Jeannette Renbarger, 105

Jeannette Renbarger , age 105 passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 14, 2022 at Colonial Oaks Health Care in Marion.

Jeannette was born Sept. 3, 1916 in Grant County, the daughter of the late Glem W. Nelson and Lulu (Maddox) Nelson.  She attended Van Buren High School and graduated in 1933.   She extended her education by attending the Indiana Business College in Marion.  

Her career consisted of various administrative positions including Marion Courthouse Corn-Hog Office (later AAA), cashier at Swift and Company, Marion.  In 1955, after several years of raising a family, she returned to work as Secretary to the Principal of Sweetser High School.  She continued in that position during the school consolidation of Sweetser, Swayzee and Converse joining to become Oak Hill School Corporation.  She retired in 1963.

Her activities in church, school, community, and family were varied and extensive.  For nearly 90 years Jeannette was a life-long member of the First United Methodist Church in Marion, Indiana and was kitchen manager there for many years.  She was a life member of Delta Theta Tau, member of the Pleasant Township Home Economics Club, Mount Olive Grade School PTO, a 4-H Club leader, a member of Progressive Farm Club, Pleasant Township and a 40 year member of the Grant County YMCA Marge McClure Fitness Class.

In retirement years she and her husband enjoyed wintering in Ft. Myers Beach, Florida.  She enjoyed golf, floor aerobics and club activities at The Palms of Bay Beach.  She started the Palms of Beach Fitness Class including instructions in floor and swimming exercises.  They were longtime residents of Colonial Oaks Retirement Health and Rehabilitation Center in Marion.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Glem W. Nelson and Lulu Nelson (Maddox), Marion, and her husband, Marvin Dee Renbarger, Marion; a sister, Martha Walker (Fred) Marion; a brother, David H. Nelson (Mary Ann), Marion;, a sister, Joan MacFarlane, Overland Park, Kansas, a son-in-law, Larry Curless, Wabash, and great-grandchildren, Ramie and Shey Harris, Marion.

She is survived by three daughters, Anne Curless, Marion, Lynn Hamm (Don), Fort Wayne, and Rita Holloway (Tom), Marion; a son, Jerry Renbarger (Judy), Augusta, Ga; 10 grandchildren, Wade Reyburn (Paula), Port Charlotte, Florida, Dr. Todd Reyburn (Rhoda), Kokomo, Indiana, Brent Hamm (Kristyn), Fishers, Robb Hamm (Amy), Canton, Ga., Wendy Reilly (Mike), Fishers, Sherry Giese (Tony), Syracuse, Tommy Holloway, Marion, Dr. Jimmy Holloway (Heather), LaFontaine, Anjie Rosete, Alpharetta, Ga., and Dr. Joni Renbarger, Biloxi, Miss.; and 21 great-grandchildren; seven step-great-great-great and great-great-great grandchildren.

A very special sign of appreciation is extended to Heart to Heart Hospice and to the entire staff at Colonial Oaks for the unconditional love and never ending care.

Visitaton and services were Monday, June 20, 2022, at Raven-Choate Funeral Home, 1202 W. Kem Road, Marion. Pastor Wes Rediger officiated.

Burial was in Grant Memorial Park Cemetery, Marion, Indiana.

Memorial contributions can be made to First United Methodist Church, 624 S. Adams Street, Marion, IN 46953; or to Oak Chapel United Methodist Church, 1335 Jadden Road, Marion, IN 46953.

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Posted on 2022 Jun 22