Obituaries for Surnames Beginning With "L"
Wabasha County, Minnesota

Mrs. Marie Lager
Florence D. Anderson (Mrs. Harvey) Lorenz

Last Rites Held For Mrs. Marie Lager
Lifelong Resident Succumbs At Hospital Saturday Morning
Funeral Services Held Monday

Funeral services were held at ten o'clock Monday morning, June 12, [1950] at St. Felix church for Mrs. Marie Lager who died at St. Elizabeth's hospital at 9:30 o'clock Saturday morning, June 10th. She had been ill since March of this year. complications of diseases was the cause of death. The services were conducted by Rev. Fr. William Anderson with burial in the St. Felix cemetery. Pall bearers were six nephews, Joseph and Bernard Kennebeck, Floyd and Irvin Riester, David Roundy and John Grass.

Marie Grass was born at Wabasha November 25, 1892 and has lived here her entire lifetime. She was married to Joseph Lager October 27, 1914, at St. Felix church. He preceded her in death, June 11, 1937.

Survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Robert Dick and Mary Lager, and five sons, Edward, Vincent, Leo, Harry, and Bernard all of Wabasha. Other survivors are three brothers, Leo of Wabasha, Clarence and George, Newport, Arkansas, and three sisters, Mrs. Leslie Hayes, Janesville, Wisconsin, Mrs. Robert Shaw, Gridley, California and Miss Helen Grass, Alderson, West Virginia.

Among those from out of town attending the last rites were Miss Helen Grass, Alderson, West Virginia, Mrs. Leslie Hayes, Janesville, Wisconsin and Mrs. Al Johnson, Minneapolis.

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WABASHA, Minn. - Florence D. Anderson (Mrs. Harvey) Lorenz, 89, of Wabasha, died suddenly at her home on Sunday, March 3, 2002. She was born Sept. 18, 1912, in Mondovi, Wis., the daughter of John and Emily (Holmes) Dillon. She was a graduate of Mondovi High School and later of Winona State Teachers College in Winona, Minn. She began her teaching career at the Whelan country school in rural Buffalo County, Wis., and then taught in Pepin, Wis. She and her husband later moved to Lake City, Minn., where she did substitute teaching. They moved to Wabasha in 1943, where she taught at the Wabasha elementary school from that date until retiring in 1976. She continued to be an active volunteer at the school throughout her retirement. Currently, she was a volunteer reader to the school children.

Florence was united in marriage to Miner S. Anderson April 15, 1938, in Red Wing, Minn. He owned and operated Petite Products, a woodworking business in Wabasha. He died March 2, 1978. She later married Harvey Lorenz Feb. 23, 1989, in Alma, Wis. Mr. Lorenz farmed in Buffalo County.

She was a member of the United Church of Christ in Wabasha and was very active with its Women's Fellowship and Choir. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and was a past guardian of the state of Minnesota Job's Daughters. She was also a member of the Retired Teachers Association and the Buffalo County Historical Society. A few years ago she was named Outstanding Wabasha County Senior Citizen. She loved her family and young people. Her faith was very important to her as well. She was a servant to people in many ways. She loved playing solitaire and bridge and enjoyed baking and cooking. She and Miner were host parents to 22 Youth For Understanding exchange students over their years together.

Florence is survived by her husband, Harvey Lorenz of Wabasha; daughter and son-in-law Gayle and Lee Grippen of Caledonia, Minn.; two grandchildren, Rachel and Jacob Grippen; two stepdaughters and their husbands, Mary and Burrill Dreifke of Milton, Wis., and Carolyn and Bob Pronschinske of Arcadia, Wis.; seven stepgrandchildren, Larry (Brenda) Dreifke, Linda (Ernst) Dow, Tim (Gisela) Dreifke, Christine Smith (Tom Toy), Dean (Mary) Pronschinske, Chas (Heidi) Pronschinske and Kevin Pronschinske; 12 stepgreat-grandchildren, Sarah and Trace Dreifke, Erika and Luke Dow, Matthew Dreifke, Joshua and Jacob Smith, Lance and Alyssa Pronschinske, and Nathan, Adam and Chancelor Pronschinske; brother, John Dillon of Webster, Wis.; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her first husband, one sister and one brother.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, March 6, 2002, at 11 a.m. at the United Church of Christ in Wabasha, with the Reverend Dr. Lanny Kuester and the Reverend Rolf Storlie officiating. Interment will be in Riverview Cemetery, Wabasha. Friends may call at the Abbott Funeral Home in Wabasha today from 4 to 8 p.m., where there will be an Order of the Eastern Star service by Lake City Chapter #75 at 7 p.m. Friends may also call at the church on Wednesday one hour before the service. The family prefers memorials to the United Church of Christ or to a charity of the donors' choice. The Abbott Funeral Home of Wabasha is in charge of arrangements.

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Linda Noll