Rex M. Kenitz

November 02, 1948 - April 05, 2024


Obituary For Rex M. Kenitz

Madison - Rex M. Kenitz, age 75, passed away on Friday, April 5, 2024, at St. Mary’s Hospital. He was born on November 2, 1948, to Walter and Annabel (Krinkey) Kenitz. Rex married Barbara Borkowski on November 25, 1967, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Montello, WI – they enjoyed 57 years together.

Rex was a family man who especially loved spending time with his grandchildren. He was a painter and wallpaper hanger for Schmelzer’s for many years and that is where his eye for detail began. His love for crafting continued well after retirement. He also enjoyed fishing, old cars and gardening. Rex had a great sense of humor and could make anyone laugh. He had a good heart and enjoyed helping people.

Rex is survived by his wife Barb; children, Lisa Kenitz, Amy (Matt Brown) Kenitz; grandchildren, Ashley (William) Lydic, Alyssa (Allan) Lydic; great grandchildren, Brayden, Grayson “Otto” Lydic; his mother, Annabel; siblings, Rick (Liz) Kenitz, Patty (Mark) Wegenke, Tina (Joe) Schoebel, Wally (Kathy) Kenitz, Sally Al) Millin, Kelly (Glenn Wilks) Kenitz; and many other nieces, nephews, relatives, special fishing buddies; Mom (Annie), Matt, Braydon, Otto, Bill, Jim and other friends.

He is preceded in death by his father Walter and sister Annie Kenitz.

Family would like to give a special thank you to the staff from St Mary’s that cared for him while in the hospital.

A Celebration of Rex’s Life will be held at 12:00 P.M. on Thursday, April 11, 2024, at Ryan Funeral Home, 2418 N Sherman Ave., Madison, WI. Visitation will take place from 10:00 A.M. until the time of service at noon.

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Celebration of Life Service

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

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  • April 11, 2024

    Sorry to learn of Rex passing Barb. Fond memories of both of you in high school. Our sympathy, Alanna & Jim Thays

  • April 10, 2024

    Rex and I were in Montello High School together. and of course we have the family connection through Patti. My thoughts are with you all. Rolf Wegenke

  • April 10, 2024

    Barb and family, So sorry t hear about Rex. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Lynette Adams ( from East Madison Clinic )

  • April 09, 2024

    We would like to extend our deepest condolences to Alyssa and family on behalf of Crossing Rivers Health. We are saddened to hear about the passing of your beloved Grandfather. May cherished memories of Rex bring you comfort and strength in the days ahead. Our thoughts are with you, and we send our deepest sympathies to you and your family. With heartfelt condolences, Crossing Rivers Health

  • April 09, 2024

    Rex was a true craftsman. He always had a joke and would always try to make you smile or laugh.

  • April 09, 2024

    My heartfelt condolences go out Rex's family. He will be missed. Sara McNamara

  • April 08, 2024

    We knew Rex for years after I worked at Schmelzer Paint and Rex was there too. He was a great guy and so much fun to be around. Our sympathy to you Barb and your family. Joann and Homer Bellus.


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