JoAnn Martha (Schultz) Renz, age 83, Deshler, was born May 1, 1935 to Ova and Martha Schultz near Ruskin, Nebraska. She passed away Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at Brodstone Memorial Hospital in Superior, Nebraska. She was baptized on April 15, 1940 by Pastor P.J. Vacmmen and confirmed June 5, 1949 by Pastor Petersen at Bethany Lutheran Church at Ruskin. Her confirmation verse was John 14:6, "I am the way, the truth and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me". JoAnn graduated from Ruskin High School with the Class of 1952. She was united in marriage to Berdon “Cork” Renz on August 29, 1954. They have two sons, Rocky (Marj) Renz, Hardy, NE and Barry (Dorothy) Renz, Deshler and three daughters, Cindy Renz, Elkhorn, NE, Patricia Crockett, Superior, NE, and Eve (Kirk) Duensing, Byron, NE. JoAnn and Cork lived in rural Ruskin while they farmed. JoAnn had several jobs off the farm working outside of her home. JoAnn worked at Nuckolls County Courthouse in Nelson, Wagon Wheel Café, Ruskin grocery store, Deshler Grain elevator, and Parkview Haven nursing home. In her early years, she was a member of Bethany Lutheran church, Ruskin and after they moved to Deshler she transferred her membership to Peace Lutheran, Deshler. JoAnn served on the Church Council and various women’s groups. JoAnn enjoyed being a homemaker, baking, especially homemade bread, gardening and canning her garden produce. She took great pride in perfecting her craft of sewing. Along with sewing her children’s clothing, she shared her sewing talents with many other family members and many of her friends. JoAnn enjoyed so many different forms of crafting and crocheting. She also had a love for music. Playing the piano, singing and even just listening to music was a big part of her life. JoAnn and Cork were bonded very deeply in love. It didn’t really matter what they were doing as long as it was with each other and their family. Going on rides with Cork was a big part of her life. Often times the five kids were in the back end of the pickup. Whether it was to Lovewell Lake, the river, or one of their many friends houses, JoAnn loved her family time. She was preceded in death by her parents, Martha and Ova Schultz; in-laws, Ebel Christian Henry and Hazel Renz; sister, Madeline; brothers, Raymond, Eugene, Edwin and Wayne Schultz; sisters-in-law, Geraldine, Bertha Mae and Virginia Schultz; brothers-in-law, Merwin “Cap” Renz and Robert “Bob” Werner. JoAnn will be forever remembered by her husband of 64 years, Cork Renz; her five children; 14 grandchildren, Jock, Jed, Joni, Brody, Brock, Britany Renz, Jordan Crockett-Drohman, Logan Crockett, Austin Karnatz, Desiree Swafford, Drew Spooner, Elizabeth, Trevor, and Cole Duensing; 21 great-grandchildren; her brother Keith (Heral Jean) Schultz, Superior; sisters-in-law, Mary Lou Renz, Deshler and Judith Werner, Carleton; several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
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