THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Joseph R. Rebman
Issue Date: February 21, 2018
Joseph Rene Rebman, 75, passed away peacefully on February 11, 2018.
Rene was born on February 28th, 1942 in Two Rivers, WI to Jack and Ella (Durocher) Rebman. He eventually moved to Coleman where he attended Coleman High School and excelled in athletics.
After attending high school, Rene worked in the local area and eventually became Head Chef at a number of restaurants including the Victorian House in Green Bay. Rene's passion for cooking and entertaining was lifelong and brought him joy as he shared it with family and friends.
When not cooking, Rene was an accomplished sheepshead player. He often left the table with more than he brought and was one of the most sought-after partners in five-hand you could find. After cards, Rene supported his Packers and his most treasured times were watching games with his friends and family and talking to his sons and grandchildren after the game.
Rene also battled Multiple Sclerosis (MS) for over 35 years, but he never let MS define or constrain him. He battled it to the very end and beat it. As Rene would always say, "I may have MS, but MS doesn't have me!" He also rallied his family and friends to participate in numerous walks, raise money, and secure donations to ensure each event was a success.
Rene is survived by his sister, Judie (Florian) Kotecki; sons, Ryan (Rachel) Rebman and Tyler (Paola) Rebman; grandchildren, Soren & Bauer (Ryan and Rachel), Matteo & Mariana (Tyler and Paola), sisters-in-law, Janet Rebman (WI), Violet Rebman (NJ), Therese Rebman (IL) and Ursula Rebman (TX); special nieces and nephews, Karri (Mike) Grenier, Adam Gordon and Amanda Gordon and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Ella (Durocher) Rebman and his brothers, Richard Rebman, Eugene Rebman, Robert Rebman, John "Jack" (Grace) Rebman and Charles Rebman.
The entire family would also like to say a special thank you to Debbie and Greg Webster for all their support to Rene over the years. Your kindness will never be forgotten.
Family and friends may visit at St. Anne Catholic Church in Coleman, WI, on Saturday, February 24, from 10:00am until the time of the Funeral Mass at 11:00am with Father Bob Karuhn officiating. Online condolences may be offered at http://www.rhodescharapata.com In lieu of flowers, the family requests you make a donation to the Wisconsin Chapter of the MS Society on Rene's behalf - https://www.nationalmssociety.org/Donate Rhodes Charapata Funeral Home of Coleman is assiting the family with arrangements.