February 3, 2013

Ruth C. Paxton

by Sarah Einselen

WINAMAC — Ruth C. Rentschler Paxton 87, Rochester, and formerly of Fulton, Ind., passed away at 9:20 p.m. Saturday Feb. 2, 2013, at Life Care Center of Rochester.

She was born on June 14, 1925 in Roanoke, Va., the daughter of James L. and Georgianna (Perdue) Stinnett. She married Byron H. Rentschler and he preceded her in death in 1980. On April 19, 1986 in Fulton, Ind., she married Edward L. Paxton and he survives.

Mrs. Paxton had been a homemaker. She was a member of the Hillcrest Baptist Church, Rochester, Ind., and had been active in the Fulton Three C’s Club and Eastern Star. In her spare time she enjoyed cooking, especially making and decorating cakes, collecting antiques, crocheting, and singing.

Survivors include her husband, Edward L. Paxton, Rochester, Ind., daughter, Judy and husband Dennis Sensenich, Millersburg, Ind., sons, Larry and wife Barbara Rentschler, Fulton, Ind., Roy and wife Tender Rentschler, Fulton, Ind., stepchildren, Judy Ann Paxton, Rochester, Ind., Charles Paxton, Las Vegas, Nev., Dale and Jeannie Paxton, Plymouth, Ind., Tonya and husband Michael Winnrotte, Plymouth, Ind., Lisa and husband Richard Boal, Plymouth, Ind., grandchildren, Angie Kulczar, Millersburg, Ind., Deborah Sensenich and husband Darin Friesen, St. Louis, Mo., Patrick Bryon and wife Brooke Rentschler, Grass Creek, Ind., Lacey and husband Adam Miller, Greenwood, Ind., Andrew and wife Heather Rentschler, Denver, Ind., Jeremy and wife Jessica Rentschler, Lucerne, Ind., 12 great-grandchildren, and sister, Christine Marsh, Shelby, Ind.

She was preceded in death by her parents, granddaughter, Candace Bailey, sisters, Mary Smith and Ida Gregg, brothers, George Stinnett and Robert Stinnett, and stepson, Gary Paxton.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Ind., with the Dr. James Gabhart officiating. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Fulton Cemetery, Fulton, Ind. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hillcrest Baptist Church, Rochester, Indiana or the Alzheimer’s Association.

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