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Doris Ann Renauer

April 13, 1928 July 26, 2020
Doris Ann Renauer
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Obituary for Doris Ann Renauer

Doris Ann Renauer, née Decker, 92, beloved mother, left this world on July 26, 2020 to join dearly loved family members in Heaven. She was born April 13, 1928 in Cottage Hospital, Grosse Pointe, growing up in nearby Roseville. A graduate of St. Mary’s High School in 1945, she attended college and nursing school for a year before leaving her studies to marry Stanley James Renauer.

Doris was a role model for working women. She worked at Michigan Mutual Liability for 3 years, then transferred her professional skills to the trucking industry, where she was a proud Teamster for 25 years. When the trucking industry took a downturn, she moved to Stroh’s Brewing Company in Detroit, retiring at age 65 after almost 10 years of employment there. Her supervisor told her that he hired three people to replace her. She was always an ethical and exceptionally hard worker.

The real love of Doris’s life was her family. Having her first child, Jean, at age 22, she went on to have five more: Rosanne, Kevin, Sandy, Jerry and Caryn. She was known to say, “I love babies!” She loved “babies” at every stage of life. She would awaken daily at 4:30 AM to clean house, make lunches, and get them off to school and the babysitter’s before she put in a full day of work.

Doris loved the holidays. Christmas Eve was open house with family and friends. Although not Polish herself, she spent her married life in a Polish neighborhood in Detroit. She always went to midnight mass and had food and partying until 3 or 4 in the morning. Everyone was welcome and fondly recalls the fun and traditions of Christmas. A lifelong Catholic, she sent her children to Catholic school and never missed mass on Sunday until her later years when health prohibited her attendance. Easter too was special for her and her family. It meant new clothes, Easter baskets (one always hidden in the stove), and colored eggs. Halloween was costumes and pillowcases full of candy. An accomplished seamstress, Doris often made the costumes, like the Halloween the kids went as playing cards (more pillowcases!). Doris would dole out the candy through the year, but somehow the candy bars often ended up in her own secret stash.

A true Mother, she managed to make sure every holiday was celebrated while working full time. Maybe that’s why she was known as a racehorse. She was full of energy and loved a clean house and good food. She was so proud of her children and made sure they knew she was over the moon to “have 6 college graduates,” but she was also proud of the fact that “all of my kids know how to clean.”

In her younger years, Doris was athletic with roller-skating and basketball. When married, she was an avid square dancer for many years. She loved to play cards, especially pinochle, and enjoyed board games as well. Doris caught up on lost reading time becoming a voracious reader during retirement and working crossword puzzles and word finding. She traveled to several other countries and especially cherished her time in Australia visiting her daughter Jean. After retirement, she became a snowbird, heading down to Plant City Florida where she enjoyed the sunshine and caught up with her friends Dorothy and Pat.

Her sense of humor and practicality were legendary. Instead of flowers and candy, she would want a weed whacker for Mother’s Day. After all, cut flowers wilt, but she could use that weed whacker for several seasons. Doris knew how to laugh, and she taught her children that humor helps you get through life. Although she wasn’t a joke teller, she found humor in the everyday, which she shared with her family. She often had “no filter,” but for some reason her words were always funny and often memorable. She always had a way of turning a phrase. Once, she mentioned to her daughter she had seen the movie, “Loving the Rock.” After a bit of confusion, her daughter figured out she had seen “Romancing the Stone.”
Of course, she had her pet phrases - “I’m just going with the flow”, “When do we eat?”, “I hope so too” and the fondly remembered “That’s better than nothing”- just a few Mom-isms.

Some of Doris’ happiest moments were spent with her siblings. The oldest of eight, she leaves behind three well-loved sisters – Marilyn, Louise and Diane and their families as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Doris is deeply mourned by her children, her blessings, Jean Renauer, Rosanne Renauer, Kevin Renauer, Sandra (Timothy Tingstad) Renauer, Jerald Renauer, Caryn (Terry) Johnecheck. She will be greatly missed by her grandchildren – Mathew (Jessica) Charuba, Chelsea Roberts, Cynthia (John) Jozwiak, Theron (Ashley) Tingstad, Renee Renauer, Grace Johnecheck, Paul Johnecheck and Sophia Johnecheck, as well as seven great-grandchildren.

Doris joins two of her grandchildren – Steven Renauer and Morgan Renauer- in the House of The Lord. Doris would be so excited when her adult children came to visit from out of state at the holidays. She would always say, “They’re here! They’re here!” Now Steven and Morgan, Doris’ sisters, Carol and Norine, her brothers, Bud and Larry, and others are shouting, “She’s Here! She’s Here!”

She was bigger than life and a force of nature, but she slipped away quietly. Love surrounded her and she took it with her to greater glory. She will be greatly and forever missed.

*Masks are required at the funeral home, church and luncheon

A Vigil Service and time of sharing will be held on Tuesday

A Funeral Mass will be held at Church of the Holy Spirit, 3700 Harvey Lake Road, Highland on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 10AM, with visitation beginning at the church at 9 AM. Burial Fairview Cemetery, Brighton. A luncheon will follow at Huron Meadows Metropark, Brighton (for those without a Metroparks pass, the Renauer family will cover the cost).

Funeral Mass Video:

Doris Renauer Funeral Mass from Lynch and Sons on Vimeo.

Graveside Service Video:

Doris Renauer Graveside Service from Lynch and Sons on Vimeo.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Meals on Wheels in Brighton: Livingston County Senior Nutrition Program (LCSNP), 9525 E. Highland Road, Howell, MI 48843.

For further information, please phone Lynch & Sons, Milford at 248-684-6645.

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10:00 AM 7/29/2020 10:00:00 AM
Church of the Holy Spirit

3700 Harvey Lake Road
Highland, MI 48357

Church of the Holy Spirit
3700 Harvey Lake Road Highland 48357 MI
United States

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