April 6, 1916 - August 28, 2014
She lived her life her way: Always for her children, but always her very own way. And she died at age 98 still able to get out to Bingo and play her 15 cards, and win. She became a figure of admiration and a model of her beliefs to all, especially to her Floridian bingo friends..giving hope that they too could overcome their problems, stay level, and keep themselves in the mainstream. Lorena was born April 6, 1916 and given the name Lorena Katherine Hertler, fourth child in a lineup of seven, to the proud German farming family headed up by Minnie and Daniel Hertler, of the “east side” Hertlers of Saline. Lorena’s sisters were Ruth Brookins (Jack), Esther Gross (Waldo, “Jim”), Dorothy Quick (Johnny), and younger sister Eleanor Smith (Wally), all now deceased. Dear and gentle younger brother Paul also preceded her in death. Little bro Carlton still maintains the proud Hertler farming traditions (and antique equipment by the legion) at his Moon Road farm in Saline. Lorena was a committed, caring and industrious mother for her five children: Sergay (of Bountiful, Utah), Novell (also in Bountiful, Utah), Danon (of St. Augustine, Florida..”Dan” to y’all), Carolyn (of Rapid City, MI and Ft. Collins, CO) and Kalian (presently down the road in Clinton). To the last, Lorena asked for prayers for them, their spouses and families including all the great-grandchildren, such that they all remain safe and productive, and happy. All together, what with spouses, grandchildren, great-grandchildren (and great-greats-), the numbers exceed the pieces in Carlton’s equipment collections (well, maybe). During her time here, fruitful to the last, Lorena excelled in all the roles she took on: farmer, student, nurturer, mother, homemaker, pioneer, seamstress, cheese maker, nurse-volunteer, career woman, bookkeeper and office manager, grandmother, ballroom dancer, dance club organizer, traveler, phrase-coiner, oil painter, peacemaker, a model of her beliefs, a (did that Lorena win again!?) bingo player, and patient, wise and kindly counsel to all. Come join in the recognition and celebration of the life of one truly heroic mother, and native Salinian at the Robison-Bahnmiller Funeral Home 301 East Michigan Ave. Saline, MI 48176 on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 12:00 Noon. All are invited. Those wishing to come at 11:00 A.M. for viewing are welcome. The main celebration will take place at 12:00 P.M.
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