Colleen Jane Lefler, age 87, of Yankton, SD, passed away Saturday, November 5, 2016, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton.
Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM on Monday, November 7, 2016 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a prayer service at 7:00 PM. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, at Discovery Church in Yankton with Pastor Jon Cooke officiating. Burial will be in the Yankton Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Doug Schoepf, Brad Schoepf, Cliff Schoepf, Justin Schoepf, Kevin Schoepf, Kyle Schoepf, and Michael Nix. Honorary pallbearers are Deone Hart, Dale Nix, and Charlie Roberts.
Colleen Jane Lefler was born August 6, 1929, to Clifford and LaVera (Rogers) Hart in Spencer, SD, five minutes after her identical twin sister Corrine. She was raised in Spencer and married Elzie Schoepf in 1946. To this union, six children were born: Becky, Kenneth, Doug, Brad, Nikki, and Cliff. Elzie and Colleen lived in Mitchell, SD, where Colleen worked at St. Joseph Hospital in the Physical Therapy Department for over 20 years. She married Franklin Lefler on June 5, 2000. They resided in Yankton together until Frank's passing in August 2014.
Colleen was a hardworking and generous woman who always put everyone else first. Her family, twin sister Corrine, and her faith were the most important parts of her life. She was a wonderful mother who instilled values in her children that they still hold on to today.
She is survived by five children: Becky Asper of Kalispell, MT; Doug (Pam) Schoepf of Aurora, NE; Brad Schoepf of Kalispell; Nikki (Dale) Nix of Brea, CA; and Cliff (Gail) Schoepf of South Sioux City, NE; four step-children: Peggy (Larry) Lyon of Emporia, KS; Susan (George) Kork of Ottawa, KS; Mark Lefler of Yankton; and Becky (Greg) Kern of Cygnet, OH; 13 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; identical twin sister, Corrine Biesman of Yankton; brother, Deone (Darlene) Hart of Mitchell, SD; sister, Virginia (Don) Wood of Kalispell; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Frank Lefler; son, Kenneth Schoepf; brother, Rodney Hart; and two granddaughters, Heidi Schoepf and Shawna Asper.
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We are so sorry for your loss! We stop after church last Sunday! She looked as beautiful as ever, like she was ready to walk out, although she said they wouldn't let her. She will be missed!
Frank and Brenda Vermeire
I came to know Colleen When I did some house painting for her and Frank. I commented about a picture of her son on a race horse. I then learned she was the mother of Doug, Brad and Kenneth Schoepf. We then reminisced about their riding days at Park Jefferson and Atokad racetracks. My Dad and I saw them ride many a race horse.. My sympathies to the family. She was a great lady.
Jean Pesicka Knodel
We are so sorry to hear of Colleen's passing. We have talked with her numerous times when we were up to see my Mom and she was up to see and help Corrine. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the family at this time.
Loran & Kathy Tramp
Colleen has been a family friend to us for many years, we enjoyed every moment we got to spend with her. Our sympathies goes out to the family and her loved ones she left behind. May you feel the blessing of knowing your loved one is in a better place, at peace in the presence of the Lord. Thinking of you with deepest sympathy.
Tim Rosaline Waldner and Family
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