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Burla Renz

March 18, 2018 GMT

PENDER — Services for Burla Dean Renz, 90, of Pender, will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 20, at the United Church of Pender in Pender. The Rev. Steven Breazier will officiate. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday at the United Church of Pender. Burial will be in Rosehill Cemetery in Pender.

She died Thursday, March 15, 2018, at Legacy Garden Rehabilitation and Living Center in Pender.

Memorials are suggested to the Pender-Thurston Education & Community Foundation Fund or the United Church of Pender.

Arrangements are under the direction of Munderloh - Smith Funeral Home in Pender.


Burla Dean was born in Thurston on Dec. 5, 1927, the daughter of Alvin and Opal (Frey) Merry. She graduated from Thurston High School. She married Leroy Kratky on June 12, 1947. To this union, three children were born, Kenneth, Merry Lou and Debra. Leroy died in November 1959. In 1962, she married Dutch Renz.

Burla Dean was a member of the United Church of Pender.

She is survived by a son, Kenneth (Nancy) Kratky of Longmont, Colo., two daughters, Merry Lou (Louis) Rutar of Thurston and Deb (Ray) Welsh of Pender, 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, special friend Helen Kratky of Omaha, special friend Pam Freudenburg of Lincoln, sisters-in-law Charlene Merry of Pender, Jeannie Kratky of Pender, Beth Renz of Pender, Darlene Smith of Decatur, Betty Hagberg of Michigan and Mildred Babb of Oregon; two stepsisters, Marilyn (Fred) Lovelace and Sharon Fabry, stepbrother Ronnie (Linda) Fabry all of Omaha, stepsister-in-law Sandra Fabry of Lincoln, along with many nieces and nephews.

Burla Dean was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, Leroy Kratky and Dutch Renz, twin grandsons, brother Darrel Merry and stepmother Martha Merry.