Wendy M. Mitchell, 66, left this world on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 2022, for a better world. In her life, she had been dealt more bad hands than most, but went on to find true love and happiness. She took much joy in her 37-year relationship with the love of her life, Jerome (Jerry) Renner, who preceded her in death 4 years ago on Feb. 12th. In his sudden passing, he left behind a Valentine for her which he had not been able to give. It is with sincere hope that they may have enjoyed a Valentine’s Day date this year which had been missed for much too long.
Wendy had a home-away-from-home at the Duluth Public Library where she read fervently about WWII and the Civil War and many other topics about which she became a knowledgeable expert. For hours and hours, she pored through newspaper archives and old historical volumes seeking information about her lineage and family. She referred to herself as the “family historian” and was religious in maintaining multitudes of photo albums, clippings, and images of things she loved.
She found great passion in creating things with her hands and took up knitting, crocheting, cross-stitch, latch hook, miniature models, painting, and more with great enthusiasm. She and Jerry traveled the fair circuit, entering their creations into competitions and winning many ribbons of which they were very proud.
Wendy was a 1973 graduate of Denfeld High School and had gone on for further education at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical Institute and other learning centers. She was preceded in death by her father, Jack Mitchell; her mother, Myrna McGinty; her paternal grandparents, Gordon and Stella Mitchell; and maternal grandparents, Herbert and Lillian Eckholm. She is survived by her sisters, Rene (Tim) Raymond, and Kelly (John) Heffern; nephews, Joel (Nikki) Raymond and Daniel Klaas; nieces, Gina (Eric) Holmes, Kara (Jenni) Raymond, and McKenzie (Cara) Klaas; and great nieces, Sophia Klaas, Ella Raymond, and Katy-Jo Holmes.
Wendy will be interred in Oneota Cemetary in the spring. The family wishes to thank At Home Living - Commonwealth, and Essentia Hospice Care for their invaluable kindness and help to Wendy in her time of need. May she now rest in comfort, peace, and love held in the arms of the Lord. She will be sadly missed until we meet again.
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