Through faith in her Savior, Jesus Christ, Lorene Rose Karsten, Marengo, was called from this life to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at the age of 89. Funeral services will be held Monday, July 25 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo, with Rev. Andrew Gray and Rev. Dr. Wilfred Karsten officiating. Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday, July 24 from 5-7 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Memorials can be contributed to St. John’s tile fund.
Lorene is survived by her husband Alfred; children Wilfred (Lynette), Kay (Randy), Arlin (Sue), Tammy, Tim (Sandra), and Thomas (Kim); grandchildren Anna, Rachel (Matt), Ryan, Eric (Eve), Sarah, Stephanie, John, Paul, Mattie, Ketrick, and Aidan; great-grandchildren Lillian and Emmaline; brothers Duane (Bonnie), Wilfred (Doris), and Vernon (Tammy) Werning; brother-in-law Don Huedepohl; sisters-in-law Kathy, Pat, and Beverly Werning, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Delbert, Merlin, Charles, Leroy Werning; sister Ruth Huedepohl; sisters-in-law Lusann and Ruth Werning.
Lorene was born January 12, 1927, on the family farm near Newhall, Iowa to Arthur and Emma (Wiese) Werning. She was reborn as a child of God in the waters of Holy Baptism on February 13, 1927. She attended parochial school at St. John Lutheran Church northwest of Newhall, and on March 17, 1940, was confirmed in the Christian faith. On September 2, 1956, Lorene was united in marriage to Alfred Karsten at St. John Lutheran Church in Newhall. They were blessed with six children.
Lorene’s confirmation verse, Romans 8:28, was etched into her life. She reflected the meaning of “in all things God works together for the good of those who love him” by her optimistic attitude. Lorene lovingly cared for her mother for many years, was a devoted wife and helpmate as she worked alongside her husband on their farm, faithfully taught and encouraged her children and grandchildren about the Savior, and fervently prayed for all of them. Ladies Aid activities and teaching Sunday school were important to her - at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church and later at St. John’s Lutheran Church. For many years she co-chaired the funeral luncheon committee.
Lorene and Alfred spent their nearly 60 years of marriage living in the same home on the family farm, which she filled with love and warmth. She enjoyed preparing the large table for special holiday events when the family gathered together. She also enjoyed trips to visit her family.
Special thanks to Pastor Gray, Dr. Miller, and the staff at Rose Haven and St. Luke’s Continuing Care.