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August 14, 1952 – Friday, October 23, 2009

Service Information
Maple Grove Evangelical Free Church (858
Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Visitation Information

Reneau “Tony” Guertin, age 57 and formerly of Maple Grove, died Friday, October 23, 2009 at his Otsego home.

Reaneau Charles was born to Charles and Lucille (nee Piecowicz) Guertin on August 14, 1952 in Minneapolis. Tony graduated from the Minneapolis Vocational High School in 1970. On September 21, 1973 Tony married Regina (nee Welter) at St. Anne’s Church in Minneapolis. For 25 years (until his health failed), Tony worked as a custodian for the 279 school district. He enjoyed watching wrestling and movies (especially scary movies), fireworks, tattoos, fishing, gardening, animals, practical jokes, classic cars, and flying (and crashing) remote controlled airplanes.

Tony is survived by his wife, Regina; children: Jody (Jamey) Hedtke, Maple Grove, John (Katie) Guertin, Brooklyn Park, Marissa (Mike) Gordon, Monticello, and Nancy (John) Prichard, Otsego; grandchildren: Justin, Jarred, Jason, and Joel Hedtke, Austin Delaney, Bryn and Jace Gordon, and Lucy and Aubrey Prichard; sister, Jackie Guertin, Robbinsdale; parents-in-law, Richard and Teresa Welter, Otsego; siblings-in-law: Dianna Guertin, Buffalo, Scott (Cydney) Welter, Eagan, Mark (Kim) Welter, Centereach, NY, Rick (Marlys) Welter, The Colony, TX, and Rita (Steve) Valerius, Otsego; many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; and, on September 19, 2009, brother, Perry Guertin.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at Maple Grove Evangelical Free Church (8585 Rice Lake Rd,
Maple Grove (763) 420-6485) with an hour of visitation before the funeral.
In lieu of plants and flowers, donations are preferred.

14 Guestbook Entries

  1. Mark & Kim Welter

    Dearest Rene we love and miss you so very much. May you rest in peace in the Lord’s arms now. Gina, Jody, John, Marissa & Nancy, our prayers are with you and our hearts go out to you. We know how difficult this is for you and with God’s help you will get through it. We love you all very much and will see you soon.

  2. Jody Hedtke

    Dad– I am going to miss you more than you will ever know. I am going to miss your phone calls everyday, I am going to miss the times when I could call you in the middle of the day and tell you exciting news I would hear. You always cared more about everyone else more than yourself. You cared for us kids like no other. Your grandsons already miss you so much and remember all the times you would wrestle with them or pretend to be Santa Claus when they would call you guys!! They remember when ever they would come over they would always eat all your bananas. You are going to be missed by so many people but we all know that you are with our Heavenly Father and your brother and you have no more pain.I look at pictures of you and I know that you worked your whole life to take care of your family. Don’t worry about Mom, Jamey said he will take care of her. None of us will let her face any challenges alone-for the rest of her life. I love you so much Dad, I wish you didn’t have to go but the Lord knows when it is our time and He called you home. I will never let you leave my heart and mind and I can’t wait until the day that I can see you again.

  3. Cydney Welter

    Gina and family,
    There are no words to express our grief, we love you very much.
    Scott, Cyd, Adam, Alyson, Bubba & Sarah

  4. Mary Brooks

    My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family at this time of great sadness and loss. May God comfort you with the support and strength of many who love and care for you.
    I have missed Tony’s smiling face and cheerful attitude. He was interested in others and was always friendly.
    God is with you.

  5. Donna Kurrell

    Know that my thoughts and prayers go to Tony’s family. I did not know Tony very well.I did have the pleasure of talking to him a little when working at Rice Lake Elem.Always had a smile on his face! I could tell he loved his job. We will miss him. Donna Kurrell (FSSE/ ESP)

  6. Linda Olson, Rice Lake Elementary

    Gina and family,
    I am so sorry to hear about Tony’s passing! He was a friendly, easygoing man; he always had a smile and a friendly word for me whenever I saw him. He will be missed!
    May God keep you in His care and may you feel His loving arms around you through these next days, weeks and months ahead.
    Linda Olson
    RL Media ESP

  7. Cindy Price

    To All of Tony’s Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of your great loss. Please know that although I won’t be able to attend the service, I am and will be in prayer for all of you. Tony was always friendly and talkative to me when he was at Elm Creek. It is a shock to imagine him gone. I pray that God’s grace will bring you through and that you will have a sense of peace and His love.
    Cindy Price

  8. John & Katie Guertin


    Your cape is hanging in our memories. Love you and miss you so much!


  9. Paul Abraham

    Gina and Family.
    Tony and I met in 1967 at Minneapolis Vocational and a friendship began that remained unbroken. We remained in contact all these years and spoke on the phone just last Wed. Gina, as you know, Tony and I had some interesting
    adventures to say the least. His friendship over the years has always meant alot to me. I will miss his practical jokes and his laughter, but I am so very glad that I was able to call him my freind.

  10. Denise Weir

    Guertin’s- What can I even say- it’s unbelievable. I’m so sorry. Since Marissa and I became friends, Tony was always so good to me- and we definitely had some great talks. He will be missed for sure. Love you all so much! ~Denise (and Jimmy and Ronni)

  11. Steve & Jerra McIntosh

    To the Guertin family,
    We are so sorry for the loss of Tony. We are continually lifting you all up in prayer, trusting that God is giving you the strength and comfort needed to make it through each day. Tony was an amazing man and will very missed. We love you guys and are praying for you.
    Steve & Jerra McIntosh

  12. Katie Wallace

    I worked with Tony at Elm Creek Elementary and am very sad to hear of his passing. May he Rest In Peace – and may his family find comfort in knowing that Tony enjoyed so many things in his life. Prayers for all of you…Katie Wallace

  13. christina Fleege

    Sorry to hear of your loss. We are praying for you.
    Jason and Christina Fleege (John’s friend)

  14. Jamey Hedtke

    Tony you will be missed by all. You were a great man with many great accomplishments during your stay on earth. I will continue to take care of Jody and be their for your family. You will be missed.



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