Nancy K. Rens

Date of Death: Aug 16, 2020
Nancy K. Rens

1942 - 2020

Nancy K. Rens, 78, of Brandon, was called home to heaven on August 16, 2020, with family by her side after a short, courageous battle with cancer.

She was born on February 6, 1942 in Waupun, WI the daughter of Donald & Dorothy (Peterson) Martin. Nancy graduated from Waupun High School in 1960 and married her high school sweet-heart, Jerry Rens on October 6, 1960. Nancy and Jerry raised their three children on the family farm in Brandon. Nancy was a great cook, especially with pies and potato salad. She loved to quilt and gave her beautiful creations to loved ones.

Nancy is survived by her husband, Jerry Rens; her daughter, Brenda (Jim) Nolte of Janesville; sons: Dennis (Gail) of Brandon, and Tony (Michele) of Waupun; grandchildren: Nick (Katy) Nolte, Justin (Molly) Nolte, Lea Ann (Chris) Gieck, Delvin (Brandi) Rens, D.J. (Kelley) Rens, Abbey Rens, Katie Rens, and Matthew Rens; great-grandchildren: Jayda, Alana, Zoey, Lennix, Rylin, Charley, Joe and Remi; brothers and sisters: Terry (Barb) Martin, Peter (Mary) Martin, Don (Dort) Martin, Julia Martin, Laurie (Mike) Shafer and Dottie Voigt; brothers-in-law: Vic (Pat) Rens and Duane (Candy) Rens; sister-in-law, Carla Bloesl; and many nieces and nephews.

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Lynda Koehler; and brother-in-law, Michael Bloesl.


Friends and relatives may call on the family on Wednesday at Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun from 4-7 p.m. and on Thursday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Please follow current Wisconsin COVID-19 protocol.


Funeral services for Nancy K. Rens will be held Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Reformed Church in Waupun with Dan Vande Zande officiating.


Burial will follow at Forest Mound Cemetery in Waupun.

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  1. Sue Ann Patrouille Says: August 17, 2020 at 5:49 pm

    So sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you Jerry and your family. All happened so fast.

  2. Diane Posthuma Says: August 17, 2020 at 5:55 pm

    So very very sorry to hear about Nancy…I did her hair for many years and always enjoyed talking with her about her family and loved to have her show me all the beautiful things she made…praying for your family as you now face life without her

  3. Bruce Wilterdink Says: August 17, 2020 at 7:45 pm

    We share your loss and we give thanks for a wonderful and kind lady of faith and love. God will give you His strength and peace. Pastor Bruce and Naomi Wilterdink

  4. Sherry Berrett Says: August 17, 2020 at 8:17 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss, thinking of you and your family

  5. Ambra Hovland Says: August 18, 2020 at 5:41 am

    Dear Brenda and family, I’m so very sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad, Ambra

  6. Donna Redman Says: August 18, 2020 at 8:31 am

    Nancy was a friend to many and an inspiration to all us quilters at Stitches ‘N Tyme quilt shop. She was passionate about her family and I feel I know every one of her grand children and great grand children from the great memories she shared. Cherish the quilts she gifted you with, every stitch was made with love. It was my honor to have her as a friend and employee.

  7. Dyhanne and John Neuens Says: August 18, 2020 at 1:31 pm

    So sorry for the loss of your very special loved one. Prayers for the family. May God bring you all comfort and special memories to keep her near to your hearts.

  8. Brian Rindt and family Says: August 18, 2020 at 3:09 pm

    So sorry for loss our prayers are with you alway.

  9. Sue Stephenson Cluka Says: August 19, 2020 at 3:08 pm

    I’m so very sorry to hear of Nancy’s passing..
    My sympathies to Jerry and family!!
    Sue Stephenson Cluka

  10. Doris Hopp Says: August 20, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    Jerry and family. I’m so sorry for your loss. I would have come to events and served on committee. However I’m struggling with severe pinched nerve. I always enjoyed Nancy and her willingness to serve. Also helping with meals on wheels. May you be comforted by Gods grace as you go through this difficult time.

  11. Jack and Lani Nummerdor Says: August 20, 2020 at 7:20 pm

    Our deepest sympathy to your whole family. We will continue to keep you in our prayers.

  12. Mary Van Lanen Says: August 24, 2020 at 4:49 pm

    Sending my deepest sympathy and prayers to your Family. I will miss Nancy dearly. God bless all.

  13. John White Says: October 3, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    Rens family: We extend our sympathies to the whole family. What a dear lady! She radiate so much love and fun. We’ll always cherish the quilt she made that is hanging on our living room wall. God be with you all. Stay strong in the Lord, Pastor John and Marue White

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