Sheila Rae Knebel
June 10, 1953 ~ April 18, 2020
Sheila R. Knebel, 66, Valley Springs, SD, died Saturday, April 18, 2020, after a long illness at home surrounded by her loving family.
There will be a date announced for a Celebration of Life service in the Fall. Any Sympathy cards or condolences for the family of Sheila, may be mailed to Tom Knebel, 200 Southside Ave., Valley Springs, SD, 57068. Also, the family requests no flowers.
Sheila Rae Olauson was born in Watertown, SD on June 10, 1953, to John and Hazel Olauson. She was the youngest sister to three older brothers and grew up on a dairy farm ten miles west of Sisseton, SD. She was proud to have attended country school through elementary and graduated with the Sisseton High School class of 1971. She went on to graduate with a Secretarial Degree from North Dakota State College of Science in Whapeton, ND. There she met two of her lifelong friends, Sue and Anita. She obtained her first secretarial job in Washington D.C. She came back to SD to be with family when her father passed away. Sheila then married the love of her life, Tom Knebel, on October 20, 1973 at Grace Lutheran Church in Sisseton, SD. The couple immediately moved to Valley Springs, SD where they raised four children. She held many different jobs over the years, from home daycare, to bookkeeping for Knebel Construction, to Sioux Valley Hospice, all revolving around customer service.
Sheila was a ‘people’ person who enjoyed getting to know her many clients and their families. She also enjoyed volunteering as a teacher and co-director of CCD at the Risen Savior Catholic Church. Sheila valued, above all, getting together with family and friends. She always had a cup of coffee and a listening ear waiting for anyone who stopped by. Sheila loved playing cards and dice with neighborhood friends including the Valentines, Swansons, Harstads, Phillips’ and all of her many grandchildren.
Grateful for sharing her life is her loving husband of 46 years, Tom Knebel; four children and twelve grandchildren: Paula (Matt) Adler, Dalton, Kathryn, & Lauren; Heather (Phillip) Swann, Santiago; Nick (Heidy) Knebel; Shala (Brad) Koster, Trevor, Kara, Logan, Luke, Scott, Samantha, Landon, & Mariah; her oldest brother, Ralph (Sharlene) Olauson; aunt, Olive Aiken, aunt, Lyla Olauson, uncle, Bob Aiken and many cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and many friends.
Sheila was preceded in death by her parents, John and Hazel Olauson; and brothers, Leonard & Clinton.