Friday, January 23, 2009

Sister Renée Van Himbergen, O.P.

Sister Renée Van Himbergen, O.P., 88, passed away at Lakeshore Manor, Racine on Friday, January 23, 2009.

Louise Van Himbergen was born May 31, 1920, to Henry and Gertrude (nee: Van Heeswyke) Van Himbergen in Kimberly, WI. On August 30, 1938, she joined the Racine Dominicans and at her reception in 1939 she was given the religious name Sister Renée. She professed her first vows in January 1942 and her final vows in 1948.

Sister Renée spent many years in service to others in teaching. She began her ministry in 1941 at St. Victor, Monroe, WI. Other places in Wisconsin where she served were SS. Peter & Paul, Green Bay; St. Mary, Janesville; Holy Trinity and St. Lucy, Racine; Holy Cross, Kaukauna; St. Bernard, Madison; St. John, Little Chute; St. Pius, Wauwatosa; and St. Leo, Milwaukee. She also served in New Mexico, Michigan and Louisiana. In 1991 she moved to Siena Center, Racine, WI. She became a resident at Golden Living Center, Kenosha, WI, in December 2006 and moved to Lakeshore Manor, Racine, in October 2008.

Sister Renée is survived by the Racine Dominican Sisters and Associates; her brother Richard (Peg); brother-in-law, Larry W. Schutte; her sister-in-law, Margaret Van Himbergen; nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; and her brothers Harry A. (Lydia), George, C. Jack and Francis (Marge); and sisters Anne (Joe) Frye, Marie Schutte, Kathleen (Clarence) Smith, and Virginia Van Himbergen.

Visitation will be in the Siena Center Chapel on Tuesday, January 27, beginning at 9 a.m. with a Remembering Service at 2:30 p.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 4 p.m. Interment will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Memorials to the Racine Dominican Mission Fund have been suggested.

The Racine Dominicans would like to extend their thanks to the staff that cared for Sister Renée at Lakeshore Manor.

Maresh-Meredith & Acklam Funeral Home
803 Main St., Racine (262)634-7888

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