Lorene E. Williams, 92, of Dell Rapids passed away suddenly on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at the Dells Area Health Center. Her funeral service will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 7, 2012 at the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids Chapel. Interment will be in the Dell Rapids Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 6, 2012 at Kahler Funeral Home with the family present from 1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m. to greet friends and family. www.kahlerfh.com
Lorene Esther Stordahl, daughter of Melvin and Caroline (Paulson) Stordahl was born on April 3, 1920 on a farm in Blinsmon Township, Moody County, South Dakota. She was baptized on May 2, 1920 at Bethania Lutheran Church by Rev. Sevalestun. Her sponsors were Glads and Peter Paulson and Lewis and Eliza Stordahl. She was confirmed on June 16, 1935 at Bethania Lutheran Church by Rev. Edward Hegland. She attended Pleasant Prairie Rural School for eight years and then Jasper, Minnesota High School for a year before graduating from Trent High School in May of 1939. Following graduation Lorene was a bookkeeper at Hame Light and Decor in Jasper, Minnesota. Lorene married James E. Williams on November 16, 1941 at the Lutheran Parsonage in Jasper, Minnesota by Rev. A. C. Anderson. The couple moved to a farm in Enterprise Township in Dell Rapids. Lorene was a bookkeeper at Prairie Junction Truck Stop until 1978. In September of 1983 the couple moved to Dell Rapids where Lorene was employed by the Dell Rapids Hospital for four years. James passed away in 1987. In October of 2004 Lorene moved to Friendship Village and remained there until the time of her death.
She was a member of the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids, the Dell Rapids Hospital Auxiliary, the Trent American Legion Auxiliary, the Lutheran Ladies Aid and Circle and volunteered for Meals on Wheels and the Dell Rapids Historical Society.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her son, James Dennis Williams; her brothers, Palmer Stordahl and Arlen Stordahl and her sisters, Marvel Kallsen, Blanche Sullivan and Doris Julson.
She is survived by her children, Gary (Darlys) Williams of Dell Rapids, Jeanette (Tom) Burkhart of Sioux Falls and Phyllis (Deane) Koller of Parker and Kevin (Darla) Stordahl of Sioux Falls; her grandchildren, Kristi Jo (Scott) Goehring, Justin (Angela) Williams, Jordan (Rebel) Williams Julie (Brian) Van Dam, Matt (Tamara) Burkhart, Jared Koller, Jamie Koller and Tracy Koller; her 12 great grandchildren and her sisters, Ruth Henry of Arlington and Delaine Leuning of CA.