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Renee Ellen Rolfes

September 22, 1955 ~ January 15, 2021 (age 65)



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Renee Ellen Rolfes, age 65 of Cottage Grove, passed away unexpectedly from an illness on January 15, 2021.

Renee enjoyed her childhood in Red Wing, MN with her father, mother, and brother. Renee married Brian in 1983 and they had two children who were the light of her life. She was a wonderful, loving, and devoted daycare provider for many families over 21 years.  Renee was blessed with four beautiful grandchildren and she cherished every minute with them. Renee and Brian enjoyed many travels in search of country music, sunshine, and a glass of wine. Her friends and family will miss her dearly. 

She is preceded in death by her dad, Darrel Swingdorf.

Renee is survived by her loving husband, Brian; children, Josh (Jennifer) and Melissa (Joe) Jannetto; grandchildren, Avery, Andrew, Nora and Lainey; mom, Norma Swingdorf; brother, Brad (Terri) Swingdorf and many nieces and nephews.

A private family service will be held at 11 AM on Thursday, January 21, 2021 at St. Luke Lutheran Church, Cottage Grove, MN.

Memorials preferred to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or American Cancer Society.

LIVESTREAM INFORMATION:  For those who would like to participate in Renee's service via livestream, you can watch the service on Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 11:00 am.  It can be viewed by scrolling to the bottom of this page, and "CLICK PLAY" to begin.  Please leave a message of support on our Tribute Wall or complete the HeartStrings message form to let the family know you were able to watch the service.  If you are having troubles with the Livestream, the service will be available to watch later in the day.

While maintaining social distancing guidelines, we are now able to accommodate gatherings while abiding to a 50% capacity at the facility. The use of face masks by attendees is required at indoor events, and we will continue taking the necessary steps to keep your families safe. Expressions of sympathy during this time can be left on the condolences page available on the obituary portion on our website. We also encourage you to view the video tribute once it becomes available or complete the HeartStrings online sympathy page with the link above.

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Funeral Service
January 21, 2021

11:00 AM
St Luke Lutheran Church
7000 Hinton Ave. S.
Cottage, MN 55016

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