Valetta M. Rechnagel

Valetta M. Rechnagel, age 52, of Yankton, South Dakota, died unexpectedly at her home on Friday, February 12, 2021.

Memorial services are 4:00 PM, on Friday, February 19, 2021 at Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with Reverend Dani Jo Bierwagen officiating.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.  The service will be live streamed at and on Valetta’s obituary page at

Valetta Mae Rechnagel was born July 19, 1968 in Parkston, South Dakota to Warren Sr. and Delores (Williams) Brenner.  Valetta graduated from Yankton High School in 1987.  She worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant for many years, first at Sister James Care Center and then Majestic Bluffs. Valetta then attended Mount Marty College and graduated with honors with a degree in mathematics.  She was a manager at McDonald’s in Yankton for many years and spent the last few years working as an assistant manager at Dairy Queen.  Valetta was completely devoted to her family and her world revolved around her children and grandchildren.  She enjoyed watching them play softball and all their other activities.  She also enjoyed playing darts, reading and loved the company of her many dogs.

Valetta is survived by three children: Laurisa Hofmann of Yankton, Lindsay Rechnagel (Stanley R. Schulz) of Yankton, and Larry Rechnagel Jr. (Stephany Anderson) of Yankton; 7 grandchildren: Kaydence Schmidt, Quenten Waddell, Portlyn, and Athea Rechnagel Madison, Kaydence and Samuel Schulz; two brothers, Warren Jr. (Laurie) Brenner of Yankton and Duane Baas; sister, Kathy (Mike) VanLaecken of Peoria, IL; and many nieces and nephews.

Valetta was preceded in death by her parents.




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11 response to "Valetta M. Rechnagel"

  1. By: Susie Gill Posted: February 14, 2021

    Valletta with an amazing girl I knew her when she first came to Yankton lived right by Webster School she was so good at working on cars and so intelligent she will be missed

  2. By: Jessine Dutcher Posted: February 16, 2021

    This makes me really sad to hear. Valetta was such a nice lady.
    She was always so nice to talk to. She made me smile every time I saw her.
    My thoughts and prayers go out to Valetta’s family and friends.
    She will be greatly missed at Dairy Queen.

  3. By: Kim Breece Posted: February 17, 2021

    Working with her at McDonald’s was always fun, she made it that way. Went to Dairy Queen just to visit and chat

  4. By: James carter Posted: February 18, 2021

    My condolences to Valettas family . I went to school with her always a nice person ! R.I.P. Valetta

  5. By: Grace Zimmerman Posted: February 18, 2021

    I want to offer my deepest sympathy to Valetta’s family. I worked along side of Valetta for several years at Sister James Nursing Home. She was a hard worker and so much fun to work with. At that time her children were very little and you all were the center of her world. Gone to soon but will never be forgotten. I am saddened by her passing but very grateful
    for the memories of her that I will carry with me always.

  6. By: Tiffy Culver Posted: February 18, 2021

    The world lost an amazing, beautiful, strong woman. My heart is broken. Anyone who knew her knew how beautiful her heart was. My deepest condolences to her family. She will truly be missed.

  7. By: brittany jones Posted: February 18, 2021

    She was truly an amazing women.. prayers to her kids for strength during this hard time

  8. By: Michael Solomon Posted: February 18, 2021

    I worked the same shift and days with “V” for many years at McDonald’s and considered her like a sister. She was a hard worker and was always proud of her children and grandchildren. She was a true friend and I will miss seeing and talking to her. R.I.P Valetta.

  9. By: Ruth Posted: February 19, 2021

    Valetta was an extremely hard worker. I had a lot of respect for her. I know she loved her kids and grandkids. They meant the world to get.

  10. By: Sandra Semmler Ruml Posted: February 20, 2021

    Valetta was my cousin, I babysat her and Warren John when they were little. I’m shocked to see this and offer my sympathy to her family. Warren, Kathy, Duane and all of Valetta family we are thinking of all of you, Wish I could of been there for you.

  11. By: vincent Raia Posted: February 20, 2021

    I’m sorry to hear of her passing. She was a fiery worker, which is amazing.Condolences to your family through these trying time.

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