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Lorene Mae Schlesener, 90, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, April 2, 2011, after suffering a stroke. She had been in failing health for several years.

She was born on Sept. 21, 1920, in Hope, Kan., to Otto and Selma (Albrecht) Schimming. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. When she was 3, she lost her parents and was brought up by her grandparents. Lorene graduated from high school in Hope in 1938.

On Feb. 4, 1940, Lorene was united in marriage to Ellwood Schlesener at St. John's Lutheran Church in Herrington (Lyons Creek), Kan., at the same church where she was baptized and confirmed.

Lorene helped her husband as they farmed for 21 years in Kansas before moving to Montana in 1961 to follow her husband who worked on construction of U.S. missile projects. After that work was completed, they moved to the state of Washington, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, where her husband worked on road construction. They retired to Billings in 1978.

Lorene was a faithful member of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church. She was also a member Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML), and before failing health, she enjoyed working with the quilting group of Mt. Olive.

She was preceded in death by her parents in 1923; her husband in 2005; a son, Dennis, in 1988; and her brother, Harold Schimming of Denver.

She is survived by her children, Willard (Shirley) Schlesener of Gridley, Calif.; LeRoy (Bev) Schlesener of Laurel; Karen (James) Oset of Billings; and Rod "Boomer" Schlesener of Safford, Ariz. Also surviving are eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren, with one soon to be born; six step-great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 7, at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 2336 St. John's Ave.

Memorials may be made to Mt. Olive Lutheran Church or the Lutheran Hour, 660 Mason Ridge Center, St. Louis, MO 63141-8557.

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