Karen Kay Toupal, age 64, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Funeral services are 2:00 PM, on Monday, December 21, 2015 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton, South Dakota with Reverend Ken Lulf officiating. Burial will be in the Yankton Cemetery. Visitation with the family present is from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, on Sunday, December 20 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton. Visitation then continues one hour prior to the funeral service on Monday.
Pallbearers are Dusty Johnson, Chad Hoesing, Nick Wieseler, Carl Toben, and Frank Kralicek Jr. Honorary pallbearers are Jace Toupal and Jaxon Toupal.
Karen was born December 26, 1950 in Yankton, South Dakota to Ed and Eleanor (Machacek) Schoenfelder. She grew up in Yankton where she graduated from Yankton High School in 1969. Karen continued her education at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital and became a histologist. On March 22, 1970, she married David Toupal in Yankton. After their marriage, they moved to Lompoc, California where they lived for four years while David served in the US Air Force. After his discharge, they moved to Omaha and Karen worked at Eppley Research Center in Omaha. Karen and David moved back to Yankton in 1980 to raise their family. Karen worked in the human resources department at Kolberg-Pioneer and most recently in medical records at the Human Services Center. Karen was very creative and enjoyed ceramics, cross stitching, painting and calligraphy. She loved all animals especially her pets and enjoyed being outside riding her horses and feeding the birds. Karen enjoyed working with her flowers, gardening and tending to the apple trees. She loved classic cars and oldies music. She also loved when all her family gathered at her house where she would bake and cook for them. Karen lived her life for others and was always generous with her time, especially with her grandchildren.
Karen will be greatly missed by her husband, David Toupal of Yankton; three children: John Toupal of Yankton, Danielle Snoozy of Yankton, Chris Toupal of Harrisburg, SD and Tara Toupal and her fiancé, Eric Holmes of Sun Prairie, WI; two grandchildren, Jace and Jaxon Toupal; brother, Bob (Pat) Schoenfelder of Yankton; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Karen was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Dwayne Schoenfelder.
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Dave and kids, so sorry to hear of Karen's passing. She was a super friend and an awesome confident-I will miss her terribly. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers.
To the family of Karen. Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss…our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Connie Bentley Mors, and Sandy Bentley Dolney
Karen will be deeply missed here at HSC...she was quite the jokester and helped out wherever needed...she loved Dave, her daughter and 2 sons along with her grandchildren with all her heart and soul...my deepest sympathy goes out to u all.
So sorry for your loss. I loved working with Karen on the night shift. She always gave 110% to the patients and was always ready to help everybody! She will be missed by all that knew her. RIP my friend and fly with the Angels.
My deepest sympathies to you Dave & your family. You are in my prayers.
Chris, Tara and family,
I am so sorry to read about your loss. Death leaves a void nobody can heal, but Love leaves a memory no one can steal. May you find comfort in all the memories you have of her.
Your former teacher at Sacred Heart,
My deepest sympathy to your family. I loved chatting with Karen at work. She was so nice and always made you laugh. She will be missed. Will keep you in my thoughts as you go through this difficult time.
So sorry for the loss of yourmom heaven has a new angel this Christmas you are in our prayers.
Charles and Nancy Larsen
What a beautiful tribute to your mom the Tara and family..the video holds lots of great memories..she will be with you always in your heart your soul your thoughts your everyday life...losing someone dear to our heart's is devistating but it is all part of life.God bless you all.
To the family of Karen Kay Toupal, I'm very sorry about the loss of your loved one. I wanted to share the scriptural hope that brought me so much comfort when I lost my mother. I hope it helps you also. The Bible shows that God did not intend for humans to suffer and die at any age. (Romans 5:12) It also calls death an enemy. (1 Corinthians 15:26) God promises to resurrect our loved ones onto a cleansed, paradise earth, where we can welcome them back. (John 5:28,29; Psalm 37:9-11,29) The Bible answers such questions as "Why has God allowed suffering and death in the first place?" Please visit jw.org to find satisfying answers from the Bible, free of charge.
Sincerely, Susan N.
To Karen's family so sorry to hear of Karen's passing. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
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