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Rena M. Franzin

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Rena Mae Franzin A vibrant and compassionate hearted spirit, Rena Mae Franzin was born on June 28, 1948 and passed away on September 22, 2013. She lived a meaningful life devoted to advocating and assisting the young, old, and homeless during her long career in social work. She worked with North Coast Community Action as a home based teacher and held various positions within the Head Start program. She also started the Lucerne Thrift Store (now Meals-On Wheels), and was instrumental in the formation of the Lake County Social Services' Advisory Board. Her desire to change the world for the better translated into years of volunteer service with various non-profit thrift stores throughout Lake County (such as Kelseyville Methodist Church), several food banks, and the Clearlake Youth Center. A fiercely passionate individual, she also participated throughout her life in several protests against nuclear arms and war. Rena had a keen and witty sense of humor, and it was simple things around her she never took for granted; these included in her own words "my children and grandkids, music, books, films, dogs, conversations about politics, feeding the ducks, and of course, yellow curry." She was a firm believer in honesty and miracles, having fine tuned the practice of vulnerability. Known for her ease in frequent conversation with even total strangers, she won the trust and hearts of many. Curious about people, she had a unique gift of recognizing and appreciating the talents in others. She often said we should "share with people who earn the right to hear our story." Maybe it was her strong sense of justice and desire to help others, but people were always willing to share their innermost thoughts and desires with her since she did not judge but listed with truly an open and non-judgmental heart. She always said it was her strong belief in Buddhist philosophy which helped her accept the things she could not change. One of her favorite quotes was by Anais Nin: "We write to taste life twice." And this she did. Rena savored the written word as both an avid reader and a savvy writer. Whether through her long letters or elaborate birthday cards to loved ones (she never forgot a birthday!), she always had a grace with expressing herself through the written word. She leaves all her four children (Dana, Corey, Abigail and Andrew), eight grandchildren (Megan, Chase, William, Julia, Katie, Ronen, David, and Abraham), her brother Bill, dog companion Millie and close friends (Diana, Joan, and Teri amongst others) with the knowledge they were truly loved. Until we meet again beloved angel Renasee you with your sweet Sadie on the other side. Memorial donations may be made in Rena's honor to N.C.O. Head Start located at 550 North State Street, Ukiah, CA 95482, Attention: Donna Parent. Please share your memories by signing the guest book at www.legacy.com.
Published in Lake County Record-Bee from Oct. 5 to Oct. 11, 2013
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