Renata Ruth Rodehorst Renata Ruth Rodehorst, 92, passed away at Midland Hospice on November 2, 2013. Renata was born November 8, 1920, in Sitio, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, the daughter of missionary Rev. George Lehenbauer, and his wife Elizabeth Risseeuw Lehenbauer. At the age of three she came to the United States with her parents and three sisters. She grew up in northwest Kansas, near the town of Ludell, attending Trinity Lutheran Grade School, and graduated from Atwood High School in 1938. She attended Business College in Denver CO and was employed there until her marriage. Renata married Herman E. Rodehorst on October 25, 1941, in Palmer, Kansas. They lived in Palmer and Linn community until December 1951, when they moved to Topeka. Renata was employed at the Bobo Drive-In for 31 years as a pie maker, retiring in 1985. She was also known as the Cookie Grandma to her grandchildren. She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Topeka. She is survived by one son, Larry Rodehorst (Karla) of Topeka; two daughters, Janice Dekat (Mike) of Wamego, and Sharon Hefner (Bill) of Topeka; six grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Ella Rodehorst of Topeka, and one brother, Rev. Victor Lehenbauer of Las Vegas NV. Renata was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, who died March 20, 2006, one grandson, Kevin Dekat, and three sisters, Esther Rowan, Anna Becker, and Doris Ness. A visitation will be held Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Home, 2801 SW Urish Road, Topeka KS 66614. Funeral service will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 1716 SW Gage Blvd, Topeka KS. Burial will follow in Penwell-Gabel Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Faith Lutheran Church or Midland Hospice House sent in care of the Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to www.kevinbrennanfamily.com. Renata Ruth Rodehorst
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Published in Topeka Capital-Journal on Nov. 5, 2013