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Florene (Smith) Grenz




Florene Grenz, 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 in 1951.

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 and nephews.

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 moisture!”

Grandma, we wouldn’t have forgotten about you but now it’s for certain — we’ll call this storm Florene!

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