In loving memory of

Renee Welinski
May 16, 1933 - February 20, 2021

Renee Welinski, 87-year-old resident of Little Falls died Saturday, February 20 at the St. Cloud Hospital. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, February 24 at 11:30 A.M. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Little Falls with Father Mark Botzet officiating. The burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 9:30-11:30 A.M. on Wednesday at the church. A Christian Mothers Rosary will be said at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday at the church. Please wear a mask and abide by Covid restrictions.

Renee Doris Kollodge was born to the late Peter and Frances (Schibilla) Kollodge on May 16, 1933 in Bowlus, MN. She grew up in the rural Elmdale area where she attended country school. She enjoyed and excelled at playing piano, accordion and organ. Renee graduated from St. Francis High School in 1950. She attended the St. Cloud Vocational School for Chiropractic Studies. She met her future husband, Edward, playing in the Pete Kollodge band, Starlites Orchestra and the Honey Bees. Renee and Ed where united in marriage on June 4, 1951 at St. Edward's Catholic Church in Elmdale, MN. Renee and Ed played in the Ed-Renee Band which later became the Country Pride Band. The couple made their home in Little Falls. Renee worked for the following businesses: Hammerbeck's Nursery, Loretta's dress shop and St. Gabriel's Hospital. Renee enjoyed taking in sunsets no matter if it was on a sandy beach or a stream in Yosemite National Park. She loved music and her family dearly! She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and the Christian Women.

Renee is survived by her children, Marvin (Theresa) Welinski of Plymouth, MN, Benet Welinski of Minnetonka, MN, Sharon Welinski of Zimmerman, MN, LeaAnn (Mike) Witthuhn of Little Falls, MN; sister, Cleo Bieniek of Little Falls; grandchildren, Christina (Adam) Fiereck of Rogers, MN, Joshua (Tes) Schwab of Little Falls, MN, Michelle (Ryan) Seiler of Plymouth, MN, Jason Schwab of Little Falls, MN, Jordan Welinski of Little Falls, MN, Shannon Welinski of Plymouth, MN; great-grandchildren, Halle, Logan, Samuel, Kora, Ashlynn, Braden and Cailey.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Edward and brothers, Clarence and Roland Kollodge.

Emblom Brenny


Jerry & Carol Posch wrote on Feb 23, 2021:

"Our deepest sympathy in the passing of Renee. Our thoughts & prayers are with all of you. Rest in Peace Renee. "

Babe Brisk wrote on Feb 22, 2021:

"I got to know Renee when we were both on the Belle Prairie Planning and Zoning board. She was a very sweet lady. "

Adrian DeRosier wrote on Feb 22, 2021:

"My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. There is nobody like mom! "

Debbie Jelinski Harakel wrote on Feb 22, 2021:

"Welinski Families, so sorry for your loss. May she rest in peace."

Gary C Baggenstoss wrote on Feb 22, 2021:

"Marvin & Bennet, so sad to hear of your mom\'s passing. Many years ago I got to work with your mom and dad on a few gigs. We always had a good time. They were a happy couple. I remember meeting them at their home in Little Falls and then heading of to a gig somewhere. I\'m looking at the picture on the far right and what a nice picture of your folks. Dave Gwost with the trumpet and I don\'t recognize the drummer?? Your dad gratulated from Upsala HS with my brother Milt, whom we lost in May of 2019. So, I guess that\'s the draw back of getting older in life!! The good news is with the Faith and Hope we have in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, as believers, we will go to a better place and not fear death. With that, we offer sincere condolences to your families and pray that God will grant you peace during these times. Blessings to you all, Gary & Shirley Baggenstoss Elk River, MN"

Richard & Mary. Schneider wrote on Feb 21, 2021:

"Our deepest sympathy, condolences & prayers go to the family of Renee Welinski family. Edward & Renee were great neighbors for many years. Renee always had a smile for everybody. She will be sadly missed by all. May she Rest In Peace with our Heavenly Father. God blessings on her and the entire family. "