Renee Michelle Slonski

September 25, 1974 - May 17, 2011
Renee Michelle Slonski

Renee Michelle Slonski, of Charlotte, NC, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday May 17, 2011 at The Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCareCenter in Wilmington, NC.

Renee was born in Erie, PA, and moved to Charlotte as a child, where she made countless friendships. She attended college for education in fine arts, which lead her to a career as a make-up artist with Laura Mercier. She spent many joyful years living and working in Charlotte.

Diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 28, she inspired countless people with her courage, unwavering determination, infectious laugh and radiant smile, which was ever present. Despite virtually endless treatments and setbacks she continued to live her life to the fullest, never allowing her battle to dampen her spirit.

In 2010 she moved to Wrightsville Beach, NC fulfilling a life-long dream of living and painting at the beach. Affectionately known as, NeNe, she enjoyed the past year spending time with her Godchildren, and her dearest friends and family. Her final days where spent in the loving care of the wonderful people of The Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Life Center, surrounded by her closest friends and family, laughing and smiling until the very end. Her tremendous spirit continued to inspire and amaze all who where blessed to know her.

A Celebration of Renee’s life will be held Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at the Shell Island Resort on Wrightsville Beach at 2pm.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in her name to The Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Care Center.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403; (910)-791-9099


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  • May 19, 2011
    Audrey Denham says:
    I only knew Renee for a short time but she was such an inspiration and just a wonderful person. She will be truly missed.

  • May 21, 2011
    Jenel Jackson says:
    My deepest condolences go to all of the family and friends of Renee. I know she was a light in your lives. As I knew her for such a short period of time, I can tell you that her sincere smile and strength was an inspiration to me. I worked at the one of her doctors offices and only wish I had the opportunity to have met her before. I did not know her well, but i know she loved the beach, she loved to paint, she was so brave. I only met the friend that would bring her in for her treatments, but I know she was loved. You are amazing group of people and find peace in the support you gave a sweet sweet person...I admired her so much! She loved wings...Renee has her angel wings now!

  • May 23, 2011
    Debbie Mace says:
    My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Renee's family. She was truly a wonderful person, that brought laughter and light where ever she went. She was never selfish and always there when you needed her. Renee carried an unwavering strength within her. You will be missed my friend

  • May 24, 2011
    Z Cheryl Couch says:
    I was flooded with memories of Renee. Since we were both young, I experienced some of her milestones such as the first Thanksgiving dinner with her as the sole chef and she nailed it. Renee cooked for hours and although she was nervous, the meal was perfection. I don't know anyone else that has managed such a feat. You always remember perfect meals. It's been years, yet, her presence still deeply imprinted on me. Another significant moment is when I came out as lesbian, Renee's response was the best I've ever encountered. Renee, with excitement and a huge smile, replied "that is so cool". I was surprised, stunned, and thankful. I prepared for every possible response, but Renee was in a realm of acceptance that I couldn't even imagine. My immense gratitude for Renee's inherent love, acceptance in that moment is always present with me. Renee also gave me her painting supplies she wasn't using them at that time. I discovered she believed in passing on things so they could be experienced by others such as books and for me, art supplies. I was just beginning with my art and welcomed supplies. I still have and use everything she had given me including paint brushes. Now, the brushes Renee created with and passed on, with hopes of never letting the bristles sit dry or be still for too long, are wet with paint and in motion. I'm sorry for your loss. I hope my words don't offend anyone.

  • May 23, 2011
    Rachel Harkey says:
    Renee was a lovely and friendly young lady. I knew her when I worked and was friends with her mother, Fran. Fran is an angel and Renee must be with her now. Love and blessings, Rachel