Mary Jill Rentschler

Posted: Sunday, July 04, 2010

Mary Jill Rentschler of Grove City, Ohio, died June 29, 2010 after a short fight against brain cancer. She was 71.

Born in Middeltown, Ohio on September 13, 1938 to Carl and Madeleine Rentschler, Jill was a 1956 graduate of Fenwick High School in Middletown and earned her Bachelor of Arts in sociology from St. Mary's College at Notre Dame in 1960. She married James Thompson in 1960 and moved to New York City, then to California to start their family. Jill lived in Fresno, Calif. from 1961 to 1968 and Palm Springs, Calif. from 1968 to 1973 before moving with her family to Juneau, where she was the registrar at Juneau-Douglas High School from 1974 to 1988. She retired in 1993 as a social worker with the State of Alaska Office of Children's Services.

After retirement, she returned to Ohio to be closer to family and spent much time enjoying travel with her longtime companion Jim Weber. Jill was an extremely generous, caring and thoughtful person who is remembered fondly by many. She devoted much of her time to community and charitable organizations, including the PEO Sisterhood, the Grove City Women's Civic Club and the Florence Grossman Cancer Ray. Jill was an avid animal lover and enjoyed playing cards with friends.

She is preceded in death by parents Carl and Madeleine Rentschler; sister, Gabrielle Weber; and James Thompson.

Jill is survived by her children, Michael (Evelyn) Thompson, Charles (Joyce Leong) Thompson, Carlene (James) Blaich and Amy (Roberto Orellana) Thompson; grandchildren Erik, Charles and Dylan Thompson, Kyle Blaich and Carlos Orellana; James Weber and many close cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

A memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 5, 2010 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 3730 Broadway, Grove City, Ohio, with reception to follow. Rev. Fr. Joe Trapp is officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Florence Grossman Cancer Ray. Arrangements are entrusted to the Spence-Miller Funeral Home in Grove City.

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