Regina “Jean” McKenney, 96, Bismarck, died September 10, 2018 in a Bismarck care center. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Monday, September 17, 2018 at 10:00 am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Burial will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Family will be receiving friends on Sunday from 6-7 with a rosary service at 7:00 pm at Bismarck Funeral Home.
Jean was born on October 3, 1921 in Linton to Joseph and Catherine (Schneider) Hager. She was raised and educated in Linton graduating from Linton High School in the 1930s. After graduation, she eventually ended up in California. During World War II, she was a Rosie the Riveter. She helped build Dauntless dive bombers for the Douglas Aircraft Company. There she met her future husband, Walter “Bill” McKenney, a Navy airman. She married him a month later in Norman, Oklahoma on December 1, 1945. After Bill’s retirement, they moved to Bismarck in the 1980s. Bill passed away on November 4, 1995 just shy of their 50th wedding anniversary.
Jean was led by her faith and loved her family deeply. She was a strong and independent woman living on her own until she was 94.
Jean is survived by her granddaughter, Annica (Ken) Langfield, Maryland; her grandson, Tucker (Tanya) McKenney, California; great-granddaughter, Ellie McKenney, California; sister-in-law, Freda Hager, Fargo.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents, husband Bill, and her siblings and their spouses: Betty (Raymond) VanHorn, Ann (Joe) Grenstiner, Michael Hager, Anton (Ann) Hager, Joseph (Delores) Hager, and Sally (Joe) Pulver.