age 90, went to her heavenly
home on April 6, 2013.
Florene (Smith) Grenz
was born on January 24, 1923
to Gordon and Ida (Swander)
Smith near Covert, KS, the
oldest of 5 children.
She met Raymond Grenz
while working as a Western
Union as a teletype operator
in Hastings, NE. during
World War II. They were
married on December 9, 1945
and traveled with a
construction company until
settling in Sioux Falls, SD
Florene was a member
of the First Assembly of God
Church. She worked as a
church secretary for over 20
years at the First Assembly
of God Church to four
pastors before retiring in
1988. In 2006, she moved to
Baxter/Brainerd, MN to be
near her oldest daughter.
She moved to an assisted
living facility in 2010 and
was there until her death on
April 6, 2013.
Florene was preceded
in death by her son, Kevin,
her husband, and her
brother, Earl Smith.
She is survived by her
daughters, Beva (Lewis)
Olson and Marla (Dan)
Goucher; grandchildren Bryce
Olson, Shelley (Dan) Eigen
and Ryan Olson; great
grandchildren Cameron Olson,
Alexandra, Elizabeth and Mac
Eigen and brothers Eldon,
Eldred and Duane Smith,
brother-in-law Ralph (Uda)
Grenz, and numerous nieces
We all like to talk about the weather. It’s
probably the most talked about topic of all
time other than the Bible. So, here we are on
April 10 (the evening I am
writing to you) and we are bracing for an
April storm that is bringing a lot of snow,
some rain and ice.
Grandma Grenz (my wife’s grandma) passed
away last Saturday, April 6, in her sleep.
Grandma was a godly women and we are very
confident she is in heaven.
She read through the Bible 14 times but
she was really into the weather too. In fact,
she had weather journals piled to the ceiling
in her Sioux Falls, S.D., house at one time.
She recorded the weather on the hour and also
reported her readings to the weather center in
Sioux Falls back in her prime if they were
incorrect. She was always right!
So, it’s only fitting that on the eve of
her funeral (back in Sioux Falls) as we make
preparations for the road trip that one of the
largest April snowstorms of all time is
bearing down on where else — Sioux Falls and
the surrounding area. I think Grandma asked
God to send this storm and since she was so
faithful, He said, “Sure, they need the
Grandma, we wouldn’t have forgotten
about you but now it’s for certain — we’ll
call this storm Florene!