Doris Elise Lebsack was born August 16, 1931, on the family farm in Champion, Alberta, Canada to Conrad and Katherine (Konchuck) Lebsack. She attended a country school in Harmony until her sophomore year when her oldest brother, Elmer, became a school bus driver for Champion School and allowed her to hitch a ride. Doris’ favorite memories were of her childhood. She was close with her 5 siblings, especially her older brother Eddie. Her favorite memories include “skating parties” on the frozen pond where one day per week her mom would make desserts and hot chocolate for everyone who showed up. Growing up, Doris had large family Christmas gatherings that she really enjoyed. Her mom would make a 30 lb ham, home-made pudding, and chicken noodle soup. Her favorite present was a perfume set, “Evening in Paris.” When the rest of the family was distracted with the holiday festivities, Doris would sneak off to the closet with her younger brother, Irvin, and drink the homemade wine.
After graduating from Champion School, Doris moved to Calgary and lived with her friend Francis. Doris worked for her aunt and uncle at the White Spot Café and held a second job as a desk clerk at the Alexandra Hotel, across the street. It was at the Alexandra Hotel that she met Pius John Schneider. They married at the St. Mary’s Church rectory in Calgary in 1953.
In 1958, Doris was granted U.S. citizenship after moving to the Aberdeen, SD, area, where she spent the remainder of her life. She worked numerous part-time jobs while raising her three girls, Karen, Colleen, and Gail, before accepting a full-time position in K-Mart’s receiving department where she worked from the store’s 1974 opening until her early retirement. On May 12, 1978, Doris married Ron Adler. They remained married at the time of Ron’s passing in November of 2014.
During her adult years, Doris had a passion for gardening, animals, and playing cards. Her favorite card game was Hearts and she was often accused of peeking at other people’s cards. Doris enjoyed going to Rohly’s for two red beers with the regulars, and often hitched a ride with her grandson, Senator Mike Rohl, with whom she shared a special relationship.
Doris passed away peacefully at Avantara in Groton, SD, on December 23, 2021. On behalf of Doris, thank you to the staff that cared for her.
At Doris’ request, there will be no visitation or service. Doris chose to be cremated.
Doris is survived by her three children: Karen (Dirk) Jamison, Colleen (Clyde) Lehr, and Gail (Pat) Rohl; six grandchildren Paul Jamison, Rebecca Jamison, Kayla (Cyal) Lecy, Brent Gunderson, P.J. Rohl, and Michael Rohl.
Carlsen Funeral Home and Crematory of Aberdeen has been entrusted with arrangements.
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