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“Have just heard of the death of Renee. What a life force! We worked together as young nuns at St Francis, a time in our lives that was exciting and...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Michelle Matchie - Detroit Lakes, MN

“Chuck and family, we just heard of Renees passing.She was a very dear friend and one of the most kind, caring people I have ever known. She was...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Ted and Julie Novetzke - Henning, MN

“Dear Chuck and Family, My deepest sympathy to you. Renee was a wonderful person and a very special cousin. She was so positive and enjoyed every...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Sister Grace Skwira - Monterrey

“Dear Chuck and Family, I was so sad to hear about Renee. Mom just told me that she had died. I missed it in the paper. I have many good...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Fr. Gary Luiten - Park River, ND

“Chuck and family: I was saddened to hear of Renee's passing. I remember her fondly and especially since she was a great friend and support to my...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Claudette Summerville - Portland, OR

“Chuck and Family, I am so sorry to hear of the death of Renee. She was such a delightful person, always smiling and giving an encouraging word to...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Peggy Rezac - Fergus Falls, MN

“Dear Chuck and family, I was saddened to hear of the sudden death of Renee a few days ago. I enjoyed her very much and the love she had for her...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Darcy Troville - Seymour, IN

“The Reiff Family, So sorry & shocked to read about Renee's death. We worked together at the 'old' St. Francis Home many years ago & was always fun...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Carol Casey - Battle Lake, MN

“Our sympathy and prayers to all of Renee's family. She was such an energetic woman. We worked with her when she was in Fargo with the Couple to...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Jan Thompson - Audubon, MN

“Dear Chuck and family, I am so sorry to hear about Renee's passing. But I know Renee is free and at peace in the presence of our Lord - and probably...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Jean Smith - Wahpeton, ND

“Sympathy and prayers to Renee's husband and family. She added 'life'to any gathering along with her love for music. Blessings from her Franciscan...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Sister Rita Kraemer - MN

“Dear Chuck and family, Deepest sympathy in the death of such a dear person, Renee. Renee was an enthusiastic person for life in general, and her...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Sister Cordy Korkowski - MN


Renee Reiff, 74, Kent, Minnesota died on Monday, June 6, 2011 at the St. Francis Healthcare Campus, Breckenridge, MN. Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. John's Catholic Church, Wahpeton on Thursday, June 9 at 10:30 A.M. with Rev. Dale F. Lagodinski officiating. Visitation will be held on Wednesday at the Vertin-Munson Funeral from 5:00-7:00 P.M. with a Catholic Daughters Rosary at 5:00 P.M. and a 7:00 P.M. Prayer Service. There will also be visitation at the church 1 hour prior to the service on Thursday morning. Interment will be at St. Thomas Catholic Cemetery, Kent, MN. Renee Klisch Reiff was born on October 4, 1936 in ElmDale, MN to Mike and Helen (Schelonka) Klisch. She graduated from Upsala High School in 1954, attended Business College in St. Cloud, MN and attended College in Oregon; graduating with an MSW Degree. As a Franciscan, Renee was employed at St. Francis Home, Breckenridge, MN from 1964-1969 and as Administrator from 1971-1975. She worked as a Social Worker in Fargo, Fergus Falls and Breckenridge. She was employed at St. Catherine's Living Center as a Pastoral Worker from 1991 until her retirement in 2004. She had great love and compassion for the elderly. Renee married Chuck Reiff on December 28, 1985 at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Bowlus, MN. The couple resided in Kent, MN. Renee was active at St. Thomas Church in Kent, MN until 2002 when she became a member of St. John's Catholic Church, Wahpeton. She was active in the choir, Homebound Ministry, Catholic Daughters and the church circle. Renee was instrumental in organizing the Home-Delivered Meal Program in Breckenridge, served on the Clay-Wilkin Opportunity Council Board, Wilkin RSVP Board and the Wilkin Co. Cancer Board. She was a member of the Ministerial Association until her retirement, the American Legion Auxiliary Post 642 in Bowlus and the Eagles Auxiliary #2749. Renee enjoyed adding happiness to people's lives by playing accordion at Senior Centers, Nursing Homes and at many celebrations. She touched people by her compassion, prayer and love for human beings. Her faith was the center of her life. Together Chuck and Renee enjoyed traveling, dancing and volunteering together in assisting the elderly with music at Holy Mass and sing-a-longs. She enjoyed spending time with family and grandchildren. She will be sadly missed by her husband, Chuck, Kent, MN, three step-daughters; Cheryl Heitkamp, Fargo, ND, Carole Nation, Wahpeton, ND and Sandra (David) Knotts, Bemidji, MN, two step-sons; Mike (Kim) Reiff, Maple Grove, MN and Jim (Trinda) Reiff, Breckenridge, MN, 14 grandchildren and one great grandchild, one sister, Jeanette (Jim) Zehowski, Flensburg, MN and a brother, Michael (Jeanette) Klisch, St. Cloud, MN, two brother-in-laws, Max Molus, Fridley, MN and Don Meyer, St. Cloud, MN and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Irene Molus and Delphine Meyer and two brother-in-laws, Donald Reiff and Thomas Reiff.

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