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Rena Newburn

December 18, 1926May 19, 2020

Rena Newburn, 93, passed away at 3:50 A.M., Tuesday, May 19, 2020, with loving family at her side at Community Howard Regional Health Hospital. She was a resident of Century Villa, Greentown, Indiana. Rena was born on December 18, 1926, in Feltre, Italy, the daughter of Louis and Mary (Maccagnan) Turrin. On July 19, 1947, she married Robert L. Newburn, two days after his twentieth birthday so that she was not marrying a teenager.

She worked at Union Bank for 13 years and retired from Haynes International after 20 years of service. She was a lifetime member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church. Rena was a great wife and wonderful mother. She was an incredibly talented seamstress with an eye for detail. (Some might call it OCD). Rena loved vacationing with her husband, children, and grandchildren at Crystal Lake, Michigan. She loved to play cards and checkers with her grandchildren, and she would show no mercy! Rena had an infectious smile that was a joy to see.

Our family would like to give a special thanks to the management and staff of Century Villa Health Care, they took care of our mother like family would. We cannot thank you enough! As mom liked to say, "I like you!".

Rena is survived by her children, Susan Bennett (Don), Bobby Newburn (Debbie), Mike Newburn (Beth); five grandchildren, Jason McMain, Sara Ritzmann (Matt), Teresa Louks, Carie Downes (Joe) and Matt Newburn; nine great-grandchildren, Tanner McMain, Lleyton Ritzmann, Addis Ritzmann, Camden Ritzmann, Graham Ritzmann, Parker Ritzmann, Dustin Louks, Riley Downes, Hayden Downes, and former son-in-law, Paul McMain (Monica).

She was preceded in death by Robert, her loving and devoted husband of 63 years. Her parents, Louis and Maria, two sisters, Louise and Dora, and a brother Giusto.

Rena will also be forever remembered by her nieces, nephews, and extended family and dear friends.

The family will have a private funeral service for Rena with Fr. Brian Dudzinski officiating. Memorial contributions may be made in Rena's memory to the Kokomo Rescue Mission, 321 West Mulberry Street, Kokomo, In, 46901. You may read Rena's obituary at www.ellersmortuarywebster.com to leave the family an online condolence. Ellers Mortuary was entrusted with the funeral arrangements.


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Pam & Dirk Hankins

May 28, 2020

To the Newburn Family,

We were blessed to have known Rena for a short while and spending time with her was such a JOY🥰. She always had a smile, compliments and handed you candy showing how giving and compassionate she was. Mommy (Dora) loved her dearly. Rena held a special place in so many hearts including ours. I can say “I truly loved her”. God Bless you all and now Your Mom is enjoying the “love of her life” in God’s house. And I hope she met Mommy in that beautiful light. HUGS 🤗



May 28, 2020

Dear Family of Rena Newburn,
I wanted to send my condolences to the family of Rena. I visited her every other week for many years and even with her memory issues, she was always appreciative of me bringing her Holy Communion. She always remembered her prayers and most always had her rosary in her hand when I went to visit her. A wonderful example of great faith. I really missed being able to visit her and the others at Century Villa during the quarantine. May God bless and keep her and may she rest in peace.

Kevin Comer

May 27, 2020

Newburn Family:

I know losing a mother, grandmother, and friend is hard to experience, but I know the great memories will help ease your grief. I am sorry for your loss. Blessings to the family.

Kevin Comer

Keith Carpenter

May 25, 2020

Bobby and Mike, sorry for your lost. We grew up in the same neighborhood and played together. From all the Carpenter boys, love you guys !!

Diana Lowery

May 24, 2020

Rena and Bob were great neighbors to me at my condo in Westbrook. I know she loved this time of year and putting out her red geraniums. She was a very sweet lady and will be greatly missed. So sorry for the family’s loss.

Susan Worrel

May 21, 2020

To all of Rena's family thank you for allowing me to care for her. She always had a smile for everyone and an affectionate pat on the arm for anyone providing care for her. She and I always loved the fact that I share her daughter Susan's name as well. Loved this little lady. Will truly miss her. Will also miss seeing the family as well. Prayers for peace to all of you at this time.


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