Ilene Jurrens

May 4, 2018

obit Ilene Jurrens Obit Photo (1)July 6, 1927 – April 25, 2018

Ilene Ione Jurrens has gone home to her Saviour. She died at the age of 90 on Wednesday, April 25 at the Brookings Hospital.
Funeral services were held at Eidsness Funeral Home in Brookings, South Dakota on Saturday, April 28, beginning at 2:30 p.m. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery in White, South Dakota following the ser­vice at 3:15 p.m. Visita­tion was held the day of service, beginning at 2 p.m. until the time of ser­vice.
Ilene Ione Ramlo was born July 6, 1927 to Peter and Inga Ramlo; she was one of 11 children growing up in Hendricks. She mar­ried Johnnie Jurrens on May 12, 1945. Ilene was a housewife and mother of seven children, and also helped on the family farm north of White, South Da­kota. Many stories have been told of “thrasher dinners,” and cooking for a house full of nieces and nephews with no notice. Even in her later years, she would say, “I couldn’t sleep,” so she would get up at 3:00 in the morn­ing and make a couple of pies, or jelly, or her fa­mous Danish Apple Bars. Her friends always looked forward to Ilene coming down for coffee, because she always brought good­ies along. Not one to stay home, she was always busy delivering soup or a smile to a friend. Ilene loved quilting, baking, bingo, fixing puzzles, and of course, playing Rook. Ilene was a very giv­ing and selfless woman. While she will be missed, she will not be forgotten.
Ilene was baptized and confirmed at Calvary Lu­theran Church. She was born again in 1945, and committed her life to Christ in 1976. She was part of a mission team to Costa Rica six times, and served as the American Legion Auxiliary Chaplain in Astoria, South Dakota for nine years.
Ilene is survived by her seven children—Janice (Neal) Nelson of Hen­dricks, DeWayne (Mary) Jurrens of Toronto, South Dakota, Daniel Jurrens of of Egan, South Dakota, Jolene (Tom) Koziatek of Winter Haven, Florida, David (Nyla) Jurrens of White, South Dakota, Judy Jurrens of South Bend, In­diana, and Janell Jurrens of Bradenton, Florida; 25 grandchildren and sever­al great- and great-great-grandchildren.
Ilene was blessed to achieve the happy life and peaceful death to which we all aspire. If the mea­sure of our lives is what we have done for others, she leaves behind a great legacy shared fully with friends and family. Ilene truly understood that it is in giving that we receive. We have the sure and cer­tain hope that Ilene is with God and her departed siblings and parents. We can’t ask anything more for her, or ourselves.