Lorena “Rena” Alma Bellanger, 16 years young, “Waa-bi-shki Bi-niishe Ikwe” which means “White Thunderbird Woman”, of Red Lake, Minnesota and the Bear Clan began her journey to the spirit world on Tuesday, March 24th, 2020. She was born in Minneapolis, MN on August 21st, 2003, the daughter of Roberta (Bowstring) and Steven Bellanger, Sr.
Rena was a very outspoken young lady who always spoke her mind. She loved putting her makeup on “just right”, getting dolled up and doing photoshoots. Rena was super silly, loved to have fun and had a laugh that was contagious. She enjoyed browsing Facebook and Youtube and just being on her phone. Rena liked a wide variety of music and spending her time with her friends. She was a Junior at the Bemidji Lumberjack High School and was 2 weeks shy of completing her Certified Nursing Course at Northwest Tech. Rena loved all her nieces and nephews dearly and being with them as often as she could. She was appreciative of all things and was fascinated by a lot. Rena will forever be missed and was loved by all who knew her.
She is welcomed to the spirit world by her biological mother, Carrie Bellanger; sister, Violet Bellanger; auntie, Francine Kingbird; uncle, Ron Bowstring; and grandparents, Antone and Joanie Bellanger and Rosella Kingbird (Bowstring) and Francis Greenleaf.
Those she leaves behind are her parents, Steven and Roberta Bellanger of Red Lake, siblings, Valerie Dodge, LaVonne Bellanger, Ron, Mirando, and Jose Gurno all of Duluth, Steven Bellanger, Jr and Robin (Tomi) Roy, Sr. both of Red Lake, Randi Roy of Bemidji and Yvette Bellanger of Detroit, MI; numerous other relatives and too many friends to list.
An overnight wake for Rena will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 26th and continue until her 10:00 a.m. traditional services on Friday, March 27th all to be held at the Redby Community Center in Redby, MN. Waa-maajaa’iwed will be Steve Jackson. Helping to lay Rena to rest are Steven Perkins, Carter Spears, Brian Bellanger, Matt Bellanger, Trevor Bellanger and Robin Roy. Her honorary pallbearers are Adrianna Duque, Shyla Barrett, Alexys May, George William King II, Kyriah Johnson, Kylee Lussier and her best friend Natalie Henrichs. Interment will be in the Bellanger Family Burial Grounds at Redby following her Friday services.
Lorena’s care has been entrusted to Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker, MN. Online condolences for the family may be left at www.northernpeace.com
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