Sharon Kay Kleinschmit

Sharon Kay Kleinschmit, age 72, of Yankton, South Dakota, died on Sunday, November 13, 2022 at her home surrounded by her family. Sharon struggled with many health issues throughout her life. She was strong, brave, and courageously fought until the very end.

Mass of Christian Burial is 10:00 AM, on Friday, November 18, 2022 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Yankton with Reverend Bob Lacey officiating.  Burial will be in the Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Bow Valley, Nebraska.  Visitation is from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, on Thursday, November 17 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a rosary and vigil service at 7:00 PM.  Visitation continues one hour prior the funeral at the church.

Pallbearers are Sharon’s eight grandchildren: Douglas Jr., Lucus and Erik Kleinschmit, Dylan and Mason Steffen, Christian and Brooklynn Gall, and Carter Teply. Honorary pallbearer is Sharon’s great grandson, Gaven Hayden.

Sharon was born on March 24, 1950 to Roy and Vlasta (Svarc) Christensen in Yankton, SD. Sharon has one younger brother, Leonard, who affectionately referred to her as “Kay.” Sharon grew up in Yankton and graduated from Yankton High School in 1968. The following year, Sharon married the love of her life, Gerald “Jerry” Kleinschmit on June 7, 1969 at Sacred Heart Church. Jerry and Sharon have 4 children: Douglas Sr., Shiela, Sherri and Geraldine. Jerry and Sharon made their home close to Jerry’s parents near Bow Valley, NE. Sharon always considered this her home even after the family moved to Yankton in 1992.

Sharon’s life work was dedicated to raising her four children which she did while Jerry worked as an over the road truck driver. As Sharon’s children grew up, she then started working as a waitress. Sharon worked at Sunshine Cafe, the Western Grill and Yesterday’s Café. Sharon was an incredibly hard worker and developed many wonderful relationships while she worked as a waitress. She always cherished those relationships. Sharon loved looking for treasures and enjoyed going to rummage sales and shopping at the “GW” (Goodwill.)

Mom, you fought a good fight but now it is time for you to eternally rest in peace. We love you so very much! “Well done, good and faithful servant!”

Sharon is survived by her loving husband, Jerry Kleinschmit of Yankton; children: Douglas (Lori) Kleinschmit of Hartford, SD, Shiela Steffen (Todd Quatier) of Mission Hill, SD, Sherri (Adam) Gall of Norfolk, NE and Geraldine (Tom) Teply of Yankton; her grandchildren: Douglas Jr, Lucus and Erik Kleinschmit, Dylan (Darrah) and Mason Steffen, Sally and Nathan Quatier, Christian and Brooklynn Gall, Carter Teply, Lisa Mayfield, Jeremy Meyer: great-grandson, Gaven Kleinschmit; and brother, Leonard (Kathy) Christensen.

Sharon was preceded in death by her parents, Roy & Vlasta Christensen; her father and mother in-law, Gerald and Irene Kleinschmit; and her friend and sister-in-law, Pat Kleinschmit in May 2022.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.


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11 response to "Sharon Kay Kleinschmit"

  1. By: Linda and Leon Steffen Posted: November 14, 2022

    Our sympathy to all of Sharon’s family and friends. Eternal rest grant unto you Sharon.

  2. By: James Christensen Posted: November 15, 2022

    My deepest condolences. Sharon was an amazing woman. She will be truly missed and forever remembered in our hearts.

  3. By: Michael Schumacher Posted: November 15, 2022

    So sorry for your loss. She was an amazing person and will be dearly missed.

  4. By: Heidi Posted: November 15, 2022

    So sorry for your family’s loss. We at goodwill enjoyed her smile and chats when she came in to shop. We will definitely miss thar smile and cheerful personality.

  5. By: Tammy Kokesh Posted: November 15, 2022

    I am sorry for your loss. Sharon was such a sweet & caring lady. I’ll always remember the fun times of waiting on her, Jerry, Geraldine & Tom at Fryn’ Pan. I knew Sharon before that, though. Our dads worked together at the Blue Bunny Plant! I’ll always remember how her smile lit up her eyes. She was a blessing in this world. I’m a better person for knowing her. You are all in my prayers. With Love, Tammy

  6. By: Jeanne Velaski Posted: November 16, 2022

    Sharon and I were in the same class at school. Her and I had many classes together and that’s how I got to know her. She was a good, hard-working gal in high school and I thoroughly enjoyed knowing her and our friendship.

  7. By: Roger kleinschmit Posted: November 17, 2022

    So sorry to here of Sharon’s passing. Sorry I won’t be able to attend, we will pray a rosary and have a mass said for her.

  8. By: Missy Ridgway Posted: November 18, 2022

    Always and forever will be missed. We will always remember her. So sorry girls and Jerry We love you all

  9. By: Cheryl Rupiper Posted: November 18, 2022

    You have my deepest Sympathy! You and your families will be in my prayers!
    Sharon was always very nice to me throughout the years. She will be missed!
    God be with you all!

  10. By: Jennifer Hanisch Posted: November 19, 2022

    I grew up next door to Sharon, Lenard and their parents. Sharon was a bit older than me by 4 years. Remember her kindness. I had not seen her since we were very young. I did see Leonard in 1980 and Roy, her father came to my mothers memorial service in 2001. When young, Sharon and I were friends with the ministers daughter Ruth Mitts who lived across 11th street from us. Another friend we knew back then was Jan Kollars who’s father sold hearing aids on Burliegh street. God bless this family during their grief.

  11. By: Dave Wright Posted: December 2, 2022

    As 1968 YHS graduate I remember Sharon. You have my sympathies for your loss.

    Dave Wright

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