Wyoma "Marie" Zingg Semler


Wyoma "Marie" Semler, always known as Marie.

Born August 28, 1936 in Sheridan WY to Herbert R Zingg and Madge Son Zingg of Clearmont WY.  Marie passed away April 21, 2024 at Avantara Arrowhead Long Term Care Facility, Rapid City, SD surrounded by her family.

She is survived by her children Gail Trask (Allen) Custer SD, Jim Semler (Lisa) Gillette WY, Jody Novak (Dave) Custer SD. Six Grandchildren, Nathan Trask, Custer SD, Amy Neihart Billings MT, Jimmy Semler, Denver CO, Eric Vance, San Francisco, Stephanie Sones, Rapid City SD and Jenny Bendigo, Rapid City SD. Six Great Grandchildren and numerous Nieces and Nephews.  She was loved by her family.

Marie grew up on the Zingg Ranch in Clearmont, WY. Graduated from Clearmont High School in 1954 where she was active in school activities, a cheerleader and sang at school functions.

After graduation she and her mother moved to Sheridan where she attended and graduated from Cosmetology School in 1955, she kept her license current but never actually worked in a Salon.

She married Michael D Semler on February 7, 1955 at Methodist Church Parsonage in Sheridan. Mike and Marie were wed 54 years before his passing in 2009. They enjoyed camping, traveling to visit family and friends.

She and Mike and family moved to Durango CO in 1962 and then returned to Sheridan in 1967.

She loved music and liked to attend the concerts at the WYO and in the City Park. Annually attending the Sheridan WYO Rodeo and events was something she did not want to miss.

Marie wanted it known she loved her husband, kids, and grandkids, nieces and nephews. She supported her children in their many school activities.  She loved her home that she and Mike purchased in the fall of 1970 where they raised their family.

She loved the garden and flowers that Mike tended for her.

Marie was an Agent for Hertz Rent a car for several years.  She then worked in the office at the Sheridan Safeway for 5 years.  She then worked for the Sheridan School District #2 as a cook in the lunch program. Working at Central Middle School and Meadow Lark Schools and retired after 23 years of service in the lunch program. Her Grandchildren affectionately called her grandma, the lunch lady or the luncher.

Marie was known to her family as a great cook and loved to cook for those special events and Holiday dinners. She loved canning the food from their garden, and making jelly, a family favorite was her chokecherry jelly. She was a wonderful baker. One of her specialties was baking pies and she would often bring her delicious Rhubarb Maraschino Cherry Sour Cream pies when she came to visit her kids.  Her love of cooking is now shared by her children and grandchildren and many of her favorite recipes are now prepared by them for special occasions.

She attended the First Christian Church and was a member of the Sr. Center The "Hub".

In February of 2021 she moved to Custer to be closer to her daughters. It was necessary that she move to the facility in Rapid City in January 2022.

Proceeded in death by her parents Herbert R and Madge Zingg. Son Michael "Mickie" Gene Semler, husband Micheal Semler, brothers, James Herbert "Herb" Zingg, Jack Zingg, and Robert "Bob" Zingg.

Memorial gifts can be directed to the First Christian Church or The Hub on Fifth Street-Home Delivered Meals Program.

She will be greatly missed and her memory lives on in her family and friends.

A public viewing for Marie will be held from 12 pm to 1 pm on Tuesday, April 30, 2024 at Champion Funeral Home. A memorial service will begin at 1 pm with interment immediately following at Sheridan Municipal Cemetery. If you are unable to attend in person you may watch live stream of the service by following the link below.


Champion Funeral Home has been entrusted with local arrangements. Online condolences may be written at www.championfh.com.

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April 30, 2024
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