Lisa Rae Rens

Date of Death: Sep 10, 2013
Lisa Rae Rens
[highlight_text] (1966 – 2013) [/highlight_text] Lisa Rae Rens, 47, of Waupun, was born to eternal life Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at her home surrounded by her family.


[leftcolumn] Lisa was born May 8, 1966 in Waupun, the daughter of Robert E. and Judith E. Van Buren West. Lisa attended Waupun Schools, graduating from Waupun High School in 1984. On September 5, 1987 she married Donald W. Rens in Waupun. Following their marriage the couple resided for a brief time in Brandon prior to residing in Waupun for the remainder of their married lives. A loving wife and mother, Lisa wholeheartedly dedicated her life to her husband and children. Her passionate faith in the Lord strongly influenced her daily life and blessed her family. With no task too big or too small, Lisa gave her all to family and friends. Among her most treasured activities were time spent with her husband and children, traveling, and hosting gatherings. No area of Lisa’s life was left untouched by her meticulous nature. Lisa was employed at Bethel Christian Reformed Church in Waupun as secretary. Lisa was a member of Bethel Christian Reformed Church and served as a GEMS Counselor.
Lisa is survived by her husband, Donald W. Rens of Waupun; her children, Tyler Rens of Waupaca, Julia (Luke) Houdek of Beaver Dam, Mason (Andrea Brossard) Rens of Burnett, Madelyn (Aaron) Long of Bethany, Missouri, and Conrad Rens of Waupun; three grandchildren, Nikiah Johnston, Avery Rens, and Amelia Long; parents, Robert and Judy West; two sisters, Sara (Steve) Schneider of Omro and Trena (Trent) Brown of Sun Prairie; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Robert and Junice Rens; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Tom (Yenni) Rens of Neenah, Sue (Steve) Guell of Waupun, Mae (Greg) Kosciuk of Winneconne, and Jan (Pat) Nickel of Waupun; and aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.
Lisa was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Rob Rens; paternal grandparents, Helen and Robert West; maternal grandparents, Cornelius and Florence Van Buren; aunts, Constance West and Joann Van Buren; uncle, Charles Landaal; and cousin, Heath Van Buren.


[rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Visitation: [/highlight_text] Friends and relatives may call on the family on Friday at Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun from 4-8 p.m. and on Saturday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

[rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Services: [/highlight_text] Funeral services for Lisa Rae Rens will be held Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Bethel Christian Reformed Church in Waupun with Rev. Jeff Brower officiating.

[rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Burial: [/highlight_text] Burial will follow at Forest Mound Cemetery in Waupun.



  1. Elton & Sharon Posthuma Says: September 11, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Our sincere sympathy to your families in the passing of Lisa. May God be with you during this time. May you find comfort in wonderful memories that you have of Lisa.

  2. Patty Rinehart Says: September 11, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Thoughts and prayers for your family. May you find peace and strength through our precious Lord.

  3. Fred and Debbie Bennett Says: September 11, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Praying for comfort of knowing she is free of suffering and indeed has won the battle and is now safe in the arms of our Lord.

  4. Pete and Brenda Van Der Puy Says: September 11, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Our hearts go out to you at this time of loss. Knowing how great a friend Lisa was, I can only imagine how amazing she was as a wife and mother.

    My favorite memory of Lisa is when I was about due with Cameron and she showed up on my doorstep and announced she was giving me a pedicure and I wasn’t to argue about it! She helped me with house projects and cooking advice. And together Don and Lisa made the BEST home cooked meals.

    We feel so privileged to have known this amazing woman with a servant’s heart. We’re going to miss her.

    God bless.
    The Van Der Puy’s

  5. Ivan /Barb Van Essen Says: September 11, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    We express our deepest sympathy in the loss of a dear wife, mother, and friend. I have many fond memories of Lisa and your children during my years in Waupun. Even though she will be missed we thank God for her life and all the many lives she has touched. We,ll be praying for you and your familyin the days ahead as you grieve your loss. With sympathy, love and prayers………Your friends, Ivan and Barb Van Essen

  6. Mich and Linda Perry Says: September 12, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Our deepest sympathy goes out to you and
    your family.

  7. Celeste Gerner Says: September 12, 2013 at 9:16 am

    “Grief is not a sign of weakness, or the loss of faith, it is the price of love.”
    May God’s love wrap you in peace.
    Sympathy to you all
    Celeste Gerner

  8. Debb (Friese) Southard Says: September 12, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Lifting your family up in prayer at this time. Lisa was a classmate from WHS ’84. I will always remember her smile and laugh….

  9. Patsy Vande Zande Says: September 12, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    So sorry to hear this news.god will hold u all close.

  10. Kristine Snow Says: September 12, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    I was so sorry to hear of your wife’s passing. As you may remember I was at Relay for Life. I was touched by Lisa’s very personal speech and moved to tears even though I did not know her. Her love for you and the kids was such a testament to the strength of your family’s faith. You will have wonderful memories that will sustain you and I know she will be looking out for the best for your family. God bless all of your family.
    Kristine Snow

  11. My deepest sympathies to all of Lisa’s family and friends… What fun memories I have of that crazy girl from high school! I will always cherish them.

    Chris Judd
    Lake Arrowhead, CA

  12. Archie & Marianne Nugteren Says: September 12, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Dear Don, children and extended families: We extend to all of you our heartfelt condolences with Lisa’s passing. This has been a very long and difficult journey for you! Lisa is now safely in heaven and thoroughly enjoying it, but you are left behind for now, having to learn to cope with her obvious absence. Our earnest prayers continue to be with all of you. May God’s comforting presence give you hope, strength, and courage every new day.
    With our sincere sympathy, Archie & Marianne Nugteren

  13. Diane Alpaugh Says: September 13, 2013 at 10:25 am

    I was saddened to hear of Lisa’s passing. The loss of a parent is always very difficult especially when they are so young. I hope you are comforted by your fond memories and the love and support of your family, friends and colleagues.

    My best wishes to you all.

  14. Dean Vollmer Says: September 13, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Bob, Judy, Don and Family–my thoughts and prayers go out to you with my deepest sympathy. A loss like this is not easy to deal with. God Bless.

  15. Kristie Martin Says: September 15, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Donald, please know my heartfelt prayers are with you and your children at this time. Lisa was a woman who loved you and her whole family with all her heart! That was truly evident. It was an honor to know her. ~Kristie Martin

  16. Jim and Patsy Quick Says: September 16, 2013 at 7:47 am

    We feel so blessed to have known Lisa. Our prayers and sympsthy are with her family.

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