Carolyn E (Gentzhorn) Rensberger

July 10, 1923 ~ September 6, 2019 (age 96)


Carolyn E. Rensberger passed away at 10:05 a.m. Friday, September 6, 2019 .  She was born on July 10, 1923 in Fort Wayne, IN.  Her parents were Ruth Bernice Berlin and Donald Lester Gentzhorn.  When she was about five years old, the family moved to Nappanee, Indiana.  Carolyn attended school and graduated from Nappanee High School.  As a young girl she learned to play the piano and organ, which she did for the local Presbyterian Church.

Carolyn married her high school sweetheart, Robert L. Rensberger in Nappanee on February 3, 1946.  They lived a short time in Beloit, Wisconsin before settling in South Bend, Indiana where she lived as a homemaker all of her life.  At that time her hobbies included crafts, gardening and playing the piano. She never lost that talent.  At the age of 94, after an extensive absence from playing the piano she remarkably sat down and played “Silent Night” beautifully at a family Christmas Event.

Robert, her husband of 61 years passed away on September 6, 2007 exactly 12 years before her, on the same day of this year he reached down from heaven he took her hand and now they are together.

 Carolyn spent her remaining years at Signature Healthcare in Bremen.  Left to honor her memory are two sons and a daughter, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  They are sons Terry (Sharon) Rensberger of South Bend, Jeff (Nancy) Rensberger of Mishawaka and daughter Cindy Walla of Houston, TX.  Grandchildren Dave (Jessica) Rensberger, Scott Rensberger, Katherine (Daniel) Maddox, Kelsey (Matthew) Went, Kara Fisher and Michael (Whitney) Fisher.  Great Grandchildren Audrey Rensberger, Caleigh and Caydence Maddox, Kaylee Young and Harper Went.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 10th at Palmer Funeral Home – Guisinger Chapel, 3718 S Michigan St, South Bend, IN. Pastor Brian White will be officiating.  Graveside services and burial will follow at South Union Cemetery, Nappanee, IN.  Friends may visit with the family from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

Contributions in memory of Carolyn E. Rensberger may be made to Thomas Cellini Huntington’s Foundation 3019 East End Ave, South Chicago Heights, IL 60411 or Harbor Light Hospice 1820 E. Day Road, Mishawka, IN 46545.  Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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September 10, 2019

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Palmer Funeral Home - Guisinger Chapel
3718 S. Michigan St.
South Bend, IN 46614

Funeral Service
September 10, 2019

1:00 PM
Palmer Funeral Home - Guisinger Chapel
3718 S. Michigan St.
South Bend, IN 46614

Graveside Services following
September 10, 2019

South Union Cemetery
30596 County Road 50
Nappannee, IN 46550


Harbor Light Hospice
1820 E. Day Road, Mishawaka IN 46545
Tel: 1-800-662-8889

Thomas Cellini Huntington's Foundation
3019 East End Ave, South Chicago Heights IL 60411

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