November 17, 1949 – April 28, 2023
Reneé Pape, 73, of Omaha, died on Friday, April 28, 2023, at Unity Point Hospital in Grinnell, Iowa. Reneé had been a resident of St. Francis Manor in Grinnell since July 1, 2022, when she moved to be closer to her cousin, Dion Schrack and his family.
Reneé Suzanne Pape was born in Sioux City, Iowa on November 17, 1949. At the age of 5 weeks, Reneé was adopted by Everette and Wyona (Schrack) Pape. The family lived in Ottumwa, Iowa for several years before moving to Omaha. Reneé graduated from Mount Marty High School in Yankton, South Dakota and from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science in Education.
Renee’s career with the State of Iowa began at the Glenwood State Hospital and School where she served as librarian. She later worked at the Iowa Department of Human Services in Council Bluffs. Following her retirement, Reneé enjoyed traveling, especially her numerous cruises with friends. Reneé was an avid Nebraska football fan. She will be remembered for having a great sense of humor even during the last few years when her health declined.
Reneé is survived by her cousins and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Dion and Shelley wish to thank Renee’s friends for being a huge part of her life over the years, especially since she didn’t have family in the area. A special thanks to Valerie Schramm for the love and care she provided to Reneé for two years prior to Reneé moving to Grinnell.
A celebration of Renee’s life will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, May 7, 2023, a visitation will follow the service, all at West Center Chapel. Interment: May 3, 2023 at 1:30 PM, Calvary Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to the St. Francis Manor Foundation, 2021 4th Avenue, Grinnell, IA 50112, to benefit the Human Needs Fund.
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Rest easy Renee. My heart is broken that I cannot be there during this time to say goodbye. Through it all, I wouldn’t change the friendship we built over the past few years. And though I cared for you and did my best to be a constant in your days, I hope you know the light you shed on my life. You gave me laughter and grace in a time I needed it most as I grieved the loss of my own grandparents. Thank you for being a friend. You will forever hold a place in my heart.