Renee Ann Steffen


Renee Ann Steffen, 63, of Baxter, MN passed away peacefully, surrounded by her three children, On Sunday, October 31, 2021 at The Mayo Clinic, St. Marys Hospital.

Renee was born September 16, 1958 in Minneapolis, MN to Carl and Dorothy (Snee) Hanson. She was a 1977 graduate of Coon Rapids High School and went on to pursue her Masters and ultimately obtained her Doctorate in Nursing from the University of Minnesota. Renee spent over 41 years in nursing from bedside to teaching and finally to Senior Administration of nursing. She was devoted to providing clinical care, teaching and mentoring her peers. Renee was an integral part in starting and supporting numerous programs and organizations throughout many healthcare communities across Minnesota and Alaska. She was adventurous and had a passion to explore the world. She was a caregiver, a fighter, and a strong woman that touched many lives and left an imprint. Above all, Renee always enjoyed having a good time and loved her family and friends.

She is survived by her children, Andrew (Sarah) Steffen of Baxter, MN, Dan (Ali) Steffen of Brainerd, MN and Jenna Steffen of Nashville, TN; grandchildren, Emma, Kasen, Logan, Leo and Brooklyn; sisters, Jean Current and Karlene Hamilton; brothers, Robert and Richard Hanson; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of other family and friends.

An open house Celebration of Life for Renee will be held Saturday, November 20, 2021 from 1:00-4:00 pm at The Woods, Gather on 3 Event Center, 19624 Co. Rd. 3, Brainerd, MN 56401. All friends and family are welcome.

“To make life a little better for people less fortunate than you. That’s what I think a meaningful life is. One lives not just for oneself, but for one’s community.” - Ruth Bader Ginsburg