Funeral services for Grace Henrecy were held on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Gregory with Father Jonathan Dillon officiating.
Music was provided by Geoff Smith, soloist, and the St. Joseph choir, accompanied by Mary Beth Gergen, pianist.
Lector was Doug Stukel; altar servers were Pierce Stukel and Adyson Stukel; gift bearers were Sky Stukel and Keva Lindquist; and Keva Lindquist was in charge of registration.
Casket bearers were Ben Stukel, Sam Stukel, Nate Stukel, Justin Johnson, Merrill McFayden and BJ George.
Burial was in the Herrick Cemetery in Herrick. Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Grace (Pfaff) Henrecy was born on September 11, 1927, to Bill and Emma (Anhorn) Pfaff in Herrick, the third youngest of nine children. Her mother passed away when she was six years old, and her father later married Mary Hochhalter (Brunz) who had ten children of her own from her previous marriage. Bill and Mary then had one child together. The combined family made their home on a farm near Herrick.
Grace attended school in Herrick for a few years and then stayed home to help with the work on the farm. She often spoke about how difficult times were and how hard she had to work. When Grace was eighteen years old, she met and married Arnold Henrecy and they began their life together on the Henrecy farm east of Gregory. They had three daughters: Mary Jane, Carol, and Susan.
Grace enjoyed living on the farm and spent time outside as much as possible, helping with the cattle operation and farm upkeep. She enjoyed the fruit trees and even in her later years waited anxiously for her favorite pear tree to bloom in the spring. Grace also enjoyed visiting all her neighbors and frequently the family would spend Saturday evening with the John Karl family watching the Lawrence Welk Show.
After her husband’s death in 1971, Grace continued to live on the farm with her daughter, Carol, and son-in-law, Frank, and their family until 1988 when she moved into a senior living apartment in Gregory. Her greatest joy in life was spending time with her grandchildren on the farm.
In 2016, due to failing health, Grace moved to the Avera Rosebud Country Care Center. While at the nursing home, she enjoyed playing bingo and attending church services. Grace was grateful for the wonderful care and felt that many of the staff members were like family and would love to joke with them. She cherished the letters, pictures, “face-time” calls from her grandchildren who lived a distance away, and car rides to her farm and her grandson’s farm.
Grace will be remembered for her unconditional love of family, her smile and sense of humor, the many different aprons that she wore daily, her personal rendition of the “birthday song” and her “smackers”(kisses).
Grace passed away on February 20, 2019, at the age of 91.
She is survived by her three daughters: Mary Jane (Lowell) Janssen, Rochester, MN, Carol (Frank) Stukel, Gregory, and Susan (David) Fountain, Ft. Myers, FL; and by grandchildren: Sam (Heather) Stukel, and their children, Peyton, Shae, and Sadie, Yankton, Ben (Sky) Stukel, and their children, Pierce, Dawson, and Keva, Burke, Erin Stukel and her fiancé, B.J. George, and their daughter Gracelyn, Rapid City, and Nate (Carly) Stukel, Dallas.