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Rev. Jeff Schleisman

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The Rev. Jeff Schleisman, 56, of rural Lake City, died surrounded by his family at his home on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church-St. John Paul II Parish in Carroll. The celebrant will be the Most Rev. R. Walker Nickless, bishop of the Diocese of Sioux City. Homilist will be Father Merlin Schrad. Concelebrants will be members of Father Jeff’s Jesu Caritas Group: Father Craig Collison, Father Richard Ball, Father Bill McCarthy, Father Brent Lingle and Father Timothy Pick. Music will be by Kathy Halbur and Sherry Loughran. Gift bearers will be Father Jeff’s sisters: Deb Gemberling, Cindy Barkmeier and Yvonne Doty. Casket bearers will be Les Schleisman, Brad Schleisman, Jim Gemberling, Bill Barkmeier, Cain Bachman and Tate Schleisman. Burial will be at 2 p.m. at Holy Family Cemetery near Lidderdale.

Visitation will be held at Holy Spirit Church from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Wednesday.

A livestream of the Mass will be available on the Sharp Funeral Home — Carroll YouTube Channel. A link will be provided on Father Jeff’s obituary page at the morning of the Mass. 

Funeral arrangements are under the guidance of Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll, and online condolences may be left at

Jeffrey Allen Schleisman was born on Oct. 25, 1964, at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll, Iowa, to parents Lyle and Lillian (Kanne) Schleisman. He graduated from Lake City High School in 1983.

Father Jeff went on to further his education in 1984 at Briar Cliff University, Sioux City, and Loras College in Dubuque from 1985-1987; graduate school at University of St. Thomas; St. Paul Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota, from 1997-1998; Creighton University summer 1997; and St. Joseph Seminary, Dunwoodie, Yonkers, New York, 1996-2000.  Father Schleisman was ordained into the priesthood on June 10, 2000, at the Cathedral of the Epiphany, Sioux City.

Father Jeff was called to serve at the following parishes in the Sioux City Diocese: Blessed Sacrament Parish, Immaculate Conception Parish and Church of the Nativity, all in Sioux City; St. Mary Parish, Larchwood; Holy Name Parish, Rock Rapids; St. Joseph Parish, Jefferson; St. Brigid Parish, Grand Junction; St. Columbkille Parish, Churdan; Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Holstein; and Immaculate Conception Parish, Cherokee.

Father Jeff Schleisman is survived by his father: Lyle Schleisman, of Carroll; siblings: Debbie (Jim) Gemberling of Sloan, Cynthia (Bill) Barkmeier of Lake City, Yvonne Doty of Lake City, Les (Deb) Schleisman of Lake City and Brad (Missy) Schleisman of Lidderdale; as well as numerous nieces, and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother: Lillian Schleisman; a brother: Doug Schleisman; and his grandparents: Lester and Vi Schleisman, John and Genieve Kanne.  

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