Annie “Louise” Renk

Annie “Louise” Renk, 73, of New Albin, Iowa, passed away Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, after a courageous eight month battle with cancer.

She was born Oct. 22, 1938 in Caledonia, Minn., to Alvin and Nellie (Vraa) Oesterle. She grew up in the Houston County, Minn., area. On Aug. 3, 1957, Louise married Norman Renk at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Caledonia. They lived all 55 years of their married life in New Albin, Iowa. Louise was a homemaker who enjoyed gardening, embroidering, making rag rugs and canning and freezing all kinds of vegetables and fruits. Everything she made was awesome. Special memories remain of her great tasting canned peaches, plums, pears, or cherries, along with either a grilled cheese or fried egg sandwich for lunch. In 1975, she went to work at Northern Engraving in Lansing, Iowa, where she made many friends and received the nickname “Louie”. She retired in 2002.

Survivors include her husband, Norman; four children, Jean Dow (Randy Boylan), Bangor, Wis.; Dean (Lisa) Renk, Holmen, Wis.; David Renk, New Albin and Karen Renk (Brian Kreibich), Onalaska, Wis.; one granddaughter, Lexi Renk, Holmen; four sisters, Lorraine Thillen, Caledonia, Alys Oesterle, Sparta, Wis.; Helen Lund, Spring Grove, Minn. and Linda (Joel) Dow, Bangor; four brothers, Alvin (Dorothy) Oesterle, Rockland, Wis.; Harold (Lori) Oesterle, Sparta; LaVern (Bobby) Oesterle, La Crescent and Wayne (Peggy) Oesterle,  Sparta; two sisters-in-law, Sandy Oesterle, Milwaukee, Wis. and Ginnie Oesterle, Caledonia, and one brother-in-law, Jerry Renk, Janesville, Wis.

Louise was preceded in death by her parents; her granddaughter, Hallie; her brothers, Kenny and Robert; and her brothers-in-law, Valerie Thillen and Vernon Lund.

Louise had a wonderful sense of humor, was never quick to anger, a good listener and confidant, and best buds with her son, Dave. Everyone who met her and knew her couldn’t help but enjoy her. She will be greatly missed and kept close in our hearts forever.

Funeral services will be Friday, Aug. 17 at 1 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Caledonia, Minn. Rev. Steven E. Meyer will officiate. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery. Friends may call at Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home, 518 W. Main St., Caledonia, on Thursday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. and at the church on Friday from 12 noon until the time of service. Online condolences may be sent at

Louise’s family would like to thank the nurses of the Cancer Center and seventh Floor at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, for the compassionate care given to her.