Berniece D. Lorenz, 92, of Shawneetown, passed away Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.
She was born March 7, 1928, in Shawneetown, to Charles and Dora Starzinger Schlimpert. She and Edgar Lorenz were married January 19, 1947, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Shawneetown. Three children were born to their union. They had been married 54 years when Edgar passed away January 20, 2001.
Berniece was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Shawneetown, attended the former church school, and was a lifelong member of the church. At the age of 14, she began playing the organ, a responsibility she kept for 75 years. She was also a member of the Ladies Aid, LWML, and sewed many quilts for Word Relief.
Berniece was Edgar’s right hand on their farm near Shawneetown. She took great pride in flower gardening and lawn maintenance, and also enjoyed vegetable gardening and canning. These talents made Berniece the perfect fit in her service as an effective 4-H leader in Shawneetown. One of Berniece’s greatest joys was her love of playing beautiful music on piano and organ.
Loving survivors include two children, Dwayne (Paula) Lorenz of Sikeston, Marsha (Jim) Buchheit of Longtown, Missouri; a daughter-in-law, Donna (the late Darrell) Lorenz of Festus, Missouri; seven grandchildren, Nathan, Nick, Dustin, and Devin Lorenz, Nena Wright, Tyler and Alex Buchheit; nine great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Leota (the late Erwin) Lorenz of Jackson; and many friends at The Villas of Jackson where she resided the past two years.
She was preceded in death by her husband; a son, Darrell Lorenz; her parents; five siblings and their spouses, Lawrence (Leona), Edgar (Melba), and Clarence (Wilma) Schlimpert, Gertie (Ruben) Meyr and Loraine (Addie) Fiedler. Edgar’s late siblings and spouses are Wilbert (Nora), Elmer (Freida), Erwin, Melvin (Florence) Lorenz, and Edmar (Hilda) Dreyer.
Visitation is from 9:30 a.m. to service time, Saturday, March 14, 2020, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Shawneetown.
The funeral is at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, March 14, 2020, at the church, with the Rev. Virgil Kelm officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
Memorials may take the form of contributions to Trinity Lutheran Church in Shawneetown.
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