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Lorene Evelyn Visser, age 102, of Riley, passed away Saturday, October 12, 2019 at the Leonardville Nursing Home.
She was the born on August 11, 1917, the second child of Ludwig and Ida Erickson Lund. Lorene grew up with her four brothers and one sister on the farm her grandfather had homesteaded near Lasita in northern Riley County. She attended Pleasant Hill Grade School and graduated from Green High School in 1935. She attended Emporia State Teachers College and taught in several one-room schools in Riley County before her marriage to George Visser May 12, 1945. With a team of horses and a John Deere Model A tractor, they established their farm three miles east of Riley.
She was baptized and confirmed in the Alert Swedish Covenant Church. She joined the Magic Methodist Church when she married her husband and was an active member of the Magic Church and the Riley Methodist Church after the 2 churches merged in 1952. In 1977 she and George were selected as Kansas Master Farmer and Master Farm Homemaker, a well-deserved honor. She served on the Boards of the Leonardville Nursing Home and the Riley County American Cancer Society. She was active in numerous church, agricultural and community organizations and she was the community leader for the Happy-Go-Lucky 4-H Club when her children were in 4-H.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George Visser; her granddaughter, Jennifer Webster; her sister Maxine McGuire and husband Marvin; three brothers, Waldon Lund and wife Irene, Maurice Lund and wife Iva and Leland Lund and wife Marion; her in-laws, Margaret Lund, LeRoy and Evelyn Visser, Harold Visser, Kenneth and Rosemary Visser and Evelyn and Xen Smith.
She is survived by four children, Arletta Webster and husband Jim of Stillwater, Oklahoma, Gordon Visser and wife Sondra of Manhattan, Vinton Visser of Riley and Adel Visser and husband Jim Otto of Sacramento, California; one brother, Elmo Lund of Hays; twelve grandchildren are Brad Webster and wife Tanya, Laura Anderson and husband Bob, Gary Visser and wife Terri, Daniel Visser, Rodney Visser and wife Sady, Melissa Hampton and husband Ryan, Lance Visser and wife Jessie, Justin Visser and wife Valerie, Brit Visser, Todd Visser, Austin Otto and wife Sarah and Lindsay Otto; twelve great grandchildren, James and Joseph Webster, Levi, Garrett and Cassie Anderson, Michael Visser, Graham and Greyson Hampton, Jeremiah, Samuel and Eleanor Visser and Luke Otto; her in-laws, Virgil and Marion Visser, Eugene and Lois Visser, Albion and Julie Visser and Irene Visser and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 19, 2019 at the Riley United Methodist Church with Pastors Kevin Larson and Phil Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Riley Cemetery. Immediately following the burial will be a luncheon for family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established for the Riley County 4-H Foundation and Johnson Cancer Research Center. Contributions may be left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.
Friday, October 18, 2019
7:00 - 8:30pm
Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home
Saturday, October 19, 2019
Starts at 10:30am
Riley United Methodist Church
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