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Lenora "Lana" J. Renneberg

March 3, 1965 — October 28, 2016

Lenora J. Renneberg (Lana), 51, passed away peacefully in Park Rapids, MN on October 28, 2016 with her family at her side. She had courageously battled breast cancer and then brain cancer for 2 ½ years. Lana was born on March 3, 1965 to Henry and Ellen (Johnson) Hallikainen in Park Rapids, MN. She grew up on the family dairy farm, attended Menahga Public School, and then graduated from Wadena Vo-Tech in 1985 in Accounting II. Lana worked as an accountant at Hanson Electric – Park Rapids, Mark’s Electric – Detroit Lakes and then on to being the Office Manager for Farmers Union in Casselton, ND. She was most proud of her achievement to the Management level at Farmers Union. Lana was united in marriage to Wes Renneberg in 1999 in Park Rapids, MN. They were blessed with 2 children – Preston and Jada. Lana sacrificed her outside career goals to be a full-time mom to her kids. She cherished the opportunity to cook, clean, teach, and took great pleasure in every moment of her children’s lives. Lana’s most enjoyable moments were watching her children at their sporting events. Lana and Wes were fortunate to spend many vacations with their family traveling throughout the United States and Europe. Lana and Wes traveled the West with their kids many times and fell in love with the mountains. They started the kids skiing in 2008 and soon those Montana ski trips became the focus of the families’ vacations and Big Sky, MT became their second home.  Lana was very proud of her kids’ ski talents and that they both achieved skiing the “Double Blacks” in the last year. Lana and Wes had just learned to ski themselves the year before her cancer diagnosis and she really relished skiing with her family that winter in Big Sky. Lana loved both alpine and then after cancer, cross-country skiing. Up until her cancer diagnosis, Lana looked forward to deer hunting every year. She spent countless hours getting the stands ready prior to hunting and savored the hunt every day of the season. Lana’s largest buck was a 14 pointer. Lana was very active at home taking care of the farm. She loved to take care of the cattle, chickens, and whatever other animals lived on the farm. She especially liked to help with the harvest of the fields. Organic gardening was Lana’s passion; especially gathering the bountiful fruits and vegetables. She spent hours daily in her garden. Lana pursued a serious interest in Holistic/Natural Healing. She attended many classes in those fields. In 2005, Lana graduated as a Master in Reiki. She also completed Shamanic Program training in 2010 and a Feng Shui practitioner program in 2013. Lana was active in her Church, St. Peter the Apostle Catholic in Park Rapids. She was a convert to the Catholic faith after meeting Wes. She completed her Catholic training with her mentor and later, good friend, Father Al Bitz of Casselton, ND. She enjoyed being involved with the youth in St. Peters and had been a youth instructor for some years. Lana will lovingly be remembered by her husband, Wes, children Preston, Jada and her oldest daughter Leah Snelling, her mother Ellen, sisters Marlene, Marie (Jerome) Pietala, Doris (Jeff) Colburn, and Theresa Gartner – brothers Marvin and Herman; all residing in the Menahga/ Park Rapids area. Lana is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and many good friends. Lana was preceded in death by her father, Henry and brother, Leon. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 11 AM at St. Peter the Apostle’s Catholic Church in Park Rapids, MN. Visitation will be on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 from 5-8 PM at Jones-Pearson Funeral Home in Park Rapids.  Memorials are preferred to the St. Peter the Apostle’s Catholic Church’s Youth Programs in Park Rapids.
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