1931 - 2017

Renato Travelli, M.D. (R-D ’64)

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Renato Travelli, M.D.

Renato (Rene) Travelli, passed away with courage and grace at home at the age of 86, Monday, June 19, 2017.

He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle and friend. Rene was a dedicated physician at Gundersen Health System for 30 years, and continued part-time for six years past retirement.

Born March 13, 1931, in Rome, Italy, to Alessandro and Adelia (Ricci) Travelli, Rene attended Jesuit elementary and secondary schools and graduated from the University of Rome, in medicine in 1956. Fulfilling military obligation, Rene served in the Italian Army from 1956-1958. Leaving Italy for the U.S. to further his studies, Rene had an internship in Baltimore, Md., a radiology a residency for a year in Albany, N.Y., and a three year residency, completed in 1964, at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. He then moved to Canada to practice radiology for one year in Winnipeg and for two years in Calgary.

Having gained experience in radiology, Rene wished for a clinical setting and applied to practice at the Gundersen Clinic, La Crosse, in 1971. Spending much of his career specializing in mammography, he was known as hard-working and enthusiastic. Rene deeply appreciated his association with the Gundersen Clinic and found many friends who shared his spirit for excellence.

Retiring officially in 2001, Rene’s many interests included volunteering for “Mobile Meals,” reading, traveling, learning about computers, photographing nature and family, and woodworking. During his last active years, Rene enjoyed volunteering at the Mooney Medical Library at Gundersen Health System.

The family wishes to extend special thanks to the Gundersen Hospice Care Team and to doctors at Gundersen Health System, Dr. William Agger, Dr. John Udell, Dr. Wayne Bottner, Dr. John Farnin and Dr. Linda Groon.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 8, at Good Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran Church, La Crosse. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Gundersen Health System Foundation, The Salvation Army or to a charity of donor’s choice.

Obituary courtesy of http://lacrossetribune.com/lifestyles/announcements/obituaries/renato-rene-travelli/article_f6c978c6-bef3-5b0e-9f58-8af098633fb9.html.