LaRene Hardy, 73
Dec. 9, 1942 — Aug. 6, 2016

LaRene Hardy, 73 LaRene “Rene” Hardy (nee Snorek), 73, of West Bend, found peace Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016, at The Kathy Hospice in West Bend.

She was born Dec. 9, 1942, in Reedsburg and graduated from Elroy Royal High School. LaRene was previously married to James Bloor and later to Dale Soukup. In 1985 she married William “Bill” Hardy. Bill and LaRene then moved to Lake Camelot in the town of Rome in 1991, after retirement. Later they moved to West Bend and she provided unwavering and devoted care to Bill for many years.

LaRene was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in the town of Jackson. She enjoyed crafting, flower gardening, bird watching, bowling, spending time with family, visits to the casino, playing board games/cards and dining out weekly with friends and neighbors. She loved spending her winters in Texas with Bill and their many winter-Texan friends.

She is survived by two daughters, Jody (Dean) Giacomini and Janell (Paul) Vanderkin; five stepsons, Scot Soukup, Bill (Susan) Hardy Jr., Thomas (Ellen) Hardy, Timothy (Tammy) Hardy and David Hardy; two stepdaughters, Mary (Tony) D’Andrea and Judi (Alex) Mulkey; five grandchildren, Chad (Lauren) Giacomini, Danyel (Michael) McDonald, Brett (Shannon) Giacomini, Samantha (Dallin) Lee and Nicholas Vanderkin; 10 step-grandchildren, William III Jr., Amy, Shannon, Jacob, Maxwell, Abbey, Joshua, Chad, Hunter and Charlie; two stepgreat-grandchildren, Ellie and Daniel; a sister, LaVonne (Charles) Stull; two brothers, Gayland (the late Karen) Snorek and Gordon (Diane) Snorek; nieces, nephews, many other wonderful relatives and close personal friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Harry Snorek; her mother, Florence Brockman; her stepfather, Lawrence Brockman; and a stepson, Rod Soukup.

The family will greet relatives and friends from 3-6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, at St. John’s Lutheran Church (2881 Division Road, Jackson) with a celebration of life service to be held at 6 p.m. A dinner will follow the service in the church hall. Private entombment will be held Saturday morning at Washington County Memorial Park in West Bend.

Special thanks to Dr. Mooney, Dr. Johnstone and their staff at the Kraemer Cancer Center, Virginia Highlands Rehab, and The Kathy Hospice nursing staff.

Words cannot express our gratitude for the Rev. Paul Mittermaier of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Jackson for his endearing love and support toward Bill and LaRene for these many years. God’s blessings and many thanks to Pastor Paul for his recognition of special timing with “spiritual nudges.”

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