Lenora Louise Hoese, age 97, of Watertown, passed away Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016, at the Elim Home in Watertown.
She was born Aug. 21, 1918, in Waconia Township, Carver County, the daughter of Edwin and Martha (Guethling) Lemke. Lenora was baptized Sept. 15, 1918, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waconia by the Rev. William Schneider. She confirmed her faith March 20, 1932, at the same church with the Rev. William Schneider officiating.
Lenora was united in marriage with Orvin Hoese Jan. 25, 1939, at Trinity Lutheran Church with the Rev. William Schneider officiating.
Lenora and Orvin farmed in rural Mayer, and later rural Watertown, which is now the Forest Hills development. The couple were charter members of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Watertown, and had sent their sons to St. Paul’s Lutheran School.
Lenora had worked at Molded Products/Pako Plastics in Maple Plain for 28 years. After moving from the farm, Lenora lived in the couple’s small rambler on Newton Avenue for 44 years.
A faithful member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Lenora belonged to the quilting group, the Thursday Bible study group, and volunteered whenever needed.
She enjoyed attending senior citizens, bus trips, vacations in Nisswa, fishing, and listening to old time music. Lenora loved family gatherings, and cherished the time she spent with her grandchildren. Her caring and witty personality will be missed by her family and friends.
Lenora had moved to Westwood Place in Watertown in 2011, and enjoyed her time socializing and playing games with the other residents. In 2014, she became a resident at the Elim Home.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Edwin and Martha Lemke; husband Orvin Hoese; brothers and sisters-in-law Hilmer and Emma Lemke, and Roland and Adelia Lemke; daughter-in-law Barbara Hoese; grandson James Hoese; great-great-grandson Gavin Jopp; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Dorothy and Gilbert Kutzke, Gladys and Roland Mielke, and James Hoese; nephew Leroy Lemke; and niece Elaine Wolff.
Lenora is survived by her loving family: sons and daughters-in-law Loran and Lois Hoese, Dennis Hoese, all of Watertown; and Erland and Linda Hoese of Howard Lake; and grandchildren Jennifer (Mike) Fisher, Pamela (Sean) Cavanaugh, Joel (Susann) Hoese, Steven (Debbie) Hoese, Lyle (Rory) Hoese, Jay (Carrie) Hoese, Nathan (Julie) Hoese, Nicholas (Mollie) Hoese, Beth (Mike) Baumann, Betty (Todd) Jopp, and Bobbi Jo (Chris) Kadrie.
She is further survived by great-grandchildren Dylan Fisher, Jackson Fisher, Max Cavanaugh, Carter Cavanaugh, Benjamin Hoese, Alexander Hoese, Elizabeth Hoese, Alexandra Hoese, Brittnay (Nic) Cullen, Brooke Hoese, Jordan Hoese, Hank Hoese, Tyler Hoese, Dalton Hoese, Chase Hoese, Kylie Hoese, Laura Hoese, Blake Hoese, Jessica (Jason) Smith, Ryan (Carmen) Baumann, Casondra (Rick) Stifter, Patrick (Leah) Jopp, Samantha (Andy) Trible, and Jared Kadrie, great-great-grandchildren Kayson Hoese, Emma Cullen, Ashlynn Kley, Lydia Stifter, Addalyn Baumann, Lily Smith, and Laila Trible; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law Arleen Hoese, and Mae and Dr. Stan Topel; nieces; nephews; other relatives; and many dear friends.
The funeral service took place Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Watertown with the Rev. Paul Krentz as officiant. Interment followed in the Watertown Public Cemetery.
There was visitation Wednesday, at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service.
Serving as casket bearers were Jennifer Fisher, Pamela Cavanaugh, Joel Hoese, Steven Hoese, Lyle Hoese, Beth Baumann, Betty Jopp, and Bobbi Jo Kadrie. Honorary casket bearers were Jay Hoese, Nathan Hoese, and Nicholas Hoese.
Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.