Sharon Jo'Ett Koupal
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Sharon Jo'Ett Koupal, age 74, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Saturday, August 9, 2014, at Avera Yankton Care Center in Yankton.

A memorial service will be 2:00 PM on Wednesday, August 13, 2014, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Yankton with Reverend David Wildermuth officiating. Burial of the urn will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton. The family will receive friends at the church starting at 12:00 PM on Wednesday.

Sharon was born May 20, 1940, on the farm north of Mayfield, South Dakota to Harry and Lillian (Johnson) Westergaard. She grew up on the farm and graduated from Irene High School in 1958. She worked at Dale Electronics in Yankton for a few years until 1969 when she began working at the Human Service Center in Yankton as a switchboard operator. She married Mike Eugene Koupal on July 10, 1970 in Yankton South Dakota. After their marriage Sharon continued to work at the Human Services Center until retiring in 1979. After her retirement, she wanted to focus on enjoying her life.

Sharon enjoyed spending time in her flower garden and attending to her roses, going for drives with Mike, attending garage sales, spending time with her dogs, and especially visiting and meeting new people. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Yankton and the Antique Auto Association.

Survivors include her husband of 44 years, Mike Koupal of Yankton; brother, Ralph (Sally) Westergaard of Burbank, South Dakota; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Lillian Westergaard.

Memorials may be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church in Yankton or the Heartland Humane Society in Yankton.

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Mike -

so sorry to hear about Sharon. All my sympathy.

Cyndi Hunhoff

Mike -

What a joy it was working with Sharon at the HSC for 9 years. Her smile always brightened my day and I have never forgotten her since my move to Tennessee in 1987. She had the nicest voice for paging people on the intercom! May your beautiful memories shared with this beautiful lady last forever.

Carole (Jackson) Juergens

Our family prayers are with you Mike!

Joe Carda

Sympathy to you Mike. Miss visiting with you and Sharon.

Stan & Judy Thompson

I'm saddened to hear of my good friend Sharon's passing. I always looked forward to Sharon's song requests when I worked full-time at KYNT AM. She was always afraid she would get me in trouble for playing "Queen of Hearts" on a pop station. I always told her if it made her day, I'd do it and deal with the fall out later. Sharon was always so interested in what I was doing at the farm, and was a loyal and caring friend. My heart aches at the thought of such a wonderful person gone from this earth. She was always there for me, calling to the station to check on me every Saturday morning. That meant so much to me. What a special, caring soul. Peace be with you...

Matt Fischer


we are so sorry to here about Sharon. Our deepest sympathy.

Bobbi (Gravholt) Zimmerman and Bob Gravholt

Sharon was always a very pleasant cousin of mine who I looked forward to seeing at family gatherings. She always had a smile and a pleasant inviting way about her and she dressed very cool sometimes coordinating with Mike. I enjoyed visiting with her at the nursing home when seeing my mom lately. God's Blessings to the family

Robin Swensen


was so sorry to hear of your loss. I have many memories. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Cleo Anderson

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