Renee Waters

June 28, 1950 - August 14, 2014
Traverse City, MI


Life Story / Obituary


Renee Suzanne Waters, age 64, passed away on August 14, 2014 at Orchard Creek Nursing Facility, surrounded by her family.

Renee was born June 28, 1950, in Traverse City, Michigan to Harry George Watkoske and Gladys Lauraine Watkoske (Kadrovach) and took pride in being a native of Traverse City where she resided her entire life. She graduated from Traverse City Central High School in 1968 and then attended Northern Michigan Unviersity where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1973. She further continued her education later in life and received a Masters degree in Health Care Administration from Central Michigan University and a certification from the AAPC. She had a lifelong interest and involvement in the medical field including medical technologist, office manager and professional coder. She thoroughly enjoyed teaching and was involved with Northwestern Michigan College for many years and multiple universities online nationwide.

In 1968 she married Michael Thomas Bee and had 3 daughters, Kirsten Michelle Crosby (Bee), Mackenzie Renee Waters, and Hayley Morgan Czajkowski (Bee) whom her whole world revolved. She was a well adored grandma (Nee-Nee) to her two grandchildren, Connor Crosby and Camryn Crosby. She had a profound love for her daughters and grandchildren that showed in every aspect of her life.

She is survived by her mother, Gladys Watkoske and sister Karen Warren (Watkoske), her three daughters listed above, two son-in-laws, Kurt O Crosby and Daniel J Czajkowski, and her two grandchildren, also listed above. She also leaves behind numerous loving relatives and friends.

There will be a private memorial service celebrating her life at a future date. For additional information and specifics, please contact the family.

The family wishes to thank all those close friends and family who supported Renee during her illness. A heart-felt thank you to Cheryl Bomer, a close family friend, who never left her side and gave her unconditional support in her final days. Also, a special thanks to Hospice of Michigan and Orchard Creek Nursing Facility for all their care and support. Please visit www.lifestorynet.com to sign the guest book and share a message with her family. The family chose Life Story Funeral Home, Traverse City.

Renee’s life was a true picture of integrity, strength and unconditional love.