Renee Paquette Schelb, Deerfield, Wisconsin, passed away on February 28th after a courageous five-year battle with breast cancer.
Renee was born on September 2, 1969 in Duluth, Minnesota to parents Robert and Luanne Paquette.
She is preceded in death by her maternal grandfather Royal Stromgren and by paternal grandparents Raymond and Ruth Paquette. She was a 1987 graduate of Duluth East High School, 1991 graduate of the College of Saint Benedict and a 2003 graduate of Argosy University. She was a member of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Duluth, Minnesota. Renee was also a member of the National Ski Patrol and volunteered at Wild Mountain in Minnesota from 1992-2000.
On August 19, 2000 Renee married Stephen Schelb in her grandmother�s garden in Duluth. He continued to be a strong support to her throughout her battle with cancer. For the past five years Renee worked as an ultrasonographer. She also worked at Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital. Renee was best known for her kind heart, willingness to listen and supporting her friends and family. She was often found using her vacation time at her family cabin in Minnesota. Renee loved traveling abroad as well as camping in the Boundary Waters. She enjoyed skiing on mid-western hills and in the Rocky Mountains. Renee was a talented photographer and crafter.
Renee will be remembered by her loving husband of 8 years, Steve. Her parents, Robert and Luanne Paquette of Duluth, Minnesota, her sister Sheryl (Troy) Kelts and nephew Adam of Denver, Colorado, maternal grandmother Mabel Stromgren of Duluth, mother and father-in-law Jane and Donald Schelb of Mounds View , Brother-in-law Scott (Karla) Schelb of Anchorage, Alaska. She will also be dearly missed by her loving Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Stella and Sophie and her Persian cat, Puck.
Memorial Visitation and Service: Thursday March 5th at Saint Patrick�s Catholic Church, 434 N. Main Street, Cottage Grove, Wisconsin. Visitation is from 4:00pm-5:00pm followed by memorial service.
Special thanks to Dr. Richard Hansen and the entire staff of the Oconomowoc Regional Cancer Center, the caring people at HospiceCare, Inc. in Madison (especially Lisa, Pam, Bev, Russ, and Maria), and to all of our friends and family for your kind and loving support. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Cancer Society (1-800-227-2345 or www.cancer.org) or to the Renee Paquette Schelb Scholarship Fund, College of St. Benedict, 37 South College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN 56374.