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Edna Rinard

Updated: May 20

With heavy hearts, we announce the death of Edna L Rinard of Des Moines, Iowa, who passed away on May 7, 2024, at the age of 92.

Preceded in death by her husband Ray, who passed in 2020, her son Kevin, her parents, Larkin Sr. and Leota Derks, her brothers Larkin and Ray, her sister, Betty, and Edna’s twin Enid.

Left to cherish her memory are her children: Galen (Betty) Des Moines, IA, Diane Sherman (Bob) of Overland Park, KS, Brian of West Des Moines, IA, (Renee) of Saint Mary’s, IA, Luann May (daughter in law of deceased son Kevin) of Pleasant Hill, IA.  Grandchildren: Nick Rinard (Audra), Ryan Olson (Sarah), Aaron Sherman, Alicia Sherman (Adam Dean), Megan Jasso (Jared), Alex Rinard, Monique Rinard, Jordynn Rinard, Maddison Rinard (Dee), Eric Rinard.  Great-grandchildren: Macy, Marcus, Jenna, Lizzie, Cynthia, Landon, Colton, Axle, Emberlynn, Willow, Liam, Dawson, Jett and Josie.

Edna enjoyed playing the cornet in the East High School band.  After high school she married Raymond G. Rinard on April 9, 1950.  They were married for 70 years until his death in 2020.  She had different jobs in her life, but her most rewarding and important job was raising her family.  Edna and Ray bought and ran a restaurant in Van Meter, Iowa in 1952 and she baked every delicious pie they served from scratch.  After their retirement in 1994 her and Ray moved to Florida where all her siblings lived until they returned to Des Moines, Iowa in 2014.  She loved playing cards and fishing and spending time with family, friends, their pets and loved ones.

The family would like to thank the staff at The Village in Indianola and Wesley Life Hospice.

A private family Celebration of Life will be held at Merle Hay Funeral Home.

Memorials can be made to the Staves Memorial United Methodist Church at 2747 E. Madison, Des Moines, Iowa 50317.






Edna and my mother, Grace Connell, were best friends for 50+ years. They were both avid card players; belonged to the same social groups; enjoyed eating out together. Later in life, they both were at the same assisted living residence Edencrest until Grace died in August, 2023. Our family will miss Edna's sweet smile and gentle personality,❤️

Marilyn D Arnold


I will truly miss my beloved aunt she was a wonderful woman always had kind words and much love was one of her favorite sayings. . She may be gone to a better place but never forgotten. Much love Rest in peace my dear aunt. Anita Derks

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