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Renee Sue Lureen
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Renee Sue (Wiek) Lureen was born to Aleene (Fischer) and Preston Wiek on September 22, 1957. She passed away unexpectedly and peacefully on May 28, 2018. She is survived by her husband John, step children Ashley and Austin (Erika), sisters Colleen Sheahan (Patrick), Laurie Norland, Gina Low (Eric), brother Scott Wiek (Andie), nephew, Alexi, mother Aleene Brown, mother-in-law Alice, father-in-law Wally, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, sisters and brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and friends. Her father, Preston Wiek, and beloved stepfather, Karl Brown, preceded Renee in death.
Renee graduated from Burnsville High School, class of 76’, and began a lifelong career of working with children. She worked for the Minneapolis School district, while raising many foster children in her home, of whom she was immensely proud. She went on to run her own Child Care business and loved all the children in her care. She took great pride in the nutrition and teaching programs she implemented for them and as they grew up she kept in touch with many and always loved hearing about their successes.
In 2009 Renee married her long time friend, John Lureen, and welcomed his family as hers.
Renee came into the world with a fierce independence, a love of children and an understanding of animals that was incomparable. She was a true horse whisperer who understood a horse’s needs and wishes and was able to communicate that to people to help them understand and better connect with their horses. She intuitively knew exactly what to do to help any horse or rider work in harmony together and she was always extremely humble of that ability. This extended not only to horses, but also to any animal, domestic or wild, and people too.
Along with being a gifted horse communicator, Renee was also a multi talented horsewoman who was an accomplished, beautiful rider in whatever equine discipline she tried. She started riding as a young girl and won hundreds of ribbons and awards in show jumping and dressage. She was even 13th in the nation at Madison Square Garden in New York City in the Adult Novice Show Jumping class, on her horse named, Four on the Floor.
Renee loved her horses, often minimizing how many she actually owned, She was bitten by the horse racing bug several years back and enjoyed spending long hours at Canterbury Park Horse Park with her friends and the horses she had raised and bred. She enjoyed many successes there, including her horse, Clever Endeavor, winning his first race and her filly, “BlinkersOnLetHerRip” being in the money many times.
After retiring from English riding she switch to Western trail riding and loved the freedom it gave her. She re-trained her racehorse, Karl to be her trail companion and together they went on many adventures, including a 10-day trail ride in Custer Park, South Dakota last spring. She was looking forward to discovering many more trails with Karl and her friends and riding well into her 80s and beyond.
Renee found so much delight in life’s little pleasures and doing things for others. Besides her love of horses, she loved cooking and sharing a great meal, raising happy chickens, growing giant sunflowers, creating artwork, doing farm chores with her favorite kids, helping any animal or person that needed her, and spending time with her beloved husband, family, all her friends and her dog, Mitch and cat, Ruby.

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12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
McNearney - Schmidt Funeral and Cremation

1220 3rd Avenue East
Shakopee, MN 55379





1:30 PM
McNearney - Schmidt Funeral and Cremation

1220 3rd Avenue East
Shakopee, MN 55379

Sharing time will begin at 1:30 PM

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Catholic Cemetery

803 10th Avenue West
Shakopee , MN 55379


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