Truly loved and cherished by her family, Renilda Mary Magdalen (Meny) Kissel, 89, passed away with grace and calm on the evening of January 7, 2013.  With hands opened to love, she surrendered to The Father’s Will.

Renilda was born in
Haubstadt, Indiana on April 1, 1923 to Bernard and Catherine (Emmert) Meny


She is survived by her one brother, Father Hilary Meny.

Married to George Henry Kissel on
May 15, 1946, Renilda and George raised six children: Maureen (Joseph) Ruggles, Laurette  (Bernie) Faraone, Carmen (Rick) Jay and Gregory (Linda) Kissel all of Haubstadt; Celeste (David) Karcher of Princeton and Rachelle (Ted) Gore of Evansville.

Grandchildren are: Jason (Sara) Ruggles, Aaron Ruggles, Anna (Brian) Luigs, Adam Ruggles, Katie (J.P.) Faraone Claybourn, Benny Faraone, Dominic (Justine) Faraone, Tessa Faraone, Juliette Faraone, Sarah (Mike) Walls, Matthew Gore, Jim Kissel, Jonathan Kissel, Kristin (Todd) Wannemuehler, Jeremy Kissel, Alecia Kissel, Madeline Kissel, Hannah Jay and Nicholas Jay. 

Great-grandchildren are: Laine, Ashlyn and Joey Ruggles; Olivia Luigs, Gabriel and Elena Faraone, Teddy and Cecilia Walls and James and Joseph Wannemuehler.

In addition to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Renilda is survived by her sister and brother-in-laws, Sister Mary George Kissel, O.S.B., Sister Margaret Carolyn Kissel, O.S.B., Cecilia Kissel, Pat and Tom Trainer and Robert and Jeannette Kissel all of Evansville.  

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, George in 2011, her brother-in-law, Nicholas Kissel and her Honorary sister, Ruth Olivia (Emmert) Rietman.

Renilda first was a mother and homemaker.  She was a lifelong member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and was a member of the church choir for many years.  She attended
Haubstadt High School and graduated from Marian College in Indianapolis and then worked as a social worker at Catholic Charities in Evansville.  Some years later, she worked as an assistant at the local library and was involved in the Children’s Summer Reading Program.  Renilda was also a Charter Member of Haubstadt Historical Society and a member of Right To Life of Gibson County since 1974.  

A Mass of Christian burial will be
11:00 AM Friday, January 11 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Fr. Tony Ernst as celebrant.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  Friends may call from 2 to 8 PM Thursday, January 10 at Wade Funeral Home with a Rosary service at 6:00 PM.  Friends may also call from 10 AM until Mass time Friday at the church.  

Memorial contributions may be made to Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Gibson County Right to Life, or The Reading Carrel.

The Kissel family wishes to extend heartfelt thanks to Renilda’s longtime dear friend and neighbor, Catherine Weber and to Delores, Joyce, Donna, Rita and Chris for their friendship and constant love.  Special thanks also goes to Dr. Alex Dela Llana, his nurse Jennifer and staff; St. Mary’s-At-Home and to the staff of Livings Waters Hospice.