Elta Marita Renken, 93, of Springfield, passed away on Mon., Feb. 17, 2020 at 2:11 a.m. in Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. She was born on March 6, 1926, in Arenzville, IL, a daughter of Albert H. and Johanna W. (Koresmyer) Fricke. Elta graduated from Petersburg High School with the Class of 1944. She married Leonard William Renken on May 13, 1951, in Chatham, IL. He preceded her in death on Aug. 17, 2018. Elta was a homemaker. She was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Springfield. She is survived by:
3 sons, James (Darlene) Renken of Philadelphia, PA
John (Diane) Renken of Springfield
Jay (Debi) Renken of San Diego, CA
1 brother, Norman (Ruthelma) Fricke of Petersburg
4 grandchildren, Trevor, Karli, Dylan, and Savannah Renken
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; 1 daughter, Janet K. Renken; 4 brothers, Delbert, Clarence, Arnold, and Albert Fricke; 3 sisters, Marie Krueger; Eleanor Fricke; and Doris Janssen.
Memorial services for Elta will be held on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. in Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Springfield, IL. Rev. Joshua Traxel of Our Saviors Lutheran Church will officiate. Private family interment will be in Auburn Cemetery in Auburn. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. in the church. Dinner and fellowship will follow the services. The family suggests memorials be made to Our Saviors Lutheran Church or Zion Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod.
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Our Saviors Lutheran Church
2645 Old Jacksonville Road, Springfield IL 62704
Zion Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod