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June 3, 2010
Mary Ann Renninger, 100, of Virginia Beach, Va.,went to be with the Lord on June 3.
Born in Minersville, May 13, 1910, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Anella Gudelaskas.
She lived the majority of her life in the Llewellyn and Allentown areas. In 1993, she relocated to Virginia Beach to live with her daughter and son-in-law.
Mary loved life. She was a teacher and gardening was a much cherished pastime — her green thumb nurturing many varieties of flowers and vegetables. However, when asked the secret to her longevity, Mary would always answer, "Having a loving family and friends." Mary touched the heart of everyone she met and will be missed dearly by all who knew her.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of more than 50 years, William E. Renninger; a son, Edwin Renninger; a sister, Helen Matthews; and a brother, Frank Gudelaskas.
Left to honor and cherish her memory are Mary's children: a daughter, Joan Rebmann and husband, Fred, Virginia Beach; sons, Ronald Renninger and wife, Mary Ellen, and Gary Renninger and wife, Elizabeth, both of Pottsville, and Joseph Renninger and wife, Lisa, Carlisle; a daughter-in-law, June Renninger, Schuylkill Haven; 25 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; 14 great-great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Matthew the Evangelist Church, 123 Spruce St., Minersville, with the Rev. Leo Maletz as the celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Francis Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made at http://pages.teamintrainging.org/nce/nikesf10/rrebmann. This will support Mary's granddaughter in her endeavor to run the Nike Women's Marathon to support research for leukemia, a disease from which Mary suffered during her lifetime.
Published in Republican & Herald on June 20, 2010