Nancy Lee Rentschler

May 06, 1941 ‒ January 03, 2019

Marion, Ohio

The classy and sassy Nancy Lee Rentschler passed away Thursday, January 3, 2019, at Riverside Hospital in Columbus.  Nancy was 77 years old and a lifelong resident of Marion, Ohio.

On May 6, 1941, Nancy was born in Marion, one of five children of the late William Russell and Genevieve Ruth (Siegfried) Gorrell.  Nancy graduated from Marion Harding High School in 1959.

Nancy lived a life of devotion to others.  Her strong Christian faith and hardworking personality contributed to her many years of service as a cook for the Marion City Schools.  After a career of twenty-five years with the City Schools, she found her second calling at Marion General Hospital as a Patient Support Assistant.  Here, she was able to care for countless friends and family members, helping ease their pain during difficult times. Nancy worked at Marion General Hospital until she was 75 years old.

A woman of deep faith, Nancy attended the Marion First Church of the Nazarene.

Nancy was also an avid Ohio State fan and never missed an opportunity to cheer on her Buckeyes.

Above all, Nancy loved her family.  She was the matriarch and backbone of the family.   Her kindness and compassion shaped her children’s lives.  Making time for her siblings was a must, and she would invite them over for dinner at least once a month.  She also loved getting her family together for birthdays and Christmas and ensuring everyone was spoiled…especially her grandchildren.

Nancy will be missed by her children: Melba Keplinger of Marion, Rhonda Goings of Marion, and Melvin (Kelly) Rentschler II of Lima; sons-in-law: Kraig Keplinger and Todd Goings; grandchildren: Korey (Jessie) Keplinger, Christopher (Jessie) Rentschler, Kaleigh (Josh) Pace, Cheyenne Rentschler, and Kyle Goings; great-grandchildren: Reylyn and Charlie; brothers: Les (Marilyn) Gorrell of Marion, and Russell “Butch” Gorrell of Delaware; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to Nancy’s parents, she was preceded in death by former husband, Melvin Lee Rentschler I, and sisters: Peggy Postell and Mary Blevins.

Friends may call from 3 – 6 pm on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at Snyder Funeral Homes, GUNDER/HALL Chapel, 347 West Center St., Marion, where services honoring her life will follow at 6 pm.  Burial services will be observed privately by her family at Marion Cemetery at a later date.

Her family would like to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to Dr. Bhinder and his staff, Riverside 5th Floor Orange Unit, Bonnie Burggraf, Butch and Les Gorrell, and Deb Wortz for all the wonderful care they helped to provide for Nancy.

Donations may be made in Nancy’s honor to the American Cancer Society (

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to serve Nancy’s family.  Online condolences and memories may be expressed by visiting


  • R.I.P Aunt Nancy you got your Angel Wings you are at peace now. Love ❤️ you Margie. prayers for Melba Rhonda Melvin. If you need anything Please let me know.

  • Melba I am so sorry for your loss and the loss to the rest of your family. Nancy was a wonderful person and mother. Proof of that is in the great children she raised. May she Rest In Peace.

  • My Condolences to family and friends. May you find comfort amongst each other and most importantly in the God of all comforts (2 Corinthians 1:3-4). May you also find comfort in knowing that God will soon take away all the sorrow and pain and promises a better future where we can see our loved ones again. (Revelation 21:4; Psalms 37:29)

  • I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. She was a great sister in law. We shared alot of things on Facebook. I will miss her alot.

  • We have lived next door to Nancy for 11 years.
    She was such a great person.
    Always a loud hello with a smile every time she saw us out.
    We will miss her.
    RIP Nancy.
    Brad and Pilar Edler

  • I worked with Nancy for many years at Marion General. She took care of my own family members and you will never find someone with so much passion for her patients. She is dancing with Martha now. My deepest sympathy to all of you.

  • My prayers and heart go out to Nancy’s family. I have got to know her through the love, compassion and dedication of her daughters, and the woman they are.
    Life will not be the same, but she will always be with you.

  • I remember Nancy Lee from working at the hospital and from Korey’s wrestling days. She was a very sweet lady. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • I’m so very sorry for your lost. Aunt Nancy had such a big and loving heart.She loved her kids and grandchildren unconditionally and loved all her family and friends.She always had a beautiful smile.Aunt Nancy you will truly be missed.Your up in heaven with the rest of the angels. I love you.


  • Melba and Rhonda, You have my sincerest sympathy. I have know Nancy for years since we were in the same graduating class at Harding and then had the privilege of meeting her lovely daughters. Nancy was a sweet, kind person.
    Sharon Kantzer

  • Melba, Rhonda, Melvin Lee, and all the rest of her family. I am so sorry for your loss; it is a great loss for all of us. We all loved her so much. She was such a wonderful, sweet, kind and compassionate person with such a giving heart. She loved her God, and now she is with him. We will miss her terribly, but will take comfort in the fact that she is no longer in pain, and she is with her God now. I love you all so much. Good Bye Aunt Nancy until we meet again.


  • I worked with Nacey at MGH for years. She was a very sweet woman. Keeping her family in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Dear Melba, Rhonda and family, I am so very sorry to hear about your loss. I know how dedicated you were to your mom and understand the terrible loss you feel. Looking at her picture, I see her in both of you in her very kind face. You are her legacy and will keep her memory alive, My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Prayers and sadness for you all to lose such an incredible person and servant to others, never thinking of herself! Worked with Nancy for years at Marion General, loved her smiling face and positive attitude, she was such a positive experience! Her and Martha are in heaven, smiling down on us and definitely doing the dance! She gave me incredible memories that I will cherish from my days at MGH! She will be missed!

  • So Sorry for your loss. Your Mom was a Wonderful, fun lady to be around, she always had a smile! Prayers for God’s Peace and Comfort during this difficult time.

  • Melba and Rhonda,
    Our sincere sympathy to you and your family. We are unable to attend calling times, however, you all will be in our thoughts and prayers. Your mother was so kind and thoughtful just like both of you. Love, Fred and Margie

  • Melba, Rhonda and Melvin,

    The Smith Family loved your mother and will miss her smile and sense of humor. She was a great lady and a one-of-a-kind gentle soul. You and your family will be in our hearts and prayers.

    To Les, Marilyn and Butch,

    You were fortunate to have a wonderful sister who is with the Lord and now one of his angels in heaven like she was an angel on earth. Prayers go out to you and your families as well. Nancy and my mother Betty are now together with the rest of the family.

    Love and Blessings, Cheryl (Smith) Burket, Red (Marion), Bruce & Lori, Steve & Lisa, Jeff and Greg Smith.