The family of Roni Rexine Orwig requests no flowers or plants, memorials may be made to the Chariton Volunteer Fire Department or the Russell Volunteer Fire Department. Funeral services for Roni Rexine Orwig will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton, Iowa. Family will be present from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. prior to the service to meet with family and friends.
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Roni Rexine (McVey) Orwig was born to George and Kate (Fisher) McVey on January 9, 1947 in Leon, Iowa. At the age of 11, her family moved to Chariton to run the A&W. She graduated from Chariton High School with the class of 1965. Soon after, she married Leo Orwig on May 15, 1965, at the age of 18. To this union, they were blessed with a daughter, Desiree.
She worked at the Lakeway Drive Inn. In 1974, the couple moved to a farm north of Chariton straight east of the Stanley School. Then in the 1990’s, they moved to Chariton, where they lived for over 31 years.
Roni had a love for people, especially her family. She enjoyed cooking for them, which she was exceptionally good at. When she was present, nobody was allowed to go hungry.
Not only was Roni a hard worker, but she was also a genuine people person, many times the life of the party. People gravitated toward her and her contagious love for fun. Her love for teasing others was also a wonderful quality she possessed.
Roni enjoyed sports very much, especially watching football, basketball, and track. Her biggest highlight though was watching her grandson’s wrestle. She was so immensely proud of them. She even loved to attend the sprint car races in Knoxville. To say she enjoyed going to the casino is an understatement.
Roni loved to live life. The vacations she took with her grandkids were some of the best times for her. Her grandkids always came first above everything else. They made so many memories with their grandsons, even attending concerts and of course the many hours spent at the pool and slide.
Some fun facts about Roni were how she was once the Decatur County Sharp Shooting Queen, where she won with a BB gun that had a bent barrel. Not even her grandsons could hit with her gun. Roni made custom photo albums for family members at Christmas, always a highlight. She also shopped till she dropped.
Roni’s family would like to extend their gratitude to the following who so lovingly took care of her, Dr. Tara Graff & Staff, Monroe County Hospital, EveryStep Hospice, Monroe Care Center in Albia, and Amy Wood ARNP at the South Central Iowa Medical Clinic in Corydon.
Roni will be missed dearly by her husband, Leo; daughter, Desiree (Joe) Gremmel; grandson, Gannon Gremmel; brother, Rodney McVey; and many relatives, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Preceding her in death was her grandson, Gavin Gremmel; brother, Douglas McVey; and her parents, George and Kate.
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