Laurene K. “Renie” Russo-Strahan, 64, of Alanson, passed away on March 13, 2023, at McLaren Hospital in Petoskey. She was born May 13, 1958, in Hillsdale to Joseph and Laurene (Banick) Russo. Renie was preceded in death by her father in 1984 and is survived by her mother. She married Jeffery Strahan on September 12, 2009.
Renie graduated Valedictorian of her class in 1976 from Jonesville High School. She then graduated from Lansing Community College in 1980 with an Associate’s Degree in Dental Hygiene and practiced in the Lansing area for 38 years.
Renie was an active member of Central District Dental Hygiene Society and was named Dental Hygienist of the Year for 2005. During her years in Lansing, she was instrumental in organizing and providing dinners for the homeless through the Homeless Angels Organization. Renie loved sports, proudly supported Michigan State University athletics, ran track, and played softball in her youth. In her later years, she became an avid tennis player winning a national championship in the USTA league. Upon moving to Alanson, Renie became a volunteer with the Crooked River Club, cleaning up the waterway, and was President of Admirals Point Homeowners Association.
Besides her husband Jeff and her mother, Renie is survived by her son Brian (Molly) Perski of Lansing; sisters Christina Russo of Clinton Township, MI, Cecilia (Nolan) Beverly of Chandler, AZ, and Julia (David) Bauer of Jonesville, MI; there are also several other family members and many adoring friends. We give special thanks to Renie’s dear friend, Eve Easter, for her loving care of our sweet sister during her illness.
Services will be held Tuesday, March 21, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Petoskey, with Rev. Matthew Peters officiating. Family will receive friends for visitation at 10:00 a.m. before the service. Interment will take place at Greenwood Cemetery in Petoskey. A memorial in Lansing will be planned and announced for some time this spring as well.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Zion Lutheran Church to support the Nehemiah Project Homeless Shelter and Mana Food Project in Renie’s name.
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