Jeanette "Jan" Renken, age 66, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Friday, December 5, 2014, after her 20 year battle with cancer, at Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton.
Memorial services will be 10:30 AM on Wednesday, December 10, 2014, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton, South Dakota with Reverend David Gunderson officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 8:00 PM on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home with a prayer service and video tribute at 7:00 PM.
Jan Renken was born September 26, 1948, in Dickinson, North Dakota, to Ludwig and Tillie (Jilek) Filipi. She grew up in Dickinson and attended school there. She moved to several places including, Jamestown, North Dakota, Texas, and Sioux Falls before settling in Yankton. She worked for MtronPTI for many years in Yankton and later at the Human Services Center. She then began working as a Home Health Aid for Avera Sacred Heart Hospital which she continued for several years.
Jan was active at The Center and loved to play cards, reading and scrapbooking. She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren and was very involved with all of their activities, whether it was going to hockey games or dance recitals. Jan was the one who always brought the family together and family was the most important thing in her life.
Survivors include her daughter, Kerry (Jason) Petheram of Yankton; four grandchildren: Taylor List of Evans, Colorado; Melanie List of Yankton; Sophia Petheram of Yankton; and Henry Petheram of Yankton; mother, Tillie Filipi of Fargo, North Dakota; brother, Richard Filipi of Fargo; four sisters: Joan (Larry) Longshore of Galena, Ohio; Gaylene Montez of Flagstaff, Arizona; Geri (Curtis) Kauffman of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Pam (Dan) Peterson of Fargo. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Ludwig.
Memorial may be directed to Susan G. Komen South Dakota.
Messages will be reviewed and posted within 1 business day.
Joan, Larry and family,
Our heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your sister. Please know our prayers and thoughts are with you during this time.
Bob and Cindy Smithson, Westerville, OH
We send our love and sympathies to you all. I played dominoes with Jan at the Sr. Center in Yankton & enjoyed her company very much. We are now wintering in Texas.
Barb & Bill Specht Alamo,TX
It sounds like Jan's love for life is what gave her the courage to never give in to her fight for life! The bond you share is beautiful. My sympathy, prayers and love from my family - God love you!
So very sorry to hear about Jan. My deepest sympathies to the family.
"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal".
I am a little late in finding out this news, but saddened by her passing. I worked the night shift with her at HSC and loved working with her and continued to keep in touch, as she was a great person
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