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Obituary for Ruth L. Renkes
RUTH L. RENKES, 91, of Resthave Nursing Home in Morrison, IL, formerly of Fulton, IL, died Monday, January 3, 2011 at the nursing home. Ruth was born July 9, 1919, in Garden Plain Township, IL, to Edward D. and Anna (Ottens) Temple. She was educated in the Garden Plain Schools. Ruth married George Renkes on February 10, 1942 in Garden Plain. He died January 16, 1990. They farmed together in the rural Morrison area until 1967, when they moved to Fulton. She was then employed at the former Petersen Harned Von Maur Department Store in Clinton, IA, and then at Wyndcrest Nursing Home also in Clinton. Ruth was a charter member of Trinity Reformed Church in Fulton, where she served as an accompanist, pianist and organist for 52 years. She was a member of the church"s Hannah Mission Circle and was involved with the taped ministry, delivering cassette tapes of the services to the shut-ins for seven years. Survivors include one daughter, Gloria (Ron) Pessman of Fulton, IL; one son, Dr. Gordon (Sharon) Renkes of Columbus, OH; five grandchildren, Ryan Pessman, Eric (Sara) Pessman, Darin Pessman, Nathan Renkes, Rachel Renkes; four great grandchildren, Alyssa Pessman, Kyler, Daken and Miraya Pessman; one sister-in-law, Meredith Renkes of Morrison, IL. She was preceded in death by her husband, George; one brother, Vernon "Hap" Temple.
FUNERAL SERVICE: 10:30 AM, Friday, January 7, 2011 at Trinity Reformed Church " Fulton, IL CO-OFFICIATING: Rev. Tom Merchant " Pastor Trinity Reformed Church " Fulton, IL : Rev. Jake Ritzema " Pastor of Grace Valley Christian Reformed Church " German Valley, IL VISITATION 5:00 " 7:00 PM, Thursday, January 6, 2011 at the Fulton Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home INTERMENT Fulton Township Cemetery " Fulton, IL