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ROCHESTER -- Juanita Vail Rentshler,
84, of Rochester, died Monday, May 11, 2009, at 9:30 a.m. at St.
John's Hospice in Springfield.
Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday at
Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mount Pulaski. Her funeral
will follow at 11 a.m., with Pastor Kevin Treptow officiating.
Burial will be in Mount Pulaski Cemetery.
Rentshler is survived by her husband, Delmar
Rentshler; one son, Alan Rentshler; and his wife,
Her son Roger preceded her in death in 1998 at
She was born in Mount Pulaski on July 4, 1924,
and named Ethel Juanita, daughter of Ethal and
She grew up in Mount Pulaski and helped her
mother at Vail's Food Market. Her father died in
auto garage explosion in 1941. She was Logan County
Fair queen in 1942.
Juanita married Delmar Rentshler on June 2, 1943,
at Mount Pulaski Methodist Church, with the Rev.
Neumyer officiating. She and Delmar moved to
Charleston, W.Va., when he was employed with U.S.
Rubber Co., working in synthetic rubber research.
Juanita moved to Westwood Village, Calif., in 1943
with Delmar when he attended UCLA for the Navy.
Their son Roger was born April 1, 1944, in the
hospital at Santa Monica, Calif. They then moved to
Whidbey Island, Wash., where Delmar was assigned to
the U.S. Naval Air Station until his overseas
orders. During that time Juanita and son Roger lived
with her sister and her husband, Wilma and Harry
Long, in Mount Pulaski.
When Delmar was released from the Navy, they moved
to Decatur. Another son, Alan, was born there in
1950. The family lived in Decatur for 25 years while
Delmar was employed at A.E. Staley. They then moved
to the Chicago area when Delmar worked as manager of
Staley's Chicago Board of Trade office.
Juanita and Delmar retired to the family farm
near Rochester, where she enjoyed gardening,
cooking, travel, activities in nearby Springfield
and frequent visits to Mount Pulaski, visiting
friends and attending to her family's graves.
Memorials may be made to the United Methodist
Church of Mount Pulaski.
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