Renee A. Meyers, 58

Renee A. Meyers passed away peacefully on Friday, March 16. Despite 
leading a very healthy lifestyle, Renee was diagnosed with a rare and 
aggressive form of lung cancer in January. Renee fought valiantly 
against this insidious disease and had excellent medical care. 
However, even with the love and support from her family and many 
friends, Renee could not overcome this cancer's unfair advantage.
Renee’s husband, Dennis Garrett, and their two daughters, Libby and 
Molly, were with her during the entire time that she fought this 
disease. The Meyers-Garrett family enjoyed living in Cedarburg since 
1991, educating their daughters in the excellent Cedarburg public 
schools and enjoying the many artistic and cultural opportunities in 
the community.

Renee was a professor in the Communication Department at the 
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for over 20 years. During that 
time, she served as chairperson of the department and was a mentor to 
many graduate students who went on to have successful academic and 
professional careers in many countries around the world.  While she 
would never mention it herself, her family would like to note that 
Renee received many awards for her teaching excellence and research 
productivity during her illustrious career.

Renee was born on March 4, 1954, in the small farming community of 
Morgan, Minn.  In addition to her husband and two daughters, Renee is 
survived by her mother, Marguerite Meyers; and eight brothers and 
sisters. Her father, Wayne Meyers, passed away when Renee was still 
in high school. His death had a profound impact on Renee and led her 
to assume tremendous responsibility at a young age. Her family takes 
great comfort in knowing that Renee and her father will now be 
reunited to catch up on all of their lost years.

Renee’s family would like to thank Dr. Goniu and Dr. Burfeind for 
their exceptional care for Renee during her illness.  And the family 
would especially like to express their sincere appreciation to the 
amazing nursing staff on the North 3 wing at Columbia St. Mary’s 
Ozaukee Hospital.  Their care and support were very important during 
this difficult journey.

A service to celebrate Renee’s life is being planned.  Please check 
Renee’s site at www.caringbridge.org (reneemeyers) for details 
regarding this service.

Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family.