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Lauretta Schoenbeck

Lauretta Schoenbeck, 82 of Webster died on Monday, October 03, 2011 at her daughters home in Sioux Falls. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 A.M. Friday, October 7, 2011 at Christ The King Catholic Church in Webster. Burial will be at St. Ottos Cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday 2-4 P.M. then continuing at the church until 8 P.M. with a 7 P.M. Rosary Service. Lauretta Margaret Schmit was born on Wednesday, April 3, 1929 to Anton and Marcella (Meyer) Schmit on the family farm near Andover, South Dakota. She was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith. She attended country school near her home and graduated from Lily High School in 1946. She moved to Portland, Oregon. On September 27, 1947 she was united in marriage to Leo Schoenbeck at Portland. The couple made their home in Portland until 1950 when they returned to Day County to the Andover area. In 1953 they moved to Webster where she was a homemaker, raising their eight children and was well known as a seamstress. In 1981 she began working at Bethesda Home in the dietary department and worked there until her retirement in 1990. Leo passed away in 1989. After retirement she enjoyed extensive traveling, family vacations and bus tours. Her motto was Have suitcase, will travel! Her bucket list was complete. She was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church where she was active in the Altar Society and Catholic Daughters. She belonged to Birthday Club, A.R.C. and enjoyed her weekly card game with friends. Lauretta passed away on Monday, October 3, 2011 at her daughters home in Sioux Falls, South Dakota at the age of 82 years and 6 months. Survivors include three sons, Lee (Donna) Schoenbeck of Watertown, SD, Larry (Tracy Robinson) Schoenbeck of Harrisburg, SD and Loren (Lisa) Schoenbeck of Webster, SD; five daughters, Lois (Joe) Mattecheck and Laura (Bob) Donat both of Sioux Falls, SD, Linda Schoenbeck of Brookings, SD, Lila (Randy) Bauer of Luverne, MN and Lynette (Darrel) McFarland of Selby, SD; four brothers, Bernard (Paqui) Schmit of Orlando, FL, Irven Schmit of Webster, SD, Leo (Carol) Schmit of Butler, SD and Larry (Lu) Schmit of Denver, CO; one sister, Lillian (Dennis) Denholm of Ipswich, SD; twenty grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

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Family of Lauretta, I recently learned of the passing of your mother. I express my sympathies in your loss. I knew Lauretta because in my career with the National Guard I called on her numerous times for uniform(and other) alterations. She was very good at making us look our best. Never did I stop to deliver clothing to her that I did not get a smile and warm conversation. She enjoyed her work and talking with people. I knew all of the sons(Lee,Larry and Loren) and knew that Lauretta's teachings had rubbed off on them as they were all friendly and caring.(sometimes even Lee!!!!). Sorry, I could not help it,Lee. I have not seen Lauretta for many years but I know I am a better person for having known her. In my thoughts, Don Miller Aberdeen, South Dakota

Donald Miller Oct 13 2011 12:00 AM

My Sympathy to Lauretta's Family. I am sad to read of this Special lady's passing. She was a part of my life when I was a little girl in Lily. She would help Mommy (Clara Neal) when my folks had the grocery/cafe (1946). She remained a Big part of Mommy's life -- doing alterations, etc. God's Blessings!

Dorothy (Neal) Wiederhold Oct 11 2011 12:00 AM

We send our condolences to the family of my cousin, Loretta. We will remember her in prayer and also, we offer our heartfelt sympathies to all of her children.


Our sympathy and prayers to each of you. She is a wonderful lady. I have fond memories of our times at your home, Laura, and always thought highly of your Mom and Dad. Thinking of you, Marilyn and Danny

Marilyn Sandve Mattson Oct 7 2011 12:00 AM

Lee and family: I so sorry hear of the passing of your mom. Please know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers. kim

Kim Spease Eisenhuth Oct 7 2011 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear about your mother. She was a very special lady. I have so many good memories at the Schmidt farm especially when you kids where there. Lois we met several times on that road between farms. Also all the times together when our parents lived in Webster. Treasure all those memories. It is comforting to know she is now with all her friends and family. I am praying God will comfort you during this difficult time.Louise

Louise(Warrington)Dubbelde Oct 6 2011 12:00 AM

Recently heard about Lauretta's passing from my bro. Dan....Lauretta was one of the closest Schmit family first cousins...I remember her moving back to SD in 1950....Lois, Laura, and Lee were frequent summer visitors to our WA state home...May she rest in peace! Steve Schmit

steve schmit Oct 6 2011 12:00 AM

Lee and Family, You are in my family thoughts and prayers about the passing of your mother. May god bless you in this time of need.

Paul Dylla Oct 6 2011 12:00 AM

We will miss Lauretta's smiles and great hugs. May she rest in peace! My condolences to all of her family

Michael Sichmeller Oct 6 2011 12:00 AM

Rest in Peace Lauretta - you have left us all with wonderful memories. You will be greatly missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Schoenbeck and Schmit families. God Bless you all. Eugene, Norman and Donna Meyer

Meyer Oct 6 2011 12:00 AM

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