Renee Molko
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Renee Molko

Asheville - Renee Paulette Molko, 83, died peacefully and surrounded by family on June 6, 2021, at her home in Asheville, NC.

She was predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Pauline Molko. She is survived by her son, Scott Gorelick, and his wife, Dana, and their children, Zachary (Hannah), Elyssa (Britt), and Madeline; her son, Jeffrey Gorelick, and his wife, Bari, and their children, Joshua (Emily), Gabriel, and Jonah; daughter, P'ninah Miriam Gorelick Gimbel, and her husband, Yisrael Ori Gimbel; her siblings, Robert Molko (Rose), Ronald Molko (Harriett), and Sarina Abramowitz (Sheldon, late); as well as a large extended family.

Renee was born on January 2, 1938, in Reading, PA, and she lived in Brooklyn, NY, until age ten, when her family moved to Miami Beach, FL. She was a graduate of Miami Beach High School. In 1957, Renee was married to the late Shelton Gorelick, the father of their three children, and they lived in Charlotte, NC. In 1986, Renee and Shelton divorced amicably, and Renee changed her name back to Renee Molko.

Being a lifelong learner, Renee had courageously enrolled in college as a mother of three in her 40's, and earned a degree in Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She also studied at the Penland School of Craft. Renee's prolific and wide-ranging career as an artist included owning an art studio wherever she lived, teaching art and creativity to children and adults in the U.S. and abroad, producing a large body of artwork, consisting primarily of large abstract acrylic paintings, and having her works exhibited numerous times across the U.S.

Until just a few months ago, Renee was still painting and teaching art, virtually, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Renee spent the last twenty years of her life in Asheville, NC, where she continued to paint, exhibit, teach, and live life fully. Renee's open and generous heart led her to support many educational, philanthropic, and female empowerment endeavors. Renee held leadership or teaching positions with Hadassah, Temple Israel, Charlotte JCC, Spirit Square, and many others.

Above all, Renee was proud of and dedicated to her large family and many friends. She possessed remarkable gifts of beauty, grace, wisdom, expression, and courage. Renee was a woman of intention and truly achieved a life well-lived and on her own terms. She had a huge heart and gave her kindness, wisdom, advice, support, and love to countless people. She will be sorely missed and dearly remembered by all who knew her.

Donations may be made in Renee's memory to Greatwoods Nature, Inc. at or checks mailed to 8015 Sullivan St., Charlotte, NC 28215.

The funeral service was held on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at Temple Israel, Charlotte, NC. Private burial followed at the Hebrew Cemetery of Greater Charlotte.

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Published in Asheville Citizen-Times from Jun. 9 to Jun. 10, 2021.
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June 9, 2021
Aunt Renee was so amazing, and full of love and excitement! I will miss her greatly!
Patrice Peraza
June 9, 2021
June 9, 2021We were all the lucky ones to have had Renee in our lives.
Her memory will live our hearts forever.
Our deepest sympathy to all our family and friends.
From your loving brother and sister-in-law.
Robert & Rose Molko
Robert Molko
June 9, 2021
Although I had met Renee when I was a student at Country Day, I got to know her in 1989 through Charlotte's "wonderful women" group, where she designed the t-shirts we wore, giving us a tangible reminder of her vibrant, playful spirit. She was well loved, and will be sorely missed.
Ginny Walters Brien
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