Lucille I. Schoon, 83, of Brookings, passed away on Thursday, June 3, 2021, at the United Living Community in Brookings.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am Thursday, June 10, 2021, at GracePoint Wesleyan Church, in Brookings. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Rude’s Funeral Home.
Lucille Ione Olson was born on July 3, 1937, in Estelline, SD, the daughter of Melvin and Myrtle (Lenning) Olson. She grew up in Brookings, SD, and was a graduate of Brookings High School. She was united in marriage to John “Red” Schoon in Pipestone, MN on March 16, 1956. They made their home in Brookings. In the early years of marriage, Lucy worked at Ben Franklin until she and Red welcomed their two children, Jon and Jodi. She then stayed home to raise the children, and keep the books for the family businesses. Later in life Lucy could be found managing the counter and conversations at Schoon’s Pump N Pak, where she was frequently referred to as the Queen of Pump N Pak and Madam Rosa. She was quick to greet and visit with the customers of all ages, often giving college students life advice and always keeping up with the “hot news” of Brookings.
Lucy had a special bond with her mom. She dedicated herself to helping her mother and spending quality time together. Lucy could be found every afternoon having coffee with her mom and running errands together. Lucy became an extension of her mother in many aspects in life. Lucy was her own beautiful person, and will be remembered for her many quirks including her hands smelling of cleaning products; occasionally putting her foot in her mouth; andbaking delicious bread, cookies, yellow cake with homemade chocolate frosting, lefsa, brownies and sticky macaroni. She was a devoted mother to her children, wearing out many rocking chairs when they were younger. She was almost always at home to greet them when they came home from school, but on the occasion she was away, a note could always be found along with a snack.
Lucy was a natural comedian without the self-recognition of her skill. She would always have a funny line or stunt and follow it with a question, “Did I pop a wheelie?” Although she was a content homebody, she always looked forward to trips to visit her family in Lemmon over the 4th of July, and trips to Des Moines, IA and Louisiana, which created many found memories.
She was a proud grandma to her grandchildren and absolutely loved the time she spent with them or following their school and sporting events, even though she didn’t always understand the sport. Her grandchildren always felt at home at Papa and Mema’s. The grandchildren enjoyed many sleepovers and being spoiled. Mema always made sure they were well fed and constantly offered ice cream, brownies and other treats.
She was a kind hearted woman who always strived to please others, however she had her moments of putting her stubborn Norwegian foot down. In recent years, as dementia began to set in, her children always looked forward to seeing her and reminiscing over old memories and making her reveal her beautiful smile.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 66 years, Red Schoon, of Brookings, SD; her children Jon Schoon and his wife Laurie of Brookings, SD, and Jodi Kabris and husband, Curt of Brookings; grandchildren, Jacob and Jenna Schoon and Colby and Abby Kabris; sisters, Delores Coleman of Des Moines, IA, and Gloria Cornelius of Lemmon, SD, along with many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Maxine Cameron; Arvin (Leota) Olson; LaVon (Richard) Hines; brothers-in-law, Ronald Cornelius and James Coleman.
The family would like to express a heartfelt thank you to the staff at United Living Community for the quality care she received while residing there.
Please feel free to dress casually for Lucy’s services as she did not enjoy dressing up.
Condolences can be sent to the family through www.rudesfuneralhome.com.