Funeral Mass for Doris Renschen, 87, will be at 12:00 p.m., Thursday, November 29, 2018 at Holy Family Catholic Church with Father Phil Seeton officiating.
Burial will be at Highland Cemetery under the direction of Lawton Ritter Gray Funeral Home.
Viewing will begin on Tuesday and continue until her Funeral Mass. There will be a special visitation from 6-8 p.m. with a Rosary at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 in the Lawton Ritter Gray Funeral Home Chapel.
Doris passed away after a brief illness on Thursday, November 22, 2018 in Lawton. Her daughter Pam, tells a story about the time that her son, Joe whom she calls Marilyn went hunting and got a deer that ran into the pond and Doris pulled it out of the water.
Doris was born in Faxon on October 22, 1931 to Carl and Lois Benke; she was one of three children born to this union. Doris’ mother passed away in childbirth when she was three years old. Doris’ father remarried Lahoma Bertram and they had eight children; making Doris one of eleven children total. She grew up on the family farm and continued to live on a farm for the entirety of her life. Living on the family farm was not an easy life; there was no running water and Doris was often tasked with going to fetch water to bring it back to the farmhouse. She also helped on the farm with plowing and milking cows. This is when she fell in love with cows and that love of animals stayed with her. She attended and graduated from St. Mary’s School in 1950. On December 26, 1952, Doris married the love of her life, Henry at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. After their marriage, Henry and Doris moved to a rural farm with one cow and a hundred dollar bill. Henry and Doris raised their family on their farm and were longtime residents of Geronimo. Henry passed away in 2005. Doris was a member and president of the association for retarded citizens (ARC). In addition to farming, she also worked at Greiner's School for children with special needs. Later in life, Doris attended Cameron College, where she studied Early Childhood Education. She also worked as a head start teacher for several years. For over twenty years, she owned and operated D.R's preschool in Lawton.
She is survived by her son: Joe Renschen; her five daughters and their spouses: Sue and Ken Cabelka, Linda and Wayne Pendergraph, Lois Renschen, Pam Renschen and Tonia Renschen; her brother: Charles Benke; her sisters and their spouses: Geraldine Burk, Carlene and Howard Inzer, Gloria Gueydan, Alice and Rich Cook, and Angie Benke-Morris; 14 Grandchildren and 21 Great grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husband Henry Renschen, her parents; her son: Richard Renschen; her brother: Larry Benke; her three sisters: Dorothy Hennessy, Donna Birkenfield, and Mary Parrish.