Regina Renkiewicz

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Regina Renkiewicz passed away on Wednesday, July 10,2019 surrounded by her family.

Regina was born on September 7, 1936 in Gaylord, Michigan. She was the daughter of Ignatius and Hattie (Dzwik) Smolarz. On October 16, 1954 she married Anthony Renkiewicz. Regina worked many years at Tendercare and at the Otsego Club.

She and Tony bought a farm in 1956 on Murner Road, where they raised ten children. The farm still operates as a family business. She loved the farm, fishing in the summer and winter, and working in her enormous garden. She had an incredible green thumb and raised beautiful vegetables and flowers.

Regina was proud of her children and grandchildren, her Polish heritage and her Catholic faith. She was a member of the St. Mary Cathedral Our Lady of Grace Circle (formally the Daughters of Isabella), and was a Eucharistic Minister at the Cathedral and at Tendercare.

Regina is survived by her children; Albert, Lawrence (Carol), Arnold (Janet), Neal (Myken), Christopher (Gale), Harriet Smith, Phillip (Taffy), Robert (Tracy), and Brian (Katrina); daughter-in-law Kathy Renkiewicz; 27 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. 

Regina is also survived by brothers, Henry (Marie), Martin (Ruth), Richard (Dee); sister Blanche (Eugene) Franckowiak; sisters-in-law Constance Renkiewicz, Joanne King; brother in law Floyd Koscielniak and several nieces and nephews.

Regina was preceded in death by her parents, husband, infant daughter Charlene, and son Ivan.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held, Monday, July 15,2019 at 11:00 a.m. 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. with a Rosary being offered by St. Mary Our Lady of Grace Circle at the funeral home at 6:00 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Gaylord St. Mary Cathedral in honor of Regina Renkiewicz through the Nelson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.  

10 comments on “Regina Renkiewicz”

  1. /grade /rowley

    Richard, Martin, Henry and extended family of Regina, You have my sympathy and prayers in the loss of your sister and family. I have known Reggie for many years and always thought she was a beautiful lady, sister and mother.
    Grade Rowley

  2. Robert A Morris

    So sorry for your loss, she was a beautiful lady. Dylan and his grandma went fishing a lot, that’s where I met her. May she rest in peace. Prayers for her and the family.

  3. Regina was a wonderful mother,grandmother and great grandmother. She will be missed by many. Rest in peace Regina.

  4. The Ray family

    Regina was a wonderful lady. I never heard her say a bad word about anyone she loved. Her kids, grandkids, and great grandkids, were her life. She also loved fishing.
    She will be missed by many. Sending lots of prayers and love for the whole family. R.I.P Regina. From the Ray family in Lovells (Janet’s sister Sue)

  5. Kenneth minard family

    Rip Regina, you will be missed by all. So sorry for your loss Arnie,Janet, and the whole family

  6. We are unable to attend services for Reggie because of our own health issues and distances. We exchanged Christmas letters for over 50 yrs. I attended her wedding in 1954. My sister- Josephine (Dzwik) Czerkies was her bridesmaid. Her mom- Hattie- was my God-mother. Our caring love and sympathy goes well out to all her family. -Cousin Casimer Dzwik of Battle Creek.

    1. Tracy Renkiewicz

      Thank you for your beautiful thoughts. Your sister’s picure is on one of the photo boards for service.

  7. Sylvester & Josephine (Dzwik) Czerkies & Family

    Dear Smolarz & Renkiewicz Families,

    We are so saddened that Regina has passed away. Our families were very close when we were growing up, such fond memories we have of all the good times we shared. The fondest memory is being a bridesmaid in Regina and Tony’s wedding. We are sending lots of prayers, love, and hugs to all 🙏🏻 ❤️

  8. Peggy Ferguson

    So sorry for your loss Albert. Our condolences and prayers go out to you and your family. May God Bless!

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