Renée Marie Kelahan, 58

Renée Marie (Thompson) Kelahan passed peacefully on October 13 after a 19-month-long feud with cancer. Renee had just turned 58 years old.

She was the adored wife of Matthew Kelahan, beloved mother of Casey and Cameron Kelahan, and little sister of Julie Sorcek, Denise Wrinn, and Patricia Thompson. She is also survived by her brothers- and sisters-in-law Ron Sorcek, Steve Wrinn, Mark Simonson, John and Ros Kelahan, Laura Kelahan, Sara Kelahan, Pat and Chris Kelahan, Lee and John Redmond, Brian Kelahan and Colleen Connor, Dan and Cheryl Kelahan, Phil and Molly Kelahan, Greg and Linda Kelahan, and Julia and Tim Kilroy; many nieces, nephews, and cousins; several aunts and an uncle; and a wide circle of beloved friends and colleagues. She is preceded in death by her parents, William and Elizabeth Thompson of Newark Valley, New York. 

Raised in upstate New York and a 16-year employee of Eastman Kodak in Rochester, Renée and her family moved to Leesburg in 2001. She was the librarian at her happy place, Loudoun Country Day School, for the past 15 years where she ran many programs significant to the school’s commitment to critical and creative thinking. She was active in developing several of the school’s successful summer camps. Renée loved gardening, dogs, children, and reading. She was most proud of her children, whom she considered to be her legacy on earth. She felt eternally grateful for the time she had with family and friends since her diagnosis, thanks to her care-providers at INOVA Loudoun, INOVA Fairfax, Oncology/Hematology of Loudoun and Reston and Capital Caring Hospice. 

A family-friendly Celebration of Life open house will be held on Sunday, November 10, 2019 from 2pm-4pm at Loudoun Country Day School located at 20600 Red Cedar Drive, Leesburg.

A memorial visitation will be held at Loudoun Funeral Chapel at 158 Catoctin Circle SE in Leesburg on Friday, November 22nd from 4 to 7 pm.   A memorial funeral service will be held at Evergreen United Methodist Church at 19619 Evergreen Mills Road in Leesburg on Saturday, November 23rd at 11 am.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Renée’s favorite charity, paws4vets.

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