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Viola Dorothy Renken

January 4, 1925 July 5, 2017
Viola Dorothy Renken
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Obituary for Viola Dorothy Renken

Worthington, MN

Viola Dorothy Renken, age 92, was born on January 4, 1925, in Sioux County near Hull, IA, the daughter of Louis and Bertha (Gust) Wendorf. She was baptized and confirmed Lutheran and went to school in Iowa. Viola married Raymond Richard Renken on May 27, 1941, in Dakota City, NE. They farmed in Iowa and their farm near Rushmore, MN and raised five children. They retired from farming in 1974 and moved to Worthington, MN. Viola worked at Campbell Soup Company and the Worthington Regional Hospital, retiring in 1987. She was an active member of the American Lutheran Church. Coffee and goodies were always ready for family and friends. Viola enjoyed visiting, and especially enjoyed her grand, great grand and great great grandchildren. Viola passed away on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, at the Sunset Hospice Cottage in Worthington, MN.
Those left to cherish her memories are her children, Charlotte (Richard) Hartzler of Worthington, Elaine Larsen of Sioux Falls, Lubertha (Kermit) Klitzke of Sioux Falls and Richard (Linda) Renken of Worthington; daughter-in-law, Wanda Renken of Worthington; ten grandchildren, David (Marilyn) Hartzler of Brewster, Darrin (Olia) Hartzler of Bethesta, MD, Laurie (Harvey) Shumaker of Rochester, Melissa Larsen of Sioux Falls, Kelly Klitzke of Sioux Falls, Daniel (Lezli) Klitzke of Sioux Falls, Sheila (Greg) Olson of Round Lake, Robert (Beth) Renken of Rushmore, Lisa (Brian) Kocak of Lakefield and Jeffrey (Kristi) Renken of Sioux Falls; nineteen great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Raymond, son Roger, son-in-law Garry Larsen, her parents and three sisters, Alvina Finck, Alice File and Margaret Scherff.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, July 10, 2017, at 10:00 a.m., at the American Lutheran Church in Worthington, MN, with Pastor Gary Andersen officiating. Burial will be in the Worthington Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 9, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the Benson Funeral Home in Worthington and also one hour prior to the service at the church.

Previous Events

Visitation

Sunday

9

Jul

5:00 PM 7/9/2017 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 7/9/2017 7:00:00 PM
Benson Funeral Home

1225 Ryans Road
Worthington, MN 56187

Benson Funeral Home
1225 Ryans Road Worthington 56187 MN
United States

Visitation

Monday

10

Jul

9:00 AM 7/10/2017 9:00:00 AM - 10:00 AM 7/10/2017 10:00:00 AM
American Lutheran Church

915 Winifred St
Worthngton, MN 56187

American Lutheran Church
915 Winifred St Worthngton 56187 MN
United States

Service

Monday

10

Jul

10:00 AM 7/10/2017 10:00:00 AM
American Lutheran Church

915 Winifred St
Worthngton, MN 56187

American Lutheran Church
915 Winifred St Worthngton 56187 MN
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Memorial Gardens Final Resting Place

29600 County Highway 35
Worthington, MN 56187

29600 County Highway 35 Worthington 56187 MN
United States
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