Jane Renner: ‘Devoted Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Friend’

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Jane RennerJane Renner, born October 16, 1925, passed away in her home on May 10, 2018. She was born in Spring Garden, Illinois. She and her family moved to Fortuna in 1940. She attended Fortuna High School and graduated in 1944. During that time she worked at the Goody Cafe and the Fortuna Theater. Jane married Carl Renner, a local dairyman in 1945. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend and will be lovingly remembered by all. Family always came first.

She is survived by her family: Pam (Charlie) Zana, Jim (Mary Jo) Renner, Mary (Robert) Johnson, Joe (Diane) Renner, John (Karen) Renner, Tom Renner and daughter-in-law Patty Renner. Her grandchildren Andy (Sarah), Larry, Scott (Jamie), Jennifer, Kevin (Meredith), Becky, Philip (Angela), Susan (Doug), Steve (Cassie), Kristy, Sarah (Pat), Blake, Brad, Brooke, Brett, Colton, Hunter and great-grandchildren Abigail, J.T., Dylan, Olivia, Deuce, Zac, Jaiden, Braylon, Addison, Makenna, Blue, Kody, Ryder, Wyatt, Carly, Gracie and great-great- grandchild Wrangler. By her brother Mike Wills, brother-in-law Rob Renner and sister-in-law Kay Swithenbank and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Jane was preceded in death by parents Paul and Alene Wills, husband Carl, children Susan and Jerry, her brothers: Bob and Paul (Gloria), sisters June and Betty (Earl) East, in-laws Mary (Ed) Wise, Lois Renner, Larry (Juanita, Ceva, Merryl) Renner, Bernice and Tom McWhorter, Darrell Swithenbank and Patsy Wills.

She started quilting after her children were grown and this lead to many life-long friendships. She could be seen at garage sales and antique shows which lead to her acquiring many collections. Jane enjoyed the years that she worked at Bowman’s Drugs and Ring’s Pharmacy.

She did not want to miss anything and was always willing to go to everything.

Visitation will be at Goble’s Mortuary, Wednesday, May 16th from 1 to 5 pm.

A Rosary will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on Wednesday, May 16th at 7:00 PM.

Friends are invited to a Mass celebrated by Father Manny on Thursday, May 17th at 10:00 A.M. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

Internment will follow at Sunrise Cemetary, Fortuna.

After the burial, there will be a reception at the River Lodge in Fortuna.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Carl and Jane Renner Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of Ferndale Foundation at P.O. Box 877, Ferndale, CA 95536.



  • I didn’t know her, but Jane looks like a perfect, classic sweet grandma. A good long life, too. Well done, Lady! And sympathies to her many friends and family.

  • I met Jane many years ago when she, her husband Carl and I shared a rental car from San Francisco to Humboldt County one night when we were fogged out of ACV. She was beautiful inside and out, genuine and classy. Over the years I would run into her at community events and she always remembered who I was and we’d laugh about the midnight car ride.

    Sincere condolences to her family and many friends. Jane, may you Rest In Peace.

  • My heart goes out to the Renner family. I am so sorry to hear of your loss.

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