Irene's Story

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Irene Renner, 100, was born Nov. 7, 1916 in Ligonier, to Olive I. (Elliott) and Louis C. Vinson. In 1920, the family moved to Goshen. Irene died at 2:30 a.m. Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Lakeland Rehab and Healthcare Center, Milford.
As a young teenager, she lived through The Great Depression, World War II and saw an astronaut walk on the moon, just a few milestones of her 100 years.
After joining the First United Methodist Church in 1925, she sang in the choir, taught Sunday school in the elementary grades and served on Katies Kitchen, which began in the gym. She was active in the Women's Society, Wesley Messenger Circle, the Women's Auxiliary, a supporter of Bashor Children's Home and a past member of the Church Board.
During WWII, she worked at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio, in the Headquarters of the Air Service Command.
In 1943, she married Charles B. "Barney" Renner. When he became active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and Disabled American Veterans (DAV), she did the same in their Women's Auxiliaries.
She volunteered in Bluebird and Campfire groups and served on their Board.
Irene was the first woman to serve on the Goshen City Planning & Zoning Board and worked 20 years in the County Voter's Registration Office.
She was preceded in death by her husband; a daughter, Jacalyn; and a brother, Charles.
She is survived by her daughter, Suellen (David) Roose, Goshen; and a grandson, Tobey Yeiter, Denver, Colorado.
A private graveside service will be held Monday, April 17, at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be given to Bashor Children's Home, The Window, Boys and Girls Club of Goshen or the VFW.
Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret Funeral Home, Goshen, is handling arrangements and online condolences may be sent at www.rrefh.com.
Published on April 11, 2017
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