Renaissance Funeral Home - Family Owned and Operated

Renaissance Funeral Home is the only family owned funeral home in North Raleigh. The Smolenski family has been in the funeral industry since the 1920s and they bring their knowledge to Raleigh.

We offer cremation, burial and preplanning services 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Since we are a privately owned funeral home you will find our prices less than the competition and we don't offer packages with items that aren't needed.

Come see the difference. Call for more information or logon to www.rfhr.com.


Our Obituaries

Jacqueline Marie Britt

January 9, 1948 - February 12, 2010

In loving memory of Jacqueline Marie Britt, born in Northampton county to Maxie Edward Britt and Helen Parker Britt. She was known for her loving heart and willingness to help others. She loved photography, dancing, sailing, animals and her family and friends. Jacqueline will be greatly missed by her three children: Phillip Michael, Heather Allyn and Brittany Lynn Wilson. Following a...
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Gregory Phillips

September 30, 1950 - February 4, 2010

Greg was born to Garfield and Anna Phillips on September 30, 1950 in Chicago, Illinois. He was the second oldest of eleven siblings. Greg attended Hanes Elemen­tary from the first to the sixth grade, Forest­ville North from seventh to ninth, and Dunbar High School from tenth grade until graduation in 1968. After graduation, Greg joined the Navy. Once he completed his service in the Navy,...
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Carolyn Gerald Kluttz

July 4, 1930 - February 3, 2010

Carolyn Gerald Kluttz of Raleigh, NC passed away while surrounded by family on February 3, 2010 at the age of 79. She will be remembered as a generous, loving, loyal wife, mother, grandmother, and true friend. Some of her most memorable moments were times spent traveling with her beloved husband, John, in their motor home and the loving times spent with her grandchildren Carolyn is survived by...
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Lenore Evelyn Leavitt

May 7, 1959 - January 19, 2010

Lenore Turgeon Leavitt passed away on Tuesday, January 19, 2010. Lenore is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard and Evelyn Turgeon of St. Petersburg, FL; her brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph and Sharon Turgeon of Raleigh, NC; her niece, Miss Elizabeth Turgeon, also of Raleigh; and her great nephew and niece, Ander and Greta Gustafson, She is also survived by her aunt and...
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Randy Kelsh

August 7, 1959 - January 2, 2010

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Thomas "Tom" Cox

February 7, 1954 - December 1, 2009

Alfred Thomas "Tom" Cox of Cary, NC passed away on Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at the age of 55. Tom was a 1976 graduate of UNC at Chapel Hill. He is survived by his wife, Paula Doherty Cox; sons, Kevin and Robert "Ryan" V. Cox II; father, Robert V. Cox; mother-in-law, Marcella Doherty; brothers: Randy, Rob, Dan and Andrew. He is predeceased by his mother, Catherine Cox and father-in-law,...
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Robert M. Hambourger

September 10, 1944 - November 15, 2009

Robert M. Hambourger, associate professor emeritus of philosophy at NC State University, died on Sunday, November 15. The cause of death was sudden cardiac arrest, his heart and body having been weakened by a two-and-a-half year struggle with lymphoma. He was 65. Bob Hambourger is survived by his three children, Elizabeth A. Hambourger (of Durham), Michael S. Hambourger (of West Jefferson),...
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Robert George Davis

October 6, 1934 - October 31, 2009

Bob Davis, 75, of Raleigh, NC passed away October 31, 2009. Bob was born in Johnson City, NY of parents, Mildred Hobbs Davis and Charles William Davis. Bob was predeceased by his parents and son Brian A. Davis of Raleigh. Bob is survived by his wife, Adona Brown Davis of Raleigh, and sons Robert C. Davis and wife Diane of Cary, NC, Michael F. Davis and wife Sarah of Raleigh, NC, Kevin E....
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Virginia Elizabeth Plymate

July 14, 1923 - October 28, 2009

Virginia Elizabeth Plymate of Raleigh, NC passed away peacefully on Oct. 28, 2009 surrounded by family. She was born on July 14, 1923 in Greendale, IN. A lifelong resident of Indiana, she moved to Raleigh, NC in 2005 to be close to children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She enjoyed her work as a church secretary at both Beech Grove United Methodist Church and Southport Presbyterian...
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Stephen D. Kupec

