Betty Jeanne Rentschler


Betty J. Rentschler, (BJ) 65 was promoted from this earth into heaven on November 22, 2010 11:09p.m. at Olathe Medical Center, Olathe, Kansas.

A Celebration of Life will be held in BJ’s honor at the Olathe Club of the Deaf 225 South Chestnut Olathe, Kansas on Saturday, December 4, 2010 at noon. Donations in lieu of flowers are appreciated.  Any donations that exceed final expenses will be donated to the Kansas School of the Deaf in BJ’s honor.

BJ was born June 11, 1945 in ElDorado, Kansas. She was a lifelong resident of Kansas who attended the Kansas School for the Deaf. She loved crafting, was a talented artist, loved Clydesdale horses and all things Southwest. She was quite the bowler, enjoyed water sports, and loved playing cards and Olingo at the Olathe Club of the Deaf. She especially loved her family most of all. BJ was blessed to be born to Vivian Geraldine (Typer) Lock and raised byVelma Ruth (Typer) Spalding, two beautiful sisters. BJ was preceeded in death by her birth mother Vivian Geraldine Lock, step-father Hubert Spalding and her great grandson Mason Lavoi Harnden.

She is survived by her mother Velma Ruth Spalding,  siblings David Farmer, Sandra Sutton, Janice Pound, Mark Spalding, Marilyn Boyd, Barbara Jordan, Danny Abbott, Michelle Klaproth Lori Mosley and Bill Lock, children Lori Colwell and Rick Rentschler (Yvonne), granchildren Nyia Colwell, Aimee Harnden(Daniel), Wesley Colwell, Brittany Colwell, Halie Ratliff, Holly Ratliff and Koda Rentschler and many nieces, nephews and cousins who were blessed to learn her beautiful sign language.


  1. Nyia Colwell-grand daughter on January 14, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    I Love You Gma and I miss you so much, you will always be in my heart!!

  2. rose lock on December 3, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    i am so sorry for your loss and i will alwas miss her but will see her again when GOD comes for us GOD bless and love you all

  3. Yvonne Rentschler on November 29, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    You were my 2nd mom, my mother-in-law and most of all a very open dear friend when I needed to talk. Thank you for your children that has blessed my life tremendously as well. I must say you were a blessing in so many ways……and I’m so glad I got to be part of some of the craziest situations; my bathroom would be one of the best conversations I must say.

    I wrote something while I was thinking of your thoughts as you laid in that hospital bed during your last hours & I would like to share it:

    The final fear
    The final questions
    The final doctor
    The final strength
    The final infection
    The final tear
    The final decision
    The final day
    The final medicine
    The final kisses
    The final breath
    The final cure
    The final reunion
    It was all left up to you;
    And you left here with the final words that are eternally lasting…..
    I love you!
    Thank you for being my mom too!

  4. Teresa Sturgeon and Family on November 29, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    I will miss that spark in her eyes as she told a story accompanied by that mischievous grin. No matter what was happening in her life she always took the time to make me smile and often to laugh. She had a special gift that was uniquely hers. Our hearts join yours in sorrow at this time. We pray for peace for each of you as we know Betty already has it. Bye Betty sksksk

  5. Robin Sizemore on November 28, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Lori Colwell and families:
    You are in my thought and prayer. Lori, the way you showed that you loved and cared for your mother, I didn’t realized Betty was your mother and I knew and talked with her in several deaf clubs in the past. She will be missed. May God always be with you during the sorrow.

  6. Sally Chadwick on November 27, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Betty’s passing. I have so many memories of Betty and we had a lot of good visits.
    May God comfort all of you in your time of sorrow.

  7. Glenda Haefner Families on November 24, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    All of us send our deepest sympathy; we only wish we could be with you in your time of sorrow.
    We hope that you can find some comfort in your many special memories and in the thought of the happy years you shared. Hugs, Glenda

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