Laura Kersting, 86, and Mary Alice Dyal, 79, both recently passed away and are remembered for their impact on Summerville business and their devotion to the community.

Kersting, along with her husband John, moved to Summerville in 1970 and in 1982 opened the Piggly Wiggly grocery store on North Cedar Street.

The store remains in operation and is still owned by the Kersting family.

Dyal helped to co-found the James A. Dyal Funeral Home in 1963 along with her husband James.

She also helped establish Dorchester Memory Gardens, Lowcountry Monuments, and Tri-County Cremation Center. Dyal was devoted to Compassionate Friends where she helped families in their time of grief.

Both women are remembered for their devotion to their families as well as others. Rita Berry of the Summerville Chamber of Commerce said that the women showed the impact that small business has had on the community.

“Their commitment and dedication to Summerville is a true testimony of the positive and lasting impact a family-owned business has on a community,” said Berry.