Jana Renae Lewis, first child of Donald LaVerne Lewis and Grace Loretta (Boney) Lewis, was born Wednesday, August 25, 1943 at Porth Hospital in Storm Lake. She was baptized on May 7, 1944, at Galbraith Methodist Church, rural Sac County. On April 1, 1956, Renae was confirmed at the First Methodist Church in Nemaha.
She started school in Newell, later attended Nemaha, and graduated in 1961 from Storm Lake High School. Following high school graduation, in September of 1961, she enrolled at Commercial Extension School of Business in Omaha, Neb.
While living in Storm Lake, she detasseled DeKalb seed corn. During the summers of 1960 and 1961, she car hopped at A & W Drive Inn in Storm Lake. She also was employed by Drs. H.A. Pierce and K.W. Pierce O.D., until March of 1963.
In July 1962, she became engaged to Norman Otto Jesse. On Sunday afternoon, November 18, 1962, Renae was united in marriage to Norman at the First Methodist Church in Storm Lake. They honeymooned at the Ozarks in Arkansas. On February 3, 1963, she joined St. John Lutheran Church in Storm Lake. In March of that year, Norm and Renae moved to the current farm. Together, they were blessed with four children: Brent, Shawn, Darren, and Wendi.
Renae enjoyed sewing, scrapbooking, "artzy fartzies", shopping, family genealogy and collecting Precious Moments. She also enjoyed preparing huge holiday meals and "doing lunch" with friends. Renae treasured her family, especially her grandchildren. Her cheerful, positive spin on the situation will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Those left to cherish her memory include her children: Brent Jesse of Storm Lake; Shawn (Connie) Jesse of Newell; Darren (fiancÚ, Amy Owen) Jesse of Storm Lake; Wendi (Scott) Taylor of Clarkfield, Minn.; grandchildren: Blake, Nate, and Grace Jesse; Courtney, Amber, Grant, Kilynn, Kelsey, Lucas, Ian and Bladen Taylor; sister, Deanne (Larry) Rolles of Omaha, Neb.; extended family and many friends.
Renae was preceded in death by her parents, Donald and Loretta Lewis; husband, Norman Jesse; brother, Rex Lewis; and stepfather, Joe D. Conley.