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Renae Marie "Nae" Janssen

October 21, 1991 — December 5, 2020

29, of Cass City, died peacefully Saturday, December 5, 2020 in Covenant Healthcare, Cooper Campus from Covid-19 related pneumonia. She was born October 21, 1991 in Huron Memorial Hospital, Bad Axe, the middle child born to David and Denise (Francis) Janssen.

Against doctor’s predictions, Renae received her diploma and graduated with the class of 2010 at Cass City High School. During her Junior and Senior years, she also attended the Caro Tech Center for Administrative Assistant classes. Renae’s academic achievements earned her a place in the National Technical Honor Society. She enjoyed keeping journals, listening to music, reading, and crafts; most of the time simultaneously. Nae was Jesse McCartney’s biggest fan, she fulfilled her dream of meeting him in early 2019. She was brutally honest, in the way that we all needed to hear. Renae’s thoughtfulness shined through in her writing and art that she shared with others. She was her siblings’ biggest cheerleader. Renae loved spending time with her friends, family and extended family at Social U and classes in school. For the past year and a half, she was employed and enjoyed working with her new co-worker friends at McDonald’s in Cass City.

Renae lived her life to the fullest. She danced without a care. Her many loves included: reading, drawing and painting, anything purple, everything Harry Potter, dolphins, mermaids, unicorns and all things Halloween. Renae was always eager to play a game; her favorites were Yahtzee and Uno. Whether she was fishing with her Dad, shopping for new books, or spending her rightly earned money, Nae would also make lists of new things to add to her collections. Nae was a French fry stealer and connoisseur of fine ranch dressings and dill pickles. Some even called her "Pickle". She was the most kind hearted, helpful and joyful person. Renae’s smile brightened the cloudiest of days and her giggles would always start an avalanche of laughter. She was the epitome of a “beautiful soul”.

Renae is survived by her parents, David and Denise; brother, David Janssen Jr. of Moscow, ID; sister, Angie
(Alex Peruski) Janssen of Saginaw; grandmother, Cheryl Lester of Saginaw; aunts and uncles: Colleen (Darin) Scott of Saginaw; Joe (Cory) Janssen of Owendale; Todd (Jennifer) Kernaghen of Richmond; George (Deanna) Janssen of Bad Axe; Rob Lester of Kingston; Paul (Kim) Lester of Las Vegas, NV; Brad (Andrea) Lester of Omaha, NE; Debra (Juan) Medrano of San Antonio, TX; Donna (Richard) Hartwick of Cass City; William (Linda) Francis of San Antonio, TX; Dr. Deb (Jeff) Blue-Decker of Monrovia, IN; many cousins including her cousin by blood, but sister by heart; Rylee Janssen; her pup nephew, Walt the Australian Shepherd and many close friends. She was preceded in death by her grandparents: Elmer and Janet Francis; Robert Lester; uncle, Fred R. Francis; cousins: Ryan Hartwick, Jason Medrano, Curt Medrano, Jenny Medrano, Alexis “Lexi” Smith.

A celebration of Renae’s life will be held at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, June 6, 2021 in Novesta Church of Christ, Cass City. Attendees are kindly reminded to wear a mask or facial covering. Friends may share memories, prayers and photos with the family at

Visitation: 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 6, 2021 in Novesta Church of Christ, Cass City

Arrangements by
Kranz Funeral Home, Cass City, Michigan
(989) 872-2195
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