Monday, August 9, 2010

We invite you to celebrate the life of Rene Lepiane: Wednesday August 11 at 7:30PM


On behalf of her parents, Albert and Elaine Lepiane, her husband, Christopher Newbury, her brother, Paul Lepiane and her children and grandchildren, Kristen, Jay, Cooper and Addison Sanders, and the faculty of Notre Dame High School, we invite you to join us for services to celebrate the life of our dear Rene Lepiane.

Please join us this Wednesday, August 11 at 7:30 PM at St. John Vianney Church in San Jose, CA:

St. John Vianney Church
4600 Hyland Avenue
San Jose, CA 95127

There will be a reception to follow with beverages provided in the church hall directly following the services.

As many of you know, Rene was very talented at accessorizing. She has a beautiful collection of pins, and wore a pin every time she dressed up. Please join me in wearing your favorite pin on Wednesday night in her honor. It will make her smile to know that she rubbed off a little "fashionista" on us all!

Finally, I want to thank the faculty at Notre Dame High School for helping Elaine to put together a beautiful mass, to the families who have and continue to provide meals to the family throughout this time, for the amazing cards, flowers, quilts, art work and blog posts that you sent to Rene (all of which we shared with her), and for the amazing outcry of support for Rene, her parents and husband, and the entire extended family. What an amazing community she built around her both in life and in death. A true testament to the kind of life that she lived!


Kristen Sanders


  1. Absolutely! Let me know what I can do to help!!

  2. We will be there! If there is anything you need from us, just ask.
    Love, Vicki, Martin and Natalie

  3. I will attend as well. Anything I can do to help just let me know. Fred 408 340 1952

  4. Hi Kristen -

    We are so sad to learn of Rene's passing yet take comfort knowing that she was at peace and with her family on Sunday night.

    I see that the Mass is on Wednesday night. I wanted to let your dad know that I located about 8 possible phone #'s for Rene's dear friends Christine and Tom Richardson in Sacramento but none lead me to them. So I decided to express mail a letter to them this morning to let them know about Rene but I'm afraid they might not get it in time to make it to the Memorial Mass. I know your dad said he might have their number back at the home in Campbell. Perhaps there's a chance he could locate it and call them on Tuesday? I wish I had better luck contacting them as I know how much they would want to be there.

    Thank you so much for including us all in Rene's journey with your beautifully expressed and touching entries.

    Lisa Monahan-Smith and Steve Smith