Lorene Henkensiefken

Lorene was born on April 14 1933 on the family farm near Pemberton. She was the fourth daughter of Fred and Lily Mann. She lived on the farm until 1936 when her father passed away, and her mother moved the family to Janesville.

Lorene attended the Lutheran School until the eighth grade when the family moved to Waseca. Lorene completed high school education and graduated in 1951. Lorene enjoyed many school activities and had many friends. After graduation she worked for the Waseca telephone company as a telephone operator. The Korean War was going on at the times so Ralph went into the Air Force but they kept in touch. Little did she know that before the year was over, they were married and their bond continued for 68 years.

The family moved to Illinois in 1970 and later to New Ulm. As the children grew up Lorene worked for the New Ulm Hospital in Physical Therapy Department until she retired. She really loved physical therapy and the desire to help people. During retirement Lorene and Ralph spend the winters in Orange Beach, Alabama fishing and golfing. They also spent a great deal of time at their fishing cabin at Lake of the Woods. During the later time of her live she and Ralph moved to Brainerd to be closer to their children, grandchild, and great grandchildren.

Lorene was preceded in death by her son Bart, son Jeff, her mother and father and three older sisters. She is survived by her husband Ralph; daughter Debra (Dale) Guggenburger of Cold Spring; son Guy (Kala) Henkensiefken of Bemidji; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren with a tenth due in October. She will always be remembered by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren as the grandma who loved to play games with them and taught them to play cards. Lorene will be remembered as a kind and loving person who was loved by all that knew her.

Brenny Family Funeral Chapel