Laska Schoenfelder to be honored in Mount VernonDeceased former SD public utilities commissioner up for induction at Heroes’ Field.
MOUNT VERNON — The Heroes’ Field Committee will induct a deceased former South Dakota public utilities commissioner into Heroes’ Field tonight during an annual ceremony.
Laska Schoenfelder, who died of cancer in March 2001 at the age of 63, was a PUC commissioner from 1988 to 2001. She also served as Davison County’s register of deeds from 1973 to 1982.
The Heroes’ Field Courtyard is a project to raise funds for Mount Vernon School District’s outdoor athletic complex. A granite plaque bearing Schoenfelder’s photo, her name and a brief description will be placed in the courtyard.
Schoenfelder’s husband, Mike, still lives on the farm outside Mount Vernon where the Schoenfelders raised their five children.
“She helped Mount Vernon get grants to build the (Tom Young) Community Center that’s a part of the school so the kids could move forward with the latest facilities and technology,” said Sherry Kayser, treasurer for the Heroes’ Field Committee.
All five of the Schoenfelders’ children and nine of 15 grandchildren graduated from Mount Vernon. Now, three great-grandchildren are attending the school.
“So her legacy continues,” Kayser said.
Schoenfelder was relentless with her work for the public, fighting through several recurrences of cancer, Kayser added.
The committee will have a free-will donation brat feed prior to Mount Vernon’s football game from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The Heroes’ Field induction ceremony will take place at 6:45 p.m.