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Carole J Koletzky

Carole Koletzky, age 79, of Yankton, passed away Thursday, February 24, 2022, at her home. 

Carole was born September 10, 1942 in Coggon, Iowa. She attended school in Browning, Montana and later returned to Yankton and graduated from Yankton High School. Carole graduated from the University of South Dakota with a degree in Medical Technology and was employed at the Human Services Center as a supervisor of the laboratory until her retirement.
Carole married Robert Koletzky, January 21, 1961, after eloping in Pipestone, Minnesota.
Carole loved the outdoors and yard work. She was proud of her home, which she filled with plants and greenery. She enjoyed watching football and golf on TV. In retirement, after vigorous training, she completed a half marathon. Carole was a meticulous housekeeper and enjoyed cooking for her family. Her family always looked forward to her delicious meals. She was an avid reader with a thirst for knowledge and was always ready for a good debate. Carole’s grandchildren thought of her as the smartest person they knew. In her retirement, she continued to embrace computer technology and was always researching a new topic.
Carole is survived by her husband, Robert “Bob” Koletzky of Yankton; daughter, Terri Lenser and fiancé, Ed Harbin, of Hays, Kansas; son, Jae Koletzky and his wife, Tina of Yankton; grandchildren, Jennifer Howard and husband, Clayton, of Ellis, Kansas; Ian and Alex Lenser of Hays, Kansas, Chloe, Carson and Camryn Koletzky, all of Yankton; three great-grandchildren, Claire, Cash and Collin Howard, all of Ellis, Kansas and two brothers, Rawson Behel of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Doug Dunek of Des Moines, Iowa.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Barney “B. J.” and Mary Ellen Hattman and her brother, Alan Behel.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Interment will be near the family farm, 42843 310th St, Tabor, SD.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Avera@Home Hospice of Yankton, ATTN: Avera Foundation, 501 Summit Street, Yankton SD 57078 or the American Cancer Society.

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Prayers for comfort during this difficult time of loss for the Koletzky family.

Joe and Kelly Sparks Mar 3 2022 11:15 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Carole Koletzky

Sandra Cahoy Mar 2 2022 7:05 PM

My deepest sympathy to the Koletzky family. May your memories bring you peace and comfort at this difficult time.

Sandra (Steinberg) Cahoy Mar 2 2022 7:04 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Carole Koletzky

Mary DeLozier Mar 1 2022 12:45 AM

My deepest condolences. I too thought she was the smartest woman in the world, as she always had a book in her hand. She was delightful and a great penpal when I was in basic training. Thinking of all of you. Lighting a candle to guide her home. ❤️

Toni Sue Feb 28 2022 11:22 AM

We are so sorry to hear of Carole's passing, however we visited with Bob some months ago so we knew she was very ill. It is always sad to lose a loved one but hopefully you can know she is no longer suffering. Hang on to all those wonderful memories. We have so many memories of the many times we got together years ago.

Roger & Marilyn Huntley Feb 27 2022 8:22 PM

Bob and family, I am so sorry to learn this. God bless all of you at this time.

Jean Novotny Feb 27 2022 12:27 PM

So sorry to read of Carole's passing. We spent many weekends together at swim meets with our kids. Carole was always so kind and I enjoyed our time together. My sympathy to the family.

Lila Rempp Feb 26 2022 11:07 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Carole Koletzky

The Howards Feb 26 2022 6:35 PM

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Jennifer Howard Feb 26 2022 6:35 PM

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