Mrs. Irene Claire “Renie” Lenhart, 70, of Port Clinton, passed away Thursday, November 1, 2007 while in the company of family members at Magruder Hospital. Irene was born in Elyria, on February 8, 1937, the daughter of the late Daniel George and Rose Lucy (Bihn) Herman.
Irene worked as a Primary school teacher for Keystone School District in LaGrange and Elyria City Schools in Elyria. After receiving her certification in 1964 for Speech and Hearing Pathology she worked for the Lima City Schools as a Speech Pathologist. Irene received her M.S. in Education from the University of Dayton in 1992. Irene retired in 2003 after 28 years of service to the education field.
Irene Lenhart will be remembered for the love and joy she had for her family and being a leader in life-long educational pursuits. Some of the hobbies she enjoyed doing with her family were cooking, traveling, gardening and having great conversation with everyone who crossed her path. She enjoyed sharing stories about her family life and seeing the good in all. She had a strong faith in God.
She was the wife of Donald D. Lenhart Jr. They were married on December 20, 1956 in Angola, Indiana. They renewed their wedding vows in Catawba Island, on February 10, 2007 during their 50th Anniversary Celebration. He survives her.
Irene is survived by a daughter, Lisa (Lenhart) Schadel of Findlay; sons, Donald Dale Lenhart III of Hugo, Minnesota, Steven McVeay Lenhart of Hilliard, James Burr Lenhart of Phoenix, Arizona, Brian Scott Lenhart of Columbus, and Matthew Sean Lenhart of Chandler, Arizona; grandchildren, Danielle Lee “Nel” (Lenhart) Besser of Maplewood, Minnesota, Jessica Renee Schadel of Bowling Green, Donald Dale “Davey” Lenhart IV of Hugo, Minnesota, Derek Austin Schadel of Findlay, Lindsey McKenna Lenhart of Columbus, Chelsey Elizabeth Lenhart of Columbus, Justin Scott Lenhart of Columbus, Sophia Blair Lenhart of Hilliard, and Anna Clair Lenhart of Hilliard.
She is also survived by sisters, Dorothy Bruce of Brunswick, Agnes Bach of Lacey, Washington, Helen Chappell of Oberlin, and Eileen Streibel, her twin sister, of Waco, Texas.
Irene was preceded in death by her brother, Ralph Herman; and sisters, Anna Abbey and Cecelia Bruce.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, November 4, 2007 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. at Routson Funeral Chapel, 201 Osborn Ave., Findlay. Visitation will also be held Monday, November 5, 2007 from 10 to 11 A.M. at the College First Church of God, Findlay, where a Religious Service will be held at 11 A.M. Interment is scheduled to follow at Maple Grove Cemetery Findlay.
Family request donations to American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, 555 E. Wells St., Suite 1100, Milwaukee, WI 53202-3823