Renee Catherine Eckstrand

NEW ULM — Renee Catherine Eckstrand, age 47 of New Ulm died Tuesday, February 14, 2017 with her family by her side at the Oak Hills Living Center in New Ulm after a hard fought battle with cancer.

Mass of Christian burial will be 11 am on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm with Monsignor Douglas Grams celebrating the Mass.

Visitation will be from 4-7 pm on Friday and 7:30-10:30 am on Saturday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home-NORTH CHAPEL in New Ulm.

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Renee is survived by her husband, Robert “Bob” Eckstrand of New Ulm; daughter, Emily Eckstrand of Mankato; parents, Gary and Linda Brey of New Ulm; grandmother, Anna Burge of Hutchinson; and brother, Darren (Melissa) Brey of Somerset, Wisconsin.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents; Arthur Burge, and Valeria and Harold Brey; and uncle, Lyle Burge.

Renee Catherine Brey was born March 11, 1969 in New Ulm to Gary and Linda (Burge) Brey. She was a 1987 graduate from New Ulm Public High School, and later furthered her education at the Mankato Technical College. On May 15, 1993, Renee was united in marriage to Robert “Bob” Eckstrand at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Ulm. The couple was blessed with one daughter, Emily whom together they raised in New Ulm. Renee began her working career in 1989 at the Brown County Recorder’s Office, and worked there until 2012. It was at this time that she began working with A to Zinnia Floral and Gifts in New Ulm; a job she dearly cherished for the connections and relationships she was able to make with the staff and customers. Renee also worked many years during the tax season for Carlson-Highland & Co. Accounting in New Ulm. Besides the work she did, Renee had a variety of passions and hobbies that she enjoyed in life. She had a true love for nature, and being outdoors. She enjoyed relaxing in her garden, fishing at their lake, and the calm she received from simply watching birds. She also enjoyed sharing her gifts in the kitchen with family and friends, cooking and canning; especially sauerkraut and salsa. For excitement, Renee enjoyed the trips her and Bob would take on their Harley. She also loved the many hours spent volunteering with the Flying Dutchmen at the annual hill-climbs and flat track races. Renee will be dearly missed by all of those who knew and loved her in life. Blessed be her memory.