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Sadie M. (Rentschler) Simonton

July 18, 1915 ~ December 12, 2017 (age 102)

Sadie Marie Rentschler Simonton was born on July 18, 1915 to George John Rentschler and Emilie Dorthea Groth. She was the youngest of seven children: Carrie Merritt, Rose Edwards, Hilda Schwisow, Frieda Cursen, Sophia Hansmeier and one brother, John Rentschler. She passed away on December 12, 2017 at the age of 102 years, 4 months and 24 days at the hospital in Columbus, NE. Sadie was born on a farm north of Carleton, NE. and went to several country schools. She went one year to Davenport High School and 3 years to Carleton, graduating from there. Sadie and her niece, Jennie loved to go to the country dances. While dancing the night away she met her future husband, Clinton Ford Simonton. Sadie and Clinton were united in marriage on August 12, 1935 at the Fillmore County Courthouse in Geneva, NE. Sadie was a long standing member of Christ’s Lutheran Church in Davenport, NE. She was a hard worker all of her life, and she cleaned homes for others until she was just shy of 100 years old. The first few years of marriage, Clinton and Sadie ran a café in Davenport, NE. They spent the next two years in Santa Ana, California where she managed an apartment house and their daughter, Faye was born. Upon returning to Davenport, they took up farming and had three boys, Howard, Dean and Merlin.  In 1972, they retired from the farm. Sadie enjoyed playing bingo and going on bus tours to various places. She’s been to California, New York City, the World’s Fair in Washington State and numerous places in between. This year brought around a little change with where Sadie slept at night. In July of 2017, she went to live with her son Dean (LaDonna) in Campbell, NE and spent the month recovering from a fall where she cracked a hip and hurt her shoulder. She gained a lot of strength and did a lot of healing. In August, Sadie moved in with the Iverson’s in Columbus, NE. While with them, she joined them in various activities. She became very involved with following her great-granddaughters college volleyball team and attended many games and traveled as far as Council Bluffs, Iowa. She also attended a weekly bible study and enjoyed reading and studying several times a week. She loved annual family reunions including this year’s in Geneva, NE.  While celebrating a couple more family birthdays this year, she went to a barrel racing event in Columbus to watch family race. She was able to attend a couple of her great grand children’s Christmas program in Bennington and even went to a birthday party in Elkhorn. She was active.  She was bright and kind. And she ended nearly every night with “good night, sleep tight and don’t let the bedbugs bite.” She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sisters, brother, and brothers-in-law; two sons, Howard Simonton and Merlin Simonton; son-in-law, Elmer Bonin; two granddaughters, Sherry Fox and Debbie Bonin; and grandson, Clinton Albert Simonton. She is survived by her daughter: Faye Bonin from Grafton, NE; her son, Dean (LaDonna) Simonton from Campbell, NE; five granddaughters, four grandsons, 24 great-grandchildren, 8 great-great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

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