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“Louise has been a dear friend for years starting in grade school and on into high school. In high school we were best of friends. We would meet...Read More »
1 of 3 | Posted by: Anne Murphy - MI - Classmate

“Many years ago, Louise was Mary and I was John during the reading of the Passion on several Good Fridays. While Jesus was dying on the cross, He gave...Read More »
2 of 3 | Posted by: Wally Corbeill - Warren, MI

Halloween 2014 “I have had the pleasure of knowing Louise, for the last 3 years, while working at American House (where she lived.) She wouldn't miss an activity,...Read More »
3 of 3 | Posted by: Paula "May" Thomas - MI


Louise Elinor Renkowski, age 88 of Warren, died Saturday, March 11, 2017 at the American House Sterling Heights facility in Sterling Heights, Michigan. She was born July 23, 1928 in Detroit, daughter of the late Frank A. Wegener and the late Mary L. (nee; Rabe) Wegener.

Like many "Detroiter's" who reached an employable age within the post WWII era, it was off to the automotive giants they marched,…and so did Louise. Being fortunate to have landed a position with General Motors, she was proud to have served them with loyalty and dedication in their clerical division.

Work wasn't the only thing to keep Louise busy, there were also her active pleasures that balanced everything out. In her earlier years, she was quite fond of skiing and hitting the slopes for a little wintry fun. Though she could easily strap on her ski's for a day at Boyne or Shanty Creek, it was the glory of skiing out west that captured her heart and sporting delights. From Moguls to Mountains, Louise could ski like she was practicing for the Olympics,…and possessed just as much passion for it.

From those early years and into mid life, staying fit was always at the forefront of Louise's mind. Helping towards that goal, she spent countless hours exercising, especially when her workout regimen took her to the pool. Like the many people you'd swear were born with gills, Louise held a special appreciation for the water and was known for her love of swimming,…Fun & Fitness all wrapped up in one.

Another of Louise's passions involved traveling. It didn't much matter what mode she chose, she loved them all. Considered to be a bit of a globe-trotter, Louise was blessed to have enjoyed many beautiful and picturesque sights in her travels, especially on the many cruises she frequented in her sailing around the world.
Of course, coming from the era she did, homemaking skills just came naturally as women learned early how to cook and sew,…and Louise was no exception. But not satisfied with keeping her skills to herself, she used them to both charitably and competitively as well. From her giving spirit and sewing prowess came her involvement with the "Sewing Circle for Cancer Patients,"…a group of women who gathered to share their seamstress talents in the creation of bears they produced for those stricken with cancer. Through the warmth of her hands and heart came adorable & huggable works of art that touched countless lives as they navigated the waters of illness and pain.

Then there were her baking skills. Give Louise a kitchen and an oven, and there was bound to be something magical and tasty to come out of it. Cakes, pies, pastries, you name it,…if you were lucky enough to sample some of Louise's Luscious Treats, prepare to be wowed & amazed. And to back up such a glowing accolade, one had only to witness the many State Fair Ribbons that her Bounty of Baked Goods won over the years. From a happy family to a state fair judge, Louise's efforts in the kitchen never went unnoticed.

As one reflects upon Louise's life, they'll remember what a strong and abiding faith she possessed and how that molded her heart and life in a very compassionate way. It also drew her to St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church in Warren where she was a longstanding parishioner and where she lived out her faith alongside many other members and friends whose company meant the world to her.

A loving wife, mother, and Grandma "Peek" to her three precious grandchildren, Louise leaves behind a legacy of love and care that will be fondly reflected upon with each memory shared. To touched a multitude of hearts and souls in her journey through life and inspired many through her giving nature and care. She will be missed immensely and loved eternally.

Louise was the beloved wife of the late Gerald. Dear mother of Jennifer Renkowski and Judith Smyth. Loving grandmother of Orion Smyth, William Costine, and Jack Costine. Sister of Margaret Wegener, Gertrude Phalen, and Edward Wegener.

Visitation for Louise will be held Thursday, March 16th from 3-9pm at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile Rd) in Warren. She will lie in state on Friday from 9:00 am until time of the Funeral Mass at 9:30 am at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church in Warren.

Please share memories of Louise at her memory book above.