Renate Anna Mirhej, formerly of Chadds Ford

Renate Anna Mirhej, 80, of Bonita Springs, Fla. formerly of Chadds Ford, died Thursday, June 28, of pancreatic cancer. She was born to the late Wilhelm and Anna Lohmann on New Year's Day, 1938 in Hildesheim Germany.

Renate Anna Mirhej

After attending business college in Germany, she immigrated to the United States in the 1960s. She was very happily married to Michael Mirhej in 1990, living in Chadds Ford, and then Bonita Springs, until his death in 2012. By the end of her career, she had been employed for 13 years as executive assistant for the vice president and general counsel of Hercules Inc. Prior to this, she worked with humanitarian causes at the United Way, The American Red Cross, and a school for intellectually impaired children.

Although her attention to detail served her well in her career, we also saw it in her elegant dress, entertaining with her dear friends, and making sure that Michael's golf score tallied correctly. She had a genuine warmth that provided many new acquaintances and a steadfast love for longtime friends. Although a US citizen, she truly was a citizen of the world, marveling in its richness of art and culture and promoting respect for people of all backgrounds.

In her last years, she greatly enjoyed teaching reading to at-risk children at New Horizons of Southwest Florida. She is survived by sisters Regine Hattebuhr and Annegret Roemkens, step-children Gregory Mirhej and Andrew Mirhej (Lisa Mirhej), and step-grandchildren Miles, Max, Ella, Grace, and Henry Mirhej. Her interment will be private, per her wishes. In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations to be made to New Horizons (newhorizonsofswfl.org) and Joanne's House at Hope Hospice. Online condolences may be offered by visiting www.ShikanyFuneralHome.com.

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