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Reneta (Strohfus) Mcferran

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Reneta Marie (Strohfus) McFerran, age 90, of Watertown, S.D., formerly of Willow Lake, passed away on June 17, 2022. Funeral services were at 11:00 a.m. on Wed., June 22, 2022, at Grace Lutheran Church in Watertown. Pastor Cheryl Rondeau-Bassett officiated. Music was provided by A.J. Sherrill as organist with Robbyn Givens, Paul, Curtis and Kyle Bevers as vocalists. The service is live-streamed via the Crawford Osthus Funeral Chapel website.

Visitation was at Grace Lutheran Church in Watertown on Wed., June 22, 2022.

Burial was at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Watertown. Active pallbearers were Jason Brinkman, Nathan Brinkman, Dustin Brinkman, Dr. Paul Bjordahl, Dr. Ryan Bjordahl, Dr. Travis Bjordahl, Nicholas Wilkinson, Jeremy Patrick, Thomas Hoek, Tanner Bortnem, Hunter Brekke and Mason Brekke. Cross Bearers were Nicole Meier, Michelle Orton, and Kelsey Kjellsen.

Reneta was born Dec. 28, 1931, in rural Hazel to John and Agnes (David) Strohfus. She had two brothers and two sisters. She graduated from Thomas High School in 1949.

Reneta was united in marriage to Harley McFerran on Aug. 27, 1950, at Grace Lutheran Church in Watertown. They were proud parents of seven daughters and blessed with 18 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren. Reneta and Harley were fortunate to have shared a loving, faith-filled, devoted marriage for 57 years. Harley passed away on Aug. 28, 2007.

Reneta and Harley made their home on the original McFerran homestead near Hazel. They purchased the Willow Lake Livestock Auction in 1967 and operated that business until 2001. The family moved to De Smet in 1972, where they owned and operated the De Smet Livestock Auction. They made their home in Willow Lake in 1981 until moving to Watertown in 2001. Reneta was the bookkeeper and office manager for the auction businesses they enjoyed operating through the years.

Reneta had a deep, abiding faith. Throughout her life, babies and children held a special place in her heart. Her gentle, caring nature was evident in her involvement with family, friends, church and community. Reneta was an exceptional seamstress. She sewed for herself and her daughters. She made quilts for her children and many for the church. Reneta loved making teddy bears, which are cherished by her family and friends.

Blessed to have shared in Reneta’s life are her seven daughters and families:

Nancy (Darwin) Brinkman of Watertown, South Dakota

• Jason (Jill), Chase and Aspen

• Nathan (Colleen), Ella and Cecilia

• Dustin (Adrienne), Drake and Hadley

Mary (Dr. Kevin) Bjordahl of Milbank, South Dakota

• Dr. Paul (Joy), Caden (fiancé Selena), Anika, Kiersten, Johanna, Elise, Gretchen and David

• Dr. Ryan (Kari), Desmond

• Dr. Travis (Emily), Jonathan, William and Thomas

The late Jean (Todd) Wilkinson of DeSmet, South Dakota

• Nicholas (Jessica), Ty, Kadence, Lincoln and Paislee

• Nicole Meier, Ava, Drue and Kobe

• Michelle Orton (Dan), Emerie and Riley

Kay (Dale) Patrick of Brookings, South Dakota

• Jeremy (Kelli), Reed, Micah, Everett and Tripp

Jill (Mark) Hoek of Lake Poinsett, South Dakota

• Thomas (Shauna), Harper, Layton and Carsyn

Janet (Chip) Bortnem of Sun Lakes, Arizona

• Tanner (Katie)

• Kelsey Kjellsen (Alex)

Wendy (Joel) Brekke of Fargo, North Dakota

• Hunter (Karli)

• Mason

Reneta is also survived by one sister, Audrey Rausch, sisters-in-law Helen Strohfus and Mary Strohfus and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding Reneta in death were her husband, Harley; daughter, Jean Wilkinson; grandchildren, Ashley, Brady and Adam Patrick; her parents; siblings, Richard Strohfus, Norman Strohfus and Valeria Kannas.

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