Inwood, IA: Rena Niemeyer, 90, of Inwood, Iowa, died Thursday, December 29, 2016 at her home. Funeral services will be Monday, January 2, 2017, at 10:00 AM at First Reformed Church of Inwood with Rev. Rob Horstman officiating. Burial will follow at Richland Cemetery of Inwood. Visitation will be Sunday, January 1, 2017, at Porter Funeral Home of Inwood with family present from 3:00-4:30 PM.
Rena Niemeyer, daughter of Herman and Rena (Hamstra) Dirksen Sr., was born May 1, 1926 at Ireton, Iowa. Rena was united in marriage with Ell Niemeyer on December 18, 1945 at Inwood, Iowa. Together the couple farmed near Inwood for 45 years, until retiring into Inwood in 1989. Ell died November 18, 2005.
Rena was an amazing cook and baker. She was best known for her homemade rolls which were a hit with whoever received some. Rena loved her family and was very good at keeping up with all the grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s activities. She loved crocheting and doing handwork. Rena made countless blankets, doilies, Christmas stockings, Christmas tree skirts, etc. for her family. She loved Christmastime and she was known for having the “Christmas” house where she had a Christmas light show synchronized to Christmas music. Rena enjoyed watching the Minnesota Twins. She loved to be outside watching her flowers bloom and watching the birds. Rena was so blessed to be able to stay in her home because of the amazing and loving care she received from so many wonderful people; including, Jami, Caren, Abby, and Stacy.
She is survived by her two children, Gerrit Niemeyer of Menno, South Dakota and Irene (Delbert) Antrim of Inwood; seven grandchildren, Paula (Mike), Joel (Pam), Kim (Jeff), Michael (Katie), Devin (Sam), Reanna (John), and Nathan; ten great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Lynne Niemeyer of Spencer, Iowa.
Rena was preceded in death by her parents; husband; four sisters, Clara Bonestroo, Ellie Warntjes, Minnie De Vos, and Dora Rohair; and three brothers, Herman, Dick, and Everett Dirksen.