For years, many knew Renee Hecker as that woman in Stone Lake with 12 children. Some knew her as an author and wise woman who had garnered invaluable life insights she loved to share.

Then on March 23, 2020, her husband, Nathan Phillip Hecker, was killed in an accident while working on logging equipment in Barron County, and she became a widow, a woman at the center of a familial tragedy.

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