Norma Jean Stahlecker Rew


May 21, 1935 - July 30, 2013


Norma Jean Stahlecker Rew was born at her grandparent’s home in Delmont, South Dakota, on May 21, 1935 to Arthur Walter and Hanna Martha Magdalene (Wasner) Stahlecker. She was baptized at home on May 26, 1935 with Rev. Christ Wieting officiating. The family moved to Mitchell, SD in 1937. She was confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church on June 5, 1949, and graduated from Mitchell High School in 1953. Norma married Arthur Cooper Rew on July 24, 1955. She worked as a dental assistant for Drs. Boyden and Kappenman from 1953 to 1957, and as a receptionist for Drs. Gillis and Brogdon from 1958 to 1965. She worked as bookkeeper, doing all the billing and bookwork for Rew’s TV & Appliance until 1981. She completed a two-year course in accounting and was Valedictorian at the Mitchell Area Vo-Tech in 1983.  She worked as a part-time hostess at the Holiday Inn, and became bookkeeper for the Holiday Inn restaurant and lounge. She became the Holiday Inn property accountant in 1997 until her retirement in June, 2000.

    Norma was in Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and was past president of her chapter and received Woman of the Year award; she was a member of the Mitchell Jaycettes where she held local and state offices, receiving the Outstanding Jaycette award.   Served as Past Secretary and Past Treasurer of Creative Investment Ltd., and was active with the Davison County Republican Party as Treasurer and an Executive Board member. She was a member of First Lutheran Church serving as Deacon and on various committees as well as the choir. Recently she was a member of Amazing Grace Free Lutheran Church. She enjoyed Thursday afternoon card group as well as Bridge and Mah Jongg groups, and gardening. Her family gave her the most pleasure in her life. She dearly loved her parents and grandparents, her siblings and her sister-in-law, her four children, and her seven grandchildren. She was very proud of what they have accomplished and her greatest regret was that she would not be able to be with all of her grandchildren when they are married and have children of their own. Her final prayer was that they will always keep God as the center post in their lives.

       Left with her loving memory are her children: Kris Weatherill (Mark Benzel) of Nashville, TN; Rev. Janine Rew-Werling (Rev. Craig Werling) of Watertown, SD; Art (Audra) Rew of Mitchell, SD; and Dan (Brenda) Rew of Mitchell, SD; her grandchildren: Emma (Mark) Nelsen, Hanna and Grant Werling; Amelia and Ashton Rew; and Ellie and Isaac Rew; her sister Mary Bailey of Sunnyvale, CA and her brother Jerry (Jo) Stahlecker of White Bear Lake, MN. She was preceded in death by her parents.


Thursday, August 1, 2013
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wesleyan Church
Prayer Service - 7:00 PM
601 North Sanborn
Mitchell, South Dakota


Friday, August 2, 2013
10:00 AM
Wesleyan Church
601 North Sanborn
Mitchell, South Dakota


Delmont Lutheran Cemetery
Delmont, South Dakota

Posted by michael kors bags on October 4, 2013
You write very well!
Posted by Ella and Rollie loon on August 4, 2013
Our hearts Are heavy in the. Loss of Norma. She will be missed by all who had the privilege to have known her. Gods blessings to all of the family.

Posted by Ronald Ross on August 2, 2013
Sorry to hear of her passing.
Ron Ross, Classmate
Posted by Kevin Culhane on August 1, 2013
What a wonderful women and so much more. Norma brought a rainbow every day to sixth street. What a treat to grow up across the street from the Rew family. My prayers go out to everyone. God Bless your mother!
Posted by Kevin Culhane on August 1, 2013
What a wonderful women and so much more. Norma brought a rainbow every day to sixth street. What a treat to grow up across the street from the Rew family. My prayers go out to everyone. God Bless your mother!
Posted by Maynard and Donna Petersen on August 1, 2013
Pastor Janine and family: May your many special memories give you much comfort. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Donna and Stan Nelson on August 1, 2013
What great memories Norma has left us with..We had such good times raising our "kids" together to become great adults. Prayers to the family
Posted by Larry Wegehaupt on August 1, 2013
My sympathies to family. She was gracious like her mother and I will miss seeing and talking with her.
Posted by Julie (Simpson) Backous on August 1, 2013
My sympathies to the entire Rew family. Norma was a wonderful woman and I will miss seeing her whenever I come to Mitchell. The neighborhood will certainly not be the same...
Posted by Ken and Sherry Jones on August 1, 2013
Our deepest sympathy to her family. We did not know her but she has some outstanding accolades and will no doubt have many stars in her crown !!
Posted by Brenda Wade Schmidt on August 1, 2013
My sympathy to all of you, Janine, Craig, Emma, Hanna and Grant, plus your other immediate family gathered to mourn your great loss. I will always think of the many, many times I saw Norma at the Augustana concerts for the girls. She was smiling, ear to ear as truly a blessed and happy grandma.
Posted by Ben Werling on August 1, 2013
Thinking of all of you guys at this time of transition for the lovely Norma. Wonderful woman, and a Grandmother who loved all her 'kids'. Uncle Ben
Posted by Max Hogstad on August 1, 2013
Greetings & Sincere Synpathy Pastor Janine to you & all your Family
May God richly comfort. Love Prayers Hugs. Max
Posted by Dennis and Loretha Webber on August 1, 2013
Janine and family,
You are in our prayers at this time of your mom's homegoing. John 11:25,26 God bless and be with you in this time of goodbyes (for now) and always.
Posted by Tim & Rena Ramsey on August 1, 2013
Pastor Janine, Pastor Craig and Family...our hearts are heavy with sadness in the passing of your mother/mother in law/grandmother, knowing there will be a void in your hearts that no one will fill. May Gods Angels help you through this difficult time and the days ahead. Our Love and prayers are sent.
Posted by Katie (Murphy) Bloom on August 1, 2013
To the Rew family: I have such fond memories of Norma. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Posted by Roy & Barbara Pablo, San Jose California on August 1, 2013
To all of Norma's famiily, our deepest sympathy and prayers are with you all. We are glad to have known her even if it was for a short time. She is loved!
Posted by Carol Schneider on July 31, 2013
To Pastor Janine and all of Norma's family, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4
Posted by Norris & Betty Johnson Dallas on July 31, 2013
We will miss not seeing Norma when we come back to Mitchell. Norma will be remembered for her outstanding people skills. She was a classmate and we would always see her at our reunions. We could pick up our fun times and feel like we had not missed a day being together..
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