Renee Tennant

Renee Tennant

Thursday, February 14th, 1952 - Saturday, February 29th, 2020
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Renee R. Tennant passed away February 29, 2020, at the age of 68.

Renee was born in Berwyn, grew up in Lake Zurich, and lived her adult life in Chicago. She is the beloved wife of the late T. Derek (“Derk”) Tennant and is preceded in death by her fantastic parents, Roy and Bernice (“Pooh”) Babb. Renee is survived by her fur child, Wrigley, her wonderful in-laws, her dear friends, and the many people whose lives she touched.

Renee attended DePaul University where she received her Bachelor Liberal Arts degree and went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management and Development from National-Lewis University. Throughout her career, Renee worked in various administration-related positions at different companies including Russell Reynolds, Sara Lee, Equity Residential, and Holabird & Root. Renee had a passion for helping people and volunteered as a pet therapist and smoking cessation advocate.

Renee was born on Valentine’s Day which is so appropriate because she had an amazing heart and greatly affected everyone she met. She loved her cat, liked to read, enjoyed watching snowflakes fall, and was an avid Neil Diamond fan. More than anything, Renee loved Derk. As Neil Diamond wrote and sang, “The story of my life is very plain to read. It starts the day you came, it ends the day you leave. The story of my life begins and ends with you.” Renee and Derk are together again – a match that was made and ends in heaven.

A “Celebration of Life” luncheon will be held for Renee at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made in Renee’s name to Assisi Animal Foundation, P.O. Box 143, Crystal Lake, IL 60039-0143.

Please visit RENEE TENNANT BOOK OF MEMORIES. To express your thoughts or memories in the online guest book, visit or Arrangements by CENTRAL CHAPELS-Chicago. Info., 773-581-9000.
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    Rosehill Cemetery
    5800 North Ravenswood Ave
    CHICAGO, IL 60660
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    Renee will be laid to rest with her husband, Thomas Derek Tennant.
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Patricia Reiffel

Posted at 03:46pm
Renee, I miss you incredibly. You are such a wonderful friend. I know that you are blessed to be with Derek and your parents. My love to you. Patty

Terry Babb

Posted at 12:12am
Terry Babb

Fare thee well.

Posted at 01:39pm
A gentle soul I met along the road of life a person who will be missed by
those she touched.
Thomas Kalter

Heidi Frahler

Posted at 05:58pm
Sweet...gentle...kind...generous...loved to laugh...a friend for the ages...warm...great listener...twinkling that extended to both ends of the earth...How we miss you, Renee. Much love, Ron and Heidi

Kathy Fisher

Posted at 05:42pm
My dear friend Renee, I’ll miss you.
I was so blessed to have you as my friend for over 50 years.
I know you’re in heaven celebrating with Derek and your Mom and Dad. What an amazing reunion it must be.
Love you always✝️❤️

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