Obituary: Renee Topol
Renee passed away peacefully on Dec. 14, 2008 after living with Lymphoma for two years. Renee Topol was born on Feb. 9, 1930 in New York, N.Y. and moved to Reno, Nev. with her parents Sidney and Lillian Topol in 1948. She moved to Tahoe City, Calif. with her family in 1952. She owned and operated La Washmatique in the Lighthouse Shopping Center from 1977, moving back to Reno in 1985. Renee attended Skidmore and Mills College and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in International Studies.
Renee was a vibrant person and had many and varied interests. She both appreciated and expressed herself through art and music and loved to read. Though Renee loved all sports she was most accomplished at golf. During her golfing career she won scores of tournaments, most notably the Nevada and Hawaiian State Amateur Championships. She won numerous tournaments at the Tahoe City Golf Course including the Women’s Club Championship on many occasions. As recently as two years ago, Renee was the Senior Women’s Golf Champion at Reno’s Lakeridge Golf Course. She enjoyed the social, competitive and athletic pursuit in sports and fitness. Renee’s passion inspired her many beloved friends and workout partners. Renee’s greatest pleasure was to be surrounded by her family and friends. She was a friend to many and well known for her generosity.
Renee is survived by her two sons, Doug Modlin (Robin) of Palo Alto, Calif. and Gary Modlin (Leah) of Reno; her three brothers, Nate (Ginny), Peter (Judy Topol Brown), and Steve (Cindy); her sister Lenell (Patrick) and her four grandchildren.
The family wishes to express their sincere thanks to Renee’s many friends from Tahoe City and Reno for their kindness and wonderful support throughout her two years of illness.
Renee was buried in Reno in a private ceremony on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008. In lieu of flowers Renee requested that donations be made in her name to Cystic Fibrosis Research, Inc., 2672 Bayshore Parkway, Suite 520, Mountain View, CA 94303 or to the Chabab of Northern Nevada.
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