Mary Ann Rens

Date of Death: Nov 05, 2020
Mary Ann Rens

1934 - 2020

Mary Ann (Dykstra) Rens, 86, of Waupun, passed away peacefully November 5, 2020 at The Christian Home.

Mary was born April 25, 1934, the daughter of George and Anna (Redeker) Dykstra. Mary graduated from Waupun High School in 1952. Also in 1952 she married Gordon “Bob” Rens and they established their home in Waupun. Mary valued life-long learning and graduated as an LPN in 1967 and as an RN in 1982. She worked as an EMT for Brooks Ambulance Service and retired from Waupun Memorial Hospital in 1996. Mary was honored to receive the Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing Practice that same year. Volunteering and service were an important part of Mary’s life. She was a Red Cross Nurse and coordinated nurses for the Bloodmobile and helped with Meals on Wheels through her church. Mary was involved with Central Wisconsin Christian School, along with the starting of Bargains Galore Thrift Store. At the age of 84 Mary became an author of a children’s book “The Little Snowflake.” Central to Mary’s life was her Christian faith. She was a member of First Reformed Church and previously a member of Emmanuel Reformed Church where she was active in Sunday school and Women’s Ministries.

Mary is survived by her children: David (Gloria) Rens and Diane (Steve) Paul; seven grandchildren: Alysia (Rens) Eric Haveman, Sarah (Rens) Travis Doerr, Michael (Chelsea) Rens, Nathan (Emily) Rens, Katie (Paul) Steve Blank, Jon (Vicki) Paul, and Jessica (Paul) Scott Marshall; sixteen great-grandchildren: Maeva and Ainsley Haveman, Collin, Brayden, and Kolden Doerr, Camden and Reece Rens, Rylee and Ava Rens, Ian and Ingrid Blank, Natalie, Evalyn, and Charlotte Paul, and Josalyn and Cecelia Marshall; a sister, Sylvia (Bud) Landaal; a sister-in-law, Helen Hartgerink; along with cousins, and many loving nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bob in 2013; brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Shirley Dykstra; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: George Rens and Marge (Rens) Zacharias, Harold and Wilma Rens, Gordon and Esther Kamphuis, Earl and Audrey (TerBeest) Tank, Wilton and Angeline Tavs, and Lloyd Hartgerink.

As Mary wrote: Her Testimony of Faith: Philippians 1:21 “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain” and Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and He will make your paths straight”. Goal in Life: That I may leave behind the priceless heritage of faith in Christ and a life of serving and love.


Friends and relatives may call on the family on Monday the church from 9 a.m. until the time of service. Please follow COVID-19 protocol.


Funeral services for Mary Rens will be held Monday, November 9, 2020 at 11 a.m. at First Reformed Church in Waupun with Rev. Barry Lang officiating.


Burial will follow at Alto Cemetery.

Special Thanks

A special thank you from the family for prayers, visits, cards, and encouragement for Mary over this last year. Also a thank you to The Christian Home staff and SSM/Agnesian Hospice who continually went above and beyond with their excellent care and concern.

Memorial Contributions

Memorials may be directed to Central Wisconsin Christian School 301 Fox Lake Road Waupun WI 53963, call 920-324-4233, or visit They also may be directed to VCY America (Christian Radio Station) or visit



  1. Elaine Tanis Says: November 7, 2020 at 7:55 am

    My sincere sympathy to the entire family. Mary was a dear longtime friend of mine, dating back to our high school days in the 1940-50’s. Over the years whenever we visited her in Waupun we learned about her wonderful family. She loved you all and enjoyed sharing photos of the grandchildren and great grand-children. She was a hardworking loving mother, grandmother, nurse and dedicated volunteer. I count it a privilege to have been her friend. Elaine Buteyn Tanis, Holland, MI

  2. Jean Killinger Says: November 8, 2020 at 8:26 am

    I was a nursing classmate of Mary. She was fun to ride with to our clinicals, always good natured and positive. I am sure she left a mark on all that she touched.

  3. Margaret Furdek Says: November 9, 2020 at 9:02 am

    David, Gloria, Diane, Steve and all the grandchildren. I am so sorry for the loss of your wonderful mother and grandmother Mary. I met Mary in a water class at the YMCA. She was so positive and loving to everyone. We all loved her right back. Mary’s obituary speaks volumes of her intelligence, faith, and service to community. You have my deepest sympathy.

  4. Eduardo Arellano Says: November 9, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    Our deepest sympathy goes to all of the Rens family. We cherished the long friendship of
    Mary and Bob Rens ever since we arrived in Waupun the summer of 1974 . Both of them
    were the best neighbors you can ever have. She reached out and touched so many lives.
    She gave much of herself to others healing the sick and helping the needy. Family and
    faith came first. Her spirit truly lingers on and as she gazes from above. She will always
    have that smiling face looking down on us.

    Drs. Ed and Cora Arellano

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