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Eileen Rennecker , 82, of Whitley County, passed away at 6:55 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, at the Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home in Fort Wayne.
Mrs. Rennecker was born on April 14, 1930, in Hampshire, England, a daughter of Fredrick Charles and Bessie (Dunning) Holmes.
She spent her formative years in Hampshire, and graduated from Fairfield Senior in 1944. In her teens she witnessed the battle of Britain from her backyard.
On Feb. 8, 1947, she was married in Basingstoke, England at the age of 16 to Alfred S. Hutton.
The couple then moved from Hampshire, England to Indiana where she had lived since 1947.
She was employed at Byron Health Center and assisted her daughter, Linda, at the Watering Can for more than 30 years.
Mrs. Rennecker was a member of First Eel River Baptist Church were she used her decorating skills to insure the church was always ready for any type of service with fresh flowers.
Mrs. Rennecker enjoyed sewing, gardening, flower arranging, puzzles and going to Shipshewana.
Surviving relatives include three daughters, Linda (Dennis) Reiling of Churubusco, Cynthia Fahl of Larwill and Laura (Tim) Beucler of Columbia City; two sons, Steven (Vicki) Hutton of Leo and Barry Hutton of Largo, Fla.; four sisters, Phyllis Hellstone of Basingstoke, England, Barbra Geary of Sturminster Newton, England, Sylvia Kingston of Basingstoke, England and Shirley (Gilbert) Provis of Treochy Rhondda Glam, Wales; four brothers, Cyril (Joy) Holmes of Kingston, England, Geoffrey Holmes of Basingstoke, England, Robert (Vivian, Barbra) Holmes of Basingstoke, England and Mervyn Holmes of Basingstoke England; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Her first husband, Alfred, preceded her in death in 1975. She is also proceeded in death by her second husband, Richard Rennecker, in 1981. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Bessie Elzey and Winifred Irene Cook.
The funeral services will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home, with Pastor Glen Frances, officiating.
The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home from 3 to 7 p.m. today, and one hour prior to the service.
The burial will be in the Eel River Cemetery, Allen County. Memorials may be directed to Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home.
To leave an online condolence for the family, log on to www.sheetsandchilds.net.