Secret Burdette Plendl was born June 28, 1920, on the family farm near Kingsley, the daughter of E.A. "Del" and Farsina Rosina (Fletcher) Spink. She attended country school near her home and later graduated from Kingsley High School in 1938.
On Sept. 17, 1938, Secret and Edwin John Plendl were united in marriage at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Kingsley. They made their home on a farm near Kingsley.
Along with homemaking, Secret worked as a housekeeper and a cook at Union School in Plymouth County. Prior to her retirement in 1983, Secret worked at St. Joseph's Hospital (now Mercy Medical Center) in Sioux City with Central Supply for 22 years.
She and Edwin moved to Kingsley in 1983 to spend their retirement years. Edwin died Dec. 27, 1994.
Secret was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church in Kingsley and participated in Guild.
She served as past-president of Golden Circle and volunteered her spare time at the Kingsley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for 15 years.
She enjoyed sewing, reading, word puzzles and making personalized calendars for her family each year.
She will be lovingly remembered by her children, Dorothy (Don) Kennedy of Katy, Texas, Eilene (Bud) Foster, of Moville, Bill (Michelle) Plendl, of Sioux City, and Connie (significant other Dennis Robeson), of Sioux City; grandchildren, Tim Hayden, of Omaha, Neb., Gary (Sandy) Hayden, of Sioux City, Penny (Ricky) Aichlmayr of Katy, Texas, Jeff (Kim) Kennedy, of Midland, Texas, Bryan (Sue) Swift, of Aledo, Texas, Brad (Michelle) Swift, of Bellevue, Neb., Brent (Kari) Swift of Papillion, Neb., Shannon (Monte) Jost of Le Mars, and Kaden (Tamara) Thieman of Holden, Mo.; 15 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Beulah Spink and Betty Spink, of Kingsley; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Edwin; a daughter and son-in-law MaDonna and Larry Swift; a granddaughter, Stacy Swift; an infant sister, Marjorie; a sister and brother-in-law, Sally and Dwight Puttmann; brothers, Jerry and Vance Spink; and in-laws, Alvin and Vera Plendl, Ernie and Helen Gries and Bernard Plendl.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Kingsley. The Rev. Thomas Topf will celebrate Mass. Burial will follow at St. Michael's Catholic Cemetery in Kingsley. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. today (Friday) at the Johnson - Earnest Funeral Home in Kingsley. The family will be present from 5-8 p.m. with a rosary service at 5 p.m. and a scriptural prayer service at 7 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to Mass on Saturday.
Expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com.