Obituary: Poteat, Renate Helena
Our beloved mother and Omi entered into eternal rest on Sunday June 17, 2012 . Renate was born in Glieweitz , Germany on June 25, 1925 where she lived with her mother Helena until they fled to West Germany shortly after the beginning of WWII. She grew up in Germany and met her husband in Hanau while working in the BX. He was stationed there in the US Air Force. They were married in Germany and lived there for eight years before moving to The States, living in South Carolina and then moving to Spokane in 1962 . She was a mother and homemaker until she went to work for The Crescent department store in downtown Spokane. She loved her job the people she worked with and finding and putting together fashionable looks for customers. She also prided herself in keeping up with the latest fashions and making sure her family was was also nicely dressed. Things she loved were little children and animals, she always had dogs and cats around to help keep her company. Some of her other favorite pastimes were cooking, baking, gardening and collecting books, she also loved listening to classical and big band music and watching old movies on tv. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, James.
She is survived by a brother Wolfgang (Karin) Musiol of Germany and their son David and his family. Son Frank (Maryann) Poteat, their children, Stephen (Leigh) granddaughter Siena, Jennifer (Jameson) Garcia granddaughter, Malena, grandson, Chayton. Son Mark (Karen) Poteat, their children Joshua and Andra.
We thank everyone for any part they may have contributed to her care giving especially in her last years of life which were very difficult. We pray she is now at peace in Heaven with our Lord and is once again reunited with her dearly beloved mother.
A Catholic memorial service for close friends and family will be held on July 9, 2012 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 3720 E. Colbert Rd., Colbert, WA. 509-466-4991. In lieu of flowers, please donate to The Alzheimer’s Foundation, Spokanimal or charity of your choice.