Evelyn M. Schaefer

YANKTON, S.D. — Evelyn M. Schaefer, 95, Yankton, S.D., died peacefully to be with her beloved husband Dec. 30, 2018, at Avera Sister James Care Center, Yankton.

Funeral Mass was Jan. 3, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Yankton, with the Rev. Fr. Larry Regynski as Celebrant.

Burial was in St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery, Menominee.

Visitation, with a Holy Rosary and a Vigil Service, were Jan. 2 at the Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home and Onsite Crematory, Yankton, and continued one hour prior to service time at the church Thursday.

Evelyn was born in Fordyce, to Anton and Mary (Rohe) Thoene, Oct. 2, 1923.

She grew up the baby of a family of five brothers and four sisters on her family’s farm. After attending Fordyce High School, Evelyn was introduced to her sweetheart, Sylvester Schaefer, at the Cedar County Fair by his brother, Ralph. She thought he was very handsome and so they married April 28, 1942. Evelyn and Sylvester where blessed with their daughter, Shirley in 1945. For 25 years, Evelyn worked at Hogan Shoe Store before retiring in 1987, when they closed the store.

After retirement Evelyn and Syl moved from their farm in Menominee to Yankton. They enjoyed having “coffee” with friends twice a day and being a lunch hang out for their working granddaughters.

Evelyn and Sylvester enjoyed watching the Minnesota Twins play baseball and occasional day trips. Evelyn was an avid reader and a fabulous gardener with a very green thumb. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandma, and friend who has left many cherished memories for all.

Evelyn is survived by her daughter, Shirley (Lawrence) Kast; her three granddaughters and their spouses, Susan and Randy Uken, Brandon, S.D.; Christy Carda and fiancé, Colin Hynes, Yankton, S.D.; and Sharon and John Kraft, Yankton, S.D.; six great-grandchildren, Cody Uken, Jack and Piper Carda, Ryan and Tyler Kraft and Enjoli (Kyle) Massey; two great-great-grandchildren, Easton and Scarlet; sister, Julia Uhing, Coleridge; and sisters-in-law, Fern and Helen Schaefer, Yankton, S.D.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers; three sisters; son-in-law, Lawrence Kast; and her beloved husband, Sylvester Schaefer.

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