Jeanette Schramm
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Jeanette Schramm, age 89, of Yankton, South Dakota, died on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at the Avera Majestic Bluffs Hospice House in Yankton.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM, on Friday, May 26, 2017 at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Yankton with Reverend Ken Lulf officiating. Burial will be in the Sigel Cemetery in rural Utica, South Dakota. Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, on Thursday, May 25 at St. Benedict Catholic Church with a rosary at 6:45 PM followed by a vigil at 7:00 PM.

Pallbearers are her grandsons and honorary pallbearers are her great grandchildren.

Jeanette was born February 5, 1928 to Frank and Lena (Goettertz) Dangel at the Andreas Bauer farm near Freeman, South Dakota. She grew up in the Turkey Ridge community and was a member of the Idywilde Catholic Church. Jeanette attended District #27 rural school and then went to Mount Marty High School as a boarding student. She continued at Mount Marty College and began her teaching career in 1946 at the age of 18 in Yankton County. Jeanette married Willard Schramm on February 10, 1947 at Idywilde Catholic Church. They moved to a farm in the Utica area and remained there for 42 years until 1989 when they moved to Yankton. Jeanette was an elementary teacher from 1958 to 1970, teaching rural county schools and Scotland Elementary and High School. She received a Bachelor's of Science Degree in 1966 from Mount Marty College and in 1970, she became the principal of Gayville-Volin Elementary and Middle School. Jeanette received a Master of Administration from the University of South Dakota in 1972 and two degrees from the American College of Insurance. Jeanette taught business classes at Mount Marty College from 1975 to 1981. Also in 1975, she opened an office in Yankton from New York Life, becoming a Senior NYLIC in 1995 and maintaining a contract until 2005. The office has been a three generation office for New York Life.

Jeanette was a member of the Oblates of St. Benedict, Board of the House of Mary Shrine, Rosary Makers, St. Isadore Circle, Catholic Daughters, VFW Auxiliary, Lewis and Clark Life Underwriters, Retired Teachers Association, Sigel Altar Society, Norwegian Dancers, Senior Citizens Center and Sacred Heart Church. She liked to share time with her husband wintering in Arizona from 1992 to 1999. Jeanette also loved to spend time with family, read, work with flowers, write, paint and visit with friends.

Jeanette is survived by seven children: Mary Kay (Darrell) Cwach of Yankton, Jean (Terry) Turner of Utica, Joe (Mary Beth) Schramm of Bettendorf, IA, Rick (Linda) Schramm of Sparks, NV, Melea (Greg) DeJean of Yankton, Mark Schramm (Jan Jaques) of Utica, Laurie Heald (David Moore) of Indianola, IA and Cathy Wieseler of Yankton; 15 grandchildren; 35 great grandchildren; eight great-great grandchildren; sister, Maureen (Matt) Birgen of Beresford, SD; and a sister-in-law, Loretta Dangel of Turkey Ridge, SD.

Jeanette was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Willard on March 18, 1999; infant daughter, Julianna; grandchildren: Jerry Cwach, Shrandra Schramm, John and Michelle Turner; and a brother, Jerry Dangel.

The family would prefer memorials to the Scholarship Fund at Mount Marty College in memory of Willard and Jeanette Schramm or Sacred Heart School.




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You were a wonderful aunt, always inspired us to do better. We loved your wit, your political views and interest in everything going on in Yankton. You will be missed.

Wayne and Mary Boyer


I wish to extend my deepest sympathy on the loss of Jeanette. She was a great lady, and I will remember her and family in my prayers.

Rev. Michael D. Schmitz


You have my deepest sympathy in the loss of Jeanette. I always enjoyed bring Holy communion to her on Wed. mornings for almost 3 years. she was so appreciative.

Laverta Mauch


My deepest sympathy to Jeanette's family. She was a wonderful teacher in high school and then friend in Catholic Daughters and rosary makers. She truly will be missed.


Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of loss. May God bless you really good.

Joe and Laurie LaBarge and Family


so sorry jean too hear about your mother passing away. you are in my thoughts and prayers. some day we will all see are loved ones again but for now she is one of gods angels!

kathleen jean robinson


Our thoughts and prayers are with all of Jeanette's family. I was fortunate enough to have Jeanette as a teacher when she taught at Scotland. You have our deepest sympathy.

Harold and Angie Schramm


It has been a privilege getting to know Jeanette over the past few months! She was so knowledgeable on so many subjects. She loved to talk of days gone by and was so sharp! She could tell you the year of big storms and how much snow fell. One knew she knew what she was saying. What a treasure she was!!

Ava tucker


LAURIE AM SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR MOM, SHE WAS A GREAT LADY I KNOW WE USE TO DRIVE HER NUTS BUT SHE LOVED US ANYWAY...MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU

DINA SEJNOHA ANDERSON


You will be missed. Our prayers to your family for your loss of your mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

Irene & Dave Noble


Been thinking of all the Schramms. Mom has been in the nursing home with Jeanette, and it was such a blessing that she was there to provide the leadership and guidance that she has practiced all through her life. If she'd have been born in Washington DC she'd probably have been the first U.S. president, such were here leadership skills. But fortunately we had her here in Yankton for 89 years.

Bernie Hunhoff


Such a special lady will be missed. She was always there to support us through all our family events. All my life, I looked up to and admired her.

Tera Dangel Marshall


She was a fine lady. My condolences to you folks.

John P. Blackburn

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