Rena Grace Koehn, 88, Wadena, Minn., formerly Red WingRena Grace Koehn, 88, of Wadena, Minn., died Saturday at Fair Oaks Nursing Home in Wadena.
Rena Grace Koehn, 88, of Wadena, Minn., died Saturday at Fair Oaks Nursing Home in Wadena. Born Aug. 1, 1919, in Sibley, Iowa, to Henry and Jessie (Ebbenga) Bruns, she moved with her family to Avoca, Minn., and later to Fulda, Minn., attending various rural schools. She married Elmer Koehn on Sept. 15, 1941. In Feb. 1942, he went into military services, and while he was away she worked at the Fulda Hotel and the Fulda Bakery. In 1958, they moved to Jeffers, Minn. He died March 13, 1969. In 2004, she moved to Wadena. She attended Bluegrass Bethany Free Lutheran Church in Wadena and was a member at Trinity Lutheran Church in Jeffers, where she taught Sunday school, vacation Bible school, sang in the choir and took part in E.L.C.W. She was also a member of the Senior Citizen Club and Westside Club. She enjoyed going to the cabin and fishing.
Survivors include two children, Eunice (James) Mell of Wadena and Steve (Vicky) of Red Wing; five granddaughters and eight great-grandchildren; and six siblings. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer; son, James; and six siblings.
Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Jeffers with the Rev. Mark Swanson and the Rev. Stephen Papillon officiating. Burial will be at Memorial Gardens in Slayton. Pallbearers will be Ray Cochran, Jay Fitzsimmons, Jay Strommen, Ed Charpentier and Roger and Gregg Wildfeuer. Honorary pallbearers will be her granddaughters, Lisa Cochran, Deborah Fitzsimmons, Amy Strommen, Rebecca Mell and Candace Koehn. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Mahn Family Funeral Home, Bodelson-Mahn Chapel is handling the arrangements.More from around the web
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