Renee Hebert, 89, of Randolph, NJ passed away on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at Brightview Assisted Living Center. Renee was born on January 19, 1931 in Brooklyn, NY. While growing up in Ozone Park, she graduated from John Adam's High School. She began her career as a Customer Service Representative for the Telephone Company. Renee raised her family in East Meadow, NY. After 24 years of marriage to Pat, she became a widow at 47 years old, and returned to work at AT&T. Six years later she married Mickey. They retired and moved to Highland Lakes in Palm Harbor, Florida. There, they enjoyed the time of their life. They moved up to Randolph NJ, 2 ½ years ago to be closer to their children. She shared almost 37 years of marriage with Mickey this year.
Renee was a devoted mother and role model for her family. She always beat her own drum, and had eclectic interests. Renee was an excellent bridge player, enjoyed studying astrology and analyzing the stars. She moved 11 times throughout her life and was always intrigued with real estate and loved decorating. Renee always spoke her mind, was passionate about her political opinions and enjoyed following the stock market. She also played the piano. Her signature piece was "Clare de Lune" by Claude Debussy. She was also the founder of two clubs, a singles travel club called "Jet Away Singles" and a dieting club. There, she invented her own version of "Weight Watchers", commiserating with her friends, as they watched their weight go down and up. Renee was proud to share her perspective and in 1962 had an essay published in a magazine called, Baby Talk. Even though she didn't formally practice any religion and related culturally more with the Italian side of the family, she was a spiritual person, who believed in a guiding force and identified herself as a Jew. That influenced her undying resilience, ability to recover from loss and always find a purpose. It also contributed to an optimistic and "glass half full" outlook on life.
Renee is survived by her children, Patrice Berg and husband Aaron, Marjorie Zien and husband Howard, and Gregg Fortunato and wife Phyllis, 7 grandchildren, Adam and wife Jackie, Amanda, Sara, Jonathan, Hanna and husband Orry, Ethan and wife Cipora, and Olivia, and 1 great grandson, Hayes. She was predeceased by her husbands, Patrick Fortunato and Milton "Mickey" Hebert, and her daughter, Donna Gail.
All services will be held privately by Renee's family.
The family will host a virtual Memorial Gathering-Shiva on Saturday and Sunday from 7:30-9:00PM.
Here is a link to a video montage of Renee's life:
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund (www.njprf.org) or a charity of your choice.