Marguerite E. Rentschler

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Marguerite Ellen Rentschler, 97, of Hiawatha, died Sunday July 21, 2019. 

Funeral services were July 29, at Cedar Memorial Chapel of Memories, Cedar Rapids.

Marguerite was born May 23, 1922, in Guttenberg, the daughter of Elmer and Bertha (Staebler) Harbaugh. Marguerite married Laverl Rentschler at Millville on Feb. 14, 1942. 

Marguerite followed Laverl while he was in the service to Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., where she worked serving the soldiers in the dining area. Then to Camp Douglas, Wyo. POW camp serving German and Italian prisoners. They returned to Guttenberg where she worked at the egg and button factories.

In the early 50s the family relocated to the Cedar Rapids-Hiawatha area where she was a homemaker, caring dearly for her family. Marguerite for many years commuted back and forth enjoying her cabin on Esmann Island along the Mississippi River. She was always working in her yard planting and caring for her beautiful flowers. She loved country music and never missed listening to Lawrence Welk. Back in the day she could be found dancing at Lakeside Ballroom in Guttenberg. In the winters she enjoyed sewing, quilting and putting puzzles together. 

She was always ready for a good card game with family and friends. Marguerite was a kind and loving person and will forever remain in the hearts of her family and friends.

Survivors include a daughter, Penny (Arnold) Heisdorffer and son Terry (Jana) Rentschler of Cedar Rapids; sister, Ruth Bird of Guttenberg, and brother, Harlan Harbaugh of Cedar Rapids; grandchildren, Amy McFadden of Flower Mound, Texas, Eric (Adrianne) Heisdorffer of North Liberty. Natasha Rentschler of Denver. Colo., Jonathon (Sarah) Rentschler of Aurora, Colo.; great-grandchildren, Kylie, Erica and Nicholas Heisdorffer, and Kiyah and Joseph Rentschler. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two brothers, Charlie and Jack Harbaugh; brother-in-law, Merlin Bird and sister-in-law, Pat Harbaugh.

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