RENE ERNEST SMANIA, 47, passed from this world, way too soon, on November 29, 2011, after a courageous three year battle with cancer. Born in San Francisco of Swiss parents, his

family returned to Switzerland when he was three. He attended both chef and butcher schools in Switzerland before serving two years in the Swiss Army. He returned to the US in 1985, learned to speak English and found success in a number of professions, including chef, manager of hardware and retail stores and most recently, manager of the Happy Homestead Cemetery in South Lake Tahoe.

In 1992, he met his wife of 18 years, Celine and the two of them moved from Maui to South Lake Tahoe where they were married and built a wonderful life together with their four-legged children: Zephyr, Bentley and Sammy. Besides being the jokester that he was, Rene was a man of many talents. Cooking was his passion along with motorcycles, skiing, painting, yodeling and just about anything else. Most of all he loved sitting around the kitchen table after a good meal with family and friends just talking about everything and anything.

Rene was preceded in death by his father Ernest and Aunt Rita, and is survived by his lovely wife Celine; his mother Vera; his brother Michael; his sister Esther and her husband Richard; Uncle Paul; and cousins Michelle and Susy; in-laws Doris Hamann and Gerard Thibeault and their children Linda and Dennis; and other relatives and wonderful friends too numberous to mention.

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