Sept. 4, 1927 - March 2, 2014
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BOURBON - Vonna Mae (Summers) Rettinger, 86, died from cancer early Sunday morning, March 2. A Bourbon area resident for most of her life, she had resided in Miller's Senior Living Facility in Plymouth for the last several years before recently moving to Garden's at Lake City in Warsaw. Vonna Mae was born at home on September 4, 1927, to Viola (Walter) and Roy Summers in North Liberty, Indiana. After graduating as salutatorian from North Liberty High School, she attended Indiana University in Bloomington for a year to study vocal music before returning home to marry Donald Keith Rettinger on December 31, 1946, whom she had met while attending Church of the Brethren youth group meetings. She helped Donald on the farm until a back injury limited her participation, but she continued to tend flower gardens and was especially fond of roses. She continued her passion for music by playing the piano and organ at Mt. Pleasant Church of the Brethren, as well as singing in the local and district church choirs, and once even played the role of Bloody Mary in Nappanee Civic Theater's musical, South Pacific. She expanded her artistic skills through oil painting, concentrating mostly on landscapes, and collected various multi-colored glass vases and novelties. She served on the Music Committee and Ladies Aid at Mt. Pleasant, where she was a deaconess and regularly assisted with summer Bible school programming. Nurtured in the Pine Creek Church of the Brethren during her youth, she became an avid reader of the Bible as a member of Mt. Pleasant while participating in numerous Bible study groups. She also volunteered as a summer counselor at Camp Mack. Upon the closure of Mt. Pleasant, she transferred her membership to the Plymouth Church of the Brethren and most recently had been attending North Winona Church of the Brethren after moving to Warsaw. She was preceded in death by both parents; a brother, Gene (Marie) Summers; her husband; and a son, D. Neil Rettinger, OD. She is survived by a sister, Joyce (Ed) Dolph; daughter, Mary Eloise (Byron) Smith; son, Hugh (Karin) Rettinger; six grandchildren: Leon Smith, Mark Smith, Anna Smith, Summer (Scott) Steenburg, Wes (Gretchen) Rettinger and Wil Rettinger; and two great-granddaughters, Sophia Steenburg (Summer and Scott) and Isabelle Rettinger (Wes and Gretchen). Paul Nye, Assistant Pastor at Plymouth Church of the Brethren and former interim pastor at Mt. Pleasant, will preside over a religious service in remembrance of Vonna Mae at Deaton-Clemens Funeral Home in Bourbon Saturday, March 8, 2014, at 3:00 P.M. with viewing prior to the service from 1:00 - 3:00 P.M. Burial will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Camp Alexander Mack, PO Box 158, Milford, Indiana 46542. The Deaton Clemens Funeral Home is privileged to be entrusted in arranging the services. Condolences may be left at deatonclemensfh.com.
Deaton-Clemens Funeral Home
115 South Main Street Bourbon, IN 46504
Published in South Bend Tribune on Mar. 6, 2014