Janesville Couple Donates Cemetery Plot To Father Of Slain Family

By: Michelle Riell Email
By: Michelle Riell Email

Friends and family of the Lentz's are getting ready to say farewell, as funeral services have been set for this weekend. Now thanks to the generosity of a Janesville couple, Danyetta and her teenage children Scott and Nicole will have a final resting place.

Burying children or grandchildren isn't an expense most father's plan for, but it is the reality a Janesville father is facing.

Delores and Ron Pagel have lived in Janesville for about 40 years and visit the local cemetery at least four times a year. Delores had to bury her child nearly 40 years ago when her 4 year old son Timothy lost his life to cancer in 1968.

But even still, the Pagel's can't imagine what Russ Lucht is going through, after his daughter Danyetta and his two teenage grandchildren were found murdered in their Janesville home last Friday. Ron Pagel says, "You just think of your own kids and grandchildren, you just can't imagine what he or the family would be going through right now. If we could help out in any little way."

Now, nearly 40-years after burying her son, Delores and her husband Ron are helping another grieving parent bury his family. This is Delores and Ron's second marriage. When they married 29 years ago, they planned not only their lives, but their deaths and bought two cemetery plots together, leaving Delores with two additional plots next to her son. Delores Pagel says, "I was thinking the same thing. We've got them you know, let's do something good and donate them to the family."

Just one day after hearing news of the triple homicide, the Pagel's donated their extra cemetery plot to Danyetta's father, so he would have a place to lay his family to rest. Delores Pagel says, "he told me he was so happy, so it was one less thing for him to have to worry about."

The plot is worth about $800. It will hold the ashes of a mother and her two children, three lives that ended tragically, resting next to an innocent child whose life was also taken too soon.

Services for the Lentz family will take place Saturday at First Lutheran Church in Janesville. Visitation begins at 10 am and funeral services start at 2 pm.

The family's also set up a memorial fund at Black Hawk Community Credit Union in Janesville.

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