Hollis was a 1939 graduate of Warner High School. She attended college for one year at Northern State Teachers College in Aberdeen, SD. She taught rural school for 4 years. In 1944 she ventured out to San Diego with a cousin whose husband was in the Navy there. She was hired by a company that built airplanes during WWII. Her task was to work with a riveter in and out of the back part of the plane becoming one of many “Rosie the Riveters.” When she returned to her home in SD, she went back to college taking secretarial classes. Through the years of raising her children she worked as a secretary at a court house and for a charitable organization.
On a very stormy, snowy afternoon, November 23, 1947 she married Ernest Harold Mundhenke at Zion Lutheran Church in Aberdeen, SD. They lived in Sioux Falls, Watertown, Huron, SD and finally in Sioux City, Iowa, at the time of retirement. Hollis moved to Blue Springs after her husband passed away to be close to the grandchildren. Hollis was a life-long Lutheran and a witness of her faith to many friends and family.
Hollis is survived by her three children, Diane Tauscher and husband, Michael, of Blackfoot, Idaho; Dr. Dean Mundhenke and wife, Beth of Blue Springs, MO; and Dale Mundhenke of Lee’s Summit, MO; grandchildren Paige Mundhenke-Lewis and husband, Matt, of Blue Springs, MO; Dr. Pearce Mundhenke of St. Louis, MO; Dr. Preston Mundhenke of St. Louis, MO; Dr. Michelle Morley and husband, Scott, of Anaconda, MT; and Michael Tauscher of Anaconda, MT; a sister, Myrtis Clark, of Minneapolis,MN; a sister-in-law, Ginger Campos of Euphrata, WA; a sister-in-law, Verla Mundhenke of Houston, Texas, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernie; her siblings & in-laws, Udell and Millie Larson; Carol and Ray Dunker; Wayne and Doris Larson; Evelyn and Dr. Wayne Kelley; Kenneth and JoAnn Larson; Milton Larson; Rev. Gary Clark; Stan and Darlene Mundhenke; Barbara Mundhenke; Hazel and Lee Workman; and Virgil Mundhenke; niece, Angela Larson and nephew, David Larson.
Her family will receive friends and family from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Thursday, April 22, 2021 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO. Funeral service will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the chapel officiated by Rev. Orin Cummings. Graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 24, 2021 at Woodlawn Cemetery in Sioux Falls, SD. officiated by Rev. Paul H.W. Rohde. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to NE-SO-DAK Bible Camp (c/o Lutherans Outdoors in South Dakota, 2001 S. Summit Ave., Sioux Falls, SD 57197-0002). Memories of Hollis and words of comfort for her family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.