Leah Nicole LaCroix
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Leah Nicole LaCroix, age 35 of Hartington, Nebraska, died suddenly on Monday, October 16, 2017 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, SD.

Mass a Christian Burial will be on Friday, October 20, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hartington with the Rev. Owen Korte officiating. Burial will be at the St. Michael's Cemetery in Hartington with military honors by the Hartington VFW Post 5283 and the American Legion Riders. Visitation will be on Thursday, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton, SD from 4-8:00 p.m. with a Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue on Friday, at Holy Trinity Church one hour prior to services. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home of Hartington.

Pallbearers will be Travis Howell, Michael Wolfe, Travis Kalin, Jamie Jennings, Greg Horner, and Joey Horner. Honorary pallbearers are Leah's sons, Jaxon, Carter, and Isaiah.

Leah Nicole LaCroix was born on November 9, 1981 in Yankton, SD to Lyle G. and Connie J. (Horner) LaCroix. She attended grade school, middle school, and graduated from High School in Vermillion, SD. Leah joined the U. S. Army right out of high school in September 19, 2000 and served in the Iraq War in 2002. She was discharged on May 3, 2004 at Fort Campbell, KY. Leah moved to Little Rock, Arkansas and worked as the Director of Occupational Therapy, PT, and Rehab services. She did receive her masters from St. Mary's College in Omaha. Leah lived in Sioux Falls, SD from 2016-2017 and then moved to Hartington.

Leah was a former member of St. Theresa's Catholic Church in Springhill, Florida. She was a devoted mother to her three children. She loved crafts and was a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association.

Leah is survived by her three sons, Jaxon of Sioux Falls, SD, Carter and Isaiah of Hartington; her significant other, Travis Kalin of Hartington; parents Lyle and Connie LaCroix of Aripeka, Florida; two sisters Jennifer and husband Travis Howell of Hartington, Lindsay LaCroix and fiance Michael Wolfe of Hartington; brother Jamie and wife Nicole Jennings of Sioux Falls, SD.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather Al Horner; maternal grandmother Beverly Winter; paternal grandmother Darlene LaCroix; and cousin Ricky LaCroix.

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Roger, JoAnn Sprakel and family send prayers, sympathies and LOVE. So sorry for your whole family to loose this young woman and mother so young. So sorry.

JoAnn Sprakel

I am so sorry for your loss. The girls and I were childhood friends in vermillion where we grew up. Leah, was a beautiful lady. We may have lost contact over the years, but in the last few years, saw each other again and it was great! She was a lovely lady. Wonderful mother. Very kind, always had a smile on her face. She was a brave soul who served our country and I am very blessed and thankful to her and her family.

Oh beautiful Leah, you will be missd dearly. My heart is in pieces but I know you are now finally home and looking down at us with pride.

R.I.P Leah. Someday I will see you again.

Sara Sok

Thoughts and prayers go out to the LaCroix family R.I.P. Leah

The Knight Family

Dear LaCroix Family - I am so sorry for your loss of your dear Leah. What a beautiful person she was and such lovely children. Am sorry I can't be with you to honor her life. My prayers are with you all

Karen Chesley

Our sympathy and prayers to your family in your loss of Leah from the College of Saint Mary Community

Diane Proulx

Praying that precious memories will bring you comfort. May God give you strength and courage in the hard days ahead.

Jane Lemay

Sending you all love and light for healing during this sad time in all of your lives. I am friends with Leah's Aunt Sue. Hearing about Leah's passing made my heart sad. Know that many are praying for your family and sending blessings from above.

Amy S Petrik

Connie, Lyle, Jenny, Lyndsay and boys. My heart breaks for you at this time. Leah was so beautiful with a smile that could light up the room. She was loved by so many. She was a strong, independent, smart women who loved her country and family. Hugs and prayers sent your way.

Kelli LaCroix

My sympathy and prayers go out to the LaCroix family. I grew up with Connie's family back in Tabor many years ago. I pray that you's find comfort during this difficult time.

Gregg Cahoy

Connie and family,

My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family at the loss of your beautiful daughter. Cherish your memories. God Peace

Deanna Branaugh

After I read about Leah's recent death after just 35 way too short years of precious life, I wanted to express my feelings of sympathy for Travis and the LaCroix family and friends. I know Leah has left you with many precious memories and will be greatly missed. When our loved ones fall asleep in death, the pain and grief seems unbearable. Our loving God, Jehovah (Psalm 83:18) understands how we feel and he comforts us by means of his word the Bible. Psalm 34: 18 tells us: "Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted; He saves those who are crushed in spirit." Jehovah invites you to throw all your burdens on him and he will sustain you in your time of grief. Most of us have seen this enemy death claim the lives of people dear to us. But Jehovah God promises to destroy this enemy, death, once and for all. Rev. 21: 4; tells us: "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore." (Isaiah 25: 8, 1 Corinthians 15: 26) You are in my prayers.

Julie Jarmon

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