Maria Rentel

Died: 2016-07-01
Resided in: Medford, MA
Viewing type: Celebration of Life
Viewing location: Mackey FH Rt 114, 128 S. Main St. Middleton
Viewing date: 2016-07-09 10:30-11am
Service type: Celebration of Life
Service date: 2016-07-09 / 11am
Service location: Mackey FH (rt.114) 128 S. Main St., Middleton
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Maria (Hertlein) (Sterling) Rentel, 91, of Winchester, Medford, and Beverly, MA., died peacefully at Rosewood Nursing Home, West Peabody, MA, on July 1, 2016. Born in Nurnberg, Germany, on October 11, 1924. Middle child and only daughter of the late Georg and Elise Hertlein. Beloved wife of the late Theodore Rentel. Former wife of the late Edward Sterling. She is survived by her daughters, Erika Bianchi, and her husband, Robert, of Middleton, MA, and Karin Chase, and her husband Leonard, of Boca Raton, FL; her grandchildren, Kristine Erwin, of Center Ossippee, NH, Kimberly Guerino, and her husband Eric, of Gilbert, AZ; Kyle Hirst, and his wife, Rayna, of California; Guy Hirst, of Birmingham, England; five greatgrandchildren and four stepdaughters, Joanna Rentel, of Exeter, NH, Theodora Rentel and her husband, Will Brunkhorst, of Hopkinton, NH, Leslie Rentel and her husband, Lawrence Sullivan, of Alton, NH, and Lauren Hirst and her husband, David, of Birmingham, England. A celebration of her life will be held at Mackey Funeral Home, 128 S. Main Street, Middleton, MA, on Saturday, July 9, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Perfect Paws Pet Ministry, All Saints Episcopal Church, 46 Cherry St., Danvers, MA 01923; or All Saints Episcopal Church, 46 Cherry St., Danvers, MA 01923; or the American Brain Tumor Association, 8550 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Ste. 550, Chicago, IL 60631. see

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We are unable to attend the services. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. We send our deep sympathy. Richard & Elaine Lennon
So sorry for the loss of your Mom, Karin. May happy memories bring you peace. John and Jeanne
Dear Erika, We are so sorry we will not be with you to celebrate your Mother's life. She must have been a great lady because she made a great daughter. Love to you and Bob. Patricia and Tony
She was a true force of nature -- fiercely alive and unapologetically happy -- and funny, really, really funny -- even when she saw herself diminished a little, each day, by her illness. Maria was deeply loved by us, for her unquenchable positivity, her humor, and her genuine ability to find joy when others might find depression and sadness. She never once asked, "Why me?" No! Maria Rentel was full of the light and grace of God to the very end. We will miss her terribly. Blessings to you, Erika, Bob, Karin, Lenny, Tina and Kim -- and all the family that Maria held so dear. May the God of who heals and comforts be with you in these days of loss and acceptance. Love, fran and gail
Karin and family; we are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers are with you during this time. Always thinking of you, Mike & Joan Chubbs

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