemenway, Melissa Top, Belinda Neil-Samo, Chantz Neil.  Interment is St. Ann’s Cemetery in Slayton, MN. 

Visitation will be one prior to the services at the church on Tuesday.  Totzke Funeral Home of Slayton is entrusted with arrangements.  To view online obituary and send condolences visit

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March 26, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
St. Columba Church
451 McDonnell Ave.
Iona, Minnesota 56141

Prayer Service
March 26, 2024

11:00 AM
St. Columba Church
451 McDonnell Ave.
Iona, Minnesota 56141


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