Rev. William Rensing

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Rev. William F. Rensing, 87, of Belleville, IL, born December 16, 1929, in Belleville, IL, died Monday, March 13, 2017, at St. Paul’s Home, Belleville, IL.

Fr. Rensing was ordained in 1955 and throughout his priesthood, served in many parishes in the Belleville Diocese.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred C. and Laura A., nee Hoff, Rensing; a brother-in-law, Don Jameson; and a sister-in-law, Helen Rensing.

Surviving are his brother, Fred J. Rensing of Belleville, IL;
a sister, Catherine Jameson of Denver, CO;
five nieces, Ann (Joe) Caravia of Belleville, IL,
Lisa (Tom) Hubert of Belleville, IL,
Jan Vergo of Westminster, CO,
Jean McPherson of Tennebonne, OR,
and Donna (Ray) Florom of Sandy Point, UT;
and two nephews, Gregory (Jill) Jameson of Franktown, CO,
and William Jameson of Denver, CO.

Memorials may be made to the Clergyman Aid Society or to Catholic Social Services.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, March 16, 2017, at St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 16, 2017, at St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, IL with Msgr. William McGhee officiating.

Burial will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.

Condolences Left For Rev. William Rensing

Father Rensing was an inspiration for me and my family. He bonded with my father, who he called Irish, and who was the last to speak to my father prior to his passing. I truly hope heaven rewards Father for all of his good works on Earth. Condolences and prayers for his family.

Claudia Kerens, Sparta, IL, 62286

Father Rensing faithfully served his parish family at Our Lady of Lourdes in Sparta for many years. We too were very thankful for the many visits he paid to our elderly parents when they were homebound or hospitalized, bringing them comfort and of course, the sacraments.

Denise & Don Adams, Sparta, IL, 62286

FR. Rensing was our pastor at Our Lady of Assumption and presided over our six children who all attended OLA school. He was a dear friend and a valued consoler to our family. He presided at the marriage of four of our children. We left OLA in 1983 and he left in 1984. Over the years we remained in contact with Fr. Bill and he took part in a number of our family activities until he could no longer get around. May he rest in peace and while we will pray for his soul we will also request that he pray for our families each day. Eternal Peace to our beloved friend.
Greg, Yvonne and the entire Howell family.


We are sorry to hear of the passing of Fr. Rensing–he served Our Lady of Lourdes for many years and we appreciate all he did for our family. May he rest in peace.

Tom and Gail Soderlund, Sparta, Illinois, 62286

Father Rensing was the parish priest at St. Pancratius Church in Fayetteville, IL. We have such good memories of him; especially driving the school bus to Holy Childhood School in Mascoutah. He always sent a Christmas card and stayed in touch with my parents over the years. He was such a caring person.
So sorry for your loss.

Julie Hummert Powell, Harlingen, TX, 78552

So Sorry for your lost. Father Rensing was our priest at St. Pancratius in Fayetteville IL – he was the a dear friend to our family and a very caring person. He will be greatly missed.

Joni Hummert Radford, Harlingen, TX, 78550


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