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Rena M. Grande

February 28, 1923 — August 31, 2020

RENA M. GRANDE (nee Andreano), beloved wife of the late Michael, loving daughter of
Gelsomino and Antoinette Andreano (both deceased), beloved sister of Remo Andreano (deceased) (wife Rita),
dear daughter-in-law of Severino and Lucia Grande (both deceased). Devoted aunt of
David Andreano, Georgette DeRivera (deceased), Steven, Anthony, Donald Andreano,
Anthony DiFiore (deceased), Emira Iacobucci (deceased), Lucy York, Marie Grande (deceased) and Anthony Grande.

Rena was born in Rionero Sannitico, Italy on February 28,1923. She came to the United States as a very young girl, immediately running to her father who she had only known from pictures prior to this, as he had moved to the States six years earlier to pave the way for his loving family. This dedication to family, whether that of blood or circumstance, was the dominant force in Rena's life. She and her husband Mike were never blessed with children of their own, but they cared for their many nieces, nephews and Godchildren with as much concern and dedication as any parent. Rena's kindness and generosity extended far beyond the bounds of biological family, and so she was known to many as simply Auntie. She made everyone feel like family.

Rena was intensely proud of her heritage and expressed that pride through the many Italian dishes, desserts and culinary traditions she mastered and shared with all who came to her home. She was also known to take these delicacies on the road to numerous gatherings where her laughter and distinctive voice announced the joy with which she lived her life.

Rena was deeply religious, and through all of life's triumphs and tragedies, never wavered from her Catholic faith. She shared that faith, as openly as she shared all of life's gifts, with those around her.

Rena continued to touch the lives of others in positive ways, all the way to the end on August 31, 2020. As her health failed and her needs became greater, she became the focus of an extended family of caregivers. Each has put forth that Rena's spirit of love and generosity remained undeniable. Rena's loving influence will be felt far beyond her 97 years with us.

Family and Friends are invited to gather for Mass of Christian Burial 10 a.m. Saturday, September 12 at
St. Thomas More Church, 4170 North Amber Drive, Brooklyn, OH 44144 WHERE FRIENDS MAY CALL FROM

If you are uncomfortable attending Services, please visit Rena's online tribute at and leave the family
a message to let them know you're thinking of them. The Mass will be livestreamed just before 10 am at

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Rena's memory are suggested to the Go Fund Me account set up for her health care workers at:
To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Rena M. Grande, please visit our flower store.

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Saturday, September 12, 2020

9:30 - 10:00 am (Eastern time)

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Mass of Christian Burial

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Starts at 10:00 am (Eastern time)

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