ForeverMissed

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Renae Hanson, 34, born on September 17, 1981 and passed away on May 18, 2016. We will remember her forever. She was an amazing mother, friend, daughter, sister, aunt, person, coworker, and more. If you were lucky enough to have met Renae, I know she made you smile. Her sense of humor was one to remember. There was never a dull moment when you were with her.

Posted by Scott Michael on July 10, 2020
I just came across this and so sad and never imagined being gone so young. I recruited her brother Brian into the Army and tried to convince her to join a few year later. She always struck me as confident and determined to follow her own path. She was extremely friendly and a giving person. Heartbroken you are gone. Wish I had kept up with you after I moved from the area. So sad
Posted by Amanda Vaughan on May 30, 2016
Renae was a wonderful friend to me when I had so few. Her brother and I went to school together and she quickly became someone I could confide in. We lost touch throughout the years but, in the past 5 years or so, rekindled our friendship across the distance. She was an amazing woman, mother, and friend. I am thankful I was able to have her as part of my life.
Posted by Natalie Tovrea on May 22, 2016
Renae was loved by everyone who had the pleasure of meeting her. We were together alot during our grade school and high school years. Her smile could light up any room she stepped into. We did a lot of projects together for school and we hung out everyday!!!! I remember climbing the side of her house in Tremont so we could tan on the roof!!! No matter what was going on in her life she always made time for friends and would always be there for you when u needed her with out question. She never judged anyone she was always just there. We kinda grew apart in out adult years but she made a big impact on my life. She was an incredible mother and my heart goes out to her daughter "punky" and her family. We will miss her dearly but we will never forget her. RIP Renae. We all will see u again
Posted by Katrina Callihan on May 21, 2016
Renae was a beautiful, strong, unique woman with an amazing sense of humor. I often think back on the days I used to detassle where Renae was the only other girl from my class who spent every summer walking down fields of corn sharing stories and bonding. Renae never judged me and was always easy for me to talk to. Being two of the youngest in the class I related with Renae on many levels. My heart goes out to her family and friends, especially her adorable little girl, "Punky." I know that little girl was her world. There isn't many people I relate with from Tremont, but she was on of the few and I will miss her dearly.
Posted by Ashley Kersting on May 20, 2016
You are more than my best friend. You are my second mom, aunt, cousin, sister, and most importantly friend. You have helped me through some tough times. You are the most incredible, smart, funny, caring woman I have ever met. The world will not be the same without you. So honored to have met you a year and a half ago, which started this indescribable friendship.
Posted by Jenjo Streitmiller on May 20, 2016
I only sat next to Renae for a short amount of time, however in that time I laughed so much. She was instrumental in getting the office together to do a week long list of holiday "activities" to make the workplace a little more fun. I have attached the picture of the first ever GTOCA Ugly Sweater contest. By far my memory will always be her complete adoration and commitment to being the best mom to her "Punky." She was an amazing mom no matter what she was dealing with and I admired and respected her for that.

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Posted by Scott Michael on July 10, 2020
I just came across this and so sad and never imagined being gone so young. I recruited her brother Brian into the Army and tried to convince her to join a few year later. She always struck me as confident and determined to follow her own path. She was extremely friendly and a giving person. Heartbroken you are gone. Wish I had kept up with you after I moved from the area. So sad
Posted by Amanda Vaughan on May 30, 2016
Renae was a wonderful friend to me when I had so few. Her brother and I went to school together and she quickly became someone I could confide in. We lost touch throughout the years but, in the past 5 years or so, rekindled our friendship across the distance. She was an amazing woman, mother, and friend. I am thankful I was able to have her as part of my life.
Posted by Natalie Tovrea on May 22, 2016
Renae was loved by everyone who had the pleasure of meeting her. We were together alot during our grade school and high school years. Her smile could light up any room she stepped into. We did a lot of projects together for school and we hung out everyday!!!! I remember climbing the side of her house in Tremont so we could tan on the roof!!! No matter what was going on in her life she always made time for friends and would always be there for you when u needed her with out question. She never judged anyone she was always just there. We kinda grew apart in out adult years but she made a big impact on my life. She was an incredible mother and my heart goes out to her daughter "punky" and her family. We will miss her dearly but we will never forget her. RIP Renae. We all will see u again
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Shared by Ashley Kersting on May 20, 2016

I remember in October of 2015, I had transfer day at Illinois State. Renae, being the nice person she was, offered to go with me. She was my mom for the day. She took off work to go with me to Bloomington to begin a new chapter in my life. She was so very supportive of any decision I were to make.