Laurie Anne Wenzel, age 63, of Yankton, South Dakota, died on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Memorial services are 4:00 PM, on Sunday, November 17, 2019 at Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with Reverend Jeff Otterman officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Laurie was born February 23, 1956 in Luverne, Minnesota to LeRoy and Marian (Anderson) Foight. She grew up in Luverne where she attended school. In 1974, Laurie married David Smedsrud and had a daughter, Kellie. Laurie worked for K-Products in Rock Rapids, IA for a few years. In 1980, she married David Steuerwald and together had two daughters, Billie and Bobbi. They lived in Colton, South Dakota and Laurie worked for Raven Manufacturing and then Kirby Vacuum Company. In 1996, Laurie married Roger Wenzel and they lived on an acreage outside of Mitchell, South Dakota. Together, they operated Wenzel Construction for 23 years, selling the business in April 2017. In May 2017, Laurie moved to Yankton. She loved going to rummage sales and her favorite store was Goodwill. She loved refinishing and refurbishing all sorts of items and making them into something beautiful. Laurie enjoyed traveling, cooking and caring for others. She absolutely loved her grandchildren and was so proud of them.
Laurie is survived by three daughters: Kellie (Kelly) Pickner of Springfield, SD, Billie (Jerred) Hysell of Yankton, and Bobbi Steuerwald (Chris Tyler) of Sioux Falls; five grandchildren: Kody Pickner, Oliver, Brock, and Taylor Hysell, and Aeshan Steuerwald; two sisters, Mary Sites of Lismore, MN and Sarah Foight of Windom, MN; one brother, Kevin Foight of Windom; and several nieces and nephews.
Laurie was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Kay Frances Bierma.