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Jovin Raethz

December 29, 1976 - March 16, 2014 <-

Jovin Raethz, 37, of West Hollywood, CA and formerly of Faulkton, SD, passed away Sunday, March 16, 2014 in New York, NY.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m., Monday, March 24, 2014 at St. Thomas Catholic Church, Faulkton with Fr. Joji Itukulapati officiating. Inurnment will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, March 23, 2014 at the church with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service.

Jovin was born in Faulkton, SD on December 29, 1976 to Richard and Judith (Cunningham) Raethz. He attended and graduated from Faulkton High School in 1996. Jovin moved to California in March 1997 and resided in different cities such as: Newport Beach, Long Beach, and many cities in the Los Angeles area before his final residence in West Hollywood. He spent the majority of his career in the mortgage industry. Jovin made the decision to go to school to further his education and ultimately decided to do what he loves. Jovin was determined to succeed as a personal trainer and made it his mission to remain healthy and be a support and inspiration to others. He made an impact on every person given the opportunity to work with him.

Jovin had a passion and was committed to raising money and awareness for the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, as his mother Judy has suffered from this terrible disease for over 30 years. He has been participating in MS Walks for years. Jovin had a passion for family, friends and life. He made the most of every moment and created memories with those close to him every day. Even those that met Jovin for the first time had a lasting impact on them. He has always been so proud of his South Dakota upbringing.

Jovin is survived by his parents Richard and Judith Raethz of Faulkton; one sister, Shenelle Raethz Sepulveda of Fountain Valley, CA; one brother, Jerod (Lisa) Raethz of Faulkton; five nieces: Bailey Raethz (15), Kayla Sepulveda (15), Haley Sepulveda (11), Ella Raethz (10) and Aedyn Raethz (7) and a host of family and friends from California.

Jovin was preceded in death by his sister Carmelie Ann Raethz, and grandparents Irvin & Viola Raethz and Joseph & Theresa Cunningham.

Luce Funeral Home of Faulkton has been entrusted with Jovin’s arrangements.

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