September 21, 1993 - October 11, 2009

Stephen Derek Kupec, 16, of Franklinton, passed away on October 11, 2009. Stephen so enjoyed the outdoors, whether it was hunting, fishing, or learning to farm in Bertie County, where he loved living the past four months with his great-uncle Brent E. Lewis and great-aunt Susan B. Lewis, in Kelford. Prior to moving to Bertie County, he lived with his father, Timothy J. Kupec, whom he enjoyed...
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Mary B Heimerdinger

April 30, 1909 - October 9, 2009

Mary was born in Detroit, Michigan to Mary and Walter Domzalski. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her brother, William Dom, sister, Helen Domzalski, and her husband, Earl Hugh Heimerdinger. She is survived by her daughter, Marie Theresa Haag, husband, James, three grandchildren: William Haag and wife, Ursula; Christina Willigan and husband, Edward; James Haag and wife,...
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Addison Margaret Greene

September 4, 2009

Addison Margaret Greene of Clayton passed away on Friday, September 4, as an infant. Addison died one week before her due date. She is survived by her parents Rob and Heather Greene of Clayton, her grandparents John D. and Judith Sulentic of Clayton, uncles Dave Sulentic of Clayton, Matthew and (Cathy) Sulentic of Peyton, CO, Bradlee and(Christine) Sulentic of Savannah, GA, Bryan and (Erin)...
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Edward Martin Smith

November 12, 1951 - August 29, 2009

Edward Martin Smith of Raleigh, NC passed away on August 29, 2009 at the age of 57. He worked for the College Foundation of North Carolina. Edward is survived by his mother, Margaret B. Smith; his brother, John D. Smith, Jr. and wife, Jo Ellen. He is predeceased by his father, John D. Smith. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 1st from 7pm to 8pm at Renaissance Funeral Home. The...
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Rachele Lorraine Valenti

January 27, 1942 - August 27, 2009

Rachele Lorraine Valenti of Raleigh, NC passed away on August 27 at the age of 67. She was a retired homemaker who enjoyed cooking, embroidery, and spending time with her family. She is survived by her husband Benjamin, as well as her three daughters and seven grandchildren. All will miss her dearly. Mass will be said in Rachele’s honor on Thursday September 3rd at 6 pm at St. Luke the...
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Naji Elias Majlaton

July 24, 1976 - August 13, 2009

Naji Elias Majlaton of Raleigh-NC passed away on Thursday, August 13, at the age of 33. He was a humble free spirited young man, who always looked at life as a glass half full, although physically handicapped; he was still able to touch countless lives and positively influence the world around him. He is survived by his mother Mrs. Yvonne Majlaton of 212 Ellwood Dr. Raleigh-NC, his sister...
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Lawrence Thomas Gannon

May 6, 1923 - July 20, 2009


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Gary Donald Dixon

February 28, 1947 - May 20, 2009

Gary D. Dixon, supportive husband, encouraging father, outdoors enthusiast, and good friend died Wednesday, May 20th, 2009 after a year long battle with melanoma. He was 62 years old. Gary was the youngest son of John and Betty Dixon, of Baltimore, MD. His family moved to Denver Colorado in 1958 and he graduated from Abraham Lincoln HS in 1966. Raised in Colorado, Gary loved to fish, camp and...
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Betty Jo Minton Taillefer

September 2, 1944 - May 7, 2009

Betty Jo Minton Taillefer of Raleigh passed away on May 7, 2009 at the age of 64. Much loved by her family and friends, Betty Jo’s sweet kindness, tender heart and noble spirit live on through all those whose lives were lucky enough to be touched by her. She is survived by her husband, Francis John Taillefer and their two daughters, Ashley Nicole Taillefer and Amanda Minton...
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Dorothy Sylvia Mitchell

August 26, 1912 - April 30, 2009

Dorothy Sylvia Mitchell, 96, of Raleigh, North Carolina passed away on April 30th at Mayview Convalescent Center. Born and raised in California she moved to Raleigh in 2004 to be closer to her daughter, Michelle Joyce. In addition to Michelle and her husband Bill, she leaves behind a beloved son, Brent Mitchell and wife Becky, two grandchildren, Laurie Swann and husband Randy, and Maryann Speiss...
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Frank Joseph Bonavita

October 27, 1943 - April 21, 2009

FRANK JOSEPH BONAVITA October 27, 1943 – April 21, 2009 Frank Joseph Bonavita, 65, beloved husband, father, and grandfather passed away suddenly on Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at his home. Frank was a lifetime employee of IBM although he found his greatest joy and happiness in his family. Frank is survived by his wife of 43 years Virginia (Ginny) Bonavita, sons Matt, Frank and wife...
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Herbert Alan Hertzog

