Renee’ M. Conway

Renee’ M. Conway, 56, of Middletown, Maryland, passed away peacefully in her home on June 14, 2019, after taking her life.  She was born on October 10, 1962 in Cumberland, Maryland to Charles and Nina Conway.  She leaves behind many loved ones, including her only child, Chelsea Naegele, 29, of Middletown, Maryland and husband Joe Naegele, 31, of Middletown, Maryland and her only two grandchildren: Anna Renee’ Naegele, 2 years old, and Guy Joseph Naegele, 5 months old.

Renee’ was a special person.  Anyone who met her felt like they knew her immediately.  She would do anything, without hesitation, for the ones she loved.  She truly loved her friends and family more than anything on this Earth; especially her brother, Wayne; deceased, mother, Nina; deceased, and father, Charles; deceased.  She never moved on from the deaths of her only sibling and parents.  Renee’ wanted to be with them for a long time.

She was a nurse and helping people came naturally to her. She loved flowers, fleur de lis, keys, gardening, going to the beach, spending time with her grandchildren and dog, Feni, lounging by her pool that she was so proud of, and talking with friends.

She loved her dog, Feni, very much.  Feni was a main reason that Renee’ held onto her life for as long and painfully as she did.  They shared many snuggles, sunny days, lazy days at the pool and on the couch.  Feni is safe, loved, and taken care of by Renee’s daughter, Chelsea, and husband, Joe.

Renee’ enjoyed baking and making Christmas candy every year for friends and family.  Whether it was her Christmas candy or a surprise-baked good she whipped up the night before, she always gave her family and friends more than they could eat and intensely waited for their reaction once they soaked up the deliciousness of her kind gesture.

She also stayed true to her Irish root by genuinely loving to cook for people.  Friends and family could expect to be sent home with containers full of food after any of Renee’s meals because she made sure they were fed for much longer than after they had finished eating at her house.  She taught her daughter to cook and bake and passed on the love of her craft to Chelsea. Chelsea learned the true healing and comfort of food, especially when made for others, during hard and trying times.

Unfortunately, Renee’ lost her battle with Depression that she struggled with for many, many years.  Her Depression created a non-permeable wall that made it impossible for her to see and feel all the good and happiness in her life, no matter how hard she tried.  Everyone fought hard to keep her here, but the Depression won this battle.  Mental illness and Depression are real.  If you are feeling lonely or are considering taking your own life, please don’t be ashamed to reach out for help.  End the stigma.  The cycle stops here.

Please join us for a celebration of life at Constitution Park in Cumberland, Maryland at noon on Saturday, June 22, 2019, followed by her burial at her final resting place next to her beloved mother, father, and brother at her side in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Cumberland, Maryland.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention via mail at 120 Wall Street, Floor 29, New York, NY 10005; or online at

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