Char Herrlein
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Char Herrlein, age 82, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Sunday, September 27, 2015 at Sunset Manor Avera Health in Irene, South Dakota.

A memorial service will be 2:00 PM on Thursday, October 1, 2015, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with Reverend Dani Jo Ninke officiating. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Yankton. A gathering of friends and family will be from 5:00 to 8:00 PM on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home.

Honorary pallbearers are Harvey Youngberg, Bill Bobzin, Stanley Thompson, Danielle Herrlein, and Wayland Goodrich.

Charlotte Marie Herrlein was born September 20, 1933 in Yankton, South Dakota, to Charles and Hilda (Huber) Hocking. She lived in Pueblo, Colorado for a few years before the family moved to Mitchell, South Dakota in 1939. Char graduated from Notre Dame Academy in 1951 and went to work as a telephone operator for Northwestern Bell Telephone. She married a telephone employee, Lloyd Herrlein in 1952, when he was stationed at Camp Breckenridge, Kentucky. They lived in Henderson, Kentucky, until Lloyd was sent to Korea. Char then moved back to Mitchell while Lloyd was deployed. Three of her children were born in Mitchell: Mickey, Corrine and Sandi. In 1958, they moved to Yankton, where three more children were born: the twins Teddy and Terri Sue and Herman, at Sacred Heart Hospital. Char worked in the telephone office in Yankton and as the Hospitality Hostess. She was instrumental in starting the Sheltered Workshop for the Handicapped after a house fire caused her two children's disability. She went into Real Estate in 1971 to help put her children through college at USD.

Char was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Catholic Daughters, Lewis and Clark Board of Realtors, Interchange, Women of the Moose, and VFW Auxiliary.

Survivors include her five children: Corrine Herrlein of Vermillion, South Dakota; Sandi (Rickey) Goodrich of Irene, South Dakota; Teddy Herrlein of Yankton; Terri Herrlein of Anderson, South Carolina; and Herman (Sandy) Herrlein of Volin, South Dakota; grandson, Wayland (Debbie) Goodrich; granddaughter Danielle Herrlein; great grandson, Jiedos Goodrich; brother, Jerry Hocking of Las Vegas, Nevada; and two sisters: Barb (Richard) Stimac and Mary Tillery both of Las Vegas.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Lloyd, son, Lloyd "Mickey" and infant son, Joseph.

Messages will be reviewed and posted within 1 business day.

Herman, Sandy and Danielle,

We are so sorry for your loss. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. Char was truly special to so many people. She was always uplifting and brought a smile.

Jeff and Jane Bochman

Herman, Sandy and Danielle: Our deepest sympathy goes out to all of you and your family. Char was a special lady and she will be remembered fondly.

Pam & Warren, Chase & Kasey Erickson

Herman, Sandy and Danielle:

Thinking of you and your family and hope your sadness is soon replaced with fond memories, my prayers go out to everyone who knew and loved Char.

Judy & Dan Lucht

Herman and Sandy,

My thoughts and prayers go out to you. Char was an amazing person and will not be forgotten.

Sue Fields

Sandy, Herman, and Danielle,

My heart goes out to you. Char was such a wonderful person who always saw the good in everyone. She will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Kim Swanson

Sandi, Herman, Teddy, Corrine, Terri Sue, Thinking of you and the family. Sorry for the loss. Char taught me a lot the 12 years that we spent together in real estate. Char helped hundreds of people attain the American dream of home ownership, always with a great big smile.

T.C. Goddard

My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Char was a great and hard working lady.

Joe and Laurie LaBarge

to the children: I love your mom...she was a very special person ....I first met her when I took care of the kids at McKennan hospital as a student nurse after the fire....and from that time on Charlotte, and Corrine were good friends of mine. Anytime I sold or purchased a home it was Char that I would go to and she was amazing. I would not have been able to buy my last home if it had not been for the way she helped me. You are all in my prayers.

Linda Nickles

Family of Char, She was a one of a kind lady. She helped me get a place. She was more of a friend than a realtor to me. We use to talk about food and what we enjoyed. My thoughts and prayers are with you that this time. In time you will remember the fun things and have a smile on your face about something Mom did or said. She was good at getting people comfortable.

Margaret Wrigg

The Malik family sends you our deepest sympathy. Charlotte was always a good friend to my mom. It has been a tough month for the ladies living on Cedar street.

Mary Frick

Our deepest sympathy in the loss of Char. She was a wonderful lady and never failed to say hello to us.

Loran & Kathy Tramp

to Char's children: so sorry for your loss. I so enjoyed working with your mom at C-21. She was so full of energy and a joy to talk to. She touched so many lives. Prayers to all of you.

Dean Thomsen

To the Herrlein family, I was very fortunate to meet Char through Sandi. Char was a special person that hit the world with a great force. She was wonderful to talk to and impacted everyone she met. Alyssia, Jay T and I send you our prayers. We are grateful to have had her touch our lives.

Wendy Hedeen



When my husband Scott and I started in real estate in 2009, Char would tell me stories about how her and Lloyd worked together in real estate years before. She would always say to me "Team work makes the dream work!" Char always encouraged us as new real estate company owners. That is how I knew she was truly special!

Kaye O'Neal

I know what you are going through. Though you will miss her she is in a better place and probably a lot happier.

Patti Leischner

I was so sad to hear we lost Char. What an incredible lady! She was part of my telephone company family. I grew up knowing her as a smart, strong and witty lady who I admired so much. My last memory of her was sitting next to her at one of the telephone company ladies luncheon's that I was invited to. I could have visited with her all day. I have fond memories of Lloyd and her children growing up in Yankton. You will be missed Char. Our thoughts and prayers to your family.

Dixie (Duncan) Varilek

I was deeply saddened to hear of Char's passing.  I remember her as my "Real Estate Mom" and to this day pass along much that she has taught to me.  Never forget the sellers who didn't want anyone knowing they were selling and her response would be...well, you can't sell a secret!!  I use that one and many others to this day!!  Char was a very compassionate and caring person.  She will be missed by many but know she is now hand in hand once again with Lloyd will put a smile on my face.

Jeannine (Taecker) Reuer

Sandi, Herman, Teddy, Corrine, and Terri Sue,

I remember your mom as someone full of fun, energy, and determination. She was always very nice to me as one of the kids growing up on Mulberry Street. May God watch over your family.

Loris (Dailey) Metzger

So Sorry to find out that your mom passed away. I enjoyed visiting with her whenever the telephone ladies got together.I also remember your parents buying a case of popcorn from me in band. They helped me pay for my Senior Band trip. She was a great lady and will truly be missed by everyone that came in contact with. You all are and will be in my thoughts and prayers from this and and the years to come. Now she up in heaven having coffee with all that have gone before her.

Brenda L. Anderberg

Always enjoyed visiting with your mom. Especially admired what a strong woman she was. Our condolences to your family.

Jim & Mary DeLozier

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