Valerie LaBreche


January 5, 1939 - November 16, 2020


Valerie LaBreche, 81, of Mitchell, SD, died Monday, November 16, 2020 at Firesteel Healthcare Center. A graveside service will be 1:00 PM Friday, December 4, at Graceland Cemetery in Mitchell. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Valerie Anne LaBreche was born January 5, 1939 in Milwaukee, WI to Walter and Mary (Zielinski) Petersdorf. She grew up attending school in Milwaukee. On August 2, 1958 she married Anthony LaBreche. They resided in Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, North Carolina and Nebraska before moving to Mitchell in 1970. Val worked at the Corn Palace during summers, was employed as sales director for the Mitchell Holiday Inn, front-end manager at County Fair Food Store and Director/Curator at the Enchanted World Doll Museum for 19 years.

She served on the boards of the Chamber of Commerce, CVB, South Dakota Visitors Association, Mitchell Concert Series, Mitchell Hospitality Committee, Mitchell Library, Meals on Wheels, Lioness Club, the Welcome Wagon and was a Girl Scout and Cub Leader. She was Eucharistic minister, lector, chair of the Altar Guild, Vestry Board member and Vestry Clerk of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.

She is survived by her son, Scott (Julie) LaBreche of Grand Island, NE and daughter, Kay LaBreche of Mitchell, five grandchildren: Matt, Alex, Brenna, Amber, Sarah, four great grandchildren, Jamison, Autumn, Ella Marie and Avery.


None Scheduled


Friday, December 4, 2020
1:00 PM
Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, SD


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, SD

Posted by Becky Pope on December 1, 2020
My sincere condolences to Scott & Julie, Kay and her beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Val was a true friend, they don't make 'em like her much anymore! I have many warm and fond memories from our adventures together, shared work experiences in the museum world, her support, and laughter. Her smile would brighten a room. I am so sorry for your loss. God bless.
Posted by Jessica Clelland on November 30, 2020
I used to work with Val at the corn palace years ago, my condolences to her family!
Posted by Marlene Silbaugh on November 30, 2020
I enjoyed working with Val at the Corn Palace. She always had a beautiful smile and was so fun to be around.
Posted by Judy & Bob Anton on November 27, 2020
So saddened to hear about Val --
Posted by Alice Lichter on November 23, 2020
So sorry for your loss, Kay and Scott. I enjoyed my last visit with her at Firesteel just before it closed because of covid. She was amazing. So cheerful in spite of her illness. May God rest her soul.
Posted by Ellen and Cindy McGovern on November 22, 2020
Our deepest condolences to the family. We had over 50 years of enjoyment with Val and family. Val was always so positive . God bless.
Posted by Shanna Sheesley-Johnson on November 21, 2020
My Deepest Sympathy to you Kay & family.
Posted by Troy Magnuson on November 21, 2020
I first met Val when she was my First Communion teacher in 1973. Our lives were intertwined over these many years through her daughter Kay being a classmate of mine and the tourism industry. Through the years she taught me many things....most especially was how to be a good person to everyone. God’s speed my friend...I will miss your humor and that sweet smile!!!
You always made me feel special.
Posted by Heather Collins on November 21, 2020
What a wonderful woman whose smile and life brightened the world. Thanks be to God for the life of Val.
Posted by Barb Dulaney on November 21, 2020
Sorry for your loss Sweet lady take care May God bless you all you will be in my prayers
Posted by Rachel Eich on November 20, 2020
I read that your mother passed away. My sympathy & prayers.
Posted by Rachell Sprinkel on November 20, 2020
My deepest sympathies to you Kay and your family.
Posted by Dawn (Harmes) Greenway on November 19, 2020
I'm so sorry for your loss, Kay! Your mom was always so sweet! She will be missed.
Posted by Kristy Elder on November 18, 2020
I work with Val's daughter. I'm so sorry for your loss. She will be missed by many. God be with you.
Posted by Barb Sampson on November 18, 2020
We met in the doll world and traveled to many doll events together. I will always treasure many decades of friendship, laughter, and sharing. You brought joy to all who new and loved you. My heartfelt sympathy to Kay and Scott and all the grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loved you so much.
Posted by Mary Freeman on November 17, 2020
Val was my best forever friend. She always had a smile. I have many treasured memories of all of the fun times we had together and we both leaned on each other when times were tough for both of us. My sympathies to Kay and Scott and all of Val's grandkids and great grandkids. She was so proud of all of you.
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