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Renee Chelmo

Renee Chelmo

Sept. 2, 1936-April 27, 2014

Renee E. Chelmo, 77, of Detroit Lakes, died Sunday, April 27, 2014 at Oak Crossing, lovingly surrounded by her family.

Funeral services for Renee will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 2 in Community Alliance Church, Detroit Lakes.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 1, with a 7 p.m. prayer service, at David Donehower Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes.

Interment will be held at Oak Grove Cemetery in Detroit Lakes.

Renee Elda Lind was born to Clifford and Beatryce (Peterson) Lind on September 2, 1936 in Poplar, Wis. She was raised and educated in Minneapolis, where she graduated from high school.

While living in Minneapolis and attending Souls Harbor Church she met the love of her life, Jerome Chelmo. After a three-month courtship they were united in marriage on November 26, 1955.

They moved to Detroit Lakes in 1966. Jerome and his brothers hauled bulk milk for North Star Dairy, and Jerome and Renee raised their family on Long Lake. Many summers brought memories of a lifetime, as social gatherings were the norm at the Chelmo residence. The revolving door continued during the winter months as they gathered for snowmobile rides and continued fellowship with family and friends.

In 1972, Jerome and Renee along with Jerome's brother Paul and wife Lorena built and operated a turkey farm in Lakeview Township, rural Detroit Lakes. Instrumental in the day to day operations, Renee assisted where ever she could to make the day go easier for Jerome.

Renee lived a life centered on her family but most importantly, a life exemplified on her abiding faith in Christ. Having her family close to her was one of the most cherished things Renee enjoyed throughout life. Hospitality came easy for Renee. Her welcoming smile always brightened the day of family and friends who she visited.

Renee was a wonderful cook and hostess, especially to her family. Chelmo tacos were a popular menu item that everyone loved. Renee quietly led by example, instilling in her family what it means to love one another and be a supportive role model, provide a listening ear and a shoulder to lean on.

Renee enjoyed her Monday morning coffee time with her girlfriends, socializing and catching up. Throughout the years, Renee enjoyed card making, ceramics, and sewing club, she was a Sunday school teacher, past president and vice president of Women's Ministries, a leader in Missionettes and vocalist in the church choir. She was most recently attending Community Alliance Church in Detroit Lakes.

Her warm hugs will be missed, but most importantly of all the love and affection she displayed for her husband, her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Renee will be remembered and missed by her beloved husband of 58 years, Jerome Chelmo of Detroit Lakes; her three children, Kim Renee (Timothy) Schnitzer of Detroit Lakes, Jeffrey Jerome (Tammy) Chelmo of Detroit Lakes and Lori Lind Hunt of Bloomington. She is also survived by her eight grandchildren, Russell (Kelly) Schnitzer, Alaina (Bruce) Williams, Cara (Daniel) Bjornlie, Jerome "Rome" Chelmo, Joseph Chelmo, Alexander (Becky) Hunt, Jonathon Chelmo and Cassaundra Hunt; and 10 great grandchildren, Arianna, Holden and Luke Williams, Elijah, Isaiah, Josiah, Jeremiah, Zachariah and Jedidiah Bjornlie and Gideon Hunt; one sister, Ramona (Gordon) Arteno of Fayetteville, Tenn.; sister-in-law, Barbara MacManus of Ambler, Alaska; brothers and sisters-in-law, James (Juanita) Chelmo of Detroit Lakes, Dolores (Darrell) Anderson of Crosby, Paul (Lorena) Chelmo of Detroit Lakes and Arlon "Ernie" Pyle of St. Louis Park; along with many loved nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Clifford and Lillian Lind and Beatryce and Howard MacManus; brother, Peter MacManus; sisters-in-law, Carol Dudley, JoAnn Pyle and Pearl Chelmo; and brothers-in-law, Sidney Chelmo and Jerry Dudley.

The family wants to thank the many nurses and doctors who attended Renee with so much kindness while she was at the Roger Maris Cancer Center in Fargo and to the caregivers and staff at Oak Crossing in Detroit Lakes, who attended not only Renee, but the entire family with such caring and compassion.