December 30, 1961 - April 18, 2009


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Carol Patricia Guenther

July 21, 1938 - April 1, 2009

Carol Patricia Guenther, 70, passed away Wednesday April 1, 2009 at Rex Hospital. A native of Jamaica, New York, Carol was retired from the insurance and banking industries, was a long time member of the New Comers Club of Raleigh as well as numerous book clubs. Loving wife and mother who always believed in her children. Her vibrancy, wit, love, and counsel will be missed. She is survived by...
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Margaret B. Hoobler

August 21, 1917 - March 29, 2009


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John Bobbie

April 25, 1919 - March 12, 2009

John Bobbie, 89, passed away after a long illness at home on Thursday, March 12, 2009. John was born in Philadelphia, PA on April 25, 1919, the eldest son among seven children of the late Nicholas and Anna Bobbie. Surviving are his wife of 45 years, Virginia Dunn Bobbie; son Dr. Ronald J. Bobbie and wife Frances; daughter Marianne B. Stephens and husband Kevin; grandchildren Nicholas...
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Robert Edwin Williams

October 22, 1921 - March 2, 2009

Robert E. (Bob) Williams of Raleigh passed away on Monday, March 2nd at the age of 87. Robert was a very wonderful and loving husband and father. He loved everything and anything tennis. He lived to play the game. Although he could no longer participate, he was at the courts everyday watching his friends play at Exchange Park. He served in the Navy from 1942 to 1947 and also married in 1947. He...
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Holly Johnson Green

September 26, 1948 - February 26, 2009

Raleigh - Holly Johnson Green, 60, passed away at UNC Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill February 26, 2009. A native of New Jersey, Holly was born September 26, 1948 to her parents Robert Mileham Johnson and Leanore Purnell Johnson. Holly worked as a Registered Nurse caring for psychiatric and geriatric patients in Veterans Administration hospitals in New York. During her son's early childhood she...
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Benjamin L. Wilson

June 5, 1935 - February 25, 2009


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Olga Mary Kurek

December 25, 1918 - February 24, 2009


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Aniello Anthony Gerardi

July 3, 1922 - February 18, 2009


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Say A. Ngo

August 10, 1946 - February 6, 2009

Say A. Ngo, 62, passed away on February 6, 2009. She was born on August 10, 1946 in Haiphong, Vietnam. She immigrated to Raleigh on October 31, 1979. She enjoyed walking, gardening, cooking, and traveling. She was a loving wife, mother, and sister. She was devoted to her family whom she always placed first. Say is survived by her husband, Ton of Raleigh; her son, Luong of Raleigh; her...
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Joan Mary Little

December 21, 1942 - February 5, 2009

Joan Mary Little, long-time resident of Raleigh, died on 5 February 2009 at UNC-Memorial Hospital following a long illness. Born Joan Mary Osmond on 21 December 1942 in Saginaw, Michigan, she also lived in Missoula, Montana; Toledo, Ohio; and Vermillion, South Dakota before moving to Raleigh in 1980. Joan was a 1991 graduate of North Carolina State University and member of Omicron Delta...
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Keith Edward Saunders

July 22, 1921 - January 31, 2009

Keith E. Saunders of Raleigh passed away peacefully on Saturday evening. He is survived by his wife, Beverly; his daughters, Felicia and Charlene, and husband, Todd; granddaughters, Cassandra and Erika; and brother, Donald, and wife, Carole. He is predeceased by the late Stanley and Isabelle Saunders. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Toronto, Canada. Donations may be...
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Harold Alvin Snegosky

June 23, 1922 - January 17, 2009


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Mattie Brewer

May 26, 1924 - January 13, 2009


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Howard Paul White

July 24, 1925 - January 3, 2009


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Marta Miryam Brewer

January 1, 1958 - January 2, 2009

Marta Miryam Grey Brewer, beloved wife, mother, daughter and friend, died Friday, January 2, 2009 at her home. Marta lived in the Raleigh area for the last 13 years. A native of David, Chiriqui, Panama and a NCSU graduate of Business Administration. Marta was the daughter of the late James O. Grey (known as “Red Grey”) and Moraima F. Grey of San Francisco, CA. Marta is survived by her...
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