In Memory of

Rena Gerdena Waul

November 2, 1913 - March 22, 2010
Rena Gerdena Waul, 96 , a retired elementary school teacher formerly of Atlantic, IA, died Monday, March 22, 2010 at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center in Cherokee, IA. Funeral services will be held at Mason's Funeral Home in Pleasantville on Saturday, March 27 at 11:00 a.m. Visitation will be held at Mason's Funeral Home on Friday, March 26 with family present from 6:00 p.m. - 8 p.m. Interment will be at the Swan Cemetery, Swan, IA. . The daughter of Riley and Florence Etta (Reed) Reeves, Rena was born Nov. 2, 1913 at Swan, IA. She graduated from Swan High School in 1929 and received her Bachelor of Education Degree from Drake University in Des Moines, IA in 1964. She and Emmet Waul were married June 25, 1936 at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Des Moines, IA. They lived in Montrose, SD for several years where she founded the Montrose Elementary School PTA, started the first hot lunch program, and was involved in the Montrose knitting program for servicemen in World War II. Her 30-year teaching career started at the age of 17. She taught elementary education in Marion and Cass County Rural School Systems and the Atlantic Community Schools, retiring from the Atlantic School System in 1987. The former Franklin Farmerettes 4-H Club leader was a life member of the National Teachers Association and Beta Sigma Phi and held every office in Atlantic's Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and Nishna Valley Retired Teachers. The Atlantic Retired Teachers Group honored her with their Significant Achievement Award for service as their legislative chairman. She was also a member of the American University Women of Atlantic and the Thursday Kensington Club of Wiota. Emmet and Rena moved to Cherokee, IA in 1996 where she became a volunteer quilter for the Sioux Valley Hospital Auxiliary. The Cherokee Museum highlighted 40 of her handmade quilts at a six-week show and her paintings and handwork took numerous awards at the Cherokee County Fair. Rena's hands were always busy whether painting, sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting or hugging her grandchildren who loved her dearly. Rena was preceded in death by her husband Emmet A. Waul, her parents, three brothers Gail, Ivan and Dean, and three sisters Flavia Mix, Carol Phillips, and Lola Zsembery; and grandson Ronnie Schumann. Survivors include two daughters: Florence 'Frosty' Taylor (Duane) of Phoenix, AZ; and Loretta Schumann (Ronald) of Cherokee, IA; seven grandchildren, Jeanie Murphy (Ray) of Swan, IA; Kent Taylor (Laurie) of Wickenburg, AZ; Barbara Lerdal (Roger) of Thornton, IA; Dana Cooper (Mike) of Wickenburg, AZ; Larry Schumann (Jen) of Madrid, IA; Bill Schumann (Angela Maas) of Cherokee, IA; 14 great-grandchildren Shannon Roff (Joe) of Pleasantville, IA; Ryan Taylor of Des Moines, IA, Ferris and Jared Lerdal and Josh Weber of Thornton, IA, Tyler Miller of Amarillo, TX, Cody and Sierra Cooper and Tyler Taylor of Wickenburg, AZ; Tristan Murphy of Swan, IA, Garin Schumann of Madrid, IA; Erin Murphy of Knoxville, Brian Murphy of Des Moines; Molly Murphy of Seattle, WA; and seven great, great grandchildren, Josh, Vincent and Chloe Roff, Tessa & Dylan Taylor, and Grace and Jillian Murphy. For those wishing, memorials may be designated to Cherokee Regional Medical Auxiliary Quilters or Cherokee Regional Hospice. Condolences may be shared online at or or directed to Mrs. And Mrs. Ron Schumann, 5190 S. Ave, Cherokee, IA 51012.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, March 27, 2010, at Mason Funeral Home in Pleasantville, IA.
Visitation will begin at 6:00 P.M., Friday night with the family present from 6:00-8:00 P.M. Friday night at Mason Funeral Home in Pleasantville, IA
Swan Cemetery Swan, Iowa


Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“This piece was ceognt, well-written, and pithy.”
- Dreama
Saturday, November 13, 2010 at 12:00 AM
- ferris C Lerdal
Friday, March 26, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“My deepest sympathies go out to Rena's family, she was my neighbor growing up on Elm st in Atlantic, what a wonderful lady she was, i am so sorry to hear of her passing, i will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.”
- tracey baker helvie
Friday, March 26, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“I am very sorry to hear of your loss! Thinking of you at this difficult time.

Kevin ”
- Kevin C Goode
Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“A rod,a reel,and a say?
Lets go down to the fishing hole today!
Come On Grandma,whats keeping you?
Grandpas gettin anxious and I am too!
I hear your grandpa,she says with a smile..
I finally got here,it been a while...
Oh,I have missed you so my child you see...
Your momma has been so so good to me...
She misses you so,and your dad too...
I hated to leave them,for all they've been through.
God reached for me you see,
What a glorius place to be!
I took my feable hand ,and seen you through the light,
I couldnt turn around ,I couldnt fight.
I think my quilting days are through,my dear..
Oh no Grandma Rena,grandpas got it all here...
So when you think theres doubt or guilt..
Think of the shore where you can fish,and quilt.....

LOVE michele,
Today I cant be with you all, like I would like to be..
Love you all ,more than you know...”
- A poem from michele
Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“Frosty and Loretta, I am deeply sorry to hear about the death of your mother, Rena Gerdena Waul. I remember an Irish saying that comes to mind; "Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal".”
- Michael R. Bowen
Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“Frosty, Loretta and Family:
We never had the pleasure of actually meeting Rena in person, but feel we "know" her thru Frosty. Hardly a conversation with Frosty passed without a mention of "Mom", and how she was, and the sharing of yet another event in her daily life. What a strong woman she was to have endured so much; to have recovered from the edge of darkness - or was it the edge of light?

Remember the fun times, and carry the best memories of her with you, always.”
- Lyle & Lolly Tuttle
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