Marschula B. Renkel , 85, of Denver, passed away April 18, 2017.
She was born February 26, 1932 in Davidson, Oklahoma, the daughter of Robert and Lois (Balthrop) Schlotz.
She was a graduate of Amarillo High School in Amarillo, TX in 1949.
On February 16, 1952 she married William "Bill" Renkel at St. Stephen's Church in Ft. Worth, TX.
She was a Life Master in the American Contract Bridge League and was member of the Northwest Bridge Club. Marschula was a choral soprano trained at Texas Christian University. She sang with many of the Denver area choirs where she traveled and sang internationally. Marschula retired from the Denver Public Schools where she was a lifelong music teacher and won Colorado Teacher of the Year for her work with children. During her career, Marschula, spent extra effort, time and resources to stage operettas with elementary school children. She was invited to have her operettas broadcast by Rocky Mountain PBS. She made sure that all children were included by having multiple performances so that each child had time to perform on stage. In addition to the operettas, she also ran school choirs all year long throughout her career. After her retirement, Marschula volunteered and taught music for 17 years at Trayler Academy, the same school that she taught at for the majority of her teaching career. Marschula was also a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority.
Marschula achieved 90 Master's credit hours beyond the Master's Degree that she was awarded from the University of Colorado-Boulder. She was a passionate bridge player and played nationally. Marschula loved to sing whenever she got the opportunity. She was Choir Director for a number of church choirs in Ft. Worth until she graduated from TCU. Marschula also loved to spend time in the mountains and to go fishing. She also enjoyed spending time with friends. She was an avid traveler and loved to cruise and play bridge while on the cruise ship. Above all, she will be remembered as a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.
Marschula is survived by her loving Husband of 65 years, William "Bill" Renkel; Daughter, Mischa Sue Bettis-Seibel; Son, William Eden Renkel; Four Grandchildren, Christopher Lee Bettis, Nicholas William Bettis, Zachary Robert Bettis, Jocelyn Susanne (Scott) Brooner; Niece, Krista (Mike) Brandt; Cousin, Robert Taylor. She will also be missed by her husband's Lockheed-Martin family, her Denver Public Schools Music family, her Contract Bridge community and her Sunrise at Pinehurst family.
She is preceded in death by Father, Robert Lowell Schlotz, Mother, Lois Ayleen Schlotz, Sister, Billie-JoAnn Frics-Smith.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Denver Teacher's Club, 1617 S. Acoma Street Denver, CO 80223. The Denver Teacher's Club provides assistance and durable medical equipment at no charge to retired and disabled DPS teachers in need.
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