Carol Schoenfelder


August 6, 1932 - October 4, 2020


Carol Schoenfelder, 88, of Mitchell, SD, died Sunday, October 4, 2020 at Firesteel Healthcare Center. Visitation will be held from 1-3:00 PM Sunday, October 11 at Bittner Funeral Chapel. A private family Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church. Burial will be in Serviceman’s Memorial Cemetery. The family asks that masks be worn. Arrangements are by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Carol Jean (Krell) Schoenfelder was born in Plankinton on August 6, 1932 to Ruth (Lenocker) and Harry Krell. She graduated from Plankinton High in 1950. Carol met a young veteran from Kimball named Gilbert Schoenfelder at a dance in 1950. Together they attended dances in the Plankinton-Kimball area. They were married on October 2, 1951. Carol and Gib lived in Deadwood, Kimball and Plankinton before settling in Mitchell, where they raised their nine children.

 Carol loved to cook for family and friends. In 2015, with the help of children and grandchildren, she compiled a cookbook featuring favorite family recipes from over the years. If the recipes had rhubarb, zucchini or tomato you can bet she picked them from her much loved garden! Carol was very active in the VFW Auxiliary and DAV Auxiliary; she held local and state offices in both. Carol and Gib enjoyed traveling across the country from Maine to Idaho and points in between to visit their children. They attended many DAV national conventions.

Her house was always a hub of activity. It was a place where generations gathered for every holiday, birthday and everything in between. She was an avid reader, enjoyed crossword puzzles, playing Solitaire and crafting. You could always count on her-rain or shine. She was a no-nonsense lady full of love for her family. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Carol is survived by her children, Jeanne (Robert) Lorenz of Mitchell, SD, Charles (Lessie) of Boise, ID, Thomas (Joyce) of Oxford, NE, Dennis (Chayne Boutillette) of Alamosa, CO, Daniel (Doris) of Gypsum, CO, Karen Tollefson of Mitchell, SD, Lisa Schoenfelder-Fisher (Steve Fisher) of Sioux Falls, SD, and Paul (Lisa) Wagner, SD; 19 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren; and siblings, Ed Krell, Patricia McGregor, Sharon Mahaney and Judi Lickteig.

She was preceded in death by her husband of over 56 years, Gib; her parents; brother, Donald; daughter, Ruth Anderson; and son-in-law, Herb Tollefson, Jr.




Sunday, October 11, 2020
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


To Be Announced


Servicemen's Memorial Cemetery
Mitchell, SD

Posted by Susan Raynor on December 15, 2020
To the family of Carol Jean Schoenfelder: I did not know your loved one. I am a resident of North Carolina who saw her name on a white paper bag with a candle inside. This past Sunday, our neighborhood displayed luminary lights for Peace and Hope. Someone took it a step further to honor and have a memorial to your dear loved one. After reading about her life, it is evident that she lit the way for all of you and I pray the light keeps shinning. May God Bless you all during this Christmas season and sincere sympathy to your family.
Posted by Vicky Brooks Bailey on October 15, 2020
Carol will be greatly missed by all who had the luck to know her. Prayers & God bless you all.
Posted by Nicki Moran on October 11, 2020
Rest in peace Auntie Carol. Some of my favorite childhood memories are from visiting your house and being with the whole Schoenfelder crew.
Posted by Dennis & Kathy Walz on October 11, 2020
Sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathies to the whole family
Posted by Darlene MONTAGUE on October 11, 2020
Mu deepest sympathy to all family.
Posted by Jim & Wendy Klemetsrud on October 11, 2020
Our deepest sympathy to all of the family . Know are thoughts are with you .
Posted by Carolyn Mahaney-Davis on October 11, 2020
May Rest in Peace Aunt Carol. My thoughts & prayers go out to your family.
Posted by Lynda Krell on October 10, 2020
May your memories of Carol bring peace to your hearts.
Posted by Jeannette Knigge on October 10, 2020
I am so deeply sorry for your loss. My prayers to her entire family.
Posted by Tammy Koellner on October 9, 2020
RIP Aunt Carol. Sending prayers of comfort to her children and grandchildren.
Posted by Paula Abeln on October 9, 2020
So very sorry, she was one of the best! Loved her kind heart & gentle spirit!
Posted by Jim & Mary Bauer on October 9, 2020
Our sympathy and prayers. Aunt Carol was a huge part of my life. A wonderful woman always quick with a smile. I loved her.
Posted by Mary Stadlman on October 8, 2020
My condolences to Jeanne and the family. Prayers.
Posted by Fauna Kappenman on October 8, 2020
Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your mom.
Posted by John and Lori Solberg on October 8, 2020
Our sympathy to Carol’s family during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Posted by Elwin & Rosalie Hohn on October 8, 2020
Our deepest sympathy to Carol's family, hold on to all your special memories that you shared.
Posted by Bryan and Diane Slsba on October 7, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers to all of Carol’s family. May God give you all comfort during this difficult time.
Posted by Roger & Sandra Smith on October 7, 2020
Sorry to hear about your mom, Thoughts and prayers to all the family
Posted by Sharon Mahaney on October 7, 2020
Rest In Peace dear Sister. You were always kind and generous and baked the best goodies. May our Father God surround all of your family with his love and give each one comfort and peaceful hearts.
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