Lorene Wihlemina Patent
Lorene Wihlemina Patent, 96 of Randolph, died Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 at Plainview Manor in Plainview.
Services will be held Monday, Feb. 12 at 11 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church in Randolph. The Rev. Donna L. Fonner of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Plainview and Parish Ministry Associate Richard Bloomquist will officiate. Visitation will be Monday, Feb. 12 from 9:30 a.m. until service time at the church. Burial will be in the Randolph Cemetery in Randolph.
Arrangements are with Johnson Funeral Home in Randolph.
Lorene Wihlemina Patent was born on a farm near Winside on Feb. 3, 1922, the daughter of William and Marie “Mary” (Kruse) Wittler. She was baptized and confirmed at Theophilus Lutheran Church near Winside. She started school at five at a country school across the road. The family moved to another farm when she was in the second grade. As an eighth grader, they moved to a farm near Randolph. At that time, eighth grade exams were required. Lorene learned she was the valedictorian of all of Wayne County when a reporter from the Wayne Herald visited the farm to interview her. There were about 120 eighth graders in the county in 1935. Lorene attended high school in Sholes and again graduated as valedictorian in a class of seven. After high school, she attended Wayne Teacher’s College and earned a three-year teaching certificate after one year. She began her teaching career at a country school near Carroll and taught in rural Wayne, Cedar, and Pierce County schools for many years. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Wayne State College in Elementary Education in 1973. She was inducted into the Kappa Delta Phi honorary educational sorority.
On Feb. 6, 1943 Lorene married Alfred Patent at St. John’s Lutheran Church. They had two children, Jana born in 1945 and Rod born in 1949. They lived on farms south of Randolph until purchasing the farm northwest of town where they lived until 1977. While farming, Lorene taught, and Alfred built houses and baled hay in the Randolph area. In June of 1962 a cold bolt of lightning hit their house. Lorene was in the kitchen at the time. They lived in the new basement for about a year while constructing the new house. Lorene and Alfred built a second house when they decided to move to town in 1977. Lorene remained here until moving to the Plainview Manor in 2016.
Following Alfred’s passing in 1982, Lorene became an active contributor to the Randolph Community. A long-time member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, she played the organ, sang in the choir, was chairman of the quilting group, a Sunday School teacher and a member of the Martha Circle until her early nineties. She was a Camp Carol Joy Holling Quilter for over 20 years and often went to the auction to see her quilts sell. A founding member of the Randolph Senior Citizen’s Center, she was active in their quilting fundraising, called bingo, delivered meals on wheels, and played cards. She also regularly played piano for the residents of Colonial Manor. Lorene was also an avid quilter and cross stitcher. She was a respected professional hand quilter, completing 320 quilts at home in addition to those done at church and the senior center. She also cross stitched or embroidered numerous table cloths, quilt blocks, and wall hangings as well as over 400 small Christmas stockings. Always a learner, she completed the Norfolk Daily News or Omaha World-Herald crossword puzzles daily.
Survivors include one daughter, Jana Kuhlman of Norfolk; one son. Rodney and Carmen Patent of Randolph; five grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one sister, Mildred C. Dunn of Randolph.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Alfred on Jan. 24, 1982; great grandson Alex Carhart; two brothers, Ervin and Elmer Wittler; and sister, Lucille Jenkins.
Pallbearers will be Rodney Patent. Greg Kuhlman, George Nygren, John Munter, Dennis Bazata and J.D. Kuhlman.
Honorary pallbearers will be Josh and Joanna Rayford.