Harriet (Renkiewicz) Smith

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Harriet Lucille (Renkiewicz) Smith, passed away on Friday, July 12, 2019, following a battle with cancer.

Harriet was born on May 13, 1963, in Gaylord, Michigan.  She was the daughter of Anthony and Regina (Smolarz) Renkiewicz.  She grew up in Gaylord on the family farm with nine brothers.  During childhood, she loved to hunt and fish.  Her love of fishing followed her into adulthood.  Every spring weekend was spent bass fishing!

In 2000, she married Craig A. Smith.  They had one child.  She passed her love of fishing to her son Shane.  Her greatest joy was watching him on the football field and wrestling mat.

Harriet is survived by her son; Shane Renkiewicz; her brothers Albert, Lawrence (Carol), Arnold (Janet), Neal (Myken), Christopher (Gale), Phillip (Taffy), Robert (Tracy), Brian (Katrina); sister-in-law Kathy Renkiewicz; 26 nieces and nephews; and 20 great-nieces and nephews.

She is also survived by her uncles, Henry (Marie) Smolarz, Martin (Ruth) Smolarz, Richard (Dee) Smolarz and Floyd Koscielniak; and aunts Blanche (Eugene) Franckowiak, Constance Renkiewicz, and Joanne King.

Harriet was preceded in death by her parents, husband, infant sister Charlene, and brother Ivan.

A mass of Christian burial will be held, Monday, July 15, 2019, at 11:00 at St. Mary Cathedral with a visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Visitation at the Nelson Funeral Home will be held Sunday, July 14, 2019, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.  St. Mary Our Lady of Grace Circle will offer a Rosary at the funeral home at 6:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family, for an Education fund for Shane, through the Nelson Funeral Home, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.

9 comments on “Harriet (Renkiewicz) Smith”

  1. Samantha Davis

    My dearest Harriet,
    I know I said this a lot to you but I truly mean it. Thank you for being the only person to help me and Anthony. Thank you for doing my hair for my wedding. Thank you for everything you did and everything you taught me. Losing you is harder than ever for me. You will always be in my heart and on my mind. Same with TwoTone and the birds. I cannot imagine how Shane and the rest of your family is doing. And Anthony’s going to lose it when he finds out. 💔💔💔💔💔😭😭😭😭 I miss watching Gilligan’s Island and all of our other shows. I love you. I miss you.

  2. Stephanie McGregor

    Although I had only just started to know her through Sam & Anthony Davis. She was a ray of light on a dark day. Her smile was infectious and she was a sweet soul. I am glad she is no longer in pain, but the world is alittle less beautiful without her in it.

    Many heartfelt blessings to her family & loved ones…

  3. MeLissa (Head) Olson

    To the Renkiewicz family – my sincere condolences in the loss of your mom and sister. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  4. So sorry. I met her in her late teens, early 20’s, Such a sweetie. My condolences to all of you.
    Janet’s freind from school, Dena Portugal

  5. Danielle Burdo-Davis

    I had just graduated college and had the pleasure to work with this wonderful woman at Big Buck Brewery back in the mid 90’s… 20 plus years later she corners me at a football game saying you don’t remember me do you? Harriet, are you kidding me? I gave her the biggest hug. My condolences to her entire family. I will never forget her smile and laugh… as mad as she’d get at servers, never an ill word to me, enjoyed every shift I got to work with her…

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