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Lanette Rencher Bienz

05/23/1939 - 08/24/2016
Service Date: 09/03/2016
Service Time: 11:00 AM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Lazona Ward, 1500 E. 6th Avenue, Mesa, Arizona

Lanette Rencher Bienz, passed away peacefully on August 24, 2016. Lanette, also known as Mrs. Bienz, taught 1 year in Thatcher, Arizona, and 39 years at Hawthorne Elementary School in Mesa, Arizona.

Mrs. Bienz touched the lives of many generation of students. Lanette was known for her dedication to education, her work ethic, independence, and service to others. Lanette loved her family, friends, neighbors, God, country and the outdoors.

Lanette is preceded in death by her husband Wallace Earl Bienz and 5 siblings. Lanette is survived by her son Wallace Lynn Bienz (Laura); grandchildren, Daniel Bienz (Jillian), Jared Bienz (Amber), Kyle Bienz, Lacey Bienz, Camille Bienz; and great-grandchildren, Tyler Bienz, Tiffany Bienz, and Belle Bienz. She is also survived by her sisters JoAnn Pearman (Ed) and Viola Paschal, brothers Larry Rencher (Deanna) and Joseph Rencher (Lorraine), sister-in-law Louise Rencher, and many nieces and nephews. Lanette will be missed by all who knew her.

Visitation is Friday, September 2nd from 6-8 PM at the LDS Barkley Chapel, 1500 E. 6th Ave., Mesa, AZ. Funeral services will be Saturday September 3rd at 11 AM, preceded by a visitation at 9 AM, at the same location. A memorial service, followed by interment, will be held Monday, September 5th at 10 AM at the Centennial Chapel in Taylor, Arizona. Arrangements by Bunker’s Garden Chapel.


  • My son had Mrs. Bienz in the first grade at Hawthorne. He’d had a terribly hard year in kindergarten and Mrs. Bienze welcomed him with open arms and turned him completely around and brought him out of his shell. I have always been so grateful to her. I also had the privilege of working in the office at Hawthorne for a few years with Lanette when she taught there. She was, and is, the best teacher and friend you could ever find on the earth. What a wonderful woman. I’m sad for me, but so happy for her as she goes to her husband she loved so much.

  • I knew Lanette and Wally from them being customers at Osco Pharmacy-always cheerful and upbeat despite challenges from Wally’s accident-both great people who loved their extensive family very much. I’m sure there is a great reunion going on. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

    Nancy D

  • I give my sympathy to the family. I know the loss of a loved one is very tough to cope with. May you all continue to receive comfort from God during this tough time. (Acts 24:15)

  • Lisa Larson-Halsey

    She was an amazing teacher, one of my favorites!!

  • I have her for kindergarten. She was the best teacher. I was never good at leaving my mom but with mrs Benz I never felt worried. She made coming to achool each day a joy. I will always remember how she made each of us feel so special like we were her favorite…(although I am certain I was!!!) heaven is so lucky to have her there

  • I’m very sorry for your loss, and I wanted to offer you some comfort that I’ve found in the Bible. Isaiah 25:8 says “God will swallow up death forever” and he promises to comfort us, saying he “will wipe away the tears from all faces.” I hope this verse brings you some comfort in this hard time. If you want help finding more comforting scriptures visit the website: http://www.jw.org

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