Rena Nemec, age 91, Midland, died Sunday, March 7, 2010, at the Philip Nursing Home.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 10, with a vigil service at 7:00 p.m., all at St. William Catholic Church in Midland.
Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 11, at St. Willam Catholic Church in Midland, with Father Ron Garry as celebrant.
Music will be provided by Barb Jones, organist, and Barb Petoske, vocalist. Ushers are Jim Petoske and John Nemec. Pallbearers are Jim, Christopher, Neil and Tony Nemec, Charlie Iwan and Neil Tolton.
Interment will be in the Midland Cemetery.
Henderena (DeYoung) Nemec better known as "Rena" to her family and friends, was born September 6, 1918, the daughter of Jacob and Edith (Koenders) De-Young in Midland, SD. She grew up on her family's farm/ranch northwest of Midland. She attended grade school at Eureka and then graduated from Midland High School.
After graduation, she received her teaching certificate from Spearfish Normal. Rena taught one year of school at Eureka Rural School before teaching one year at Pheoba Rural School, both north of Midland.
She was united in marriage to Jerome T. Nemec on May 24, 1939, in Midland. To this union were born five children, Jerry, Patty, Larry, Richard, and Marjorie. After their marriage they made their home on Jerome's farm/ranch 12 miles north of Midland.
Jerome died on July 16, 1984.
Rena continued to live on the farm/ranch for several years before moving into Midland.
In 1998, Rena moved into the Silverleaf Assisted Living Center in Philip and in January 2001 she moved into the Philip Nursing Home, where she has since resided.
Rena enjoyed and was a long-time member of the Victory Extension Club. She also enjoyed music by listening, or playing the organ and piano. She was also a member of the St. William Catholic Church and St. William Altar Society.
Rena was the last of the older Nemec generation.
Grateful for having shared her life are her four children, Jerry Nemec and his wife Sonia, Midland, Richard Nemec, Midland, Larry Nemec and his wife, Mary, Pierre, and Marjorie Iwan, Midland; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Margaret Crawford, Pratt, KS; a son-in-law, Jerry Henderson, Valentine, NE; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Rena was preceded in death by her husband, Jerome; a daughter, Patty Henderson; her parents; and three brothers, Harold, Herbert and Richard.
A memorial is established.
Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.
Online guestbook available at www.rushfuneralhome.com