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Renea Carol (Herr) Kallai

May 28, 1968 ~ February 4, 2022 (age 53)


Renea Kallai, 53, gently left this earth on February 4, 2022, surrounded in love by her family. She was born May 28, 1968, in El Paso, Texas to Richard and the late Roberta Herr.


Renea’s zest for life and her laughter will be remembered long after her death. She lived her life as an adventure, from scuba diving to making movies, traveling, and volunteering for the Olympics.  Renea’s philosophy was; be nice to everyone because you never know what they are experiencing. This Christian mindset guided her throughout life, and she made a lasting impact on everyone she met. 


As the daughter of an optometrist, she matured into a very talented optician.  Her expert customer service and eyewear styling skills gained her a local following at Kaster Eye Clinic.  This work led to a career in specialized contact lens tinting and in 2018 Renea became a partner and operator of Specialty Tint Lens Lab.  She was passionate about her craft and relished running a small business.


Renea embraced the Portage Lakes-Green community and bragged about having the best neighbors and friends.  She was a perpetual learner, always bringing her knowledge, big heart, and bright spirit into her community. Renea also enjoyed the simple pleasures in life, such as cooking, reading, and shopping, yet what brought her the most joy was being with her husband and children. Gus, Rachel, and Lucien will always carry with them her smile, her exuberance, and her kindness.  She will live on in our hearts forever. 


Renea is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Gus; children, Lucien and Rachel; sisters, Richele Herr, Robyn (Frank Jones) Herr and Rebecca (Frank) Oaks; sisters-in-law, Jennifer Kallai and Angel (Steve) Stobaugh; as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins whom she loved.


Per Renea’s wishes cremation has taken place and a private celebration of life will be held for close family and friends in the near future.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Happy Warrior Foundation, c/o Kaster Eye Clinic, 1600 E. Turkeyfoot Lake Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 - please note on the memo line Vision Fund or by going to the website at http://www.kastereyeclinic.com/charity-donations.  To leave a special message online for the family, visit our website at www.schermesserfh.com.


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Memorial Contribution:

To honor Renea Kallai’s life a Happy Warrior Foundation – Vision Fund has been created.  This fund is a 501(c)(3) organization. All charitable contributions are tax-deductible. The Tax ID Number is: 88-0685440

Happy Warrior:
The term Happy Warrior comes from an 1806 poem by William Wordsworth, titled “Character of the Happy Warrior.” He described the “happy warrior” as a brave, generous, and moral person, who was able to remain virtuous even in the midst of distress – one who remains stalwart and undiscouraged in the face of adversity. We believe this described Renea as she was diagnosed and lived with cancer.

Happy Warrior Foundation – Vision Fund:
Dedicated to serving community members in need by providing an accessible avenue for individuals to receive free exams and/or low-cost eyewear. Any person in need of vision correction and who is diagnosed with cancer, a Happy Warrior, can receive low-cost eyewear and free exams at the Kaster Eye Clinic.

Renea’s Story: Born to a practicing optometrist, Renea was surrounded by conversations and actions that developed within her the understanding of how having the right pair of lenses can support someone’s confidence along with improving their vision. She made a career in vision care and had a knack for matching eyewear to clients. She helped them not only to improve their vision but to also feel confident and look their best.

Thank you for your generosity in helping carry on Renea’s legacy!




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Celebration of Life at a later date


Happy Warrior Foundation - Vision Fund
1600 E. Turkeyfoot Lake Road, Akron OH 44312
Web: https://kastereyeclinic.com/charity-donations/

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