Rene’ Carolyn Brisendine (Flanders), 86, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on November 19, 2018 in Edmonds, Washington.
Her Catholic faith brought her strength throughout her life and we know she is now at peace with our Lord Jesus Christ.
Rene’ was born to Francis and Bernice (Brown) Flanders in Minneapolis on February 17, 1932. The family moved to San Diego when her dad took a job as a mechanic for Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corp. during World War II. She met Jim Brisendine and they were married on May 29, 1952 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Rene’ and Jim had three children, Rene’ Michelle, Russell James and Steven Lee.
In 1964, the family moved from El Cajon California to Granite Falls. Rene’ worked as a bookkeeper for her Uncles Fred and Paul in their Napa Store and Jim started his own electrical contracting company, Falls Electric. In 1984, they moved to Seattle, WA. Rene’ became a member of the Swedish Ballard Hospital Auxiliary and was soon managing their gift shop. The auxiliary, under Rene’s leadership, was able to donate thousands of dollars annually to the hospital for new equipment and they gifted numerous students with scholarships over the years. Rene’ loved the gift shop and the auxiliary members. She spent 25+ happy years with them. She also was the President of the Washington State Hospital Auxiliary. Family was always Rene’s priority. She was a very giving and selfless woman, always looking out for those she loved. Her kindness and smile will be missed by all.
Rene’ is survived by her husband of 66 years, Jim; daughter Rene’ Michelle (Bob) of Edmonds WA, son Steve (Jane) of Spicer; eight grandchildren, Jennifer (Jaime), Jeremy (April), Cameron (Angela), Christopher, Becky (Andy), Stacy (special friend Mike), James and Seth and great-grandchildren Sierra, Tyler, Tanner, Austin, Amelia, Brody and Ryker.
Rene’ was preceded in death by son Russell Brisendine; her parents; and brother Ed Flanders.
There will be a funeral mass at St. Thomas More Parish in Lynnwood on November 30, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with interment immediately following at Holy Rood Cemetery in Shoreline. A reception will follow at the Sequoyah Condo Club House.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to honor Rene’ to Seattle Children’s Hospital.