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Donna LeifermanDonna L. Leiferman
Donna Lee Leiferman passed away at the age of 84 on February 1, 2018.
Donna Koster was born southwest of Platte, SD, on March 31, 1933 to Ann and Everett Koster. She attended country school through the eighth grade and Platte High School. She graduated high school in 1950 as Valedictorian of her class.
Donna attended Yankton College in Yankton, SD, where she earned a teaching certificate. Donna took her first teaching job in Lexington, NE, where she taught fourth grade for two years.
During her college years, she fell in love with Boyde Leiferman, also from Platte, SD. Donna and Boyde were married in 1954 in Platte. Donna graduated from Yankton College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1964.
Donna and Boyde moved to Sisseton, SD, in 1954 and had their first child, Patricia, in 1956, and their son, Reed, in 1963. In Sisseton, Donna taught fifth grade and junior high English.
In 1968, Donna and her family moved to Ortonville, MN, where they had their third child, Heather, in 1969. While in Ortonville, Donna did substitute teaching and held several long-term positions in both elementary and junior high. She was also a teacher in both the GATE and Title I programs at school.
Donna loved music and played piano from a young age. She spent numerous years as choir director and organist for the Congregational United Church of Christ (UCC) in Ortonville. She taught piano lessons from her home for several years. She brushed up on her bassoon skills learned in high school and college and joined the U of M Morris Orchestra in the 1970. She also sang in the “Sweet Adelines” chorus and taught herself to play clarinet so she could join the Wheaton Community Band.
In her spare time, Donna enjoyed gardening, walking, golfing, playing bridge, and was a voracious reader. In her later years, she oversaw finances for her church, and worked at the Granary Food Co-op in Ortonville where she was instrumental in redeveloping a membership program to sustain the business.
A self-proclaimed “square peg in a round hole,” Donna believed in standing up for what she believed was right, even if it made her unpopular. She was an avid volunteer with the Ortonville Public Library and played a large part in making handicap-accessible improvements. She also volunteered with the American Cancer Society and was active in the DFL. While in Ortonville, she organized a community event to recognize and celebrate the surviving WWII veterans who lived in the area.
Donna was preceded in death by her parents, Ann and Everett Koster, and her husband, Boyde. She is survived by her sister Delores Wood of Pleasant Hill, CA; children, daughter Patricia (Patty) Leiferman of San Francisco, CA; son Reed (April) Leiferman of Kelseyville, CA; daughter Heather (Jeff) Lohman of Arden Hills, MN. She is also survived by three grandchildren, Colton Leiferman of Kelseyville, CA; Jack Lohman and Elsa Lohman, both of Arden Hills, MN.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to the Sisseton Memorial Public Library, 305 Maple St. E., Sisseton, SD 57262.

Lois (Fossum) Collins
Lois Jean Collins, a 61-year resident of Laramie, WY, passed away peacefully February 5, 2018 at Hospice of Laramie with family at her side.
Lois was born in Sisseton, SD, to Ted Fossum and Celesia Devine Fossum in January of 1941. She was baptized, confirmed, and married at Bethel Lutheran, a country church. She was raised on the family farm and remained there until she transferred to the University of Wyoming’s Campus High School her junior year, graduating in 1959.
It was in Laramie that she met and married the love of her life, local resident Larry Collins, in 1959. To this union two children were born, Randy Collins and Tami Swinford. The family eventually included three grandsons and three great-granddaughters. Lois was a loving, caring, and doting wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Family came first in her life.
Lois was employed by the University of Wyoming for 24 years. She was the buyer for the gift department at the bookstore and later was secretary to the band director, traveling with the band on many occasions. Her last stint, before she retired in 1995 to pursue other activities, was in the athletic ticket office.
Lois had a great sense of humor and was the family’s recreation director; a game player, a card shark excelling in bridge and cribbage, a jigsaw puzzle whiz (always had one on the table), and forever organizing athletic game pools -- she liked to win! She was also a creative cook and a knitter extraordinaire, knitting beautiful sweaters, scarves, caps, and baby blankets for family and friends.
Lois is survived by her husband, Larry Collins; her children, Tami (Scott) Swinford and Randy (Nellore) Collins; grandchildren, Dalton Collins, Dillon (Kayla) Collins, and Dustin Swinford; great-grandchildren, Alicia Swinford, Lucy Grace Swinford and Aurora Collins; sisters, Pamela (Dennis) Cornelius, Patricia (Ron) McGurk and Marlene Peter; several nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Montgomery-Stryker Funeral Home, 2133 Rainbow Ave., Friday, February 16, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with a reception following at the Elks Lodge, 103 S 2nd St., in Laramie. In lieu of flowers the family suggests a memorial be made to Hospice of Laramie, 1754 Centennial Dr., Laramie, WY 82070 or a charity of your choice.

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