Ines Stehula

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Ines Stehula Ines Lorene Stehula, 93, died after a brief illness at French Hospital on August 15, 2014. She was born in 1920 in Chanute, Kansas to Julius and Clara Rensing where she grew up on a farm during the Depression. She experienced the joys and hardships of living through tornadoes and floods becoming self-sufficient at an early age. Ines was a tomboy at heart following her two older brothers learning the talent of becoming a great shot while hunting. As a teenager she worked for JJ Newberry's and, later, the Chanute greenhouse where she acquired the knack of arranging flowers for $9 per week. In 1940, when she was 19 years old, she hopped a ride with girlfriends to escape to Calif. Arriving in San Diego and then a year later, moving to Los Angeles, she contributed to the war effort working at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company by rolling rubber lining for the inside of B-17 and B-24 aircraft gas tanks. She loved softball and hung out with similar ladies seen in the movie "A League of Their Own". In 1949, her brother, Harold, who worked at Douglas Aircraft, introduced her to his workmate, Ernest C. Stehula. He was a city boy and swept her off her feet with a whirl-wind romance. They were married on July 30, 1949, only delayed by the arrival of her parents finishing their harvest. They moved to Manhattan Beach, Calif., purchasing a sandy lot and building their first house. Ines was a wonderful 1950's housewife raising three children who attended Catholic schools and participated in scouting and many sports. After their children had finished college, Ernest and Ines traveled the United States and many countries. For several months they toured the U.S. in Ernie's father's 1915 Model T Ford highlighted by going down Broadway in New York City and ascending Pike's Peak in Colorado. Ines enjoyed making costumes for their activities in the Long Beach Model T Club. After Ernest died in 1987, Ines lived in Fountain Valley, then moved to Avila Beach to be closer to her family. She loved water aerobics at the Avila Bay Athletic Club entertaining everyone with her energy and enthusiasm. Six years ago, Ines moved to the Villages of San Luis Obispo where she enjoyed the first communal experience in her lifetime. Ines will be remembered for her honesty, sense of humor, work ethic, selfless love, and great attitude towards life. She will be laid to rest next to her husband at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, Calif. She is survived by her three children: Michael Stehula (Jamie) of San Luis Obispo, Denise Van Klaveren (Ted) of Atascadero, Cherie Lonjers (Robert) of Fresno, eight grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Ernest, her brothers, Harold and Lloyd Rensing, and her grandson, Gregory Stehula. A Mass will be celebrated at Nativity of Our Lady Catholic Church in San Luis Obispo, CA on Saturday, August 23rd, at 11:00 AM followed by a reception in the church hall. In lieu of flowers, please offer a Mass for her at a local Catholic Church. Sign her guestbook at
Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on Aug. 20, 2014