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.