Jan/Feb
2017

I Am Beautiful. You Are Beautiful. We Are All Beautiful Rochester Women. Renee Thoreson Feels Most Beautiful When She Brings Happiness to Someone Else

Written by Jorrie Johnson Photos by Tracey McGuire Photography
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Our intention for I Am A Beautiful Rochester Woman this year is to help women feel beautiful. Rochester Women magazine partnered with Katie Kirckof, owner of Glam Beauty Lounge formerly BB Makeup and Cosmetic Bar, Dawn Sanborn Photography and Tracey McGuire Photography to give women mini-makeovers and their own photo shoots. We WILL share a Beautiful Rochester Woman in each issue of Rochester Women magazine throughout 2017.

A BIT ABOUT RENEE

Renee Thoreson is the daughter of Maxine and Orlo Thoreson. She says she was almost born in Honolulu, Hawaii, where her dad was stationed, but they made it back to Minnesota for her birth. She has lived in Minnesota since the early 1960s. 

Renee has been working for Mayo Clinic for 31 years. She is a prospect researcher in the Mayo Clinic Development Department. She says about her work, “I love research, writing and my wonderful
co-workers. I am inspired by the generosity of grateful patients who want to make things better for others seeking healing and answers.”      

Renee enjoys Norwegian artisan crafts of fine hardanger embroidery and rosemaling (see “Uff-da! The Sons of Norway” on page 19 of this issue). She finds pleasure in making Norwegian desserts and attending Scandinavian festivals. She loves singing and is a member of the choir at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.

GETTING A MAKEOVER

“My last makeover was when I was in the Miss Winona pageant many years ago,” says Renee. About getting the makeover in October, “I felt like a million bucks!” 

After getting her makeover and photo taken, Renee browsed through several stores on the way back to her car. “I think I smiled and said ‘hi’ to everyone I met (downtown that day).” 

On her way home, she stopped to see her parents to show them how beautiful she looked and felt. That evening she taught a hardanger class
looking her very best for her students who must have been impressed. 

ADVICE FOR OTHER WOMEN

To feel beautiful, Renee likes new makeup, a pair of great fitting jeans, nail polish or a bracelet. She explains, “But I feel most beautiful when I’ve brought happiness to someone, and I see it shining in their eyes.”      

Renee’s advice for other women is, “Happiness and contentment are separate from your circumstances. They are choices we make daily and sometimes many times a day. Gratitude and forgiveness are important. These are not always easy choices, but they make our lives better and free us to enjoy life more.”       

THE YEAR AHEAD

In 2017, Renee wants to design a hardanger piece to enter in an international competition. She has won previously and would like to win again. She hopes to publish the children’s book she has started, use her passport to somewhere and do more Random Acts of Kindness.  She wants to give flowers to someone “just because.”

Renee has a “cute little” dog and a cat. In 2017, she wants to create fun adventures for her dog. She says the cat is not into that. 

“I have a healthy love of chocolate,” Renee confesses. This year, she hopes to go out for dinner and only order dessert, try a food that she can’t pronounce and laugh more. We at RochesterWomen magazine wish Renee success in 2017. You are a beautiful RochesterWoman, Renee Thoreson.

I Am Beautiful. You Are Beautiful. We Are All Beautiful Rochester Women!

If you are interested in getting a mini-makeover, having your photo taken and appearing in Rochester Women magazine, contact Jorrie Johnson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 507-259-6362.