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Born: Nov 20, 1926

Date of Passing: Sep 11, 2017

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WILLIAM HUGO RENTZ William's funeral service will be held this afternoon, Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in Greenfield Baptist Church, 3712 114 St. NW, Edmonton, Alberta. Wojcik's Funeral Chapels & Crematoriums, Winnipeg, 2157 Portage Avenue, 204.897.4665
Publish Date: Sep 23, 2017

WILLIAM HUGO RENTZ November 20, 1926 - September 11, 2017 It is with great sadness the family announces William's passing on Monday, September 11, 2017 at 90 years of age. He is now in Heaven with his Lord and Saviour and family who he truly missed. Left mourn William's passing are his children, Karen, Lyndon, Bryon (Julie) and Ian (Michelle) along with his grandchildren, Jodi, Joel, Jerrold, Tara, Afton, Abby, Landon and Rylee. He also leaves behind his sister, Agnes Harsch and numerous relatives. He was predeceased by his wife, Gladys in 2003; his parents in 1963, brothers, Eugene in 1929, Eric in 1936, Waldie in 1971, Rueben 2005 and sister Lydia in 2009. William was born in Horschik, Ukraine. The family came to Canada in 1928 and settled in Morris, Manitoba. In 1944, he began in teacher training and taught throughout Manitoba. In January 1957, he embarked on a new journey to become the principal at the Soppo Teacher Training College in Soppo, Cameroons, Africa. In 1964, due to Karen's ill health, he resigned as missionary and the family started their journey back to Canada. On the trip home, they toured the Holy Lands. After arriving back in Canada, William began teaching chemistry at Grant Park High School. In 1986, he retired from teaching and he and Gladys moved to Edmonton. They enjoyed their retirement, socializing with good friends, travelling, fishing, garage sales, etc. until 2003 when Gladys passed away. After this, he travelled with his family to Germany, China, Europe, Hawaii, Florida and a Caribbean cruise. In December 2016, he moved back to Winnipeg. William's funeral service will be held in Edmonton, Alberta. The family would like to thank the staff at Pembina Place Personal Care Home for all the care he received. Wojcik's Funeral Chapels & Crematoriums, Winnipeg, 2157 Portage Avenue, 204.897.4665

Publish Date: Sep 16, 2017

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 23, 2017

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • I had Mr. Rentz for one class in grade 8. He was as others said, a nice man. He put up with a lot of us goofballs and took it all in stride. Two events stood out the most for me, one class we were tossing paper airplanes around. Most teachers would of told us to ground the birds and get back to work. However he saw we really enjoyed the plane tossing, and decided the following class we were to fold our best model, and there was going to be a contest for best flight! Another time I was goofing around too much and he decided to hand out 15 detentions. Our class was to end just before noon. So there we sat, a handful of delinquents on a nice summer day. Mr. Rentz sat at his desk, head down doing paperwork, never once looking up. So to break the monotony I thought it would be fun to exit the class via the open window. I made my up and out and to my amazement he never noticed. I thought for sure he would of noticed, but there I now stood on the grass looking at him through the window. The other students while amused stayed silent. But now I had a problem, I wouldn't be able to pull myself back up through the window. So I stood there waiting for him to realise I was not in my seat. After a minute I figured I'd just go home and have lunch, so I walked away. Next day I walk into the room and he calmly commented on my window departure. He never got mad, and I really think he saw the humour in it. I always treated him with respect, as did all the others in that class. It's a story that I tell three decades on. I wish his children the same longevity as he had. - Posted by: Don McMahon (Student) on: Dec 23, 2019

  • Mr. Rentz was my grade 10 chemistry teacher in 1975 at Grant Park High School. I've thought of him many times through the years because he was such a kind person. I recall being very bad at chemistry and really struggling getting through the year. I'd barely pass my tests or would even slightly fail. I was also very shy and sat at the back of the classroom. At one point he asked to see me after class and asked why I was having such a difficult time and how he could help me. I told him that I had wanted to try learning chemistry but have now discovered it's not my thing. After quietly listening he raised my 48% to a 50% knowing I wasn't going to be continuing down the chemistry or related path. I've never forgotten that....his kindness and sensibility. Thank you Mr. Rentz. May you Rest In Peace. - Posted by: Judy Ahrens-Townsend (Student) on: Sep 23, 2017

  • Mr. Rentz was my Chemistry teacher at Grant Park. I enjoyed his class very much; he was patient, kind and taught very well. I was sad to hear of his passing as he was one of my teachers that I have always remembered. I know he will be greatly missed. - Posted by: Louise Kondakow (Former student, Grant Park High School) on: Sep 23, 2017

  • Our deepest sympathy in the loss of your dad. - Posted by: Iris (Steinke) Kornelsen () on: Sep 16, 2017

  • Your father lived at our house while he taught school at Pebble Beach MB probably in 1945 or there about. My mother just passed away in 2010 (97 years young) but Dad was back in 1978. I don't remember Bill because I was just a toddler but my family spoke of him often and he came for a visit not too many years ago. - Posted by: Faye Mason (Budge) (known through familty) on: Sep 16, 2017

  • Our deepest condolences on the loss of your Dad. - Posted by: Judy and Floyd Boss (Friends of Karen and Lyndon) on: Sep 16, 2017

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