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Renee Sue DEGRANDCHAMP

DEGRANDCHAMP, Renee Sue, age 51, died in Tucson, AZ on Saturday, December 8, 2012. Renee passed away in her own bed sleeping, after a long 15 year battle with breast cancer. Born April 4, 1961 in Cass City, MI to Marcia (Sherrard) and Lyle Schember. She graduated from Cass City High School and then Central Michigan University. Renee was married on July 27, 1982 to Paul DeGrandchamp. Over the years, she worked as a substitute teacher at Hendricks Elementary in Tucson, and later as a tutor at the Arizona Schools for the Deaf & Blind, also here in Tucson. Renee, along with Paul, lived in Mt. Pleasant, MI, moved to Ajo, AZ, and then to Tucson. She enjoyed reading, singing and hats. Renee is survived by her husband, Paul J. DeGrandchamp; her children, Jordan, Caitlin and Joseph; her parents, Marcia Schember and Lyle Schember; her siblings, Lynn Burden, Brian Schember and Brenda Stover; mom-in-law, Gloria DeGrandchamp; many nephews, nieces and cousins; friends, Judy Trent and Val Seiwerth and of course Shorty, our indomitable dachshund. Predeceased by nephew, Jason Smith, son of Lynn Burden. A Viewing and celebration will be on Saturday, December 15, 2012 at Foothills Community Church located at 3301 W. Overton Rd. in Tucson, AZ beginning at 10:00 a.m. for the Viewing, 11:00 a.m. Celebration. Pastor Jon Farmer will be officiating. Renee's wish was to be cremated and taken to Cass City, MI. The funeral home in charge of arrangements is DESERT SUNSET FUNERAL HOME, located in Tucson, AZ. Please feel free to call Paul at (520) 477-7125 for more information. There will also be a Memorial Service planned in Cass City, MI in the spring. In Memoriam: Renee would have liked people to support the foundation connected with the cancer clinic she spent much of her life at... Arizona Oncology Foundation, 2625 N. Craycroft Rd., Suite 101, Tucson, AZ 85712. Thank you to her oncologists, Dr. Suresh Katakkar and Dr. Richard Rosenberg for seeing her through a long journey. Love, Faith, Smile!

Funeral Home

Desert Sunset
3081 W. Orange Grove Road Tucson, AZ 85741
(520) 297-9007

Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Dec. 12, 2012
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