HOWELLS — Lorene Hegemann, 93, formerly of Howells, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, at Clarkson Care and Rehabilitation Center.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27, at S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Howells. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, with a 7 p.m. rosary, all at the church. Visitation will resume from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Burial will be at S.S. Peter and Paul Cemetery. Lunch will be served at St. John’s Social Hall following interment.

Memorials can be directed to Howells Community Catholic Schools, Howells Ballroom or the Howells Community Foundation.

Lorene was born on July 10, 1924, to Anton and Annie (Maliha) Fendrick on the family farm near Wilson. On April 17, 1947, Lorene married Adolph Hegemann at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Wilson. For many years Lorene was a farm wife who worked alongside Adolph doing chores or tending to tasks on the farm and raising their children. After Adolph's death in 1985, Lorene uprooted from the farm and moved to Howells where she worked for many years at Doerneman Hardware.

Lorene loved spending time with her family and would light up whenever her grandchildren and great-grandchildren came to visit. Her favorite activity when the family got together was to start up a game of pitch or pinochle. She took great pride in the vegetables and flowers she grew in her garden and canning the fruits of her labor, peaches or meat. Lorene also loved baking, embroidering and attending dances at the Howells Ballroom, or could be found on game day taking notes on how the Huskers were playing that day.

Survivors include her son Gene (Helen) Hegemann of Columbus; daughters Janice (Gaylen) Renner of Howells, Eileen Mueller of Lincoln and Joyce (Dan) Schlautman of Lincoln; 19 grandchildren and step-grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; one step-great-great-grandchild; sister Arlene Hegemann of Dodge; brothers-in-law Bob (Alice) Hegemann of Fremont and Vic (Mary Ann) Hegemann of Bedford, Texas; sisters-in-law Joan Fendrick of Columbus, Arlene Doerneman of Fremont, Sister Myriam Hegemann of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and JoAnne Hegemann of Howells; and many nieces and nephews.

Lorene was preceded in death by her parents; husband Adolph (1985); son Jerald Hegemann (1958); grandson Dave Mueller (2013); and numerous brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews.

Svoboda Funeral Home of Schuyler is handling arrangements for the family.

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