Bessie Lorraine (Palmer) Koepsell

Born: Mon., Nov. 12, 1934
Died: Mon., Jul. 24, 2017


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Wed., Jul. 26, 2017
Location: Immanuel Lutheran Church

Prayer Service

7:00 PM to 7:30 PM, Wed., Jul. 26, 2017
Location: Immanuel Lutheran Church

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Thu., Jul. 27, 2017
Location: Immanuel Lutheran Church

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Bessie Lorraine Koepsell, 82, of Canova, passed away on Monday, July 24, 2017, at the Avera Dougherty Hospice House, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Funeral services will be 11am, Thursday, July 27, 2017 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, rural Canova, South Dakota, with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation at Immanuel Lutheran Church, will be Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 5pm with a Prayer service at 7pm. Bessie Lorraine Palmer was born November 12, 1934 at Webster, South Dakota to Frank and Lelah (Glessner) Palmer. When she was one-year old, the family moved to Canova, where she attended school and graduated from the Canova High School in 1952. As a young girl, Lorraine worked in the grocery store and café in Canova. Lorraine was united in marriage to Robert Koepsell on June 28, 1953 at the Canova Congregational Church. The couple then farmed near Canova, retiring from farming and moving into Canova in 1995. Robert passed away on February 3, 1996. After Bob’s death, Lorraine worked as a greeter and information supervisor at the Salem I-90 rest area. After her retirement, she especially enjoyed attending her grandchildren and great grandchildren’s activities. Up until her death she remained active in her church and community. Lorraine was an avid Canova Gang baseball fan and enjoyed reading books, putting jigsaw puzzles together and had many good friends to play cards and games with. Lorraine was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Canova/Epiphany Senior Citizens, Canova Legion Auxiliary, Miner County Red Hatter’s, Thursday morning coffee club and Canova Community Club. Those grateful for having shared in her life include her sons: Stanley (Pat Eich) Koepsell of Canova, SD; Loren (Linda Esser) Koepsell of Sioux Falls, SD; Keith (Trudy Kittelson) Koepsell of Apple Valley, MN; seven grandchildren Kari Gosmire, Colin Koepsell, Nick Koepsell, Chelsea Mann, Shannon Koepsell, Ethan Koepsell, Austin Koepsell; seven great grandchildren Cassidy Gosmire, Halle Schulz, Bobby Koepsell, Vivian Koepsell, Kenedy Koepsell, Luke Koepsell, Cooper Koepsell; a sister: Lucille Palmer (Mohn) of Sun City, AZ; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents, husband Bob, a granddaughter Allison, two brothers Bruce and Jack, a sister Betty, a step-father Floyd Johnston and a half-brother Gene.

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Terry & Donna Klinkhammer
   Posted Wed July 26, 2017
Our prayers and sincere sympathy to Lorraine's family. She was a beautiful lady inside and out! I am so glad to have known her and glad she was such a good friend to Mae! She will be missed and missed at all the ball games!

Tim and Cyndi Wehman
   Posted Thu July 27, 2017
We are so sorry to hear of Lorraine's passing. I'm glad she was able to come to Wisconsin and we were able to visit with her then. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families

Dana Shaw
   Posted Sun July 30, 2017
To Lorraine's Family,
I'm saddened to hear of Lorraine's passing, and will miss her very much. She (and Bob) are among our many happy memorials of coming home to Canova -- the CC church, the baseball games, and gatherings in the community. My deepest sympathy to you and all of the family, from one of her many friends.
With love, Dana Shaw (wife of Dennis, who passed away in 2010) I plan to visit Canova again this fall, and will be thinking of her when I come.

   Posted Sun August 06, 2017
I am the lucky one that got to go through 12 years of school with Lorraine. I also was the lucky one that she shared her blue jeans with (once in awhile) because I did not have one and she was lucky to own a pair. Once she and Bob started dating, she of course spent time with him, and then I left for California, so, we lost that closeness at that time. We always have had a close relationship with the Palmer family, starting with my Mother who worked for Mrs. Palmer caring for Gene Bruce, Jack, going back a few years. May she rest in peace.

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