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Posted: Monday, October 1, 2012 10:35 am

Inez M. Zastrow, Lois E. Bowers-Rens

Inez M. Zastrow

Inez M. Zastrow, 88, of Watertown, passed away Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at Golden Assisted Living.

Inez was born on Aug. 28, 1924, in Oconomowoc, the daughter of Edward and Hilda (Smith) Bankert. She was a graduate of Oconomowoc High School. She married Eldor Zastrow on Oct. 19, 1946, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Ixonia, where she was a lifelong member. She was employed at the Daytime Bakery for most of her life.

Survivors include, one brother, Edward (Mary) Bankert of Oconomowoc; nephew, Eugene Kieck, of Ixonia; one sister-in-law, Elaine Bankert, of Oconomowoc. She is also survived by a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, one brother and four sisters.

Funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Ixonia, with the Rev. Martin Stuebs presiding. Visitation will be held at 9 a.m. prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in Lutheran Cemetery Watertown. Memorials to St. John’s Lutheran Church, Ixonia, would be appreciated by the family.

Pederson-Nowatka Funeral Home Watertown is caring for the family. Online condolences can be made at

Pederson-Nowatka Funeral Home, 213 S. Fifth St. Watertown

Lois E. Bowers-Rens

WATERTOWN/BELLEVILLE — Lois E. Bowers-Rens, 92, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012 at Rainbow Hospice Care in Johnson Creek.

 She was born on July 29, 1920, to her parents Gilman J. and Mary (Schwartz) Bowers at Hawley, Minn. Lois graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. While a student at Platteville she met and married her husband, Mitchell L. Rens.

During World War II Lois taught in Baraboo while her husband served in the Army overseas. Later she substitute taught for many years at St. Pius Elementary School in Rochester, Minn. The couple then moved to Illinois and Lois enjoyed her career working in real estate for Century 21. Lois and Mitchell retired to a small farm in Wisconsin to raise sheep and border collies.

Lois loved and enjoyed her family and their many occasions to celebrate. It was her pleasure to show love and affection to her family through meals, family visits and special occasions. The dinner table was a place to create lasting memories and share conversations with family. She also enjoyed spinning wool, quilting, knitting, crocheting and bird watching. Lois’ joy of summer was the week she spent with family at Shawano Lake.  

Lois and Mitch had 54 loving years together and raised seven wonderful children; Mary (Thomas) Gray, Kenneth (Helen) Rens, Margaret (Michael) Hughes, Mitchell (Ann) Rens, Nancy (James) Miller, Peter (Brenda) Rens, and Charles (Joi Lynn) Rens. She is further survived by her sister Ruth Bowers; grandchildren Melinda, Melanie, Amanda, Teresa, Rosanna, Brendan, Daniel, Adam, Taylor, Paige, Mariah, Calvin, Mitchell and Elizabeth; great-grandchildren Derek, Lauren, Aiden, Molly, Cooper and Lexie.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Mitchell, a son Kenneth, and a sister Virginia Bosley.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. today at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 338 S. Harrison St., Belleville, with the Rev. Michael Moon officiating with burial in St. James Cemetery.

The Becker-Beal Funeral Home of Belleville served the family.

The family would like to thank the staff of Rainbow Hospice Care and all the special people who cared for her.

Memorials are suggested to Rainbow Hospice Care.

An online memorial with guest book is available at

Becker-Beal Funeral Home, 109 Greenway Cross Belleville

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