Colette A. Schiefen, 89, of Le Mars, died Monday, Jan. 31, 2005, at Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars.
The former Colette Ann Nepple was born Oct. 26, 1915. on the family farm in Carroll County, just east of Templeton. She received her education at the parochial school in Templeton. As a young woman, Colette moved to Merrill where she was the housekeeper for Msgr. Zeno Reising at Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church for nine years.
On Jan. 31, 1950, Colette married Theodore Schiefen at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alton. The couple made their home west of Le Mars and farmed their entire married lives. Theodore died on Feb. 20, 1968. In 1982 Colette moved into Le Mars.
Colette was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, and the Christian Mother's Society.
Survivors include four children, Maryjane Tapper and her husband, Gaylen of Akron, Lanice Engebretson and her husband, Fred of Scarville, Fred Schiefen and his wife, Judy of Le Mars, and Grace Ann Schiefen and her husband, John Gunderson of Irene, S.D.; 11 grandchildren: Michael and T.J. Tapper, Ann, Ryan, and Chris Engebretson, Ted, Tonya, Tracy, and Travis Schiefen, and Andy and Nicky Gunderson.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Theodore; a daughter, Theresia Oetken in 1989; five brothers, Ed, Alphonse, Lawrence, Herbert, and Norbert Nepple; and two sisters in infancy, Mary and Magdela.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars, with the Rev. Kevin Richter officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be after 3 p.m. today (Tuesday) at the Feuerstein Funeral Home with a 4 p.m. Christian Mother's rosary and a 7:30 p.m. Scriptural Wake Service.
Visitation will resume one hour prior to funeral service at St. Joseph's Church on Wednesday.