Renee K. Hanlin passed away peacefully on Monday, March 31, 2014 after a long struggle with injuries sustained in an accident, with her loving mother at her side. She was born June 12, 1968 in Erie, the daughter of Rita Turner Hanlin and the late David J. Hanlin, Sr.
She was raised in Saudi Arabia and Houston, Texas and had the wonderful opportunity to travel the world with her family. She was a graduate of Villa Maria Academy and Penn State University
and held challenging and responsible jobs in Houston and in her father's business in Ridgway, Pa.
Renee's passions and purpose in life were being the best mom she could be, tending her lovely garden, and nurturing her spirituality gained through her interest in her American Indian heritage.
Kebequay, Makwa Doodem (Bearwoman) of the (Bear clan) was adopted by her Anishinaabe family as a sister. She walked a spiritual path that encompassed the teachings of love, honesty, truth, humility, respect, courage, and wisdom, and held close to the beliefs and traditional values of the Anishinaabe people.
It is our understanding that we are brought into this life with purpose, to serve the needs of our Creator; Kebequay found purpose and made many people happy in her life. Even with her disabilities, danced and fasted in prayer for all people. Her beautiful spirit and good-heartedness will be her legacy. We mourn our sister, but know this is not good-bye; we will see one another again on another plain.
Besides her father, David J. Hanlin, Renee was also preceded in death by a brother, Patrick Hanlin.
She is survived by and will be missed by her loving son, Kenneth Oknefski; her mother and caregiver, Rita Hanlin; her brother, David J. Hanlin, Jr.; four nephews, godparents, and many aunts, uncles, and friends.
A Memorial Gathering will be held at a later date.
Donations in her memory may be made to www.Eaglecondorfoundation.org
or to The Faithkeepers School, PO Box 136, Steamburg, NY 14783. Arrangements by the John J. Quinn Funeral Home, West 9th & Liberty St.
Quinn Funeral Home
728 West 9th Street Erie, PA 16502
Published in the Erie Times-News on Apr. 6, 2014