Rennell Regina Brown

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Rennell Regina Brown
12/29/2012


Rennell Regina Brown, 69, passed away on December 29, 2012 in Hillsboro, Oregon after a long battle with breast cancer.
Rennell was born in Elmhurst, Ill., the daughter of Colben and Florence Bachman. In 1965, after graduating from Rosary College in River Forest, Ill., she moved to Sacramento, Calif., and started teaching at Immaculate Conception School. She married Anthony J. Brown in August of 1966 and continued to teach for several years before deciding to stay home to raise her two daughters.
The Brown family moved to Granite Bay in 1976 and joined the St. Rose of Lima Parish. After two years of assisting in the Kindergarten at Cirby School, she returned to teaching full time in 1986. Rennell taught Kindergarten at St. Rose for 26 years, retiring in May 2012 due to her health.
During her long career at St. Rose School, Rennell taught nearly 1,000 children. She was passionate about teaching and worked to integrate technology into the classroom. She was the recipient of the Walmart Teacher of the Year Award in 2006. She was also named Rotary Club of Roseville Teacher of the Year in 2011.
Rennell was an involved parishioner at St. Rose of Lima Church. She served for many years as a Eucharistic Minister and sang in the St. Rose Choir. She was as committed in her Catholic faith as she was to her students.
Rennell also loved to travel. During her summers off, she would travel around the country to see family and friends. She made genealogy trips to Norway, Sweden, Germany and Alberta, Canada and in recent years took trips to Rome and Paris.
Rennell is survived by her two daughters, Regina Brown of South Salem, N.Y. and Madalyn Brown of Hillsboro, Ore., and her sister, Susan Westhoff and brother-in-law, Thomas Westhoff of Elmhurst, Ill. She is also survived by her niece Charlotte Faris, Charlotte's husband Greg, and her two great nieces Molly and Clara.
A mass celebrating Rennell's life will be held on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at St. Rose Church in Roseville, Calif., starting at 12 p.m. noon. She will be laid to rest in a private ceremony.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that contributions be made to St. Rose School in Roseville, Calif., (www.strose.org) or the . (www.cancer.org)
Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers on Jan. 11, 2013
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