Passed away at age 96, Thursday, December 22, 2016, at the Chelsea Retirement Community. Lorena was born November 13, 1920, in Freedom Township, MI, to Ottillie Meyer Hieber and Robert Hieber. She had two brothers, Elton and Erwin Hieber.
August 29, 1942, Lorena was married to Norman O. Wenk at Bethel Church in Manchester, MI. Living in the Chelsea area they had five children: Barbara (David) Pruess of Venice, Florida, Marilyn (Donald) Hinderer of Caro, MI, Anita (Jack) Himes of Las Cruces, New Mexico, Daniel (Barbara) Wenk of Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, and Robert (Kimberly) Wenk of McLean, Virginia, 11 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Norm, her brothers, and son-in-law Donald.
Lorena was a talented homemaker, cooking from the garden, freezing and canning for the winter. She took extreme pleasure in making pretzels and other German specialties. The gardens were also filled with flowers which she loved. She sewed all her life, even making her daughters’ wedding dresses. She made counted cross stitch samplers for important events in the lives of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Until recently she still sewed and did alterations for fellow CRC residents.
Lorena was a founding member of the Rodgers Corners Extension group. As a member of Zion Lutheran Church, she served on numerous committees within the church. She also worked for Chelsea Schools in the cafeteria. She was a collector of coins, stamps, and antiques. She was an avid card player who especially enjoyed playing euchre. She really enjoyed traveling with Norm throughout the USA and Europe, visiting friends and family.
A funeral service will take place at 11am, Saturday, January 7, 2017 at Zion Lutheran Church, Chelsea. The family will receive friends at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, Friday, January 6, from 2-4 and 6-8pm, and at the church on Saturday from 10am until the time of service.
Memorial contributions may be made to Zion Lutheran Church or Arbor Hospice Foundation.