Jack and Helen Rentz of Medford celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with a family reunion July 19-22, 2012, at Sun Oaks Community Center in Medford. Their children, Kathy Harp of Wilsonville, Linda Beskow of Medford, John Rentz of Redmond, and Jim Rentz of Salem, hosted the celebration. They have 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Jack Rentz married Helen Donahoe July 19, 1947, at Sacred Heart Church in Medford. They met at the Sacred Heart Church Young Adult Club. At that time, Helen worked at the California Pacific Utilities Co., and Jack was a student at Southern Oregon College, now Southern Oregon University. After honeymooning at Oregon Caves National Park, they settled in Medford and raised their four children.
Jack was born in Boise, Idaho, and moved to San Diego and Klamath Falls before settling in Medford. During World War II, Jack served as a corpsman with the Marines. He received the Bronze Star with a V for heroic achievement while serving on Tinian. He returned to duty during the Korean War with the hospital ship USS Constellation. Following his service duty, he worked as a sales representative for Gerber Products Co. for 27 years until his retirement. In his spare time, he enjoys golf, his grandchildren and gourmet cooking.
Helen was born in Sedalia, Mo., and moved to Medford in 1946. She worked as a full-time mother and homemaker until her children were older. She became a real-estate broker in 1966 and held many offices at Medford Listing Service and Medford Board of Realtors. She also served on the Jackson County Board of Equalization for four years. She enjoys golf, gardening, volunteering with the Providence Guild and sipping lattes with her sister and neighbor, Marje Nave.
Since their retirement, they have continued to be active members of Sacred Heart Parish. They have enjoyed traveling, but their favorite activity is their yearly family gathering at their Lake of the Woods cabin.
Jack and Helen began the celebration with a mass and blessing from Father Carmelo at Sacred Heart. Their children and spouses hosted a weekend of celebration that included playing golf, swimming and barbecuing. Twenty-three family members attended, including their matron of honor, Marje Nave.