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Elaine Marie Pfeifer Schmidt

Elaine Marie Pfeifer Schmidt
Elaine Marie Pfeifer Schmidt
- November 14, 2017

Elaine Marie Pfeifer Schmidt passed away peacefully Saturday, November 11, 2017, at the Belle Fourche Healthcare Center.

She was born July 13, 1931, in Zeeland, ND, to Louie and Laya Pfeifer.  Elaine married Maynard Schmidt on November 18, 1946, in Zeeland, ND.  They resided on the family farm near Herreid, SD, until they retired to Sturgis, SD, in 1996.  Elaine graduated from Pierre School of Nursing in 1975.  She worked as a nurse in Ashley, ND, Eureka, SD, and the Fort Meade Veterans Hospital in Sturgis, SD.

Elaine's true passion was caring for her animals, especially cats.  Every stray cat seemed to find Elaine's front door.  She had a beautiful alto voice and loved to sing church hymns.  She also had an angel collection that was very special to her.

Elaine is survived by her son, Keith (Annette), Loudon, TN; and her daughter, Cheryl, Belle Fourche, SD.  She has three grandchildren: Melissa (Brett) Phillips, Franklin, TN, Jay Wilczynski, Spearfish, SD, and Chad Wilczynski, Rapid City, SD; two great-grandsons, Joshua and Kellan Phillips, Franklin, TN; a niece, Vivian (John) Pitlo, Bellevue, IA; and her sister-in-law, Donna Sutton, Longview, WA.

She was preceded in death by an infant daughter; her husband, Maynard; her parents; and her sister, Florence Fischer. 

Visitation will be held 5-7 PM on Friday, November 17th at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD.

Funeral services will be held at 10 AM, Saturday, November 18, 2017, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis followed by lunch at the Knuckle Brewery, 2nd St., Sturgis, SD.

A memorial has been established for the Humane Society of the Black Hills and the family requests that all memoriums be made to that organization at 1820 E Saint Patrick St, Rapid City, SD 57703.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals.com.



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