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Mary McKenna

September 18, 1947 — November 8, 2021

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Mary McKenna, age 74 of Belle Fourche, died Monday, November 8, 2021 at the Avantara Lake Norden Health Care Center in Lake Norden, SD.

The funeral service will be held 1pm Friday, November 12, 2021 at Leverington Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.  Interment will be held in Black Hills National Cemetery.

Mary’s funeral will be broadcasted live online, on her obituary page located on the funeral home’s website:, where there is also a video tribute available to view.

Mary Jean Heinbaugh was born September 18, 1947 in Gillette, Wyoming.  She was the daughter of Pat and Gertrude (Schneider) Heinbaugh.  At a young age, Mary moved with her family to Belle Fourche where she graduated from high school.  Mary received a teaching degree from Black Hills State University.  She worked as a medical transcriptionist in Sturgis and for 21 years she served the City of Belle Fourche and Butte County as a 911 Dispatcher and Supervisor.  She retired in 2002.

On February 14, 1972 Mary was united in marriage to Francis McKenna in Sturgis.  To this union two sons were born: Patrick and Brett.  Following their marriage, they settled in Belle Fourche.  For years the family enjoyed camping together.  Many memories were made at Iron Creek Lake and the Fish ‘n’ Fry Campground.  Mary was quite gifted when it came to crafts.  She enjoyed painting, crocheting, knitting, and more.  She also enjoyed baking.  The trips to Arizona were always enjoyable.  And Mary loved her family, especially her grandchildren.  She will be greatly missed by all her family and friends.

Mary is survived by her sons, Patrick (Kristie) of Belle Fourche, Brett (Tawny) of Watford City ND; 5 grandchildren, Taylor Erin Mette, Taylor Kay McKenna, Morgan McKenna, Reese McKenna, Carter McKenna; great grandchild, Asher Lee Mette; and 2 brothers, Tom (Lois) Heinbaugh and Clark (Shara) Heinbaugh.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents and her husband who died this past May.

Funeral Service

1:00 P.M. – Friday

November 12, 2021

Leverington Funeral Home

of the Northern Hills

Belle Fourche, South Dakota



Pastor Kari Webb




“How Great Thou Art”, “Amazing Grace”,

“In the Arms of an Angel”



Andy Demos                                                     Dave Hunter

Dick Holdhusen                                            Bob Somervold


Black Hills National Cemetery

Sturgis, South Dakota

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Funeral Service

Friday, November 12, 2021

Starts at 1:00pm (Mountain time)

Leverington Funeral Home of the Northern Hills

715 National St, Belle Fourche, SD 57717

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