Edith Arlene Berkenpas was born July 21, 1927, on the family farm north of Seney, in Elgin Township, the daughter of Jake and Bertha (Dambrink) Berkenpas. Edith was baptized and confirmed into the Christian faith at Seney United Methodist Church in Seney. She attended country school near Seney and later Le Mars Central High School.
Edith was united in marriage to Walter J. Renken Sept. 20, 1945, by Reverend Bunge at the Christ Lutheran Church (Grant Township) parsonage. Edith and Walt farmed together in Grant Township until retirement in 1987. They continued to live on the farm until 2003 when they moved to Le Mars.
Edith was a past member of Christ Lutheran Church and a longtime member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Le Mars.
Edith enjoyed going fishing with her grandchildren, woodworking, playing bingo, casino trips, and playing cards. She belonged to several pinochle groups throughout the years. She also enjoyed crossword puzzles.
Edith enjoyed her grandchildren, especially baking cookies with them.
Survivors include her four children: Jerry Renken and his wife, Shirley, of Beresford, S.D., Jimmy Renken and his wife, Beverly, of Alcester, S.D., Patricia Majeres and her husband, Brian, of Le Mars, and Karen Schlenger and her husband, Tod, of Spirit Lake; 12 grandchildren: Danny (Trisha) Renken, Davey (Lora) Renken, Dicky Renken, Tim (Kim) Renken, Matthew (Lindsey) Renken, Angela Bernard, Jacob Renken, Jeremiah Renken, Michael (Janet) Shultz, Justin (Maria) Shultz, Travis (Mandi) Schlenger, and Andrew Schlenger; 18 great-grandchildren: Isabella Renken, Katerina Renken, Nikita Renken, Hunter Shultz, Avery Shultz, Hannah Renken, Heidi Renken, Harbor Renken, Hazel Renken, Rachael Renken, Mariah Renken, Jayce Shultz, Mason Shultz, Dawson Sullivan, and Charles Bernard III; three step-grandchildren: Mallorie Minor, Donovan Minor, and Jadan Johnson; two sisters-in-law, Lillian Berkenpas of Le Mars and Marge Berkenpas of Las Vegas, Nev.; a brother-in-law, Merlin Singer of Le Mars; and several nieces and nephews.
Edith was preceded in death by her parents, Jake and Bertha (Dambrink) Berkenpas; her husband, Walt Renken on June 25, 2005; six brothers: Leonard (Dolly) Berkenpas, Arthur (Charlene) Berkenpas, William Berkenpas, Raymond Berkenpas, Norman Berkenpas, and Henry (Anita) Berkenpas; five sisters: Lois Singer, Dorothy (Paul) Hoppe, Alice Jennings, Jean (Marion) Van Roekel, and Francis Leonard; in-laws: Herman (Everdena) Renken, Garieth (Etta) Renken, William (Hilda) Renken, and Ed (Luella) Hoppe; and a grandchild, Charles Bernard.
A Celebration of Life service will be at 7 p.m., Monday at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars with Pastor Marcia Young, A.i.M. of St. John's Lutheran Church, E.L.C.A., Le Mars, officiating. Interment will be at a later date at Christ Lutheran Cemetery, Grant Township, rural Le Mars. Visitation with the family present will be after 4 p.m. Monday at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dicky Renken, Andrew Schlenger, Jacob Renken, Jeremiah Renken, Justin Shultz, and Davey Renken.
Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Siouxland or the American Cancer Society.
Expressions of sympathy can be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.