Harriet Deinken, age 79, of Redwood Falls, formerly of Morton, passed away on Thursday, August 15, 2019, at Wood Dale Nursing Home in Redwood Falls. Funeral services will be held at 10 am on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 from the First United Methodist Church in Redwood Falls with burial to follow in the Morton City Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 until 7 pm on Tuesday, August 20, 2019, at the Nelson-Hillestad Funeral Home in Redwood Falls and will continue from 9 until 10 am on Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church in Redwood Falls.
Arrangements are with Nelson-Hillestad Funeral and Cremation Service of Redwood Falls. E-mail condolences may be sent via
Harriet Marie Deinken, daughter of John “Jack” and Bernice (Hafften) Reynolds, was born on August 2, 1940 in Redwood Falls, Minnesota. She grew up by Morton and attended Morton School and graduated from Morton High School in 1958. She then attended a year of college in Mankato, before she married Jerome “Jerry” Deinken on September 9, 1961 in the United Methodist Church in Morton. Together they made their home in Renville from 1961-1969. In August 1969 they moved to outside of Morton to farm and raise their children.
Harriet was a mother and farm wife, working alongside of Jerry on the farm. She loved HORSES, special memories of driving the truck to pick up other’s horses for trail rides. She enjoyed gardening and was a master garage sale shopper. Harriet loved to spend time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Playing cards was an enjoyable past time. Over the years she served on many boards, such as Head Leader of the Birch Coulee 4-H Club for several years, Morton School Board, Morton City Council, and Renville County Extension Board. She also coordinated the printing and sales of the 4-H Club community calendar for about 30 years. Harriet was a faithful member of the Morton United Methodist Church, she served as lay leader, UMW officer, Sunday School teacher and Church Council member.
Harriet is survived by her children- Rick (Beth) Deinken of Olivia, Jeanne Deinken of Bloomington, Gary Deinken (Chris Gonzales) of Wilton Manors, Florida and Greg (Jill) Deinken of Morton. She is survived by 6 grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and 7 step-great grandchildren, and a brother, John (Jeanne) Reynolds of South Haven, Minnesota.
Harriet was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Jerry (2017) and a sister.
Blessed be her memory.