WILMINGTON — Gertrude Mae Rennick , 93, passed away Friday, Feb. 12, 2021.
She was born May 25, 1927, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Cmdr. George Walter Galyean and Elsie Pearl Chalker Galyean.
Gertrude was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, serving during the Korean War based at Camp LeJeune. Her education included Glassboro State Teachers College-Elementary Ed.; Akron University-B.S. 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 2006.
Her work experience included, Sts. Peter and Paul School in Doylestown, Ohio, from 1955 to 1969; Portage Lake Career Center, from 1969 to 1994 as a reading specialist, history teacher, Adult Ed.-ABE coordinator and vocational evaluator; chaplain at NHRMC and vocational evaluator at Wilmington Coastal Enterprises.
Her associations included Akron, Ohio, Lions Club and Akron Suicide Prevention Hotline for five years; past president of Kapa Kapa Iota National Honor Teachers Sorority; lifetime member of Women’s Marine Association; Salvation Army chaplain-18 years; NEA South Summit Uniserv Council; vice president 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 Associatino for Adult and Continuing Education-Outstanding Administrator in 1992.
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 is survived by two sons, Richard Henry Rennick Jr. of Rural Hall and Scott Walter Rennick, and his wife, Susan Rennick, of Wadsworth, Ohio; and sister, Joan Galyean Markwith.
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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