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Mary Elizabeth Renkenberger, 97, Logansport, passed away Friday Sept. 22, 2017, in the Peabody Retirement Center of North Manchester. She was born Jan. 26, 1920, in Goshen, to the late David W. and Ella Pha (Woods) Renkenberger.
On June 22, 1946, in the 9th Street Christian Church Parsonage, she married Robert F. Renkenberger who preceded her in death on July 28, 2017.
Mary retired as a registered nurse from Rockwell International. She was a graduate of the Memorial Hospital Nursing program in South Bend, and was appointed and executed the oath of office as a reserve nurse in the Nurse Corps of the United States Navy on April 27, 1943, and proceeded to active duty June 22, 1943. Her revocation and appointment was effective Feb. 25, 1944, and she served continuously during that time. She was a life member of the American Legion Post #60 and VFW Post #3790. Mary was formerly very active in various nursing organizations, Veteran of Nurses Corp., National Safety Council and served on the Industrial Nurses Committee. Mary was a member of the River of Life Christian Church.
Survivors include one son, David A. (Belinda) Renkenberger, Wabash; one grandson, Jeffery (Christina) Renkenberger, Austin, Texas; one granddaughter, Christina (Melvin) Webb, Peru; one great-grandson, Daymon Renkenberger, Peru; and four great-granddaughters, Chole Webb, Peru, Devin Webb, Peru, Margaret Renkenberger, Austin, Texas, and Audrey Renkenberger, Austin, Texas.
One brother, Donald E. Metzger, preceded her in death.
A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, in the River of Life Christian Church with Rev. Paula Neibert officiating. Burial with full military rites will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Logansport. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the Church
You may sign the guestbook and send online condolences at www.gundrumcares.com.
Published on September 24, 2017
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