Reneé Smith

July 11, 1967 - April 27, 2023


Obituary For Reneé Smith

DeForest, WI - Reneé Smith, age 55, passed away on Thursday, April 27th, 2023 at 12:55pm. Born on July 11, 1967, in Great Falls, MT, the daughter of Roger H. Cook and Nancy C. Cook (Prevost).

She graduated from DeForest High School in 1985. College graduation from University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire Spring of 1990. She was a Quality Assurance Manager at Ocular Services on Demand and Junior Varsity Softball Coach at DeForest High School.

Reneé is survived by her husband Christopher Smith and daughter Bryn; twin sister Denise Malone, brother Rodney Cook, and younger sister Kymberly Larson; and god child Annika Cook.

A special thanks goes out to Dr. Amy Stella, Dr. Susan Ferguson, Dr. Karen Huseby-Moore, RN Courtney…, RN Jeanne… other extended hospice care at Agrace, and the nurses and doctors at Meriter Hospital.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Olaf Catholic Church, DeForest WI on Monday, May 8th, at 11:00 AM with Fr. Jared Holzhuter, Fr. Kumud Chandra Nayak, and Fr. Rob Butz, officiating. A visitation will be held at St. Olaf Catholic Church, DeForest WI, on Sunday, May 7th from 4 - 7 PM, as well on Monday, May 8th from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass. Burial for family only will be held at St. Olaf Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial donations be made to Agrace Hospice Care, 5395 E Cheryl Pkwy, Fitchburg, WI 53711.

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Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services

Windsor/DeForest Chapel

6924 Lake Road



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8 May


09:30 AM - 11:00 AM

St. Olaf Catholic Church 623 Jefferson Street DeForest, WI 53532 Get Directions »
8 May

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM

St. Olaf Catholic Church 623 Jefferson Street DeForest, WI 53532 Get Directions »
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  • May 14, 2023

    My heart was heavy after hearing the news of Reneé passing away. Memories flooded me of the delightful, bright, energetic toddler I met way back when. Years later seeing her as an accomplished young adult. The strong foundation of faith assures me we'll see her once again. Each of you are in my prayers. Love, Camille

  • May 06, 2023

    As one of Renee's many cousins, I have fond memories of our childhood visits to Austin and Davenport. Know that Renee and all her family are in our prayers. We will send a donation to the hospice in honor of Renee. I believe Colleen (Vlach) and Mike plan to be there for the visitation, representing the Power families. God bless.

  • May 06, 2023

    Chris, Bryn, and all of Renee's family: My deepest sympathy at this sad time. She always had a smile & a kind word. May the love and support of family & friends help all of you at this time. May she Rest In Peace 🙏

  • May 05, 2023

    Dear ones, We love you so very much! We will miss Renee' and the loving way about her. She always made everyone around her feel loved and special. Our prayers are with each and every one of you. xoxo ~ The Fregiens (Kevin, Rachel, Eva & Claira)

  • May 03, 2023

    Sending prayers for Renee' and all who loved her! May God's loving embrace bring you peace. I have great memories of Renee in high school. She was a friend to everyone. She will be missed.

  • May 03, 2023

    Sending caring thoughts and prayers to you. Another beautiful soul taken way to soon. I don't think I will be able to make it to the visitation or service, but will definitely send a donation to Hospice in Renee's name and memory.

  • May 02, 2023

    How I will miss Renee! I've known her for most of my life. We've been friends since middle school and we've played countless games/sports together. She was a super athlete, excelling in everything that she did. She was lights out on the basketball court. We were so happy she was on our team! Renee was such a good person. She was a friend to everyone and always had a kind word for others. She never missed sending me a birthday or Christmas card. She was so thoughtful that way. Since I haven't lived in Wisconsin for a long time, those cards and letters meant the world to me. Our last face to face visit together was right before COVID when I was visiting Wisconsin and we met for breakfast. I couldn't have asked for a better friend! Until we meet again, Renee! My heartfelt condolences to everyone in the family.

  • May 02, 2023

    Your family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers. Fear not for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.

  • May 02, 2023

    We were deeply saddened to hear of Renee's passing. She was a person of deep strength and compassion. She was such a bright light and a good friend. We will miss the annual dinners that we had to celebrate our friendship with her and Chris. She will live forever in our hearts. Rich and Dee Hall

  • May 02, 2023

    Roger, Nancy, Chris and families - I am truly saddened to hear of Renee's passing. May God grant you peace and understanding during this difficult time, and may you always cherish the time you have had with Renee over the many years. May God bless you all.

  • May 01, 2023

  • May 01, 2023

    Renee was my first female coach. She inspired me to believe in myself as a young woman and encouraged me to be brave and strong and confident. She is a person who showed me how to believe in myself because she believed in me. Her light and caring and strength will always be something I admire and will try to emulate.


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