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ReNae Steinke

ReNae Steinke, 72, of Wales, ND, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Saturday, August 28, 2021, at her home in Dickinson, ND.
ReNae Ellen Kern was born July 13, 1949, in Rolla, ND, to Raymond and Olive (Hodgins) Kern. She was raised and educated in Hannah. After graduating from Hannah High School in 1967, she attended Josef's School of Hair in Grand Forks, receiving her cosmetology license in 1968. ReNae met Eugene Steinke in 1965, and they were married November 16, 1968. To that union a daughter, Monica, was born in September of 1969. ReNae worked part-time for her sister-in-law, Norma Pengilly, at Nifty's Beauty Shop in Langdon and full-time alongside her husband in their bar, Gene's Bar, in Wales. They bought Wales Grocery in the early 90's. She eventually took over running the store and later added the Rural Postal Service to the store. She was a busy lady between doing hair, the store, the bar, and making her well known Syrian bread and many pounds of macaroni salad for the steak, chicken, and fish fries at the bar or for anyone who asked. Dad was known for his famous fried chicken, and mom was known for her macaroni salad. Many people tried to duplicate the dressing, but it was just never as good. She didn't have a recipe so they would just ask her to just mix up the dressing, and they would pay her for it. After the store closed, ReNae enjoyed being a grandma to two grandkids, Dawson (1999) and Baylee (2001). In her free time, she loved traveling with her sisters, visiting her grandkids, going to the casino, and going to concerts. She also enjoyed cooking, canning, listening to country music, singing karaoke, watching westerns and Wheel of Fortune, and playing board games and cards with her granddaughter. She was very proud of Monica and her grand kids, Dawson and Baylee. Even though she was not a sports fan, she made it to a few hockey games.
Surviving ReNae are her daughter, Monica (Richard) Kram of Dickinson, ND; grandchildren Dawson of Dickinson and Baylee of Minneapolis, MN; siblings: LaRae Hildonen of Anchorage, AK, Richard Kern of Seattle, WA, Claudia (Ken) Miska of Middleton, WI, Rod (Darla) Ryan of Arkansas, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Gene, brother Lowell Kern, sister Karen Haraseth, half-sister Paulette Ryan Davidson, half-brothers: Greg Ryan and Brent Ryan, nephew Lance Gjesdal, brother-in-law Frances (Rufus) Hildonen, and sister-in-law Marvel Kern.

A memorial service will be held for ReNae and her husband, Gene, at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 11, 2021, at Brooks Funeral Home in Langdon, ND.

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Our deepest sympathy and prayers 🙏are with your family. Clifford and Josephine Bergman family.

Josephine Bergman Sep 13 2021 6:58 PM

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Kelly Uhrich Sep 11 2021 11:16 AM

A candle was lit in memory of ReNae Steinke

lana balsdon Sep 10 2021 10:27 AM

Wish I could attend. Sending love and prayers to all the family and friends of ReNae. Peace and comfort prayed for you. RIP ReNae.

Mary Ann Kern Sep 9 2021 3:53 PM

A candle was lit in memory of ReNae Steinke

Waylon Vanderpoel Sep 7 2021 11:08 AM

A candle was lit in memory of ReNae Steinke

Judith Howatt Sep 6 2021 7:45 PM

A candle was lit in memory of ReNae Steinke

Landon and Alyssa Plummer Sep 6 2021 12:57 PM

ReNae was such a good friend to my Mum and they enjoyed many hours playing cards and visiting. Our deepest sympathy to Monica and her family in the loss of a dear Mum and Grandma

Tammy and Glenn Jordan Sep 6 2021 9:47 AM

I have so many fond memories of Renee and Gene. Such beautiful people, so caring, loving life and all they offered in the community. Love to you, Monica. XXO Sending you a big hug.
They loved you so much.

joan carpenter Sep 5 2021 5:39 PM

Monica, Rick and family. So sorry to read this news. Your mom was a special woman. Always a smile. She just shared her pasta salad recipe with me this past summer. You'll be in our thoughts and prayers.

Jeanne Uhrich Sep 5 2021 12:07 PM

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