Sharon L. Leinen
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Sharon Lee Leinen, age 78 of Yankton, South Dakota, died on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the Avera Sr James Care Center in Yankton.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 10:30 AM at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Yankton, South Dakota with Rev. Larry Regynski officiating. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 5:00 to 8:00 PM with a Rosary at 6:45 PM and a Vigil Service at 7:00 PM at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton. Visitation will begin at 9:30 AM on Thursday at the church.

Honorary Pallbearers will be her granddaughters, Britney Leinen, Sydney Porter, Annika McCallum and Eliza McCallum. Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Eric Sedlacek, Ben Sedlacek, Charlie Sedlacek Jared Cheever, Eli Cheever and Davis McCallum.

Sharon was born on June 2, 1940 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota to Loren and Viola (Flanagan) Hellwig. She grew up in Rock Valley, Iowa and graduated from Rock Valley High School in 1958 and then attended Mt Marty College for a year. On April 20, 1964 she married John Leinen in Yankton. They made their home in Yankton where Sharon raised her family and then worked for Dale Electronics and Jerry's Photography.

Sharon was an active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church where she was part of the funeral committee, the Prayer Chain and Bible Study. John and Sharon were volunteers for Meals on Wheels and the Banquet. Sharon loved spending time with her family, friends, exercise and bible study groups. She had a strong faith and a determination to enjoy life.

Sharon is survived by her husband, John, of Yankton; four children and their spouses, Judy and Todd Cheever of Brandon, South Dakota; Sam and Tara Leinen of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Mollie and Greg Porter of Shakopee, Minnesota; Kate and Brian Sedlacek of Shakopee, Minnesota; 10 grandchildren and a sister, Kathleen and Stan Hauser of Marengo, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Messages will be reviewed and posted within 1 business day.

My deepest Sympathy to John and the entire family...Sharon was a very special cousin even though our paths were few and far apart...she was an influential person in our lives.

Marilyn Flanagan

We are so sorry to hear of Sharons passing. We always enjoyed visiting with her (and John) at the Parkinsons support group meetings in Yankton. We send our deepest sympathy.

Paul and Deb Dummer

We are so sorry about Sharon. Carol was on the prayer chain with her. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Carol and Leo Kopetsky

Sorry to hear of Sharon's passing. We send our sympathies for the loss of such a beautiful person.

Brian & Cindy Kuss

Sharon was a lovely lady who was involved with a lot of good causes. she will be missed

the staff of Yankton Community Library

John my Sympathy.I was aclassmate of Shoron at R. V.

Joel Kragt

My heart goes out to John and family for there loss. I have many happy memories of Sharon and her family when visiting my cousins in Yankton as well as the times we spent in Rock Valley, Iowa at my grandparents. She was a great person and will be greatly missed.

Steve Augustine

Blessings to your family, John, and Kathleen's family. We will be with you in prayer.

Sincerely, Clare Flanagan Sturm (Wisconsin)

To John, Judy, Sam, Mollie, and Kate - Our deepest sympathies to each of you at the loss of Sharon. So many memories of Sharon that we will always hold in our hearts. Thank you for sharing her with us. We will keep her in our prayers. Peace and love - Jim.

Jim & Joan Leyden

John, Judy, Sam, Molly and Kate I am so sorry for your loss. So many memories of us playing together on Murphy Lane and our parents sitting around chatting. Such a special lady ! She was always one of those moms you just loved! Prayers and hugs to you all.

Tracy Smith

John and Families, Sharon was a very sweet and special lady. We had many nice visits at the Moose over the years. She will be missed by many. Our sympathy and prayers go out to you.

Don & Lynette Simonsen

Sharon and I were best friends and classmates graduating RVHS 1958. She and I sang in the same girls sextet for 5 years and every year got an "A" top rating in the State Music Contests. Sharon spent Several nights every year staying overnight at my home. She was a wonderful friend and though the post graduation years found us far apart in distance she will always remain in my heart. My sympathy to John and family and to Barb and Andy.

Mary Ann Richter Kerkvliet

So sorry to hear of your mother's passing.May your memories of her bring you comfort and peace at this difficult time. My deepest sympathy.


sorry for your familys loss Sam prayers and strenghth for all

willam fleege

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