Nov 14 1923 – June 18, 2015
It is with great sadness and heavy hearts we announce our beloved mothers passing. Mary was born in Karolinow, Poland, the third daughter of Ludwig and Lydia Rentz. The family immigrated to Canada in 1928 settling in the Barrhead, Alberta area.
After a career in nursing, she married Robert Gruenke, our parents farmed in the Dawson Creek area for over forty years, and moved to the Chilliwack area after retirement. Mary was predeceased by her husband Robert, brothers Robert Rentz, Irvin Rentz, sisters Olga Paul, Erna Paul and Frieda Johnson.
Mom will be dearly missed by her sisters Clara McKay, and Elsie (John) Orton of Edmonton, sister-in-law law Agnes Rentz of Barrhead. Children Elaine (Russel) Braaten, Bob Gruenke (Siri), Gail Ketola (Richard), Darren Gruenke (Heidi), and loved by her many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 6:30 – 8:00pm Wednesday, June 23, Chilliwack Funeral Home, 45901 Victoria Ave, Chilliwack, with the funeral service at 10:00 am Thursday, June 25, 2015 at Henderson’s Funeral Home.
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Henderson’s Funeral Homes 604-792-1344