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John (Johannes) Rentz (Renz)
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Birth: Nov. 13, 1845, Germany
Death: Dec. 21, 1922
Sinking Spring
Berks County
Pennsylvania, USA

Born in Unterlenningen Germany and came to America in 1856 with his father, Johann Caspar Renz (1819-1894) and mother, Eva Rosina Renz, nee Huber. (1823-1909)

A veteran of the Civil War, he enlisted in 1862, in the 151st Pennsylvania Regiment, Company G. On July 1, 1863, he was shot in the leg at McPherson's Ridge on the first day of battle at Gettysburg. He spent many weeks in convalescence. His name appears in Samuel Bates work on Pennsylvania Regiments in the Civil War (;rgn=full+text;size=100;view=image)

Following the war, he married Emma Elizabeth Weitzel (April 1, 1850-September 9, 1920) on December 5, 1868. They were married at Haines Church in Wernersville, Pennsylvania, by Reverend Charles Augustus Pauli.

The father of 12 children, 8 of whom predeceased him, John Rentz worked as a farmer and as a restorer of farms in the Reading Pennsylvania area. After 1900 he bought and sold suburban real estate. He died at the home of his son, George M. Rentz. In addition to George, he was survived by his children, George Monroe (January 4, 1873-June 23, 1942)of Sinking Spring, Charles Milton (January 4, 1871-September 29, 1948) of Wernersville, Howard Siegfried (September 18, 1879-November 19, 1945), of Reading and Adam Frederick (July 18, 1890-October 1960) of Lancaster. He was also survived by his brothers and sisters, Charles of Mohnton, William of West Lawn, Anne Christiana (Miller) of Sinking Spring and Rosie (Ruth) of Mohnton.

The following obituary appeared in the Reading Eagle:

Sinking Spring-December 22. John Rentz died at the residence of his son, George M. Rentz near this borough, aged 77 years, 1 month and 8 days.

Surviving are his children, Milton of Wernersville, George M. of Sinking Spring, Howard S. of Reading and A. (Adam) Fred (Frederick) of Lancaster. Also surviving are 19 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Also surviving are his brothers and sisters, Charles of Mohnton, William of West Lawn, Mrs. Robert Miller of Sinking Spring, and Mrs. William Ruth of Mohnton.

He was a veteran of the Civil War and saw active service at the Battle of Gettysburg where he was wounded.

He was a member of the Hain's Reformed Church. The funeral will be Wednesday, December 27, at 9:30 at the home of George M. Rentz in East Sinking Spring. Further services and interment at Hain's Reforemd Church. Funeral Director C. Norman Lamm has charge. His wife (Emma), four daughters and four sons preceded him in death.

The pall bearers were six grandchilden as follows: John, Lloyd, Floyd, Fred, Irwin and Emerson

Family links: 
  Johann Caspar Rentz (Renz) (1819 - 1894)
  Eva Rosina Huber Rentz (1823 - 1909)
  Emma Elizabeth Weitzel Rentz (1850 - 1920)
  John Wellington Rentz (1869 - 1869)*
  Charles Milton Rentz (1871 - 1948)*
  Albert Henry Rentz (1874 - 1907)*
  Lydia Rebecca Rentz Whitmoyer (1876 - 1909)*
  Howard Seigfried Rentz (1879 - 1945)*
  Amelia Louise Rentz Sheidy (1881 - 1903)*
  James Irvin Rentz (1883 - 1884)*
  Andrew Pierce Rentz (1886 - 1886)*
  Eva Catherine Rentz (1887 - 1906)*
  Adam Frederick Rentz (1891 - 1961)*
  John (Johannes) Rentz (Renz) (1845 - 1922)
  Dietrich Rentz (Renz) (1846 - 1864)*
  William Rentz (1858 - 1946)*
  Annie R. Rentz Miller (1864 - 1937)*
*Calculated relationship
Saint Johns Cemetery
Berks County
Pennsylvania, USA
Created by: John Rentz
Record added: Mar 06, 2005
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John (Johannes) Rentz (Renz)
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John (Johannes) Rentz (Renz)
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