Gertrude Mae Rennick age 93 of Wilmington passed away Friday, February 12, 2021.
She was born in Philadelphia, PA on May 25, 1927 the daughter of Cmdr. George Walter Galyean and Elsie Pearl Chalker Galyean.
Gertrude is survived by two sons, Richard Henry Rennick, Jr. of Rural Hall, NC and Scott Walter Rennick and wife Susan Rennick of Wadsworth, OH; one sister, Joan Galyean Markwith. She was preceded in death by her husband Richard Henry Rennick, Sr., brothers, John, George, Edward and Charles; and sisters, Elsie Pearle Gaylean Casino and Mary Ann Galyean.
Gertrude was a Veteran of the US Marine Corps serving during the Korea War based at Camp LeJeune, NC. Her education included Glassboro State Teachers College-Elementary Ed, Akron University- BS Elementary Ed/Special Ed/Reading Specialist, Kent State University-Rehab Counseling/Vocational Evaluation and Administration, Barton College-Religious Studies, Duke Divinity School-Theology and New Hanover Regional Medical Center-Clinical Pastoral Education. She was ordained at the First Christian Church-Disciples of Christ Wilmington in March of 2006.
Her work experience included, Sts. Peter and Paul School in Doylestown, OH-1955-1969; Portage Lake Career Center from 1969 to 1994 as a Reading Specialist, History teacher, Adult Ed-ABE Co-Ordinator and Vocational Evaluator; Chaplin at NHRMC and Vocational Evaluator at Wilmington Coastal Enterprises.
Her associations included Akron OH Lions Club and Akron Suicide Prevention HotLine for 5 years; Past President of Kapa Kapa Iota National Honor Teachers Sorority; Lifetime member of Womens Marine Assoc.; Salvation Army Chaplin-18 years; NEA South Summit Uniserv Council; Vice-Pres ACLD, and ABE Reading specialist. Her honors included Outstanding Teacher at Portage Lakes Career Center in 1990, MEO/SERRC Outstanding Educator in 1994, Kent State program presenter in 1993, and the Ohio Assoc. for Adult and Continuing Education-Outstanding Administrator in 1992.
A Celebration of Life Virtual service will be held at The First Christian Church-Disciples of Christ in Wilmington at a later date.
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