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Rhoda Renzelman - February 11, 2014


Rhoda Phyllis Ekberg Renzelman died peacefully and went home to be with her Lord Jesus on Feb. 11, 2014. She was born Nov. 27, 1925, to Velma (May) and John Ekberg in rural Yuma County in the community of Armel.

She was baptized as an infant in the Evangelical Methodist Church in Armel. The church is now located on the grounds of “Old Town” at Burlington.

Rhoda attended Beecher Island Elementary School, then grades 9-11 at Armel High School and graduated in May 1943 from Vernon High School. She passed a special exam which gave her a certificate to teach school in the Idalia and Lansing districts during World War II.

Rhoda married Alfred Renzelman on June 16, 1946, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Wray. She became an adult member of that church and was a charter member of the Ladies Miriam Guild service organization. Four children were born to this union: Jenean, Chris, Lynette and William. Later, as a family, all became members of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Haxtun.

Rhoda taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School and was active in several church and community organizations. She was employed several years, most notably at the CSU Library in Fort Collins and the Haxtun Post Office for over 25 years.

Rhoda was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Elbridge Gerry Chapter in Sterling. She also valued her membership in the Women’s Auxiliary of the Northeast Colorado Gideon Camp.

Rhoda was preceded in death by her grandchildren, Nathan Hovel and Paige Renzelman; brother-in-law, Delwyn Renzelman; sister-in-law, Beulah Ekberg; and son-in-law, Dennis Hovel.

She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Alfred Renzelman; their children, Jenean Hovel, Chris and wife Rebecca Renzelman, Lynette and husband Ken Harms and William and wife Rhonda Renzelman; grandchildren, Patrice and husband Pat Weil, Kendall and wife Tara Hovel, Jessica and husband Brian Gales, Angela and husband Jacob Gillen, Melissa, Stephanie and Gus Harms, Rachel and husband Gerrek Zwickle and Renae Renzelman; nine great-grandchildren; brothers, Harry Ekberg and Nelson and wife Jacque Ekberg; sister-in-law, Wanda Renzelman; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Rhoda enjoyed spending time with family, collecting bells, traveling and researching genealogy.

A service celebrating her life and faith was held at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Haxtun on Feb. 15.

Gerk Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.