Renée C. Thomas

Renée C. Thomas, 40, of Fargo, ND, passed away peacefully with loved ones by her side on Saturday, February 20, 2021.

Renée was born March 25, 1980 in Pomona, California. Shortly thereafter, the family moved to Keflavik, Iceland. Eventually the family settled in Northwood, ND, where she attended and graduated from high school. Renée then attended MSU in Moorhead, MN before entering the professional business world.

Renée’s passion was her kids and she lived to watch them succeed. She also enjoyed warm sunny beaches, the Lakes in the summer, campfire music and time with friends. In addition to being a full-time mom, Renée was a recruiter and a real estate expert.

Renée is survived by her children, Taylor Zander (12), Madden Zander (9), Jaxson Zander (8) and Braylon Zander (5) and life partner Kelly Zander of Fargo, ND. Parents David & Carole Carpenter, from Northwood, ND and Terry & Julie Zander, from Devils Lake, ND. Her two brothers Michael Johnson & wife Jenny Johnson from Grand Forks, ND and David Carpenter II & Fiancé Eddie Apadaca from Fort Worth Texas. Brother & Sister Chad Zander & Amy McGarvey (Charles), both of Fargo, ND. Grandmother Wuanita Carpenter of Denver Colorado and best friend Mistelle Forde.

Renèe was preceded in death by her grandma Lena Frith of Devils Lake, ND.

Memorial Services will be held on Thursday, February 25th at Boulger Funeral Home at 2:00pm and are open to the public with a visitation one hour prior and a reception to follow. The service will be livestreamed on Boulger’s website. #stampedehockeyfamily Pallbearers will be Renée’s children, Taylor Zander, Madden Zander, Jaxson Zander & Braylon Zander.

Arrangements entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center, Fargo. To sign the online guestbook and view the service, visit

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