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Renee Faye Van Cleave

June 20, 1941 - December 28, 2017

Renee Faye (Bertsch) Van Cleave went to heaven on Thursday, December 28, 2017, after suffering a stroke.

Renee was born June 20, 1941, in Eureka, South Dakota to Leo and Fay (Haas) Bertsch, she was their only child. They moved to Salem, Oregon when Renee was 15, and she graduated from North Salem High School.

She married Kenneth Allen Van Cleave on December 27, 1958, in Salem, Oregon. They just celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary.
Renee was a wonderful and caring mother to Kenneth Michael Van Cleave, Kyle Allen Van Cleave and Kari Fae Hiebenthal (David). A proud, supportive and loving grandmother to Joseph David Hiebenthal (Ashley), Joshua Creed Hiebenthal and Austin Michael Van Cleave.  She was preceded in death by her parents and eldest son.

Renee was retired from the Oregon Department of Transportation. She loved going to the beach, her daughter’s farm and traveling to Yuma, Arizona. She always put her family first and her faith in Jesus carried her over many of life’s obstacles. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

We celebrate that she is no longer in pain and at peace in heaven. Services will be held Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. at Salt Creek Baptist Church,15075 Salt Creek Church Road, Dallas, Oregon 97338. Assisting the family is Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.


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