Walter Funeral Homes

Serving the communities of Freeman, Marion and Bridgewater, South Dakota

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Marie Edna (Hafner) Wrenn, daughter of Reinhold and Hulda (Mayer) Hafner was born Nov. 12, 1922, on the family farm near Alexandria, S.D. Her grandmother, Maria Hafner, was the midwife. She was called home to her Lord on Aug. 15, 2019. Marie was baptized by Reverend Troemel at the Zion Lutheran Church in Mitchell, S.D. She was confirmed at the Unity Lutheran Church in rural Freeman, S.D.

At a young age she moved with her parents to a farm in the Wolf Creek area near Freeman. Marie attended school at Elm Creek elementary, graduated from Menno High School and Nettleton Commercial School. After graduation she did secretarial work at various places. Bernard and Marie were married in the Lutheran Church, Reverend Knoblich officiating, in Gulfport, Miss., on Aug. 14, 1944. 

Eight children were born to this union: Jeffrey (Sheri), Thomas (Irene), Deborah (Robert) Beckwith, Hulda (Holly) Wrenn Wicklander, Timothy (Brenda) and Corey (Lisa). Kevin died at the age of 11 and another boy at birth. She had 16 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. During the war she moved to Washington, D.C. where she worked for the pentagon and later worked in advertising at a radio station.

Bernard and Marie lived in Virginia for several years after Bernard was discharged from the Army Air Corp. In 1946 they moved to South Dakota and farmed until the early 60s. They moved to Freeman. She operated the Covered Wagon on the outskirts of Freeman until 1999. The Covered Wagon was the gathering place for many. She loved her customers and they loved her.

Marie is survived by her children and grandchildren; sister, Dorothy Jelly; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard; son Kevin; sister, Joy Fischer; parents Reinhold and Hulda Hafner; in-law parents Sidney and Mary (Waldren) Wrenn; brother Gerold Hafner; son-in-law Alan Wicklander, and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

A time of celebration was held at the St. Paul Lutheran Church Monday, Aug. 19 with Rev. Terry Makelin officiating. Marlene Pidde played the organ and Marie’s grandchildren served as pallbearers. Interment was in the Freeman City Cemetery. 

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