God needed a soldier and called him home on October 22, 2010. Survived by his loving wife, soul mate and LOVER, Linda, of 27 years; beloved father of Anne (27), Mathias (28), and Rene Jr. (15). Also survived by mother, Rose; sisters, Judy (Tom), Lia, Carla (Keith) and family; in-laws, Alice and Max; brothers-in-law, Scott (Mary), Tim (Sandie) and sister-in-law Renae. Predeceased by his dad Renato. Rene worked at Safeway Warehouse, DMV and River Cats. He loved sports, fishing, camping and madly in love with his wife. A charismatic, outgoing individual with a passion for life and his family. A good provider. In honor of Rene's memory and his love of sports and as a tribute to his passion for the Giants, root for the Giants to take it all: Score 7-5. The family wishes to express its deepest appreciation to the caring, compassionate and extraordinary staff on 5th floor at Sutter Memorial. Family & friends are invited for visitation Wed. Oct 27, 5-7pm, followed by a Vigil Service at 7pm at NICOLETTI, CULJIS & HERBERGER FUNERAL HOME, 5401 Folsom Blvd. Mass of Christian Burial Thurs., Oct 28, at 10am at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 1717 El Monte Ave. Interment St. Mary's Cemetery. Memorial following at the Riverside Elks Lodge.